Fall on Kansas I-70


As the leaves turn and the days grow shorter, the fun and excitement along Kansas I-70 only grows taller! From collegiate football to festivals to shopping, fun abounds in the Kansas fall!

Take some time today to explore the many events and attractions this season below. We are certain there is something for everyone!

 

Goodland – Exits 17 & 19


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    Flatlander Festival

    Flatlander Festival in Goodland, held Sept. 28-30, combines a street festival, stock car races, car and motorcycle shows, a night time parade and an afternoon in Chambers Park with a free meal. Learn more...

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    Soldiers Memorial County Park

    Experience a little slice of paradise at Soldiers Memorial County Park along the North Fork of the Smoky Hill River southeast of Goodland. Features include a walking trail, disc golf course and a playground. Follow the Sherman County State Lake signs. Learn more...

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    Parade of Lights

    Tractors, emergency vehicles and cars festooned with Christmas lights parade on Main Street for the Christmas Opening Parade of Lights Nov. 17. Learn more…

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    Third Annual Community Art Walk

    The art walk will kick off with a 5K run and walk. Registration begins at 9 a.m. with the race starting at 10. The race finishes at Chambers Park with a hot dog feed at noon. From noon-4 p.m., enjoy art-making stations, artists’ demos, bounce house and music. Learn more...

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    Sherman County Speedway

    Dare to watch dirt track racing at Sherman County Speedway, 417 N. Main! Races will be held Sept. 1, 21, 28 and 29. Championship Night Sept. 1 starts at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 21’s races begin at 7. The Sept. 28 and 29 races begin at 5:30. Sept. 30 is a make up day in case of a rainout. Learn more...

 

Colby – Exits 53 & 54


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    Friends of the NRA Annual Banquet

    Support the future of shooting sports at the banquet at 5 p.m. Sept. 8 at City Limits Convention Center, 2227 S. Range Learn more...

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    Boo at the Moo

    Bring the kids to Prairie Museum of Art & History Oct. 27 from 1:30-4:30 for tricks and treats, and Halloween tales. Learn more...

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    Downtown Trick or Treat

    The Colby merchants and many other groups gather in Colby’s downtown Oct. 31 from 4-6 p.m. to provide a safe and fun area for the kids to enjoy. Learn more...

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    Pheasant Season Opening

    Join us Nov. 12 for licenses, supplies, lodging and great food. Come out and hunt with us! Learn more...

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    Santa City

    Santa City, Colby’s Christmas Wonderland! Bring the family to meet Santa and Mrs. Claus from Nov. 23-Dec. 24 and enjoy all the decorations of the season. The schedule will be posted on the website. Learn more...

 

Oakley – Exits 70 & 76


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    Russell Springs Old Settler's Day

    Enjoy the annual Old Settler’s Parade, a Cow Chip Throwing Contest and Junior Rodeo Sept. 2 in Russell Springs. Learn more...

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    Kansas State Cornhusking Contest

    Barring weather cancellations, Oakley has been hosting the contest during the second weekend in October every year since 1971. This year’s contest will be held Oct. 13. Learn more...

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    Halloween Costume Parade & Trunk or Treat

    The Oakley Chamber of Commerce hosts the Halloween Parade and Trunk or Treat around Halloween time. The participants walk down Center Street to the businesses. Learn more...

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    Fabulous Christmas Light Parade & Supper with Santa

    The Oakley Chamber of Commerce hosts the annual light parade Nov. 23 followed by fireworks sponsored by the Oakley Fire Department and Oakley Recreation Commission. Everyone is invited to join the parade. Enjoy a pancake feed with Santa Claus at the Oakley VFW before the light parade. Learn more...

 

Wakeeney – Exits 127 & 128


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    Christmas City of the High Plains

    Kick off the holiday season in this Christmas wonderland at the 68th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Saturday, Nov. 24, at 6 p.m. Enjoy a soup supper, Christmas music, wagon rides, a visit with Santa Claus, and Santa’s Sleigh Virtual Reality InMotion Ride. Learn more...

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    Shiloh Vineyard

    Experience a small, family-owned winery on the Western Kansas prairie. Explore this unique destination on a restored family farm where they grow their own fruit. Schedule your personalized wine tasting and tour of the vineyard. Located 5 1/2 miles southwest of Exit 120. Learn more...

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    Trego County Historical Museum

    If you love history, explore the newly expanded museum. New exhibits include a mural featuring scenes from early day Trego County, the Purinton Collection which features fossils and Western memorabilia, and the World War I exhibit including war posters. 128 N. 13th St. Learn more...

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    Smoky Valley Scenic Byway

    Explore nature and history with a drive through the hazy Smoky Hills, especially at sunrise or sunset. Follow in the footsteps of the early travelers along the Butterfield Overland Despatch. Easy access to I-70, Exits 127 and 135. Learn more...

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    Cedar Bluff State Park, Reservoir & Wildlife Area

    Discover this mecca for outdoor enthusiasts, especially fishing, hunting, hiking, and boating. Explore the 100-ft. tall, cedar-covered limestone bluffs rising above the south shore. Located 14 miles south of I-70, Exit 135. Learn more...

 

Hays – Exits 157 & 159


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    Wines and Steins

    Join us for an evening stroll through Historic Downtown Hays sampling wines, microbrews, and hors d’oeuvres. End the evening with live music, complimentary drinks, giveaways and delicious food at our post-stroll celebration and auction. Advanced tickets required. September 7. Learn more...

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    Frontier Open Disc Golf Tournament

    The 33rd Annual Frontier Open is the longest running PDGA sanctioned event in the state of Kansas. It is the last remaining original Kansas grassroots disc golf course with the integrity of the original 1983 design still intact, being one of the first 100 courses installed in the nation. Disc golfers will need a variety of skill shots to navigate the champion caliber design of the Flying Bison disc golf course. September 8-9. Learn more...

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    Volga German Oktoberfest

    Oktoberfest in Hays has been a long-standing tradition for the city and for the Volga German Society. The festival includes various activities and booths that provide food, crafts, refreshments, beer, and musical entertainment. September 28. Learn more...

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    Rolling Plains Motor Speedway Fall Nationals

    The 11th Annual Fall Nationals attract over 200 national, regional, and state IMCA champions from 11 states and Canada. The grandstand has a seating capacity for more than 4,000 people, with restrooms and concessions located on the grounds. October 4-6. Learn more…

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    “Graveside Conversations” at Historic Fort Hays

    Guided tour of the Historic Fort Hays Site cemetery where you will meet some of its inhabitants from the U.S. fort’s active days from 1865-1889. Through first person portrayals, visitors will learn how some of the people of Fort Hays lived and died. Reservations required. October 27. Learn more…

 

Russell County – EXITS 180, 184, 189 & 206


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    Cael Evans Memorial Russell County Youth Hunt

    First weekend of November in Russell County. For more info call 785-483-4000

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    Bricks, Broncs, BBQ

    First weekend of October! Get signed up for the BBQ Contest, cornhole and the Craft Brew Festival! Learn more...

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    Flatland Car Show

    Come down the first weekend in October and enter your car! Enjoy the vendors and check out Bricks, Broncs, BBQ! Learn more...

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    50th ROAR Anniversary

    Gives Kansas artists the opportunity to show and sell their work as well as compete for prize money. Visitors last year viewed over 250 works of art by professional and amateur Kansas artists in categories including watercolor, oil, sculpture, and mixed media. Learn more...

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    Lighted Christmas Parade

    Bring your family down the Saturday after Thanksgiving and enjoy the Lighted Christmas Parade with your family! Learn more...

 

Salina – EXITS 244, 250, 252 & 253


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    Rolling Hills Zoo presents Pumpkin PaZOOla

    Kids 12 and under half price with a paid adult, and FREE pumpkin while supplies last. Hay Bale Maze, Keeper Encounters, Food, Story Time, Festival Games! October 13, 9am–4pm, 625 N. Hedville Road, 785-827-9488. Learn more...

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    Three Dog Night in Concert at the Stiefel Theatre

    Legendary music icons celebrating five decades! In the years 1969 through 1974, no other group achieved more top 10 hits, moved more records or sold more concert tickets! October 6, 151 S. Santa Fe, 785-827-1998. Learn more...

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    21st Annual Blues Masters at the Crossroads

    Blues greats come together for two nights of phenomenal music at Blue Heaven Studios. Tour Acoustic Sound – an audiophile’s dream! October 26 and 27, 201 S. Eighth, 785-825-8609. Learn more…

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    Salina Art Center Cinema

    Intimate art house cinema in the heart of downtown cultural attractions, restaurants and shopping. Films daily. Full concessions. 150 S. Santa Fe, 785-452-9868. Learn more...

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    Friday Night Live

    EVERY Friday evening there is a live performance at a downtown venue. The FIRST Friday of each month, we add an arts walk as well! Downtown Salina, 785-309-5770. Learn more...

 

ABILENE – EXITS 272 & 275


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    Seelye Mansion

    Abilene’s Historic Seelye Mansion is a must-see! Furnished with items from the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair, remodeled by Frank Lloyd Wright and home to a wooden bowling alley that’s more than 120 years old, it’s no “wonder” this beautiful mansion was named one of the 8 Wonders of Kansas – Architecture winners by the Kansas Sampler Foundation. Tours daily. Learn more...

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    Abilene & Smoky Valley Railroad Steam Locomotive #3415

    Ride the rails with the Abilene & Smoky Valley Railroad! Learn more...

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    Great Plains Theatre Presents Todd Oliver's Funniest Night of Your Life

    Have you ever met a talking dog, a real talking dog? Get ready, because on Friday and Saturday October 12 and 13 at 7:00 pm and Sunday October 14 at 2:00 pm, you’re going to meet the funniest comedian on 4 legs! Learn more...

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    Oktoberfest at Old Abilene Town

    Old Abilene Town presents Oktoberfest October 20 from 4:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m. Join in the fun with German food and beer, live music and family fun! Learn more...

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    Tombstone Talks in Abilene

    October 27, 2018. Join us for the 4th Annual Tombstone Talks at the Abilene Cemetery. Reenactors will present the life of the more colorful characters of Dickinson County from a first-person narrative. Join our tour guides through an evening tour through the cemetery, stopping at the graves of those historical icons in Abilene’s history. Learn more...

 

JUNCTION CITY – EXITS 295-301


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    Flint Hills

    In the “Heart of the Flint Hills” is Junction City. The Flint Hills region continues to inspire artists to capture majestic beauty both digitally and on canvas. Learn more...

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    Scenic bridges and backroads

    Explore Old Bridges in Geary County. Geary County has a nice supply of old and interesting bridges as well as some great backroads. Learn more...

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    Milford Lake

    Known as the fishing capital of Kansas, water enthusiasts and campers will find plenty of area to enjoy the largest lake in the state. Make Milford Lake your destination in the Heart of the Flint Hills. Learn more...

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    Hit the Trails

    One of the best ways to explore Junction City and Geary County is to get outdoors and walk, bike, or even horseback ride! Learn more...

 

MANHATTAN – EXITS 303 & 313


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    K-State Football

    Bring on the Cats! Fall football is dedicated to Family and it’s all about the Wildcats with Mississippi State, Texas and Oklahoma State headed to MHK this season! Learn more...

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    BLEEDING KANSAS GRAVELDURO

    Not nearly as rugged as it sounds … gravel endurance race with 50- and 100-mile loops through the Flint Hills, mostly on gravel surface. Test your will! Learn more...

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    OH MY MHK!

    MHK has the hot mic with steady music streams at Coco Bolos, RC McGraw’s, The Hat and many more venues. Track the sites at Visit Manhattan. Learn more...

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    NEXT AT FLINT HILLS DISCOVERY

    Legendary stories tell of massive bison herds spread across horizons on the plentiful prairie. Revisit the legend as Flint Hills Discovery Center unveils Bison: An American Icon. Learn more...

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    MANHATTAN MORSELS

    K-State sports ignite renewed MHK fall forays and enticing dining favorites should include new stops at El Patron and more great eateries. Learn more...

 

LECOMPTON – EXIT 197


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    Aunt Netter's

    Pies and cupcakes are so good they have to keep them under lock and key. Learn more…

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    Recollections

    Recollections lights the way to downtown Lecompton.

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    Kroeger's Country Meats

    Our homemade sausage and jerky is a road trip worth stopping for.

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    Christmas in Historic Lecompton

    Celebrate with a beautiful exhibit of over 160 antique and vintage Christmas trees at the Territorial Capital Museum. The exhibit runs from Nov. 1 through Jan. 1.

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    Bald Eagle Barn Wood

    Preserving one board at a time.

 

LAWRENCE – EXITS 197, 202 & 204


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    Haskell Indian Art Market

    Shoppers swarm Haskell Indian Nations University to browse jewelry, pottery, carving, paintings and other artwork at the annual Haskell Indian Art Market, September 8-9. Learn more...

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    Rev it up Hot Rod Hullabaloo

    It’s the TENTH ANNUAL Rev It Up! Hot Rod Hullaballo! Live music, vendors, and all styles of cars, bikes, ratrods, trucks… you name it. September 22. Learn more...

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    Free State Festival

    From social justice documentaries to cutting edge comedians, the festival celebrates film, music, art and ideas in the vibrant college town of Lawrence, September 18-23. Learn more...

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    Kaw Valley Farm Tour

    Have breakfast on a farm, discover unique artisans, greenhouses, pumpkin patches and wines produced locally. Pet an alpaca and meet a horse that paints, October 6-7. Learn more...

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    KU Natural History Museum

    The KU Biodiversity Institute and Natural History Museum features live-animal exhibits, the famous Panorama and displays of fossils and Kansas wildlife. Learn more...

 

LEAVENWORTH – EXIT 396


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    Hog Wild BBQ Contest

    The contest is sanctioned by Kansas City Barbecue Society and sponsored by Leavenworth Main Street. Two days of competition, Sept. 7-8: BBQ, food vendors, music, and fun activities! Festival atmosphere! Learn more...

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    Fort Leavenworth Haunted House Tours

    Friends of the Frontier Army Museum invite the public to a walking haunted house tour along the most haunted houses on Fort Leavenworth Oct. 26-17. Kid Friendly, admission charged. Learn more...

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    Veterans Day Parade

    The oldest Veterans Day observance in the nation and the largest parade west of the Mississippi fills the streets of Downtown Leavenworth Nov. 12. 2018 theme is “The War to End All Wars”. Learn more...

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    Shopping in Leavenworth’s 28 Block Historic Downtown Shopping District

    More than 275 locally owned businesses just waiting to cater to you! Come and enjoy the day with us. Learn more...

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    Richard Allen Cultural Center

    Discover relics of the Underground Railroad and learn about the Buffalo Soldiers of Fort Leavenworth and more. Learn more...

 

BONNER SPRINGS – EXIT 224


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    Kansas City Renaissance Festivals

    Every weekend from Labor Day weekend to mid-October, step back in time to a 16th century village where the fun and laughter never end! Seven themed fall weekends delight visitors with a variety of entertainment venues, food fit for a king, artisan wares, jousting and much more. Learn more...

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    Kerby Farm

    Spend some time living in the past. The Kerby Farm family invites you to spend the day with us on weekends from Sept. 29-Oct. 28! Plenty of activities for the kids of all ages. Hay rides, corn maze, pumpkin patch and more! Learn more...

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    Exiled - Trail of Terrors

    Starting in October, prepare yourself for a mile hike through the heavy dark forest infested by terror. Kansas City’s only haunted forest. Face your worst fears by clawing your way through the deep dark woods. Learn more...

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    Fall Family Timber Challenge

    The third annual Fall Family Timber Challenge, held Oct. 7, is a 2 mile long obstacle course fun run packed with TONS of obstacles for the whole family to enjoy. Learn more...

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    International Lineman’s Rodeo

    More than 5,000 linemen from all over the world compete in various pole-climbing contests Oct. 13. It’s fun to watch! Learn more...

 

KANSAS CITY – EXITS 410-423


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    Legends Outlets Kansas City

    Shopping doesn’t have to break the bank. Enjoy affordable back-to-school designer and brand name fashions in an upscale outdoor shopping and entertainment destination. 1843 Village West Pkwy, Kansas City, KS 66109. Learn more...

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    Cider Hill Family Orchard

    Cider Hill Family Orchard is a U-Pick Apple Orchard and the ideal family fall destination. Ride the Apple Wagon to the orchards, spend quality family time in the Pumpkin Patch or go fishing in the pond. Pack a picnic lunch and create lasting memories! 3341 N. 139th St., Kansas City, KS 66109. Learn more...

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    Kansas Speedway

    Kansas Speedway is a 1.5 mile racetrack and road course that hosts two major NASCAR races annually, this year the fall race will take place the weekend of October 19-21. 400 Speedway Blvd., Kansas City, KS 66111. Learn more...

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    Cabela’s

    Get all of your fall outdoor gear at Cabela’s! While you’re at it, check out the Mule Deer Museum, laser arcade, archery range, aquarium, general store and much more! 10300 Cabela Drive, Kansas City, KS 66111. Learn more...

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    Hollywood Casino

    Discover excitement at every turn with 2,000 sensational slot machines and 52 action-packed table games including a 12-table Poker Room. Enjoy delicious dining at one of the five incredible restaurants, great nightlife and the kind of star treatment you won’t find anywhere else. 777 Hollywood Casino Boulevard, Kansas City, KS 66111. Learn more...