KC Fall Festival Guide

2017 Edition



Autumn means Fall Festivals in Kansas City! From apples to pumpkins, crafts to carnivals, ethnic festivals, and much much more... celebrate everything autumn at a local fair.

Note: This is your Guide to Fall Festivals in Kansas City 2017. This list was compiled by the staff of KC Parent Magazine and may not be reproduced in print or online without permission. If you know of changes or additions to this guide, please email kristina@kcparent.com.

Fall Festivals in Kansas City 2017:

September Festivals in Kansas City:

American Royal BBQ Aug. 31-Sept. 3 at Kansas Speedway, 400 Speedway Blvd, Kansas City, MO. Competitors from around the world join in the world’s largest barbecue competition to be crowned the grand champion in the Invitational Competition, Open Competition, Sides Competition and Kids Que! This year’s event will not only feature the largest barbecue competition in the world, but also offer new public programming including: opportunity to taste great BBQ from Kansas City restaurants, buy BBQ merchandise, enjoy a family-friendly carnival, and relax in a beer/cocktail garden while listening to local bands perform on Friday and Saturday. On Sat., Sept. 2 enjoy the Cowtown Family Fun Fest at the Royal! The Cerner Cowtown Family Fun Fest is a kid-friendly festival that gives families a place to have loads of fun during the popular World Series of Barbecue®. The Fun Fest will be held in the Speedway Fan Walk, located in the center of the infield, on Saturday, September 2, 2017 from 11:00am - 3:00pm. Activities will include: Sporting KC Soccer Field, Building center presented by JE Dunn, Mechanical Bull, Inflatable Obstacle Course, Face Painting/Airbrush Tattoos, Milking Station, Balloon Artist, Pony Rides, Petting Zoo, Entertainment from Drum Safari and Mr. Stinky Feet, Magic acts, and more. Come down for fun and entertainment for the entire family! All persons on the ground will need to have a ticket into the grounds at the event. Kid’s tickets are available online and kids under 5 are free. There is no additional ticket needed to enter the Cowtown Family Fun Fest.

De Soto Days Festival Aug. 31- Sept. 2 at Miller Memorial Park, 32400 W. 83rd St., De Soto, KS. The 53rd Annual De Soto Days Festival features class-act entertainment, Evans Midland Carnival, great food and many vendors. Saturday, September 2nd, starts at 10a.m. with the De Soto Days Parade, which will include our Car Cruise & the 5th Annual Dog Walk! This year theme ‘Country Nights & Western Lights’, is a last hurrah to summer and a friendly welcome to autumn. 

Trails, Rails & Tales Festival Sept. 1-3, Abilene, KS. Celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Chisholm Trail in the original cow town! Michael Martin Murphey, Red Steagall and the Sons of the Pioneers headline the performances over the weekend. Pawnee Bill’s Wild West Show will re-enact the great shows put on by Pawnee and Buffalo Bill. Dennis Rogers, Native American Spirit Dancer, Buckaroo Camps, cowboy poets and story tellers, authors and longhorn will recreate Abilene’s wild wooly past from 150 years ago.

Santa-Cali-Gon Festival Sept. 1-4 at Historic Independence Square, Independence. The 45th Annual Santa-Cali-Gon Days Festival in Independence, Missouri, commemorates the origin of the Santa Fe, California, and Oregon trails during the country’s great westward expansion by early pioneers. More than 300,000 attendees spend Labor Day weekend at the region’s oldest and largest festival with food, craft vendors, carnival, and more.

Kansas City Renaissance Festival Sept. 2 - Oct. 15 - WEEKENDS at Kansas City Renaissance Festival, 633 N. 130th St., Bonner Springs. Travel back in time and partake in a Kansas City Tradition since 1977 exploring the enchanted 16-acre village. Pay heed to the exploits of Jousting Knights on thundering steeds, roam the village shops for unique crafts, delight in comedy, music, magic and more on our 20 stages of non-stop entertainment, and feast on delicious food and drinks from the far reaches of the globe! 

Pet Palooza Sept. 2 at Hangar 3 (behind Advanced Aviation), 6 Aero Plaza, New Century. Enjoy visiting a variety of animals, all kinds and sizes for adoption as that are available for petting. Your family will enjoy lots of kid's games, activities, face painting, glider-type plane building, family rides in vintage Jeeps, "Hands on History" airplane simulators, airplanes on display, food, drinks and a lot more. Visit the museum and airplane hangar full of WWII artifacts. 

PNC kidFEST Sept. 2 at Science City, 30 W. Pershing, Kansas City. All ages welcome; Geared towards early childhood. 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. FREE WITH SCIENCE CITY ADMISSION | SPECIAL PRICING FOR KIDS 3-12 ($7). A one of a kind family-friendly day full of science play geared toward early childhood learning!

Hatch Chile Fest Sept. 2 at Port Fonda, 4141 Pennsylvania Avenue, Kansas City. Outdoor bar featuring full-service outdoor seating for guests, ice cold canned beers, multiple margaritas, fire roasted fresh hatch chiles and hatch chile food and drink specials. Fresh fire roasted to order hatch chiles will be available to-go super dog and kid friendly during the day if your dog’s and kids are super friendly. Live music during brunch, Mariachi Girasol during happy hour, another live band during evening dinner service and a DJ set by Keenan Nichols from 6-7pm & 9pm-close

Concordia Fall Festival Sept. 5-9 at Concordia, MO. The festival, which has a different theme each year, draws thousands of spectators annually. Highlights of the week include the queen contest, three parades and a variety of exhibits, bake sales and contests for children and adults. Midland Empire Shows provides entertaining rides such as a carousel, Ferris wheel and giant slide. Concordia’s heritage is put on display at the fair, when visitors can eat German-style food in the outdoor Heidelberg Gardens. Visitors also dance to live bands and browse the tables at a country store selling hand-crafted items.

Johnson County Old Settlers Days Sept. 7-9 in Downtown Olathe, Olathe. Crafts, carnival, live entertainment, food vendors and more.

Kansas State Fair Sept. 8-17 at Kansas State Fairgrounds, Hutchinson, KS. The Fair offers tremendous opportunities for commerce with over 1,000 commercial vendor locations; for competition, with close to 30,000 entries in various competitive exhibit departments; for education, through its Kansas’ Largest Classroom field trip program; and for entertainment with strolling and stage entertainment in addition to the national acts performing at the Nex-Tech Wireless Grandstand. 

Belton Fall Festival Sept. 8 & 9 at Olde Towne Belton, Main Street, Belton, MO. This is a family-friendly event with activities for all ages! There will be live music and entertainment, train rides, craft and vendor booths, food, wine and beer garden, and much more. The Belton Grandview, and Kansas City Railroad will give rides at a reduced price.

Greek Festival Sept. 8-10 at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, 120th and Wornall, Kansas City, MO. The 56th Annual Greek Festival features live entertainment, music and delicious food.

Swift Mile Street Festival Sept. 8-9, along Swift in the 13- 15th blocks, North Kansas City, MO. Founded with the goal of bringing community awareness to the budding entrepreneurial and entertainment venues popping up all along the Swift Avenue corridor in historic North Kansas City, Swift Avenue is home for the first two pieces of art installations coming from the street festival as a gift for city beautification. Enjoy Handmade and Local Market, artists, musicians, free kid's area, yard games, food vendors and a tour of historic North Kansas City and the diverse establishments you will find via the Pint Path.

Annual Kansas City Circus Show and Juggling Festival Sept. 8-10 at Rockhurst High School, 9301 State Line Rd, Kansas City, MO. $5 per day for festival $15 for main show. The festival includes 3 days of gymnasium time where attendees practice and share juggling skills and instructors conduct workshops in everything from juggling, acrobalance, yoyo, hula hooping, aerial silks, clowning and prop manipulation.

2017 Edgerton Pioneer Days Festival Sept. 8-10, at Edgerton, KS. ​All ages gather in downtown Edgerton the second weekend in September each year for the free three-day event. Admission, parking and most of the entertainment are free. 

Topeka Huff 'n Puff Balloon Festival Sept. 8-10 at Tinman Circle, Lake Shawnee, Topeka, KS. Vendors, activities, hot air balloons and fun.

Art Westport Sept. 8-10 at Historic Westport, Kansas City, MO. Top artists from around the Metro will line the streets of Westport showcasing their original art, unique jewelry, fine crafts and much more.

Higginsville Country Fair Sept. 9-16 in Higginsville. Crafts, vendors, car show, flower show, and fun.

6th Annual Outlaw Days Sept. 9 in Downtown Richmond MO, 104 W North Main St, Richmond, MO. The festival features a robbery reenactment of an actual bank robbery that took place in 1867, attributed to the James-Younger Gang, on the square in Richmond as well as a NEW reenactment this year~ The Last Battle of the Civil War~which occurred 2 years before the robbery just 8 miles out of town. The festival also includes kid and adult old-fashioned games, Ag Power Tractor Show, Hard Time Rodder's Car show, Missouri Army National Guard Military Display, food and craft vendors, Kiddie Parade, Kid Outlaw Round-UP and a Grandstand Stage featuring entertainment all day! Back this year is Professional Bull Riding starting at 7pm at the Ray County Fair Grounds! We have a jumping mule as well as square dancers, plus much more!

Kansas Book Festival Sept. 9, Kansas State Capitol, SW 8th Street and SW Van Buren St, Topeka, KS. The presenting authors will be inside the Capitol building, and our vendors/entertainment/children’s activities/book signings will be set up outside the Capitol, on the North side by the new Visitor’s Center.

Winefest: Independence Uncorked Sept. 9 at Bingham-Waggoner Estate, 313 W Pacific Ave, Independence, MO. Independence Uncorked will be one of the largest Missouri wine festivals in the state featuring over 20 Missouri wineries sampling several of their wines, a guest spirits distiller and 2400 attendees. The day will also feature art, music, beer, food booths and wine classes. The cost will be $25 in advance and $35 at the door and will include a wine glass and wine bag (bag for the first 1800 people) and the tastings. Bring your lawn chairs and spend the afternoon.

Dance in the Park Sept. 9 at Roanoke Park, 3600 Roanoke Road, near Karnes Blvd, Kansas City, MO. A thrilling evening of fun and excitement with performances by professional dancers of all kinds from the Kansas City vicinity on an outdoor stage in Roanoke Park between Karnes Blvd and Roanoke Road, Kansas City Missouri. Now in its 19th year, Dance in the Park reflects the cultural vitality and diversity of the Kansas City region. This year the concert will feature local dance companies in the genres of Modern, Ballet, Contemporary, Hip-Hop, Aerial and Contortion, Capoeira and Brazilian. Bring a blanket or lawn chair, a picnic, and the whole family! 

Fall Bazaar & Craft Show Sept. 9 at First Lutheran Church, Paola, KS. Shop from 30 crafters and vendors. The DoNutty Professors will be there and LERT will be cooking lunch. Bears, quilts, jewelry, candles, bags, blankets, hats, shirts, moose, wood, soaps, crochet, elephants and more!

Apple Fest Sept. 9 at First Baptist Church, 116 S Washington St, Raymore, MO. The Apple Festival is an annual fundraising/public relations/family fun event that benefits the children of Missouri Baptist Children’s Home. Crafts, quilts, children’s area and apple-related foods of all kinds are just a few of the many reasons why the Apple Festival is a day full of fun, food and fellowship for the entire family. 

Lost Arts Fair Sept. 9 at 1855 Harris Kearney House Museum, 4000 Baltimore, Kansas City, MO. Festival of Lost Arts featuring arts, crafts, and skills from the 1800s. Watch basket weavers, spinners, blacksmith, dollmakers, woodworkers, quilters, weavers and more create their specialties (with many items for sale too) on the grounds of the 1855 Historic Harris Kearney House Museum. FREE carriage rides too!

Hummingbird Festival Sept. 9 at George Owens Nature Park, 1601 S. Speck Rd., Independence, MO. Festival is Saturday, September 9 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Walk through the Hummingbird Trail with more than 50 feeders to attract these tiny birds during their southward migration. Pick up some information on all aspects of hummingbirds: behavior, how to attract them and what plants to use. Hummingbird plants will be sold, and the kids will enjoy hummingbird crafts and other activities.

Grinter Place - Summer Fest Sept. 9 at Grinter Place, 1420 South 78th Street, Kansas City, MO. Gazing out from the front porch of Grinter Place over the years you could see river ferries, boats, military trail, railroads, and state highways. Admission is free and includes interesting booths and a car show. Concessions and vendors will be available on-site. 

Kansas City Chalk & Walk Festival Sept. 9-10 at Crown Center Square, 25th & Grand Blvd., Kansas City, MO. Artists start with empty squares of asphalt and by the end of the weekend, these squares will be transformed into magnificent pieces of artwork. 

Spinach Festival Sept. 9 at Sar-Ko-Par Trails Park, 87th Street Parkway and Lackman Road, Lenexa, KS. Free admission to event. Free satellite parking and free shuttle to and from event. Lenexa was hailed as the Spinach Capital of the World during the 1930s. It’s a fun-filled day of food, music, entertainment, arts and antique vendors. Experience the World’s Largest Spinach Salad, learn about our history, let your kids enjoy a variety of children’s activities or submit your favorite dish to our recipe contest - there’s plenty to do for everyone in the family!

Lenexa Spinach FestivalPrairie Village JazzFest Sept. 9 at Harmon Park, 77th & Mission Road, Prairie Village, KS. The Prairie Village JazzFest brings thousands of people together to enjoy an evening of magical music, fabulous artistry, delectable food and drink, and fun! 

Lawrence Fall Arts & Crafts Festival Sept. 10 at South Park, 1140 Massachusetts, Lawrence, KS. This annual show continues to bring artisans from all over the state and surrounding states, providing a unique atmosphere to appeal to all shoppers and craftspeople! Live music throughout the day with multiple performances. Activities for children. Food and concession venders too.

Hear Their Voices-Ending Human Trafficking Community Expo Sept. 9 & 10 at G. Alexander Bryant Youth Center, 3301 Parallel Parkway, Kansas City, KS. This event will allow families to learn about human trafficking in a safe and engaging environment. Interactive learning stations will focus on awareness and prevention of trafficking through images and conversations with Kansas City police officers and representatives from Veronica’s Voice. Face painting, a bouncy inflatable and original children’s music from the Mighty Magic Pants will add to the afternoon’s lively education.

Jewish Culture Fest Sept. 10 at The Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City, 5801 W 115th St, Overland Park, KS. Child $3 / Adult $6. For our 10th event, we're shaking things up a bit. It's all your favorite things about the Jewish Arts Festival, now with even more "Jewish."

Feast of Fountains: A Food Truck Fest Sept. 14 at The Concourse Fountain in Kessler Park, Benton Boulevard & St. John Ave., Kansas City, MO. Feast on delicious food offerings from KC’s favorite food trucks, enjoy live music from local popular bands, and other activities for the whole family. 

Sunflower Art and Music Fest Sept. 15-17 at The Barn, 9200 Kill Creek Rd., De Soto,KS. This FREE event will sponsor Fine Arts and Fine Crafts by over 30 artists from local and regional artists with art work on display and for sale. Free children's activities will be provided by the local 4H group and Apple Press demonstrations by Happy Valley Farms. Family friendly live entertainment will be available in the big tent just outside the Barn. A variety of food vendors will be available throughout the event to delight your palette. 

Blue Springs Fall Festival Sept. 15-17 at Downtown Blue Springs, Blue Springs, MO. Enjoy entertainment on the main and community stages. Also enjoy parade, carnival and petting zoo. Join the feast for Turkey Legs, Funnel Cakes, BBQ Sunday and much more. Curly Fries, Shaved Ice, Kettle Korn, and fresh squeezed Lemonade are all a tradition at the Festival.

Handmade & Vintage Chick Event + Farm Fair Sept. 15-17 at Johnson Farms, 17701 Holmes Rd, Belton, MO. Admission: $5 daily, $8 weekend, $50 Family Weekend Pass. This year the pop-up shopping event includes farm fun for the whole family! Chick Event Ticket Includes: * Over 100 handmade & vintage vendors* First 100 guests on Friday receive a free mum ($12 value) * DIY Make & Take Classes* Barnyard Grill offering a farm fresh menu & food trucks* Cider slushes & pumpkin donuts* Live music * Shop the mum garden with over 25,000 mums in over 80 varieties. Johnson Farms Farmstead Open Attractions the weekend of the event (Additional fee - $11 (3-12 yrs.), $9 (13-59 yrs.), $7 (60+) includes: * U-pick vegetable patch with fall veggies available at farm market pricing* Kid Fun on the Farm Playground & friendly farm animal corral.

Brush Creek Art Walk Sept. 15-17 at Banks of Brush Creek, Kansas City, MO. Everyone is invited to attend, this “plein air” painting competition. Come out and enjoy the walkways of Brush Creek while painters paint. Three days of art along the stream way, and though the artists will be taking home the prize money, everyone wins with the top paintings selected by a top juror on display and for sale at an exhibition at the Discovery Center.

The Great Pumpkin Fest at Worlds of Fun Sept. 16 - Oct. 29 at Worlds of Fun, 4545 Worlds of Fun Dr., KC, MO. This family-friendly event is all treats and no tricks and features special Halloween-themed activities plus PEANUTS-themed rides and attractions in Planet Snoopy!

Hallmarket Sept. 16 at Crown Center Square, 2500 Grand, Kansas City, MO. Around 100 Hallmark artists, photographers, sculptors and designers will display and offer their work for sale. Browse watercolor paintings, sculpture, textiles, jewelry, photography and more. This is the artists’ personal work, outside of their jobs with Hallmark. Purchases may be made by cash or check only, directly to the artist.

Riverside Music Fest Sept. 16 at E.H. Young Riverfront Park, Kansas City, MO. Tickets: General Admission $25. VIP $40. The festival includes local food trucks, beer garden, music from local bands and a national headliner. So, come out and enjoy great food and music. There aren’t any seats so feel free to bring your own chairs or picnic blanket.

Paws in the Park Sept. 16 at English Landing Park, Parkville, MO. The KC Disc Dogs will be performing! There will be lots of great raffles, food and fun.

Hero Fest Sept. 16 at Linden Square, 602 NE 70th St., Gladstone, MO. There will be live music, food trucks, bounce houses and more. The City of Gladstone, in conjunction with the non-profit AKA ~ A Kind Act, wants to honor an area hero. The Hero Fest committee is currently taking applications for the Spc. Joel L. Bertoldie Hero Fest Award. Spc. Joel L. Bertoldie served in Kuwait and Iraq. He lost his life at age 20 when his convoy got hit by a road side bomb. Bertoldie’s family wants to carry on the memory of their fallen hero by honoring a hero in this community. Anyone who has risked their own life or safety to help another or shown consistent acts of selflessness qualifies for this award. The nominee can be a member of the military, police, EMS, fire department or a civilian. Nomination forms can be found at www.lindensquare.info/hero-fest. Entries are due by Aug. 15. The award recipient will be honored during the 2017 Hero Fest on Sept. 16.

Kansas City 2017 Falldo Waldo Crawldo Challenge Cancer Bar Crawl Sept. 16 - Several Locations Waldo, 7425 Broadway St, Kansas City, MO. Ages +21. Tickets/ $20. This year we add the Cancer Challenge (team challenges at each venue to raise more money for Pancreatic Cancer). Raise pledge money to win in various activities to challenge cancer and raise money to find a cure! It will be like a scavenger hunt with exercises at each location ending with drinks, all for a great cause!

Brewtopia 63rd St and Raytown Rd, Raytown, MO. Come check out Kansas City’s newest homebrew and craft beer festival, where you can taste a wide variety of beers from over 40 home brewers. 

42nd annual Friends of Shawnee Town Arts & Crafts Fair & Fall Festival Sept. 16 at Shawnee Town 1929 Museum, 11600 Johnson Drive, Shawnee, KS. Tickets / $1.00. Enjoy over 120 vendors, showcasing their hand made, homemade and re-purposed items. 

Family Fall Festival at the Children's Beanstalk Garden Sept. 16 at Kansas City Community Gardens, 6917 Kensington, Kansas City, MO. There will be plenty of foods to taste from the harvest and many stations where you can learn about different plants and bugs. Adults and children alike will have a blast doing garden crafts, horseback rides, gourd painting, tasting fresh fruits, and getting their faces painted! This event is free to the public.

Waldo Fall Festival Sept. 16 at Waldo District, 75th and Wornall Rd, Kansas City, MO. This free event is a family-friendly, neighborhood festival that includes kids rides, games, and face painting, plus food trucks, local music, and a host of vendors to meet and mingle with throughout the day.

JCPRD's Park Palooza Sept. 17 at The Theatre in the Park, 7710 Renner Road, Shawnee, KS. Ev­eryone is invited to the first ever Park Palooza at Shawnee Mission Park to enjoy family-fun, food, and entertainment! Taking center stage at The Theatre in the Park will be live local bands including Liverpool and Victor & Penny with the Loose Change Or­chestra. Exciting children’s performers such as Mr. Stinky Feet, H3TV, and Drum Safari will fill The Pavilion at TTIP with plenty of kid-friend­ly fun! 

Funday Sunday & Apple Fest Sept. 17 at Merriam Marketplace, 574 Merriam Dr., Merriam, KS. Enjoy both savory and sweet from various local trucks and live music by Exit 13. Inflatable and face painting for the kiddos, plus we’ll celebrate Johnny apple seeds birthday with an apple craft, some apple games, and a snack that’s sure to please. 

Raymore Festival in the Park Sept. 21-23, Memorial Park, 400 S Park Ln, Raymore, MO. Carnival, food vendors, live entertainment and family fun.

The 86th Annual Plaza Art Fair Sept. 22-24, Country Club Plaza, 47th & Wyandotte, Kansas City, MO. The Plaza Art Fair encompasses nine city blocks and welcomes a crowd of over 250,000. Featuring 240 artists, the Plaza Art Fair is a top-ranked, national art event with three live music stages and over 25 featured restaurant booths.

Liberty Fall Fest Sept. 22-24, Liberty, MO. As the kids whirl about on the rides to flashing lights and lively music, parents can sample light-as-air cotton candy or cooling snow cones. The festival proves to be a shopper’s delight with everything from handmade crafts to home grown fruits & vegetables. 

Jamesport Heritage Days Sept. 22-23 at Jamesport, MO. Featuring old time crafters and dancers, delicious food and family fun.

Lee's Summit Oktoberfest Sept. 22-24, Downtown Lee's Summit, MO. Grab your lederhosen and dirndl and join 70,000 festival goers for this festival. Enjoy Kids Street, arts and crafts, German meals, beer and brat tents, the Biergarten, carnival, the Sportzelt, live entertainment, contests, a Rootbiergarten, home brew tasting, German dancers and much more. 

Apples, Arts & Antiques Festival Sept. 23, Historic Lexington, Lexington, MO. Lexington boasts more than 130 antebellum buildings, great shopping and plenty of history. Attend a GREAT ANTIQUE SHOW, enjoy a wonderful art show, get your fall apples and more. Antique dealers and vendors setup on Main Street to bring you two days of shopping, entertainment and activities in downtown Lexington, Missouri. Quality antiques dealers will highlight their antiques, local artists will display their works of art and a variety of food vendors will offer food and refreshments. Apple delicacies will be featured such as apple dumplings, apple pie, apple cider and a variety of fresh apples from local Orchards will be available. This event takes place rain or shine. There is something for every taste and every level of collecting-sophistication at the show. Visitors will enjoy a festive atmosphere featuring live music, food & refreshments, and of course the delight of seeing and purchasing antiques.

Wild West Days Sept. 23 - 24, Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop & Farm, 1200 E. KANSAS CITY RD, OLATHE, KS.Entertainment from the Whip Guy, the Wicked Liars and more! Sample delicious food from the chuckwagons and vote for your favorite (Saturday only). Other activities may include: Visiting Cowboy Camps, Visiting Buffalo Soldiers, Take a stagecoach ride, Roping, Playing 1860s games, All live entertainment. Activities requiring an extra fee: Gold Panning, Branding, Leather Stamping, Learn to drive from Rocking M Miniatures,  Air-gun shooting gallery (ages 8 & up), Making an 'S' hook in the blacksmith shop (ages 8 & up).Saturday only: the Santa Fe Trail Rotary Club hosts Omelet Fest in the Heritage Center. Cost includes admission to Wild West Days. Admission is $5/person ages 5 & up; some activities require an extra fee. 

 

 Ciderfest Weekends Sept. 23 - Oct. 1, 14730 Highway K-68, Louisburg, KS. Here in Louisburg, Kansas, for two exciting weekends every autumn, Louisburg Cider Mill brings you some good old-fashioned apple cider fun. Activities begin with the Louisburg Lions Pancake Breakfast, 8:30am – 11am. Other activities such as pony rides, inflatable slide, cider and donut-making and craft booths are ongoing throughout the day until 6 pm. Naturally, the first course of the Ciderfest is watching how apples are freshly pressed into 100% pure apple cider — from initial washing to the actual press. You can buy a cup of fresh hot or cold cider, munch on a cider doughnut, try a freshly dipped caramel apple, be there for the pancake breakfast, or sample a Lost Trail Root Beer — one of the soda treats that Louisburg Cider Mill has become famous for. We hope visitors will tap their toes to live music with a bluegrass or country flare, seek out homemade kettle corn and other unique fare like fried pickles. A wide variety of arts and craft booths abound where you can find gifts such as original candles and home crafted furniture or homemade toys for the kids!

Lenexa Food Truck Frenzy Sept. 23, Lenexa Civic Campus, 87th Street Parkway and Penrose Lane, Lenexa, KS. Come out to Lenexa City Center to sample what the metro’s best food trucks have to offer. 

Grand Festival of Chez les Canses Sept. 23 at Fort Osage, Sibley, MO.  $7.00 Adults $4.00 Youth, $4.00 Seniors. (816) 229-8980. Explore the history of the early French explorers who settled at the confluence of the Kansas and Missouri Rivers in the late 1700s. This annual event celebrates the French contributions to our regional history. Skilled interpreters, attired in appropriate late 18th century clothing, will lead you on a journey of discovery. Witness the arts, crafts and customs of these early European explorers and settlers.

Overland Park Fall Festival Sept. 23 at Santa Fe Commons Park, 8045 Santa Fe Drive, Overland Park, KS. The Overland Park Fall Festival features a hometown parade through Downtown Overland Park, the county’s best arts and crafts fair, the state’s best farmers’ market, three stages of concerts, fantastic food and much more! 

American Indian Cultural Celebration Sept. 24 at Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, 4525 Oak St., Kansas City, MO. FREE and Open to the Public. Join us as Kansas City celebrates the vibrant cultural and artistic expressions of American Indians, featuring the Haskell Indian Nations University Dancers, art activities, storytelling, games, and demonstrations. ENJOY Lakota storytelling, flute performance, and Hoop Dance by Kevin Locke (Lakota and Anishinaabe) of Bloomington, Indiana. EXPERIENCE the Apache Crown Dancers from Cibecue, Arizona. LEARN with Lakota musician Ron Brave and informal discussions with representatives of the Kansas City Indian Center. 

Step Up for Down Syndrome Sept. 24 at Arrowhead Stadium - Parking Lot C, 1 Arrowhead Drive, Parking Lot C, Kansas City, MO. Tickets: $15 child - $20 adult. Please Enjoy a day of family fun, as we celebrate all individuals with Down syndrome. The Step-Up Walk will feature many family activities - mechanical rides, moonwalks, pony rides, carnival games, music, stilt walkers, dancing and so much more. 

Smoke on the Trails BBQ Competition Sept. 29-30, Celebration Park, Gardner, KS. This is a qualifying event for the American Royal World Series of Barbeque competition and the Jack Daniels World Championship for 2018. Friday evening the public is welcome to come out and hang with their friends and families for the evening from 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Live bands will be on site to keep the party moving and a kid zone will be provided for the youngsters. A Beer Garden will be provided for the adults to enjoy responsibly Friday evening as well. Formal BBQ judging will begin on Saturday and a total purse of $10,000 will be on the line for teams participating in the categories of chicken, ribs, pork and brisket. Top 10 in each category will be awarded.

Vintage Market Days - Fall Gathering @ Zona Rosa Sept. 29 - Oct. 1 at Zona Rosa, 8640 N Dixson Avenue, KCMO.  Tickets: $5-$10. Enjoy three days of the very best vintage vendors from the Kansas City area and across the nation. VMD™ is an upscale vintage and vintage-inspired indoor/outdoor market featuring original art, antiques, home decor, clothing, handmade treasures, jewelry, outdoor furnishings, consumable yummies, seasonal plantings and a little more.

Oktoberfest in Shawnee! Sept. 29 at Shawnee Civic Centre, 13817 Johnson Drive, Shawnee, KS. Event features authentic German food and beverages - available for purchase. This year’s entertainment will feature live music and entertainment from: - Duo Diesel, from our Sister City - Erfurt, Germany! - The Alpen Spielers! 

Grand Slam Beer/Wine Festival Sept. 29 at Celebration Park, Gardner, KS. Admission charged. Local breweries and wineries will be on hand to set up in the outfields at Celebration Park to share their creations of libations with you. This is an adult only event, and attendees must be at least 21 years of age to enter.

Gladfest Sept. 29 - Oct. 1 at Linden Square, 70th Street and N. Holmes, Gladstone, MO. Live entertainment on Linden Square Stage! A Carnival will be open all three days for kids of all ages. Marketplace Tents will be located just west of Community Center and will offer valuable contacts with local businesses and civic organizations. Larger commercial vendors and the best in food and beverages will be found along 70th Street and N. Holmes. Arts and Crafts vendors will be located west of City Hall and south of the carnival.

Kansas Chocolate Festival Sept. 30 at Downtown Topeka, Kansas Ave, Topeka, KS. Chocolate, baked goods and sweets from regional businesses. Stage demonstrations. The Kansas Chocolate Competition. Live music, food trucks and a children’s play area. Unique experiences provided by Mars Chocolate North America and Downtown Topeka shops. The Combat Air Museum’s Winged-Foot 5K and 10K run.

Belton OktoberFest Sept. 30 at Belton Memorial Park 602 Maurer Pkwy, Belton, MO. Fun one-night fest. Free event admission. Great for families including two free bounce houses and an exotic animal petting zoo for the kids. Pony rides available. Enjoy cuisine from food trucks, try the Martin City Brewing Company's beer garden, craft vendors, a car show and free live music throughout the evening.

Kansas Cowboy Jubilee (Asleep at the Wheel and Hot Club of Cowtown) Sept. 30 at Carlsen Center at Johnson County Community College, 12345 College Blvd, Overland Park, KS. FREE Events (Concert $28 - $44). Before the musicians rosin up their bows, a full day of free, family-friendly fun is on tap at JCCC. Starting at 11 a.m. and running until 4 p.m. in the Carlsen Center, you will find: Kansas Studies Institute Guest Lecturers, Topics on Kansas history presented by university professors, Kansas historians, authors and Kansas ranchers. Lobby Exhibits and Vendors. Exhibits include trick roping, cowboy art and sculpture, quilts, cowboy boots, hats and saddle displays, Flint Hills Discovery Center, ranch exhibits, steer roping, art activities for the kids and the Mahaffie Stagecoach. NEW this year: cowboy memorabilia for sale! Performances and Audience Interaction – Polsky Theatre Cowboy songwriting and sing-a-longs, barn dancing, trick roping, photo-to-canvas art and cowboy sculptures. The day ends with a free performance by the Quebe Sisters, 4:30 p.m. in Polsky Theatre! And if you work up an appetite, there will be a barbecue lunch for sale.

Fall Swing at KC Pumpkin Patch Sept. 30 - Oct. 1 at KC Pumpkin Patch, 13875 S. Gardner Road, Olathe, KS. Handmade & Vintage Vendors. Wine. Pumpkins. Goats. Apples. Kettle Corn. Wine. FUN! Join The Midwest's #1 Indie Craft Fair as we celebrate the handmade movement and all things fall at KC Wine Co. and KC Pumpkin Patch! We are {SO} excited! Admission to the craft fair and winery is FREE.  Admission to the Pumpkin Patch is $10.00.

Shawnee Fall Festival at Family Tree Nursery Sept. 30 - Oct. 1 at Family Tree Nursery, 7036 Nieman Rd., Shawnee, KS. Enjoy music, food and tons of activities for the kids! Prepare for fall with a huge selection of pumpkins, gourds and mums. Don’t miss out on Terrarium & Fairy Garden Workshops, too!

Weston Tobacco Festival Sept. 30 at 357 Main Street, Weston, MO. Tobacco Festival is our biggest party of the year! This event is reserved for members of the Weston Tobacco Cigar Aficionado club. The festival will include: live music, all-you-can-eat BBQ, all-you-can-drink beer, scotch tastings, and some great cigar specials! 

Apple Festival - Old Prairie Town at Ward-Meade Historic Site Sept. 30 - Oct. 1, Old Prairie Town at Ward-Meade Historic Site, 124 NW Fillmore St., Topeka, KS. Admission is $5 in advance and $6 at the gate. Ages 12 and under are free. Live entertainment, demonstrations, heritage food and arts and crafts fair make this a fun family event. Heritage food will be served, and all the historic buildings will be open with tour guides. Peddlers Village, the arts and crafts fair, will be located throughout our stunning 2.5-acre botanical garden. With vendors present, there will be a wide variety of things to see. 

October Festivals in Kansas City:

Summit Art Festival Oct. 6-8, Downtown Lee's Summit, Lee's Summit, MO. Watercolor, Oil, Graphite, Acrylic, Pottery, Sculpture, Photography, Pastels, Fiber, Mixed Media, and more will be on display. The festival will have over 90 artists displaying fine art to view and purchase. 

Independence Fire & Ice Oct. 6 & 7 at Silverstein Ice Center 19100 E Valley View Pkwy, Independence, MO. The Independence Fire & Ice BBQ quickly became one of the premier competitions in the Midwest drawing teams from across the United States each Fall since its inception.

Fall Discovery Day Oct. 7, Westport Roanoke Community Center, 3601 Roanoke Rd, Kansas City, MO. Come discover what KC Parks has to offer this Fall and Winter! Free admission, activities and more!

Fall on the Farm Oct. 7 at Watkins Mill State Park 26600 Park Road North, Lawson, MO. Costumed interpreters demonstrate rural life of the 1870s. Special activities include sheep shearing, corn shelling, cider pressing, gardening, blacksmithing, wood stove cooking, seed saving, toy making, Victorian children’s games and rag doll making. Tours of the woolen mill will be available for a fee. The Mt. Vernon church and Franklin school will be open. There will be no admission charge for the event itself. So come join us for learning and fun! 

Waterfire Oct. 7 from 7-10pm at Country Club Plaza, 47th & Wyandotte, Kansas City, MO. WaterFire has many components, however the focal point is the installation of braziers in Brush Creek. The fragrance of aromatic wood smoke and flickering firelight of each brazier create a unique ambiance unlike anything else in Kansas City. Live vocals, dance and acrobatics will be performed by Quixotic, StoneLion Puppet Theatre, Rhythmic Flames, Kansas City Drum Tribe, Trio Forte and renowned operatic tenor Ben Gulley. In addition to the entertainment, Seasons 52, Zocalo Mexican Tequileria, Cooper’s Hawk and Kona Grill will have pop-up food and drink stands. 

Greater Kansas City Japan Festival Oct. 7 at Johnson County Community College, 1234 College Blvd., Carlsen Center, Overland Park, KS.The Japan Festival offers attendees an exciting mix of Japanese popular culture including both contemporary and traditional music performances; martial arts demonstrations; tea ceremonies, Anime and Manga, Kimono exhibits, Samurai workshops, Sumo Suits, Bonsai and Ikebana (the Japanese art of flower arranging) a variety of exhibits, food from local Japanese restaurants, and much more.

Weston Applefest Oct. 7-8, Weston, MO. Tickets: Adults $1.00 Donation, Kids under 15 FREE. Visitors to Applefest are encouraged to come early on Saturday morning to enjoy Weston’s hometown parade along Main Street at 10:00 am. The Saturday parade will feature antique tractors, classic cars, fire trucks and bands. There will be over 60 art and craft booths along the downtown Main Street to peruse and you’re also invited to browse the many unique Weston shops during your visit. The mini-hay baler has demonstrated and sold his hay bales for 26 years. Watch apple butter being made over an open wood fire and purchase a jar of apple butter to take home. Kids will love to work the apple press to see how apple cider is made. Weston’s famous apple dumplings, apple pies, and cookies will be available through our local churches. Catch a quick and tasty bite at our Applefest Food Court or, you might choose to sit down, relax and enjoy the delicious cuisine at one of the several fine restaurants in Weston. Fun children’s activities both days are planned in the park with Pony Rides, Face Painting, Straw Bale Maze, Pumpkin Painting, and Agriculture Education Interactive Games and Activities.

KC Games for Good Oct. 7 at National WWI Museum and Liberty Memorial, 2 Memorial Drive, Kansas City, MO. KC Games for Good is a one-day event to showcase – and celebrate – that sense of community service and civic pride for which both Kansas City and the Plaza Rotary Club are so well known-sponsored by St Luke's Hospital, the event includes competitive games for all, a kids’ scavenger hunt, food and entertainment. All proceeds help to support those in need who are served locally by such organizations as the Urban Ranger Corps and Hope House, as well as those served around the globe through the Plaza Rotary Foundation.

Scarecrow Festival Oct. 7 at Shawnee City Hall, 11110 Johnson Drive, Shawnee, KS. Downtown Shawnee will be transformed as businesses and merchants participate in a scarecrow contest. Come and check out all the creative displays along Johnson Drive and in front of City Hall. For you chefs out there showcase your skills by participating in the baking contest, which includes categories for pumpkin pie, fruit pie, and pumpkin bread. Winners in each category will receive a $50 prize. Samples of the delectable desserts will be available for purchase after the contest.

42nd Annual Missouri Town 1855 Festival of Arts, Crafts and Music Oct. 7-8, Missouri Town 1855, Fleming Park. Admission: $10.00 per car/van; $20.00 per school/commercial bus. Discover why this popular annual fall event has been a family tradition for thousands over the past 40 years. Skilled interpreters will bring the antebellum living history site to life with the music, dance, games, crafts, and delicious foods of 1855. A full-service food court will offer traditional festival culinary delights. Enjoy a fun-filled hay wagon ride with the entire family. Watch sorghum being harvested, round and boiled to form exquisite syrup. Skilled crafters and artisans will offer those special “one-of-a-kind” treasures, the perfect opportunity to start holiday shopping. Piping hot cider, fragrant wood fires and unique architecture makes this an ideal family autumn outing! Please no pets.

CAPITAL CITY JAZZ & FOOD TRUCK FESTIVAL Oct. 7 at Downtown Topeka, KS. If you were there last year, you know you don’t want to miss the 3rd Annual Capital City Jazz & Food Truck Festival in Topeka, Kansas! Free concert & 20+ Food Trucks!

Harvest Moon American Indian Festival 7th Annual Oct. 7 at 31st & Troost, Kansas City, MO. There will be a variety of foods and, of course, traditional, American Indian Fry Bread and Indian Tacos. This year the headliners will be Tony Duncan and Micki Free. Enjoy a variety of activities and performances all through the event and there is no charge. This is a community wide and state-wide event which is the only one like it in an urban area. 

Weston Irish Fest Oct. 13-15, Downtown Weston, MO. The three-day festival features great Irish Music and fun. Admission charged.

Pony Express PumpkinFest Oct. 13-15, Downtown St. Joseph, MO. This free family arts festival celebrates the fall harvest with live entertainment, a children’s costume parade, festival rides, games, storytelling, crafts and food. Enjoy the lighting of the “Great Pumpkin Mountain” on opening night. 

31st Annual Fall Festival Oct. 13-15, Shawnee Indian Mission Museum, 3403 W 53rd St, Fairway, KS. Including live musical performances from Folk Alliance International artists, outdoor vendor & artisan market, children’s games and crafts, living history & first-person re-enactors and food trucks!

Old Fashioned Street Faire Oct.14, Downtown, Smithville, MO. Visit the 50+ vendors displaying art, crafts, small businesses, furniture, homemade foods, antiques and collectibles, Halloween and Christmas gifts and decor while being entertained by dancers, musicians, face-painters and comedians or painting that special pumpkin along with many other crafts for the kids. Not to be forgotten is the delicious festival foods that make a delightful day just come together. 

Pumpkin Patch for DeLaSalle Oct. 14, Brookside Park, 5600 Brookside Blvd, Kansas City, MO. Pumpkin Patch is a FREE family event featuring kid-friendly live music, inflatables, pony rides, face painting, food and plenty of pumpkins! Have fun and help us raise funds and awareness for DeLaSalle Charter High school -- Missouri's only alternative charter high school dedicated to serving urban core students at high risk of not graduating.

Lansing Fall Festival Oct. 14, Angel Falls Trails, 900 Ida St., by St. Francis de Sales, Lansing, KS. Enjoy live entertainment, craft vendors and local artists. As always, the library will be there to help with pumpkin crafting.

Topeka Science & Tech Fest Oct. 14, 700-block of S. Kansas Avenue, Topeka, KS. Hands-on activities and demonstrations aimed at toddlers to eighth-graders will line the street, plus food trucks and other fun. 

Harvest Festival at Shoal Creek Oct. 14 at Shoal Creek Living History Museum, 7000 NE Barry Rd, Kansas City, MO. Tickets: $5 per person (age 5 and under free). Entertainment for all ages: Puppet Show, Historical Games, 19th Century Re-enactors bring the village to life with skits and demonstrations, Music, Face Painting, Kettle Corn, Pony Rides, Pumpkins for sale, and much more. $1 horse-drawn wagon rides from noon to 4:00 p.m. Stop by the Questers’ concession stand to fill your belly and wet your whistle!

49th Annual Heritage Festival Oct. 14-15, Historic Arrow Rock, MO. Admission is $2 per day and includes parking. This year’s festival features lost-art crafts demonstrated and sold by costumed artisans, live music and entertainment, great food, and the historic ambiance you won’t find anywhere else! Festival runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Join us at 8:45 a.m. on Sunday for an old-fashioned, non-denominational worship service at the historic Christian Church.

Sugar Mounds Arts & Crafts Festival Oct. 14-15, Highway 7 just North of the Little Sugar Creek, Mound City, MO. Throughout the weekend, visitors come to shop for craft and art work as well as to eat the taste tempting foods which are supplied by Linn County food booths.

31st Annual Fall Festival at the Shawnee Indian Mission Oct. 14-15, Shawnee Indian Mission Historic Site, 3403 W. 53rd Street, Fairway, KS. Suggested donation, $2. Festival includes live musical performances from Folk Alliance International artists, outdoor vendor & artisan market, children’s games and crafts, living history & first-person re-enactors and food trucks!

Glow: A Jack O’ Lantern Festival Oct. 20-21at Powell Gardens, 1609 N.W. U.S. Highway 50, Kingsville, MO. This Spooktacular annual festival features a one-mile path of 750 expertly carved jack-o-lanterns. Thousands of visitors to the weekend-long festival will experience the transformation of garden produce, pumpkins and gourds into a fantastic seasonal aesthetic display. The weekend also offers fall hay rides, hands-on activities, and food and beverage vendors. New this year, a carnivorous plant display, a Kids Corral and an After-Glow event for adults.

Lenexa Chili Challenge Oct. 20-21 at Old Town Lenexa, Santa Fe Trail Drive & Pflumm Road, Lenexa, KS. Free samples on Saturday, while supplies last. About 200 teams compete in our chili, salsa and hot wings contests in hopes of taking home the Grand Champion prize. Teams host private parties on Friday night and give out samples to everyone on Saturday. Activities include musical entertainment both days, fireworks on Friday night, the Kids Kornbread Contest and Hot Pepper Eating Contest on Saturday.

Mother Earth News Fair Oct. 21 & 22 at Kansas Expocentre, One Expocentre Dr., Topeka, KS. With more than 150 workshops, there is no shortage of informative demonstrations and lectures to educate and entertain you over the weekend.

Pumpkins on Parade Oct. 21 at Cave Spring Park, 8701 E. Gregory Boulevard, Raytown, MO. The 8th Annual Pumpkins on Parade, sponsored by the Raytown Three Trails Kiwanis, is a free community event where the trails of Cave Spring Park will be lined with over 1,000 lit pumpkins carved by many community groups. There will be games for the kids, the Raytown Fire Dept., food trucks and plenty of fun for all.

Pumpkins & Mums Festival Oct. 21 at Downtown Excelsior Springs, MO. Street vendors, food vendors, wine/beer garden, music, entertainment, pie eating contests, petting zoo and more!

Maple Leaf Festival Oct. 21 & 22, Baldwin City, KS. Saturday begins with a parade at 11:00 am. Complete with a children’s competition, marching bands, floats and antique cars, the parade starts the festival off with a bang. Sunday concludes the festivities with additional events and crafts for sale and a quilt show. Craft booths (both indoor and outdoor) are open from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm on Saturday and 9:00 am to 5:00 pm on Sunday. Throughout the day, families can enjoy the Kids Zone with crafts and rides for children 10 and under, ride the historic Midland Railroad from Baldwin to Nowhere, KS and enjoy dramatic arts and music. Food for every taste abounds. 

4th Annual Día de los Muertos/Day of the Dead Celebration Oct. 22 at Kessler Park and Scarritt Point, (Parkland West of the Kansas City Museum), 3218 Gladstone Blvd, Kansas City, MO. Enjoy live music by Pablo Sanheza’s Latin Quintet, face painting, and puppetry by StoneLion Puppet Theatre. Decorate sugar skulls, make tissue flowers, sample traditional Día de los Muertos bread by Panaderia de las Americas, contribute to a community altar installation and much more.

Dogtober Fest Oct. 22, Kemper Outdoor Education Center, Fleming Park. Free admission with a donation of dog food for local animal shelters. Bring your best friend out for a day that celebrates all things canine. Enjoy competitions in dock diving and Frisbee catching -- and see "working dogs" demonstrate how they do their jobs. Other event highlights include the Halloween Costume Contest, the Tails for Trails one-mile dog-walk, Agility, Rally, Canine Good Citizen, and the Blessing of the Animals. In lieu of an admission fee, dog food donations will be accepted for local animal shelters.

Enchanted Forest: Lenexa Oct. 26 from 5:30-8:30pm at Sar-Ko-Par Park, Lenexa, KS. For one night only, Sar-Ko-Par Trails Park is transformed into The Enchanted Forest, where there is something to delight even the smallest of Halloween revelers. 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 at your leisure. The Enchanted Forest is primarily an entertainment event - not a trick-or-treating event. However, there will be a limited supply of candy in the sponsor area, thanks to their generosity.

Holiday Treasures Craft Festival Oct. 28 at Shawnee Civic Center, 13817Johnson Drive, Shawnee, KS. Beat the crowds this holiday season and pick up some unique, hand-crafted holiday gifts while you are at it! Admission is free and it’s a wonderful time to start your holiday shopping.

Historical Hauntings Oct. 28 from 6-8:30pm at Shawnee Town Museum, 11600 Johnson Drive, Shawnee, KS. Admission $1.00. Shawnee Town's Historical Hauntings is a real scream for Halloween fans. Slither by on Saturday, October 28th from 6:00 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. Come to the grounds of Shawnee Town, 11501 W. 57th, three blocks west of Nieman Road where all activities are free with a $1 suggested donation to benefit Shawnee Town 1929 and open to the public. The Optimist Club of Shawnee-Mission will be selling snacks at the “Ghoul Café” and there will be trick-or-treating, tractor drawn hayrides, Farmstead tours, an eyeball candy counting contest, opportunities for Halloween photos and costume contests with five separate categories and awesome prizes!

Note: This is your Guide to Fall Festivals in Kansas City 2017. This list was compiled by the staff of KC Parent Magazine and may not be reproduced in print or online without permission. If you know of changes or additions to this guide, please email kristina@kcparent.com

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