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Fridays on Forest returns with a big kick-off

Street to close at 1 p.m.

Forest Avenue, the street in front of the Great Bend Tribune, will close to motor traffic at 1 p.m. on Friday, April 28, as Great Bend Alive prepares for Friday on Forest. The area from Main Street to Williams Street will be an entertainment district, with events and vendors from 5-9 p.m. Admission is free.

Great Bend Alive brings back Fridays on Forest this Friday, April 28, with a kick-off event from 5-9 p.m. that features three bands.

Forest Avenue, from Williams Street to Main Street, will be closed to motorists starting at 1 p.m. The event will start at 5 p.m. with a Great Bend Chamber of Commerce ribbon-cutting ceremony to open the entertainment district for the 3rd season.

Lovegrass Music Festival Association (LMFA) has partnered with Great Bend Alive to bring three highly acclaimed bands: Gravel Yard from Arkansas, the Brook Blanche Band from Wichita, and Old Fangled from Lawrence.


Monthly entertainment

Fridays on Forest events take place on the last Friday of the month from April to October. All are welcome and no ticket is needed for the free concerts. This month’s event is sponsored by Marmie’s Auto Group.

As a reminder, no outside food or drinks come into the district, no drinks leave the consumption area, no smoking is permitted, and no pets are allowed. In addition to great music, attendees can purchase delicious food from vendors Lumpy’s, Los Dos Potrillos, Brand 17 BBQ, Mock N’Roll, RePerks, and Yo Dog Wieners, as well as alcoholic beverages from vendors Los Dos Potrillos, Lumpy’s, Charlie’s Place and Dry Lake Brewing. 


About Great Bend Alive

Great Bend Alive has been designated as a Kansas Main Street Program by the Kansas Department of Commerce. Great Bend Alive, the downtown development arm of Great Bend Economic Development, has a focus on historic preservation, events/promotion, development/economic vitality, and design/streetscape.  

For more information visit, or follow Great Bend Alive on Facebook, Instagram, and TikTok.