And you thought fall festivals were all about pumpkin patches and corn mazes.
In Kansas – and in neighboring states within driving distance – the final months of the year are filled with festivals celebrating not only the cooler weather but also art, music, food and other randomness.
Kansas has festivals that exist for the sole purposes of celebrating bluegrass music, medieval times, aviation and outhouses. There’s one that’s focused on chili and one that includes an activity called, simply, “human hamster balls.”
There are also separate festivals designed to celebrate Scottish, Nordic, Mexican, German and Habesha heritage, and there are fairs with fun schedules and funny names – Arkansas City’s Arkalalah, for example, and Humboldt’s Biblesta, where the highlight is a parade of townspeople dressed in biblical costumes and floats depicting scenes from the Bible.
Biblesta also has a free bean feed.
Use this guide to plan your family’s fall fun. And don’t worry. That list of pumpkin patches and corn mazes is coming, too.
Kansas City area