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Upcoming Events in Ottawa Kansas


March

4 - 5KOFO Home & Garden Show - The KOFO Home & Garden Show features over 50 local vendors showcasing the latest and greatest for your home and garden.

Address: ORC Goppert Building, 15th and Ash , Ottawa, Kansas
Ph: 785-242-1220 (Always call and confirm events)
Web: www.kofo.com
Fee: Free

April

8KS0302004e026 - OttawaAnnual Ottawa, Kansas Corvette Show - The Annual Ottawa, Kansas Corvette show is open to Corvettes of any year and condition. Registration is $10 at the show only. Pre-registration is not required but requested so we can have a rough estimate of how many to expect. The show will be in the parking lot on the SW corner of 1st & Hickory in Ottawa. It runs from 9-3 and there will be awards, door prizes and a 50/50 pot. For more information, directions, or to request a flier don't hesitate to contact me (John). All proceeds will go to the local Prairie Paws animal shelter.

Address: SW corner of 1st & Hickory St. , Ottawa, Kansas
Ph: 785-418-6844 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: nothingbeatsavette@hotmail.com
Web: facebook.com/ottawacorvetteshow
Fee: $10 to register/ free for spectators

May

6Saturday Night Rumble (Cruise ) - Cruise into Ottawa for the "Saturday Night Rumble" a series of evening cruises. There will be door prizes, games, driving tours and activities for adults and kids alike. Join us from 6-10 PM.

Address: Advance Auto Parts in Ottawa, Kansas (2050 S. Princeton Circle Drive) , Ottawa, Kansas
Ph: 785-218-7254 (Always call and confirm events)

July

4Independence Day Celebration - Watch an amazing fireworks display at Forest Park at dusk! Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy the evening. The Ottawa City Band will entertain the crowd before the show! 9:00 pm – 10:00 pm.

Address: Forest Park, 600 North Locust Street , Ottawa, Kansas
Ph: 785-242-6360 (Always call and confirm events)
Web: www.visitottawakansas.com
Fee: Free

13 - 16Franklin County Fair & Rodeo - The county's largest and one of the longest running fairs in Kansas. Livestock and 4-H judging, and youth rodeo begins on Wednesday. Thursday night is the annual community barbecue, and Thursday and Friday, the URA Rodeo. Saturday night caps off the fair with the annual demolition derby. Each day event goers can view exhibits, ride the rides in the Midway, and sample the hearty fair food.

Address: Fairgrounds. , Ottawa, Kansas
Ph: 785-229-3520 (Always call and confirm events)
Web: www.visitottawakansas.com

September

8 - 10Power of Past Antique Gas Engine & Tractor Show - The annual show promises to be the largest ever. Approximately 500 tractors are expected on display for three full days. This show is much more than a gathering of gas engine and tractor enthusiasts, although those are pretty amazing when all the engine are chugging at once! With the passage of time, many of our younger generation have never seen or experienced farm life in its heyday. We're creating a learning experience from this event, where the future meets the past. 16th annual antique engine and tractor show features over 500 on display. Join us in Forest Park, located in Ottawa, Kansas; home of Warner Manufacturing and Union Foundry, a perfect site to see the gas and horse-powered farm implements of the past.

Address: Forest Park , Ottawa, Kansas
Ph: 785-242-2686 (Always call and confirm events)
Web: www.powerofthepast.net
Fee: $3/3 days, (Exhibitors Free-2/vehicle; Assoc Membership-$5

15 - 17Ol'Marais River Run & Back to the 60's Cruise Night - One of the premier car shows in the Midwest, the Old Marais River Run gets bigger every year.

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 be a part of the activities. Saturday is the show and shine portion followed by a 1960s profile cruise in the downtown business district during the event, allowing the throngs of spectators to actually see and hear the show vehicles in motion. Sunday returns to the park and a continuation of the show and shine. A church service is offered for those who wish to attend. The day is capped-off by the awards presentation and the announcement of the major door prize winners.

Our 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 be a part of the activities.

Saturday is the show and shine portion followed by a 60s profile cruise in the downtown business district, during the event, allowing the throngs of spectators to actually see and hear the show vehicles in motion.

Sunday returns to the park and a continuation of the show and shine. A church service is offered for those who wish to attend. The day is capped-off by the awards presentation and the announcement of the major door prize winners.

The Ol Marais River Run has become a very well-known event and is considered by most past attendees as a MUST-DO! for their show season schedule.

Address: Forest Park , Ottawa, Kansas
Ph: 785-242-7181 (Always call and confirm events)
Web: www.olmarais.com
Fee: Free to public.

November

3Ottawa Veterans Day Celebration - Come celebrate the history of our nation by honoring veterans from all of the 20th century. Annually, the Veterans Day parade is one of the largest in Ottawa (over 150 entries) beginning at 11am. Then join hundreds of people each afternoon in Forest Park for reenactments and battles from the Civil War through Vietnam.

Address: Forest Park , Ottawa, Kansas
Ph: 785-242-5419 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: blueangelks47@yahoo.com
Web: www.visitottawakansas.com

11Annual Homemade Holidays Craft Show - Each year this sold out show brings the brightest and best crafters together under one roof. Shop 125 booths of quality handmade crafts such as quilts, paintings, jewelry, baked goods and much more. Open from 9AM-4PM and concessions are provided.

Address: Ottawa Middle School, 13th & Ash , Ottawa, Kansas
Ph: 785-229-8030 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: omshomemadeholidays@hotmail.com

25Ottawa Mayor Tree Lighting - Celebrate the holiday season with the lighting of the mayor’s tree. 8 PM.

Ph: 785-242-1000 (Always call and confirm events)
Web: www.visitottawakansas.com

December

9Ottawa Christmas Parade & Celebration - Celebrate the holidays in style in Franklin County by attending the annual Christmas parade, Holiday parade of homes, Holidays in Wellsville, Ottawa University vespers and more. Start it off by buying a box of cookies from Faith Lutheran Church where you can choose from thousands of homemade cookies beginning at 8:00am until their gone.

Address: Downtown , Ottawa, Kansas
Ph: 785-242-1411 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: info@visitottawakansas.com
Web: visitottawakansas.com

Attractions and Upcoming Events

Dietrich Cabin

Located south of the old Ottawa Carnegie Library in Ottawa's City Park, the Dietrich Cabin stands today as a memorial to a courageous couple, who suffered severe hardships on the Kansas frontier and as a tribute to the hundreds of other early pioneers that settled in Franklin County.

Ottawa, KS Memorials

Ottawa Community Arts Center

Ottawa Community Arts Council (OCAC), of Ottawa, Kansas , is a non-profit arts organization that has been in existence since 1977. The Ottawa Community Arts Council has been the official arts organization for Ottawa and Franklin County for over 30

Ottawa, KS Arts

200 Block of Main

The entire 200 block of Main Street in Ottawa is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It's noted for its Victorian architecture.

Ottawa, KS Historic Downtowns

Historic Churches

1st Babtist Church (pictured) - Romanesque Revival Style 4th and Hickory

United Methodist Church - 1903 3

Ottawa, KS Historic Churches

Tauy Jones Mansion

Located northeast of Ottawa 2 miles north on U.S. Highway 59 and then east. The home was built in 1862 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

John Tecumseh "Tauy" Jones, honored as the"Founder of Ottawa University"

Ottawa, KS Famous Homes

Things to do near Ottawa, KS