Fall Festivals + Events in Kansas City

Some of the best events occur in the fall in Kansas City! From art fairs to festivals to Halloween themed events, there’s something for everyone on this list.

SEPTEMBER

Kansas City Renaissance Festival

Seven themed weekends are featured during its run Sept. 4 through  Oct. 17 in Bonner Springs, Kan., many of which include special activities for kids – pirate hat and fairy wand making, watching the children’s knighting ceremony, maypole dancing, and more! Tickets are available online for a discounted price. Children four and under are free. Parking is free.

The Great Pumpkin Fest at Worlds of Fun

Hop on your tractor, pirate ship or witch’s broom and hurry on over for a super-sized celebration of all things fall at Worlds of Fun’s Great Pumpkin Fest, Saturdays and Sundays Sept. 18 – Oct. 31. Great Pumpkin Fest offers one-of-a-kind Halloween activities for kids throughout the park! At Planet Snoopy, you’ll find play zones, costume contests and dance parties with Snoopy and the whole PEANUTS™ gang. During the kids’ Halloween event, loads of family-friendly games and activities await at every turn. Around every hay bale you can catch toe-tapping, live entertainment and grab a comfy seat to just kick back and take it all in. And the food! All over the park you’ll find delicious fall flavors in sweet treats and savory goodies.

American Royal

The American Royal World Series of Barbecue is the largest barbecue contest in the WORLD and the American Royal’s largest fundraiser! Join us at the Kansas Speedway on September 16-19 for a BBQ experience like no other – live music, delicious BBQ, activities for the BIGS and the LITTLES (Saturday is better for the littles), and a vendor fair that’s a MUST SEE for all BBQ enthusiasts.

Plaza Art Fair

Held Friday, Sept. 24 through Sunday, Sept. 26, the Plaza Art Fair encompasses nine city blocks and features 240 artists. The Plaza Art Fair is a top-ranked, national art event with three live music stages and over 20 featured restaurant booths. It continues to be a weekend of people simply celebrating art and each other, as well as Kansas City’s unofficial welcome to the fall season. Check out kids’ activities for even more fun!

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 annual  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 September 24-26 and October 1-3 from 7:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.

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. 24-26 and is for guests 21 and older.

Puppets a Glow-Go

The incredibly popular Puppets a Glow-Go is back this fall where giant illuminated puppets, Kansas City Aerial Arts and glow artists light up the night in a drive-thru (free) reverse parade. This unique event will allow cars to enter into a magical glowing wonderland of space where constellations come to life among the Moon and stars, aliens and fairies. Puppets reaching up to 15’ tall or 35’wide will delight the entire family.  On the mall in front of the WWI Museum and Memorial on Friday, Sept. 24 and Saturday, Sept. 25 from 7:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.

October

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WaterFire KC

Brush Creek serves as a stage for this visual arts installation that is enhanced by music and dance to create a shared experience for the thousands that attend. WaterFire will return on Saturday, Oct. 2 with lighting at 7 p.m. New this year: WaterFire will be centered on Theis Park at the far end of the mall that stretches south from the Nelson-Atkins Museum.

Missouri Town Fall Festival

Explore the sights and sounds of the harvest season on October 2 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.! Historic interpreters, artisans, musicians, and crafters will bring to life the hard work and celebration that took place as the crops came in. Hitch a ride on a wagon, see sorghum being made, play a 19th century game, and make memories to last a lifetime!

Festa Italiana

Festa provides an ideal environment to experience great authentic live entertainment, delicious Italian food, outstanding desserts, beverages, vendor and historical informational booths. The festival runs October 8-10 at Zona Rosa.

Brew at the Zoo, and Wine Too

Brew at the Zoo is back on Saturday, Oct. 9 from 6:30 p.m. – 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!

Whimsical Woods at Ernie Miller Nature Center

There’s nothing scary about this enchanted forest on October 9 at Ernie Miller. 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.

Cornucopia at the Power & Light District

Cornucopia is KC’s Ultimate. Fall. Festival. Enjoy a fall-filled District boasting with family-friendly activities, live entertainment, food/drink tastings and more. Cornucopia will cover three streets throughout the District and surround the KC Live! Block Oct. 15-17. Carnival festivities will be available ALL weekend, including the first ever Ferris wheel in downtown KC, with the main festivities taking place on Saturday, Oct. 16.

Snake Saturday

Snake Saturday’s Spooky Street Festival will be a walk through, stationary parade. Picture a trunk or treat with parade floats instead of cars. Spooky Snake Saturday, a day of fun and adventure all through North Kansas City. A great opportunity to dress in your favorite family costume and join in the fun on Saturday, Oct. 23.

Enchanted Forest

For one night only, Sar-Ko-Par Trails Park is transformed into The Enchanted Forest on Thursday, Oct. 28 from 4-8 p.m.  Enjoy performances by puppets, musicians and singers along the trail around Rose’s Pond and fun photos in the photo booth. Stroll the seasonal displays, visit friendly characters and enjoy performances. Costumes optional.



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 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!

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