Labor Day in Kansas City

We’re ready for a long weekend! Whether it’s a city-wide festival or low-key outing, there are lots of Labor Day events in Kansas City to enjoy as a family.

Kansas City Zoo’s Ocean Aquarium Opens

Opening Sept. 1, the brand new Sobela Ocean Aquarium features six habitats. Currently, free timed reservations are required. Get your spot here!

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 starts at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 2.

Kansas City Irish Fest

Kansas City Irish Fest promotes culture, music, character and history. The festival at Crown Center runs Sept. 1-3. You’ll experience Irish music and dancing, traditional food, activities for the whole family and more! Tickets are required.

Kansas City Royals

royals 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 Boston Red Sox, September 1-3.

Santa Cali Gon Days

Santa Cali Gon Days, Sept. 1-4, celebrates the starting point of westward expansion in Independence, Missouri. This is a FREE festival!
Kansas City Renaissance Festival 

The Kansas City Renaissance Festival began its journey in September of 1977 as a benefit for the Kansas City Art Institute. Since then, the Kansas City Renaissance Festival has grown to be one of the largest Renaissance Festivals in the United States, with an annual attendance of 200,000. Opening Day is September 2 (open Labor Day Monday). Get tickets.

Kansas City Women’s Soccer Game

If you haven’t caught a KC Current game yet, you can catch them as they take on Angel City FC at Children’s Mercy Park on Sept. 1.

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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