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 and attendance guidelines.
Crave Culinary Festival
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 will be held from Tuesday, Sept. 6 through Friday, Sept. 9. The festival will culminate on Sept. 10 with a Foodie Fair where guests can sample food from local chefs and vote for their favorite. Each event during the Crave Culinary Festival has a separate ticket and tickets are on sale now.
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 most charitable parties of the year. This year’s event is Sept. 10. Get your tickets early as it typically sells out. Llew Brown Band is headlining the evening, and other bands include Annie Up, Suite 68, Vinyl Ritchie, Jared Brown Band and Whitnie Means Trio.
Orie's Garlic Fest
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 Sept. 11 at Public.
ICT Yoga Fest
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. 16-17 inside at the Wichita Boathouse and outside at the WaterWalk gardens.
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. Proceeds go toward helping with restoration projects. The festival, held at the museum, features food, local musicians and activities. Train rides will be available for an additional $5 per person. The 2022 Kansas Railfest is set for Sept. 17.
Latin Fest ICT
The fifth annual Latinfest ICT is Sept. 17 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 music, live dance and music performances, a variety of authentic cuisine and merchandise. Bring your lawn chair for this free outdoor event, or reserved tables and seating also are available for a fee.
Open Streets ICT
Open Streets ICT started in 2017 as an annual fall event along Douglas Avenue in conjunction with Avenue Art Days. It has grown into a biannual occasion with the addition of a spring event at the Nomar Market. The fall 2022 event is Sept. 18 and participants are encouraged to bike, walk, run, experience live music and dancing, entertainment, art, food, yoga and more while supporting local businesses and exploring activity hubs along Douglas Avenue. The thoroughfare is closed to vehicle traffic on a 4-mile stretch from College Hill to the Historic Delano District.
Prairieland Beer and Music Fest
Celebrate brews, music and fun in Wichita at the Prairieland Beer and Music Festival, which will be held on Sept. 24 at Hyde Park across from Central Standard Brewing. Proceeds benefit the Kansas Craft Brewer’s Guild and Beauties & Beasts, a nonprofit that rescues death row animals from the shelter.
Photo: Tallgrass Film Festival
Tallgrass Film Festival
The 20th annual Tallgrass Film Festival runs from Sept. 28 to Oct. 2 at various locations in Wichita. Expect short and feature films from around the world, filmmaker labs, roundtables, VIP receptions, gala parties and more.
Wichita’s German restaurant Prost is throwing its authentic, family-friendly Oktoberfest Sept. 29-Oct. 1 at its biergarten at the Revolutsia development. Expect German beers on tap, polka music, a special 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.
Photo: Tyler Cooper
Wagonmaster’s Downtown Chili Cookoff
Get your tasting kit and sample the best chili in the Midwest at the Wagonmaster's Downtown Chili Cookoff. The Oct. 1 event takes up several downtown blocks with more than 70 teams of chili makers, live music and silly contests.
Great Plains Renaissance & Scottish Festival
Held biannually, the fall Great Plains Renaissance & Scottish Festival happens Oct. 8-9 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.
Wichita Asian Festival
The Wichita Asian Festival is the only time in Wichita that you can taste 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. 15 at Century II and is organized by the Wichita Asian Association. This year, the festival will charge $5 admission fee for attendees older than 10. Half of the proceeds will go back to supporting our community through youth academic scholarships.
Open Streets ICT
But, wait, there are more fall festivals...
- ICT Burger Battle at O.J. Watson Park – Aug. 20
- Kansas Maze Sunflower Festival at Gaeddert Farms – Aug. 20-Sept. 11
- Avenue Art Days 2022 at Douglas Design District – Aug. 25-28
- Harley Angel Mega Bash and Boozefighters Motorcycle Show at Twister City Harley-Davidson – Aug. 27
- Wichita Water Lantern Festival at O.J. Watson Park – Sept. 3
- Wild West Days at Old Cowtown Museum – Sept. 23-25
- Air Capital Comic Con 2022 at Century II Performing Arts & Convention Center – Nov. 5-6
Head to our calendar of events for more fall fun in Wichita!