It’s the season for small-town fall festivals in the Wichita area. Some happen as early as August, and by September and October, they’re in full swing!
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.
Read on to see all the fun fall festivals near Wichita we’ve found!
2018 Fall Festivals in the Wichita area
October Fall Festivals near Wichita
October 4 Taste of Newton Event features food booths in downtown Newton. Free entry, fee for food purchases. Information 316-283-2560
October 5-7, 2018 Bethel College Fall Festival is a continues the fun in Newton with performances, authentic Mennonite food, art, free admission to the Kaufmann Museum. Saturday, October 6, is the main day of the festival.
October 5 and 6 Augusta’s Red Brick Harvest Festival will be extra-special this year, following on the heels of its 150th birthday celebration! They’ll have a carnival downtown, a vendor fair from 2-8 p.m. on Saturday, a chili cookoff on Saturday from 5-7 p.m., and Phlox Fire Dancers at 7:30 p.m., among other things.
October 6 Winfield Art in the Park Festival 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Island Park on North Main Street in Winfield 67156. Includes about 60 art and craft booths, live entertainment, children’s activities, food vendors and family fun. Entry is $2 for teens and adults, and free for younger kids. Information online
October 6 Wamego OZtoberFest in Wamego, KS. Celebrate all things Wizard of OZ with vendors, children’s activities, special guests, beer/wine garden, and more!
October 6-7 Frederic Remington Festival in Whitewater, KS on Saturday and Sunday, October 6 and 7, 2018, will have a 5K run/walk, car show, a medallion hunt, dodgeball tournament (3rd-8th graders), Ultimate tournament (high school and adult), archery lessons, an antique tractor and pick-up pull, and much more. All registration forms and schedule can be found on the Frederic Remington Festival Facebook page, or on the Festival tab at whitewaterlib.info
October 12-14 Rose Hill Fall Festival Rose Hill’s largest annual celebration! Rose Hill Fall Festival includes a car show, Run for the Roses, Parade, Craft Show, Fishing Derby, Music Festival, and a Vintage Market. 2018 Theme “Harvesting Memories.” More information is online. 316-776-9880
October 19-21 Haysville Fall Festival Festivities include a parade, booths, car show, kids activities and inflatables & carnival. Festival buttons are $3 per person
. Fee for some activities. Information online.
October 20 Bel Aire Fall Festival, includes auto show, bouncing fun, balloon artist, vendor fair & other activities. The free event is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Bel Aire Rec Center, 5251 E. 48th St. North. For information, browse the website or phone 316-744-2700.
October 20 51st Annual Brick Street Arts & Crafts Festival is host to traditional fall festival activities like live music, food, and kids activities in addition to a large fine arts and crafts fair. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Main Street in Halstead, KS 67056. Admission is free!
Have I missed any community fall festivals? Please let me know in the Comments section below!
These festivals have happened already this year:
August 17-19 Mulvane Old Settlers Days includes a rodeo, carnival, arts and crafts, parade, talent show, turtle races and more. $2 buttons are sold at many Mulvane-area businesses.
August 17-19 Mount Hope Prairie Festival Lots of family friendly activities. Buttons will be $5, this gets you in to all activities except the BBQ cook off People’s Judging which is $5/plate. The button also gets you a $5 discount on Bull Mania tickets. Friday evening, August 17, includes fishing derby, washer tournament, free swim & hot dogs. August 18 includes 5k event, auto show, parade at 10 a.m. and ping pong ball drop, BBQ event, pedal pulls for kids and adults, kids’ activities, horseshoe tournament, ATV barrel race, Bull Mania, dance and fireworks. Bull Mania tickets are $15, or $10 if you have a button. 500 W. Main Street, Mount Hope.
August 25, 2018 Yoder Heritage Days Annually the 4th Saturday in August, Yoder celebrates with tractor pulls, buggy races, local entertainment, quilt show, and the annual parade down Yoder’s main street.
September 1–3 Atlanta, Kansas Labor Day Celebration features lots of activities and events in downtown Atlanta. Packed full of fun, such as, a volleyball tournament, ice cream social, BBQ and live entertainment, parade, car show, bean feed, horsehoes & craft show. Downtown Atlanta. Buttons are $2.
September 8 Burden Dayz at Burden City Park, 503 W. Fourth Street. Food, live entertainment, parade, car show, PRCA rodeo, beer garden, 5K obstacle event and lots of kids activities. Free entry, fee for rodeo. Information online.
September 12 – 16 Walnut Valley Festival This is the big music festival in Winfield with live bluegrass and other acoustic style performances all weekend. Ticket prices vary, from $5 kids’ tickets to $95 for the whole five days, and information is on the festival website.
September 15 Park City Eats and Beats is a streetfest featuring dancing, music from a DJ, and food trucks from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at East Parkview and 61st Street access road. Free to the public.
September 20-23 Conway Springs Fall Festival theme this year is Space. They’ll have a carnival, car show, parade, and more.
September 22 Kechi Kite Festival is a unique fall festival in that it includes kite-flying, a business open house, vintage market, and more! FREE for everyone to enjoy.
September 22 Colwich Heritage Festival in Memorial Park on 53rd Street. Includes food trucks, parade, food, live entertainment, disc golf tournament, auto show, games, vendor booths, and fireworks. Free entry. More information at the Colwich Heritage Festival 2018 Facebook page.
September 24-30 The City of Augusta is celebrating its 150th birthday with many events, which will continue into October during its Red Brick Harvest Festival (see below).
September 27-30 Clearwater Fall Festival Kicking off with Clearwater’s citywide garage sales, the festival fun includes a parade, face painting, Western-theme kids’ activities, food vendors, rides, laser tag, petting zoo, ducky dash, BBQ cook-off, street dance & lots of other fun
September 27 – 30 Greater Andover Days Food, fun, and fireworks. Events may include, a parade, business expo and craft fair, KidFest, ice cream social, pet show, and fireworks. Entry is a $3 festival button sold at local businesses. Kids ages 5 and younger enter for free. Festivities include a carnival, with separate fees. Event is based at a park, 1607 E. Central Avenue.