Events

Check out all the events going on in and around Franklin County! Throughout the year, our communities host a number of exciting events, including the SWAN Arts Festival, Power of the Past Antique Engine & Tractor Show, Old West Cowboy Days and Ol’ Marais River Run, just to name a few. Look at the events calendar below for a full schedule of festivals, fairs, sporting events, performances, entertainment and more!

At the Franklin County Visitor Information Center, 2011 E. Logan St., Ottawa, you can pick up a copy of the area’s major event listings. Or, request a copy to be mailed or e-mailed to you by e-mailing marketing@visitottawakansas.com or by calling (785) 242-1411.

If you would like to submit your event to be included on our calendar, please use the “submit your event” button below, and we will review it for inclusion on our calendar. We’re always looking for great photos taken at area events. If you have any, please submit them to us using the “submit a photo” button below.

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September – October 2015

Ottawa Farmers Market @ Orscheln Farm and Home parking lot
@ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Ottawa Farmers Market @ Orscheln Farm and Home parking lot | Ottawa | Kansas | United States
The market is open seasonally from May to October. This is Franklin County’s place for fresh produce and seasonal flowers every year. More than 25 [...]
First Friday Forum @ Neosho County Community College
@ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
First Friday Forum @ Neosho County Community College | Ottawa | Kansas | United States
The monthly First Friday Forum features a speaker and community and government leaders, who discuss a variety of topics, including what’s happening around town and [...]
The Cowboy Experience Bourbon Train @ Kansas Belle Dinner Train
@ 7:00 pm
The Cowboy Experience Bourbon Train @ Kansas Belle Dinner Train | Baldwin City | Kansas | United States
A bourbon train ride on Kansas Belle from Baldwin City to Norwood offers an old-time wagon ride, a unique bourbon tasting experience and a roaring campfire with a [...]
Ottawa Farmers Market @ Orscheln Farm and Home parking lot
@ 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Ottawa Farmers Market @ Orscheln Farm and Home parking lot | Ottawa | Kansas | United States
The market is open seasonally from May to October. This is Franklin County’s place for fresh produce and seasonal flowers every year. More than 25 [...]
Ottawa Fall City Wide Garage Sale @ Ottawa | Kansas | United States
Be on the lookout for all kinds of treasures in and around Ottawa!
Old West Cowboy Days @ Ottawa Municipal Auditorium
@ 10:00 am – 10:00 pm
Old West Cowboy Days @ Ottawa Municipal Auditorium | Ottawa | Kansas | United States
Saddle up for a day of cowboy fun at the Old West Cowboy Days! The day will consist of barbecue, movies, a fashion show, equine crafts [...]
Ottawa Farmers Market @ Orscheln Farm and Home parking lot
@ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Ottawa Farmers Market @ Orscheln Farm and Home parking lot | Ottawa | Kansas | United States
The market is open seasonally from May to October. This is Franklin County’s place for fresh produce and seasonal flowers every year. More than 25 [...]
An Evening with Fred Harvey and the Harvey Girls @ Old Depot Museum
@ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
An Evening with Fred Harvey and the Harvey Girls @ Old Depot Museum | Ottawa | Kansas | United States
Spend an evening with Fred Harvey and the Harvey Girls! The Old Depot Museum and Plaza Cinema are teaming up for an event! From 5 p.m. [...]
“The Dixie Swim Club” Production @ Ottawa Municipal Auditorium
@ 7:00 pm
"The Dixie Swim Club" Production @ Ottawa Municipal Auditorium | Ottawa | Kansas | United States
Five Southern women, whose friendships began many years ago on their college swim team, set aside a long weekend every August to recharge those relationships. [...]
Power of the Past Antique Engine & Tractor Show @ Forest Park
– 09/13/2015 all-day
Power of the Past Antique Engine & Tractor Show @ Forest Park | Ottawa | Kansas | United States
This show is much more than a gathering of gas engine and tractor enthusiasts, although those are pretty amazing when all the engines are chugging [...]
“The Dixie Swim Club” Production @ Ottawa Municipal Auditorium
@ 7:00 pm
"The Dixie Swim Club" Production @ Ottawa Municipal Auditorium | Ottawa | Kansas | United States
Five Southern women, whose friendships began many years ago on their college swim team, set aside a long weekend every August to recharge those relationships. [...]
Big Brothers Big Sisters Bowl for Kids' Sake @ Royal Crest Lanes | Lawrence | Kansas | United States
Bowl for Kids’ Sake is Big Brothers Big Sisters largest national fundraiser, raising over $20 million annually for children in need across the country. Because [...]
Ottawa Farmers Market @ Orscheln Farm and Home parking lot
@ 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Ottawa Farmers Market @ Orscheln Farm and Home parking lot | Ottawa | Kansas | United States
The market is open seasonally from May to October. This is Franklin County’s place for fresh produce and seasonal flowers every year. More than 25 [...]
Sunflower Piecemakers Quilt Show @ Goppert Building
@ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sunflower Piecemakers Quilt Show @ Goppert Building | Ottawa | Kansas | United States
The event features more than 170 quilts for viewing, a boutique table, vendors and an opportunity quilt. Opportunity quilt tickets are $1/each or $5/six. The [...]
“The Dixie Swim Club” Production @ Ottawa Municipal Auditorium
@ 7:00 pm
"The Dixie Swim Club" Production @ Ottawa Municipal Auditorium | Ottawa | Kansas | United States
Five Southern women, whose friendships began many years ago on their college swim team, set aside a long weekend every August to recharge those relationships. [...]
Second Sunday Free Museum Admission
The two-story passenger depot built in 1888, today serves as a museum. Exhibits include a model railroad layout; displays tracing the life of famed abolitionist [...]
“The Dixie Swim Club” Production @ Ottawa Municipal Auditorium
@ 3:00 pm
"The Dixie Swim Club" Production @ Ottawa Municipal Auditorium | Ottawa | Kansas | United States
Five Southern women, whose friendships began many years ago on their college swim team, set aside a long weekend every August to recharge those relationships. [...]
Ottawa Farmers Market @ Orscheln Farm and Home parking lot
@ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Ottawa Farmers Market @ Orscheln Farm and Home parking lot | Ottawa | Kansas | United States
The market is open seasonally from May to October. This is Franklin County’s place for fresh produce and seasonal flowers every year. More than 25 [...]
Ol’ Marais River Run @ Forest Park
@ 6:00 pm – 09/20/2015 @ 3:00 pm
Ol’ Marais River Run @ Forest Park | Ottawa | Kansas | United States
The event begins on Friday evening with an open cruise at Forest Park, giving those who do not meet the 1972 cut-off, the opportunity to [...]
Downtown Third Saturday @ Ottawa | Kansas | United States
Downtown Third Saturdays: Where the community comes together for music, art and other downtown events! This month will feature the Ol’ Marais River Run Car Show! [...]
Ottawa Farmers Market @ Orscheln Farm and Home parking lot
@ 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Ottawa Farmers Market @ Orscheln Farm and Home parking lot | Ottawa | Kansas | United States
The market is open seasonally from May to October. This is Franklin County’s place for fresh produce and seasonal flowers every year. More than 25 [...]
Sporting Clay Shoot @ Locust Point Gun Club at Pomona Lake
@ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Sporting Clay Shoot @ Locust Point Gun Club at Pomona Lake | Lyndon | Kansas | United States
Come support Meals on Wheels! Entry fee is $45 for 50 targets. Additional rounds are $30. Lunch included for a shooter with entry fee. Additional [...]
Ottawa Farmers Market @ Orscheln Farm and Home parking lot
@ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Ottawa Farmers Market @ Orscheln Farm and Home parking lot | Ottawa | Kansas | United States
The market is open seasonally from May to October. This is Franklin County’s place for fresh produce and seasonal flowers every year. More than 25 [...]
Hod Rod Golf Tournament @ LaMont Hill Golf Course
all-day
Hod Rod Golf Tournament @ LaMont Hill Golf Course | Vassar | Kansas | United States
Rodney was a courageous young boy who always had a smile on his face and never complained about what life brought him. He also spent [...]
Ottawa Farmers Market @ Orscheln Farm and Home parking lot
@ 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Ottawa Farmers Market @ Orscheln Farm and Home parking lot | Ottawa | Kansas | United States
The market is open seasonally from May to October. This is Franklin County’s place for fresh produce and seasonal flowers every year. More than 25 [...]
Wellsville Days @ Wellsville | Kansas | United States
Get ready for a family fun-filled day on the bricks of Main Street in Wellsville! Activities include a parade — cash prize for “Crowd Favorite Float” — craft and fundraiser booths, food [...]
Dietrich Cabin Living History Event @ Dietrich Cabin
@ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Dietrich Cabin Living History Event @ Dietrich Cabin | Ottawa | Kansas | United States
The 1859 Dietrich Cabin in City Park will open this year on the third Saturday of every month from May to August. September’s event will be Sept. 26. [...]
Indian Artifact & Arrowhead Show @ Appanoose Area Museum
@ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Indian Artifact & Arrowhead Show @ Appanoose Area Museum | Pomona | Kansas | United States
Come see thousands of interesting Indian artifacts! Enjoy homemade ice cream, raffle prizes and T-shirt and cap sales. If you have artifacts, bring them. Display [...]
Ottawa Farmers Market @ Orscheln Farm and Home parking lot
@ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Ottawa Farmers Market @ Orscheln Farm and Home parking lot | Ottawa | Kansas | United States
The market is open seasonally from May to October. This is Franklin County’s place for fresh produce and seasonal flowers every year. More than 25 [...]
First Friday Forum @ Neosho County Community College
@ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
First Friday Forum @ Neosho County Community College | Ottawa | Kansas | United States
The monthly First Friday Forum features a speaker and community and government leaders, who discuss a variety of topics, including what’s happening around town and [...]