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For nearly 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.

Each year, Bethel College Fall Festival weekend begins with Taste of Newton downtown on Thursday evening, continues with special events at the college on Friday, peaks with the Fall Festival fair and many activities across campus on Saturday, and ends with worship and the final performance of the Fall Fest stage production on Sunday.

Upcoming dates for the annual Fall Festival fair on campus are:

  • October 6, 2018
  • October 5, 2019
  • October 10, 2020 – 50th Bethel College Fall Festival!

The dates are determined by the first home football game in October, as scheduled by the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference.

All events are in facilities 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. Check back for a link to the current festival program.

For more information, contact the alumni office, which coordinates Fall Festival.
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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.

2017 Fall Festival and Taste of Newton Sponsors

  • Living Rooms by Gayle
  • Midland National Bank
  • Newton Medical Center
  • The Breadbasket
  • Mid Continent Industries
  • Wenger Oil Inc.
  • Adrian & Pankratz PA
  • First Bank
  • Dillons
  • The Citizen’s State Bank
  • Charlsen Insurance
  • Heinze Insurance
  • City of North Newton
  • City of Newton
  • Newton Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Everence
  • And others

About Bethel

As the first Mennonite college founded in North America, Bethel College celebrates a tradition of progressive Christian liberal arts education, diversity within community, and lifelong learning.