Events

Annual Gala Uncorked


Feb. 29, 2020
7 to 10 p.m.
The Venue at Madison Avenue Central Park, 512 E. Madison Ave.

Proceeds benefit the Derby Community Foundation's Community Enrichment Grant Program. Guests will enjoy wine and beer tasting, find foods prepared by local caterers, fine chocolate, and a live and silent art auction. Attire is cocktail dress.


Spring Into Art


April 19, 2020
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Madison Avenue Central Park

Spring Into Art will include live music and performances by school groups and local artists, interactive art demonstrations, art for sale, farmers market, food trucks and more. We are looking for art vendors/exhibitors who would like to participate. We have space for 25 booths on the Event Lawn. Inclement weather will move activities inside. Event held rain or shine.

Learn more and register at www.derbyks.com/springintoart. If you have questions, call Janae' Springer at
788-1519 ext. 1232 or email janaespringer@derbyweb.com.


Police/Fire Youth Open House


May 2020 
1 to 4:30 p.m.
Derby Police Department, 229 N. Baltimore

Enjoy a fun afternoon with police and fire activities and tours of the facilities. Meet the police and fire mascots, take photos, and check out the public safety equipment.



Citywide Garage Sale


May 2020

  • Registration begins in April. Sign up at Derby Recreation Center, Derby Informer, Derby Public Library, and the Welcome Center. (Banks will not be taking registrations).
  • Cost: $10 
  • Sponsored by the Derby Rotary Club
  • Contact: Email derbyksrotary@gmail.com

The Rotary Club of Derby is now organizing the Derby Citywide Garage Sale after Crime Stoppers of Derby organized the sale for 27 years. All proceeds from the Citywide Garage Sale will go into that fund. When you participate, you have less clutter and help Feed a Hungry Child.

Kite Festival


May 2020
1 to 4 p.m.
High Park

Kite clubs will showcase their skills and introduce you to the world of kite flying. Bring out your own kite and join in the fun with your family. The event also feature mega kites, kite demos, kite making, face painting, a balloon artist, candy drop, DJ, concessions, booths and vendors.


Smoke on the Plains Derby BBQ & Music Fest

June 11, 12, & 13, 2020 
High Park, 2801 E. James 
Derbybbq.com
This event includes a carnival, live music, KCBS and Backyard BBQ Cook-off, People's Choice Contest, Kid's Activities, Food Trucks, Beer Garden and much more. 



Independence Day Parade


July 4 at 10 a.m.
Sponsored by the Derby VFW and American Legion

The parade begins at Panther Stadium, proceeds west on Madison to Georgie, south on Georgie to Market, east on Market to Woodlawn, and ends at Panther Stadium.


Independence Day Celebration


July 4 at 7 p.m.
High Park, 2801 E. James

The City of Derby hosts an Independence Day Celebration at High Park. The event include music, ice cream social, kid's activities, and a fantastic fireworks display. The fun begins at 7 p.m. with fireworks around 9:30 p.m.


National Night Out


August 4, 2020
6 to 9 p.m.
Rock River Rapids, 1900 E. James

Enjoy a free night of swimming and fun at Rock River Rapids Aquatic Park. The police and fire/rescue departments have educational displays and there is free ice cream and a bike rodeo.


Holiday Events

14th Annual City Tree Lighting


  • Nov. 21, 2019 at 6 p.m.
  • Madison Avenue Central Park
  • Enjoy an evening of kids activities and crafts, cookies, hot chocolate, and photos with Santa! 
  • Free refreshments include kettle corn, cookies, and hot chocolate. Food available for purchase from Brown Box Bakery, Fried Pies, Expresso Self, LumpiaPalooza and B.S. Sandwich Press.  
  • Free and open to the public.

Christmas Tree Gala & Bazaar


  • Dec. 5 , 5-8 p.m.
  • Dec. 6, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • Derby Welcome Center - Austin Room, 611 Mulberry Rd.
  • Join the Derby Historical Museum for a fun holiday event. Items for sale items include handmade Christmas wreaths and gifts.
  • Trees decorated by local residents and organizations will be on display. You may purchase raffle tickets to “vote” for your favorite tree. The drawing for the trees will be at 4 p.m. on Dec. 7 at 4 p.m. Proceeds from ticket sales go toward operation of the Derby Historical Museum.
  • For more information, call Susan Swaney at 788-7851 or Jane Polk at 788-1797.
Mistletoe Market
  • Dec. 7, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Swaney Elementary School, 501 E. English
  • Vendor contact: Amy Bringhurst, bringhurst@cox.net, 641-1561
 

Winterfest Arts & Crafts Bazaar


  • Dec. 7, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Woodlawn United Methodist Church, 431 S. Woodlawn
  • Vendor contact: 316-788-1705 (event full)

Holiday Extravaganza
  • Dec. 7, 2018, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Faith Lutheran School, 208 S. Derby
  • Proceeds benefits programs and activities at Faith Lutheran School
Winter Farmers Market

  • Dec. 7, 2018, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Derby Welcome Center - Austin Room, 611 Mulberry Rd.
  • Enjoy a variety of vendors with the Kansas Grown Farmers Market

Shops at the Park
  • Dec. 7, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Madison Avenue Central Park, 512 E. Madison Ave.
  • A one stop place for all your holiday shopping needs. 

Cookie Walk

  • Dec. 7, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. & Dec. 8. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 
  • Knights of Columbus Hall at St. Mary Parish, 2300 E. Meadowlark Blvd.
  • Fill a Christmas tin with delicious homemade Christmas cookies (price range $4 to $18).
  • Benefits the Guadalupe Clinic for those in need.
Christmas Parade

  • Dec. 7, 6 p.m.
  • Join the Derby Chamber of Commerce and Derby VFW for the annual Christmas Parade. The parade begins at Derby Middle School, proceeds west on Madison to Georgie, south to Market and east on Market back to Woodlawn.
  • Float registration begins Nov. 1 at DerbyChamber.com.
Christmas in the Park
  • Dec. 14, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Madison Avenue Central Park, 512 E. Madison Ave.
  • Christmas in the Park a new event that combines Breakfast with Santa, Santa’s Village and carriage rides, will be held on one day at one location. The event will include breakfast, pictures with Santa, a petting zoo with reindeer, holiday-themed inflatable’s, carolers, Christmas crafts and stories, toy train displays, ginger bread house decorating contest and Clydesdale drawn carriage rides throughout the park.
  • Breakfast with Santa
    8 to 9:30 a.m.
    Ages 2 to 9 years - $7/person
    Enjoy pancakes, make a craft, and get a picture with Santa Claus. Sponsored by the Derby Recreation Commission
  • Santa’s Village
    Join the Derby Public Library for its annual Santa’s Village event with the following fun activities: Photos with Santa / Letters to Santa, Model trains, Santa’s Workshop crafts, Bake Shop cookies, Santa’s Elf Storytime.
    Free event sponsored by the Derby Arts Council and the Derby Public Library.
  • Carriage Rides
    5 to 8 p.m.
    Visit with Santa, stop by the petting zoo, enjoy hot chocolate and cookies, and ride in a carriage pulled by Clydesdale horses and reindeer! Sponsored by Farmers Insurance – Julie Olmsted Agency
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