Aug 23, 2013 KC's Fall Bucket List

The Best of Kansas City's Family Fun in the Fall

Kansas City's Fall Festivals: 2013

Kansas City's Fall Festivals: 2013

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 2013. 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 2013:

September Festivals in Kansas City:


KC Irish Fest Aug. 30 - Sept. 1, Crown Center. 30 Celtic rock and traditional Irish bands on 7 stages. Over 20 heritage workshops, exhibits and genealogy. Ticket prices vary. 

Santa-Cali-Gon Days Aug. 31 - Sept. 3, Independence, MO. This premier annual festival on historic Independence Square features more than 400 crafters/vendors and more than 100 food booths, free local and nationally known country western music on a community stage, gospel stage and headliner stage, a midway carnival and old fashioned contests like watermelon seed spitting, ice cream eating and rootbeer chugging. FREE except carnival and vendor purchases 816.252.4745

Concordia Fall Festival Sept 3-8, Concordia, MO. An exciting four-day, five-night celebration held the first week after Labor Day each September. 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. Activities include; Queen Contest, Baby Health Contest, Home Economics Show, Farm Products Show, Floriculture Show, Arts, Crafts & Threads Show, 4-H Show, Livestock Show, Parades. NOTE: We have been advised that this festival has adults (not families) in mind in the evenings and in particular, Friday evening is a grown-up crowd.

Old Settlers Days Sept. 5-7, Downtown Olathe. Carnival, crafts, booths, parade on Saturday, and family fun! 

Art Westport Sept. 6-8, Westport. Art Westport 2013 is celebrating 34 years of creativity! The annual festival has become a Kansas City tradition and is a favorite among local artists. The three-day event will take place in Historic Westport, providing the perfect backdrop for a “Kansas City” Artists Fair. Top artists from around the Metro will line the streets of Westport showcasing their original art, unique jewelry, fine crafts and much more. Top artists from around the Metro will line the streets of Westport showcasing their original art, unique jewelry, fine crafts and much more.  Friday – 5 – 9PM; Saturday – 10AM – 9PM; Sunday – 11AM – 5PM.

KC Juggling and Yo-Yo Festival Sept. 6-8, at Rockhurst High School (9301 State Line Rd., KCMO) Come join the Kansas City Juggling as we present our 5th annual Juggling and Yoyo Festival!  We teach all levels and all ages to juggle, yoyo, hula hoop and acrobatics.  Its like your very own Circus School!  The even is FREE Saturday 12-5 or if you want to stay for the full weekend, get your all access tickets for $20. 

Kansas City Chalk and Walk Festival Sept 7, 11am-8pm, Sept 8, 11am-5pm, Crown Center Square 2450 Grand Blvd. Kansas City , MO. Street Painting was created in Italy many centuries ago and brought to life by artists using pastel chalks as their medium and pavement/brick as their canvas. You Are Invited to experience the creation of these street paintings, interact with the artists, enjoy street performers, Children's Creative Corridor and Workshops.

The Big Shoal Country Fair Sept. 7, Atkins-Johnson Farm (6508 N. Jackson Ave) in Gladstone. The Friends of the Atkins Johnson Farm and Museum will host the Big Shoal Country Fair. This event is free to the public and includes period craft demonstrations, live music, petting zoo, country fair styled games, crafts, and a canning and baked goods contest. Come spend the at the beautiful historic and Atkins-Johnson Farm! Admission to the fair is free, although some events require activity tickets. 

Prairie Village Jazz Festival Sept. 7, Harmon Park. The PV Jazz Festival brings thousands of people together to enjoy a free evening of magical music, fabulous artistry, delectable food & drink, and fun. Critics raved about the 2010 festival, and Prairie Village put itself on the map as the newest “destination jazz festival” in Kansas City.Don’t forget to bring a lawn chair or blanket. 

Carnival for CASA Sept. 7, from 11am-4pm, Paradise Park. Bounce houses, face painters, balloon artists, entertainment, Sluggerr, a petting zoo, a performance by Mr. Stinky Feet and lunch are all included in the ticket price. Proceeds benefit Court Appointed Special Advocates of Jackson County, an advocacy organization that is the voice in court for abused and neglected children. To purchase tickets, visit http://www.jacksoncountycasa-mo.org/news-events/special-events/carnival-for-casa/

Lenexa Spinach FestivalSpinach Festival Sept. 7, Sar-Ko-Par Trails Park. Lenexa was hailed as the “Spinach Capital of the World” during the 1930’s! Did you know that Belgian farmers grew Spinach in the Lenexa area and shipped it by rail? The Spinach Festival rolls all of the history surrounding Lenexa into a fun celebration! Visitors of all ages can participate in the games and activities, dine at the expanded food court and plan for a day of family fun, including interacting with Popeye and Olive Oyl, sampling the World’s Largest Spinach Salad and entering the youngest festival goers in the Swee’pea Baby Crawling Contest. Fee is $1; children under 13 are free. 913.477.7100 

Buffalo Bill Days Sept. 13 & 14, Haymarket Square. Western-themed annual festival featuring live music, family-friendly activities, food, beer/beverages, vendors and entertainment. Fees for activities. 913.682.3924 

Belton Fall Festival Sept. 13 & 14, Main Street Belton. Community Festival with vendors, crafts, and family fun!

Mission Arts & Eats Festival Sept. 13 & 14, Mission, KS. The Mission Arts & Eats Festival is a fun-filled two day event that provides a wide variety of activities and entertainment for the whole family: fine arts and crafts; delicious food; and lively entertainment in a comfortable, relaxed environment that exemplifies the City of Mission! The “Battle of the Brisket State Championship”, and a BBQ contest. 913.722.8206 

Blue Springs Fall Festival Sept. 13-15, Historic Blue Springs. Entertainment on three stages & a carnival for the kids. Eastern Jackson County's largest parade is held on Saturday. The festival is held on Main St and has over 280 craft and food booths. 816.228.6322 

Zona Rosa Arts Festival Sept. 13-15, Zona Rosa. Enjoy live music, dance and theatrical performances while you browse a collection of watercolor and oil paintings, photography, sculpture, handcrafted jewelry and more. 816.587.8180 

Jesse James Festival Sept. 14 - 22, Kearney Fair Grounds. Carnival, Crafts, Demonstrations, Demolition Derby, Concerts, Rodeo and much more!!!  

Apple Festival Sept. 14, First Baptist Church of Raymore. 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. A variety of handmade crafts and quilts are donated to the Children’s Home from all over the state to be auctioned and sold at the Festival. Deadline to submit quilts and crafts for judging is August 26 by 5:00 p.m. Drop-off points for quilts and crafts are: Blue River Baptist Association, Northgate Baptist Church or the MBCH Byrne Campus in Peculiar. 

Fall Music Fest & Back Porch Jam Sept. 14, Watkins Woolen Mill State Park and State Historic Site . Bring your banjo, fiddle, guitar, harmonica, or mandolin and join the fun at the Watkins family home. Featured songwriters and musicians will perform original songs and folk music throughout the day on the front porch of the house. 816.580.3387 

Worlds of Fun HalloweenHowl-O-Fest at Worlds of Fun Weeekends mid- September - October at Worlds of Fun. Fall under the spell of scare-free daytime Howl-o-Fest at Worlds of Fun. Your little ones will be charmed by the all-new Planet Spooky. Plus, they’ll love the Magical House on Boo Hill, live shows, and a costume parade. Then come back at night for grown-up Halloween scares. 

Plaza Art Fair Sept. 20-22, Country Club Plaza. Each autumn, the streets of the Country Club Plaza are transformed into a beautiful outdoor art gallery. Artists from across the country will come together to display their fabulous artwork and attract countless art enthusiasts. A nationally-recognized event, the Plaza Art Fair features: 240 Artists, 30 Plaza Restaurants, Three Live Music Stages, Kids Art Workshop, Kemper Street Museum. 

Shawnee Town Craft Fair Sept. 21, from 9am-4pm, Shawnee Town. Shoppers can browse through close to 100 craft booths featuring the creations of jewelers, weavers, chefs, woodworkers and other artisans. $1 entrance donation. 913.248.2360 

Waldo Fall Festival Sept. 21, Games, Food, Rides and much much more. Bring your friends and family to this annual event and experience the charm of Waldo! 

Parktoberfest Sept. 21, English Landing Park. Thousands of regional music lovers, foodies and wine and beer connoisseurs make for a great day in English Landing Park. Now add  the  Park University homecoming to the mix. The pretty little town on the river will be a favorite destination. The free festival on Saturday September 21, begins at noon, following a 5K benefit “RUN IN THE PARK” sponsored by the Parkville Chamber of Commerce. 

Liberty Fall Festival Sept. 27-29, The festival features 175 quality Arts and Crafts booths, carnival rides, food and more. 816.781.5200 

Oktoberfest Lee's Summit Sept. 27 & 28, Downtown Lee's Summit. Visitors to Oktoberfest will enjoy the ever-popular Biergarten, German bands, beer and brats, authentic German meals, non-stop entertainment and much more including Kids Street! Kids Street is a special place for kids to participate in free activities, games and crafts. From pumpkin decorating to putting contests, there’s lots of fun to be had on Kids Street – and it’s free! 

Wild West Show Sept. 28, Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm.Enjoy lots of hands-on activities for the whole family!  Performances may include acts from the Whip Crackin' Dare Devils, Wicked Liars, the Santa Fe Desperadoes, and Gunsmoke and  Petticoats.  Some activities may require an extra fee.  Take the free shuttle bus from Olathe North High School for this event. Admission $5 ages 5 and up, or 5 tickets for $20. 913.971.5111 

Grand Festival of Chez Canses Sept. 28, Fort Osage. In the late 1700s French and Spanish traders actively engaged in commerce with local Native Americans while their home countries vied for dominance on the North American Frontier. The reconstructed 1808 Fort Osage provides a stunning backdrop as skilled interpreters bring the rich colonial customs of these two countries to life. Ongoing demonstrations and knowledgeable staff will introduce our visitors to this fascinating segment of our past! Price: Adults, $7.00; Youth, $4.00; Seniors, $3.00. 816.503.4860 

Overland Park Fall Festival Sept. 28, Downtown Overland Park. The festival features: Johnson County's best Arts and Crafts Fair, three stages of free concerts, free children's entertainment and kid-friendly activities, including moonwalks, an inflatable obstacle course, food booths, and a free motorcycle and classic car show. 

Ciderfest & Craft Fair Sept. 28 & 29 and Oct. 5 & 6, Louisburg Cider Mill. Enjoy Handmade Crafts, Barbeque, Live Music, Old Fashioned Good Eats, Pumpkins and a lot of other Fun Activities! From the Pumpkin Patch to Kettle Corn, there is something for everyone in the family. Craft Fair, Fresh Cider Making, Cider Donuts, Live Music, Kids Activities, Hay Castle, Hayrides, and Farm Animal Viewing Area. 913.837.5202 

American Royal Parade Sept. 28, Downtown Kansas City. Bring your friends, family and neighbors as we grow our tradition of paying tribute to America's Military at the American Royal's 88th Annual Parade on Saturday, September 28. Beginning at 9:45 a.m., the Parade will again travel north up Grand Boulevard from Pershing to Truman Road. Last year's Parade was one of the largest in recent memory and certainly the largest in the Midwest region honoring our military veterans. Building on this momentum, plans for the 2013 parade are even bigger and more exciting. There will be close to 4,000 people marching in the parade including active duty military, veterans from every conflict, 2,000 Boy Scouts, Combines and tractors, 4H and FFA youngsters, some of Kansas City's best marching bands and drill teams, saddle clubs, vintage cars, civic groups and decked-out parade floats. Many of the floats celebrate the parade’s agriculture theme, honoring The American Royal’s commitment to fostering the development of young Americans in a wide variety of agricultural fields. Tens of thousands of Kansas Citians lined Grand Boulevard last year and the collective “Thank You” could be heard for miles around! Spend Saturday morning September 28th with the men, women and families who keep America free as Kansas City’s largest Parade in their honor marches by. This is a unique event not to be missed. 

Double Ogg Dare Festival Sept. 28, Shawnee Mission Park. A walk in the park, two trail runs, six mountain bike challenges, orienteering, live bluegrass music, and a future park site full of back-to-nature children’s activities. Choose your fun and enjoy a day full of Family Adventure and Challenge while helping raise funds for a very significant addition to Shawnee Mission Park. Festival admission is only $5 and children 10 & under are free. 

October Festivals in Kansas City:

Hoots and Howls at the Zoo Weekends in October, Kansas City Zoo. The fun lasts from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Each weekend in October is full of zoo-mazing activities and entertainment including face painting, hay rides, pedal tractors, a haybale maze, and costumed characters. Check out our Tatzoo Parlor and Felton Skeleton. Shake your ghoul thing at the Monster Mash. Visit the Slitherin Snake Shed. Find flat Ice3 in the Zoo for your chance to win a prize! Watch our animals participate in the fun by smashing pumpkins. Regular Zoo Admission Applies. FOTZ Members are Free. 816.513.5800 

Howl-O-Fest at Worlds of Fun Weeekends mid- September - October at Worlds of Fun. Fall under the spell of scare-free daytime Howl-o-Fest at Worlds of Fun. Your little ones will be charmed by the all-new Planet Spooky. Plus, they’ll love the Magical House on Boo Hill, live shows, and a costume parade. Then come back at night for grown-up Halloween scares. 

Pumpkin Express Train Rides Weekends in October - call for reservations. Trains depart at 12:30, 2:00, and 3:30. Kids under three FREE every day! Call for more information: 816.331.0630 

Harvest Celebration & Antique Tractor Show Oct. 4  - 6, Powell Gardens. The first weekend of October brings a return to Powell Gardens' agricultural roots with a festival that celebrates the best of the harvest season. The festival includes an exhibit of antique tractors, engines and other equipment, complete with a parade of power and tractor-driving skills games. In 2013, Powell Gardens is pleased to serve as the state show site for the International Harvestors Collectors' Club Chapter One. Along with the tractors and related exhibits, visitors will find plenty of other fall fun, including pumpkin painting, a scarecrow exhibit, a pedal tractor pull and outdoor family games. Festival pricing: $12/adults, $10/seniors, $5 children 5-12, members/free. 816.697.2600

Gladfest Oct. 4-6, Gladstone, MO. Gladfest is a wonderful fall festival with something for everyone! Don't miss the Parade on Saturday morning as well as daily entertainment from Center Stage! A Carnival will be open all three days for kids of all ages. The Carnival will offer an "All You Can Ride" wristband special on Sunday afternoon from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM. Marketplace Tents will be located just west of City Hall 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. 

Summit Art Festival Oct. 4-6, Downtown Lee's Summit. The event is hosted in collaboration with partner Downtown Lee’s Summit, and it is presented by Saint Luke’s East, Lee’s Summit. This is a high quality fine art event held in Lee’s Summit, Missouri, named as Missouri’s 2010 Creative Community by the Missouri Arts Council. The event parking is free to the artists and the public. Summit Art artists are featured along with other juried local and regional artists. Watercolor, Oil, Graphite, Acrylic, Potery, Sculpture, Photography, Pastels, Fiber, Mixed Media, and more will be on display. 

Scarecrow Festival October 5, Shawnee City Hall. Businesses are invited to participate in the Scarecrow Contest. Merchants all around downtown will create and display scarecrows for public viewing along Johnson Drive and in front of City Hall. Kids can participate in pumpkin painting and building their own scarecrow. Supplies and decorations will be provided at no cost. Other kids’ activities will be available as well. For all the aspiring chefs out there, be sure to join the baking contest, which will include categories for pumpkin pie, fruit pie and pumpkin bread. And, don't miss out on the Farmers’ Market. Fall crops abound! For more information about events or to get a contest entry form, call 913.742.6226. 

Apples, Arts & Antiques Festival Oct. 5 & 6, Lexington, MO. Antique, Craft & Food Vendors on Main St., Wentworth Military Academy Homecoming Parade, 1 pm, Saturday, Apple Cook-Off, 12-1 Saturday, Fashion Show, Sat, 11:30 Victorian Peddler , Apple Auction, 6 pm Saturday, Somerset Cottage, Vintage Fashion Show, 12 noon, Somerset Cottage, Artists, Music, Biscuits & Gravy Breakfast, Fried Fish Lunch, Tractor Show, Car Show, Children's Activities (including petting zoo and face painting), and much more! 

Into the Land of OZ Oct. 5 from 2-9pm at Burr Oak Woods Nature Center. You and your family are invited to help Dorothy in her quest! Remember, there is magic in the night! You never know who you are going to meet along the trail! Lions, and Tigers, and Bears, oh my! Admission is free. Walk-ins welcome. For more information call 816.228.3766. 

Weston Red Barn Weston Applefest October 5 & 6, Main Street Weston. Celebrating 23 years, the Applefest celebration in historic downtown Weston is known throughout the Midwest as one of the best fall festivals in Missouri. Enjoy Weston’s hometown parade along Main Street at 10am. Step back in history and enjoy the time-honored techniques of a Missouri family demonstrating the “lost arts” of Candle and Soap Making, Wood Turning and Carving, Leather Tanning, and Basket Weaving. In addition to the variety of other art and craft booths along the downtown Main Street, you’re also invited to browse the many unique Weston shops during your visit. And, don’t miss the Garden Harvest Market vendors, with all your festival favorites to eat or to decorate your home for fall. Weston’s famous apple dumplings, apple pies, and cookies will also be available through our local churches. 

Ciderfest & Craft Fair Oct. 5 & 6, Louisburg Cider Mill. Enjoy Handmade Crafts, Barbeque, Live Music, Old Fashioned Good Eats, Pumpkins and a lot of other Fun Activities! From the Pumpkin Patch to Kettle Corn, there is something for everyone in the family. Fresh Cider Making, Cider Donuts, Live Music, Kids Activities, Hay Castle, Hayrides, and Farm Animal Viewing Area. 913.837.5202 

Missouri Town 1855 Festival of Arts, Crafts and Music Oct. 5 & 6, Missouri Town 1855. Celebrate the Fall season at Missouri Town’s largest outdoor festival. Hot-spiced cider, 1850’s music and dance, children’s games, period arts and crafts, horse drawn buggy rides and fun-filled hay rides make this a special weekend event. Celebrating its 38th year, Missouri Town’s Fall Festival is one of the region’s longest consecutive festivals!  No Pets Allowed. Saturday, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.; Sunday, 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Price:  $9.00 per car/van$20.00 per school/commercial bus 816.503.4860 

PumpkinFest Oct. 11-13, Pony Express Museum St. Joseph, MO. PumpkinFest is an annual family arts festival held ever year during the second full weekend in October. This free, family arts festival is held the second full week-end in October each year. Come and celebrate the fall harvest at the annual Pony Express Pumpkinest. Live entertainment, children's costume parade, festival rides, games, crafts and food. Watch the lighting of the "Great Pumpkin Mountain" on opening night. Thousands of people come to view hundreds of carved, electrically lit pumpkins come to life with the flip of a switch! 816.279.5059.

Magic Woods October 11 & 12, Lakeside Nature Center. Take a walk on the wild side with Mother Nature and her friends. A safe, fun activity for the entire family. Walk the Nature Trail and listen to animals characters tell their stories. Enjoy this enchanted evening. See actors from Coterie Theater. Katie the Mule will be there along with Eco-Elvis. Oct. 11 from 6pm-9pm and Oct. 12 from 5pm-9pm. $5 per person, children under 3 are FREE. 816.513.8960 

Weston Irish Festival Oct. 11-13, O'Malley's. Great Irish music, piping, dancing, and storytelling, along with traditional Irish food and drinks are what you’ll find at the three-day event. Seventeen local, regional, and national touring acts will perform on the open-air courtyard stage as well as the two indoor pub stages. The aroma of authentic Irish dishes - corned beef, Irish stew, bangers, and coddle will fill the air along with traditional festival favorites – pulled pork sandwiches, hot dogs, nachos, loaded baked potatoes, apple fritters and more. 816.640.5235 

Lansing’s Autumn in the Grove Oct. 12 from 10am - 5pm, Lansing Kansas. "Autumn in the Grove" is held the second Saturday in October. The event takes place in Kelly Grove Park (located at Gilman Road and Main Street / K-7) and gives local organizations an opportunity to raise funds and share information about their groups. Vendors are asked to keep a fall theme with their products. Local artists display their works and some provide demonstrations. Here is an application for vendors who want to participate. You can also register online here. In the event of inclement weather, the event will be held at the Crossroads United Methodist Church, 101 East Gilman (across the street from Kelly Grove Park). 

Whimsical Woods Oct. 12 from 1pm – 4pm at Ernie Miller Nature Center. Meet with the Good Fairy and Forest Friends. Live animals, stories, songs, and surprises will highlight childhood favorites. Reservations are required. For more information and to register call 913.764.7759. $5 per person (including adults). Paid at site. 

Sprint Family Fun Days Oct. 12, KC Power & Light District, from 11am-3pm. Entertainment Includes: Stone Lion Puppet Theater and Dino O'Dell. Dress the kids in their Halloween Costumes and Trick-or-Treat at Power & Light District restaurants and shops.  The entire event is FREE and open to the public! 816.877.8319 

WaterfireWaterFire Oct. 12 from dusk-11pm, Brush Creek. WaterFire Kansas City has become one of the most anticipated events in the community.  In 2012, 70 performers entertained a crowd of 30,000+ people who thrilled to Rhythmic Flames and Quixotic, sang along with Eddie Delahunt and Monique Danielle and enjoyed internationally-recognized tenor Nathan Granner singing with the Sadikov Quartet, as well as new works by Kansas City jazz great Dennis Winslett.  The evening was tied together by percussion and Tibetian bells by the Amagam Percussion Ensemble and concluded with all performers in The Fire Bird grand finale arranged by Wayne Hawkins. 

Heritage Craft Festival: Arrow Rock Oct. 12 & 13, from 10am-5pm, Arrow Rock, MO. $1 Festival admission benefits the arts programs of the Historic Arrow Rock Council. The 43rd Annual Heritage Craft Festival will feature historical, lost-arts crafts demonstrated by artisans in period attire. Note: This is a fun Day Trip for Kansas City Families. 

Shawnee Indian Mission - Fall Festival Oct. 12 & 13, from 10am-5pm, Shawnee Indian Mission. Family friendly fun, crafts, entertainment, and food. During this two-day event you'll see living history reenactors, mountain men, American Indian dancers, spinners, weavers, blacksmith, storytellers, musicians, traditional craftsmen, pony rides, tipis, food, and a quilt show. Handmade crafts for sale. Campfire, music, and storytelling. 913.262.0867 

Shoal Creek Harvest Festival Oct. 12, Shoal Creek Living History Museum. Are you yearning for a simpler time? Enjoy an old fashioned County Fair. Bring your baked goods, sewing, handcrafts for judging or participate in the buffalo Chip Throwing contest! Demos on canning, gardening, quilting and other skills. $5 per person, 5 and under free. 816.792.2655. 

Sugar Mounds Arts & Crafts Festival Oct. 12 & 13, Mound City, KS. Each year on the second weekend of October Mound City’s population swells from about 1000 people to 10,000.  Visitors come to shop for craft and art work as much as to eat the taste temping foods which is supplied by Linn County food booths.

Lenexa Chili Challenge Oct. 18 & 19, Old Town Lenexa. The 2013 Lenexa Chili Challenge will take place on October 18-19 in Old Town Lenexa (at the corner of Santa Fe Trail Drive and Pflumm Road). Each year, about 190 teams compete in two divisions: Chili Appreciation Society International (C.A.S.I.) and Home Style Chili. Contestants also compete in the Salsa and Hot Wing contests. Chili contestants arrive on Friday afternoon to begin setting up their booths. The festivities include live music and entertainment, fireworks, games and activities for all ages. The contest begins Saturday at 9 a.m. and concludes at 4 p.m. with the announcement of the winners. Admission is FREE both days. 913.541.8592

Harvest Night Oct. 18, Raymore Recreation Park. The 2013 Harvest Night will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Activities include haunted hayrides, a haunted walking trail, s'mores by the fire, cocoa, face painting, pumpkin decorating, a pumpkin racing derby and concessions. Cost $5. 

Warsaw Heritage Days Festival Oct. 19 - 20, Warsaw, MO. Historic displays and crafts at the Harry S. Truman Dam & Reservoir Visitor Center. Fall harvest celebration featuring the unique heritage of the area and its people. Crafts of the 1800's are featured at Truman Visitor's Center on Kaysinger Bluff. Modern day crafters offer handmade items for sale at Drake Harbor. Note: this is a day trip or overnight. 

International Lineman's Rodeo Oct. 19, Agricultural Hall of Fame. The Lineman's Rodeo attracts the best linemen from around the world to compete in events based on traditional tasks and skills. Spectators enjoy watching the various competitions, taking a ride on a lift truck to view the sights from up high, hayrides, train rides, lots of children's activities and more. FREE Admission. 913.721.1075 

Maple Leaf Festival Oct. 19 & 20, Baldwin City, KS. Parade, craft fair, carnival and more.

Dogtoberfest Oct. 20, Kemper Outdoor Education Center in Fleming Park. A day of fun and camaraderie for dogs and their owners. Events include Agility, AKC Obedience, Rally Obedience, Frisbee Dogs, Dock Diving and Canine Good Citizen testing. Demonstrations include Jackson County K-9 Unit, Missouri K-9 Search and Rescue, sheep herding, carting, and service dogs. Nearly 100 booths feature shelters, rescues, breed clubs, training groups and  vendors selling every product and service for dogs that you could imagine. 816.503.4860 

Fall Muster at Fort Osage Oct. 26 & 27, Fort Osage. The annual Fall Muster at Fort Osage takes on additional significance as our nation prepares to commemorate the bicentennial of the War of 1812. Often called the Second War of Independence, the young United States found itself again at war with Great Britain. As the furthest military outpost on the frontier, it was questionable if Fort Osage would be able to defend itself if attacked. To bolster its defenses, civilians were formed into a militia. Skilled military and civilian interpreters will bring these tense times to life. Musket and cannon drills will highlight the military activities as the civilian residents prepare for possible hostilities. Admission charged. 816.503.4860 

Enchanted Forest: Lenexa Oct. 24, Sar-Ko-Par Trails Park. Visitors will enjoy free activities including performances by marionette puppets, magicians 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 – no long lines this year. Admission is free. For questions, call 913.477.7100. 

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