Festivals & Events

Jewelry artisan selling jewelry at Cupid's Gems.Lenexa Art FairFood trucks parked outside the Lenexa Public Market.Great Lenexa BBQ Battle participant mixing meat.Lenexa Freedom Run participants running through Old Town.Popeye and Olive Oyl at the Lenexa Spinach FestivalLenexa Chili Challenge participant stirring chili in Old Town.Lenexa employee handing candy to a child during Truck or Treat at Lenexa Municipal Services Center.Kids dressed up in ninja Halloween costumes at Enchanted Forest at Sar-Ko-Par Trails Park.Holiday lights display at Sar-Ko-Par Trails Park.

Cupid's Gems Artisan Jewelry Show: Purchase a variety of original, handcrafted jewelry items on Feb. 5.

Lenexa Art Fair: This outdoor juried art fair on May 7 features dozens of fine artists from the region.

Food Truck Frenzy: Sample what the metro's best food trucks have to offer at two foodie events in Old Town and Lenexa City Center.

Great Lenexa BBQ Battle: Watch cooks from across the country battle their BBQ brisket, pork, pork ribs and chicken for the Kansas State Championship on June 24-25.

Lenexa Freedom Run: Start Independence Day early with a 5K or 10K in Old Town on July 4.

Lenexa Spinach Festival: This family-orientated event on Sept. 10 is packed with packed with food, music, entertainment, hands-on activities, and craft vendors.

Chili Challenge: Nearly 200 teams will compete in Lenexa's Chili Challenge Oct. 7 & 8 in Old Town.

Truck or Treat: Kids will have a blast on Oct. 22 for our combined combined touch-a-truck and trunk-or-treat event with Municipal Services.

Enchanted Forest: On Oct. 27, Sar-Ko-Par Trails Park is transformed, where there is something to delight even the smallest of Halloween revelers.

Sar-Ko Aglow: Walk through Sar-Ko-Par Trails Park to view our festive holiday lights display.

Known as the “City of Festivals”, we host 12+ festivals and events each year, providing fun family entertainment for our residents that draws visitors from the greater metropolitan area and beyond.


 

Festivals

Lenexa festivals bring in crowds of more than 1,000 people during each event.

Lenexa Art Fair

Lenexa Art Fair

 

Great Lenexa BBQ

Great Lenexa BBQ Battle

 

Lenexa Freedom Run participants

Lenexa Freedom Run and Community Days Parade

 

Lenexa Spinach Festival activities

Lenexa Spinach Festival

 

Lenexa Chili Challenge

Lenexa Chili Challenge

 


 

Series and special events 

We also host live music and theatrical performances year-round through City Center Live, our Outdoor Concert Series and the Lenexa Community Orchestra.

Kids can fish, bike and watch movies at various Lenexa parks through Lenexa’s Fishing Derby, Tiny Tot Triathlon and Movies in the Park

Shop one-of-a-kind, handmade jewelry at Cupid's Gems Artisan Jewelry Show at Thompson Barn. Taste the metro's best food trucks in one place during Food Truck Frenzy in Old Town and Lenexa City Center. Take a stroll through the Meritex caves for Moonlight Bike Ride

We even have an event for your pup to take a splash at Paws in the Pool.

When the holiday season comes around, you can expect to see scary creatures at Enchanted Forest for Halloween fun and you can walk through Sar-Ko Aglow for the City's holiday lights display.