Events & Destinations

Events

Arkalalah – Arkansas City

A yearly fall festival created to boost the morale of the townspeople in 1928. It includes parades, food vendors, a carnival, craft fairs, and much much more.

Visit arkalalah.com for more information.

Prairiefest – Arkansas City

Prairiefest is a yearly festival in June showcasing regional arts, foods, and talents.

Visit prairiefestks.org for more information.

Walnut Valley Festival (Bluegrass) – Winfield

To people in Cowley County, Bluegrass isn’t just music, it’s a lifestyle. Held every September, the Walnut Valley Festival showcases the greatest musicians that the area has to offer.

Visit wvfest.com for more information.

Destinations

Chaplin Nature Center

From the Chaplin Nature Center website: Chaplin Nature Center is owned and operated by the Wichita Audubon Society. The trails are open AT NO CHARGE to the public from sunrise to sunset, seven days a week.

The Visitor’s Center has new educational exhibits, just opened in May, 2008. They feature changeable modules, so you can learn and enjoy new things with each visit!

Cherokee Strip Museum

Located on 31639 U.S. 77 south of Arkansas City, the Cherokee Strip Museum showcases the Land Rush in 1893. For more information, visit arkcity.org

Cowley County Historical Museum

Located at 1011 Mansfield Street  Winfield, KS 67156.

Cowley State Fishing Lake

Cowley State Fishing Lake attracts wildlife from the surrounding tallgrass prairie. Upland sandpipers, common nighthawks, and eastern meadowlarks are common throughout the summer.

The trees surrounding the lake attract migrating songbirds as well as a few nesters, including northern orioles, kingbirds, robins, and mourning doves.

Visit naturalkansas.org for more information.

Cowley Lake Waterfall

Learn more about the Cowley Lake waterfall here.

Henry’s Candy Co.

The little candy factory made famous by some big flavors. Stop by the shop in Dexter and grab some candy! Located at 21172 K15 Hwy in Dexter, KS 67038.

Stone Bridges

Explore the rich history of Cowley County’s famous stone bridges.

Winfield City Lake

Visit the city of Winfield’s website for more information.

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