Arts & Entertainment

Arts and artists thrive in Great Bend. In addition to the many public art installations across the city, you dont want to miss the special gallery exhibits and live performances on a historic stage.

Barton Planetarium
Our local community college offers a unique opportunity to explore the stars. Barton's Planetarium hosts regular events for visitors to learn more about our place in the universe.

For more information, visit or call 620-792-9320 to arrange a visit.

Birdhouse Tour
Chicago has its cows. Lindsborg has its dala-horses. Marion has its rhinos. Great Bend has its birdhouses! As part of a community-wide tourism campaign capitalizing on the area’s winged wetland creature heritage, numerous decorative fiberglass bird houses decorate the sidewalks of downtown. A self-guided tour will lead you on a trek, guided by colorful descriptions of the 70+ vibrant creations, written by the artists themselves. 

For more information, go to the Download Center to get the brochure or call 620-792-2750. 

Crest Theatre
The historic Crest has been renovated and is home to performances of all types, from children's choirs to professional entertainers. An active and talented resident theater group plans and performs a full season of theatrical renditions each year. 

For more information about shows and tickets, call 620-792-4228.

Golden Belt Cinema 6
The 17,000 square foot theater greets you with a regal lobby smelling of freshly popped popcorn. Comfortable stadium seating gives movie-goers a perfect view of the digital projection on larger-than-life screens. 

To see what new releases are currently playing, visit or call 620-792-5769.

Great Bend Mural Project
You don't have to visit a museum to find art in Great Bend. Large murals decorate the walls of many buildings in the downtown area. Painted by high school students, community members, senior citizens, professional artists and children, the murals are tied together by theme relating to Great Bend's past and present.

For more information, go to the Download Center to get the brochure or call 620-792-2750. 

Kansas Quilt Walk
Embedded in the sidewalks surrounding the courthouse, you will find the Kansas Quilt Walk. Quilts kept our ancestors warm and allowed our great-grandmothers to express themselves with beautiful fabrics and fine needlework. The Quilt Walk is a tribute to those women and their creations.

For more information, go to the Download Center to get the brochure or call 620-792-2750. 

Santas Around the World
23 life-sized Santas are hand-crafted by a local artist. Each Santa has his (or her) own unique story and elaborate costume. Specially-decorated trees, flowers, and accessories compliment each Santa. Just a few of the countries included are France's Pere Noel, Brazil's Vovo Indo, and China's Christmas Old Man. Santa World is open seasonally from Thanksgiving to Christmas and year-round by appointment.

For additional information on Santas Around the World, call 620-603-6502.

Shafer Art Gallery
This architecturally designed gallery in the Fine Arts building of Barton Community College features bronze sculptures created by its namesake, late Hoisington artist Gus Shafer, and boasts an outstanding permanent collection. The collection also contains masterpieces by artists such as Chagall, Matisse, Picasso, Sandzen, and Audubon. The gallery demonstrates the perseverance of a dream and a strong commitment to culture and the arts. For hours, tours, and additional information visit the Shafer Gallery webpage.  

For more information on arts and cultural events view the events calendar.