McPherson County Events 2017

Lindsborg—“Maybe All You Need is a Weekend in Lindsborg!” 2017

For more information, call the Lindsborg’s Convention & Visitors Bureau at (toll free) 888-227-2227 or visit our website at

February 11, A Chocolate Lover's Affair

Lindsborg Arts Council (LAC) is excited to announce the 23rd Annual Chocolate Lover’s Affair and Art Auction. This event will feature various local businesses and artists showcasing their talents as well as supporting the arts for the Lindsborg and surrounding Smoky Valley community in the new J.O. Sundstrom Conference Center.

All of the proceeds from the evening will be used to help fund two $1,500 scholarships awarded to local high school-aged, college bound students from the Smoky Valley area who have demonstrated great promise in an artistic field.

The LAC invites you to make the rounds, snap a commemorative photo, taste the chocolates and beverages at the local venues, pick up a fine art piece from the auction and support the arts and the artists of our community. Proceeds fund college scholarships for local aspiring high school artists.


  • Venue: J.O. Sundstrom Conference Center, 102 N. Main St.
  • February 11, 7pm-11pm
  • $25


March 25, Våffeldagen

Make plans to spend the day in Lindsborg eating waffles for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Originating in Sweden, Våffeldagen is an entire day dedicated to the delicious waffle, and the upcoming arrival of spring. De smakar mycket goda! They taste very good!


  • Venue: Restaurants in Lindsborg, various locations.
  • March 25, 10am-5pm
  • Cost of waffle, free to attend


April 6-16, Messiah Festival of the Arts

The Messiah Festival of the Arts proudly announces the major concert events and theme for its 2017 season. This year's Festival is titled "Connections: Embracing the Unexpected" and will feature a wide variety of art, music and theatrical events during the 10-day event beginning April 6 and continuing through Easter Sunday, April 16, 2017.

This year's festival features the jazz vocal group, Take 6, in concert on Sunday, April 9 at 3:00 p.m. in Presser Auditorium on the Bethany College campus. Tickets for the performance are $45, $40, and $35, and can purchased online or by phone on January 2, 2017.

The Messiah Festival will partner with the Lindsborg Landmark Concert series when it opens its second season with the Lindsborg Jazz Walk. The Jazz Walk will take place on Friday, April 7 from 7:00-10:00 p.m. in historic downtown Lindsborg and will feature celebrated Kansas City percussionists and Bethany graduate, Brandon Draper. The walk will begin in the evening and feature different styles of jazz at different locations on Main Street.  From blues to world music, the audience will be treated to a wide variety of styles of jazz that complement the unique locations throughout the walk.  Draper will bring some widely acclaimed, talented, friends to help create the unique experiences at each location.

A theatre improv workshop will take place on Monday, April 10 at 6:30 p.m. in the Pearson Chapel of Performing Arts at Bethany College. The workshop is free and open to the public.

The Bethany Oratorio Society will perform its historic and rich performances of J.S. Bach's "Passion According to St. Matthew" on Good Friday, April 14 at 7:30 p.m. and G.F. Handel's "Messiah" on Easter Sunday, April 16 at 3:00 p.m. The Bethany Oratorio Society has been performing Handel's "Messiah" continuously since 1882 and Bach's "Passion" since 1929. During Holy Week each year in Lindsborg, the more than 300 member community chorus and orchestra are joined by professional operatic guest soloists for the performances. Guest soloists this year include: Nola Richardson, soprano; Daniel Moody, alto-countertenor; Tyler Ray, tenor; and Brendan Fitzgerald, bass.

Tickets for each concert will go on sale January 2, 2017. They can be purchased online at or by calling the Messiah Festival office at (785) 227-8229, ext. 8235. Early bird discount tickets are available until February 15, 2017 and group discounts are available for groups of 10 or more for the Bach performance. For all ticketing information as well as a complete festival calendar, go to

Additional events in the Messiah Festival schedule include the 118th Midwest Art Exhibit at the Birger Sandzén Gallery, the Messiah Juried Student Art Exhibition at the Mingenback Art Center Gallery, Symphonic Band Concert, and Student Honors Recital.


  • Venue: Presser Hall, 335 E. Swensson St.
  • April 6-16, 3pm and 7pm
  • Tickets for the performances are $45, $40, and $35


April 29, Lindsborg in Bloom

Feelin' groovy? Lindsborg will be filled with cool heads on Saturday, April 23, for Lindsborg in Bloom, a celebration of peace, love and all things 1960s. The feeling rolls from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. as Lindsborg merchants host sidewalk sales, drawings for door prizes and many giveaways throughout the day. A Swedish Folk Dancer bake sale, featuring tea rings, Kringler and almond cake is available as well. There will be children's activities and artistic experiences. Live street musicians will perform throughout the day. Hamburgers and hotdogs are provided by Kiwanis from 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. and cold drinks by Brick House Grill. Everyone is encouraged to dress up sixties style as we will also be having a costume contest beginning at 1:00 p.m. on Main St. Spread the love and come to Lindsborg!


  • Venue: downtown Lindsborg, 100 block of N. and S. Main St.
  • 10am-5pm
  • Free


May 6 & 7, Millfest

The 1898 Smoky Valley Roller Mills is put into operation once a year for the annual Millfest hosted by the McPherson County Old Mill Museum complex located at 120 Mill Street. Admission is $2 for adults; $1 for ages 6-12; youth 5 and under are free. Tours begin every ten minutes. During Millfest, guides and millers walk visitors through the mill with all the machinery in motion. You must be 13 or older to tour the mill while in operation. For families with small children, a tour is offered at 5:00 p.m. Lively harmonies of Americana folk music will be provided by regional musicians. A quilt show in the 1904 Swedish Pavilion, wood carvers, and wheat and fiber art weaving exhibitors will be ready and willing to take you back in time. Experience a one-room schoolhouse with slates and chalk. Challenge your dexterity with old fashioned hoops and stilts. These are just some of the sights and sounds to retrace the steps of a bygone era. Millfest would not be complete without great barbecue. Both days, enjoy Buddy's BBQ and homemade ice cream.


  • Venue: McPherson Co. Old Mill Museum, 120 Mill St.
  • May 6: 9am-5pm; May 7: noon-5pm
  • Admission is $2 for adults; $1 for ages 6-12; youth 5 and under are free

June 17, Midsummer's Festival

A national Swedish holiday celebrated with Swedish food, music, dancing, art, games and the raising of the Midsommarstång (Midsummer Pole). This festival, held to celebrate the beginning of summer, is one of the most popular of all Swedish celebrations, and Lindsborg is proud to host this fun-filled family oriented Swedish-American festival in our beautiful Riverside Park. There will be live entertainment throughout the day, including a full slate of children’s activities, including a bouncy castle, mini-train, crafts, games, stories, and more. Create a blomkran, (crown of flowers) one of the most important parts of the festival with the Lindsborg Arts Council. The Lindsborg Swedish Folk Dancers and the Folksdanslag will perform Scandinavian dances in Swedish costumes. There will be plenty of opportunities for you to join in the dancing, especially around the Maypole in Heritage Square! Food vendors will provide yummy treats and, a beer garden will be available! Arts and craft vendors will be on hand as well. Admission is free to the festival!

Other Midsummer activities include The Midsummer's 5K/2 Mile Walk, the 4th annual Kubb tournament, a night swim and an evening concert.


  • Venue: Riverside Park , Corner of First St. & Lindsborg St.
  • June 17: 10am-11pm
  • Free


July 21, 22, 28 & 29, Broadway RFD presents “Theatre Under the Stars”

The 2017 production of the musical “Beauty and the Beast” will be held in Swensson Park on the Band Shell under the stars. All shows begin at 8:30 p.m.  Established in 1959, Broadway RFD is the longest running outdoor theatre in Kansas.


  • Venue: Band Shell in Swensson Park, 400 block of N. Main st.
  • July 21, 22, 28 & 29; 8:30-11:30pm
  • $10 adults, $7 children


August 5, Smoky Valley Classic Car Show

This show's popularity stems from the shade-filled location and small town hospitality. Growing larger each year, the car show gives out 100 awards to participants. Popular awards are Police Chief’s Choice and Sheriff’s Choice for the cars most likely to be stopped by those agencies and the Kansas Highway Patrol award for the car most likely to be stopped for no reason at all!  Dash plaques awarded to the first 125 entries.  Vendors, food and t-shirts located in the shade of Swensson Park from 8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.  Located near shopping, galleries and restaurants.

  • Venue: Swensson Park, 400 block of N. Main St.
  • August 5, 8am-3:30pm
  • Free

August 26, Street Dance

Who is ready to be Midasized? Bring the family, your lawn chair, and get ready to dance the night away with the best rock and roll band in Kansas, King Midas!  8:00 p.m.-11:00 p.m., 100 block of N. Main Street.


  • Venue: downtown Lindsborg, 100 block of N. Main St.
  • August 16, 8-11pm
  • Free


October 13 & 14, Svensk Hyllningsfest

Svensk Hyllningsfest is the biennial celebration of honoring the Swedish immigrants who settled in the Smoky Valley in 1869. Started in 1941, the festival features art, crafts, special foods, ethnic music, folk dancing, parade, smörgåsbord and special entertainment. The festival coincides with the Bethany College Football Homecoming.


  • Venue: various locations & downtown Lindsborg
  • October 13 & 14
  • Free with purchase of support button


October 14, Coronado Heights Run

15K, 5K, 1 mile youth run, and a 2 mile fun walk.  This annual event began as a program to encourage Bethany College students to better fitness, and has become an anticipated area event for participants of all ages.  The 15K run includes a 1  mile run up and back down Coronado Heights, with an elevation change of 300’. Chip timing available by Oz Endurance Racing.


  • Venue: around town and Coronado Heights
  • October 14
  • $20/$25


October 15, Falun Classic 34-Mile Bicycle Ride

The Falun Classic is a fun, 34-mile ride on black top. The ride begins at 1:30 p.m. in Swensson Park, goes south on Main Street, west on Highway 4, north and east on Falun Road, south on 13th Avenue, and east on Swensson Street to finish up at Swensson Park.


  • Venue: Swensson Park, 100 block N. Main St.
  • October 15
  • $25


November 11, Holiday Open House

Lindsborg Holiday Open House! Start your holiday season with a full day of fun and shopping in Little Sweden, USA November 12th. Enjoy this all day experience as businesses will open at 10:00 a.m. and stay open until 5:00 p.m. Enter to win large Lindsborg gift certificate shopping sprees by getting a stamp from each of the participating locations. Maps available in every store downtown. Plus, there will be in-store drawings and refreshments! Register to win a shopping spree giveaway!


  • Venue: Lindsborg Business community
  • November 11, 10am-5pm
  • Free


November 25, Small Business Saturday

Small Business Saturday is a day dedicated to supporting small businesses across the country. It's our local stores' answer to the big box stores’ Black Friday events. This day is celebrated each year on the Saturday after Thanksgiving.

Shopping, coffee, warm Swedish pastries, cozy dining....sound good? Then come on out and support our local merchants as we enter the holiday season. Find that special one-of-a-kind gift for your friends and loved ones. Show love, shop small.


  • Venue: Lindsborg Business community
  • November 25, 10am-5pm
  • Free


December 2, Artists’ Studio Open House (Christmas)

Acquaint yourself for the first time or yet again to the welcoming artistic community of Lindsborg. Start at the Red Barn Studio and pick up a map to serve as your guide.

  • Venue: various studios around Lindsborg; Red Barn Studio, 212 S. Main St.
  • Free

December 2, Snowflake Parade & Ugly Sweater Contest

The Snowflake Parade is for everyone! Don't just come and watch, plan to be part of the fun, December 3rd. All snowflakes, Christmas bells, snowmen and ugly sweater-wearers welcome! Which brings us to the....Ugly Sweater Contest! Right after the parade, show off your ugly sweater to win either $50 for 1st prize or $25 for 2nd prize!


  • Venue: downtown Lindsborg
  • 11am-12pm
  • Free


December 2, Christmas at the Old Mill

Children’s crafts, cookie decorating and Santa Claus—ring in the holiday season with this memorable family event!


  • Venue: McPherson Co. Old Mill Museum, 120 Mill St.
  • December 2, 1-5pm
  • Admission is $2 for adults; $1 for ages 6-12; youth 5 and under are free


December 9, St. Lucia Festival

A favorite Swedish holiday tradition, also observed in Lindsborg, is the St. Lucia Festival celebrating the figure that is the emblem of light on a long winter day. The day begins at 10:00 a.m. with live holiday music downtown. Folk dancers, live Scandinavian music and a processional of girls in white carrying candles and stjärngosse (star boys) lead the crowd to the Bethany Lutheran Church where the annual St. Lucia is honored with a crown of candles and fire.


  • Venue: downtown Lindsborg & Bethany Lutheran Church, 120 N. Main St.
  • December 9, 10am-4pm
  • Free


December 9, Old-Fashioned Christmas

The Old Mill Museum will be filled with the sights and sounds of an old fashioned prairie Christmas.  Enjoy a shepherd sharing the traditional Christmas story in the stable, a guided tour of the historic Smoky Valley Roller Mills, Santa Claus, children’s crafts and cookie decorating.  Ring in the holiday season with this memorable family event!  Follow the glowing lanterns from activity to activity in historic buildings from 5:30-8:00 p.m.


  • Venue: McPherson Co. Old Mill Museum, 120 Mill St.
  • December 9, 1-5pm
  • Admission is $2 for adults; $1 for ages 6-12; youth 5 and under are free


December 10, Jultide at Bethany

The Bethany College Choir and the Handbell Ensemble come together for a memorable evening.


  • Venue: Presser Hall, 335 E. Swensson
  • December 10, 4-5pm
  • Free with a goodwill donation


December 25, Julotta

Traditional Swedish Christmas Lutheran Church service begins at 6:00 a.m. A brass ensemble sends the call to worship at 5:45 a.m. in the bell tower at Bethany Lutheran Church.


  • Venue: Bethany Lutheran Church, 120 N. Main St.
  • December 25, 6am-8am
  • Free


December 26, Annandag Jul

Annandag Jul means literally "another day of Christmas" an official part of the Christmas holiday in Sweden. Experience a traditional Lutheran Church service in Swedish. Service begins at 10:00 a.m.


  • Venue: Bethany Lutheran Church, 120 N. Main St.
  • December 26, 10-11am
  • Free