Fall Festivals, Fairs & Carnivals in Wichita | 2023

Fall season in the midwest means weekends full of small town bustle and excitement for the young at heart and old-timers alike. Festivals are a wonderful way to connect with friends and family while supporting our communities’ local economies. For more family fun this autumn, don’t forget to check out our Ultimate Guide to Fall & Halloween Events in Wichita!


Mulvane Old Settlers Days

August 24-26

There are many events for Old Settlers goers: road race, rodeo, carnival, arts and crafts, parade, talent show, Little Miss Pioneer pageant, turtle races and much, much more. If you are in the mood for good food, good entertainment, or just good company, come on down for Mulvane Old Settlers.


Kansas State Fair

September 8-17

People from all over our great state and beyond flock to the fair in September, which kicks off on the 8th!

Autumn & Art at Bradley Fair

September 15-17

Autumn & Art is an alfresco fine art show and sale featuring artists from across the United States on beautiful Bradley Fair Parkway. 

El Dorado KS – City of Gold Festival

September 16-23

El Dorado’s biggest party is taking place September 16-23 throughout El Dorado! From giant pumpkin races to concerts, a medallion hunt to a BBQ cook-off; we’ve got it all!

Open Streets ICT

September 17

Join us this fall for Open Streets ICT’s FREE community-building event along the iconic Douglas Avenue in Wichita, KS for a full day of biking, fun physical activities, music, dancing, yoga, and much more! All Wichitans are invited to get active, socialize, and to stop at the local Douglas Avenue businesses, restaurants, street vendors, and the five major activity hubs situated every mile along the four-mile stretch.

Wichita Children’s Business Fair

This one-day marketplace gives children the opportunity to showcase their very own business. From developing a brand, creating a product/service, building a marketing strategy and selling to customers – young entrepreneurs do it all!

Explore a variety of youth businesses including gourmet popcorn, homemade art, fidget toys, candles and much more.

This event is FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. Learn more at https://www.wichitabizfair.com.


Wild Lights Lantern Festival at SCZ

October 11-December 17

The event will run from 6-9 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays, beginning October 11.

Larger-than-life Asian Lantern sculptures will illuminate the Zoo as guests experience dazzling scenes of glowing wildlife, beautiful archways, and magical interactive displays.

Tickets for Wild Lights start at $17 and are on sale now at SCZ.org.

Maize, KS – Maize Fall Festival

October 13-14

Hosted by the City of Maize this year, the fun include a car show and parade!


Goddard, KS – Goddard Fall Festival

October 6-7

The Goddard Fall Festival is an annual event held in October each year and includes a carnival, games, vendors, great food and entertainment for all ages.  The carnival and some games open Friday evening in Linear Park.  The main events kick off with a parade Saturday morning along Main Street where most activities take place.  The festival has been a long standing tradition of “festive fun” for the community.  We hope you will join us for this year’s festival “Back to the Future Fall Festival”!

Andover, KS – Greater Andover Days

September 28-October 1

Greater Andover Days (GAD) plays host to more than 5,000 people each year! Festival highlights include a food court, hot dog eating contest, parade, fishing clinic, car show, and a fireworks show in Central Park.

Haysville, KS – Haysville Fall Festival

October 20-22

You won’t want to miss this town’s carnival, beer garden, car show, inflatables and more! 

Ark City, KS – Arkalalah

October 25-28

There is no place like home…or like Arkalalah! Just a short drive south promises a weekend filled with 3v3 basketball tournament, corn hole tournament, dodgeball, art exhibits, movies, music, carnival, food, and much more!

More Things To Do In & Around Wichita, Kansas This Fall 

Erin is a marketing consultant in Wichita KS. She spends her days helping local businesses and non-profits navigate the ever-changing waters of digital marketing and homeschooling her kids. She and her daughter also own Sassy Squid Ink, an imprint designing notebooks, journals, and sketchbooks. Married to her college sweetheart and the mother of 2, Erin's hobbies include bribing herself to exercise, traveling with (and without) her family, and trying to remember where she hid the chocolate.



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