Annual Events

Spring

WineFest                       SIGart_0502_OT2

The Chamber’s Annual WineFest is a festival where wine lovers will have the opportunity to sample hand crafted wines of local wineries in one convenient location.  This event is a grape lovers delight, wine enthusiasts can gather in the Lotatorium, downtown Baldwin 710 High Street east of the Lumberyard Arts Center to sample wines being showcased. Whether you are a novice or a sommelier the Baldwin Chamber WineFest will delight you equally.  Please join us the last weekend in April for this event which is sure to make you smile.                                                                                                                                                            

Farmers’ Market                                                                                                                                                      

The Farmers’ Market is open Saturdays 8-12pm from May through September in downtown Baldwin, next to the Post Office at the corner of 7th & High. Market features vary weekly, but often include a variety of seasonal vegetables, berries, and flowers as well as home baked breads, cakes, cookies and pies. Fresh eggs are also frequently offered.  Applications for the market are available through the chamber office.

Summer

Art Walk

Art Walk

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An evening of art and friendly conversation awaits the third Friday night of June, July, August & September each summer. The Baldwin Community Arts Council sponsors Art Walk, which showcases paintings, sculpture, and quilting by area artists who set up on the street, in local galleries and in downtown businesses. Special event evenings also feature live music and art demonstrations. Cuppa Java night in September features hand-painted coffee mugs and desserts. Please check our calendar of events for current updates.

Photograph property of and displayed courtesy The Signal

Fall

Maple Leaf Festival
Baldwin City comes alive the third full weekend in October with the annual Maple Leaf Festival in the historic downtown area. The two-day festival, which draws 25,000 to 30,000 people, is set to nature’s backdrop of beautiful fall foliage for which the festival is named. The weekend features arts and crafts booths, a parade, live music, a quilt show, carnival, kids zone and historical tours. A detailed listing of events can be found on Festival website. For more information, call (785) 594-7564 or visit our website at www.mapleleaffestival.com.

Winter

Festival of Lights Parade & Tree Lighting     

First Saturday in December.
Parade begins at 6pm
Downtown Baldwin City, KS on Eighth and High Street

Turn out for the annual Festival of Lights Parade and tree lighting ceremony, which welcomes Santa to town. The parade runs through historic downtown Baldwin City and features Santa Claus making his grand entrance on an antique fire truck. After the parade children can visit with Santa, have their photos taken, and enjoy warm hot cocoa and cider at area businesses. Come join the start of the holiday fun! Following the Festival of Lights Parade, the block of High Street between 8th and 7th Street will be blocked off to public transportation. There will be a tree lighting ceremony.

For more information on this festival and other festivals in Baldwin City go to www.baldwinfestivals.com

Chocolate Auction
The annual Chocolate Auction takes place every February featuring hundreds of chocolate delicacies, including cookies, pies, tortes and cream puffs, and also features a great deal of original art by area and regional artists. Bidders can begin with the silent auction and then bid in the live auction that follows.

The auction began in 1988 and is still the major fundraiser for the Baldwin Community Arts Council.