Upcoming Events

 
Friday Night Sound Bytes
Friday, April 28th to Friday, October 27th, Lenexa Public Market at 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
 
Grab a friend, get some grub and groove into the weekend. Join us for free live music and rotating local food trucks on the patio every Friday night from 7 to 10 p.m. April 28-October 27 on the Lower Commons. Watch for special themed Sound Bites, starting with our first event of the season. 
 
City of Lenexa Outdoor Concert Series
Sunday, September 17th to Sunday, September 24th, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Sar-Ko-Par Trails Park
 
Grand Pavilion, Sar-Ko-Par Trails Park, 87th Street Parkway & Lackman Road, Lenexa, KS 66215

Free admission

Enter park at 87th Street Parkway and Greenway Lane

Restrooms available

Bring your lawn chairs or blankets and a picnic dinner and enjoy a variety of live music in a lovely outdoor setting at the Grand Pavilion. 
 
This is a program of the Lenexa Arts Council.
 
 
Octoberfest at Moonlight Market
Thursday, September 21st, 2 p.m. to 10 p.m.
 
Next week is our next Moonlight Market! Please note that we are shutting down Johnson Drive in both directions between King Avenue and Nieman Road from 2pm-10pm on Thursday, September 21. Drivers will still be able to access both King and Nieman and detours will be marked. 
 
Now onto the fun! We will have a whopping 60 vendors, live music, games for the kids and so much more!
 
This month is extra special because you can kick off the fall season with our Oktoberfest celebration! 
 
Several of our downtown local businesses will have booths but you can stop in at any downtown restaurant to grab a bite to eat or snag a quick snack from one of the food trucks. Don't forget to visit the very popular beer garden!
 
We have tons of details at cityofshawnee.org/moonlightmarket including a list of vendors, vendor map, parking map, live music lineup and more!
 
As a reminder, you can always check out our Farmers Market on Saturdays from 7am-12pm in the City Hall parking lot!
 
Johnson County Mental Health Workshop
Thursday, September 21st to Friday, September 22nd, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
 
Johnson County Mental Health Center provides suicide prevention workshops like Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) that help participants feel more comfortable, confident and competent in helping prevent the immediate risk of suicide. 
 
ASIST is the world’s leading suicide intervention training. Updated continually to reflect new knowledge, ASIST has been empowering people to provide skilled, life-saving interventions for over 35 years.
 
Two additional dates have been added to our training calendar. This two-day workshop will be hosted on Sept. 21-22 and Dec. 7-8 from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 
 
We all play a part in suicide prevention, and you can make a difference by taking workshops like ASIST, asking directly when you are worried about others and asking for help when you are struggling.
 

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Movies In The Park: Super Mario Bros
Friday, September 22nd, Dusk - Around 7:45 p.m. at Electric Park
 
Pack your lawn chairs and blankets and bring your family to enjoy an evening under the stars at one of our Movie in the Park events. Dogs are welcome.
 
Free admission

Free parking

Restrooms available
 
 
Calling All BBQ Enthusiasts
Friday, September 22nd to Saturday, September 23rd, Shawnee Town 1929
 
Can you smell it? Smoke is in the air! The 28th Annual Shawnee Great Grillers is right around the corner! This year's event will be held on Friday, September 22nd - Saturday, September 23rd at Shawnee Town 1929, 11500 Johnson Drive. This year's competition has a few spaces remaining. Do you want to grab one of those spots? Each 20x40 space includes electricity for $225. Your entry fee includes all four sanctioned categories: chicken, brisket, pork ribs and pork shoulder. Additional categories are $20 each. Visit the link below to register online!
 
Food Truck Frenzy
Saturday, September 23rd, 5 p.m to 9 p.m. at Lenexa Civic Campus
 
Saturday, Sept. 23, 2023 

5 to 9 p.m.

Lenexa civic campus, 17101 West 87th St. Pkwy., Lenexa, KS 66219

Visit the Lenexa civic campus to feast on a variety of cuisines from area food trucks.
Enjoy live music by local performers during the event. Post Clarity will be playing from 5 to 9 p.m. on the Lower Commons. The Butch Carson Band will be performing from 5 to 9 p.m. on the Upper Commons. 
 
Limited seating available, feel free to bring a chair.
 
Service dogs are allowed for people with disabilities. No other pets, please.
Free parking is available in a 500-stall public parking garage on the Lenexa civic campus at 87th Street Parkway and Winchester Street. Overflow parking available at the top level of the Kiewit parking garage (89th & Renner). Bicycle racks are also available.
 
Participating food trucks

451 Pizza

Barbwire BBQ

Coco Loco Grill

GiGi's Seafood

Happy Belly

Hungry Hatch

Kiylee Kakes

Mad Greek Traveling Taverna

One More Scoop

Rolling in the Dough

Smoke 'n' Seoul

TC's Fully Loaded

The Melt Truck

The Waffler

Torched Goodness

Ying's Thai Food
 
Farmula 500 Veggie Race
Saturday, September 23rd, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Lenexa Commons - 17201 West 87th Parkway
 
Lettuce see if you have what it takes to beet the competition during our fifth annual Farm-ula 500 Veggie Race at the Lenexa Farmers Market on Saturday, Sept. 23, 2023. Check-in starts at 9 a.m. Judging takes place at 10 a.m., and racing follows promptly afterwards until a winner is crowned.  
 
This construction challenge is open to all ages. Create a race car out of fresh produce to compete in this elimination-style tournament. The veggie cars will race down a 16-foot-long track, and the first to reach the finish line moves on to the next round. 
 
Awards will be given for the top three fastest cars, as well as for best decorated and best representation of the farmers market. Both the racing and decorating competitions will be divided into two age categories: 12 and Under, and 13 and Over.
 
Space will be provided on race day (starting at 9 a.m.) to construct your car if you have not done this in advance. The construction area will provide various craft items that can be used as decoration. Start thinking now about how to make your edible race car speedy, durable and memorable! 
 
How to participate

Register in advance to ensure your spot, or on the day of the race from 8 a.m. to 9:30 am, if space allows. The entry fee is $5 and includes a pack of supplies that will help you construct a car (four wooden wheels and four axle caps).
 
Pre-registrants can pick up a supply pack from the Rec Center starting Sept. 1 to begin constructing their car at home. While we encourage you to use produce from the Lenexa Farmers Market for the body of your car, it is not a requirement.
 
City of Lenexa Manhattan Short Film Festival
Thursday, September 28th, 6:30 to 9 p.m. at Lenexa City Hall
 
Join us for a public viewing of the top 10 finalists in the Manhattan Short Film Festival, and vote on your favorite entries for best film and best actor. Lenexa is one of more than 500 venues worldwide at which film lovers will unite to view and judge these short films.
 
Each attendee will receive a ballot to fill out at the event. Each film selected will be qualified for the 2024 Oscars. Hosted in partnership with the Johnson County Library and Lenexa Arts Council. Admission is free.
Family Campout
Friday, September 29th at Black Hoof Park at 9053 Monticello Road
 
Pitch a tent and campout with the kids at Black Hoof Park. Each fall Lenexa Parks & Recreation opens this destination park for a sleep over under the stars. Enjoy S’mores at Oak Shelter and donuts, juice and coffee in the morning.
 
Library and BikeWalkKC Partner for Wonderful Women’s Bike Summit
Saturday, September 30th
 
Johnson County Library and BikeWalkKC have cultivated a positive partnership for more than five years, educating patrons about how to maintain bikes and enjoy the health and environmental benefits of bicycling. Now that partnership is blossoming into even more enriching programming, leading up to a day-long Women’s Bike Summit on September 30.
 
Hispanic Heritage Month Event
Wednesday, October 4th, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at 8788 Metcalf Avenue
 
A festive evening is planned from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct.4 at the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center, 8788 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park, in celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month.
 
From Spanish explorers, to Mexican traders and laborers, to recent Central and South American immigrants, the Kansas City region has deep Latino history. Today, the Latino community is Johnson County’s fastest growing population.
 
The public event is free. No tickets are required.
 
City of Lenexa Dumpster Days
Saturday, October 7th to Sunday, October 8th, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at 7700 Cottonwood Street
 
Have bulky items laying around that you no longer use or need? Get rid of them at Lenexa's fall Dumpster Days Oct. 7th and 8th from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Municipal Services Service Center. Fees apply. Must show proof of residency. Check out acceptable and unacceptable items.
 
PLEASE NOTE: Lenexa and Shawnee trash haulers offer customers one free curbside collection each year. 
 
Lenexa Chili Challenge
Friday, October 13th to Saturday, October 14th at Old Town Lenexa
 
Friday, Oct. 13, 2023, 6 to 10 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 14, 2023, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

Old Town Lenexa, Santa Fe Trail Drive & Pflumm Road, Lenexa, KS 66215

Free admission

Free samples on Saturday, while supplies last

This free foodie festival heats up Friday night with live music and a fireworks show. On Saturday, grab your spoon at the gate to feast on your fill of chili, hot wings and salsa samples. Face painters, balloon artists and live music will be present both days. Little chefs can take part in the Kids Kornbread Contest Saturday morning. 
 
About 200 teams compete in our chili, hot wings and salsa contests in hopes of taking home the Grand Champion prize. Teams host private parties on Friday night and give out samples to everyone on Saturday. 
 
Activities include musical entertainment and JDRF Fundraising both days, fireworks on Friday night, and the Kids Kornbread Contest on Saturday.
 
 
 
 
JOCO Fun Fest
Saturday, October 14th
As a way to say thank you to our community for its amazing support of our programs, the Johnson County Park and Recreation District is hosting an inaugural Fun Fest on Saturday, Oct. 14.
Truck or Treat!
Saturday, October 21st, 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. at 7700 Cottonwood Street
 
Your favorite combined touch-a-truck and trunk-or-treat event is back by popular demand! Kids will have a blast watching pumpkins get smashed by an asphalt roller or dropped from great heights, and checking out our monstrous equipment up close while collecting treats.
 
The whole family can learn from entertaining demonstrations showing the many ways our Municipal Services team keeps our streets, traffic signals, vehicles, stormwater network and facilities in good shape.
 
Cars In The Park
Saturday, October 21st, 9 a.m. to 2:20 p.m. at 7710 Renner Road
 
Click on image for details
 
Enchanted Forest
Thursday, October 26th, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Sar-Ko-Par Trails Park
 
Thursday, Oct. 26, 2023

4 to 8 p.m.

Sar-Ko-Par Trails Park, 87th Street Parkway & Lackman Road, Lenexa, KS 66215
 
In case of inclement weather, this event will not be rescheduled.
 
Free admission

Free parking available at Indian Trails Aquatic Center (enter park at 87th Street Parkway and Greenway Lane) and Foundry Church

For one magical night a year, Sar-Ko-Par Trails Park is transformed into The Enchanted Forest, where there is something to delight even the smallest of Halloween revelers.
Hop on a hayride, decorate a pumpkin, and stroll around Rose's Pond for activities including a puppet show, music, fire show and more.
 
The Enchanted Forest is primarily an entertainment event — not a trick-or-treating event. However, there will be a limited supply of candy at sponsor booths, thanks to their generosity.
 
Wearing a Halloween costume is optional.
 
 
Fright-Day Night Sound Bites + Costume Contest
Friday, October 27th, 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at Lenexa Public Market
 
Come in costume, gobble up food truck treats and enjoy the live music! A costume contest for kids and adults will be the highlight of this spooky-good, block-party style final Friday Night Sound Bites of 2023. See details at lenexapublicmarket.com/fnsb.
BRBV Board Meeting
Monday, October 30th, 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM at Clubhouse - 21315 West 82nd Street
 
The quarterly meeting of the Bristol Ridge and Bristol Valley Homes Association is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at the clubhouse at 21315 West 82nd Street. All community members are invited to attend.
BRBV Annual Meeting
Monday, November 13th, 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM at Clubhouse - 21315 West 82nd Street
 
The annual meeting of the Bristol Ridge and Bristol Valley Homes Association is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at the clubhouse at 21315 West 82nd Street. All community members are invited to attend.
JOCO Mental Health Workshop
Thursday, December 7th to Friday, December 8th, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
 
Johnson County Mental Health Center provides suicide prevention workshops like Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) that help participants feel more comfortable, confident and competent in helping prevent the immediate risk of suicide. 
 
ASIST is the world’s leading suicide intervention training. Updated continually to reflect new knowledge, ASIST has been empowering people to provide skilled, life-saving interventions for over 35 years.
 
Two additional dates have been added to our training calendar. This two-day workshop will be hosted on Dec. 7-8 from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 
 

We all play a part in suicide prevention, and you can make a difference by taking workshops like ASIST, asking directly when you are worried about others and asking for help when you are struggling.
 

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