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.
Looking for events during other parts of the year? Check out Wichita-area Parades, Festivals, and Fairs
2018 Fall Festivals in the Wichita area
- 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 PRIDE 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. 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. Information online.
- 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, $15 to $95, 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 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 21-22 Valley Center Fall Festival Includes parade, rides, fair foods, live entertainment, craft vendors & other festivities. Information online
- September 22 Colwich Heritage Festival in Veterans Park, Fifth Street and Chicago Avenue. Includes food trucks, parade, food, live entertainment, disc golf tournament, auto show, games, vendor booths, and fireworks. Free entry.
- September 20-23 Conway Springs Fall Festival theme this year is Space. They’ll have a carnival, car show, parade, and more.
- 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.
- October 4 Taste of Newton. Event features food booths in downtown Newton. Free entry, fee for food purchases. Information online or 316-283-2560
- 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, and a chili cookoff on Saturday from 5-7 p.m., among other things.
- October 5-7 Goddard Fall Festival on Main Street. Includes games, food, vendor booths & other fun. Information online.
- 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 Bethel College Fall Festival, 300 E. 27th St., North Newton. Food booths, live entertainment, artist booths & local vendors. Information online. Free entry.
- October 6 Wamego OZtoberFest in Wamego, KS. Celebrate all things Wizard of OZ with vendors, children’s activities, special guests, beer/wine garden, two entertainment stages, street dance and more!
- October 12-14 Rose Hill Fall Festival Chili cook-off, chili feed, backyard BBQ cook-off, carnival, car show, craft show & lots more. Other features include a parade, pedal tractor pull, sand volleyball, Rocketstock, pony rides, library book sale and petting zoo. Information is online. 316-776-9880
- October 19-20 Maize Fall Festival A parade rolls along at 10 a.m. October 19. Other features include craft vendors and food vendors. WSU West, 37th and Maize Road. Information is on the website
- October 19-21 Haysville Fall Festival Festivities include a parade, bingo, booths, live entertainment, beer garden, 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 316-744-2451
- October 21 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!
2017 Festivals (we are still waiting on 2018 updates for these)
- September 15-17 Sedgwick Fall Festival Includes parade, craft show BBQ and games at the park at Fourth & Franklin.
- October 7 Hesston Fall Festival and Outdoor Market Includes food trucks, live entertainment, kids’ zone, antiques & other features. Free entry.
- October 7-8 Whitewater Fall Festival (renamed Frederic Remington Festival) Saturday events include a parade, 5k run-walk, art show, library book sale, street dance and fireworks. Other festivities are a car show, cake walk and archery clinic. For kids, the festival features a tractor pull, inflatables, money scramble, petting zoo & turtle races. Sunday afternoon, enjoy community potluck, antique tractor pull and pick-up truck pull. Free entry. Whitewater website.
- October 7 Buhler Frolic features a parade, live entertainment, kids’ activities, food and vendor booths, raffles and other festivities on Main Street in downtown Buhler. Entry is free. Purchase a wristband for kids’ activities.
- October 14 Haven Fall Festival Includes parade, food vendors & other festivities. Information online.
Have I missed any community fall festivals? Please let me know in the Comments section below!