For 50 years, Bethel College has celebrated education, diverse cultural traditions, special foods, fine arts, crafts and friendship at its annual Fall Festival, held each year on an extended weekend in late September or early October. More than 5,000 people come to Newton and the Bethel campus to enjoy an array of activities.
Bethel celebrates the 51st Fall Festival Oct. 2, 2021.
Thursday, Sept. 30, 6-9 p.m. | Taste of Newton, downtown Newton
Thursday, Sept. 30, 7 p.m. | KIPCOR Peace Lecture, Memorial Hall
Thursday, Sept. 30-Sun., Oct. 3 | Visit Kauffman Museum
Thursday, Sept. 30, Friday, Oct. 1, Saturday, Oct. 2, Sunday, Oct. 3 | *Fall Fest play, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare Abridged, Krehbiel Auditorium
Friday, Oct. 1, 9 a.m. | *Thresher Golf Classic, Hesston Golf Course
Friday, Oct. 1, 7 p.m. | *Athletics Hall of Fame Banquet, Wild Prairie Event Center
Saturday, Oct. 2, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. | Food and vendors on the Green
Saturday, Oct. 2, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. | Entertainment on the Prairie Sky Stage
Saturday, Oct. 2, 6 p.m. | *Fall Fest football, Bethel vs. Bethany, Thresher Stadium
Sunday, Oct. 3, 6 p.m. | *Alumni Banquet and Awards, Mem Hall
Plus class reunions, children's activities, STEM Symposium, art exhibit, tours, receptions, disc golf tournament and more.
*Ticket or registration required
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Every 5 years, starting with the 10th reunion and ending with the 45th, classes gather for fellowship and refreshments at Fall Festival. (50th reunions and beyond celebrate during our Alumni Heritage Weekend.) Download the brochure above for more information.
Members of reunion classes are welcome to fill out a Personal Information Form to be shared with your classmates. Responses will be printed and available in a binder at the reunion for guests to read. An electronic copy will be made available after the reunion – to request one, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Upcoming dates for the annual Fall Festival fair on campus are:
- Oct. 8, 2022 (proposed)
The dates are determined by the first home football game in October, as scheduled by the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference.
All events take place on the Bethel College campus in North Newton unless otherwise noted.
Whether or not you’re acquainted with Bethel, you’re invited to make yourself at home on our campus, greet old friends and make new ones, sample new foods, listen to new sounds and enjoy Bethel tradition at Fall Festival. For more information, contact the alumni office, which coordinates Fall Festival.
Bethel College would like to thank these 2019 Fall Festival and Taste of Newton sponsors:
- City of North Newton, proud sponsor of entertainment on the Prairie Sky Stage.
- Everence, proud sponsor of performances on the Taste of Newton stage.
- City of Newton
- Newton Area Chamber of Commerce
Maroon Level Sponsors - $250 to $500
- Adrian & Pankratz, PA
- The Breadbasket
- Edward Jones - Jeffrey Graber
- Hesston Decorating Center
- Newton Medical Center
Gray Level Sponsors - $100 to $249
- Central Kansas Community Foundation
- First Bank of Newton
- Goossen Law Office
- Living Rooms by Gayle
- Midland National Bank
Each year, Bethel appreciates the support of Fall Festival and Taste of Newton sponsors, hosts, performers and exhibitors. Donations from sponsors support Fall Festival on campus and also go toward Bethel’s share of expenses as it cooperates with the Newton Area Chamber of Commerce to put on Taste of Newton. Some exhibitors donate their proceeds. Some entertainers donate their time. You are invited to thank businesses and individuals for their contribution to these annual college-and-community events.
To support the college and gain business exposure as a sponsor for a future Fall Festival, please contact the alumni office.