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 2016:
We hope you enjoyed last year’s list. We will be updating this information for 2016 over the next few weeks. Stay tuned!
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Kansas State Fair – Hutchinson, KS – September 9-18, 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.
Spinach Festival – Lenexa – Sept 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 – September 10, 2016
Derby BBQ Festival – Derby – Sept 10, 2016
People’s Choice Cook-off and kids chocolate chip cookie bake-off.
Walnut Valley Festival – Winfield – Sept 14-18, 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, Kansas – September 15-18, 2016
Village West Winefest – Sept 17, 2016
Get wine and food from 30 restaurants on the Wine Walk, 100+ craft beers in the beer garden, fireworks and after party.
Spring Hill Fall Festival – Spring Hill, KS – September 17, 2016
62nd annual event with parade, arts & crafts, beer garden, food, live music and more.
Kincaid Free Fair – Kincaid, KS – September 22-24, 2016
Annual carnival, entertainment, food and more as this small town of 200 expands to 4000+ for the festival.
Cornstock – Garnett – September 24, 2016
The Anderson County Corn Festival. Live music, cornhole, night golf tournament, outdoor fun show and more.
Rod Run – Hutchinson, KS – Sept 30 – Oct 2, 2016
A classic car show with main street cruise. Hot rods, antique cars, motorcycles and more.
OZtoberfest – Wamego, KS – October 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.
Bethel College Fall Festival – Newton, KS – October 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.
Columbus Day Festival Hot Air Balloon Regatta -Columbus, KS – October 7-9, 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 – October 8-9, 2016
Maple Leaf Festival – Baldwin City, KS – October 15-16, 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.
Haysville Fall Festival – Haysville, KS – October 21-23, 2016
Arkalah Fall Festival – Arkansas City, Kansas – October 26-29, 2016
85th annual event. Carnival, parade, street games, food vendors, Queen Alalah and Little Mr. & Miss Arkalalah, and more.
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.
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!
Greeley Smokeoff – Greeley, KS – Sept 11-13, 2015
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.
Scottish Festival – McPherson – Sept 25-27, 2015
Pipers, drummers, celtic music, dancing, scotch tasting, Highland heavy athletics and more in Lakeside Park.
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.
Pioneer Harvest Fiesta – Fort Scott, KS – September 25-27, 2015
59th annual event at the Bourbon County Fairgrounds. Parade of antique farm implements, quilt show, arts & crafts, flea market, live music and more. Full Weekend Admission is $5 per person.
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
Burnin’ Down Main Cook-Off – McPherson, KS – Oct 3, 2015
Greater Kansas City Japan Festival – Overland Park, KS – October 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.
Neewollah – Independence, KS – October 23-31, 2015
Pageant, parades, marching band contest, carnival, medallion hunt, chili cook-off, Damn Yankees musical, 5/10K & fun run/walk, and more.
Blue Valley Recreation Family Fall Festival – Overland Park, KS – October 17, 2015
Shawnee Scarecrow Festival – Shawnee, KS – October 3, 2015
Fort Scott Fall Festival – Fort Scott, KS – October 3, 2015
Goddard Fall Festival – Goddard, KS – First Weekend of October – Oct 2-3, 2015
Kansas International Film Festival – Overland Park – Nov 6-12, 2015
15th annual event. Early bird passes are $50. Regular price is $60. A limited number of individual tickets also available. Held at the Glenwood Arts Theatre.
Emerald City Steampunk Expo – Nov 20-22, 2015
Evening of Lights Christmas Parade – Garnett, KS – Nov 28, 2015
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