Save the Date!

The 25th annual Kansas Storytelling Festival will be April 27-28, 2018. You won't want to miss a single story in this celebration of some of the Festival's favorite tellers and stories!
The Uncalled For Trio, comprised of Andy Offutt Irwin, Kim Weitkamp, and Bil Lepp, will be entertaining the crowd individually and in cahoots with each other. Be prepared for laughs. We're not sure who will have more fun, but it will be worth the time to check and see.
Pippa White will be returning with her poignant and dramatic interpretations to the history around us here in the Midwest, and reminding us of the heritage and traditions that make our communities and families so individual.
And Dino O'Dell will be delighting the crowds with his stories and music for the young and not-so-young.
But wait - there's more! To fully appreciate all the stories at this 25th Festival, you must come and be a part of it. We'll have the welcome mat out.

#MYSTORY Clinic for Young Storytellers!

On March 3, 2018, the Kansas Storytelling Festival is presenting #mystory, a 1-day clinic for middle school and older students to learn more about the art of storytelling. Click on "Special Opportunities" for more information.

Celebrate stories!

The Kansas Storytelling Festival opens on a Friday afternoon and closes the following evening. Within this charmed pocket of time the Kansas Storytelling Festival offers two evening concerts and many separate sessions of stories, workshops and music. There's something for everyone; Puppets and Stories for Children, Homespun Tales, Historical Portrayals, Poetry, Music, and more.

On Friday afternoon and all day Saturday, storytelling sessions are held simultaneously at different locations, all within comfortable walking distance. Stories continue almost until the evening storytelling concerts. For your convenience, local organizations provide food options at the festival as well as local restaurants, and opportunities to sit down and exchange stories with a friend abound.

Downs, Kansas, is called the "The Town of Many Stories," and rightly so. We tell stories. We listen to stories. We save stories. Each April since 1994 we honor stories by hosting the Kansas Storytelling Festival.

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