2017 Wichita Fall Events
Jam-packed with fun and festive events, Fall 2017 will offer Wichitans tons of opportunities to get out and enjoy the crisp, cool weather. Check out these 2017 fall events in Wichita and make it a season to remember.
Full Moon Walks at Great Plains Nature Center, Starting September 6
Take a moonlit walk through Chisholm Creek Park! Nature goes nocturnal on this 45 minute to one hour walk, guided by GPNC naturalists. The walk covers one mile on paved trails.
After the walk, stay later to stargaze. View the moon and planets through telescopes provided by volunteer astronomers from the Kansas Astronomical Observers and Lake Afton Observatory.
The event will be held at the following times:
- Wednesday, September 6, 8:30 p.m.
- Thursday, October 5, 7:30 p.m.
- Saturday, November 4, 7:30 p.m.
Autumn & Art at Bradley Fair, September 15-17
The annual Autumn & Art festival brings approximately 100 artist 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 15, 6 - 9 p.m.
- Saturday, September 16, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
- Sunday, September 17, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Learn more here.
Wine Mosey at Old Cowtown Museum, September 17
Hit the trail to Cowtown for the 9th Annual Wine Mosey, taking place September 17 from 4 to 8 p.m. Stroll through the historic and recreated buildings at Old Cowtown while enjoying an assortment of wines and hors d’oeuvres. Dinner will be an outdoor BBQ provided by the Wichita Wagonmasters. This fun-filled evening will also include old-fashioned stagecoach rides, gunfight re-enactments, live and silent auctions, and of course, more wine! This event is ages 21+ only, and proceeds benefit the museum.
Tickets are priced at $50 per person. Tickets are available to purchase in person, by phone at (316) 303-8100, or online.
Great Plains Renaissance Festival, September 23 and 24
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 $3.50 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 23 and 24, running from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. both days.
Wagonmasters Downtown Chili Cookoff, September 30
Withstanding tests of both time and taste, the Wagonmasters host another Downtown Chili Cookoff this year! On September 30, 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.
Delano Fall Fair: A Chisholm Trail Celebration, October 6-8
2017 marks the 150th anniversary of the Chisholm Trail, and the Delano Fall Fair is part of the celebration! This three-day party in the historic Delano district includes a western parade, live music, campfire ghost stories, plenty of tasty vittles, and much more. Check out the full schedule here.
BOOtanica at Botanica, October 7
Join in the fun at Botanica's spookiest celebration of the year, BOOtanica! The family-friendly event will be held at Botanica on Oct. 7, 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 8
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.
Museum of the Undead 5: Camp Crystal Lake at Exploration Place, October 13
Exploration Place takes Halloween themed fun to the next level with Museum of the Undead. Returning for the fifth year in a row, the event's theme is Camp Crystal Lake. On Friday, October 13 from 7 p.m. until 10 p.m., you can check out survival skill demos, tiptoe around a haunted castle and more...while sipping your favorite adult beverage. It’s sure to be a “killer” night!
This event is for ages 21+. Casual camp attire is encouraged, or you can dress to kill!
Tickets are $15 in advance, available here or by calling (316) 660-0620. On the day of the event, prices increase to $20 for members and $25 for nonmembers.
Bloktoberfest - October 13th & 14th
The perfect fusion of block party and Oktoberfest the Annual ICT Bloktoberfest presented by 360Wichita.com and Xclusive events is back for its second year! The event is open to 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.
Tallgrass Film Festival, October 18-22
The largest independent film festival in the state of Kansas, the Tallgrass Film Festival will take place October 18-22. Now in its 15th year, the event features the showcased works of filmmakers worldwide. In 2016, the festival boasted 194 films from 33 countries.
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. New this year is DoXX, a program for female-directed documentaries. Learn more here.
Pumpkins at the Park at Tanganyika Wildlife Park, Starting October 20
Another of Wichita's Signature Halloween events, Tanganyika's Pumpkins at the Park will be held October 20, 21, 22, 27, 28 and 29 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 21
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.
Spooky Science at Exploration Place, October 21-22
This spooky spectacular returns to Exploration Place for a fourth 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 27-29
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 27, 28 and 29, 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 28-29
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. 28-29 from 2 to 8 p.m. both days. Admission is $5.