Fall Date Nights in Kansas City

Fall fun isn’t just for the kids! Grab your partner and head to these adult focused fall events in Kansas City.

Nelson-Atkins Mini Golf Course

The popular Art Course at the Nelson-Atkins is an artist-designed, mini-golf experience located in the Donald J. Hall Sculpture Park. Each hole on this 9-hole course presents a fresh interpretation of a work of art in the museum’s collection. The course will be open until October 24. Before you go, make sure to read our Mom’s Guide to the Art Course! Reservations are required.

Live Music at Ladoga Ridge Winery

Ladoga Ridge Winery in Smithville is a relaxing and fun atmosphere perfect for tasting the hand crafted Missouri wines. Check them out on Fridays this fall for live music and wine tasting, 5 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Haunted Houses

Have you ever had the desire to laugh so hard you cry, close your eyes because of sheer fear, and grasp your significant other for dear life while getting the snot scared out of you? Well, if the answer is yes, go to the haunted houses in KC’s own West Bottoms, named some of the best in the nation. This will not only speed up your heart rate, but with any luck, help you and your sweetie grow closer through “survival instinct!” Open through November 13. Masks are required for entry.

Brookside Art Annual

The show goes on with a new date, but the same great show! The 2021 Art Annual will be held Sept. 17-19. The show is one of Kansas City’s largest art gatherings each year, attracts artists, buyers and arts enthusiasts from across the region, and is ranked amongst the best in the nation each year.

Cider Fest at KC Wine Co.

It’s all fun and games at The Cidery…literally! This limited event grants you an exclusive opportunity to sample KC Wine Co’s famous hard ciders, KC Wine Co slushies, play adult games and more. The 21+ event runs Sept. 18-19 from noon – 6 p.m. Tickets are available online.

Terra Luna at the Overland Park Arboretum

KC-based Quixotic will create and experience of both everyday reality and elemental fantasy at the Overland Park Arboretum and Botanical Gardens. Terra Luna,  multimedia installation, will guide guests on a wild journey through the grounds, culminating in an immersive performance uniting live music, dance, aerial acrobatics and more. Tickets are $25 each and are available online only for timed entry. Performances occur on September 24, 25, 26 and October 1, 2, 3.

The Plaza Art Fair

The 90th annual Plaza Art Fair will take place Sept. 24-26. Kids can download scavenger hunts and coloring sheets prior to attending. Located on Ward Parkway between Central and Broadway Streets (near Seasons 52) Visit the event website for a full schedule of live entertainment and parking maps. While we know you can do it with kids, we’ll guarantee you’ll have more fun without them.

Culinary Center Cooking Classes

The Culinary Center offers an impressive line up of cooking experiences, perfect for a date night. The Flavorful Weekend Nights are a perfect mix of culinary education and a fun night out. Register early, because these seats fill quickly!

Friday Night Concerts at Stone Pillar Vineyard 

Enjoy wine tasting and live music at Stone Pillar Vineyard and Winery Friday nights in September, October and November. Seats are available for $7 and up.

Brew at the Zoo and Wine, Too

Brew at the Zoo is back in Saturday, Oct. 9 form 6:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. Enjoy live music, great food, and tastings from more than 25 local breweries and wineries all in a WILD outdoor setting. All the same fun you love with a smaller crowd, so buy your tickets early!

Ben Folds with the KC Symphony

Joined by your Kansas City Symphony, Ben Folds brings his first-class melodies and irony-laced lyrics from his greatest hits to Helzberg Hall for two incredible October evenings. Note: Vaccinations are currently required for all guests at Kauffman Center.


Sarah grew up in Manhattan, Kansas (Go Cats!), she moved to Minnesota where she met her husband, Shea. Realizing how much she hated snow in May, she convinced him to move to Kansas City in 2010. Together they have lived in Midtown, Waldo, the Plaza, and now Overland Park. Sarah is mom to 10-year-old, Henry, 7-year-old Clark and 5-year-old Lucy. She has her master’s in urban administration and is passionate about making Kansas City a more equitable and supportive community. In between the crazy, she likes to drink coffee, run, hike, travel as much as possible, and experience all things Kansas City!