The fall festival season is about to begin, and Leavenworth County residents don’t have far to go to enjoy them.
It’s time to get your day planner out and start charting your course for a wide assortment of autumn fun.
A host of events are slated in the coming weeks and months in the area, including a barbecue festival, an apple festival, numerous city festivals and a festival that features all things of the Renaissance.
Too numerous to name are all of the events on the schedule, but here is a sampling.
Leavenworth Main Street will host the Hog Wild BBQ contest Sept. 7-8 in downtown Leavenworth.
The event will be held in the 200 block of Cherokee Street and feature games and activities for children, contests, live music and the barbecue contest.
The cover band M80s will be the featured musical performers at the event.
There will also be an acrobatic group, strolling magicians, face painting and many vendor booths.
“Everybody loves the fall festivals,” said Wendy Scheidt, executive director of Leavenworth Main Street. “It’s good, clean, family fun.”
The Lansing Fall Festival will be held Oct. 13 along Angel Falls Trail.
The trail is located behind St. Francis de Sales Church, 900 Ida St. in Lansing.
The event will feature musicians stationed along the trail, a petting zoo, activities for children, pony rides, a bounce house, kiddie train rides and a wide assortment of vendor booths.
“September and October is probably the busiest time of year for festivals,” said Tim Dossey, event and marketing coordinator for the city of Lansing. “It’s definitely one of my favorite times of the year. The days are warm and it cools down at night. You have the changing colors and all of these festivals and events.”
The Kansas City Renaissance Festival begins another season over the Labor Day weekend.
The festival grounds are located at 633 N. 130th St. in Bonner Springs, Kansas.
The festival, which runs for seven weeks, is open every Saturday and Sunday as well as Columbus Day and Labor Day.
The festival features numerous shops that sell innovative arts and crafts, as well as a wide assortment of food and beverage vendors.
The festival features a variety of Renaissance performers doing skits and plays throughout the day.
The Weston Applefest Celebration is slated for Oct. 6-7. The event will be held along Main Street in Weston, Missouri.
The event features a variety of apple-related treats, as well as numerous arts and crafts booths. There will also be activities and games for children.
The Kansas City Irish Fest is slated for Aug. 31 to Sept. 2. The event is located in the 2400 block of Grand Boulevard in Kansas City, Missouri.
The festival features all things Irish, including live music, dance performances, children’s activities and much more.
The American Royal World Series of Barbecue is set for Sept. 13-16 at Kansas Speedway, 400 Speedway Boulevard in Kansas City, Missouri.
The famous barbecue festival is noted as the largest barbecue competition in the world.
The festival features more than 500 chefs, pitmasters and amateur teams in an array of categories.
Many cities within a 60-mile radius of Leavenworth will feature some sort of fall festival, many with a particular theme.
“Experience local,” Scheidt said. “You don’t have to drive two or three hours to an event. It’s amazing what all of the offerings we have locally. And a lot of it is free.”