Upcoming Events

 
Board Game Nights At The Public Market
Monday, February 7th to Monday, December 5th, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. the first Monday of the month. at Lenexa Public Market
 
We're bringing back board game night with TableTop Game and Hobby and Cardboard Corner Cafe the first Monday of every month! They'll bring a variety of games to choose from, but you are welcome to bring your own as well. No experience in games is necessary.
Saturday Lenexa Farmers Market
Saturday, April 30th to Saturday, October 29th, 8 a.m. to Noon at Lenexa Rec Center Parking Garage
 
Fresh vegetables, fruit, meat, eggs, baked goods, flowers, body care products and more! The Lenexa Farmers Market sells only products that are locally grown, raised or made within 250 miles or throughout Kansas. Each Saturday and Tuesday during the Market season, you can expect a great selection of products from vendors who care about providing you the very best.
 
SNAP benefits accepted. A Double Up Food Bucks match program.
 
Unified Community Esports League
Monday, May 2nd to Monday, August 29th, 3 p.m to 9 p.m. at Online
 
Sign up TODAY to be a part of Shawnee's esports scene, in partnership with Unified Esports Association, and attempt to win tons of prizes! Join Team Shawnee for free, and then choose the tournaments you want to participate in. Once a member of Team Shawnee, you will receive the exclusive direct links to get your system and games registered with the league!

*As of 2022, the games will be changing each month based on popularity. Please inquire to mmann@cityofshawnee.org if you can't see the games listed you are interested in! Every month will feature Fortnite, League of Legends and Super Smash Brothers Ultimate.
 
City of Shawnee Summer Camps
Tuesday, May 3rd to Sunday, July 31st
 
Summer is right around the corner! Dance the day away, brush up on your sport skills or explore another universe in our science camps! No matter your age of interests, we have something for you! Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Check out all our summer camps online!
 
City of Shawnee Moonlight Market
Thursday, May 19th to Thursday, October 20th
 
Are you ready for the 2022 Moonlight Markets? We sure are! The first one kicks off May 19 from 4pm-8pm at Johnson Drive and Nieman Road. And we are going BIG for this one. 
 
You will be able to grab fresh fruits and veggies from our Farmers Market vendors, check out unique, local crafts and handmade items, all while grooving to live music. And did we mention there will be fun for the kids, food trucks and a beer garden with local brews? 
 
You will also be able to meet and greet Mayor Michelle Distler and tons of staff while exploring Fire trucks, Police vehicles, Public Works trucks and Parks and Recreation equipment. 
 
Here's the full list of Moonlight Market dates this year!
 
July 21
August 18
September 15
October 20
 
While you are downtown, be sure to stop in some of our local restaurants, breweries and shops! Find a parking map, list of vendors, pictures from past Moonlight Markets and more at cityofshawnee.org/moonlightmarket. We'll see you there!
Future Leaders of Shawnee Leadership Program
Saturday, May 21st to Friday, July 15th
 
Shawnee is excited to offer a new youth leadership program for local high school students beginning this fall!
 
This interactive program will introduce students to city services, structure, and functions. Each monthly program will focus on a different department or city service.
 
Meeting monthly, students will establish relationships with city employees, exposing students to career opportunities in the public sector. In addition, participants will lead a group community service project. We will meet the second Wednesday of each month, September - April at 6:30 p.m. This program will conclude with a banquet on Tuesday, April 26th, 2023 at Shawnee Town Hall at 6:30pm. We are accepting applications for the 2022-2023 program.
 
For more information, and to apply visit us online!
The Knitting Circle
Wednesday, May 25th to Monday, July 25th, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Shawnee Civic Centre
 
We all have those stalled knitting projects or ones that we'd like to start, but lack confidence in our skills. It's time to get going on those unfinished objects! With encouragement from your fellow knitters & help from an expert instructor, you'll turn those works-in-progress into beautiful completed projects in no time!
 
Instructor: Cheryl Murray
 
BRBV Pool Open
Saturday, May 28th to Monday, September 5th, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. at Bristol Ridge and Bristol Valley Clubhouse
 
The Bristol Ridge and Bristol Vallley pool is open daily 10 a.m to 10 p.m. through September 5th.
 
Tuesday Lenexa Farmers Market
Tuesday, May 31st to Tuesday, August 30th, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Lenexa Rec Center Parking Garage
 
Fresh vegetables, fruit, meat, eggs, baked goods, flowers, body care products and more! The Lenexa Farmers Market sells only products that are locally grown, raised or made within 250 miles or throughout Kansas. Each Saturday and Tuesday during the Market season, you can expect a great selection of products from vendors who care about providing you the very best.
 
SNAP benefits accepted. A Double Up Food Bucks match program.
Farmer's Market Cookbook
Wednesday, June 22nd to Wednesday, August 31st
 
 
Summer is the perfect time to visit the Overland Park Farmers’ Market. With fresh, locally grown produce, it’s easy to get more fruits and veggies on your family’s plates. Check out our cookbook for exciting recipes like protein—packed Stuffed Peppers and colorful Cowboy Caviar that will fuel your whole health—body, mind, and spirit.
Lenexa Public Market Progressive
Tuesday, June 28th to Monday, July 18th, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Lenexa Public Market
 
Do you value locally grown products from the Lenexa Farmers Market and the social atmosphere of the Lenexa Public Market? Well, our two culinary gems are collaborating again for a one-night-only Progressive Dinner on July 24
 
And we want to see you at the table.
 
This four-course menu will hit all the right notes — from appetizer to dessert. Prepared by Public Market merchants, the meal will showcase seasonal ingredients at peak flavor from Farmers Market vendors.
Missed it last year? Here's another chance to grab a seat. Joined us last year? Then you'll remember what good eatin' it was.
 
Slow down and let the summer evening unfold as our vendors serve you each course while performer Joy Zimmerman "wraps everyone in a velvet blanket of beautiful music." 
 
Last year, this event sold out. Grab your seat now!
 
Lenexa Farmers Market Progressive Dinner
Sunday, July 24, 5–8 p.m. at Lenexa Public Market
 
Register by July 18 at 11:59 p.m.
Your Lenexa Independence Day Guide
Saturday, July 2nd to Monday, July 4th
 
We've rounded up a variety of ways to let freedom ring in the City of Festivals. From parades and pools to festive dishes and fun for fido, your three-day weekend is sure to be a blast. You especially won't want to miss these three patriotic celebrations:
 
Pups strut in costumes and we'll have treats for dogs and humans alike at the Paw-triotic Pet Parade on Saturday, July 2, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Lenexa Public Market. Parade starts at 11 a.m.
 
Walk, jog or run a friendly 5K or 10K route at the Freedom Run on Monday, July 4, at 7 a.m. in Old Town.
 
Celebrate the return of Lenexa's Community Days Parade starting at 10 a.m. Monday, July 4, in Old Town. This year's theme is "Good Ol' Summertime."
 
Fireworks In Shawnee
Sunday, July 3rd to Monday, July 4th, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.
 
To celebrate Independence Day, Shawnee residents may legally and safely set off fireworks! Fireworks are permitted from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Sunday, July 3 and Monday, July 4. For complete rules, guidelines, and information, visit cityofshawnee.org/fireworks. We can't wait to see Shawnee sparkle this holiday weekend!
Independence Day - Federal Holiday
Monday, July 4th
 
Independence Day (colloquially the Fourth of July or July 4th) is a federal holiday in the United States commemorating the Declaration of Independence of the United States, on July 4, 1776. The Continental Congress declared that the thirteen American colonies were no longer subject (and subordinate) to the monarch of Britain and were now united, free, and independent states. The Congress had voted to declare independence two days earlier, on July 2, but it was not declared until July 4.
Lenexa Freedom Run
Monday, July 4th at Santa Fe & Pflumm Roads
 
The Community Days Parade is an annual hometown tradition that draws thousands to Old Town to celebrate Independence Day. Our parade is one of the longest Fourth of July parades in the Kansas City area.
 
Community Days Parade
Monday, July 4th, 10 a.m. at Old Town Lenexa - Sante Fe Trail & Pflumn Road
 
The Community Days Parade is an annual hometown tradition that draws thousands to Old Town to celebrate Independence Day. Our parade is one of the longest Fourth of July parades in the Kansas City area.
 

 
Sensational Summer Camps in Shawnee
National Parks & Recreation Month - City of Shawnee
Wednesday, July 6th to Wednesday, July 27th
 
Happy Parks & Recreation Month! Each year we celebrate with free community events and activities. We hope you can join us in this year's celebration!
 
???? Yoga in the Park
Wednesday, July 6
7:00-8:00pm
Erfurt Park, 24255 W 71st St.
FREE
 
???? Gab & Garden
Thursday, July 14
9:00-11:00am
West Flanders Park, 10920 W 55th St.
FREE
 
???? Dive-In Movie (Jaws)
Saturday, July 16
Gates at 8:00, Movie at Dusk
Thomas A. Soetaert Aquatic Center, 13805 Johnson Dr.
FREE with a canned food donation
 
???? Touch-a-Truck
Wednesday, July 20
5:00-6:30pm
Herman Laird Park, 11600 Johnson Dr.
 
???? Aqua Bootcamp
Saturday, July 23
9:00am-10:00am
Thomas A. Soetaert Aquatic Center, 13805 Johnson Dr.
FREE
 
???? Jammin on the Green
Wednesday, July 27
7:00-8:30pm
Shawnee Town 1929, 11501 W 57th St.
 
 
Monthly Tornado Warning Siren Test
Wednesday, July 6th, 11 AM
 
The outdoor warning system for Johnson County is tested at 11:00am on the first Wednesday of the month. No tests are conducted when extreme cold and/or heavy icing might damage the equipment. Tests are also cancelled whenever there is severe weather (or potential severe weather) occurring in the local area and activating the outdoor warning system might cause confusion as to whether the activation is real event. If the monthly test is cancelled, it will typically be postponed one week to the second Wednesday of the month at 11 AM. If the rescheduled test is also cancelled, no additional testing will be performed that month.
 
Eid-al-Adha
Sunday, July 10th
 
Eid al-Adha also called the "Festival of the Sacrifice", is the second of two Islamic holidays celebrated worldwide each year (the other being Eid al-Fitr), and considered the holier of the two. It honors the willingness of Ibrahim (Abraham) to sacrifice his son as an act of obedience to God's command. But, before Abraham could sacrifice his son, God provided a lamb to sacrifice instead. In commemoration of this intervention, an animal is sacrificed ritually and divided into three parts. One share is given to the poor and needy, another is kept for home, and the third is given to relatives.
Moonlight Bike Ride
Saturday, July 16th, 10 p.m. at Old Town Lenexa - Santa Fe Trail & Pflumm Roads
 
Enjoy an 11-mile, closed-course bike ride from Old Town Lenexa through the Meritex caves. Decorate your bicycle in lights for this fun family ride, sponsored in partnership with the Lenexa Optimist Club.
 
Participate in the “Light the Night” bicycle-decorating contest at 9:30 p.m. Stick around for a tasty pancake breakfast after the ride ($6 donation).

You are required to wear a helmet, and your bicycle must have a front light and rear reflector. 
 
Movie in the Park - Free Willy
Friday, July 22nd, 7 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. at Electric Park - 9305 Loiret Boulevard
 
 
Select Fridays from May–September 2022
 
Free admission
 
Free parking
 
Restrooms available
 
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. 
 
Schedule: 
Yard games: 7 p.m.
Live music: 8 p.m.
Movie starts: dusk (9:15 p.m.)
 
Learn Lenexa History
Saturday, July 23rd, 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM at Lenexa Community Center
 
Learn about Lenexa's fascinating past while visiting key historical sites, new developments and points of interest throughout the city from Old Town to west of K-7 Highway. Led by one of Lenexa's most beloved storytellers, the Lenexa, Kansas City and World-changing Octave Chanute (aka Bill Nicks), this intimate, two-hour shuttle tour will start at the Lenexa Community Center, wind through Old Town, and visit several parks, historic homes, buildings and development sites. Learn about Na-Nex-Se and as well as Wild Bill Hickok's and J.C. Nichols' connections to Lenexa. Or how spinach and BBQ influenced this town.
 
The tour includes a 30-minute stop at the Lenexa Public Market where you can grab a snack or beverage, check out the City Hall Art Gallery or visit the Farmers Market. The History Bus Tour of Lenexa is a partnership between Lenexa Parks & Recreation and the Lenexa Historical Society. Maximum enrollment is 12.
 
Bristol Ridge and Bristol Valley Bimonthly HOA Meeting
Monday, July 25th, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Virtual
 
The Bristol Ridge and Bristol Valley Homes Association Board will meet virtually at 6:30 p.m.
 
A link will be sent within one week of the meeting date.
Community Orchestra Concert
Saturday, July 30th, 7 p.m. at Community Covenant Church
 
The Lenexa Community Orchestra performs free concerts for the community each summer. The orchestra, which began in 2017 as a program of the Lenexa Arts Council, is made up of volunteer musicians and is led by conductor Richard Ryan.
 
All concerts begin at 7 p.m. and take place at Community Covenant Church, 15700 W. 87th St. Pkwy., Lenexa, KS 66219. Admission is free.
 
Saturday, July 30, 2022
 
Saturday, Aug. 13, 2022
Monthly Tornado Warning Siren Test
Wednesday, August 3rd, 11 AM
 
The outdoor warning system for Johnson County is tested at 11:00am on the first Wednesday of the month. No tests are conducted when extreme cold and/or heavy icing might damage the equipment. Tests are also cancelled whenever there is severe weather (or potential severe weather) occurring in the local area and activating the outdoor warning system might cause confusion as to whether the activation is real event. If the monthly test is cancelled, it will typically be postponed one week to the second Wednesday of the month at 11 AM. If the rescheduled test is also cancelled, no additional testing will be performed that month.
 
 
Ashura
Monday, August 8th
 
Ashura (Arabic: عَاشُورَاء‎, romanized: ʿĀshūrāʾ [ʕaːʃuːˈraːʔ]) is an Islamic holiday that occurs on the tenth day of Muharram, the first month in the Islamic lunar calendar. For Muslims, Ashura marks the day in which the Islamic prophet Musa was saved by Allah when He parted the Sea while leading the children of Israel to the land of Israel. Furthermore, for Muslims, it marks the day on which the Battle of Karbala took place, resulting in the martyrdom of Husayn ibn Ali, the grandson of the Islamic prophet Muhammad and a member of the Household of Muhammad (Ahl al-Bayt).
Community Orchestra Concert
Saturday, August 13th, 7 p.m. at Community Covenant Church
 
The Lenexa Community Orchestra performs free concerts for the community each summer. The orchestra, which began in 2017 as a program of the Lenexa Arts Council, is made up of volunteer musicians and is led by conductor Richard Ryan.
 
All concerts begin at 7 p.m. and take place at Community Covenant Church, 15700 W. 87th St. Pkwy., Lenexa, KS 66219. Admission is free.
Learn Lenexa History
Saturday, August 20th, 10:30AM to 12:30 PM at Lenexa Community Center
 
Learn about Lenexa's fascinating past while visiting key historical sites, new developments and points of interest throughout the city from Old Town to west of K-7 Highway. Led by one of Lenexa's most beloved storytellers, the Lenexa, Kansas City and World-changing Octave Chanute (aka Bill Nicks), this intimate, two-hour shuttle tour will start at the Lenexa Community Center, wind through Old Town, and visit several parks, historic homes, buildings and development sites. Learn about Na-Nex-Se and as well as Wild Bill Hickok's and J.C. Nichols' connections to Lenexa. Or how spinach and BBQ influenced this town.
 
The tour includes a 30-minute stop at the Lenexa Public Market where you can grab a snack or beverage, check out the City Hall Art Gallery or visit the Farmers Market. The History Bus Tour of Lenexa is a partnership between Lenexa Parks & Recreation and the Lenexa Historical Society. Maximum enrollment is 12.
 
Movie in the Park - The Karate Kid
Friday, August 26th, 8:30 p.m. at Electric Park - 9305 Loiret Boulevard
 
 
 
Select Fridays from May–September 2022
 
Free admission
 
Free parking
 
Restrooms available
 
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. 
 
 
Labor Day
Monday, September 5th
 
Labor Day is a federal holiday in the United States celebrated on the first Monday in September to honor and recognize the American labor movement and the works and contributions of laborers to the development and achievements of the United States. It is the Monday of the long weekend known as Labor Day Weekend.
Monthly Tornado Warning Siren Test
Wednesday, September 7th, 11 AM
 
The outdoor warning system for Johnson County is tested at 11:00am on the first Wednesday of the month. No tests are conducted when extreme cold and/or heavy icing might damage the equipment. Tests are also cancelled whenever there is severe weather (or potential severe weather) occurring in the local area and activating the outdoor warning system might cause confusion as to whether the activation is real event. If the monthly test is cancelled, it will typically be postponed one week to the second Wednesday of the month at 11 AM. If the rescheduled test is also cancelled, no additional testing will be performed that month.
 
Lenexa Spinach Festival
Saturday, September 10th, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Sar-Ko-Par Trails Park
 
The family-oriented Lenexa Spinach Festival is packed with food, music, entertainment, hands-on activities, and craft vendors. Experience the World’s Largest Spinach Salad, learn about our history, or submit your favorite dish to our recipe contest. There’s plenty to do for everyone in the family! 
 
National Hispanic Heritage Month
Thursday, September 15th
 
Hispanic Heritage Month heritage began as Hispanic Heritage Week. Hispanic Week was established by legislation sponsored by Rep. Edward R. Roybal of Los Angeles and was signed into law by President Lyndon Johnson in 1968.In 1988, the commemorative week was expanded to a month (September 15 to October 15) by legislation sponsored by Rep. Esteban Edward Torres (D–Pico Rivera), amended by Senator Paul Simon, and signed into law by President Ronald Reagan. September 15 was chosen as the starting point for the commemoration because it is the anniversary of the Cry of Dolores (early morning, 16 September 1810), which marked the start of the Mexican War of Independence and thus resulted (in 1821) in independence for the New Spain Colony (now Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Honduras, and Nicaragua).
Movie in the Park - Jumanji
Friday, September 16th, 7:45 p.m. at Sar-Ko-Par Trails Park
 
Select Fridays from May–September 2022
 
Free admission
 
Free parking
 
Restrooms available
 
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. 
 
 
 
 

 
Swingin' For A Scholarship Pickleball Tournament Fundraiser
Friday, September 16th to Saturday, September 17th, 8:30 a.m. at Bois D'Arc Park
 
Fall: Sept. 16–17, 2022, 8:30 a.m.
 
Location: Bois D’Arc Park, 88th Terrace and Lackman Road, Lenexa, KS 66219
 
Admission: Registered participants and one spectator per player
 
Parking: Bois D'Arc Park parking lot, Fire Station 2 parking lot (8725 Lackman Rd.)
 
Calling all area pickleballers! Lenexa is hosting the Swingin’ for a Scholarship Pickleball Tournament Fundraiser at the City’s state-of-the-art outdoor pickleball complex. We’re seeking up to 150 players to go paddle to paddle during each two-day tournament, split by age and skill rating.
 
The Bois D’Arc Park pickleball complex features eight courts, precision-aimed sports lighting, and a variety of player seating and shade structures.

All participant entry fees and additional donations go directly to the Lenexa Parks & Recreation Scholarship Program, which makes recreation memberships and programs more affordable for Lenexa residents with a demonstrated financial need. Since 2017, this vital fund has provided scholarships to more than 125 families and individuals annually.

Note: Due to safety precautions and a lack of audience seating at the venue, this tournament is limited to one spectator per player.
Outdoor Concert Series - Latin Jazz Quintet
Sunday, September 18th, 5 p.m. 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
 
Free parking
 
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.
 
 
Music genre: Latin jazz
 
In 2018, after two decades as an active musician, bandleader and teaching artist, Pablo Sanhueza co-founded the Kansas City Latin Jazz Orchestra (KCLJO) with historian and preservationist Cynthia Ammerman. KCLJO is the first and only tuition free cultural immersion education and performance nonprofit orchestra in the midwestern United States dedicated to jazz and Latin American music and dance. KCLJO is an intercultural, intergenerational organization, bringing transnational experiences to the stage, the dance floor and intersectional communities.
 
Learn Lenexa History
Saturday, September 24th, 10:30AM to 12:30 PM at Lenexa Community Center
 
Learn about Lenexa's fascinating past while visiting key historical sites, new developments and points of interest throughout the city from Old Town to west of K-7 Highway. Led by one of Lenexa's most beloved storytellers, the Lenexa, Kansas City and World-changing Octave Chanute (aka Bill Nicks), this intimate, two-hour shuttle tour will start at the Lenexa Community Center, wind through Old Town, and visit several parks, historic homes, buildings and development sites. Learn about Na-Nex-Se and as well as Wild Bill Hickok's and J.C. Nichols' connections to Lenexa. Or how spinach and BBQ influenced this town.
 
The tour includes a 30-minute stop at the Lenexa Public Market where you can grab a snack or beverage, check out the City Hall Art Gallery or visit the Farmers Market. The History Bus Tour of Lenexa is a partnership between Lenexa Parks & Recreation and the Lenexa Historical Society. Maximum enrollment is 12.
 
Outdoor Concert Series - Hot Club KC
Sunday, September 25th, 5 p.m. 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
 
Free parking
 
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.
 
 
 
Music genre: Gypsy jazz
 
Hot Club KC swings like mid-century Paris! Gypsy jazz performed by guitars, violin, upright bass and vocals, guaranteed to delight audiences of all ages and musical predilections. Led by violinist Adam Galblum, Hot Club KC covers the music of legendary guitarist Django Reinhardt and his brilliant violinist Stéphane Grappelli, and performs original compositions by the band, alongside well-known favorites from the great American songbook. 
 
 
 
Rosh Hashanah
Monday, September 26th
 
Rosh Hashanah (Hebrew: רֹאשׁ הַשָּׁנָה‎), literally meaning "head [of] the year", is the Jewish New Year. The biblical name for this holiday is Yom Teruah (יוֹם תְּרוּעָה‎), literally "day of shouting or blasting." It is the first of the Jewish High Holy Days (יָמִים נוֹרָאִים‎ Yamim Nora'im. "Days of Awe"), as specified by Leviticus 23:23–25, that occur in the late summer/early autumn of the Northern Hemisphere.
Monthly Tornado Warning Siren Test
Wednesday, October 5th, 11 AM
 
The outdoor warning system for Johnson County is tested at 11:00am on the first Wednesday of the month. No tests are conducted when extreme cold and/or heavy icing might damage the equipment. Tests are also cancelled whenever there is severe weather (or potential severe weather) occurring in the local area and activating the outdoor warning system might cause confusion as to whether the activation is real event. If the monthly test is cancelled, it will typically be postponed one week to the second Wednesday of the month at 11 AM. If the rescheduled test is also cancelled, no additional testing will be performed that month.
 
Lenexa Chili Challenge
Friday, October 7th to Saturday, October 8th at Old Town Lenexa - Santa Fe Trail & Pflumm Roads
 
Free admission
 
Free samples on Saturday, while supplies last
 
About 200 teams compete in our chili, salsa and hot wings 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. 
 

 
Columbus Day
Monday, October 10th
 
Columbus Day is a national holiday in many countries of the Americas and elsewhere, and a federal holiday in the United States, which officially celebrates the anniversary of Christopher Columbus's arrival in the Americas on October 12, 1492.
Indigenous Peoples' Day
Monday, October 10th
 
National Indigenous Peoples Day formerly National Aboriginal Day[1] (French: Journée nationale des peuples autochtones) is a day recognizing and celebrating the cultures and contributions of the First Nations, Inuit and Métis Indigenous peoples of Canada. The day was first celebrated in 1996, after it was proclaimed that year by then Governor General of Canada Roméo LeBlanc, to be celebrated annually on 21 June. This date was chosen as the statutory holiday for many reasons, including its cultural significance as the Summer solstice, and the fact that it is a day on which many Indigenous peoples and communities traditionally celebrate their heritage. A proposal to rename the day National Indigenous Peoples Day was made in 2017. The bill to make that change (C-369) was still being debated by parliament when the legislature was dissolved. The federal Crown has begun referring to the day as National Indigenous Peoples Day, regardless.
Veteran's Day
Tuesday, October 11th
 
Veterans Day (originally known as Armistice Day) is a federal holiday in the United States observed annually on November 11, for honoring military veterans, who are people who have served in the United States Armed Forces (that were discharged under conditions other than dishonorable). It coincides with other holidays including Armistice Day and Remembrance Day which are celebrated in other countries that mark the anniversary of the end of World War I. Major hostilities of World War I were formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918 when the Armistice with Germany went into effect. At the urging of major U.S. veteran organizations, Armistice Day was renamed Veterans Day in 1954.
Diwali
Monday, October 24th
 
Diwali (English:  /dɪˈwɑːliː/; Deepavali (IAST: dīpāvali) or Divali; related to Jain Diwali, Bandi Chhor Divas, Tihar, Swanti, Sohrai and Bandna) is a festival of lights and one of the major festivals celebrated by Hindus, Jains, Sikhs and some Buddhists, notably Newar Buddhists. The festival usually lasts five days and is celebrated during the Hindu lunisolar month Kartika (between mid-October and mid-November). One of the most popular festivals of Hinduism, Diwali symbolizes the spiritual "victory of light over darkness, good over evil, and knowledge over ignorance". The festival is widely associated with Lakshmi, goddess of prosperity, with many other regional traditions connecting the holiday to Sita and Rama, Vishnu, Krishna, Yama, Yami, Durga, Kali, Hanuman, Ganesha, Kubera, Dhanvantari, or Vishvakarman. Furthermore, it is, in some regions, a celebration of the day Lord Rama returned to his kingdom Ayodhya with his wife Sita and his brother Lakshmana after defeating Ravana in  Lanka and serving 14 years of exile.
Bristol Ridge and Bristol Valley Bimonthly HOA Meeting
Monday, October 24th, 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM at Virtual
 
The Bristol Ridge and Bristol Valley Homes Association Board will meet virtually at 6:30 p.m.
 
A link will be sent within one week of the meeting date.
Halloween Bingo
Monday, October 31st
 
Halloween or Hallowe'en (a contraction of "All Hallows' evening"),[5] also known as Allhalloween, All Hallows' Eve,[or All Saints' Eve, is a celebration observed in many countries on 31 October, the eve of the Western Christian feast of All Hallows' Day. It begins the observance of Allhallowtide, the time in the liturgical year dedicated to remembering the dead, including saints (hallows), martyrs, and all the departed.
Monthly Tornado Warning Siren Test
Wednesday, November 2nd, 11 AM
 
The outdoor warning system for Johnson County is tested at 11:00am on the first Wednesday of the month. No tests are conducted when extreme cold and/or heavy icing might damage the equipment. Tests are also cancelled whenever there is severe weather (or potential severe weather) occurring in the local area and activating the outdoor warning system might cause confusion as to whether the activation is real event. If the monthly test is cancelled, it will typically be postponed one week to the second Wednesday of the month at 11 AM. If the rescheduled test is also cancelled, no additional testing will be performed that month.
 
Free Fitness Checkups
Saturday, November 5th, 10 a.m to 11:30 a.m. at Lenexa Rec Center
 
Starting a new fitness routine? It’s always great to measure yourself and track your progress along the way. Let the Lenexa Rec Center help you succeed with a fitness checkup from 10–11:30 a.m. on Nov. 5, 2022.
 
Drop by for 15–30 minutes. Certified personal trainers will be on hand to check your weight, percent body fat, sit-up test, pushup test, plank test, 40-yard dash time.
 
This is a FREE community event. No membership required or RSVP needed. First come, first served.
 
Participants will fill out fitness progress cards for accountability that they keep or can leave on file at Rec Center.
 
Ages: 18 and up
 
Learn Lenexa HIstory
Saturday, November 5th, 10:30AM to 12:30 PM at Lenexa Community Center
 
Learn about Lenexa's fascinating past while visiting key historical sites, new developments and points of interest throughout the city from Old Town to west of K-7 Highway. Led by one of Lenexa's most beloved storytellers, the Lenexa, Kansas City and World-changing Octave Chanute (aka Bill Nicks), this intimate, two-hour shuttle tour will start at the Lenexa Community Center, wind through Old Town, and visit several parks, historic homes, buildings and development sites. Learn about Na-Nex-Se and as well as Wild Bill Hickok's and J.C. Nichols' connections to Lenexa. Or how spinach and BBQ influenced this town.
 
The tour includes a 30-minute stop at the Lenexa Public Market where you can grab a snack or beverage, check out the City Hall Art Gallery or visit the Farmers Market. The History Bus Tour of Lenexa is a partnership between Lenexa Parks & Recreation and the Lenexa Historical Society. Maximum enrollment is 12.
 
Bristol Ridge and Bristol Valley Annual HOA Meeting
Monday, November 7th, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Virtual
 
The Bristol Ridge and Bristol Valley Homes Association Board will meet virtually for their Annual Meeting at 6:30 p.m.
 
A link will be sent within one week of the meeting date.
Election Day
Tuesday, November 8th
 
In the United States, Election Day is the annual day set by law for the general elections of federal public officials. It is statutorily set by the Federal Government as "the Tuesday next after the first Monday in the month of November" equaling the Tuesday occurring within November 2 to November 8.
Daylight Savings Time Ends
Sunday, November 13th
 
Daylight saving time (DST), also known as daylight savings time or daylight time (United States, Canada and Australia), and summer time (United Kingdom, European Union, and some others), is the practice of advancing clocks (typically by one hour) during warmer months so that darkness falls at a later clock time. The typical implementation of DST is to set clocks forward by one hour in the spring ("spring forward") and set clocks back by one hour in autumn ("fall back") to return to standard time. As a result, there is one 23-hour day in late winter or early spring and one 25-hour day in the autumn.
Thanksgiving Day
Thursday, November 24th
 
Thanksgiving is a national holiday celebrated on various dates in the United States, Canada, Grenada, Saint Lucia, and Liberia. It began as a day of giving thanks and sacrifice for the blessing of the harvest and of the preceding year. Similarly named festival holidays occur in Germany and Japan. Thanksgiving is celebrated on the second Monday of October in Canada and on the fourth Thursday of November in the United States and around the same part of the year in other places. Although Thanksgiving has historical roots in religious and cultural traditions, it has long been celebrated as a secular holiday as well.
Monthly Tornado Warning Siren Test
Wednesday, December 7th, 11 AM
 
The outdoor warning system for Johnson County is tested at 11:00am on the first Wednesday of the month. No tests are conducted when extreme cold and/or heavy icing might damage the equipment. Tests are also cancelled whenever there is severe weather (or potential severe weather) occurring in the local area and activating the outdoor warning system might cause confusion as to whether the activation is real event. If the monthly test is cancelled, it will typically be postponed one week to the second Wednesday of the month at 11 AM. If the rescheduled test is also cancelled, no additional testing will be performed that month.
 
Hanukkah
Monday, December 19th
 
Hanukkah (/ˈhɑːnəkə/; Hebrew: חֲנֻכָּה‎, Modern: Ḥanukkáh, Tiberian: Ḥanukkāh; usually spelled חֲנוּכָּה‎, pronounced [χanuˈka] in Modern Hebrew, [ˈχanukə] or [ˈχanikə] in Yiddish; a transliteration also romanized as Chanukah, Ḥanukah, Chanuka, Chanukkah, Hanuka) is a Jewish festival commemorating the recovery of Jerusalem and subsequent rededication of the Second Temple at the beginning of the Maccabean revolt against the Seleucid Empire in the 2nd century BCE. It is also known as the Festival of Lights(Hebrew: חַג הַאוּרִים‎, ḥag ha'urim).
Christmas Eve
Saturday, December 24th
 
Christmas Eve is the evening or entire day before Christmas Day, the festival commemorating the birth of Jesus. Christmas Day is observed around the world, and Christmas Eve is widely observed as a full or partial holiday in anticipation of Christmas Day. Together, both days are considered one of the most culturally significant celebrations in Christendom and Western society.
Christmas Day
Sunday, December 25th
 
Christmas is an annual festival commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ, observed primarily on December 25 as a religious and cultural celebration by billions of people around the world. A feast central to the Christian liturgical year, it is preceded by the season of Advent or the Nativity Fast and initiates the season of Christmastide, which historically in the West lasts twelve days and culminates on Twelfth Night. Christmas Day is a public holiday in many countries, is celebrated religiously by a majority of Christians, as well as culturally by many non-Christians, and forms an integral part of the holiday season organized around it.
Kwanzaa
Monday, December 26th
 
Kwanzaa (/ˈkwɑːn.zə/) is an annual celebration of African-American culture that is held from December 26 to January 1, culminating in a communal feast called Karamu, usually held on the 6th day. It was created by Maulana Karenga, based on African harvest festival traditions from various parts of Africa, including West and Southeast Africa. Kwanzaa was first celebrated in 1966.
New Year's Eve
Saturday, December 31st
 
In the Gregorian calendar, New Year's Eve (also known as Old Year's Day or Saint Sylvester's Day in many countries), the last day of the year, is on 31 December. In many countries, New Year's Eve is celebrated at evening parties, where many people dance, eat, drink, and watch or light fireworks. Some Christians attend a watchnight service. The celebrations generally go on past midnight into New Year's Day, 1 January.
Happy New Year!
Sunday, January 1st
 
New Year's Day, also simply called New Year or New Year's, is observed on 1 January, the first day of the year in the modern Gregorian calendar as well as the Julian calendar. Whilst most solar calendars (like the Gregorian and Julian) begin the year regularly at or near the northern winter solstice, the start of the new year in cultures that observe a lunisolar or lunar calendar (such as the Chinese New Year and the Islamic New Year) happen at less fixed points relative to the solar year.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day - Federal Holiday
Monday, January 16th
 
Martin Luther King Jr. (January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968) was an American Christian minister and activist who became the most visible spokesperson and leader in the civil rights movement from 1955 until his assassination in 1968. Born in Atlanta, Georgia, King is best known for advancing civil rights through nonviolence and civil disobedience, inspired by his Christian beliefs and the nonviolent activism of Mahatma Gandhi.
Lunar New Year
Sunday, January 22nd
 
Lunar New Year is the beginning of a calendar year whose months are moon cycles, based on the lunar calendar or lunisolar calendar.
 
Lunar New Year is particularly celebrated in East Asia, influenced by the Chinese New Year and the Chinese Calendar. It is also a feature of the Hindu-Buddhist calendars of South and Southeast Asia, the Islamic calendar and the Jewish calendar.
Black History Month
Wednesday, February 1st to Tuesday, February 28th
 
Black History Month is an annual observance originating in the United States, where it is also known as African-American History Month. It has received official recognition from governments in the United States and Canada, and more recently has been observed in Ireland, and the United Kingdom. It began as a way of remembering important people and events in the history of the African diaspora. It is celebrated in February in the United States and Canada, while in Ireland, and the United Kingdom it is observed in October.
Groundhog Day
Thursday, February 2nd
 
Groundhog Day (Pennsylvania German: Grund'sau dåk, Grundsaudaag, Grundsow Dawg, Murmeltiertag; Nova Scotia: Daks Day) is a popular North American tradition observed in the United States and Canada on February 2. It derives from the Pennsylvania Dutch superstition that if a groundhog emerging from its burrow on this day sees its shadow due to clear weather, it will retreat to its den and winter will persist for six more weeks; if it does not see its shadow because of cloudiness, spring will arrive early.
Valentine's Day
Tuesday, February 14th
 
Valentine's Day, also called Saint Valentine's Day or the Feast of Saint Valentine, is celebrated annually on February 14. Originating as a Western Christian feast day honoring one or two early saints named Valentinus, Valentine's Day is recognized as a significant cultural, religious, and commercial celebration of romance and romantic love in many regions around the world.
President's Day - Federal Holiday
Monday, February 20th
 
Presidents' Day, officially Washington's Birthday, is a holiday in the United States celebrated on the third Monday of February to honor all U.S. presidents. The federal holiday specifically honors George Washington, who led the Continental Army to victory in the American Revolutionary War, presided at the Constitutional Convention of 1787, and was the first president of the United States.
Ash Wednesday
Wednesday, February 22nd
 
Ash Wednesday is a Christian holy day of prayer and fasting. It is preceded by Shrove Tuesday and falls on the first day of Lent (the six weeks of penitence before Easter). Ash Wednesday is traditionally observed by Western Christians. It is observed by Catholics in the Roman Rite, Anglicans, Lutherans, Methodists, Moravians, Nazarenes, and Independent Catholics, as well as by many from the Reformed faith (inclusive of the Congregationalist, Continental Reformed, and Presbyterian traditions) and United Protestants.
Women's History Month
Wednesday, March 1st to Friday, March 31st
 
Women's History Month is an annual declared month that highlights the contributions of women to events in history and contemporary society. It is celebrated during March in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia, corresponding with International Women's Day on March 8, and during October in Canada, corresponding with the celebration of Persons Day on October 18.
Holi
Wednesday, March 8th
 
Holi ( /ˈhoʊliː/) is a popular ancient Indian festival, also known as the "Festival of Love", the "Festival of Colours" and the "Festival of Spring". The festival celebrates the eternal and divine love of Radha Krishna. It also signifies the triumph of good over the evil,as it celebrates the victory of Vishnu as Narasimha Narayana over Hiranyakashipu.It originated and is predominantly celebrated in India and Nepal but has also spread to other regions of Asia and parts of the Western world through the diaspora from the Indian subcontinent.
Daylight Savings Time Begins!
Sunday, March 12th
 
Daylight saving time (DST), also known as daylight savings time or daylight time (United States, Canada and Australia), and summer time (United Kingdom, European Union, and some others), is the practice of advancing clocks (typically by one hour) during warmer months so that darkness falls at a later clock time. The typical implementation of DST is to set clocks forward by one hour in the spring ("spring forward") and set clocks back by one hour in autumn ("fall back") to return to standard time. As a result, there is one 23-hour day in late winter or early spring and one 25-hour day in the autumn.
St. Patrick's Day
Friday, March 17th
 
 
Saint Patrick's Day, or the Feast of Saint Patrick (Irish: Lá Fhéile Pádraig, "the Day of the Festival of Patrick"), is a cultural and religious celebration held on 17 March, the traditional death date of Saint Patrick (c. AD 385–461), the foremost patron saint of Ireland.
Ramadan Begins
Wednesday, March 22nd
 
Ramadan (Arabic: رَمَضَان‎, romanized: Ramaḍān [ra.ma.dˤaːn]), also spelled Ramazan, Ramzan, Ramadhanor Ramathan, is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, observed by Muslims worldwide as a month of fasting (sawm), prayer, reflection and community. A commemoration of Muhammad's first revelation, the annual observance of Ramadan is regarded as one of the Five Pillars of Islam and lasts twenty-nine to thirty days, from one sighting of the crescent moon to the next.
April Fool's Day
Saturday, April 1st
 
April Fools' Day or April Fool's Day (sometimes called All Fools' Day) is an annual celebration on April 1, commemorated by practical jokes and hoaxes. The player(s) of the joke(s) or hoax(es) often exposes their action by shouting "April fool(s)" at the recipient(s). The recipients of these actions are called April fools. Mass media can be involved in these pranks that the following day are reported as such. Although popular since the 19th century, the day is not a public holiday in any country.
Palm Sunday
Sunday, April 2nd
 
Palm Sunday is a Christian moveable feast that falls on the Sunday before Easter. The feast commemorates Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem, an event mentioned in each of the four canonical Gospels. Palm Sunday marks the first day of Holy Week. For adherents of Nicene Christianity, it is the last week of the Christian solemn season of Lent that precedes the arrival of Eastertide.
Passover
Wednesday, April 5th
 
Passover or Pesach is a major Jewish holiday and one of the most widely celebrated Jewish holidays. Together with Shavuotand Sukkot, Passover was one of the Three Pilgrimage Festivals (Shalosh Regalim) during which the entire population of the kingdom of Judah made a pilgrimage to the Temple in Jerusalem. Samaritans still make this pilgrimage to Mount Gerizim, but only men participate in public worship.
Good Friday
Friday, April 7th
 
 
Good Friday is a Christian holiday commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus and his death at Calvary. It is observed during Holy Week as part of the Paschal Triduum on the Friday preceding Easter Sunday, and may coincide with the Jewish observance of Passover. It is also known as Holy Friday, Great Friday, and Black Friday.
Easter
Sunday, April 9th
 
Easter, also called Pascha (Greek, Latin) or Resurrection Sunday, is a festival and holiday commemorating the resurrection of Jesus from the dead, described in the New Testament as having occurred on the third day after his burial following his crucifixion by the Romans at Calvary c. 30 AD. It is the culmination of the Passion of Jesus, preceded by Lent (or Great Lent), a 40-day period of fasting, prayer, and penance.
Lenexa Public Market Closed Easter Sunday
Sunday, April 9th
 
The Lenexa Public Market will be closed Easter Sunday.
Easter Monday
Monday, April 10th
 
Easter Monday is the day after Easter Sunday and a public holiday in some countries. It is the second day of Eastertide. In Western Christianity, it is also the second day of the Octave of Easter, and in Eastern Christianity, it is also the second day of Bright Week.
Orthodox Easter
Sunday, April 16th
 
The Eastern Orthodox Church, also called the Orthodox Church, is the second-largest Christian church, with approximately 220 million baptised members. It operates as a communion of autocephalous churches, each governed by its bishops in local synods. The church has no central doctrinal or governmental authority analogous to the bishop of Rome (Pope), but the ecumenical patriarch of Constantinople is recognised by all bishops as primus inter pares ("first among equals") and regarded as the representative and spiritual leader of Eastern Orthodox Christians.As one of the oldest surviving religious institutions in the world, the Eastern Orthodox Church has played a prominent role in the history and culture of Eastern and Southeastern Europe, the Caucasus, and the Near East.The Eastern Orthodox Church officially calls itself the Orthodox Catholic Church.
Tax Day
Tuesday, April 18th
 
In the United States, Tax Day is the day on which individual income tax returns are due to be submitted to the federal government. Since 1955, Tax Day has typically fallen on or just after April 15. Tax Day was first introduced in 1913, when the Sixteenth Amendment was ratified.
Eid al-Fitr
Friday, April 21st
 
Eid al-Fitr (/ˌiːd əl ˈfɪtər, -trə/ EED əl FIT-ər, -⁠rə; Arabic: عيد الفطر‎, romanized: ʿĪd al-Fiṭr, lit. 'Feast of Breaking the Fast', IPA: [ʕiːd al ˈfitˤr]), is the earlier of the two official holidays celebrated within Islam (the other being Eid al-Adha). The religious holiday is celebrated by Muslims worldwide because it marks the end of the month-long dawn-to-sunset fasting of Ramadan. It falls on the first day of Shawwal in the Islamic calendar; this does not always fall on the same Gregorian day, as the start of any lunar Hijri month varies based on when the new moon is sighted by local religious authorities. The holiday is known under various other names in different languages and countries around the world. The day is also called Lesser Eid, or simply Eid.
Earth Day
Saturday, April 22nd
 
Earth Day is an annual event celebrated around the world on April 22 to demonstrate support for environmental protection. First celebrated in 1970, it now includes events coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network in more than 193 countries.
National Drug Take Back Day
Thursday, April 27th, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Lenexa Police Department Parking Lot - 12500 West 87th Street
 
Clean out your medicine cabinet and dispose of old, unused, or expired prescription medications at the Lenexa Police Department for the DEA National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. According to the DEA's National Survey on Drug Use and Health, a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, often from the home medicine cabinet.
 
For your convenience, this event will be a drive-thru format in front of the police station. Stay in your vehicle. When you pull through the designated lane, you can dispose of medication in a collection bin.
 
Please follow these steps when coming to dispose of your medications:
 
Dump pills/patches from their original container into a resealable zipper storage bag. Different pills can be mixed together in the same bag. Empty medication containers can then be disposed of with your regular garbage.
 
Bring your resealable zipper storage bag(s) of medication to the police station and you will be directed to the appropriate drive-thru lane to dispose of your medication. No appointment is necessary.
 
For safety reasons, we cannot accept the following types of medications:
Inhalers and liquids
Medical needles/sharps
 
The Lenexa Police Department also offers year-round prescription drug disposal inside the lobby of our police station.
 
Asian Pacific American Heritage Month
Monday, May 1st
 
Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month (as of 2009, officially changed from Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month) is a period for the duration of the month of May for recognizing the contributions and influence of Asian Americans and Pacific Islander Americans to the history, culture, and achievements of the United States.
Cinco de Mayo
Friday, May 5th
 
Cinco de Mayo (pronounced [ˈsiŋko̞ ðe̞ ˈma̠ʝo̞] in Mexico, Spanish for "Fifth of May") is an annual celebration held on May 5, which commemorates the anniversary of Mexico'svictory over the French Empire at the Battle of Puebla in 1862. Led by General Ignacio Zaragoza, the victory of a smaller, poorly equipped Mexican force against the larger and better-armed French army was a morale boost for the Mexicans. Zaragoza died months after the battle from an illness, and a larger French force ultimately defeated the Mexican army at the Second Battle of Puebla and occupied Mexico City.
Mother's Day
Sunday, May 14th
 
Mother's Day is a celebration honoring the mother of the family, as well as motherhood, maternal bonds, and the influence of mothers in society. It is celebrated on various days in many parts of the world, most commonly in the months of March or May. It complements similar celebrations honoring family members, such as Father's Day, Siblings Day, and Grandparents Day.
Memorial Day - Federal Holiday
Monday, May 29th
 
Memorial Day (previously but now seldom called Decoration Day) is a federal holiday in the United States for remembering and honoring the military personnel who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. The holiday is now observed on the last Monday of May, Memorial Day having been observed on May 30 from 1868 to 1970.
LGBTQ+ Pride Month
Thursday, June 1st
 
LGBT History Month is an annual month-long observance of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender history, and the history of the gay rights and related civil rights movements. It was founded in 1994 by Missouri high-school history teacher Rodney Wilson. LGBT History Month provides role models, builds community, and represents a civil rights statement about the contributions of the LGBTQ+ community. As of 2020, LGBT History Month is a month-long celebration that is specific to Hungary, the United States, Canada, Australia, Brazil, Greenland, and the city of Berlin.