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Botanica the Wichita Garden Tulip Festival

Botanica Tulip Festival

Make plans to attend Botanica’s Tulip Festival on April 13, 14, 20 & 21, 2024. This is a Wichita Spring tradition for all ages. It is the perfect spring event to get families and friends outside to experience the gardens and enjoy beautiful spring blooms, live music, and tasty food and drinks. Also, enjoy fun activities […]

Wichita Riverfest Guide: May 31- June 8, 2024

Wichita Riverfest 2024

Wichita River Fest is the biggest festival in the Wichita community. This massive event is the region’s largest, longest-running, and most anticipated festival. The Wichita Riverfest is an annual festival held in Wichita, Kansas, celebrating the city’s vibrant culture and community. When is Riverfest 2024? It will start May 31 – June 8, 2024.  There’s […]

Kansas Railfest

Kansas Railfest

The Great Plains Transportation Museum will be holding another Kansas Railfest this September. 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.   About Kansas Railfest 2023: The day will be filled with fun from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $10 […]

Air Capital Comic Con in Wichita

Air Capital Comic Con

The Air Capital Comic Con will be held in Wichita Saturday and Sunday, October 28 & 29, 2023 at the Wichita Sports Forum.  The event will feature a cosplay contest, comics and toys for sale, visiting artists and writers, panel discussions, tabletop and electronic gaming, and lots and lots of comic enthusiasts to mingle with. […]

FREE: Smoke on the Plains, Derby BBQ & Music Fest

Smoke on the Plains BBQ & Music Fest

The annual Derby BBQ Festival in Derby’s High Park will be lots of fun! It’s this weekend, June 9 & 10, 2023! This is an annual festival that is a family-friendly event with live music, food, kid’s activities. And admission is FREE. They average about 50 professional BBQ teams from the Midwest. Guests can expect […]

Brick Street Bazaar Augusta, KS: Free Event

Brick Street Bazaar Augusta

Downtown Augusta, Kansas will be hopping with shopping on Saturday, June 17, 2023 with the Brick Street Bazaar! Visit the Red Brick District for a day of food, fun, and shopping for the whole family. Over 70 vendors and downtown businesses will be participating in this event, so you are sure to find something you […]

Free admission to the Sunflower Balloon Festival in Anthony, Kansas

Sunflower Balloonfest Anthony KS

The annual Sunflower Balloon Festival in Anthony, Kansas, is happening this May. Admission is FREE, and they have fun activities planned for everyone. The Balloon Festival is a three-day event, May 19 – 21, 2023, and always includes tons of fun activities, like hot air balloon rides, a parade, helicopter rides, a kite festival, car […]

Wichita Asian Festival at Century II

Asian Festival

The 41th annual Wichita Asian Festival will be held Saturday, October 15, 2022 at the Century II Convention Center.  The festival celebrates the culture and customs of Asia with stage presentations, authentic food, and wares from about 15 different Asian countries. The Asian festival in Wichita attracts crowds in the neighborhood of 10,000 people, along […]

Great Plains Renaissance Festival: Spring

Great Plains Renaissance Festival Wichita KS

The 2023 Great Plains Renaissance Festival and Wichita Scottish Festival is happening at Sedgwick County Park. At the Great Plains RenFest you’ll find what the organizers dub “jests and jousts, fire-breathing daredevils, aerial acrobatics, falconry, bagpipes, singing pirates, The Wichita Highland Games , Black Oak Shillelagh and other fine medieval Celtic music, The Scallywags Pirate […]

Free fun, live music, and more at Sedgwick County Fair 2022

roasted corn sedgwick county fair cheney ks

Yup, it’s happening. The Sedgwick County Fair organizers announced the dates for 2022. And every night they’ll have free live music on their open air stage, too! Admission to the county fair is FREE. (Yes, free!) We’re so ready for the “spectacular return” they promised for 2022, and it does look spectacular – activities every […]

Kechi Fair: Fun, food, fireworks, and fine arts

The annual Kechi Fair combines good old-fashioned small town fun with live entertainment, a street dance, fireworks, and more! This year it will be held on Saturday, June 25, 2022 at the park. A fair button covers the cost of almost everything except food and any shopping you do, of course. You can pick up […]

Reminder: Derby’s Spring Into Art this Sunday

Spring into art - Derby, KS

The City of Derby will host its annual Spring Into Art celebration on April 24, 2022, in Madison Avenue Central Park. Spring Into Art is free and open to the public! This family-friendly event will feature art for sale, live entertainment, make-and-take art stations, the Kansas Grown Farmers Market, wine tastings, and more. Spring Into […]

Belle Plaine Downtown Festival


Mark your calendars for a small-town festival that will be just the cure for spring fever. The Belle Plaine Downtown Festival (formerly known as the Tulip Festival) is ON for April 2022. This spring weekend event attracts visitors to Belle Plaine every year to enjoy activities, live entertainment, a car & bike show, vendor fair, […]

St. Mary’s Mediterranean Festival 2022

flyer for Mediterranean festival wichita at st mary orthodox church

A tradition for 90 years and counting in Wichita, the St. Mary’s Mediterranean Festival celebrates the culture, heritage, and food that the church’s founders brought with them when they came to the United States. The St. Mary Orthodox Christian Church Mediterranean Festival will be held May 14, 2022.  Admission is FREE and this is a […]

Newton Parade of Lights

newton parade of lights 2021

The Newton Lions Club will again hold its annual Christmas parade in Newton, Kansas. The Parade of Lights will be happening on Thursday, December 2, 2021 at 6:30 p.m. Admission is FREE. Every float in the parade will be illuminated. It should be an awesome sight! The route will follow Main Street in the historic […]

Goddard Fall Festival 2021

The Goddard Fall Festival is back on for 2021! According to the website, it will begin on Friday, October 1 and continue through the weekend until Sunday, October 3, 2021.  This year’s theme will be “The Roarin’ 20’s!” The organizers promise it’s going to be unlike any fall fest in Goddard before it. I love […]

LatinFest ICT

Mark your calendars for September 18, 2021. That’s when Wichita will celebrate LatinFest in Old Town Plaza! Latinfest-ICT is a cultural enrichment experience. They’ll have authentic Latino food vendors, live performances, two live bands, exhibitions and presentations. This is a free event open to the public. Bring your lawn chair and come enjoy! Date: Saturday, […]

Gertie’s Lavender Festival

This will be a nice-smelling event! 🙂 Gertie’s Lavender Farm in Burrton, Kansas is holding a lavender festival in June, with vendors, food, musical entertainment, lavender plants, and more. Gertie’s Lavender Festival will be held on Saturday, June 12, 2021 beginning at 9 a.m.  Related links: You-pick farms near Wichita Prairie Lavender Festival Barn Sales, […]

Canceled: FREE Wichita Engineering Expo for Kids!

Wichita Society of Women Engineers FREE Engineering Expo for Wichita Kids

Looking for something educational, entertaining, and inexpensive to do with the kids? A FREE Engineering Expo will be held in Wichita this March with fun, hands-on activities and workshops. This annual Engineering Expo is presented by the Wichita section of the Society of Women Engineers to give kids an opportunity to learn how engineering relates to […]

2021 Rose Hill Hometown Christmas

FREE Photos with Santa at Rose Hill Hometown Christmas 2017

Hometown Christmas in Rose Hill, KS is held the 2nd Saturday of each December, so that makes it December 11 this year.  Experience old-fashioned family fun at this holiday event with activities for all ages all around town! All activities are FREE except for meals or unless otherwise noted. There is going to be so […]

Wichita Blues Crawl

Fall Blues Crawl 2019 Wichita, KS flyer with schedule

Get ready for the 2019 Fall Blues Crawl in Wichita, happening Sunday evening, September 29. The annual event is one you won’t want to miss.  A $10 wristband gets you into all the venues plus the After Party. The Wichita Blues Crawl is really a good time with some great music. You won’t want to […]

2023 Kansas Wheat Festival

Kansas Wheat Festival 2019 logo button

The 123th annual Kansas Wheat Festival will be held July 11 -15, 2023 in Wellington, Kansas. Wheat Fest 2022 will include great activities like a parade, arts & crafts show and sale, an ag show, classic car show, food court, quilt show, kids’ activities, and more family fun! Admission is a $5 button ($3 if […]

Argonia Days festival

2021 Argonia Days flier

Argonia Days, a small town festival in Kansas, is back on the calendar for 2021. The small town about 45 minutes southwest of Wichita has announced its list of events for the 2021 Argonia Days get together. Included is the citywide garage sale in Argonia. The fun begins with a parade in the morning. Vendor […]

FREE Kite Festival in Derby

What better way to take advantage of one of Kansas’ natural resources than participating in the FREE kite festival in Derby on a nice May weekend? The 2019 Derby Kite Festival will be held May 18 at High Park in Derby (2801 E. James St.). Since this is an outdoor event, be sure to visit the […]

Dam Music Festival

2019 DAM Music Festival at El Dorado Lake!

The 3rd annual Dam Music Festival will be held July 25-27, 2019 at El Dorado Lake. It’s three days of national and regional/local country rock concerts and camping. A General Admission weekend pass to the Dam Music Fest is $89. General Admission Passes are good for entry into all three days of the Festival, entry […]