About the Festival

Special note: As of September 2017, we are having technical difficulties in updating our home page and other pages. Please be patient while we try to fix these problems. In the meantime, we would like to announce:

Astra is proud to endorse and support The Oak Ridge Boys Christmas Celebration Tour concert at Historic Memorial Hall in Independence, Kansas on November 19, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.! The box office at 123 N, 8th St. opens at 10:00 a.m. on Nov. 14 through Nov. 18. Phone sales to (620) 330-3795 also open at this time. The box office at Memorial Hall will open at 2:00 p.m. the day of the concert. For infor and tickets, visit their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/4LeafMarketing/

Also....Astra Arts Festival to again host their Haunted Tour on Friday, Oct. 13, 2017!

Just in time for the spookiest time of the year, “Astra Arts Festival—2018” will sponsor a special encore of its popular “Haunted Indy Tour” of eerie sites in Independence—or, at least stories about places reputedly haunted!  The tour—which also takes a tongue-in-cheek touch--takes place at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, October 13 and advanced confirmed reservations are required.

Cost is $20 each for the approximate 90-minute tour, which includes van transportation and knowledgeable guides. Participants must be age 18 or older. The trip will abound with “mostly” true scary stories and visits to sites where legend holds of supernatural activity throughout the history of Independence.

Tour-goers should call Astra at (620) 266-1974 and leave a call-back message.  Reservations are not confirmed until Astra staff call back patrons and verify that there is room on the tour. Seating is very limited. Departure and return is at Riverside Park in front of the Riverside Aquatics Center.

More About the Astra Arts Festival

The Astra Arts Festival embraces music, literature, theater, and visual arts, amid the comfort of small-town hospitality.  Astra features renowned professional artists, but also plenty of outlets for grassroots talent.  Even children have their chances to star. 

Held every two years, the next Astra Arts Festival is July 6-8, 2018.

The William Inge Center for the Arts at Independence Community College was instrumental in founding the Astra Arts Festival, in 2014. It began with assistance of a National Endowment for the Arts “Our Town” grant to Independence Community College.  Since 1981, the college has produced the William Inge Theatre Festival, the Official Theatre Festival of the State of Kansas.

Now, the Astra Arts Festival is operated as its own non-profit 501-(c) 3 organization.  A multitude of community groups band together to present this summer time celebration.