Annual Events

Annual Gala Uncorked
February 25, 2023 
Proceeds benefit the Derby Community Foundation's Community Enrichment Grant Program.

5th Annual Spring Into Art
April 2023
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Madison Avenue Central Park, 512 E. Madison Ave.
Spring Into Art includes 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. Event held rain or shine. If you have questions, contact Jenay Wallace at 788-1519 ext. 1267 or

Citywide Garage Sale
May 2023 (Dates TBA)
The Rotary Club of Derby is in its third year of organizing the Derby Citywide Garage Sale after Crime Stoppers of Derby held the sale for 28 years.

  • Cost: $10
  • Where to sign up: Derby Recreation Center, 801 E. Market and Derby Public Library, 1600 Walnut Grove - cash, check, and debit/credit cards accepted
  • Sponsored by the Derby Rotary Club.

12th Annual Smoke on the Plains BBQ & Music Fest
June 9 &10, 2023
High Park, 2801 E. James St. / Live music, food trucks and BBQ competition
Join us for the 12th Annual Smoke on the Plains Derby BBQ & Music Fest on June 9 & 10, 2023.
This free, fun and family-friendly event is Derby's largest gathering. Visit for all the event details.

Independence Day Parade
July 4 at 10 a.m.
Sponsored by the Derby VFW Post 7253.
Contact: Dale Webster, 316-789-8244,

Fireworks in the Park
July 4 at 6 p.m. (Fireworks begin at approx. 9:30 p.m.)

  • Bring a blanket and lawn chair and enjoy a fun evening in Derby at High Park with food trucks and fireworks.
  • ADA parking will be available at the Darrell Zimmerman Family Shelter parking lot.
  • No personal fireworks or alcohol allowed in the park.
  • Visit the July 4 in Derby page for more information. 
  • Questions? Call Public Works at 788-0301 or email

National Night Out
August 2023, 6 to 9 p.m.
Rock River Rapids, 1900 E. James St.
National Night Out is a time to get together with neighbors and friends and celebrate our community with a free evening swim and activities. The Derby Police Department and Derby Fire & Rescue will have trucks and vehicles for kids to explore, a bike rodeo and Safety Town. 

Chamber Chili Cook-off
October 2023, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Madison Avenue Central Park, 512 E. Madison Ave.
Join the Derby Chamber of Commerce for its annual Chamber Chili Cook-off. Participation as a contestant is only open to Chamber members and there is no charge to compete. Chili tasting and voting is open to the public for $5 per person.

Holiday Events

3rd AnnuaHoliday Lights Contestl Holiday Lights Contest
Dec. 3-24, 2022
Plan early to create the best display and win a prize! The deadline to sign up is Nov. 27.
The City of Derby invites residents to decorate their yard, house or both. Judges will pick their favorite displays, and the public will vote for the People’s Choice prize on Facebook. Anyone who lives in the Derby city limits is eligible to participate. If you have questions, email or call Janae’ Springer at 788-1519 ext. 1232.

17th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration
Nov. 21, 2022, 6 to 8 p.m.
Madison Avenue Central Park, 512 E. Madison Ave.
This kickoff to the holiday season will have the Mayor lighting the tree as well as snacks, food trucks, and holiday music to enjoy as you walk around the park and enjoy the lights. Santa will be in the Pavilion, and kids can complete a craft in the
Questions, call Public Works at 788-0301 or email Shana.
Sponsored by the City of Derby. 

5th Annual Christmas Tree Gala Week & Bake Sale
Nov. 28-Dec. 1, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Dec. 2, 5 to 8 p.m.
Dec. 3, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Derby Historical Museum, 710 E. Market
Purchase raffle tickets to enter into a drawing for your favorite tree and pick up some sweet treats for you or a friend.
Proceeds go toward operation of the Derby Historical Museum.
Questions? Contact Susan Swaney at 788-7851. 

Mistletoe Market Craft Show 
Dec. 3, 2022, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Swaney Elementary School, 501 E. English St.
$1 donation benefits school programs.
Local vendors and small businesses are invited to create a fun holiday shopping event for the entire community! If you would like to be a vendor, register at or fill out your registration form and mail a check to the school. Questions? Contact Tasha McKeever at 316.204.0173 or Parents and Teachers of Swaney appreciate your support! 

Holiday Extravaganza
2022 date TBA
Faith Lutheran Church, 214 S. Derby Ave.
Find holiday gifts for your friends and family. Free admission. 

Kansas Grown Farmers Market Winter Market
2022 date TBA
The Pavilion at Madison Avenue Central Park, 512 E. Madison Ave.
Enjoy a variety of vendors with Kansas-made products.
Learn more about Kansas Grown at Kansas Grown Farmers Market.

Winterfest Arts & Crafts Bazaar
Dec. 3, 2022, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Woodlawn United Methodist Church, 431 S. Woodlawn Blvd.
Free admission.
The 24th Annual WUMC Winterfest 2022 is one of the largest winter craft fairs in Derby! It will include 70 vendors, a silent auction, bake sale, kitchen full of deliciousness and so much fun! 

Christmas Parade: A Hawaiian Christmas
Dec. 3, 2022 at 6 p.m. 
Celebrate the holidays at the annual Christmas Parade!
The route begins at Panther Stadium, proceeds west on Madison to Georgie, south on Georgie to Market, and east on Market back to Panther Stadium.
Sponsored by the Derby Chamber of Commerce

Christmas in the Park
Dec. 10, 2022, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. 
This 3rd Annual Christmas in the Park event includes Breakfast with Santa by the Derby Recreation Commission, Santa's Village by the Derby Public Library, and horse-drawn carriage rides by Julie Olmstead Insurance Agency. The event will also include photos with Santa, holiday-themed inflatables, Christmas crafts, miniature train displays, Tanganyika animals, food trucks, carolers, a carousel, and more.
Sponsored by the Derby Public Library, Derby Recreation Commission and Julie Olmsted Insurance Agency. 

Santa Paws
Dec. 17,  11 a.m. to 2 p.m. 
Decarsky Dog Park, 1600 Line Dr.
Get your pup's photo taken with Santa for $5.
Sponsored by the Derby Recreation Commission.