Masterclasses & Tour


Special note: As of September 2017, we are having technical difficulties in updating our home page and other pages. In the meantime, updates are below.

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

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.


Masterclasses--2016 Astra Arts Festival in Review

Masterclass with David Lee takes place Saturday, July 2, from 2:00-4:00p.m. at Independence Community College, Academic Building, Conference room 200.  Cost for the class is $25.00 and should be paid online or by mail to ASTRA Arts Festival, P.O.Box 374, Independence, KS 67301.  Your ticket is your registration for this class.

In another exhilarating workshop with Micah Martin, chef and expert on hard apple cider production, and Sean Waters, regional agricultural advocate, you will learn the necessary techniques to make craft hard cider in your own home.  You will also have the very unique opportunity to taste a number of ciders from around the world expertly paired with international cheeses.  After completing the workshop, each participant will receive a cider carafe with juice and the tools necessary to make their first batch.  Cost for the class is $25.00 paid online or by mail to ASTRA Arts Festival, P.O. Box 374, Independence, KS  67301. Your ticket is your registration.  Landon House; Sunday, July 3, 1:00-2:30p.m. and again at 3:00-4:30p.m. 15 participants per class.


The Haunted Indy Tour

Take a guided tour at night to haunted sites in Independence.  The trip comes complete with “mostly” true scary stories and road-trip snacks! Tickets:  $10.00 online.  Room for 30. Saturday, July 2, 9-11p.m.; Pick up at Booth Hotel.