Cinco De Mayo
On the weekend closest to May 5th, a Cinco De Mayo festival is held. The event actually begins on Saturday with the crowning of the Cinco De Mayo Queen and entertainment which is often a professional folkloric ballet team from Chihuahua, Mexico. The group specializes in different traditional styles of Mexican folk dancing which showcase culture, heritage and tranditions. Sunday's events begin with a parade and then later, the festival which includes introduction of the queen, a jalapeno eating contest, enetertainment, music, food and much more.
810 Stadium Road
Weekend closest to May 5th
Liberal, the official home of Dorothy Gale, celebrates The Wizard of Oz all year long at Dorothy’s House and the Land of Oz, but it really gears up the second Saturday of October during Ozfest.
Activities often include a parade, look-a-like contests, live entertainment, scarecrow building, bouncy houses and many other children’s activities. Add to that vendors, food booths and horse and buggy rides and you have a fun filled Saturday for the whole family.
567 Cedar Street
2nd Saturday in October
International Pancake Day Festival
Always on Shrove or Fat Tuesday, International Pancake Day is Liberal’s first big celebration of the year.
The four-day festival starts on Saturday with cooking, eating and flipping contests. A new Miss Liberal is crowned on Sunday and often there is a concert of Christian music. Monday evening features talent from all over the area competing for money and trophies at Liberal High School.
International Pancake Day itself starts with, of course, a pancake breakfast followed by races, a Shriving Service, live web chat with the folks from Olney, England and a parade.
Saturday through Shrove Tuesday
French Market & Night of Lights
In November, the Baker Arts Center holds two special fundraising events:
French Market, the first weekend of the month, includes a reservations-only luncheon with multiple seatings on Saturday and a luncheon buffet on Sunday. Christmas shops featuring unique and handmade gifts and decorations, a silent auction and a dessert shop featuring homemade cakes, pies and candy are open both days.
Night of Lights, the third Saturday evening, includes food, drinks, live and silent auctions with decorated Christmas items and fine arts. Live entertainment is also sometimes included.
624 N Pershing
Other Yearly Events
Seward County Five-State Fair County Fair and Carnival
Little World’s Fair, Kismet
Old-Fashioned Street Fair
Labor Day Weekend
Folk Art Festival
Arts and Crafts Show
First Weekend in December