Special Events

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Gardner Parks and Recreation offers a diverse lineup of special events throughout the year ranging from movies in the park, camping at Cornerstone Park, to the best fireworks show in the KC Metro area at our Independence Day Festival. In the fall, we have two exciting events which captured the Kansas Recreation and Park Association Award of Excellence for Innovative Program: The Smoke on the Trails BBQ Competition and the Grand Slam Craft Beer/Wine Festival.  In October, Boo Bash is one big Halloween party in the park which has become a Gardner tradition. Also, enjoy our annual holiday events in November and December. Check out all the fantastic events below. We can't wait to see you out in the parks!

**For all events at the pool, Gardner Aquatic Center, please click here: Gardner Aquatic Center Special Events

Gardner Parks & Recreation Special Events

  2020 Gardner Parks and Recreation Special Events

Date Event Location
Saturday, April 18, 2020 Earth Day Winwood Park
Friday, June 19, 2020 Movie in the Park Cornerstone Park
 Wednesday, June 24, 2020 Phase Out Cook Out  GAC Parking lot/Cornerstone Park 
Saturday, July 4, 2020 Independence Day Festival Celebration Park
TBA Mother-Daughter Glampout Cornerstone Park
TBA Father-Son Campout Cornerstone Park
Friday, July 17, 2020 Movie in the Park Cornerstone Park
Saturday, August 22, 2020 Gardner Grind Celebration Park
Saturday, August 29, 2020 Kids' Fishing Derby Gardner Lake-Lakeside Shelter
Friday & Saturday, Sept. 11 & 12, 2020     Smoke on the Trails BBQ Competition Celebration Park
Friday, October 2, 2020 Grand Slam Beer, Wine & Spirits Fest Celebration Park Baseball Fields
Tuesday, October 27, 2020 Boo Bash Celebration Park
Monday, November 30, 2020 Christmas in the Park/Mayor's Tree Lighting Cornerstone Park
TBA Mother/Son Night at the Speedway Johnson Co. Fairgrounds
Saturday, December 12, 2020 Breakfast with Santa Johnson Co. Fairgrounds
TBA Santa's Workshop (tentative) Cornerstone Park
TBA Santa's Workshop (tentative) Cornerstone Park
Thursday, December 17, 2020 Flashlight Candy Cane Hunt Cornerstone Park

or more information on locations of each park and facility, visit our Parks and Facilities page.

Please click here for the Americans with Disabilities Act information and information regarding accessibility at events and activities.