Labor Day in Kansas City

We’re ready for a long weekend! Whether it’s a city-wide festival or small family outing, there are lots of ways to enjoy the good weather and weekend off!

DeSoto Days Festival

Live music, a parade and carnival highlight the weekend at DeSoto Days Festival. The carnival runs Thursday through Saturday and is cash only. The parade with a Rock-Roll themed parade starts at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 4.

Kansas City Irish Fest

Kansas City Irish Fest promotes culture, music, character and history. The festival at Crown Center runs Sept. 3-5. You’ll experience Irish music and dancing, traditional food, activities for the whole family and more! Tickets are required.

Fall Fishing Derby in Lenexa

All ages are invited to participate in a fishing derby on your own time in September. During the month, you can visit Lenexa fishing spots and be entered to win prizes by submitting pictures of your catch. Find out more info here.

Santa Cali Gon Days

Santa Cali Gon Days, Sept. 3-6, celebrates the starting point of westward expansion in Independence, Missouri.

Movies in the Square: Jurassic Park

Enjoy the great weather with a movie in the park at Leawood’s Park Place on Saturday, Sept. 4 at 7:45 p.m. Bring your own blanket or chair. Find out more details.

Kansas City Royalsroyals playground

You’ll have plenty of chances to take in a game at the K as the Royals have a three-game series against the Chicago White Sox, Sept. 3-5.

Kansas City Women’s Soccer Game

If you haven’t caught a Kansas City NWSL game yet, you can catch them as they take on the North Carolina Courage, Sunday, Sept. 5 at Legends Field!

Family Friendly Hiking

Spend the weekend in the great outdoors hiking some of Kansas City’s best family friendly hiking trails.

Explore a New Park

The long weekend is a great chance to explore a new park! Our parks guide gives your all the best spots and the essential info like where the bathrooms are!


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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