Shawnee Indian Mission Fall Festival returns this weekend; concert kicks off festivities Friday

Historical re-enactors are part of the attractions at the Shawnee Indian Mission Fall Festival, to be held this weekend.
Historical re-enactors are part of the attractions at the Shawnee Indian Mission Fall Festival, to be held this weekend.

For the 29th year in a row, northeast Johnson County residents will be able to get a glimpse of what life on the area’s first permanent settlement looked like.

The Shawnee Indian Mission Fall Festival returns to Fairway this weekend, with historical re-enactors demonstrating a number of the trades and lifestyles common to the area when the mission was founded in 1839. The festival also includes food vendors, live music, arts and crafts for sale and other attractions.

The festival will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday. Additionally, this year’s festival will open with a free concert tonight with music from Snorty Horse from 6-9 p.m. The concert will be on the north lawn under a large tent. Concessions including grilled hamburgers and hot dogs as well as adult beverage will be for sale. Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or a blanket.

Parking is available through the Bishop Miege main lot.