It’s the season for small-town fall festivals in the Wichita area. But have all of the fall festivals this year been canceled? Er… pretty much. Only a couple of festivals haven’t been canceled yet, and I’m not sure if they are actually going to happen. There is one bit of good news and that’s that Andover will go forward with its annual fireworks show on Saturday, October 3, 2020.
Let’s dive in and see which fall festivals are still planned, which ones are virtual, and which will have to wait until next year.
Normally each year, Kansas small town fall festivals start happening as early as August and they’re in full swing by September and October.
Community festivals like these always promise good old-fashioned (and cheap) family fun. Most include parades, games for kids, live music, and food vendors. Some require a button purchase for a nominal fee, but some are free. Carnival rides, if they have them, almost always cost extra.
Without a doubt, there will be changes even to the festivals that are still going ahead this year.
You might want to bookmark this page or share it, because we’ll be adding to it as we get more information. Read on to see all the fun fall festivals near Wichita we know of, and whether they’re on or off for 2020.
Keep checking back because we will be adding more news about fall festivals as we hear it.
2020 Kansas Fall Festivals
Quick reminder: As we always say with outdoor events, be sure to double-check the schedule at the festival website or Facebook page before you head out. We’ve included links whenever possible to make this easy for you. You know how unpredictable our Kansas weather can be sometimes!
And of course, this year there’s that other thing…
Please note: Since things change so frequently, be sure to use the links we provide in each post to double-check all events before you go.
August Fall Festivals around Wichita
[Canceled] August 14-16, 2020 Mulvane Old Settlers Days has canceled all but its golf and horseshoe tournaments. It usually includes a hot rod show, carnival, arts and crafts, parade, talent show, turtle races and more. MOS buttons are sold at many Mulvane-area businesses.
[Canceled] August 14, 2020 The Mount Hope PRIDE Prairie Festival for this year has been canceled. Normally, the fun includes a 5K, car show, parade, blacksmith demonstrations, food trucks, vendor/craft event, kid activities (games, inflatables, face painting), pedal pulls, horseshoe tournament, turtle races, cow pattie bingo, BBQ cookoff/people’s choice judging, ATV barrel race, bull mania, and fireworks – all for the cost of a $5 button.
[Canceled] Sand Creek Summer Daze at Athletic Park in Newton is a four-day festival with live entertainment, a 5k, human foosball, and more. More information here at the website.
[Canceled] August 22 Yoder Heritage Day was also canceled for 2020. It normally features a variety of free family fun, including pancake and sausage breakfast with donations suggested, vendors, entertainment, tractor pull, kids pedal pull, fireworks and other activities, information on Facebook
September Fall Festivals
[Canceled] September 5, 2020 The traditional Atlanta KS Labor Day celebration also had to be canceled for 2020. It generally features lots of activities and events in downtown Atlanta, like the softball tournament, parades, car show, quilt & craft show, watermelon feed, and horseshoes.
[Canceled] September 12, 2020 Burden Dayz is typically held the second Saturday of September and includes games, bounces houses, parade on Main Street, live music, beer garden, vendors & other fun at Burden City Park, 503 W. Fourth Street. Sadly, it too had to be canceled for 2020.
[Virtual] September 12-20, 2020 The Walnut Valley Festival 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. Normally, folks camp out for days to be a part of this, but for 2020 the event will be virtual.
[Canceled] The Sedgwick Fall Festival in mid-September includes a parade, which rolls along on Fourth Street, Commercial & Sixth. Other fun features include a street dance, games, inflatables, car show, community BBQ & carnival rides Most festivities around the park at 401 N. Franklin. Wristbands, which are $5, are required for some activities. Information on Facebook or website
[Hoping to have it! Planned date is September 19, 2020] The Kechi Kite Festival is a unique fall festival with kite-flying for watching & participating from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the open area off Anderson and Losh Lane. Entry is free. Coincides with Vintage Rhinestone’s fall open house. Information on Facebook.
[Canceled] The Clearwater Fall Festival, typically scheduled for the third weekend in September, has been canceled. The event normally includes entertainment, food, art & craft fair, BBQ feast, bounce houses, carnival rides, car show & other fun. Admission is a $5 button or wristband, available for purchases at businesses in town. It typically coincides with the fall Clearwater Citywide Garage Sales.
[Canceled] The Colwich Heritage Festival is traditionally held in late September. The fun begins at 8 a.m. on Saturday and continues throughout the day with a parade, car show, free fishing derby, vendor fair, cornhole and sand volleyball tournaments, and more. You can find out more on Facebook
[Canceled] The Valley Center Fall Festival is held the fourth weekend of September most years. The fun includes a parade, rides, fair foods, live entertainment, craft vendors & other festivities. Admission is free.
[Canceled] The Conway Springs Fall Festival on the last weekend of September features a wide away of events, including a parade at 11 a.m., car show, carnival, entertainment, food vendors, games and fireworks. Most events are in the city park off Spring Avenue and Eighth Street. Buttons for entry are available for purchase, usually $3 to $5. Carnival rides are a separate fee. Information is online
October Fall Festivals
[Unfortunately, the majority of the Andover fall festival events had to be canceled – BUT! There will be fireworks on Saturday, October 3.] October 1-4, 2020 Greater Andover Days is a four-day festival that takes place each year on the fourth weekend after Labor Day with food, fun, and fireworks. Events include a parade, carnival, a concert with fireworks, live entertainment, KidFest, fishing clinic, car show, business expo and craft fair, and ice cream social. Entry is a button for $3 at local businesses or $5 on site. Kids ages 5 and younger enter for free. Carnival rides are extra. Central Park is at 1607 E. Central Ave.
[Canceled] October 2-3 Goddard Fall Festival Includes a parade 10:30 a.m. on Main Street, entertainment, games, carnival, food, vendor booths & other fun. Most activities are on Main Street. Information is online.
October 3 Winfield Art in the Park Festival 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Island Park on North Main Street in Winfield 67156. Information is online.
[Canceled] October 3 Wamego OZtoberFest 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. in downtown Wamego revolves around “Wizard of Oz” with a variety of activities including our OZ Costume Contest, Toto look-a-like contest, an Indoor/Outdoor OZ Market, Classic Car Show, Road to OZ BBQ Challenge, Wizard’s Beer & Wine Garden, Munchkinland, Auntie Em’s Boutique, and many more OZsome activities. Entry is free with fees for some activities, 511 Lincoln St., Wamego 66547, information is on Wamego OZtoberFest website.
October 17, 2020 Bel Aire Fall Fun Day begins at 11 a.m. with fun fall activities for the whole family and admission is FREE.
2021 Kansas Fall Festivals
While the bad news is that some Kansas towns had to cancel festivals in 2020; the good news is that some of them are publishing dates for 2021. Might as well list them here as we find them!
July 8-11, 2021 Sand Creek Summer Daze in Newton is a four-day festival with live entertainment, outdoor movie night, fishing derby, barbecue competition, human foosball, car show, kids activity area, and more.
Aug. 6-8, 2021 Country Threshing Days in Goessel, KS. Admission is $5 at the gate; children 11 and younger get in free. An old-fashioned country threshing demonstration, engine and tractor show.
September 15-19, 2021 The Walnut Valley Festival, aka “Winfield” plans to hold its long weekend celebration of bluegrass music again in person beginning on the third Wednesday of September 2021. They usually have an early purchase discount. For more information, read our article about the Walnut Valley Festival here.
October 2, 2021 Wamego OZtoberFest 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. in downtown Wamego revolves around “Wizard of Oz” with a street festival, beer and wine garden, street dance, indoor-outdoor marketplace, fun for children, costume contests, car show, BBQ cook off & other fun, entry is free with fees for some activities, 511 Lincoln St., Wamego 66547, information is on Wamego OZtoberFest website.
…Continuing to go through the list of fall festival celebrations. I would be surprised if more of them did not cancel for 2020.
October 5-6 Remington Festival in Whitewater, KS includes 5K run/walk, car show, kids’ pedal tractor pull, ATV rodeo, vendors, book sale, handprint sign, parade 11 a.m. October 5 on Main Street, archery, art show, dodgeball tournament, kids tractor pull, turtle races, free entry with fees for some activities,information is online
October 10 Taste of Newton, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the 500-800 blocks of Main Street in Newton, includes food vendors, entertainment, free bike valet & free entry
October 10-13 Bethel College Fall Festival continues the fun in Newton with entertainment, including dance, music, jazz & martial arts, free entry, fees for some events
October 11-12 Geuda Fest features horseshoe tournament, parade 1 p.m. October 12, fireworks show, dance, cornhole tournament & other fun, free entry, fees for some activities, information on Facebook
October 12 Halstead Brick Street Arts & Crafts Festival features traditional fall festival activities including live music, food vendors, and kids activities in addition to a fine arts and crafts fair. Event is 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Main Street in Halstead, KS 67056. Admission is free, information is online
October 11-13 Rose Hill Fall Festival Rose Hill’s largest annual celebration! Rose Hill Fall Festival includes a car show, Run for the Roses, Parade on Rose Hill Road, craft show, fishing derby, beer garden with music, chili cookoff, petting zoo, cornhole tourament, community picnic & other fun. Entry for most activities is $2 festival button. Kids 12 and younger enter for free
October 18-20 Haysville Fall Festival, Festivities include a parade 9 a.m. October 19, booths, food vendors, kids activities, beer garden, car show, inflatables & carnival. Festival buttons are $3 per person. Extra fees apply for some activities. The festival is in Riggs Park on Sarah Lane. Information is online
October 19 Bel Aire Fall Festival from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. includes a car show, face painting, pony rides, free health screenings, vendors, and trunk-or-treating. Free admission.
October 26 Red Brick Harvest Festival in Augusta, includes trick or treating & other activities for youngsters, free family movie & chili competition, information online