Festivals & Events

Holiday lights display at Sar-Ko-Par Trails Parkwomen shopping for jewelryLenexa Art FairGreat Lenexa BBQ Battle participant mixing meat.Lenexa Freedom Run participants running through Old Town.Popeye and Olive Oyl at the Lenexa Spinach FestivalFood trucks parked outside the Lenexa Public Market.Lenexa 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.

See the holiday lights display at Sar-Ko-Par Trails Park Dec. 1 through Jan. 15, 2024.

Cupid's Gems Artisan Jewelry Show: Browse a variety of original jewelry items handcrafted by local artisans in February 2024 at historic Thompson Barn.

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

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

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 in September is packed with packed with food, music, entertainment, hands-on activities and craft vendors.

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

Lenexa Chili Challenge: Nearly 200 teams will compete in Lenexa's Chili Challenge during October in Old Town.

Truck or Treat: Kids have a blast in October for our combined touch-a-truck and trunk-or-treat event with Municipal Services.

Enchanted Forest: Sar-Ko-Par Trails Park is transformed for one night in October, where there is something to delight even the smallest of Halloween revelers.

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.



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. Stroll through Sar-Ko Aglow for the City's holiday lights display. Join us for a Candy Cane Hunt with treats and music.