2018 Wichita Fall Events
Jam-packed with fun and festive events, Fall 2018 will offer Wichitans tons of opportunities to get out and enjoy the crisp, cool weather. Check out these 2018 fall events in Wichita and make it a season to remember.
Frontiers in Flight Air Show at Mcconnel AFB, Sept 8-9
McConnell Air Force Base is opening its gates to the public during the Frontiers in Flight Open House and Airshow, September 8th and 9th! Come and see how Team McConnell contributes to the Air Capital of the World as the true Home of Air Refueling.
The base is open to the public on Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds are scheduled to perform alongside the U.S. Army Golden Knights Parachute Team and plenty of other professional airshow performers!
Admission is completely FREE to the public!
Zoobilee September 8
Wichita's Wildest Fundraiser. Roam around the zoo while enjoying delicious food and drinks from your favorite Wichita establishments. Bid on hundreds of unique items at the Zoo's one-of-a-kind Silent Auction, "adopt" your favorite Zoo animal in the Live Auction, and dance the night away with live performances throughout the party!
Tickets are available for $135, Starting September 1, tickets will be $150.
Autumn & Art at Bradley Fair, September 14-16th
The annual Autumn & Art festival brings approximately 100 artists to Wichita, showcasing works in a variety of mediums. This alfresco fine arts show and sale takes place lakeside on beautiful Bradley Fair Parkway.
The event is free to attend, so come stroll through Bradley Fair and peruse the works of artists from all over the country. Pieces will be available for purchase. Take in live music and other entertainment, and enjoy delicious eats and drinks from Bradley Fair restaurants.
Event dates and times:
- Friday, September 14, 6 - 9 p.m.
- Saturday, September 15, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
- Sunday, September 16, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Learn more here.
Wagonmasters Downtown Chili Cookoff, September 22
Withstanding tests of both time and taste, the Wagonmasters host another Downtown Chili Cookoff this year! On September 22, more than 70 teams will tie on their aprons to compete. Teams include cooks vying for a spot in the World Championship Chili Cookoff, local restaurants, non-profits, and groups of friends or coworkers competing for the fun of it.
Taking place in the heart of downtown, the event's block party environment boasts live music and lots of chili and salsa to taste. Admission is free but $5 gets you a tasting kit so you can sample all the spicy goodness. Learn more about this event here.
Open Streets ICT September 23
Enjoy this active, fun, community building afternoon. Back for another year get out and enjoy the city as 4 miles of Douglas is closed to vehicles from College Hill to the historic Delano, and opened for biking, walking, running, live music and dancing, entertainment, food, art, yoga, and more.
Cruise along the along the 4 mile stretch and stop at our activity hubs, participating Douglas businesses, food and street vendors. Check out our site for a full list of activities and music lineup. http://openstreetsict.com
Open Streets ICT is designed to elevate the quality of life and health and well-being of the Greater Wichita community—and you’re invited to be an important part of this difference-making initiative. This initiative needs individuals and businesses to commit to its success and sustainability.
Open Streets takes place September 23, from noon to 5 pm.
Great Plains Renaissance Festival, September 29-30th
Take a step back in time with this annual medieval festival. The two-day event highlights entertainment like pirates, knights, jousting, jugglers, musicians, dancers, and more. Food, drinks, and crafts will be available for purchase.
Tickets can be purchased at a discounted rate online, offering $4 off the general admission price. Each adult ticket purchased online also comes with a free children's ticket, an additional $5 value.
The event will be held at Sedgwick County Park on September 29 and 30, running from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. both days.
Bloktoberfest - October 5th & 6th
The perfect fusion of block party and Oktoberfest the Annual ICT Bloktoberfest by Xclusive events is back for its third year! The event is open to the public and free to attend with ticketed admission for select things. Bring the whole family including the family pet! Participants can enjoy live music, yard games, wiener dog races, food trucks, carnival games, stein hoisting competitions, and Beerfest! Also, new this year ICT Burger Battle, organized by KETCH, has partnered to be part of Bloktoberfest.
Old Cowtown's County Fair, October 6
Cowtown Museum is recreating the atmosphere of a county fair from the 1870s. Try your hand at the pie eating and tug of war. Find out who is the strongest man and who has the cutest baby. Listen to some music and watch some magic. After all you experience, you will be amazed and entertained.
Regular admission rates apply: $9/adults, $8/seniors (ages 62+), $7/youth (ages 12-17), $6/kids (ages 5-11). Kids 4 and under and Cowtown members get in free!
WoofStock October 6
A fund-fetching good time. Woofstock is Kansas Humane Society's largest annual fundraiser! Spend the day with your pups, family, and friends at the finest furry festival for dogs and their people. All proceeds benefit Kansas Humane Society and help us provide care, compassion, and a second chance for over 16,000 pets each year.
- 2-mile Woofstock Kick-off Walk and Breakfast (at 8 am)
- Live Music
- Tail-gating Beer Garden
- Ruff Races
- Agility Course
- Water Retrieval
- Costume Contest
- Doggy Musical Chairs
- K-9 Unit Demonstration
- Much more!
General Admission: $10
BOOtanica at Botanica, October 13
Join in the fun at Botanica's spookiest celebration of the year, BOOtanica! The family-friendly event will be held at Botanica on Oct. 13, from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. Bring the kids out to see the entire garden filled with a variety of different stations featuring activities for children of all ages.
The event boasts games, art projects, live animals and more! See into the future with the help of a fortune teller, or learn a little from the Bug Lady, and representatives from Exploration Place, and the Sedgwick County Zoo. There will be live music, demonstrations and more.
General Admission is priced at $9 for the public and $6 for members.
Prairie Fire Marathon, October 14
It's time to lace up your running shoes for the "hottest" race in the Midwest. The Prairie Fire Fall Race Series offers competitive Full Marathon, Half Marathon and 5K races. It's a flat and fast course through the streets and neighborhoods of Wichita. There's also a Youth Run, plus a mile-long family friendly Fun Run & Walk along the Arkansas River.
Visit the official site for registration information, courses, start times and everything else you need to know.
Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular, October 10-12
Throughout Botanica, there will be 500 uniquely carved pumpkins lit up for everyone to see, These pumpkins have been carved by volunteer groups and individuals in the Wichita community. They will have live music, local craft beer from some of your favorite breweries and food for purchase from local restaurants and food trucks.
Tickets are $9 for non-members and $6 for members. Open October 10, 11, and 12 at 6:00 pm
Tallgrass Film Festival, October 17-21
The largest independent film festival in the state of Kansas, the Tallgrass Film Festival will take place October 17-21. Now in its 16th year, the event features the showcased works of filmmakers worldwide.
Tallgrass was named one of MovieMaker Magazine's "Top 50 Festivals Worth the Entry Fee", and Flavorwire named the Wichita festival one of the "Best Under The Radar Film Festivals" in North America.
The event will highlight premiere parties, screenings, and galas at various locations around Wichita. Learn more here.
Pumpkins at the Park at Tanganyika Wildlife Park, Starting October 19
Another of Wichita's Signature Halloween events, Tanganyika's Pumpkins at the Park will be held October 19, 20, 21, 26, 27 and 28 from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. This event offers something for everyone in the family!
Children will enjoy trick-or-treating through the park, crafts and games. Older kids and teens can test their skills in a creepy cage maze, and try to survive in a zombie laser experience. The Witches Brew will have drinks for adults.
There are different ticket packages depending on the activities you want. Check out the options here.
Monkey Butt Poker Run at the Sedgwick County Zoo, October 20
The Monkey Butt Poker Run returns to the zoo this year, so get ready to ride! The day begins with an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast at 8 a.m. Then it’s time to hit the open road for one WILD ride while you work to build the best poker hand. The ride is about 100 miles roundtrip and begins and ends at the Zoo.
Registration is $20 in advance and $25 on the day of the event. Registration includes one poker card, t-shirt, and breakfast for one. Passengers ride free and can have breakfast for $5. Learn more here.
Prairieland Beer & Music Festival, October 20
The inaugural Prairieland Beer & Music Festival is presented by the Kansas Craft Brewer’s Guild. Start your day with beer sampling from breweries across the state of Kansas and some of our friends from around the region. The music starts when the taps open with Bad Mother Hubbard and Mensaje Norteno taking the stage during the beer festival. After the beer sampling, the party keeps going with Marcus Lewis Big Band and we close the night out with a performance by The Budos Band.
The festival takes place October 20th from 3:00 pm to 12:00 am. Tickets start at $25.
Spooky Science at Exploration Place, October 20th
This spooky spectacular returns to Exploration Place for another year! Kids will feel like they’re working in Dr. Frankenstein’s lab as they mix up ooey, gooey experiments. This event is fun for all ages, and costumes are encouraged. Spooky Science is included in general museum admission.
Night of the Living Zoo at Sedgwick County Zoo, October 26-28th
Enjoy a night of not-too-scary fun with your ghouls and goblins at Night of the Living Zoo! From 6:30-8:30 p.m. on October 26, 27, and 28, guests can participate in a variety of Halloween-themed activities throughout the zoo.
Try your hand at pumpkin bowling, visit Dracula and fortune tellers, take a stroll down Jack-o-Lantern Lane, and more. Grab some goodies as you stroll through Candy Land, but don't forget to say Trick or Treat! Costumes are welcome.
You may see some animals in their outdoor exhibits, but most animals will not be in attendance.
Advance tickets can be purchased online and at area Quiktrip stores starting October 1. Tickets are priced at $7 for Zoo members and $9 for nonmembers. Children 2 and under do not need a ticket.
Hay, Hooves and Halloween at Old Cowtown Museum, October 27-28
Things get spooky at Old Cowtown Museum during Halloween. Ghosts haunt the historic houses, and who knows? You may just see the Headless Horseman riding the streets. Not to worry, though...they’ll also be plenty of candy!
This event takes place Oct. 27-28