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Celebrate summer at the Smoky Hill River Festival

River Festival.

In the heat of summer, Salina, KS throws its legendary Smoky Hill River Festival, known throughout the nation as the Midwest's premier arts festival. Held each June at historic Oakdale Park near the banks of the Smoky Hill River, the River Festival fills its three-and-a-half days with family-friendly fun and top-shelf cultural programming to kick off the Kansas summer season.

With fresh amenities and service, the BEST WESTERN PLUS Midwest Inn & Suites is a great place to gear up for the River Festival's activities, events, and sheer number of things to do. Located just off I-135 at Schilling Road (Exit 89), our hotel is only a ten-minute drive away from Oakdale Park. Enjoy an easy drive on Old Highway 81 and Mulberry Street.

As a celebration for the community of Salina, the festival offers everybody something to look forward to. Here’s just a taste of the festival's highlights:

  • Art and cultural programming
  • Fine arts show
  • Arts and crafts demonstrations
  • Children's art activities
  • Fine arts and crafts booths
  • Big name musical entertainment
  • Delicious festival food

After a day of exploring the beauty of Kansas art and enjoying the summer days, explore the comforts of the BEST WESTERN PLUS Midwest Inn & Suites. We invite you in to relax in our indoor pool or keep up with your routine in our exercise facility before capping the night off with some rest in your spacious and comfortable room. We even send you off on the next leg of your journey with a complimentary full hot breakfast.

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