Arts & Culture

Arts & Culture

A collection of live music, seasonal festivals, museums, and more are available throughout Harvey county.

Performing Arts

Catch live music throughout the year with the Hesston Bethel Performing Arts concerts. Music ranges from choral ensembles, string and wind instrumentalists, and theatrical performances sponsored by Hesston College and Bethel College (North Newton).

Bethel Performing Arts

The Prairie Window Concert Series features American Roots music accompanied by gourmet food in a prairie garden setting. Concerts are sponsored and hosted by Dyck Arboretum of the Plains.

Dyck Arboretum of the Plains

Music Theatre Wichita, founded in 1972 and currently the largest subscribed not-for-profit arts organization in the state of Kansas, has attained an international reputation for excellence. Each summer at Century II Performing Arts Center in downtown Wichita, MTWichita self-produces five Broadway-scale musical productions, using a unique mixture of top-flight professionals from Broadway and Hollywood working hand-in-hand with talented Midwesterners.

Music Theatre Wichita

The Wichita Symphony Orchestra was founded in 1944 and is one of the oldest and most active arts organizations in Kansas. Throughout its 73 years of existence, the orchestra’s mission has been to provide the state with the highest quality musical presentations for as many different audiences as possible.

Wichita Symphony

Seasonal Festivals

Bethel College Fall Festival is a showcase of student music, theatrical performance, art, and Mennonite cuisine.

The Taste of Newton is a downtown gathering that promises a variety of food, music, and entertainment all provided by community groups and organizations.


Kauffman Museum is located in North Newton and features Mennonite, prairie, as well as traveling exhibits.

Kauffman Museum

Harvey County Historical Museum and Archives is located in Newton and celebrates a common history and culturally diverse community by sharing stories from the past, experiences of the present, and possibilities for the future through creative and dynamic exploration of objects, documents, and photos.

Harvey County Historical Museum and Archives

The historic Warkentin House is the former home of Bernhard and Wilhelmina Warkentin, built in 1887. It is a splendid example of the Victorian period in American architecture and furnishings. As a museum, the house offers a glimpse into the way the Warkentins lived, since 80 percent of the original furnishings remain.

Warkentin House
Contact Information

Harvey County EDC
500 N. Main, St. 109
Newton, KS 67114
(800) 648-7759
(316) 283-6033
(316) 283-8732