Fall Festivals + Events in Kansas City


KC Symphony Neighborhood Concerts

Join the KC Symphony for chamber music at local parks and community gathering spaces. Social distancing and masks are required. Concert listings available here.

Plaza Art Fair

The Plaza Art Fair won’t continue in the way we are used to but the celebration of arts will go on! The Country Club Plaza will celebrate through a variety of events and installations, the photography, paintings, 3D mixed media, sculptures and other works that were created by more than 20 local and regional artists. As part of the reimagined celebration, windows and storefronts throughout the Plaza will showcase artistic works through October 5. For more details on additional pop-ups and virtual concerts, check online.

Terra Luna at the Overland Park Arboretum

Local performance group, Quixotic, will open a portal between everyday reality and elemental fantasy at the Overland Park Arboretum and Botanical Gardens. The four-night-only 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. Animated by the Arboretum’s transitioning seasons, the boundary-breaking event will illuminate the environment in surprising ways: agrestal costuming that incorporates the bounty of the gardens, embedded performers who meld and merge with the twilight landscape, light design that leads the audience deeper into the dream. Tickets are on sale now for the event which runs the evenings of Sept. 17-20.

S’mores Fest at KC Wine Co.

Free s’mores for mom and dad along with food trucks, live music and drinks available for purchase. The festival runs Sept. 17-20 and is for guests 21 and older.

Puppets a Glow-Go

A drive-through, safe, socially-distanced art experience for the entire family on Sept. 25-26, 7:30 p.m. – 10 p.m. Think holiday light display but with giant, illuminated puppets!
On the mall in front of the WWI Museum and Memorial.


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WaterFire Kansas City

Check out a display of floating fire, live music and food at this annual Plaza event, 7-10 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 3. Admission is FREE.

Whimsical Woods at Ernie Miller Nature Center

There’s nothing scary about this enchanted forest. Costumed characters will delight and entertain audiences of all ages. Meet with the Good Fairy and Forest Friends. Live animals, stories, and surprises will highlight childhood favorites. Reservations are required. Group sessions begin every 15 minutes with program length approximately 1½ hours. In case of inclement weather, program may be cancelled or held indoors. Advance registration required.

Pony Express PumpkinFest

PumpkinFest 2020 will not happen on grounds at the Pony Express Museum but the PumpkinFest Committee will be offering free pumpkins, a virtual costume contest, and a virtual Pumpkin Mountain. Check here for updated details.

Though we aim to ensure the accuracy of all our postings, we always advise you check online before heading out for the most up-to-date information including COVID-19 precautions.

Sarah is mama to 9-year-old, Henry, 6-year-old Clark and 4-year-old Lucy. After growing 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 before migrating to Johnson County. Sarah has her master’s in urban administration and is currently in the Kansas City Centurions program. In between the crazy, she likes to drink coffee, run, travel (but never to the same place twice), and experience all things Kansas City!


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