The Venue

How do I get to Alcove Spring Historic Park?

Alcove Spring is located on the East River Road off of Highway 36.

Can I bring in alcohol?

No. It is against state regulations to bring in alcohol; all bags will be searched upon entrance. However, we will have wonderful local beer for sale by Kansas Territory from Washington, KS, as well as several other delightful options to drink.

Can I bring in food?

No. However, there will be several food vendors to choose from, such as Mexican food, Italian food, burgers, BBQ, and carnival food.

Can I bring in my own chair or blanket?

Absolutely! We will also have a limited amount of chairs to rent for a minimal fee.

Will I have to sit in a chair?

That will be up to you. Keep in mind that the farther back you sit, the more room you will potentially have to spread out. We encourage you to take a look at our seating chart on our website, However, in this natural amphitheater, there really is no bad seat or spot.

What if I am handicapped or have an RV I’d like to bring?

We are absolutely able to accommodate you. Please call 785-619-6050 to make prior arrangements. Please keep in mind that Alcove Spring is 230+ acres of basically untouched land. While we are willing to help as much as we can, some walking or mobility is required to make the park accessible.

Will there be guided tours and hikes?

No. However, there are some awesome trails, and, of course, Alcove Spring. If you want to hike, do so with caution and come prepared! There will be a map to help you out!

What time does the park open?

Alcove Spring Historic Park opens at 3 pm. Come early to enjoy a hike through the natural beauty of Marshall County!

Can I stay the night at Alcove Spring before or after the concert?

No, unfortunately not.

The tickets

Do I need to bring my ticket with me?

Yes. All tickets must be scanned at the gate into the park. The full printed ticket sheet must be present.

Is there a limit as to how many tickets I can purchase?

Absolutely not! We’re hoping you bring your friends to add to our friends who will all become friends during the concert! We’ll be with 3000 of our best friends!

Can I be a volunteer?

Yes! Please contact our volunteer coordinator, Barb Buck via the contact form. Applications submitted are not guaranteed to be accepted.

How can I become a KANSAS VIP?

Please visit their website at for more information.

How can I become a VIP for this event?

Please call Ken and Zita Duensing at 785-250-1395.

What do I get if I purchase VIP tickets?

Please call Ken and Zita Duensing at 785-250-1395.

Is there tax on the tickets?

Yes. There is sales tax on all the ticket prices.

What are the prices of tickets?

$85—Pit-Experience: See the band sweat! An up-close concert experience in a one-of-a-kind venue.

$65—Mid-Park: A closer section that General Admission, offering a more personal experience.

$50—General Admission: While the farthest area from the band, this section offers the best view of the natural amphitheater.

The Parking

Is parking free?


How do I park?

There will be parking attendants who will direct you on how and where to park. Enter the parking field to the north of the main entrance of Alcove Spring.

What are the road conditions to Alcove Spring Historic Park?

The road to Alcove Spring Historical Park is seven miles of gravel country road. There are places that are narrow and are not ideal conditions for tour bus travel, but are definitely passable.

Can I come in a tour bus?

The more, the merrier! We are excited to host a concert with 3000 of our best friends! We would love to accommodate a tour bus. However, please call 785-629-6050 to make prior arrangements so we can make sure you have the best experience possible.

What else should I know about parking?

We suggest carpooling. There is enough parking for the amount of tickets being sold, but we suggest carpooling out to Alcove Spring.

The concert

When is KANSAS taking the stage?

KANSAS is beginning their show at 7 pm.

Is there an opening band for KANSAS?

Yes—the opening band will be announced in June.

What songs will I hear KANSAS play?

We are finishing out their Radio Classics &Fan Favorites tour, so you’ll hear great songs like “Dust in the Wind,”, “Carry On Wayward Son,” and “Point of Know Return,” plus many more!

The area

If I decide to come early before the park opens, what can I do in Marysville, Blue Rapids, Frankfort, or Waterville?

We are so excited to have you to enjoy our towns in Marshall County before the big concert! All of our towns have wonderful museums. If you’re in Marysville, browse our wonderful selection of shops and businesses on Main Street and beyond. Want to warm up your legs with a bit of hiking preparation? Grab a map of the twenty-one black squirrel statues and start your hunt! Several of them are located downtown or within walking distance. In Blue Rapids, enjoy the awesome Town Square and the fun businesses located on it. Don’t miss the Blue Rapids Museum! In Waterville, enjoy the historic Weaver Hotel and Opera House. You can also check with the Chamber to see if you can schedule a tour of their fun depot museum. For more information about Marysville, call the Chamber of Commerce at 785-562-3101. For information about Blue

Rapids, call the Chamber of Commerce at 785-363-7991. The Chamber of Commerce office in Waterville can help you out with more information at 785-799-4294.

Where do I stay when I’m in town?

The list of lodging & accommodations in Marysville, Blue Rapids, Frankfort and Waterville are available on our website, Which town were you interested in? Let me pull up the website and get phone numbers for the ones you’re interested in.

The Random Questions

What is the date and time of this concert?

KANSAS Rocks the Oregon Trail LIVE at Alcove Spring Historic Park on September 22, 2018. Gates open at 3 pm; music starts at 6 pm, and KANSAS takes the stage at 7 pm.

How soon should I buy my tickets?

Purchase them NOW! We expect this concert to sell out. Don’t delay and miss your chance to see this awesome Topeka-born band this fall! Tickets are available for purchase on a first come, first served basis. Three seating areas are available.

What will the weather be like?

Your guess is as good as ours! It’s Kansas! 🙂 However, in 2017, the high temperature was 97 degrees, and the low was 71 degrees. It didn’t rain on the 22nd of September! The average temperature in September 2017 was 72.5 degrees.

What happens if it rains?

This concert will be held if it rains or shine.