Hays CVB plans summer events

As people begin to get back out for food and fun following a year of event cancellations, many may look to Hays for their 2021 summer entertainment.

Whether you’re a sports fanatic, music lover, art enthusiast or beer buff, events on the calendar in Hays this summer promise to excite. And Melissa Dixon, director of the Hays Convention and Visitors Bureau, said it is good to be back.

“It feels wonderful,” she said. “It has been quiet for a long time, and since Memorial Day, we have had a steady stream of travelers. It’s been so nice to hear from people, hear what their road trips are like, direct them to places around Hays — our attractions and our restaurants. And they’re coming from all over.”

Dixon spoke with the Hays Daily News to provide a rundown of summer events, which include music and beer festivals, baseball games, a cycling tour and an art walk, among others.

Attendees view an art display during the 2019 Hays Arts Council Summer Art Walk. The art walk will be held in June this year.

In June, the Hays Arts Council will hold its Summer Art Walk downtown on June 18. Dozens of shops and galleries will stay open late, from 6:30-9:30 p.m. that day, to welcome visitors.

June also marks the start of the “Bach’s Lunch on the Bricks” series, which takes place the first, third and fifth Friday of each month through August. The lunch series features a free one-hour downtown concert that starts just after noon. Attendees may either purchase a $10 box lunch on site or bring their own food to enjoy.

Sara Evans performs during the 2018 Wild West Festival. The festival will be held this year during the first weekend in July.

In July, the Wild West Festival is expected to return for Fourth of July weekend. The event lasts July 1-4 and is expected to feature such acts as BlackHawk, Shenandoah, FireHouse and Logan Mize. Tickets for the festival are $20-150, depending on the entrance package.

“It’s a $20 ticket for three nights of concerts, so it’s the best deal around,” Dixon said. “The committee really tries to keep it family friendly. That’s why the tickets are so cheap.”