Red, white, blue & you: An irresistible arts experience.
As the shimmering gold proscenium curtain rises on another enjoyable production at the magnificent C.L. Hoover Opera House, a restored 1880’s architectural gem…As the brilliant burst of fireworks lights up the night sky at Sundown Salute, Kansas’ largest free Independence Day celebration…As a painting—real art!—actually takes shape beneath your brush under expert tutelage at the Junction City Arts Council’s Friday evening adult Art Party….As you savor great blues music and mouthwatering Kansas barbecue under a sapphire September sky…that’s when you realize: The “local color” is just your style in a place where love of country is matched by love of life.
A few highlights of our entertaining arts:
C. L Hoover Opera House. The arts have always enjoyed a special place in our hearts—and on our map, as you can see from the C.L. Hoover Opera House, the crown jewel of Junction City’s downtown since 1882. The Romanesque landmark was a mammoth undertaking for such a small town, and at first the Opera House served extra duty as courthouse, jail and fire department all in one. And when the “talkies” arrived, it thrilled as a movie theatre. Today, it’s the heartland hub for live theatre, ballet, orchestral performances, children’s plays, popular and independent movies and musical performances of all genres.
Junction City Arts Council: Saturdays are lively and lovely at the Arts Council Studio when free art classes for children ages 7 through 12 bring out budding artists while cultivating a deeper arts appreciation. But why limit the life-enriching experience of making art to children? Held each Friday, the Art Party is delightful event, BYOW (Bring Your Own Wine) and BYOE (Bring Your Own Enthusiasm), helping adults of all experience and skill levels create their own painting masterpieces. The annual Arts in the Park, local art showings and writer’s workshops round out a year-long schedule of engaging events.
Sundown Salute: The largest Independence Day celebration in Kansas celebrates our American freedom the best way possible: It’s free for everyone. The thrilling patriotic parade with thousands of American flags waving in the breeze sets the exciting tone, while military displays, 5 and 10K road races, celebrity musical acts, and delicious local delicacies are also part of the fun. And it’s all capped off by the gigantic fireworks display in downtown Junction City.
Our 12-month calendar of can’t-miss events includes:
January: Eagle Day at Milford Nature Center
April: Kansas Birding Festival
May: Run for the Wall
June: National Biplane Fly-In
August: Float your Boat Cardboard races
September: Jammin’ in JC Blues & BBQ Festival
October: Fort Riley Ghost Tours
November: Christmas Parade
Landmark leadership. Living values.
Enjoy the special atmosphere of a place where American leaders made history on the field of battle and on sports fields as well. Baseball is a proud tradition for us; Dwight Eisenhower played baseball here before he went to West Point, and today the Rathert Baseball Stadium is always home run for visitors.
You’ll think you stepped back in time as you enter historic Rathert Stadium. Built in the 1930’s as part of the New Deal Work Project Administration, Rathert Stadium was described as “the finest baseball stadium in Kansas”. This architectural landmark is constructed of native limestone with wooden seating. Circular in shape, the stadium faces northeast and the open grillwork in the back provide for improved air circulation. Come out and enjoy the sights and sounds of America’s favorite pass time. Play Ball!
The Junction City Brigade is a summer collegiate, wood bat baseball team in Junction City, Kansas and a member of the Mid-Plains League. The Brigade was founded by the Junction City Community Baseball Club in 2013. Club president Cecil Aska says that it has “re-energized the sport of baseball in the area. We provide affordable, quality family entertainment for our community. We strive to enhance the efforts of our local youth baseball programs. We truly believe that we can make Junction City a destination place where people can come to see quality baseball played in a fantastic atmosphere.”
The team plays their games at historic Rather Stadium on West 13 th Street and it is attracting players from colleges and universities throughout the United States. People come from throughout the region to watch baseball in Junction City, Kansas.
Monuments and points of attraction include:
- Kansas Vietnam Veterans Memorial
- Buffalo Soldiers Memorial
- Rathert Historic Baseball Stadium
- Milford Nature Center & Fish Hatchery
- U.S. Cavalry Museum
- The Custer House Museum
- 1st Infantry Division Museum
Geary County Historical Museum