Save the dates for these annual Wichita fall festivals. We’ll update details as they are announced. Be sure to check websites and social media channels for the latest schedule details.
ICT Fest, Sept. 7-9
Expect local, regional and national artists at this three-day, no genre restriction, no age restriction celebration of music at WAVE, Nortons Brewing Co., Kirby’s Beer Store and Barleycorn’s. Mark your calendars for Sept. 7-9 for ICT Fest and plan to see acts such as Tunic, Marrice Anthony, Keo & Them and Lorelei.
Zoobilee, Sept. 9
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 biggest charitable parties of the year. This year’s event is Saturday, Sept. 9. Get your tickets early as it typically sells out.
Orie’s Garlic Fest, Sept. 10
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 Sunday, Sept. 10 at Brickyard.
Autumn & Art, Sept. 15-17
Celebrate the creative spirit at Kansas’ premier boutique alfresco fine art show. Autumn & Art at Bradley Fair is purposely limited to no more than 100 invited artists from around the country, who show and sell their works in a variety of media—painting, photography, jewelry, sculpture and more. This is the 14th year for the free, alfresco fine art show. There’s also live art demonstrations and art-themed activities for children throughout the event, Sept. 15-17.
ICT Yoga Fest, Sept. 15-16
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. 15-16 inside and around the Wichita Boathouse.
Kansas Railfest, Sept. 16
The Kansas Railfest, organized by the Great Plains Transportation Museum, gives attendees the chance to learn about the history of trains and the railroad in Wichita. The festival, held at the museum, features food, local musicians and activities such as a scavenger hunt. Train rides will be available for an additional $5 per person. Proceeds from the Saturday, Sept. 16 event go toward helping with restoration projects.
Latin Fest ICT, Sept. 16
The annual Latin Fest ICT is Saturday, Sept. 16 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 live dance and music performances, presentations and exhibitions, games, a car show and a variety of authentic cuisine and merchandise. Bring your lawn chair for this free outdoor event.
Open Streets ICT, Sept. 17
Open Streets ICT started in 2017 as an annual fall event along Douglas Avenue. It has grown into a biannual occasion with the addition of a spring event at the Nomar Market. The fall 2023 event is Sunday, Sept. 17 and participants are encouraged to bike, walk or run while experiencing live music and dancing, entertainment, art, food, yoga and more through local businesses and activity hubs set up along Douglas Avenue. For this event, the street is closed to vehicle traffic on a four-mile stretch from College Hill to the Historic Delano District.
Crave Culinary Festival, Sept. 19-23
This five-day festival features an artistic fusion of food and friends benefiting Mark Arts. A variety of culinary and libation evening workshops featuring local and national culinary experts happen from Tuesday, Sept. 19 through Friday, Sept. 22. The festival then culminates on Saturday, Sept. 23 with a Foodie Fair where guests can sample food from local chefs and restaurants, plus vote for their favorite. Each event during the Crave Culinary Festival has a separate ticket and tickets are on sale now.
Drone Light Festival, Sept. 21-23
This is one of Wichita’s newest and coolest festivals, with 300 synchronized drones, floating Chinese water lanterns, projections on the buildings, a concert lit by more than 2,000 candles plus plenty to do before the sun goes down. Start by enjoying the exhibits inside Exploration Place, food trucks and activity booths before the drone show. Then at dark, you’ll be gazing into the beautiful Kansas sky in downtown Wichita watching hundreds of choreographed drones creating formations. The Drone Light Festival happens Thursday through Saturday, Sept. 21-23.
Wagonmaster’s Downtown Chili Cookoff, Sept. 30
Get your tasting kit and sample the best chili in the Midwest at the Wagonmaster’s Downtown Chili Cookoff. The Saturday, Sept. 30 event takes up several downtown blocks with nearly 80 teams of chili makers, live music and silly contests.
Prairieland Beer and Music Fest, Sept. 30
Celebrate brews, music and fun in Wichita at the Prairieland Beer and Music Festival, which will be held on Saturday, Sept. 23 at Hyde Park across from Central Standard Brewing. Attendees can sample more than 100 beers from 40+ breweries while listening to the New Orleans style Moonpie Brass Band. Proceeds benefit animal rescue group Beauties & Beasts.
Great Plains Renaissance & Scottish Festival, Sept. 30-Oct. 1
Held biannually, the fall Great Plains Renaissance & Scottish Festival happens Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 30-Oct. 1 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.
Tallgrass Film Festival, Oct. 5-8
Wichita’s annual film festival has long been considered among the best for filmmakers and this year it also made the list of the top 25 coolest film festivals in the world to attend, according to MovieMaker Magazine. The 21st annual Tallgrass Film Festival runs from Oct. 5-8 at various locations, mostly in downtown Wichita. Expect short and feature films from around the world, filmmaker labs, roundtables, VIP receptions, gala parties and more.
Prost’s Oktoberfest, Oct. 5-7
Wichita’s German restaurant Prost is throwing its authentic, family-friendly Oktoberfest from Thursday, Oct. 5 through Saturday, Oct. 7 at its urban biergarten at the Revolutsia development. Expect imported German beers on tap, polka music, a special festival 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.
Prairie Fire Fall Marathon, Oct. 8
The Prairie Fire Race Series offers spring and fall races on flat, fast courses through the heart of Wichita. The Fall 2023 Prairie Fire Event is Sunday, Oct. 8 and offers a marathon (Boston Marathon qualifier), half marathon, 5K and Family 5K.
ICT Bloktoberfest, Oct. 13-14
The family-friendly, free ICT Bloktoberfest is scheduled for Friday and Saturday, Oct. 13-14 at Naftzger Park. 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. There is also a ticketed Beer Fest on Friday, Oct. 13 within the Bloktoberfest festivities.
Wichita Asian Festival, Oct. 28
The 42nd annual Wichita Asian Festival brings authentic food from as many as 15 Asian countries under one roof. The event also offers multiple cultural stage performances, art vendors and the Miss Wichita Asian Festival Scholarship Pageant. The annual event is Oct. 28 at Century II and is organized by the Wichita Asian Association.
But, wait, there are more fall festivals…
- Kansas Maze Sunflower Festival at Gaeddert Farms – Aug. 19 – Sept. 9 (estimated dates)
- ICT Comic Con and Science Fiction Expo at Century II Performing Arts & Convention Center – Aug. 26-27
- Harley Angel Mega Bash and Boozefighters Motorcycle Show at Twister City Harley-Davidson – Aug. 26
- Wichita African Union’s 10th annual Cultural Event at Drury Plaza Hotel Broadview – Sept. 2
- Wichita Water Lantern Festival at O.J. Watson Park – Sept. 9
- Fiesta Hispana at Exploration Place – Sept. 10
- Flying Monkey Con 2023 tabletop gaming convention at Drury Plaza Hotel Broadview – Sept. 22-24
- Jack-o-lantern Spectacular at Botanica Wichita – Oct. 5-7, 13-14
- Air Capital Comic Con at Wichita Sports Forum – Oct. 28-29
- Dia de los Muertos at Nomar International Market – Oct. 28