Experience fall festival season in Wichita
It’s hard to beat the feeling you get when you celebrate food, drink, music, art, culture, and more in the cool, crisp fall Kansas air. The Sunflower State is home to a diverse supply of festivals of all kinds, many of which you can find in Wichita – the state’s largest city.
Take a look at this list of fall festivals in Wichita and start planning your visit to the heart of the country today!
Crave Culinary Festival
This five-day festival features an artistic fusion of food and friends benefiting Mark Arts. Various culinary and libation evening workshops featuring local and national culinary experts will be held from Tuesday, Sept. 6 through Friday, Sept. 9. The festival will culminate on Sept. 10 with a Foodie Fair where guests can sample food from local chefs and vote for their favorite. Each event during the Crave Culinary Festival has a separate ticket, and tickets are on sale now.
Named for Wichita’s airport code, expect local, regional and national artists at this three-day, no genre restriction, no age restriction celebration of music. Mark your calendar for Sept. 8-10 and watch for details for this year’s fest.
Orie's Garlic Fest
The only festival of its kind in the region, Orie’s Garlic Fest brings herb lovers together for a unique celebration of all things garlic. The annual food and art festival includes samples, tastings, and workshops, as well as family-friendly fun, food, and shopping opportunities. It will happen on Sept. 11 at Public.
Food and beverage stations featuring restaurants from throughout the area plus a great cause make the annual Sedgwick County Zoo fundraiser Zoobilee one of the most charitable parties of the year. This year’s event is Sept. 10; get your tickets early as it typically sells out.
Autumn & Art
Immerse yourself in culture by attending Autumn & Art at Bradley Fair, where juried artists show and sell their works. This is the 13th year for the free alfresco fine-art show, scheduled for Sept. 16-18. There are also live art demonstrations and art-themed activities for children.
Wichita’s German restaurant Prost is throwing its authentic, family-friendly Oktoberfest Sept. 29-Oct. 1 at its Biergarten at the Revolutsia development. Expect German beers on tap, polka music, a special food menu, fun contests like a stein hoisting contest, kids activities, and more from Prost’s owners, who have attended Oktoberfest in Germany several times.
Prairieland Beer and Music Fest
Celebrate brews, music, and fun in Wichita at the Prairieland Beer and Music Festival, which will be held on Sept. 24 at Hyde Park across from Central Standard Brewing. Proceeds benefit the Kansas Craft Brewer’s Guild and Beauties & Beasts, a nonprofit that rescues death row animals from the shelter.
ICT Yoga Fest
This two-day indoor/outdoor festival is packed with classes, workshops, and activities representing different styles of yoga and movement taught by teachers from throughout the region. ICT Yoga Fest is Sept. 16-17 inside at the Wichita Boathouse and outside at the WaterWalk gardens.
Latin Fest ICT
The fifth annual Latin Fest ICT is Sept. 17 in Old Town Square. Come celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with the culture and traditions from Central/South America, Mexico, and the Latin Caribbean. There will be music, live dance and music performances, and a variety of authentic cuisine and merchandise. Bring your lawn chair for this free outdoor event, or reserved tables and seating also are available for a fee.
Wagonmaster’s Downtown Chili Cookoff
Get your tasting kit and sample the best chili in the Midwest at the Wagonmaster's Downtown Chili Cookoff. The Sept. 25 event takes up several downtown blocks with more than 70 teams of chili makers, live music, and silly contests.
Open Streets ICT
Open Streets ICT started in 2017 as an annual event during the fall along the popular street Douglas Avenue in Wichita’s Douglas Design District in conjunction with Avenue Art Days. It has grown into a biannual occasion with the addition of a second event in the spring at the Nomar Market on the north side of town. The fall 2022 event is Sept. 18, and participants are encouraged to bike, walk, run, experience live music and dancing, entertainment, art, food, yoga, and more while supporting local businesses and exploring activity hubs along a four-mile stretch of Douglas Avenue while the thoroughfare is closed to vehicle traffic.
Great Plains Renaissance & Scottish Festival
Held biannually, the fall Great Plains Renaissance & Scottish Festival happens Oct. 8-9 at Sedgwick County Park with a full royal court. There will be jousts and jests, knights and knaves, bagpipes and blacksmiths, fire breathers, fairies, the Scottish Highland games, and more.
Wichita Pride Festival
Show your LGBTQ pride in south-central Kansas. Start the weekend with the Pride Opening Night on Saturday, Sept. 24. Then enjoy the downtown Wichita Pride Parade and the Wichita Pride Festival at Century II, both on Sunday, Sept. 25.
The family-friendly, free ICT Bloktoberfest is scheduled for Oct. 7-8 at Union Station. This Wichita block party with a traditional Oktoberfest flair features music, food, beer, games and entertaining contests from the Wiener Dog Olympics to the stein hoist.
Prairie Fire Fall Marathon
The Prairie Fire Race Series offers spring and fall races on flat, fast courses for all skill levels. The Fall 2022 Prairie Fire Event is Oct. 9 and offers a marathon (Boston Marathon qualifier), half marathon, 5K, and Family 5K.
Tallgrass Film Festival
The 20th annual Tallgrass Film Festival runs from Sept. 28 to Oct. 2 at various locations in Wichita. Expect short and feature films from around the world, filmmaker labs, roundtables, VIP receptions, gala parties, and more.
Wichita Asian Festival
Taste food from as many as 15 Asian countries at the Wichita Asian Festival. The event also offers multiple cultural stage performances, art vendors, and the Miss Wichita Asian Festival Scholarship Pageant. The annual event is on Oct. 15 at Century II and is organized by the Wichita Asian Association. This year, the festival will charge a $5 admission fee for attendees older than 10. Half of the proceeds will go back to supporting our community through youth academic scholarships.
But wait, there is more! Head over to Visit Wichita’s calendar of events for more fall fun in Wichita!