Kansas festivals and events continue through late summer and into the beautiful, colorful fall months, making a vacation to Kansas even more memorable.

SEPTEMBER

September 6-15, 2011

Kansas State Fair | Hutchinson, KS
www.kansasstatefair.com

Kansas‘ largest event showcases Kansas agriculture, industry and commerce, with a wide variety of entertainment. This year’s grandstand concerts include Kenny Rogers, Darius Rucker, Jerrod Niemann, Daughtry and REO Speedwagon.

September 7, 2011
Annual Lenexa Spinach Festival | Lenexa, KS

Lenexa was hailed as the “Spinach Capital of the World” during the 1930s. The Spinach Festival rolls all of the history surrounding Lenexa into a fun celebration! Explore this period of Lenexa‘s history during the 27th Annual Lenexa Spinach Festival. Look for returning crowd favorites plus new activities to highlight this year’s event. For more information, call the Parks and Recreation Department at 913.477.7100

September 28-29, 2011
McPherson Scottish Festival | McPherson, KS
www.macfestival.org

Named one of the Top 100 Events in 2009 by the American Bus Association, the annual Scottish Festival in September features two stages of live musical entertainment Sept. 24-25 at Lakeside Park. The music is usually Celtic in nature and there are both Highland Dance and Pipe & Drum competitions on Saturday.

September 25-27, 2011
Medicine Lodge Peace Treaty Pageant | Medicine Lodge, KS
www.peacetreaty.org

The Treaty of 1867 was the foundation of settlement of the entire Southwest. The Medicine Lodge Peace Treaty re-enactment compresses 300 years of history into two hours of entertainment and education. Set against the panoramic backdrop of the timeless “Red Hills” and the Kansas sky, the Pageant commemorates the diverse cultures of the “Discoverers, Explorers, and Settlers” mixed with the Native peoples of the Central Plains.

In a natural amphitheater, near the actual site of the council where the Medicine River (named by theKiowa for its medicinal waters) and Elm Creek flow together, the re-enactment takes place, and peace will come with time to the prairie.

OCTOBER

October 18-19, 2011
Balloons, Bikes, Blues and BBQ | Parsons, KS
www.visitlabette.com

The City of Parsons and Labette County Tourism holds a one-day outdoor Blues festival each October. The entire city-wide event includes a hot air balloon regatta, a Kansas City Barbeque Society sanctioned BBQ event, a car show and a motorcycle poker run. The music serves as the background for the entire event from the Seaton Family Pavilion in Forest Park. The event is free to the public.

For more information, visit www.TravelKS.com, or call 785-296-2009. Find Kansas on Facebook atwww.facebook.com/TravelKS and on Twitter at @TravelKS.

SOURCE Kansas Division of Travel and Tourism

 

 

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