Northwest Kansas Events Calendar
The Orange and Black Classic Invitational Basketball Tournament will be held in Colby at the Community Building and Colby High School January 16-18, 2014. Contact the Colby CVB for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Annual Mid Continent League Basketball Tournament will be held in Hays, January 11-18, 2014. The tournament begins the 10th with games at local sights. Contact email@example.com for more information.
Day Celebration is held in Bird City (Cheyenne County) at the American
Legion Hall on January 29, 2014.
Colby will also host a Gun, Coin, & Antique Show on March 9 & 10 in 2013. Contact Colby CVB 785-460-7643. They will also play host to the annual Home, Garden & Better Living Show on March 22-24, 2013. This show will also be held at the Colby Community Building. Times are from 5-8 p.m. on Friday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. on Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Contact KXXX-KQLS Radio, 785-462-3305.
The Hays Daily News Home & Garden Show will be held in The Mall, 2918 Vine, from 10 am-6 pm on March 9 & 10, 2013. For more information call 785-625-3314. This show features commercial and non-profit booths, lectures and a children's learning center. FREE ADMISSION! Visit www.haysusa.com for more information.
At the Buffalo Bill Cultural Center, 3083 US Hwy 83,
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The High Plains Artfest will be held at the Gateway Civic Center in Oberlin (Decatur County) on April 26-28, 2013. The event brings together amateur and professional artists from the tri-state region (NE Colorado, SW Nebraska, NW Kansas) for a show and sale. The event will include a limited number of high school seniors and juniors from within the tri-state region at no charge. Purchase patron gala reception planned Friday night with music, hors d' oeuvres, first chance to view and buy art work from eight different categories and vote on "Best of Show." Contact Connie Grafel, 785-475-2901 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The State Storytelling Festival is held annually in Downs. In 2013, the event will be held on April 26 & 27. Local and professional storytellers tell tall tales and other accounts at various locations throughout town. Music, booths, and exhibits also. For more information, call 785-454-3808.
The annual Spring Gallery Walk in Hays will be held April 26, 2013. Enjoy an evening in the historic Chestnut Street District in downtown Hays strolling to over a dozen different locations featuring new art exhibits, opening receptions and a mix of free entertainment. The annual Smoky Hill Art Exhibition is featured at the Hays Arts Council Gallery, 122 East 11th. www.chestnutstreetdistrict.com or www.haysartscouncil.org
KLOE Home and Garden Show will be held at the Max Jones Fieldhouse in Goodland (Sherman County) on the last weekend of April. For more information call 785-899-2309.
“Step through th’ mists o’ time.” Experience “Th’ Gatherin’” in Trego County “faer yerself” on May 3 – 5, 2013. This Celtic celebration of May Days features a Celtic clan gathering which includes athletic competitions of Highland Games for young and old, men and women; a Celtic Feast; and Celtic musicians and vendors. For more information call 785-743-6670 or www.thgatherin.com
The Cheyenne Co. Cruisers and St. Francis Chamber present the Annual Cheyenne County Cruisers Car Show on the 2nd Saturday of May. The event will be held in the downtown at Saw Hill Park from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Lunch will be served. For information, e-mail email@example.com.
Enjoy A Day on the Farm at the Blue Sky Miniature Horse Farm located just north of Hays on May 18, 2013 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. A special day on the farm set up for tours so visitors can see the miniature horses, learn how the horses are trained, enjoy cart rides and see the ribbon and trophy room. Entertainment, crafts, hay wagon rides, and horsemanship demonstrations. For more information, call 785-625-6725 or visit their website at www.blueskyhorses.com.
The 31st Annual Early Rod Run held in Atwood (Rawlins County) the third
weekend of May, is for car enthusiasts all over the country. There
are drag races, a BBQ, and general hometown hospitality. The
entertainment begins on Friday evening and then lasts until noon on Sunday
with the awards presentation. Events take place in Downtown Atwood
on 4th Street. In 2013, the event will be held on May 17-19.
Many special events are planned for this special anniversary year.
Find out details at http://atwoodrodrun.com/.
The 2013 Cruise, Shoes, and BBQ's will take place in Grainfield (Gove County) Saturday, May 25 and Sunday, May 26. Events for the days include a car show, horseshoe tournament, BBQ competition and buffet, beer garden, sand volleyball tournament, and dance. Entry forms will be available at http://www.lovesmalltownamerica.com/grainfieldks_gcdc.php by April. You can also contact Nicole Godek at 785-673-4219 or by e-mail at nicole@LoveSmallTownAmerica.com.June
1st weekend of June will feature the Phillipsburg
Riverless Festival. Events include a Craft Fair, Car Show, Horse
Show, Food, Live Entertainment, 2k & 5k Run, Men's Softball,
Entertainment for the whole family.
Call the Phillipsburg Area Chamber of Commerce at 785-543-2321 for
The Gove County Rodeo is held the first Friday and Saturday in June. The event features sheep and steer riding for kids. Also included is a BBQ on Saturday night. The event is held in the town of Park. For more information, call 785-754-2348.
Paradise Creek Festival, held in Plainville (Rooks County) the second weekend of June, includes a professional rodeo, kids games, mud volleyball, crafts, entertainment, parade and much more. In 2013, the event will be held June 14, 15, & 16. Check these Plainville websites for events schedules and updates: www.plainvilleks.com, www.plainvillesaddleclub.com or www.plainvillerodeo.com.
The Lenora Jubilee will be held on June 14 & 15, 2013. This will be a fun-filled time for the entire family. Events include a parade, games for kids and entertainment. For more information visit the website http://www.lenorajubilee.com/.
Stockton will host their Swing into Summer Fest and Car Show June 14 & 15, 2013. The event begins with a Cruise Night on the 15th from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. The car show on the 16th begins with registration at 8 a.m. Awards will be given at 4 p.m. More than 90 awards available. . For more information, contact Dean or Libby Kester at 785-425-6561 or the Stockton Chamber of Commerce at 785-425-6272. .
The Waldo McBurney "Run for Your
Life" is held in Quinter (Gove County) on the Saturday after the
2nd Thursday in June. For more information on this run, contact the
city office at 785-754-3821.
The Annual Wild West Festival will be held in Hays (Ellis County) July 3-6 in 2013. This event features live entertainment, fireworks, sales promotions, special events, and much more. For a complete list of the events when they become available, check out the Web site at www.wildwestfestival.com or www.haysusa.com.
The City of Goodland will host Freedom Fest on the 4th of July. The event will feature a professional fireworks extravaganza, contests, food, carnival rides, musical entertainment and events for everyone. The event will take place at the Sherman County Fairgrounds.
Freedom Fireworks Celebration in Russell on July 4th with a spectacular firework show and a day full of activities.
Another July 4 celebration held each year is the Lake Atwood Day July 4 Celebration. It is a day filed with games and food galore. Fireworks over Lake Atwood at dusk. Contact Rosalie Ross at 785-626-3600.
The annual Classic Cruisers Car Show will be held in downtown Norton on the courthouse square on July 9. Enter your car or just come to see the variety of vehicles on display. For more information call Dave and Bev Posson at 785-877-3207 or Mark Griffin at 785-877-2081.
Blues music and the smell of BBQ fill the air as Hays celebrates another "Hot Weekend" of bargains with the annual Blues, BBQ and Bargains on July 19-21, 2013. Savor the local barbeque and listen to great blues music while browsing for bargains at sidewalk sales downtown and at The Mall. You'll find sporting goods, furniture, home decor accessories, cosmetics, jewelry, shoes, clothing, inspirational items, handbags, quilting supplies, crafts, scrapbooking supplies and more! 785-621-4171 or www.DowntownHays.com.
Logan County Free Fair will be held the third week of July. Home-owned carnival operates every night of the fair. Grandstand entertainment includes KPRA Rodeo and the ever-popular Truck & Tractor Pull. Saturday parade and free BBQ. For more information contact the Extension Office at 785-672-3245 or the Tourism Office at 785-671-1000 or go to http://www.discoveroakley.com/visitors.
Pickin' on the Plains Bluegrass 'n Folk Festival will be held at the Thomas County Fairgrounds in Colby July 19-21, 2013. Events include Youth Vocal Contest, Gospel Sing-along, Craft Fair, and food vendors. For more information contact the Colby CVB for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org.
One of the biggest events each year in Graham County is the annual Emancipation Celebration/Homecoming Festival held in Nicodemus. This celebration is recognized around the Midwest, and marks the founding of the African-American community. In 2013, the celebration will be held July 27 & 28.
The Wallace County Fair and Home-Owned Carnival will be held in Sharon Springs the last weekend of July.
The annual Jayhawkers' Roundup Rodeo and Fair is held in Hill City at the Graham County Fairgrounds. In 2013, the fair is Friday, July 26th with Tuff Trux that evening, then Saturday, July 27th is the concert, and July 28 is the start of the inflatable carnival and also family night. The Annual PRCA Jayhawker Roundup Rodeo will begin Monday, July 29 and continue nightly through Wednesday, July 31 at 8:00 each evening.
The Gove County Fair is held Monday through Thursday during the last week of July each year in Grainfield.
The Tri-State Antique Engine & Thresher Show, starting on the last Thursday of July each year, and runs through Sunday at the Thresher grounds along Hwy 36 east of Bird City in Cheyenne County. The event includes steam engine races, threshing, antique car parade, and more. For more information go to www.birdcity.com, or www.threshershow.org.
The 103rd Annual Trego County Fair kicks
off on July 31 and runs through August 4, 2013. August 3
features many events including the Trego County Fair Parade, the Talent
Show sponsored by the Trego Arts Council, the TCHS All School /Reunion,
the carnival on the midway, and a free dance. Contact www.tregocountyfair.com
or (785) 743-5825 for more information.
Kansas' Biggest Rodeo is held the first weekend of August (Thurs - Sat.). Three big days of PRCA action, and a free BBQ on Thursday to all ticket holders. For more information check out www.kansasbiggestrodeo.com. The Phillips County Free Fair is held in conjunction with the Phillipsburg Rodeo held in Phillipsburg at the fairgrounds. The Fair features agricultural, commercial, open exhibits, and entertainment. For more information on the fair, go to www.phillipscountyfair.org.
Follow-up the Thresher Show by attending the Cheyenne County Fair
which will be held at the fairgrounds in St. Francis. The fair
starts the first Wednesday of August and runs through Saturday. The event features a home-owned carnival, games, rides, grandstand
entertainment, 4-H exhibits, and food stands. For more information
go to www.stfranciskansas.com.
The 31st Annual Herzogfest will be held in Victoria on August 9 & 10, 2013. Celebrate the German heritage of this Volga German community with polka music, concerts, parade, various booths, kids games, and adult activities. This event features free entertainment on Friday and Saturday with national recording artists and local bands. Vendors will provide a variety of local favorites including brauts, beirocks, galushkies, noodles and beans, dumplings, crock pickles, green bean dumpling soup, funnel cakes, chicken and noodles, pulled pork sandwiches, homemade baked goods, and beer. www.herzogfest.com.
Old Settler's Day is held in Gove (Gove County) on the 2nd Saturday in August. The event features a rodeo and food and vendor booths.
Held the first week of August, the Northwest Kansas District Free Fair held in Goodland features Western Kansas culture, arts, home-owned carnival, demolition derby, and farming and ranching experiences are all on display. To get a listing of events and entertainment, visit the website at www.nwksfair.com, call 785-890-7947, or e-mail email@example.com for more details.
The Decatur County Home-owned Carnival is the biggest drawing card for the annual county fair to be held August 6-10, 2013. The carnival has expanded in both rides, games and concessions each year and was the first home-owned carnival in Kansas. Nightly grandstand events.
The Rooks County Free Fair in Stockton and is one of the largest and oldest free fairs in Kansas. The "Fair of Champions" has been held annually since 1879. The Fair features agricultural, commercial, and open class exhibits, nightly entertainment that features nationally-known musical artists, car and motorcycle races, demolition derby, and a carnival on the midway. For more information, visit the fair website at www.rookscountyfreefair.com. The 2013 fair will be held August 12-17.
Old Settlers Day & Cow Chip Throwing Contest is held the
Sunday before Labor
Day in Russell Springs and brings young and old back to the
community. Celebration highlights include State Cow Chip Throwing Contest on Sunday,
and Old Settlers Day Parade with a carry-in lunch at the old
Old Settlers Day and The Way They Were will be
held in Smith Center Kansas on September 1, 2012. Parade,
tractor show, street vendors, free BBQ and more. For information about Old
Settlers Day contact Smith Center Chamber 785-282-3895. For information
about The Way They Were contact Kendall Nichols 785-697-2991
The 36th Annual Labor Day Celebration will be held at the Logan golf course (Phillips County) on Sunday, September 2, 2012. The Logan, KS event will feature a sand volleyball tournament, remote fly-in, live entertainment, fireworks, and more. Contact Shirley Henrickson at 785-689-4846.
– Come to Lucas, KS and enjoy the Adam’s Apple Festival. You will find
craft booths, Truck & ATV mud run, Kiddie Tractor Pedal Pull, Fun Run,
kids games and more. This event is held every year on the Saturday of
Labor Day weekend.
Friendship Day in Luray (Russell County) is an annual event held the Saturday after Labor Day celebrating friends in the small community. A free BBQ, art show, parade, horseshoe tournament, homemade ice cream, and a golf tournament are just a few of the features.
The 39th Annual Hansen Arts & Crafts Fair will be held on the plaza lawn of the Dane G. Hansen Memorial Museum on Saturday, September 15, 2012. This Logan, KS event will feature crafters, live musical entertainment, food vendors, chain saw artist, kid's amusements, antique tractor show and more. For more information, contact Shirley Henrickson at 785-689-4846 or visit www.hansenmuseum.org.
The 33rd Annual Mini Sappa Antique Thresher & Engine Show will be held September 21-22, 2013, at the Decatur County Fairgrounds in Oberlin, KS. The event features a car, tractor, stationary engine and quilt show; garden tractor pull; hog roast; parades; antique farm machinery demonstrations; vendor market; free model train rides; and more! For more information visit www.minisappashow.com or contact the club president at 785-626-3315.
observance of the 135th anniversary of the Last Indian Raid on Kansas
Soil and 50th anniversary of the Decatur County Museum on Mini-Sapa
Day held Sept. 28, 2013.
The 5th Annual Great U.S. 36 Highway Treasure Hunt is scheduled for September 14, 15, & 16 in 2012. This colossal three-day garage and yard sale extends 400 miles across Kansas (13 counties in Kansas). Make sure and pick up a Treasure Hunt Guide that includes all participating communities, maps and lists of venders in each location. For more information, go the the website at www.ushwy36.com or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Flatlander Fall Festival is held the last weekend of September in Goodland. The event begins on Friday with a golf tournament at Sugar Hills golf course. On Saturday, the event offers visitors entertainment, street festival, food booths, one-room school reunion, dance and classic stock car races. A Picnic in the Park will take place on Sunday with lunch and entertainment. For more information, call 785-899-9290, e-mail email@example.com, or visit www.flatlanderfestival.com.
On Sept. 30, 2012 at Lasada Sporting Clays (just outside of
Russell), a “Field Day” will be held to allow anyone to come
out and shoot sporting clays. They really try to promote to woman
and young children. If you have never hunted before or never shot a
gun, this is a great way to learn how it all works. It is always
held on the last Sunday in September. For more information they can
contact Lasada at 785-483-3758.
Granny Mae's Pumpkin Patch, miniature train rides, hayrack rides, gift shop, games and family fun the last weekend in September and every weekend in October. For more information, call 785-445-3547, or got to www.grannymaes.com
The Hays Oktoberfest is an annual celebration of the Germans from Russia's heritage in Ellis County. The event is held at Frontier Park on the Friday before the Fort Hays State University Homecoming. The festival includes various activities and booths that provide food, crafts, refreshments, beer and musical entertainment. In 2013, the event will be held on October 4. www.haysocktoberfest.com.
The Flatland Car & Cycle Show will be held on October 6, 2012 on Main Street in Downtown Russell! Registration is 9a.m. to noon. and the entry fee is $15. Awards will be presented at 3p.m. Stay the night before and have a chance to CRUISE IN at A&W (304 S Fossil) Friday evening from 5pm to 9pm. Contact Mike Schoech for more information at 785.483.3771 or click here for website information.
The annual Mini-Sapa
Celebration, held the first Saturday of October in Oberlin, is coordinated by the Decatur County Museum Board and
observes the Last Indian Raid on Kansas soil in 1878.
The Kansas State Corn Husking Contest, held in Oakley, is
an old-fashioned corn husking competition, with eleven divisions and a
team event. The contest is held the second weekend of October at the
Buffalo Bill Cultural Center on US Hwy 83 and 2nd Street. Activities include a
Cornhusking Contest, Corn Pile Money Hunt, Pumpkin Carving Contest, Corn
Toss Contest, Corn Cook Off, and Saturday Evening Banquet. For more
information call 785-671-1000 or go to www.DiscoverOakley.com
Come to Russell on October 6, 2012 for Bricks, Broncs & BBQ. This event is a sanctioned BBQ Contest on Main Street in Downtown Russell! For details, or to sign up for the BBQ event contact Russell Main Street at 785.483.2897.
The Kirwin Old Settler's Day celebration will be held the first Saturday of October in Downtown Kirwin (Phillips County). For more information, call 785-543-6652, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The annual meeting of the Smoky Hill Trail Association will be held in Oakley, October 14-16, 2011. The annual Smoky Hill Trail Association Annual Conference will be held October 19-21, 2012 in Abilene.
The 6th annual Veteran's Day Parade in Oakley (Logan
County) begins at 11:11 A.M. on November 11, 2012 beginning at the high
school and proceeding down Center Avenue.
Come show your American pride and honor our veterans with your
attendance. For more
information, contact Larry Rowlison at 785-672-3584.
The St. Francis Craft Show will be held the 1st Saturday of November at St. Francis Grade School. The event will run from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Kensington (Smith County) will also host a Veteran's Day Parade. In 2012, it will be held on November 10. For more information contact Jim Struckoff at 785-476-2825.
The 3rd Annual Governor’s Ringneck Classic pheasant hunt will be held in Norton and surrounding communities November 14-17, 2013. The community event will feature a variety of invited celebrities. Friday night’s events, open to the public, will be an opportunity to join the Governor and his guests for dinner, a community raffle and live auction.
The Hill City Crafts Fair will be Saturday, November 17, 2012, from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. Everyone is invited to come out, shop and stay for lunch. There will be hourly give aways and one final prize at the end of the day. For more information please call Ellen at 785-421-3479.
The VFW "We Did It" Craft Fair will be held in Goodland the third Saturday of November with Crafts and Food Booths. Contact 785-899-4756. Also on the the third Saturday will be the NuPhiMu Sorority Craft Fair. The event will have more than 80 booths featuring art, hand crafts and food court. Call 785-899 2951 or 785-899-5656 for details.
The Oberlin Business Alliance will host a Holiday Light Parade on November 23, 2012. It will be followed by the Holiday Arts and Crafts Show on November 26, sponsored by Oberlin Arts & Humanities. Contact Connie at email@example.com for more information.
Oakley's 21st annual Fabulous Christmas Light
Parade is a unique parade that sparkles with floats and other entries
all decked out with Christmas lights.
The parade is held each year on the Friday after Thanksgiving along
with the downtown Christmas opening.
Come early and enjoy the pancake and sausage feed at the VFW Post
at 317 Center. You can even
have your picture taken with Santa! For
more information, contact Jerry Robben at 785-672-3251.
The city of St. Francis (Cheyenne County) will host a Light Parade on the Friday after Thanksgiving to open the Christmas season. Floats with thousands of lights will drive up Main Street at 6:00 p.m. Santa is the special guest and will visit with the kids after the parade. A treasure hunt is also part of the evening activities. Visit www.stfranciskansas.com for details.
62nd Annual "Christmas
Tree Lighting" in WaKeeney, "the Christmas City of the
High Plains" will be held November 24, 2012 beginning at 6:00 pm.
Before the Lighting,
there will be a soup supper at 5:00 pm. There will also be a Live Nativity Scene from 5 – 7:30 pm in the
Trego County’s Home Based Business Association will host their
annual Christmas Bazaar on Saturday, November 24, 2012 at the Trego County
Fairgrounds. The Christmas Bazaar features a wide variety of
items for sale. In addition, there is beautiful seasonal music
to get everyone in the Christmas
Mark your calendars and plan to make Christmas Wonderland,
in Russell, part of your Christmas festivities in 2011. The park
will open on Thanksgiving night (Nov. 24) and be open Friday –Saturday
and Sunday through December 24th. You will
find sleigh rides, train rides, reindeer to feed and a live nativity scene
– but also shops with Kansas furs, over 50 themed trees with ornaments,
and a snack shop where you can enjoy hot chocolate, coffee or even
Christmas Candies and fudge. For more information go to (http://kansaschristmaswonderland.com)
Christmas Past at Historic Fort Hays is held in conjunction with Frostfest in downtown Hays. Christmas Past will be held at old Fort Hays on Dec. 7 & 8, 2012. See the Fort as it would have been decorated in the 1880's. Enjoy living history demonstrations, caroling, old-time music, hayrack rides and more. The lighted Frostfest Christmas Parade will be held in downtown Hays on Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012 at 5:30 p.m. For more information, visit www.chestnutstreetdistrict.com.
Visit WaKeeney, “the Christmas City
of the High Plains,” any evening in December and enjoy the
largest Christmas display between Kansas City and Denver. This
holiday wonderland features a 35-foot tree of fresh greenery with more
fresh greenery and garlands, thousands of twinkling lights, and
handcrafted Christmas decorations throughout the downtown.area.
It has been a tradition since 1950 when the first display was lit.
Visit www.wakeeney.org or call toll
free 1-877-962-7248 for more information.
Cedar Bluff State Park is again hosting “Holiday
in Lights” on December 20 – 23, 2012, from dark until 10:00
pm each evening. View thousands of twinkling lights and
holiday displays throughout the Bluffton Area Campgrounds on the north
side of the reservoir. Enjoy a visit with Santa Claus, musical
entertainment, hay rack rides, hot chocolate, and roasted marshmallows.
The entry fee is $1.00 per person with donations appreciated.
For more information visit http://www.kdwp.state.ks.us/news/state-parks/locations/cedar-bluff
or call 785-726-3212.
The Annual Christmas Fest will be held all month long in Sharon Springs in Wallace County. For more information, call 785-852-4935 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Santa City is held every weekend after Thanksgiving from 1-5 p.m. and nightly from the middle of December through the 24th from 6-8 p.m. in Colby. The "Spirit of Christmas on the Prairie" features an animated forest of woodland animals in a lighted Christmas wonderland performing Christmas tasks. The event is held in Fike Park in downtown Colby. . For more information, call 1-800-611-8835 or visit www.oasisontheplains.com.
crafts, jewelry, and other treasures can be found at the Christmas
Crafts Fair at the VFW
Hall on Center Street in Oakley.
Pick up your holiday poinsettias and enjoy a piece of homemade pie.
Craft fair starts at 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday.
For more information go to the visitors calendar at http://www.discoveroakley.com/visitors.
December 10, 2012 the historic Cathedral of the Plains in Victoria will
host the Christmas
Concert in the Cathedral, 900 Cathedral Ave., featuring several local
choirs and musical groups. The concerts are at 3:30 & 6:30 p.m.
Free admission! Contact 785-628-4533 for more information.