Arkansas City, Kansas

Upcoming Events in Arkansas City Kansas


Bingo - American Legion Shelton Beaty Post #18 - Each Monday and Friday, Sept. through Dec., Bingo at the American Legion with Mini games (early birds) start at 6:25 p.m. Regular games start at 7:00 p.m. Doors open at 5:30p.m. All Proceeds benefit the local community.

Cost: Mini games $5 per pkg, regular games $3, 6, & 9. Spl's $1.00 per sheet

Address: 113 E Washington , Arkansas City, Kansas
Ph: 612-442-5510 (Always call and confirm events)
Fee: $3-9 packets; $1 Specials


19 - 20 Annual CSLRM Mountain Man Living History Encampment - Walk back in time to 1840 and visit a Plains Trading Camp. Mountain Man and tradesmen will be displaying their crafts as well as conducting workshops in beadwork, knife making, rope making, powder horn making, bow and arrow making, flint knapping and much more. Come throw a tomahawk, purchase goods from traders and watch our pow wow at 2 PM on Saturday!

Hours: 10:00-5:00 Friday and Saturday
10:00-12:00 Sunday

Address: Cherokee Strip Land Rush Museum, 31639 US 77 , Arkansas City, Kansas
Ph: 620-442-6750 (Always call and confirm events)
Fee: Adults $5.00; Children 6-12 $3.00; Under 6 Free

20 Annual Health & Safety Fair - Sponsored by the Arkansas City Fire Department, the Health and Safety Fair offers the community education, information, and demonstrations about health issues and safety for the whole family. Kids can see the fire trucks, and talk to the firefighters. Food and giveaways make this a fun and educational time for everyone.

Address: Ark City Fire Dept , Arkansas City, Kansas
Ph: 620-441-4430 (Always call and confirm events)


21 - 23KS0104033e003 - Arkansas City PrairieFest...A Celebration of the Arts - PrairieFest is a community festival now in its 48th year. The festival hosts fine artists from as far away as Texas and Iowa along with local and area artists. Festival goers can enjoy music performed throughout the festival while kids participate in hands-on art activities. Local theatre troupes have been seen performing throughout the park as well.

Address: Paris Park at 6th & Washington Streets , Arkansas City, Kansas
Ph: 620-442-5895 (Always call and confirm events)
Fee: Free


4 - 5 Mavericks PRCA Rodeo - Enjoy a colorful PRCA rodeo with events in cowboy skills.

Address: Maverick Arena, S on Hwy 77 , Arkansas City, Kansas
Ph: 620-442-0236 (Always call and confirm events)


4 Ark City Fireworks - The Arkansas City Community Band will have a special Independence Day concert at 7 p.m. July 4 at First United Methodist Church, 2448 Edgemont Drive.

Seating is limited, so attendees are urged to bring their own chairs or blankets for this patriotic concert prior to the Fraternal Order of Police fireworks display. The fireworks show will begin at approximately 9:30 p.m. or dark. The show will be shot from Spring Hill Golf Course and music for the show will be provided by KSOK 95.9 FM.

Ph: 620-442-0230 (Always call and confirm events)
Fax: 620-441-4444


31 Annual Demolition Derby - Sponsored by the local Maverick Rodeo Club, All Pro and Wix, this annual event brings in some of the top demo car builders in the area. Exciting demo derby action is followed by Powder Puff (Ladies) after the main event.
7:00 p.m.

Address: Maverick Arena, south of Arkansas City , Arkansas City, Kansas
Ph: 620-441-1291 (Always call and confirm events)
Fee: $5.00 admission.


21 Cherokee Strip Land Rush Festival & Western Heritage - Address: Cherokee Strip Museum, US Highway 77 South , Arkansas City, Kansas
Ph: 620-442-6750 (Always call and confirm events)

17 - 19KS0104033e010 - Arkansas City Annual Last Run Car Show - Hosted since 1976 by the Ark City tumbleweeds, the Last Run Car Show is a tradition on the fourth weekend of September. It is the largest car show put on by an individual car club in Kansas and reached a record number of over 1,000 entries for the 25th Anniversary in 2000.

LAST RUN will officially begin on Friday evening. Saturday is a full day of events with games, entertainment, and judging of entries. A swap meet and craft show are held all day Saturday and Sunday morning. Saturday evening activities include a cruise, dance, and parking lot competitions, such as burnouts and flame thrower. On Sunday games continue and awards are presented at noon along with the grand prize drawing.

Address: Paris Park , Arkansas City, Kansas
Ph: 620-442-6466 (Always call and confirm events)
Fee: $2.00 spectator


11KS0104033e011 - Arkansas City Stone Bridges of Cowley County Fall Tour - Guided tour of the historic stone bridges in the area. Bus leaves from the Denton art Center in arkansas City in the morning, stops for a chuckwagon lunch, and ends in the early afternoon back at the Art Center. There are many opportunities for photographs and sightseing. Advanced reservations needed...cost $26.00. 9:00 a.m.

Address: Denton Art Center , Arkansas City, Kansas
Ph: 620-442-5895 (Always call and confirm events)

20 - 23KS0104033e013 - Arkansas City Arkalalah - Arkalalah is an annual fall festival held for a week ending the last Saturday of October. It draws crowds as large as 30,000 people into town for the week-long event which is highlighted by the crowning of Queen Alalah, a mammoth parade and a wide range of other activities for the family.

Arkalalah was started in the Depression as a means of lifting up local spirit. Its name is a manufactured work using the "Ark" from Arkansas City and "alalah", believed to be an Indian word for "Good Times".

Each year Arkalalah kicks-off with a big event on Saturday evening. Wednesday evening is the "Parade of Lights". Queen Alalah, traditionally a sophomore at Cowley County Community College, is crowned on Friday night of the celebration. Saturday festivities get into full swing with the street games, marching band contest, Arkalalah Run and concessions. The parade lasts around two hours and begins at 2 p.m. A Craft Show is held at the Rec Center.

Arkalalah has become a traditional homecoming time for many former residents and family members and there are also reunions that coincide with the annual fall celebration.

Address: Downtown Ark City , Arkansas City, Kansas
Ph: 620-442-6077 (Always call and confirm events)


Visions of Childhood Doll & Miniature Show - Beginning in 1994, the Arkansas City Area Arts Council has hosted the "Visions of Childhood" event as a benefit for the fine arts program at Cowley County Community College. In cooperation with the College Endowment Association, the project is centered around an exhibit and tea room.

Original and kit designs of miniature houses and other types of dwellings will be shown along with collectible and individually created dolls and other miniatures. New to the show is the round robin workshop providing "hands on" activities and sharing ideas for working with miniatures.

Ph: 620-442-0236 (Always call and confirm events)

5 Xi Alpha Upsilon Craft Show - In 1976 Xi Alpha Upsilon hosted their first craft fair. Held in mid-November, this fair is the perfect opportunity to purchase those unique holiday gifts. The quilt raffle, crafts and concessions draw between 2000-3000 participants.

Address: Agri-Business Bldg, 712 W Washington Ave , Arkansas City, Kansas
Ph: 620-441-8513 (Always call and confirm events)

Attractions and Upcoming Events

Stan Herd's Prairie Man

Prairie Man is an artistic response to a Kansas petroglyph of an original prairie dweller. The three-acre Prairie Man was created by subtle manipulations of ancient prairie grasses on a south-sloping face of a rock-strewn dry watershed. The piece can be seen from both highway and the air.

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Cowley County State Lake

Cowley County State Lake, covering 85 acres, is mainly for fishing, but has campsites and picnic areas also. Along with many of the lakes in the area, it features channel catfish, a variety of bass, crappie, bluegill, sun perch and other species.

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Chaplin Nature Center

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Cowley County Community College

Cowley County Community College, (CCCC), dates back to 1922 when it began as Arkansas City Junior College. The vocational-technical school was added in 1967, making Cowley the first community college in Kansas to combine technical and general curriculums. At present, there are 2,000

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Cherokee Strip Land Rush Museum

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