Prairie Festival 2026 - Celebrating 50th Anniversary of The Land Institute
June 1, 2023, Salina, Kansas: The next Prairie Festival will be held in 2026 in conjunction with celebrating the 50th Anniversary of The Land Institute. We will not have a festival this fall or in ‘24 or ‘25.
Until then, The Land Institute will dedicate the next few years to building the broader perennial movement. Our home place will continue to persist in the Central Great Plains Smoky Hill River hub, and we’ll seek to deepen and broaden the international movement in new and different ways. We’ll return to our roots by intensively engaging small groups of staff, partners, and advocates to explore big ideas for the future. We’ll engage with policymakers, the broader agriculture community, and civil society on diverse perennial grains, perennial cultures, and issues that impact the reconciliation of humans, our place, and our responsibilities within nature.
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Prairie Festival is held at The Land Institute in Salina, Kansas, USA.
Salina is located at the junction between Interstate 135, running north and south, and Interstate 70, running east and west.
Nearby airports include Salina Airport, Wichita Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport, and Kansas City International Airport. Car rentals are available at each airport, along with some shuttle services.
The first Prairie Festival occurred in 1979 on Sam and Terry Evans’ farm near Salina, Kansas, with David Brower as the featured speaker. Since then, our signature annual public event has drawn thousands of attendees worldwide.
Held over the last weekend of September along the banks of the Smoky Hill River on The Land Institute’s home campus outside Salina, Kansas, the festival revolves around “low tech” presentations by notable guests in The Land Institute’s Big Barn.
The Prairie Festival offers a unique opportunity to interact with some of the world’s most compelling authors, thinkers, artists, and advocates focused on agriculture, food, the environment, science, sustainability, and social and environmental justice.
Our science staff provides tours and an in-depth update on our plant breeding and ecology work and partnerships. There’s excellent food and music, the Hedge Fire Circle, and always a few surprises. Join us for the “intellectual hootenanny,” that has become a remarkable can’t-miss event on the prairie.
Videos of talks and presentations from previous Prairie Festivals can be viewed in our Video & Audio Library. To see the most recent speakers, visit 2019 speaker presentations on our YouTube channel.=