Fall Kansas Festivals

There’s an impressive list of fall festivals in Kansas this year.  Once you have moved past the Kansas Oktoberfest celebrations.  There’s a ton of fall festivals in September and October.  And some of the more unique festivals in the states.  A maple leaf festival outside of Canada?  A wizard of oz party?  These are just two from the list that you should definitely check out in 2017:

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Kansas State Fair - Hutchinson, KS - Sep 9 to Sep 18, 2016
Midway, carnival rides, car show, antique farm machinery show, exotic animal petting zoo, pig races, motorcycle rally & parade, antique tractor pull, pedal pull championships and more.

Greeley Smokeoff - Greeley, KS - Sep 9 to Sep 10, 2016
Over $3000 in prizes for this BBQ contest. There’s also live music, slow pitch softball and food tasting with donations to benefit local charities.

Derby BBQ Festival - Derby, KS - Sep 10 to Sep 10, 2016
People’s Choice Cook-off and kids chocolate chip cookie bake-off.

Spinach Festival - Lenexa, KS - Sep 10 to Sep 10, 2016
Celebrate at the Spinach Capital of the World (declared in the 1930s) with thousands of others. The World’s Largest Spinach Salad, spinach recipe contest, cooking demonstrations and kids’ activities. Held at Sar-Ko-Par Trails Park. Admission is $1 with children 12 and under free.

Perry Fall Festival - Perry, KS - Sep 10 to Sep 10, 2016

Walnut Valley Festival - Winfield, KS - Sep 14 to Sep 18, 2016
45th annual event. A music festival with bluegrass and other forms of acoustic music. Attendance is approximately 15,000 annually. Held on the third weekend in September at the Cowley County Fairgrounds.

Clearwater Fall Festival - Clearwater, KS - Sep 15 to Sep 18, 2016

Spring Hill Fall Festival - Spring Hill, KS - Sep 17 to Sep 17, 2016
62nd annual event with parade, arts & crafts, beer garden, food, live music and more.

Village West Winefest - Kansas City, KS - Sep 17 to Sep 17, 2016
Get wine and food from 30 restaurants on the Wine Walk, 100+ craft beers in the beer garden, fireworks and after party.

Plaxico Blues Festival - Paxico, KS - Sep 17 to Sep 17, 2016
Held annually on the third Saturday in September. Admission is free. Plenty of music, antiques and food.

Kincaid Free Fair - Kincaid, KS - Sep 22 to Sep 24, 2016
Annual carnival, entertainment, food and more as this small town of 200 expands to 4000+ for the festival.

Fall Festival - Valley Center, KS - Sep 23 to Sep 24, 2016

Cornstock - Garnett, KS - Sep 24 to Sep 24, 2016
The Anderson County Corn Festival. Live music, cornhole, night golf tournament, outdoor fun show and more.

McPherson Festival of Cultures - McPherson, KS - Sep 24 to Sep 25, 2016

Harvest Festival and Chili Cookoff - Paola, KS - Sep 24 to Sep 24, 2016

Louisburg Ciderfest - Louisburg, KS - Sep 24 to Oct 2, 2016

Overland Park Fall Festival - Overland Park, KS - Sep 24 to Sep 24, 2016

Fall Fest - Concordia, KS - Sep 24 to Sep 24, 2016

St John’s Oktoberfest - Lawrence, KS - Sep 24 to Sep 24, 2016
Live German band as well as kids games. 26 Kegs of Beer from 4 different Paulaner beers, Free State Oktoberfest, and Angry Orchard Crisp Hard Cider. Looks like beer starts at 3 PM and food starts at 4 PM.

Party on the Plaza Oktoberfest - Wichita, KS - Sep 24 to Sep 24, 2016

Goddard Fall Festival - Goddard, KS - Sep 30 to Oct 1, 2016

Rod Run - Hutchinson, KS - Sep 30 to Oct 2, 2016
A classic car show with main street cruise.  Hot rods, antique cars, motorcycles and more.

Shawnee Oktoberfest - Shawnee, KS - Sep 30 to Sep 30, 2016
The 14th annual Oktoberfest runs from 5 PM on Friday. It will include entertainment and dancers. Family friendly with games for kids, Kinderhall and moonwalk. Cost: Admission is free.

Fort Hays State University Homecoming/Oktoberfest - Hays, KS - Sep 30 to Oct 2, 2016
The annual Hays Oktoberfest from the Volga German Society. It will have german food, keg tapping and family friendly component. Held on Fort Hays State University Homecoming weekend. Oktoberfest is on Friday with the heritage celebration continuing on Saturday and Sunday (based on past history). Honor our Heritage events take place in a Beer Free Zone.

Bethel College Fall Festival - North Newton, KS - Oct 1 to Oct 1, 2016
The Saturday fall festival is preceded by Taste of Newton on Thursday, special events on Friday, and followed by the final performance of the fall fest stage production on Sunday. Fest has children’s activities, sports events, food, music and more.

Greater Kansas City Japan Festival - Overland Park, KS - Oct 1 to Oct 1, 2016

OZtoberfest - Wamego, KS - Oct 1 to Oct 1, 2016
Highway 99 and Lincoln Avenue (The Road to Oz) celebrates the classic American film the Wizard of Oz with a car show, costume contest, bike ride and more.

Fort Scott Fall Festival - Fort Scott, KS - Oct 1 to Oct 1, 2016

Scarecrow Festival - Shawnee, KS - Oct 1 to Oct 1, 2016

Oktoberfest Wichita - Wichita, KS - Oct 1 to Oct 1, 2016
It is a community event sponsored by The Church of the Blessed Sacrament Men’s Club. It is an outdoor event taking place on Quentin Street. Enjoy beer, bratwurst and music while in the beer garden. Children can enjoy the inflatables, rides and games. Musical lineup features multiple bands. Rosstoberfest 5K kicks off the event and there is also a one mile fun run. Bid in the silent auction or live auction to win fun prizes. $11 wrist band for all you can ride amusement rides. $5 cover charge after 7 PM. Complete dinner plate is $7.50, with ala carte brats available in the beer garden for $2.50.

Fairlawn Oktoberfest - Topeka, KS - Oct 1 to Oct 1, 2016
Fairlawn Plaza holds an annual Oktoberfest event from 10:00 am until 8:00 pm under their huge 8000 square foot tent in the parking lot. Event is host by the German-American Club of Topeka.

Oktoberfest Stafford - Staffod, KS - Oct 1 to Oct 1, 2016
There will be a parade, horseshoe tournament, scavenger hunt and an antique tractor show. Pumpkin decorating contest and cow patty bingo as well. They hold the largest wiener dog races in Kansas. There will be a food court, beer garden, stage entertainment and kid’s activities. Tanganyika Wildlife also puts on a show with exotic animals on the stage.

Oktoberfest Arts and Crafts Festival - Atchison, KS - Oct 1 to Oct 1, 2016
The Junior Guild’s 34th annual Oktoberfest with German food and music as well as more than 100 arts & crafts vendors. Event takes place all day Saturday. Several thousand attend the annual event along the outdoor mall.

Little Apple Brewing Company - Manhattan, KS - Oct 1 to Oct 1, 2016

Columbus Day Festival Hot Air Balloon Regatta - Columbus, KS - Oct 7 to Oct 9, 2016
Lots of events on the schedule here in addition to the colorful hot air balloons. BBQ cookoff, scarecrow contest, pancake breakfast, 5K, petting zoo, parade, car & motorcycle show, tractor pull, children’s corner, petting zoo, inflatables and more.

Shawnee Indian Mission Fall Festival - Fairway, KS - Oct 8 to Oct 9, 2016

Tastes and Talents - Garnett, KS - Oct 8 to Oct 8, 2016

Maple Leaf Festival - Wellsville, KS - Oct 15 to Oct 16, 2016
An annual community event on the third weekend in October since 1958. Parade with floats, marching bands and antique cars. Craft sale, quilt show, rides and more.

Family Fall Festival - Overland Park, KS - Oct 15 to Oct 15, 2016

Oktoberfest Lawrence - Lawrence, KS - Oct 15 to Oct 15, 2016

Baxter & Associates Oktoberfest - Wichita, KS - Oct 17 to Oct 17, 2016

Neewollah - Independence, KS - Oct 21 to Oct 29, 2016
Pageant, parades, marching band contest, carnival, medallion hunt, chili cook-off, 5/10K & fun run/walk, and more.

Haysville Fall Festival - Haysville, KS - Oct 21 to Oct 23, 2016

Arkalalah Fall Festival - Arkansas City, KS - Oct 26 to Oct 29, 2016
85th annual event. Carnival, parade, street games, food vendors, Queen Alalah and Little Mr. & Miss Arkalalah, and more.

Emerald City Steampunk Expo - Wichita, KS - Nov 4 to Nov 6, 2016

Kansas International Film Festival - Overland Park, KS - Nov 4 to Nov 10, 2016
Early bird passes are $50. Regular price is $60. A limited number of individual tickets also available. Held at the Glenwood Arts Theatre.

Future Events – 2017

If we find the dates for a festival next fall (September or October 2017) which does not have an event in 2016, we will post them here.

Svensk Hyllningsfest – Lindsborg – October 13-14, 2017
Visit Little Sweden for this Swedish honoring festival. First event took place in 1941. Smörgåsbord (a Scandinavian feast), arts & crafts, folk dancing, parade, Swedish music and more.

Past Events

We know that you want current events. But we often don’t have dates for the current year. We leave those events with their link here so that you can look for the new dates yourself. We hope you don’t mind!

September 2015:

Valley Center Fall Festival – Valley Center, KS – September 25-26, 2015
54th annual event with crafts, food, music, carnival rides and more.

Concordia Fall Festival – Concordia, KS – September 26, 2015
Parade, food, crafts and more.

Blues Festival – Paxico, KS – September 19, 2015
Held annually on the third Saturday in September. Admission is free. Plenty of music, antiques and food.

Overland Park Fall Festival – Overland Park, KS – September 26, 2015
Parade, arts & crafts, Farmers’ Market, free music performances,

Louisburg Cider Mill Ciderfest – Louisburg, KS – Sept 27, 2015

Paolo Harvest Festival & Chili Cook-off – Paolo, KS – Sept 26, 2015

October 2015:

Burnin’ Down Main Cook-Off – McPherson, KS – Oct 3, 2015

Tallgrass Film Festival – October 14-18, 2015
It is the largest independent film festival in Kansas. Flavorwire called it one of the top ten Best-Under-The-Radar Film Festivals in America. Attendance is approximately 12,000.

Blue Valley Recreation Family Fall Festival – Overland Park, KS – October 17, 2015
Shawnee Scarecrow Festival – Shawnee, KS – October 3, 2015

November 2015:

Evening of Lights Christmas Parade – Garnett, KS – Nov 28, 2015

Find other fun things to do in Kansas in October:

Oktoberfest in Kansas
Kansas Corn Mazes
Kansas Ghost Tours
Haunted Houses in Kansas
Kansas Pumpkin Patches


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