Little Balkans

813 Memorial Dr
Pittsburg, KS 66762
(620) 231-7561

Held Labor Day weekend, the festival pays homage to the region’s diverse immigrant heritage and blends family entertainment, art, crafts, food, music and more.

Because so many of the residents of the area came from the Balkan region of Europe and because the economic and political climates of both regions were so volatile in the early 1900s, the coal fields came to be called the Balkans of Kansas. Although once a pejorative term for the region, Little Balkans of Kansas is now an expression of pride that celebrates the region’s diverse cultural and ethnic heritage and rich history. The establishment of the Little Balkans Festival Association in September 1984 helped to restore the image of the region. The Association’s purpose was to educate the public about the origin and development of the term Little Balkans and to plan and conduct a regional exposition known as the Little Balkans Days Festival. The Festival has been held annually on Labor Day weekend since 1985 to pay homage to the region’s history, ethnic diversity, and community spirit. The premier annual festival in Pittsburg, KS celebrates the community’s culture, heritage and history. Three days of various events, activities, entertainment and vendors.

Hepler Ruritan Club Annual Rodeo

200 W Farlington St
Hepler, KS 66746
(620) 368-4720

Held annually on July 3 & 4 at the Hepler Ruritan Rodeo arena, big cash prizes bring the top bull riders from across the country to this small town, where this rodeo is the event of the year. Bring your hat, your boots, and your appetite, and be ready to shed a tear during the National Anthem.

Frontenac Mining Days

Frontenac, KS 66763


The Frontenac Mining Days celebrates the community’s heritage and homecoming. Activities available throughout the weekend include a parade, live music, carnival, kids games, a 5K, and “Heritage Hall”, a historical exhibit set up at town hall.

*Please note: 2019 Schedule is below*

6 p.m. Community Hot Dog Feed
6 p.m. Rollin’ Nostalgia Cruise Nite
8 p.m. Street Dance

7 a.m. Greater Raider 5K and 1/2 Mile Fun Run starts at the Raiders Sports Complex (registration starts at 6 a.m.)
TBA Baseball Tournament
10 a.m. Parade
1 p.m. Arm Wrestling Contest
1 p.m. Pool Games at Frontenac City Pool
2 p.m. Bean Bag Toss Contest
2 p.m. Bingo
7 p.m. Shuffleboard Contest
8 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Street Dance
9:30 p.m. Fireworks

9 a.m. Fishing Derby
11 a.m. to 3 p.m. – Blessing of the Bikes

All Class Reunion – Friday at 6 p.m.
Alumni celebration for classes celebrating 50th, 25th and 10 year reunions – Saturday at 5 p.m.

Annually held the Friday through Sunday of the 2nd Saturday in June, this festival is a celebration of the community’s founding in 1886.

Four State Farm Show

Pittsburg, KS 66743

Three days of agricultural product displays and equipment demonstrations. Approximately 700 exhibits featuring major lines of farm machinery and equipment as well as innovative products from agribusiness firms across the country.

The show over-flows with a vast array of farm equipment, seed, feed, agri-chemicals, livestock, farm buildings, grain bins, livestock handling equipment, tires, tools, trailers and much more. The tremendous range of agriculturally-related goods and services annually provides farmers and stockmen with a unique opportunity to shop and compare in one location.

Festa Italiana

1 Raider Drive (McKay)
Frontenac, KS 66763


Festa Italiana is typically held at the Raider Sports Complex each fall. It provides a great opportunity for people to celebrate their heritage and show what made southeast Kansas what it is today. Activities include food samples, Kids Zone, Mario’s Market, and a live auction. Nearly 3,000 people attend Festa yearly. Funds raised go toward scholarships disbursed by the Frontenac Education Foundation.