The annual Amelia Earhart Festival will be held July 19 and 20, 2019 throughout her birthplace in Atchison, Kansas. Many activities are FREE but some do have a cost.
The community pulls out all the stops for its famous descendant with music, crafts, children’s activities, a carnival, an honorary birthday cake, aerobatics and fireworks.
The carnival will be open from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Wednesday – Friday and from noon until midnight on Saturday. Bracelets will sell for $25 at the carnival, but you can save $5 by purchasing a bracelet ticket at the Chamber of Commerce. These $20 tickets will be sold until 5 p.m. on July 17. Each ticket can be exchanged for a bracelet to be used on any of the following days:
- Wednesday, July 17th, 6-11 p.m.
- Thursday, July 18th, 6-11 p.m.
- Friday, July 19th, 6-11 p.m.
- Saturday, July 20th, Noon-6 p.m. (day bracelet)
- Saturday, July 20th, 6 p.m.–midnight (night bracelet)
Music lights up the stage at Warnock Lake with performances from country musicians Kip Moore, Kylie Morgan, and Devin Dawson. Gates open at 4 p.m. and the show starts at 7 p.m. Bring your lawn chairs. Concessions will be available for purchase.
Tickets are $25 and can be purchased online or at multiple locations in Atchison and surrounding cities in Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska
Fly-In at Amelia Earhart Airport
16701 286th Road
- Sectional Race at 8 a.m.
- EAA pancake breakfast 8-10 a.m.
- Children’s scavenger hunt 10 a.m.
Muriel..1935 Lockheed Electra L-10-E – 9 a.m.-noon
View the last remaining airplane like the one Amelia flew 80 years ago in her attempt to circumnavigate the world. $5 per adult with proceeds going to the Atchison Amelia Earhart Foundation. Children are FREE with at least one paying adult.
Amelia Earhart Birthplace Museum – 10 am.-4 p.m.
223 N. Terrace
Tour the historic home where Amelia Earhart was born on the bluffs overlooking the Missouri River. Admission is $6 for adults $6, $1 for kids 12 and under.
Speakers Symposium -10:15 a.m.
Benedictine College, O’Malley McAllister Auditorium, 1020 N. 2nd Street
This year’s panel will features three women who share personal connections to Amelia Earhart’s successful Atlantic flight in May, 1928. FREE admission.
Pioneering Achievement Award Luncheon – noon
Benedictine College, 1020 N. 2nd
Luncheon honoring the 2019 Pioneering Achievement Award recipients Grace McGuire and Grace Muriel Earhart Morrissey. Cost of lunch is $20. Call 800-234-1854 for reservations.
Historical Church Tours – 1-4 p.m.
Trinity Episcopal Church, 300 S. 5th
Tour the historic church where Amelia was baptized. Refreshments served.
Food, Crafts & Music – 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Browse the 500, 600, & 700 blocks of Commercial Street.
Children’s Activities – 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Street performers and interactive games will keep kids busy. There will also be displays from Remington Nature Center, KS Dept. of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism, Creatures by Theresa, pygmy goats, fire truck rides and more.
Happy Birthday Amelia – 11 a.m.-noon
500 Block of Commercial
Visitors are invited to sign a birthday card and eat cake on what is Amelia’s 122nd birthday.
Music on the Riverfront 4:30 p.m.-11:30 p.m.
Stop by the Riverfront Park at 2nd & Commercial for a casual outdoor show.
Evening Aerobatic Performances – 7:55 p.m.
A dazzling performance by Julie Clark, retired Northwest Airlines pilot and air show veteran, over the majestic Missouri River.
“Concert in the Sky” Fireworks Show
After dark, on the banks of the Missouri River, enjoy a fireworks extravaganza; orchestrated to music by Paul Austin and Stellar Fireworks, Inc. Music continues for an hour following the fireworks.
For more festival fun check out: Kansas City Spring & Summer Festivals.