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


  • Flatlander Festival

    Flatlander Festival in Goodland, held Sept. 27-29, combines a street festival, stock car races, car and motorcycle shows, a night time parade and a Sunday afternoon in Chambers Park with a free meal. Learn more...

  • 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...

  • Parade of Lights

    Tractors, emergency vehicles and cars festooned with Christmas lights parade on Main Street for the Christmas Opening Parade of Lights Nov. 23 Learn more…

  • Fourth Annual Community Art Walk

    Take a tour of the public art in Goodland! Located between Main and Center on 12th Street Saturday Sept. 28th, 10am. The 4th Annual Community Art Walk will feature the beautiful public art in the community as well as free art making stations and artists’ demos. A beer garden and iron pour will also be taking place beginning at 10 a.m. Learn more...

  • Sherman County Speedway

    Dare to watch dirt track racing at Sherman County Speedway, 417 N. Main! Races will be held Sept. 27 and 28 races begin at 5:30. Sept. 30 is a make up day in case of rain. Learn more...


 

Colby – Exits 53 & 54


  • Past to Present - at the Prairie Museum Sept. 21

    Traditional and contemporary skills demonstrations. Wool spinning, soap making, Tatting, and more. Activities and food. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Learn more...

  • Boo at the Mu! At the Prairie Museum Oct. 26

    Kids in costume can trick or treat the museum buildings. 1:30-4:30pm Learn more...

  • Downtown Trick or Treat Oct. 31

    On Franklin street between Fourth and Fifth Streets. A safe and fun environment for the kids to trick or treat. Colby businesses, first responders, and community groups gather with treats for all the kids.

  • Veteran’s Celebration Nov. 10

    2 p.m. at the Frahm Theater at Colby Community College. Please come and help us honor our Veterans. Music, slide show, and readings.

  • Santa City starts Nov. 29

    Santa City starts Nov. 29 in Fike Park downtown Colby. Come and enjoy the fun and whimsical sights of the season. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be there to welcome you as you stroll through the many trees and scenes. Open evenings until closer to Christmas then expanded hours. Learn more...


 

Oakley – Exits 70 & 76


  • 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...

  • The Corn Maze

    Open daily through Halloween from dawn till dusk at the Buffalo Bill Cultural Center. Free. Come and bring the whole family. Learn more...

  • Oakley Corn Festival

    Second Saturday in Ocotober at the Buffalo Bill Cultural Center. Indoor and outdoor activities for the whole family. Learn more...

  • Fabulous Christmas Light Parade & Supper with Santa

    Downtown Oakley the Friday after Thanksgiving. Enjoy a pancake feed with Santa Claus at the Oakley VFW before the light parade. Learn more...


 

Wakeeney – Exits 127 & 128


  • Christmas City of the High Plains

    Kick off the holiday season in this Christmas wonderland at the 69th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting, Saturday, November 30. Festivities begin at 3 pm with the Tree Lighting at 6 pm. Enjoy a soup supper, Christmas music, wagon rides, a visit with Santa Claus. and Santa’s Sleigh Ride, a Virtual Reality Ride. Learn more...

  • 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. Plan your personalized wine tasting and tour of the vineyard or schedule your next special occasion. Located 5 1/2 miles southwest of Exit 120. Learn more...

  • 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...

  • 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. Discover the newly restored Wilcox School. Easy access to I-70, Exits 127 and 135. Learn more...

  • 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. They provide stunning views of the countryside and wildlife. Located 14 miles south of I-70, exit 135. Learn more...


 

Hays – Exits 157 & 159


  • BARRELS AND BITES

    Join us for an evening stroll through Historic Downtown Hays. At each stop, you’ll sample your choice of wine or a spirit and heavy hors d’oeuvres that perfectly pair with your drink of choice. End the evening with a dessert extravaganza in addition to a silent and live auction. Advanced tickets required. September 6. Learn more...

  • Frontier Open Disc Golf Tournament

    The 34th 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 7-8. Learn more...

  • 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. October 11-12. Learn more...

  • Rolling Plains Motor Speedway Fall Nationals

    The 12th 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 4-5. Learn more…

  • “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 26. Learn more…


 

Russell County – EXITS 180, 184, 189 & 206


  • Cael Evans Memorial Russell County Youth Hunt

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

  • Bricks, Broncs, BBQ

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

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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


  • CINDERELLA – SALINA COMMUNITY THEATRE

    Amazing transformations, splendor, and magic will fill the Salina Community Theatre stage as the actors bring a childhood favorite back to life! Be sure to attend one of the many shows the Salina Community Theatre will be producing this fall. Learn more...

  • PUMPKIN PAZOOLA - ROLLING HILLS ZOO

    Join us for a day of food vendors, fall festival games, a hay bale maze, free pumpkins and so much more at the Rolling Hills Zoo’s annual Pumpkin PaZOOla! Be sure to join in the celebrations for Rolling Hills Zoo 20th Anniversary! With celebrations commencing all year long, the zoo invites you to take a journey back in time to when it all began with a special Gallery Show! Learn more...

  • HAIRBALL- TONY’S PIZZA EVENTS CENTER

    Hairball returns to Salina to rock the stage at Tony’s Pizza Events Center on September 28th! This is an event that will have you on your feet and rocking along to all of your favorite rock-and-roll songs. Check out all of the fun events that Tony’s Pizza Events Center is hosting this fall! Learn more…

  • AIR SUPPLY – STIEFEL THEATRE

    Don’t miss your chance to see Air Supply play at the historic Stiefel Theatre on October 12th! This soft-rock duo is sure to satisfy any musical taste for an audience of any age! Be sure to check out Martinelli’s Little Italy across the street for dinner before the show! Learn more...

  • FRIDAY NIGHT LIVE

    A collaboration of downtown Salina and Salina Arts & Humanities means that every (YES, EVERY!) Friday evening there is some live act/performance/band at a downtown location. On FIRST Friday – add in an arts component at several venues! Learn more...


 

ABILENE – EXITS 272 & 275


  • 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...

  • Abilene & Smoky Valley Railroad Steam Locomotive #3415

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

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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


  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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


  • BLEEDING KANSAS GRAVELDURO

    The Bleeding Kansas Gravelduro offers gravel cyclists the challenge of racing with the camaraderie of “we’re in this together” as only parts of the course are timed. Learn more...

  • Flint Hills Discovery Center

    Peer into microscopes, solve puzzles and uncover the mystery of the human microbiome at Zoo in You and Eat Well, Play Well, the Flint Hills Discovery Center’s newest exhibits. Learn more...

  • Little Apple Classic Car & BBQ Cook Off

    Sept 20 & 21, The BBQ contest will take place outside of Manhattan’s newest attraction, the Midwest Dream Car Collection. This is an official KCBS sanctioned event. Beer tasting, musical performances, car show and activities for the kids.

  • K-State Sports

    K-State fans have an incredible passion for college football Saturdays. Purple reigns. Cacophonies of the Wabash Cannonball. Welcome to the best college town in America. Learn more...

  • Festival of Lights

    Just blocks from the vintage postcard, idyllic downtown area, visitors find Blue Earth Plaza transformed to festive sights and sounds of the season. Ice sculpting, visits with Santa, sleigh rides and more. Learn more...


 

LECOMPTON – EXIT 197


  • Aunt Netter's

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

  • Territorial Capital Museum

    Original construction began as the capital of Kansas but was abandoned due to the Bleeding Kansas era in Kansas history. Finished as Lane University where the Eisenhower’s studied and were married in its chapel. Learn more...

  • Kroeger's Country Meats

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

  • 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 Oct. 15 through Jan. 1.

  • Constitution Hall

    Experience the actual location where the Lecompton Constitution was drafted, setting the future course of the Civil War. Learn more...


 

LAWRENCE – EXITS 197, 202 & 204


  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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


  • CAMP Leavenworth

    Sept. 20-21, 2019: A two-day festival that includes live music, ax throwing, tree climbing, rock climbing, cantina, food, zip lining and more. For more information go to www.CampLeavenworth.com

  • Buffalo Bill Century Bike Ride

    Sept. 20-21, 2019: This bike ride is held every year and offers a 25 mile, 60 mile and 100 mile bike ride through the eastern hills of Kansas. Learn more...

  • Fort Leavenworth Haunted Houses Walking Tour

    October 25th and 26th, 2019: Enjoy a hauntingly good time on Fort Leavenworth as your guide tells you stories of the past while you walk alone historic homes. Learn more...

  • Veterans Day Parade

    November 11, 2019: “100 Years of Honoring Our Veterans”. This is the oldest Veterans Day observance in the nation and the largest parade west of the Mississippi. Learn more...

  • Mayor’s Tree lighting and Holiday Parade

    November 22, 2019: Beautiful tree lighting ceremony and lighted parade in historic downtown Leavenworth. Carolers and hot chocolate with a visit from Santa. Learn more...


 

BONNER SPRINGS – EXIT 224


  • Kansas City Renaissance Festivals

    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. Labor Day Weekend through Mid-October; Weekends only. Learn more...

  • Kerby Farm

    Spend some time living in the past. The Kerby Farm family invites you to spend the day with us! We have plenty of activities for the kids of all ages. Hay Rides, Corn Maze, Pumpkin Patch & More! Sept. 28- Oct. 27; Weekends only. Learn more...

  • Exiled - Trail of Terrors

    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. Fridays and Saturdays in October, Halloween night & Nov. 1-2. Learn more...

  • Fall Family Timber Challenge

    The 3rd annual Fall FTC is a 2 mile long obstacle course fun run packed with TONS of obstacles for the whole family to enjoy. Sept. 22. Learn more...

  • International Lineman’s Rodeo

    More than 5,000 linemen from all over the world compete in various pole-climbing contests. It’s fun to watch! Oct. 12. Learn more...


 

SHAWNEE – EXITS 224 (SOUTH OFF 7) & 411A (SOUTH OFF 435)


  • Hockey & Ice-Skating Lessons

    KC Ice Center right off of I-435 hosts a variety of sessions to teach you all the ice-focused sports or to just learn the basics. Learn more...

  • OktoberFest

    Prosit! Fall always brings German beer and pretzel celebrations in the form of Oktoberfest. Shawnee hosts a grand version at the Shawnee Civic Centre on Oct. 4. Learn more...

  • ScareCrow Festival

    Crafting galore, bring the kiddos out on Oct. 5 for this morning festival that offers scarecrow making and pumpkin decorating stations AND a baking contest. Learn more...

  • Historical Hauntings

    Shawnee Town 1929 hosts this annual family-friendly Halloween event that boasts costume contests, tons of candy, hayrides and an eyeball (candy) counting contest. Stop by on Oct 26! Learn more...

  • Holiday Open House

    November 16 & 17, Family Tree Nursery transform’s its garden centers into magical winter wonderlands including forests of decorated trees, lights, decorations. Learn more...


 

KANSAS CITY – EXITS 410-423


  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Kansas Speedway

    Kansas Speedway is a 1.5 mile tri-oval suitable for all types of racing. The race track is home to the NASCAR Racing Experience and hosts two major NASCAR races, concerts, events and more. 400 Speedway Blvd., Kansas City, KS 66111. Learn more...

  • 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...

  • 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...