The Land Institute’s Prairie Festival
Since the first Prairie Festival that took place in 1979 on Sam and Terry Evans’ farm near Salina, Kansas, with David Brower as the featured speaker, our signature annual public event has drawn thousands of attendees from around the world.
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.
Held over the last full 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.
Our science staff provides tours and an in-depth update on our plant breeding and ecology work and partnerships. There’s food and music, the Hedge Fire Circle, and always a few surprises. Join us for what The New York Times called an “intellectual hootenanny” and what has become a remarkable can’t-miss event on the prairie.
The 2017 festival theme – Urban Agriculture and Rural Agrarianism: Toward a Perennial Future – put thinkers, advocates and innovators from both sectors together in the barn for a lively and timely dialogue. Click here for a PDF version of the 2017 festival schedule and map.
The 2017 Prairie Festival has concluded, but you can view videos of all the talks and presentations from the 2017 festival, along with video presentations from other recent Prairie Festivals, in our Video & Audio Library.
The 2018 Prairie Festival is set for September 28-30, 2018. Check here for details closer to then, as well as on our Events Calendar. Follow us on social media using the links at the top of this page for details closer to and during the festival.
For information on visiting The Land Institute, including driving directions, local accommodations, and more, or if you can’t make it to the Prairie Festival but would like to visit The Land Institute, we can arrange for a tour at other times of the year, check out the Visit Us page of our website.