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Free State Festival title image featuring the exterior of the Lawrence Arts Center and a head shot of John Waters.

In the interest of public health and safety, the Free State Festival has made the difficult decision to postpone its annual event until June 2021. Much thought and care has been made in planning this year’s Free State Festival and we are thrilled to share with you that the essence of our programming (including headliners John Waters and Boots Riley) will remain intact for our new dates in 2021. In the meantime, we look forward to finding new ways to connect with you through virtual programming, online screenings, and unique film events.


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