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Messiah Festival of Music & Art

April 11-20, 2014 in Lindsborg, Kansas

Experience the joyous tradition of Bethany College's annual Messiah Festival of the Arts! . All performances take place in Presser Hall on the Bethany College campus. The festival also includes a juried student art exhibition and performances by the Bethany College Symphonic Band as well as recitals and theatre productions. Visit: messiah festival

Wichita Riverfest

May 30- June 7, 2014 in Wichita, Kansas

Regardless of what it’s been called over the years, Riverfest has always been about bringing people together.  Celebrating its 43th anniversary in 2014, Riverfest is one of the longest-continuous-running festivals in the state of Kansas. A nine-day event with over 60 events to enjoy including great musical entertainment, fireworks displays, sporting events, traveling exhibits, children’s activities, cultural events, river events, a parade, food courts and shopping. Featuring more than 100 hours of musical entertainment, performed by more than 40 bands, Riverfest is the only event of its size held in the Midwest during May. Visit:

Smoky Hill River Festival

June 12-15, 2014  in Salina, Kansas

Revelers young and old gather each June in shaded, historic Oakdale Park, near the banks of the river, to enjoy the Smoky Hill River Festival. More than just music and art, the Smoky Hill River Festival offers plenty of activities for Festival goers of all ages, from artist displays to The Big Band Dance on Festival Friday. The Festival Fitness Five foot races get Festival goers to the park extra early for a competitive, but fun, run or walk race. There are races for children too!  Visit:

Symphony in the Flint Hills

June 14, 2014 in  Kansas

Symphony in the Flint Hills is proud to announce that the 2014 concert

will be held at the Historic Post of Fort Riley! Each spring there is a gathering, a coming together of art, nature and the kindred souls who appreciate them both. For one evening, the meadowlark’s song is joined by a Symphony in the Flint Hills. Each year moving the symphony concert to different sites-traveling from county to county, Kansas honors the tallgrass prairie and plains heritage with music. Visit:

Dodge City Days

July 25 - August 3, 2014   August  in Dodge City, Kansas

Dodge City's heritage comes to life and walks the streets annually during Dodge City Days.  This 10-day celebration of Kansas’ Western heritage attracts more than 100,000 people each year to experience the top-rated Dodge City Days Rodeo with the crowning of Miss Rodeo Kansas and Miss Rodeo Kansas Princess, a two-day craft show featuring more than 200 artists, a professional barbecue contest and western parade, along with many other events and activities. Visit:

Kansas State Fair

September 5-14, 2014 in Hutchinson, Kansas

It's their birthday! The Kansas State Fair turns 100 years old in 2013. The party is scheduled for September 6-15, 2013.  For 10 days each September, Hutchinson is home to the largest event in Kansas - the Kansas State Fair featuring over 280-acres of the best of Kansas' agriculture, livestock and commerce, as well as live entertainment. Popular Fair attractions include an animal birthing center and an exotic animal petting zoo. Concerts range from country to pop at the 10,000-seat grandstand and three other stages throughout the grounds. Visit:

McPherson Scottish Festival

September 27 -28, 2014 in McPherson, Kansas

The McPherson Scottish Festival is a weekend of traditional Scottish activities, including massed pipe bands, Celtic music, Scottish and Irish dance, Highland athletic competitions, and demonstrations of all kinds. A clan fire ceremony plus Scottish folk music and a free Scottish themed movie kick off the celebrations. Throughout the weekend, guests can watch Highland athletes turn the caber, or listen to musicians. Visitors can shop for reproduction swords, handmade walking sticks, imported tartans and Celtic jewelry, and enjoy delicious Scottish food. An indoor evening concert combines with a Scottish country dance gala to cap Saturday's events. Visit:

Neewollah Festival

October 24- November 1, 2014 in Independence, Kansas

Neewollah celebration (Halloween spelled backwards) began in 1919 as an effort to provide positive activities for kids of all ages in place of the typical Halloween pranks that occurred in the community of Independence, Kansas. The  Neewollah festival (Halloween spelled backwards) attracts more than 65,000 visitors in the final days of the 10-day celebration. Originally begun in 1919, today's festival now includes 3 parades, Chili Cook-off, a hometown musical and queen's pageant. The main downtown is filled with 30 plus food vendors, a large carnival and bandstand for nightly entertainment. The Arts and Craft show, Great Pumpkin contest along with the Band Competition, Fun Run and Bike Ride provide activities for everyone. Visit:


October  in Wamego, Kansas

An opportunity to follow the yellow brick road. Munchkins from The Wizard of Oz or The Wizard of OZ on stage, Oztoberfest is a weekend filled with activities for everyone. Munchkins from the original movie are on hand to sign autographs, and visitors can catch a production of The Wizard of Oz at The Columbian Theatre and visit The Oz Museum. There is a Munchkinland inflatable play area for kids, along with food and craft vendors. Favorites include the Flying Monkey Toss, Yellow Brick Road Cupcake walk, pin the heart on the Tin Man, face painting, and much more!  Visit:

Downtown Lawrence Old Fashioned Christmas Parade

December 6, 2014  Lawrence, Kansas

Marking the 22nd year of tradition, this is a Christmas Parade you and your family don't want to miss. The Downtown Lawrence Old Fashioned Christmas Parade features exclusively horse-drawn carriages, wagons, coaches and riders decorated for the season. More than 300 horses from eight states are expected to follow the route, which begins at 7th & Massachusetts streets and continues south down Massachusetts through Downtown to 13th Street. The parade, which takes place the first Saturday in December at 11am, has always featured a variety of horses and wagons, stagecoaches, carts, riding groups and sleighs. Santa on his sleigh is the parade's grand finale. Visit:

Our favorite events for 2014! 
Wichita Riverfest is a cool way to spend time during the summer in Kansas. Neewollah Grand Parade & Festival, October- 2014!
Wichita Riverfest provides a wide range of family fun activities

Our tourism department comes up with the list each year and selects the top 10 based upon significant anniversaries, unique events and those with large attendance. Hundreds  of events are scheduled around the State of Kansas for 2014.   Below are the Top 10 Events of 2014 that are listed in the  annual vacation guide/calendar of events covering  events across the State of Kansas,

including events in Topeka, Wichita, Independence and Dodge  City.

Artist’s credit: Don Troiani, 2nd U.S. Cavalry Bugler, 1861 (detail) | Courtesy of the artist. | Original resides in the U. S. Cavalry Museum, Fort Riley, KS
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