The Kansas state song is “Home on the Range” however; many festival enthusiasts argue that it should be renamed “Home of the Festivals”! Festivals in the state of Kansas run year round, and truly offer something for everyone! Kansas Music festivals span a wide range of genres from Jazz in the Woods festival to the Kicker Country Stampede. One of the more popular music festivals in Kansas is the Messiah Festival of Music and Art. This festival has the distinct honor of hosting the longest running recurring North American performance and presentation of Handel's Messiah, going strong for its 135th year! The Kansas Bluegrass Festival is another not-to-be-missed festival worthy of checking out!
Kansas events also honor many traditions and cultures. The Kansas Irish Fest celebrates the Irish culture, everything from customs, food, and music. Travel back in time and visit the Kansas City Renaissance Festival a theme park sized festival that has lots of period costumes and even jousting! Want to visit festivals with western cowboy flair? Be sure not to miss Echoes of the Trail Cowboy Gathering or the Territorial Days Festival that celebrates territorial-era history with pioneer skill demonstrations, enactments, and so much more! No matter what your interests, Kansas Festivals are sure to offer something unique and different for everyone.