Featured Events


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Ottawa Farmers Market 4:00 pm
Ottawa Farmers Market @ Orscheln Farm and Home parking lot
Oct 1 @ 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 [...]
Black Powder Encampment & Days of Old Antique Bazaar
Black Powder Encampment & Days o…
Oct 4 – Oct 5 all-day
Black Powder Encampment & Days of Old Antique Bazaar @ Wellsville | Kansas | United States
Wellsville organizers take on the business of war as they establish this live history event. See a Civil War re-enactment and black powder encampment and [...]
Ottawa Farmers Market 8:00 am
Ottawa Farmers Market @ Orscheln Farm and Home parking lot
Oct 4 @ 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 [...]
Bras Across Ol’ Marais and Tour Des’ Bras 10:00 am
Bras Across Ol’ Marais and Tour …
Oct 4 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Bras Across Ol' Marais and Tour Des' Bras @ Ottawa | Kansas | United States
The Franklin County Cancer Foundation, Ottawa BPW and the Ottawa Main Street Association will honor Breast Cancer Awareness Month with the second annual Bras Across Ol’ [...]
Dogtoberfest 10:00 am
Dogtoberfest @ West Shelter, Forest Park
Oct 4 @ 10:00 am
Dogtoberfest @ West Shelter, Forest Park | Ottawa | Kansas | United States
Walk your dog with the pack! Join in for a dog walk around beautiful Forest Park! Pre-registration will be at Ottawa City Hall’s planning and [...]
Ol’ Mary’s Chili Cook-Off 10:00 am
Ol’ Mary’s Chili Cook-Off @ Pleasant Ridge
Oct 4 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Ol' Mary's Chili Cook-Off @ Pleasant Ridge | Rantoul | Kansas | United States
The annual Ol’ Mary’s Chili Cook-off is fun for the whole family! Your $5 admission to Peckham’s Pumpkin Patch includes the chili cook-off, sampling and [...]
Native Neighbors 11:00 am
Native Neighbors @ Neosho County Community College
Oct 4 @ 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
Native Neighbors @ Neosho County Community College | Ottawa | Kansas | United States
This special event provides the opportunity to learn from the descendants of native and emigrant tribes who have lived in the 41 Kansas and Missouri [...]
Franklin County Fall Demolition Derby 7:00 pm
Franklin County Fall Demolition … @ Franklin County Fairgrounds
Oct 4 @ 7:00 pm
Franklin County Fall Demolition Derby @ Franklin County Fairgrounds | Ottawa | Kansas | United States
Come to the Franklin County Fall Demolition Derby, featuring compact and 1980s and newer vehicles! Tickets are $10 and only available at the ticket booth. [...]
Ottawa Farmers Market 4:00 pm
Ottawa Farmers Market @ Orscheln Farm and Home parking lot
Oct 8 @ 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 [...]
Pome on the Range Fall Festival 10:00 am
Pome on the Range Fall Festival @ Pome on the Range
Oct 11 @ 10:00 am – Oct 12 @ 5:00 pm
Pome on the Range Fall Festival @ Pome on the Range | Williamsburg | Kansas | United States
The Fall Festival features food vendors, fresh-popped kettle corn, fresh apple cider, kids activities and games, Grandpa Pokey the balloon clown, mule-drawn wagon rides to [...]
Ottawa Farmers Market 8:00 am
Ottawa Farmers Market @ Orscheln Farm and Home parking lot
Oct 11 @ 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 [...]
Bow Meow Benefit Dinner & Auction 5:00 pm
Bow Meow Benefit Dinner & Auction @ Sacred Heart Parish Center
Oct 11 @ 5:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Bow Meow Benefit Dinner & Auction @ Sacred Heart Parish Center | Ottawa | Kansas | United States
Bow Meow is Prairie Paws Animal Shelter’s signature fundraising event, complete with a delicious catered dinner with a silent and live auction full of a [...]
Dietrich Cabin Living History Event 1:00 pm
Dietrich Cabin Living History Event @ Dietrich Cabin
Oct 12 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 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 second Sunday of every month from April to October. Every monthly opening [...]
Second Sunday Free Museum Admission 1:00 pm
Second Sunday Free Museum Admission @ Old Depot Museum
Oct 12 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Second Sunday Free Museum Admission @ Old Depot Museum | Ottawa | Kansas | United States
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 [...]
Ottawa Farmers Market 4:00 pm
Ottawa Farmers Market @ Orscheln Farm and Home parking lot
Oct 15 @ 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 [...]
Night Trains of Terror 7:00 pm
Night Trains of Terror @ Midland Railway
Oct 17 @ 7:00 pm
Night Trains of Terror @ Midland Railway | Baldwin City | Kansas | United States
The train consists of passenger coaches and an old baggage car that has been turned into a “haunted house.” During your ride, you will be [...]
Maple Leaf Festival 9:00 am
Maple Leaf Festival
Oct 18 @ 9:00 am – Oct 19 @ 5:00 pm
Maple Leaf Festival @ Baldwin City | Kansas | United States
With more than 300 craft exhibits, quilt shows and displays, performing arts, music, unique food and activities for families, the Maple Leaf Festival is the [...]
Downtown Third Saturday
Downtown Third Saturday
Oct 18 all-day
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 a vintage flea market. Music by [...]
Ottawa Farmers Market 8:00 am
Ottawa Farmers Market @ Orscheln Farm and Home parking lot
Oct 18 @ 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 Outdoor Vintage Flea Market 9:00 am
Ottawa Outdoor Vintage Flea Market
Oct 18 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Ottawa Outdoor Vintage Flea Market @ Ottawa | Kansas | United States
Have a fun day pickin’ at the Ottawa Outdoor Vintage Flea Market! Vendors downtown and in north Ottawa will have unique antiques and vintage and [...]
Night Trains of Terror 7:00 pm
Night Trains of Terror @ Midland Railway
Oct 18 @ 7:00 pm
Night Trains of Terror @ Midland Railway | Baldwin City | Kansas | United States
The train consists of passenger coaches and an old baggage car that has been turned into a “haunted house.” During your ride, you will be [...]
“Shadow on the Hill” Book Signing 2:00 pm
“Shadow on the Hill” Book Signing @ Appanoose Area Museum
Oct 19 @ 2:00 pm
"Shadow on the Hill" Book Signing @ Appanoose Area Museum | Pomona | Kansas | United States
Diana Staresinick-Deane will tell about her book, “Shadow on the Hill,” and why she researched and wrote about a 1925 Coffey County murder.
Ottawa Farmers Market 4:00 pm
Ottawa Farmers Market @ Orscheln Farm and Home parking lot
Oct 22 @ 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 [...]
USDA Rural Development Grant Seminar 10:00 am
USDA Rural Development Grant Sem… @ Neosho County Community College
Oct 23 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
USDA Rural Development Grant Seminar @ Neosho County Community College | Ottawa | Kansas | United States
Come learn more about the USDA’s grants available for rural development. The seminar will cover community development of businesses that will cater to those using the [...]
Shared Stories of the Civil War: Price’s Raid of 1864 7:00 pm
Shared Stories of the Civil War:… @ Old Depot Museum
Oct 23 @ 7:00 pm
Shared Stories of the Civil War: Price's Raid of 1864  @ Old Depot Museum | Ottawa | Kansas | United States
In 1864, martial law was declared in Kansas and every able-bodied man was called to repel Confederate General Sterling Price, who led 10,000 troops across [...]
“Images of America: Ottawa” Book Launch 3:30 pm
“Images of America: Ottawa” Book… @ Old Depot Museum
Oct 24 @ 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm
"Images of America: Ottawa" Book Launch @ Old Depot Museum | Ottawa | Kansas | United States
Ottawa’s most anticipated history book is now available for pre-order! Signed copies of “Images of America: Ottawa” will be available by Oct. Books are $21.99 [...]
Night Trains of Terror 7:00 pm
Night Trains of Terror @ Midland Railway
Oct 24 @ 7:00 pm
Night Trains of Terror @ Midland Railway | Baldwin City | Kansas | United States
The train consists of passenger coaches and an old baggage car that has been turned into a “haunted house.” During your ride, you will be [...]
Prairie Spirit Trail Fall Classic
Prairie Spirit Trail Fall Classic @ Prairie Spirit Rail Trail
Oct 25 all-day
Prairie Spirit Trail Fall Classic @ Prairie Spirit Rail Trail | Ottawa | Kansas | United States
The Prairie Spirit Trail is a beautiful rails-to-trails course that runs through numerous quaint little towns and treats runners to stunning displays of incredible fall [...]
Ottawa Farmers Market 8:00 am
Ottawa Farmers Market @ Orscheln Farm and Home parking lot
Oct 25 @ 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 University DECA Color Splash Dash 8:30 am
Ottawa University DECA Color Spl… @ Ottawa University Hull Athletic Center
Oct 25 @ 8:30 am – 12:30 pm
Ottawa University DECA Color Splash Dash @ Ottawa University Hull Athletic Center | Ottawa | Kansas | United States
Join the fight against prostate cancer in Franklin County by participating in the fourth annual DECA 5K! Participants will receive a T-shirt and a keepsake. [...]
Halloween Spook Parade 9:00 am
Halloween Spook Parade
Oct 25 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Halloween Spook Parade @ Ottawa | Kansas | United States
Spook Parade is a community trick-or-treat walk through downtown Main Street to local businesses. Sponsored by the Ottawa Main Street Association, start at Haley Park, [...]
Wellsville Chamber Wine & Brew 6:00 pm
Wellsville Chamber Wine & Brew @ Options for Animals College of Animal Chiropractic
Oct 25 @ 6:00 pm
Wellsville Chamber Wine & Brew @ Options for Animals College of Animal Chiropractic | Wellsville | Kansas | United States
Enjoy a relaxing evening of wine tastings, hors d’oeuvres and a live auction! Complimentary wine tasting glass will be provided at the door. This event supports [...]
Night Trains of Terror 7:00 pm
Night Trains of Terror @ Midland Railway
Oct 25 @ 7:00 pm
Night Trains of Terror @ Midland Railway | Baldwin City | Kansas | United States
The train consists of passenger coaches and an old baggage car that has been turned into a “haunted house.” During your ride, you will be [...]
Big Brothers Big Sisters Matching Lives After-Hours Event 2:00 pm
Big Brothers Big Sisters Matchin… @ Ottawa Library
Oct 26 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Big Brothers Big Sisters Matching Lives After-Hours Event @ Ottawa Library | Ottawa | Kansas | United States
Come to this fun event, whether you’re already matched or you’re considering becoming a Big or Little! Activities for girls include beauty tips and tricks, [...]
Trunk or Treat 3:00 pm
Trunk or Treat @ Wellsville Baptist Church
Oct 26 @ 3:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Trunk or Treat @ Wellsville Baptist Church | Wellsville | Kansas | United States
Join in the spooky fun in Wellsville! Activities include a moon walk/bounce house, face painting, balloon artist, caricature artist and free hot dogs and drinks. [...]
Ottawa Farmers Market 4:00 pm
Ottawa Farmers Market @ Orscheln Farm and Home parking lot
Oct 29 @ 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 [...]
School Records Project Open House 4:00 pm
School Records Project Open House @ Franklin County Records and Research Center
Oct 30 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
School Records Project Open House @ Franklin County Records and Research Center | Ottawa | Kansas | United States
Nine years ago, the Franklin County Historical Society received the records of Franklin County’s 103 rural school districts. Thanks to a Kansas Humanities Council Heritage [...]
Hallowesta 6:00 pm
Hallowesta
Oct 31 @ 6:00 pm
Hallowesta @ Wellsville | Kansas | United States
Celebrate Halloween in downtown Wellsville! Costume judging begins at 6:15 p.m. Afterward, enjoy hot dogs, trick-or-treating or the home football game! Download the event flier [...]
Night Trains of Terror 7:00 pm
Night Trains of Terror @ Midland Railway
Oct 31 @ 7:00 pm
Night Trains of Terror @ Midland Railway | Baldwin City | Kansas | United States
The train consists of passenger coaches and an old baggage car that has been turned into a “haunted house.” During your ride, you will be [...]

Upcoming Events


School Records Project Open House

When: 10/30/2014 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Nine years ago, the Franklin County Historical Society received the records of Franklin County’s 103 rural school districts. Thanks to a Kansas Humanities Council Heritage Grant, these records -- teacher reports, student lists, treasurer’s books, school directories, superintendent notes, etc. Read on! →

Hallowesta

When: 10/31/2014 @ 6:00 pm

Celebrate Halloween in downtown Wellsville! Costume judging begins at 6:15 p.m. Afterward, enjoy hot dogs, trick-or-treating or the home football game! Download the event flier here.

Night Trains of Terror

When: 10/31/2014 @ 7:00 pm

The train consists of passenger coaches and an old baggage car that has been turned into a “haunted house.” During your ride, you will be “entertained” (more like scared out of your mind) by the ghost and goblins aboard the Read on! →

Night Trains of Terror

When: 11/01/2014 @ 7:00 pm

The train consists of passenger coaches and an old baggage car that has been turned into a “haunted house.” During your ride, you will be “entertained” (more like scared out of your mind) by the ghost and goblins aboard the Read on! →

Quilts for Holidays: Major, Bizarre & Unique

When: 11/02/2014 @ 2:00 pm

Florence Milliman will present a show of quilts, ranging from full size to mini wall hangings, and will explain how and why she made each quilt.

Veterans Day Celebration & Parade

When: 11/07/2014 @ 6:30 pm – 11/08/2014 @ 8:00 pm

Celebrate Veteran's Day in Ottawa! The opening ceremony will be at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 7 at Washburn Towers, Fifth and Main streets. Tour the Healing Field of Flags in and around City Park to see more than 500 flags. Read on! →

Homemade Holidays Craft Show

When: 11/08/2014 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Get an early start on your holiday shopping with more than 125 vendors featuring fine handmade items! The event, in its 16th year, is sponsored by the Ottawa Middle School AAA program.

An Evening With Frank

When: 11/08/2014 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The Bethany Chapel Baptist Church caught fire on Aug. 4 and was completely destroyed. This concert, featuring hits of Frank Sinatra by Ken Frank, will help raise funds to help the church rebuild. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are Read on! →

Second Sunday Free Museum Admission

When: 11/09/2014 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

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 John Brown; Silkville, the utopian community created to raise silkworms; a Victorian parlor, general store, Read on! →

Ottawa Main Street Uncorked

When: 11/14/2014 @ 7:00 pm

Join the Ottawa Main Street Association for a wine, beer and food tasting, photo booth and auction! Auction items, including destination trips, signed memorabilia, house cleaning, massages, spa days, KOFO advertising and more will be available. Wineries include Middle Creek Winery, Read on! →