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Enjoy A Wide Range of Family-Friendly Festivals in Kansas

Attending one of Kansas’ annual festivals is a great way to learn more about the people and history of the state. Included below is just a sampling. Wichita Riverfest, held in late May, is a 9-day event that includes fireworks, live music, a parade, river events, and more. Tallgrass Film Festival, also in Wichita, is a five-day downtown event held each October. Neewollah Festival in Independence is considered to be one of the oldest and largest festivals in the Sunflower State. It is a fabulous 10-day celebration featuring parades, a carnival, arts and crafts show, and band competitions.

Amelia Earhart Festival in Atchison celebrates this famous local aviator with a festival filled with crafts, live music, a carnival, food, fireworks, and kids’ activities. Walnut Valley National Guitar Flat-Picking Championships Festival in Winfield is a five-day event in September that draws music lovers from around the world. Kansas City Renaissance Festival is held in Bonner Springs in September and October of every year. Enjoy the Jousting Knights, crafts, delicious food, and continuous entertainment.

For nearly 80 years, Fiesta Mexicana has brought people to its five-day Topeka event in mid-July. This popular event features a carnival, a parade, and live entertainment starring Latin music greats. 

Tallgrass Film Festival

Held in October, the Tallgrass Film Festival is an annual, five-day event held in downtown Wichita. The TFF features more than 200 independent films – both long and feature length.

Established in 2003 by the Tallgrass Film Association, TFF is held at the historic Orpheum Theatre, and the OldTown Theatre & Grill in Old Town Wichita. An anticipated Kansas event, TFF draws thousands of attendees and filmmakers each year.

Wichita Flight Festival

Presented by the City of Wichita, the Wichita Flight Festival is an air show event held at the Colonel James Jabara Airport. Held in September, WFF is set in northeastern Wichita in southern Kansas.

Established in 2002, WFF focuses on locally produced aviation products – as Wichita is dubbed Air Capital of the World. The festival also features live music, food, and of course, and air show.

Wichita River Festival

Established in 1972, the Wichita River Festival is an annual event set in Old Town and downtown Wichita. The festival draws nearly 400,000 attendees throughout Kansas, and from around the country, to the Arkansas River.

Held in June, the Wichita River Festival features live music, kid zones, a massive flea market, and sports – plus parades, parties, and plays. Concerts are held on the WaterWalk Pavilion, the Kennedy Plaza Stage, the Star Floating Stage, and the Food Court Stage.