Visit the Burford Theatre!

home of the historic World War II popcorn machine

Our Mission Statement:

Our mission is to benefit the area community by serving as a catalyst and partner to enrich lives through the arts, to inspire creative thinking, and to transform the Burford Theatre Complex into a community keystone and center for the arts.

Upcoming Events

October 6 – Big Head Todd and the Monsters Concert – Tickets available now!

  • Join us for a concert with BIG HEAD TODD AND THE MONSTERS on Thursday, October 6! Doors will open at 6:00pm and the show will start at 7:00pm. Balcony seats are $35 and Main Floor are $60. This concert will have the bar and concession stand. This concert is part of the 2022 VJ Wilkins Concert Series.

October 13 – Oktoberfest Meal at Thursdays @ 5

  • Join us for a delicious meal of brats or hot dogs, sauerkraut, onions, German potato salad or chips, and dessert! We’ll also have Prairie Voices singing some German songs for a portion of the evening!

October 30 – Aaron Watson Concert – Tickets available now!

  • Join us for Aaron Watson at the historic Burford Theatre in Arkansas City, Kansas. The opening act for this concert is Mike Love! Balcony seats available, main floor will have some standing (& dancing!) room available. This concert will feature a bar and concessions! Get your tickets now, they will be $45 on the day of the concert and at the door. The Aaron Watson Concert is part of the VJ Wilkins Concert Series.

2022 V.J. Wilkins Concert Series

We’re excited to share the line up in our 2022 Concert Series sponsored by the VJ Wilkins Foundation.

February 19, 2022 – Across the Pond Concert

May 13, 2022 – The Bellamy Brothers Concert (Opener: Steel Skarecrow)

July 23, 2022 – Whiskey River Band Concert

August 27, 2022 – Eclectix Concert

October 6, 2022 – Big Head Todd and the Monsters – Tickets available now!

October 30, 2022 – Aaron Watson Concert (Opener: Mike Love) – Tickets available now!

November 5, 2022 – EPIC Concert – Tickets available now!

December 17, 2022 – The Aerotones Big Band Concert – Dinner & Show AND Show-Only Tickets both available now!


BEWARE of online ticket resellers who are offering tickets to Burford events at INFLATED prices. This is the official website of Burford Theatre Arts, and the only official online ticket outlet for our events is HomeTown Ticketing.

Future Events

October 13 – Oktoberfest Thursday @ 5 – Join us for an Oktoberfest-themed meal available for purchase during our regular Thursday @ 5!

November 17-December 4 – Festival of Trees & Wreaths Silent Auction Fundraiser – Learn more here!

November 18-19 – Ark Valley Players presents: Amahl & the Night Visitors, an opera in one act by Gian Carlo Menotti. Directed by Nick Albrecht – Learn more here!

December 4 – Festival of Trees & Wreaths Brunch and Final Biddings – Learn more here!

February 10-11, 2023 – Ark Valley Players presents: Love Letters, a play by A. R. Gurney. Directed by Yazmin Wood – Learn more here!

March 31-April 1, 2023 – BisonBison Film Festival – Learn more here!

May 26-27, 2023 – Ark Valley Players presents: Star Spangled Girl, a hilarious comedy by Neil Simon. Directed by Dejon Ewing – Learn more here!