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Events in Shawnee, KS

There's always a great, upcoming event to plan for in Shawnee, KS! We've highlighted a list of larger city events located below. These include intimate concerts, major city-wide festivals, competitions, holiday celebrations, and much more. They've been sorted by date and as we get more details we will update each event's information with the venue, dates, times, etc...

Click each list item to find out more!


Sprinkler running at PARKED, taking place annually at Stump Park in June!

Spring thru Fall - Moonlight Market

Gather up your family and friends and head to downtown Shawnee for the new monthly Moonlight Market! Grab fresh veggies from Farmers Market vendors, peruse local crafts, and groove to some live music at this free city block event at Nieman and Johnson...and while you're down here grab a beer from a local brewery or a bite to eat from a local restaurant.


When: Third Thursdays May - October: May 20, June 17, July 15, August 19, September 16, October 21

Where: Downtown Shawnee

Organizer: City of Shawnee

Tickets: FREE

September - Wheels & Dreams Car Show

Gear heads and car aficionados are invited to the annual Wheels and Dreams Car, Truck, and Bike Show. With live music, vendors, food trucks, and of course hundreds of classic and souped-up vehicles it's the perfect weekend outing for the family. Have a cool ride you want to show off? You can even do that too by registering it with the Shawnee Town 1929 team. 


When: Sunday, September 12th @ 1:00 P.M.

Where: Shawnee Town 1929

Organizer: Shawnee Town 1929 & Friends of Shawnee Town

Tickets: FREE

September - Shawnee Town Craft Fair

Each Fall the Friends of Shawnee Town host their annual Craft and Fall Festival on the Shawnee Town grounds! Explore the entire event as there are dozens of vendors who can offer great items to spruce up the house, serve as a great gift, or even get your earliest of early Christmas shopping done. PLUS there are free activities as well to entertain the kiddos. 


When: Saturday, September 18th @ 9:00 A.M.

Where: Shawnee Town 1929

Organizer: Friends of Shawnee Town and Shawnee Town 1929

Tickets: $1 per person, vendors must register

September - Great Griller's BBQ Competition

Shawnee's sanctioned BBQ competition, traditionally features live music, select food trucks, and more at this festival-style event. Shawnee Town 1929's grounds are taken over by dozens and dozens of competition teams creating a party-like atmosphere!  

Please note: the public portion of Great Grillers has been canceled for 2021. BBQ Teams can invite a select number of friends and family to join them in their cooking area. Please contact Shawnee Parks & Rec for more information. 


When:  Friday, September 24th and Saturday, September 25th

Where: Shawnee Town 1929

Organizer: City of Shawnee Parks and Recreation

Tickets: Closed to the public in 2021

October - Oktoberfest

Prost! Each year the world celebrates the German traditional event Oktoberfest and Shawnee also joins in! Held at the Shawnee Civic Centre, this food, Deutsche Musik, and beer focused event highlights all that is German. Admission is encouraged for the entire family as there are also crafts for the kiddos on the Civic Centre upper level.


When: Friday, October 1st

Where: Shawnee Civic Centre

Organizer: Shawnee German-American Club

Tickets: FREE to watch, food and drinks for purchase

October - Scarecrow Festival

Scarecrow Festival is a children's focused fall crafting event hosted in downtown Shawnee in the parking lot at City Hall! Children are able to decorate pumpkins and complete other fall-related crafts. Parents can also enjoy the Farmer's Market and seasonal displays. Make sure to also explore other areas of downtown Shawnee to see any of the businesses' own decorated and themed Scarecrows for the annual competition. 


When: Saturday, October 2nd @ 9:00 A.M.

Where: Shawnee City Hall Parking Lot

Organizer: Shawnee Downtown Partnership

Tickets: FREE

October - Holiday Treasures Craft Festival

Visiting the Holiday Treasures Craft Festival is the perfect way to get lots of your holiday shopping done in one bout! Held at the Shawnee Civic Centre, there are so many vendors offering goods its hard not to be overwhelmed but keep in mind, admission is free so you have nothing to lose by stopping by. 


When: Saturday, October 23rd

Where: Shawnee Civic Centre

Organizer: City of Shawnee Parks and Rec

Tickets: FREE, Vendors must register

December - Christkindlmarkt

Explore three different Christmas cultures in one event at Shawnee's Christkindlmarkt. Hosted by the Shawnee Sister Cities Committee, the holiday-themed event features an appearance by Santa, carolers, holiday treats, and crafts for entertaining the children.


When: Saturday, December 4th

Where: Shawnee City Hall

Organizer: Shawnee Sister Cities Committee

Tickets: FREE

City of Shawnee Parks & Rec Events

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We are still finishing up this section of our website! We are excited to debut throwbacks, profiles, and historical content on the Chamber's 75th Anniversary. Stay tuned as we'll be publishing more content soon and will certainly promote it in our emails, on social media, and more.

In the meantime, head back to our Shawnee Chamber of Commerce website to read about our programs and events and to follow us on social media.

Shawnee Town 1929 Events

Shawnee Town 1929 is Shawnee's premier historical attraction located in the heart of its downtown. Their grounds full of true-to-era buildings can be explored as they offer a variety of historical insights and views into what Shawnee was like in the 1920s.

They also host numerous events throughout the year that range from education, live music, family focused, and much more. While we've listed a few of their major events below, we encourage you to explore their calendar of events.

Some highlights include: 

      • Bloody Mary Rollout Party and Tomato Roll
      • Jammin' on the Green
      • History on the Tap
      • Time Travelers
      • Historical Hauntings

To see Shawnee Town 1929's full list of upcoming events click the link below to view their calendar.



March - St. Patrick's Parade (Canceled for 2021)

* Please note the 2021 St. Patrick's Parade has been canceled * 

The Shawnee St. Patrick's Parade is a full day of family fun that features a variety of activities all centered around a parade that heads west to east down Johnson Drive. The parade traditionally ends in Downtown Shawnee at Johnson and Nieman and is then followed by the annual (rubber) Duck Race benefitting the Shawnee Sister Cities Committee. There is also traditional Irish food and drink available with the purchase of a ticket to the after party at the Shawnee Knights of Columbus.


When: Traditionally the weekend before St. Patrick's Day.

* Please note the 2021 St. Patrick's Parade has been canceled * 

Where: Downtown Shawnee along Johnson Drive

Organizer: Irish American Club of Johnson County

Tickets: FREE to watch, tickets for after party and Duck purchase for Duck Race are required.

April - Taste of Shawnee (Canceled for 2021)

* Please note the 2021 Taste of Shawnee has not been announced and is presumed to not happen this year * 

Taste of Shawnee is an annual food festival-style event held as a fundraiser to benefit a variety of causes! Held at Shawnee Town 1929, you certainly won't leave hungry. Taste Tickets are redeemed at a variety of tables/tastings hosted by local restaurants and vendors. 


When: Traditionally in late April or early May. 2021 Date TBD.

Where: Shawnee Town 1929

Organizer: Rotary Club of Shawnee

Tickets: $10 entry which provides 5 Taste Tickets

May - Tour De Shawnee

A Shawnee staple, Tour De Shawnee is a cycling ride that offers various lengths and routes for different levels of riders! Traditionally kicking off early on Sunday morning, riders are provided an on-street, bicycle-friendly route, escorted by Shawnee police. Cyclists of all ages and experience are encouraged to participate. It's the perfect first-timer race or one to hone your skills.


When: Sunday, May 2, 2021

Where: Starts at Shawnee Civic Centre, route throughout Shawnee

Organizer: City of Shawnee Parks and Rec

Tickets: $25 for rider registration, extra t-shirts and breakfast available for purchase

June - Old Shawnee Days (Canceled for 2021)

* Please note the 2021 Old Shawnee Days has been canceled * 

Old Shawnee Days is our city's marquee annual event that features a whole weekend of fun! Known throughout the entire region as one of the largest carnivals in the area, it features tons of games, rides, and much more.

The weekend traditionally kicks off with rides opening Thursday evening and then vendor booths additionally opening on Friday evening. Saturday is jam-packed with things to do as the morning hosts a full parade featuring floats from local businesses and elected officials, which is then followed by the annual Tomato Roll, pie and baking contests, and a Rolle Bolle Championship. There are also many activities available around Shawnee Town 1929 for the whole family to enjoy on Saturday too and then finally in the evening the headlining band plays a concert where thousands are usually in attendance to enjoy...for free! Rides and concessions are also open on Sunday day.

Important note: Thursday and Sunday offer All You Can Ride wristbands. 



* Please note the 2021 Old Shawnee Days has been canceled * 


Where: Shawnee Town 1929 and Downtown Shawnee

Organizer: Old Shawnee Days Society

Tickets: FREE but costs for concessions and rides

July - Picnic in the Park (formerly PARKED!)

PARKED has been adapted to Picnic in the Park for 2021! This family-focused festival will feature four different food trucks, sprinkler running for the kiddos, and a fireworks show to cap the evening. It's the perfect opportunity to enjoy the last few weeks of summer and have a wonderful family gathering.


When: Friday, July 30th

Where: Stump Park

Organizer: City of Shawnee Parks and Recreation

Tickets: FREE

August - Concert in the Park

Each late summer, the City of Shawnee Parks and Rec hosts a concert in the intimate park nestled in downtown Shawnee: West Flanders Park. Stop by for some energetic and fun live music and grab a bite to eat at the specially selected food truck. Best of's free! 


When: Friday, August 6th

Where: West Flanders Park

Organizer: City of Shawnee Parks and Recreation

Tickets: FREE

Looking for any other type of event hosted in Shawnee? A happy hour? Live music? We encourage you to browse Facebook's event function as many local businesses tend to upload their events to Facebook. Click below to explore events on Facebook.

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