Annual Events

Annual Gala Uncorked
February 2022 (virtual)
Proceeds benefit the Derby Community Foundation's Community Enrichment Grant Program.

5th Annual Spring Into Art
Sunday, April 24, 2022
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
2022 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

11th Annual Smoke on the Plains BBQ & Music Fest
June 9, 10 & 11, 2022
High Park, 2801 E. James St. / Live music, food trucks and BBQ competition
Carnival location TBA
Plan to join us for the 11th Annual Smoke on the Plains Derby BBQ & Music Fest on June 9, 10 & 11, 2022.
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 2, 2022, 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. Target and Walmart will provide food.

Chamber Chili Cook-off
October 2022 (date TBA), 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

2nd AnnuaHoliday Lights Contestl Holiday Lights Contest
December 4-25, 2021. Sign up today
Plan early to create the best display and win a prize! The deadline to sign up is Nov. 24.
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.

16th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration
November 30, 2021
Madison Avenue Central Park, 512 E. Madison Ave.
Enjoy the lighting of the tree, kettle corn, and food trucks. Santa will not be attending the event this year.
If you have questions, call Public Works at 788-0301.
Sponsored by the City of Derby. 

4th Annual Christmas Tree Gala Week
Nov. 29 - Dec. 2, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily
Dec. 3, 5-8 p.m.
Dec. 4, 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 (788-7851) or Merilyn Austin (737-3124). 

Mistletoe Market Craft Show
Dec. 4, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Swaney Elementary School, 501 E. English St.
$1 donation benefits school programs.

Shops at the Park
Dec. 4, 2021, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The Venue at Madison Avenue Central Park, 512 E. Madison Ave.
A one stop place for all your holiday shopping needs. Free admission. 

Holiday Extravaganza
Dec. 4, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Faith Lutheran Church, 214 S. Derby Ave.
Find holiday gifts for your friends and family. Free admission. 

Kansas Grown Farmers Market Winter Market
Dec. 4, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
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. 4, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Woodlawn United Methodist Church, 431 S. Woodlawn Blvd.
Free admission. 

Christmas Parade: Merry Grinchmas!
Dec. 4 at 6 p.m. | View map
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. 11, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. | View map
This 2nd Annual Christmas in the Park event includes breakfast, pictures with Santa, holiday-themed inflatables, carolers, Christmas crafts and stories, toy train displays, candy cane hunt, barrel train rides, Christmas cookie decorating, interactive animal displays by Tanganyika Wildlife Park, and an evening with Clydesdale-drawn carriage rides.
Sponsored by the Derby Public Library, Derby Recreation Commission and Julie Olmsted Insurance Agency. 

Drive-Thru Christmas
Dec. 17, 6-8 p.m.
Fire Station 81, 715 E. Madison Ave.
Pile your family in the car for a night of sweet treats and holiday lights. Pick up a map of the Holiday Lights Contest, give a big wave to Santa and Mrs. Claus and say hi to your Derby firefighters.
Enter Bulldog Drive (west side of the fire station) from eastbound Madison Ave.
Questions? Email or call 78801519.
Sponsored by the City of Derby. 

Santa Paws
Dec. 18, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Decarsky Dog Park, 1600 Line Drive
Get your pup's photo taken with Santa!
$5/photo (cash only)
Sponsored by the Derby Recreation Commission