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Fall Festivals & Events in Wichita 2023

There are so many things to do in Wichita this Fall. We have compiled a list of events happening in and around town. Celebrate the changing of the leaves with some fall shopping, events, festivals, and more. It’s time for cozy sweaters, warm pumpkin-spiced drinks, and, best of all, Fall events.

We love Fall for many reasons – the opportunities for outdoor activities, the smells of the season, and the chance to slow down and enjoy some quality time with family and friends.  Whether you’re looking for a fun way to spend the day with your kids or you’re hoping to enjoy some live music, Wichita has something for everyone this Fall. Check out our list of events below!

Fall Events in Wichita

August Fall Event in & around Wichita

KAWnsas Fest

  • August 26, 2023
  • Saint George, KS (Roughly 2 hours and 20 min from Wichita)
  • It is the biggest, small-town music festival. You are invited to join the cozy Kansas River City (Saint George, Kansas) for a whole day filled with fun for all to enjoy! You definitely won’t want to miss this year’s live music line-up, delicious food, classic car show, art & craft vendors, cornhole tournament, and much MUCH more!
  • KAWnsas Fest website

September Fall Events in & around Wichita

Southside Food Truck Rally

  • September 2, 2023
  • Blood Orchard: 6346 S Broadway, Wichita, KS 67216
  • They will have vendors from 10 am to 3 pm and the Southside food truck rally.

Atlanta, KS Labor Day Celebration

  • September 2 – 4, 2023
  • Atlanta, KS (Roughly 1 hour from Wichita)
  • This event generally features lots of activities and events such as a parade, FREE concert, fun tournaments, party at the ball fields, car show, a beer garden, BBQ lunch, and tons more. 
  • Atlanta, KS
  • Atlanta, KS Facebook Page 

ICT Fest

  • September 7 – 9, 2023
  • Wichita, KS (locations vary)
  • This event continues its tradition of great local music across Wichita. This year, the concerts will be held at multiple local bars and music venues such as Kirby’s and WAVE. All ages are welcome. 
  • FREE to Attend
  • ICT Fest website

Kansas State Fair

Water Lantern Festival

  • September 9
  • OJ Watson Park
  • Water Lantern Festival is filled with fun, happiness, hope, and great memories that you’ll cherish for a lifetime. This is a family-friendly event that everyone can share. Friends, families, neighbors, and lots of people that you haven’t met can come together to create a peaceful, memorable experience.
  • $26.98 ticket sales end on 9/4
  • Water Lanter Festival website

Fiesta Hipana

  • September 10, 2023
  • Article about Fiesta Hipana 
  • Noon – 5 pm
  • The event is included with Museum Admission.
  • Exploration Place
  • Enjoy crafts, play games, savor delicious food, party on with music and dance, rev your engines with low riders, and explore all of their exhibit galleries. Indoor stage performances feature mariachi bands, folklorico dancers, matachines dancers, singers, fashion show and more!
  • Exploration Place website

Orie’s Garlic Fest

  • September 10, 2023
  • 11 am – 4 pm
  • FREE to attend
  • Brickyard in Oldtown, Wichita
  • This is an annual food festival that pays homage to—what else? Garlic! It’s a celebration for more than just your taste buds as local artisans, farmers, musicians, and foodies of all kinds will be there to join in on the flavor-packed fun! Come hungry and leave with food, recipes, knowledge, and some potent breath!
  • Orie’s Garlic Fest website

Walnut Valley Music Festival

  • September 13- 17, 2023
  • Windfield, KS (roughly 50 min from Wichita)
  • Buy your tickets early for a discount. Price Vary: $30 – $125
  • This is a celebration of acoustic music, especially bluegrass. It is affectionately known as “Winfield” throughout the world and attracts top artists from around the country, as well as a host of local and regional musicians. 
  • The Walnut Valley Festival website

Autumn & Art 

  • September 15 -17, 2023
    • Friday 6 – 9 pm
    • Saturday 10 am – 7 pm
    •  Sunday 10 am – 4 pm
  • Wichita, KS, at Bradley Fair
  • This festival is FREE to attend. You can walk around to see local, regional, and national artists that sell unique art at an outdoor festival.
  • Autumn and Art website 


  • September 16, 2023
  • Old Town
  • 10 am – 10 pm
  • Latin Fest ICT  is a unique cultural festival celebrating diversity during Hispanic Heritage Month. There will be presentations, exhibitions, games, live performances, and authentic Latino food and merchandise vendors. Plus a diverse array of other performance groups, live bands, and more. You won’t want to miss this unique showcase of Latin music and dance.
  • FREE to attend
  • ICT Latin Fest website

Kansas Rail Fest

  • September 16, 2023
  • Article on the Kansas Railfest
  • Great Plains Transportation Museum
  • This one-of-a-kind event celebrates the history of railroads in Kansas and beyond. They will have lots of activities for the whole family.
  • Admission is $10.00 for age 13 and over. $5.00 for ages 7-12. Kids 6 and under are free when accompanied by an adult!
  • Kansas Railfest webiste

The City of Gold Festival 

  • September 16 – 23, 2023
    • September 23rd is the big black party
  • El Dorado, KS (Roughly 30 min from Wichita)
  • All week, there are activities like mud volleyball, pour and paint, Miss El Dorado pageant, bingo, medallion hut, trivia night, karaoke, and more.  
  • Get your buttons and join in the fun! Buttons are $8
  • City of Gold Festival website

Open Streets ICT

  • September 17, 2023
  • Wichita, KS down Douglas Ave.
  • Wichita Parks and Recreation will host another Open Streets ICT – a FREE event in Wichita, KS. Over 100 vendors will be in attendance. Open Streets ICT brings Wichitans of all ages downtown for an active, fun, community-building afternoon on Wichita’s iconic Douglas Avenue.
  • Learn More about Open Streets ICT in this Article.

The City of Gold Block Party

  • September 23, 2023
  • 2 pm – 8 pm
  • El Dorado, KS (Roughly 30 min from Wichita)
  • This is El Dorado’s coolest party. This event has it all! Events include arts and crafts, food vendors, kids activities, music, and more! This is a big block party in Downtown El Dorado. 
  • Get your buttons and join in the fun! Buttons are $8
  • City of Gold Festival website

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Crave Culinary Festival

  • September 19 – 23, 2023
    • September 19 – 22, they will have different classes and workshops.
    • The Crave Foodie Fair is on September 23 from Noon – 2 pm
    • Tickets are $25
  • Mark Arts Wichita
  • This is a five-day festival featuring clever culinary and libation workshops. The week’s festivities conclude on Saturday with a Foodie Fair where guests can sample food from local chefs and vote for the Foodie Fair Fan Favorite! Broaden your horizons and explore all that the culinary art world has to offer while benefitting local organization, Mark Arts. 
  • Mark Arts Website

Drone Light Festival

  • September 21 – 23
  • Drone Light Festival full Article
  • Exploration Place
  • The festival will provide breathtaking views of 300 synchronized drones (100 more than last year!), fully choreographed with music. They are planning some exciting enhancements to the experience this year. The doors open at 6 pm and the Drone show begins at 9 pm.
  • Visit the Exploration Place website

Hispanic Heritage Festival

Kingman Fall Festival

  • September 23, 2023
  • 8 am – 2 pm
  • Arts and craft fair, car show, food trucks, and more.
  • Free to attend
  • Click Here for more info

Greater Andover Days 

  • September 28  – October 1, 2023
  • Greater Andover Days Full Article
  • Andover, KS (Roughly 15 min from Wichita)
  • This festival includes a carnival, food court, beer garden, fireworks, kids fest, parade and so much more. This is a personal favorite of our families. 

Final Friday Food Truck Rally

Wagonmaster’s Downtown Chili Cookoff

  • September 30th, 2023
  • Downtown Wichita
  • Starts at Noon
  • With the days beginning to cool off – what better way to celebrate than a hot spicy bowl of chili?  Competitor teams all across Kansas and surrounding states will battle for the best chili in the midwest!
  • You can get in on the action with a $5 tasting kit purchased at the event.
  • Wagonmaster Chili Cookoff website

Prairieland Beer and Music Festival

  • September 30th
  • Hyde Park, KS
  • 1:00 – 4:30 pm
  • Hosted by the Kansas Craft Brewers Guild, this event includes over 100 beer samples from 40+ breweries from Kansas and surrounding states. This year’s festival will be held in Hyde park to enjoy the shade from a tree canopy. In addition to the unlimited brew samples, this event also plays host to several talented bands for a full afternoon of entertainment. 
  • They typically have a presale where tickets are cheaper. Price Range: $44-50
  • Visit the Prarieland Beer and Music Festival Facebook Page

Great Plains Renaissance Festival

  • September 30 -October 1, 2023
  • Great Plains Renaissance Festival Article
  • Sedgwick County Park in Wichita
  • It’s time to go medieval at the ultimate costume party for knights and knaves who want to celebrate. This Scottish Highland weekend takes place at Sedgwick County Park, and if you purchase your early, you receive a major discount and receive a FREE child entry ticket -huzzah! 
  • Great Plains Renaissance Festival website

October Fall Events in & around Wichita: 

Tallgrass Film Festival

  • October 5 – 8, 2023
  • Tallgrass Film Festival Article for more information
  • Is the largest independent film festival in Kansas and showcases the best of independent films from around the world through. Tallgarss has been called one of the best “under-the-radar film festivals in America” and an “undiscovered gem” by national media. Filmmakers from around the world participate.
  • Visit Tallgrass website

Prost’s Oktoberfest

  • October 5 – 7, 2023
  • Prost in Wichita
  • Wichita’s German restaurant Prost is throwing its annual Oktoberfest at its biergarten at the Revolutsia development in Wichita, Kansas. Pull on your lederhosen and enjoy an authentic German festival including polka music, a special food menu, a stein hoisting contest, kids activities, and, of course, German bier on tap! 
  • Tickets typically run around $35-$40
  • Prost Facebook page

Visit an 1870’s County Fair

  • October 7, 2023
  • 10 am – 5 pm
  • Old Cowtown Museum
  • General Admission
  • See what an 1870s County Fair was like, try your hand at traditional games, and explore the crafts of the time.
  • Cowtowns website 

Winfield Art in the Park

  • October 7, 2023
  • 10am – 4 pm
  •  Island Park (200 Main St.) in Winfield, KS. (Roughly 50 min from Wichita)
  • You can look forward to FREE children’s art activities, live demonstrations, street art, and tons of food and drink. This is an opportunity for artists, musicians and culinary dreamers to add to their circuit or start their journey, making their passion a daily reality!
  • Winfield Art in the Park website

Prairie Fire Marathon Fall Event

  • October 8, 2023
  • Starts at 7:30 am
  • Serious runners take the pavent in this exciting race. This is the premier urban marathon.
  • Price: $50 – $120 (discount for early signup)
  • Prairie Fire website

Taste of Newton

  • October 12, 2023
  • On Main Street in Newton, KS. (Roughly 30 min from Wichita)
  • 6 pm – 9 pm
  • This event features restaurants and culinary businesses that have the opportunity to showcase their talents by supplying samples of their cuisine. 
  • You are free to attend, but you will have to purchase your food.
  • Taste of Newton website  

ICT Blocktoberfest

Svensk Hyllningsfest Swedish Festival in Lindsburg, KS

Wichita Asian Festival

  • October 28, 2023
  • Century II Convention & Exhibition Hall
  • 5 pm – 10 pm
  • You can enjoy many cultural performances, a pageant representing various ethnic backgrounds, and over 40 food and craft vendors.
  • $5 to attend
  • The Asian Association website

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