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Enjoy 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. From the celebrating the rugged cowboy culture of Kansas to the sweeping amber waves of grain, the Sunflower State is known to have a festival for just about everything.

The most popular and well attended festival in the state is the Wichita Riverfest. Held every June along the banks of the Arkansas River, Riverfest draws crowds of over 400,000 from around the world. This nine-day event includes live music, a parade, river events, fireworks, and lots of activities for the kids.

Also held in Wichita are the Wichita Flight Festival in September and the Tallgrass Film Festival in October. Dubbed the Air Capitol of the World, it only makes sense that the WFF is held in Wichita. Head out to the Colonel James Jabara Airport to enjoy this fun event with live music, food, and of course, an exciting air show. The Tallgrass Film Festival is an annual, five-day event held at the historic Orpheum Theatre and the OldTown Theatre & Grill in Old Town Wichita. This festival showcases more than 200 independent films, both long and feature length, and thousands of attendees and filmmakers to the locations.

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.