Fall Festivals in Kansas City: 2012

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 2012. 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 2012:

September Festivals in Kansas City:

KC Irish Fest Aug. 31 - Sept. 2, Crown Center. 30 Celtic rock and traditional Irish bands on 7 stages. Over 20 heritage workshops, exhibits and genealogy. Ticket prices vary. www.kcirishfest.com

KC Juggling and Yo-Yo Festival August 31 - Sept. 2, at Rockhurst High School (9301 State Line Rd., KCMO) Beginner workshops (Juggling, Poi, YoYo, Spin Top, Hula Hoop, etc) will begin every hour on the hour Saturday from 11am-6pm. The performance show will be Saturday night running from 7-9:30 PM.  All workshops are free and open to the public. The Saturday night show is $15/ticket. Info at KC Juggling Festival Facebook page.

Rail Fan Weekend Sept. 1-3, Midland Railway. Catch a train to Norwood. See how the mail used to be delivered in the Post Office car, ride on a motor car, locomotive cab rides & more! NEW this year, Take a ride behind a Steam Locomotive on a trip from Baldwin City to Norwood and back.  Three different times to choose from all three days!!  Steam trips leave the Midland Railway Depot at 1515 High Street at 9am, 12pm and 3pm all three days!! Make reservations at 913.721.1211 http://midland-ry.org

Concordia Fall Festival Sept 4-8, 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. www.concordiafallfestival.com/index.html

Old Settlers Days Sept. 6-8, Downtown Olathe. Carnival, crafts, booths, parade on Saturday, and family fun! www.johnsoncountyoldsettlers.com

Buffalo Bill Days Sept. 7 & 8, Haymarket Square. Western-themed annual festival featuring live music, family-friendly activities, food, beer/beverages, vendors and entertainment. Fees for activities. 913.682.3924 www.visitleavenworthks.com

Lenexa Spinach FestivalSpinach Festival Sept. 8, 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 http://www.lenexa.com/parks/festivals_spinach.html

Jesse James Festival Sept. 7, 8, 11, 13-16, Kearney Fair Grounds. Carnival, Crafts, Demonstrations, Demolition Derby, Concerts, Rodeo and much more!!!  www.jessejamesfestival.com

The Big Shoal Country Fair Sept. 8, Atkins-Johnson Farm (6508 N. Jackson Ave) in Gladstone. The fair showcases the soon-to-open farm and will feature a small general store in the house. There will be activities for children, cakewalks, contests, crafters, food, farm displays and music, including performances by the Shortleaf Band and musicians from Antioch Middle School. Admission to the fair is free, although some events require activity tickets. http://www.gladstone.mo.us/documents/news/2012/event_flyer.pdf

Apple Festival Sept. 8, First Baptist Church of Raytown. 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. http://mbch.org/corporations/mbch/events/2012/2012_apple_festival.php

Fall Family Festival at the Beanstalk Garden Sept. 8, Beanstalk Children's Garden. Garden crafts for sale, face painting, make peanut butter, bugs, scavenger hunt, prizes and lots more fun. www.kccg.org/events-workshops

Neighborhood Festival & Craft Show Sept. 8, Red Bridge United Methodist Church. Over 30 craft booths, kids activities, bounce house, bake sale, hot dogs and caramel apples. Free popcorn and balloons, too! 816.737.8832 redbridgeumc.com

Prairie Village Jazz Festival Sept. 8, 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. www.prairievillagejazz.org

Belton Fall Festival Sept. 14, Main Street Belton. Community Festival with vendors, crafts, and family fun! http://mainstreetbelton.com/EventsOnMainStreet.htm

Mission Arts & Eats Festival Sept. 14 & 15, 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 www.missioncvb.org/events/arts-eats/index.html

Blue Springs Fall Festival Sept. 14-16, 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 www.bluespringsfallfestival.com

Zona Rosa Arts Festival Sept. 14-16, 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 www.zonarosa.com

Worlds of Fun HalloweenHowl-O-Fest at Worlds of Fun September 16- October 28 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. www.worldsoffun.com

Shawnee Town Craft Fair Sept. 15, 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 www.shawneetown.org

Harvest Day at the Farmstead Sept. 15, from 11am-3pm, Deanna Rose Children's Farmstead. Apple cider will be brewing and kettle corn will be stewing as the Deanna Rose Children's Farmstead turns back time for Harvest Days (previously known as Apple Fest). Children and adults can enjoy homemade kettle corn, apple sauce and apple cider. There also will be: A bee keeper; Square dancing; Live music; A special appearance by Johnny Appleseed and Forest the Fox; and Apple themed crafts for $2. $2 admission fee/1 & under free. 913.895.6390 www.opkansas.org/Events/Harvest-Day

Carnival for CASA Sept. 15, 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 www.jacksoncountycasa-mo.org. 816.697.2424 www.jacksoncountycasa-mo.org/specialevents.html

Plaza Art Fair Sept. 21-23, 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. www.countryclubplaza.com

Wild West Show Sept. 22 & 23, Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm. Experience lots of children’s activities such as panning for REAL gold, branding, roping, 19th century games and dress up as your favorite cowboy. Have your picture taken at our old time photography gallery. Mutton Busting returns for little tumbleweeds weighing 50 pounds and under. Watch out for those stagecoach robbers and get up close with the entertainment while waiting in line for your FREE stagecoach ride sponsored by the Olathe Chamber of Commerce Convention and Visitors Bureau. Some activities require extra fees. 913.971.5111 www.mahaffie.org

Fall Music Fest & Back Porch Jam Sept. 22, 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 www.mostateparks.com

Santa Fe Trail Food & Wine Festival Sept. 22, Fahrmeier Family Farms just outside Lexington, Mo. The farms and vineyards of the Old Trails Region have gifted us with a bounty to celebrate! The Santa Fe Trail Food & Wine Festival is one event you don’t want to miss! http://www.visitlexingtonmo.com

Waldo Fall Festival Sept. 22, Games, Food, Rides and much much more. Bring your friends and family to this annual event and experience the charm of Waldo! www.waldokc.org/fall_festival.html

Grand Festival of Chez Canses Sept. 28 - 29, 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 www.jacksongov.org

Pumpkin Hollow Sept. 28-Oct. 28, Deanna Rose Children's Farmstead. Horse drawn wagon rides to and from pumpkin patch. Pumpkins, hay maze & pyramid and lots more. $7/person; under 1 free. 913.897.2360 www.opkansas.org/Events/Pumpkin-Hollow

Liberty Fall Festival Sept. 28-30, The festival features 175 quality Arts and Crafts booths, carnival rides, food and more. 816.781.5200 http://libertyfallfest.com

Oktoberfest Lee's Summit Sept. 28 & 29, 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! www.lsoktoberfest.com

Overland Park Fall Festival Sept. 29, 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. www.opkansas.org

Ciderfest & Craft Fair Sept. 29 & 30 and Oct. 6 & 7, 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 www.louisburgcidermill.com/index.html

American Royal Parade Sept. 29, Downtown Kansas City. The parade, presented by Phillips 66, steps off at 10 a.m. and journeys along a route starting at Pershing and Grand, heading north on Grand to Truman Road. The parade will be dispersing at Truman road and ending approximately at 12:00 pm. The parade has grown in recent years, due to an earlier, weather-friendly date and the addition of new attractions such as the Shriners and parade balloons. Three area Shriners groups, Ararat, Abdullah and Moila, bring more than 50 performing units, greatly expanding the size of the parade! Their well-known fun and colorful style includes a small armada of mini-vehicles running through their intricate maneuvers – a sight that delights parade goers young and old. The parade also features the Willie Arthur Smith’s Marching Cobras, a marching band who’s mission is to promote the development values and skills for youth 5-19, from all walks of life, with special emphasis on troubled youth. In their 41st year, this is a 60 member band with a 100 member drill team that will surely catch anyone’s attention with their brightly colored uniforms and excellent skill in percussion and dance. In addition to the 50 units of Shriners, there will be approximately 115 marching bands, drill teams, saddle clubs, balloons, civic groups and 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 the wide variety of agricultural fields. www.americanroyal.com

Arts for Kids Sept. 29-30, Overland Park Arboretum, from 11am-4pm: Round up your kids and come out to the Arboretum for a full day of fun. Featured events include arts and crafts using garden and woodlands items...hedge apple games, sidewalk art, face painting, story tellers, puppets, hay wagon rides, hot dogs, drinks... and much much more! 913.685.3604 www.opkansas.org

Double Ogg Dare Festival Sept. 29, 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. Visit www.doubleoggdare.com for all the exciting details!

October Festivals in Kansas City:

Hoots and Howls at the Zoo Weekends in October, Kansas City Zoo. Spooky fun as we get ready for Halloween at the Zoo. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m, ride the pedal tractors, enjoy hay rides, participate in Kid Zoo Art, navigate through the rope maze, explore the Haunted Woods of the Valley and much more! Also, enjoy live entertainment from Debby Z & Company. Regular Zoo Admission Applies. FOTZ Members are Free. 816.513.5800 www.kansascityzoo.org

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 http://www.beltonrailroad.org/

Scarecrow Festival October 6, 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. www.cityofshawnee.org

Apples, Arts & Antiques Festival Oct. 6 & 7, 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! www.visitlexingtonmo.com

Harvest Celebration & Antique Tractor Show Oct. 5 & 6, Powell Gardens. Powell Gardens gives a nod to its agricultural roots with this festival of old-fashioned family fun. Visitors can take in an array of antique tractors, engines and other farm equipment, enjoy a hayride, play horseshoes, munch on kettle corn and enjoy the ambiance of the Gardens in early autumn. Festival pricing: $12/adults, $10/seniors, $5 children 5-12, members/free. 816.697.2600 www.powellgardens.org

Weston Red Barn Weston Applefest October 6 & 7, 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. http://westonmo.com

Ciderfest & Craft Fair Oct. 6 & 7, 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 www.louisburgcidermill.com/index.html

Missouri Town 1855 Festival of Arts, Crafts and Music Oct. 6 & 7, Jackson County Parks & Recreation invites your entire family to participate in the region’s oldest annual Fall event. The antebellum architecture of Missouri Town 1855 provides a perfect setting for a fun filled day! Skilled interpreters will be demonstrating how a small mid 19th century community would be spending an autumn’s day. The smell of wood fires fills the village as musicians and dancers perform. A special children’s game and craft area offers fun for all the kids. A large food court offers all of the favorite festival foods. New this year is a special demonstration of how sorghum is made, from cutting and pressing the cane to boiling of the sap. The entire family can witness this annual rite of Fall! No Pets Allowed. Time: Saturday, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.; Sunday, 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Price: $10.00 per car/van. 816.503.4860 www.jacksongov.org

Parktoberfest Oct. 6, English Landing Park. Enjoy music and entertainment all day on the main stage. Parktoberfest welcomes the little ones and offers Kid games, creative art, and an interactive music show by Rockin Rob! www.parktoberfest.net

Gladfest Oct. 5-7, Gladstone, MO. Gladfest is a wonderful fall festival with something for everyone! You may enjoy daily entertainment from Center Stage. Don’t miss Saturday morning’s Parade or Sunday’s Classic Car Show! 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. History enthusiasts will want to visit the Civil War Encampment located along 70th Street all weekend. http://www.gladstonechamber.com/gladfest.aspx

The Longview Art & World Music Festival: Oct. 5-7, Historic Longview. Free, outdoor, 3-day festival of fine arts that will feature over 90 local, regional and national artists. Visitors will enjoy a unique blend of art and music in historic Longview. In addition, the festival will include Lee’s Summit R7 School Districts, grades 7-12 pavilion, a “Summit Art” Pavilion, and historic hayride tours. There will be plenty of free parking, food/beverage court and something for the entire family to enjoy. For more information visit http://www.longviewartmusicfest.com/

KC Japan Festival Oct. 6, Johnson County Community College. Learn the art of Bonsai, participate in a Japanese Tea Ceremony, watch an authentic Japanese Candy Artist, see demonstrations in Japanese music, martial arts, and theater, and eat culinary delights. Adults $10, Students and Children $5, Children under 5 are free. http://kcjapanfestival.com

PumpkinFest Oct. 12-14, 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. www.ponyexpress.org

Magic Woods October 12 & 13, 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. Friday, Oct 12, 6 - 9 p.m.; Saturday, Oct 13, 5 - 9 p.m. $5 per person, children under 3 are FREE. 816.513.8960 www.lakesidenaturecenter.org

Heritage Craft Festival: Arrow Rock Oct. 13 & 14, from 10am-5pm, Arrow Rock, MO. $1 Festival admission benefits the arts programs of the Historic Arrow Rock Council. The 42nd 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. www.arrowrock.org/events.php

Shawnee Indian Mission - Fall Festival Oct. 13 & 14, 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 http://www.kshs.org/p/shawnee-indian-mission-exhibits/11911#upcoming

Shoal Creek Harvest Festival Oct. 13, 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. www.kcmo.org/CKCMO/Depts/ParksandRecreation/ShoalCreekLivingHistoryMuseum/index.htm

Longview Literary Festival Oct. 12 & 13, MCC-Longview: Mel Aytes Education Center. This year’s Keynote Speaker will be William Trowbridge, Missouri Poet Laureate. The festival will be hosting a Round Robin Short Story Contest in the Student Center for Longview students, staff and faculty, as well as assorted games and contests at the festival itself. This fifth annual event will feature readings, panel discussions and writing workshops as well book sales and autographs. Guests include authors Lewis Diuguid, Alan Spencer, Steven F. Murphy, Lindsay Martin-Bowen, Carl Rhoden, Marti Verlander and many others.  A number of groups including the Dead Horse Society, the Kansas City Science Fiction and Fantasy Society and Summit Scribes will also be there.  The festival runs from 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. daily and is free-of-charge for all attendees.  816.456.3156 http://mcckc.edu/LvLiteraryFestival

Weston Irish Festival Oct. 12-14, 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 www.westonirish.com

International Lineman's Rodeo Oct. 13, 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 http://aghalloffame.com

Lenexa Chili Challenge Oct. 19 & 20, Old Town Lenexa. More than 170 teams compete in two divisions: Chili Appreciation Society International (C.A.S.I.) and Home Style Chili. Contestants may also compete in the Salsa Division and hot wing contest. The festivities begin at 5 p.m. on Friday night with live music and entertainment, 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 $2 per adult. Free admission for children 12 and under. Proceeds from the Lenexa Chili Challenge help benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. 913.541.8592 www.ci.lenexa.ks.us/parks/festivals_chili.html

Spooktacular: Powell Gardens Oct. 19-20, Powell Gardens. Grab your costume and some comfortable walking shoes for a family-friendly night at Powell Gardens. Enjoy a guided tour through a land of fairytale fun with plenty of opportunities to collect treats. Note: Reservations are necessary. Admission charged. 816.697.2600 x209 www.powellgardens.org

Harvest Night Oct. 19, Raymore, Activities will include haunted hayrides, s'mores by the fire, cocoa, face painting, pumpkin decorating, a pumpkin racing derby and concessions. Cost is $4.. www.raymore.com

Maple Leaf Festival Train Rides Oct. 20 & 21, Midland Railway. Visit Baldwin City’s Famous Maple Leaf Festival and come ride a train. Beware, bandits may get us before we get back!! 913.721.1211 http://midland-ry.org

Sprint Family Fun Days Oct. 20, KC Power & Light District, from 11am-3pm. Fall Festival-Hayrides, pumpkin decorating, costume contests, pumpkin patch, trick-or-treat (at Power and Light restaurants and shops). The entire event is FREE and open to the public! 816.877.8319 www.powerandlightdistrict.com

Warsaw Heritage Days Festival Oct. 20-21, 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.  www.welcometowarsaw.com

Dogtoberfest Oct. 21, 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 www.jacksongov.org

Fall Muster at Fort Osage Oct. 27 & 28, 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 www.jacksongov.org

Merriam Candy Scramble Oct. 24, Merriam Marketplace. Children use their flashlights to find Candy at the Merriam Marketplace. They will also decorating a mini pumpkin using markers & paint, pumpkin bowling with real bowling pins, hay bail lanes and real pumpkins. Refreshments provided. FREE. 913.322.5550 www.merriam.org/park

Enchanted Forest: Lenexa Oct. 25, Sar-Ko-Par Trails Park. The Enchanted Forest Lenexa’s Enchanted Forest has something to delight even the smallest Halloween revelers. The jogging trail in Sar-Ko-Par Trails Park at 87th and Greenway will transform into a forest full of friendly mascot characters, marionette puppets, singers, magicians, seasonal displays, a bonfire and lots of fun stuff for kids. The wooded jogging trail provides the perfect backdrop for this enchanting event. You’ll want to bring the entire family to the “forest” to see what mischievous fun takes place. Entrance fee is $1 per person. Wear your costume! 913.541.8592 www.ci.lenexa.ks.us/parks/festivals_enchanted.html

Mildale Farm Fall Fest Oct. 27, Mildale Farm. Bring the family and spend the day exploring the Mildale Farm property and enjoying a number of fall activities during this free public event. Picnic, hot cocoa, apple cider, pumpkin patch, tractor-drawn shuttles, marshmallow roasting, storytelling, nature walks, horse-drawn hayrides, catch-and-release fishing, and more! 913.831.3355 http://jcprd.com/special_events/mildalefarm_fallfest.cfm

WaterfireWaterFire Oct. 27 from dusk-midnight, Brush Creek. Designed by award-winning artist Barnaby Evans, WaterFire Kansas City is a unique, multi-sensory experience of music, fire and water. Now in its third year, the moving art installation features more than 55 floating bonfires on Brush Creek. The event begins with a series of boats that travel along Brush Creek through the darkness. They make their way with torches a flame in an enchanting display to ignite the braziers and bring all 55 pieces to life. Throughout the evening, boats return to the braziers, constantly feeding them with new wood and keeping the sculpture in its original form for the duration of the evening. This powerful visual is reinforced by the fragrant scent of aromatic wood smoke, the flickering firelight on the anchored bridges, the silhouettes of the fire-tenders passing by the flames, the torch-lit vessels traveling down the creek, and the enchanting music. Food will be available for purchase from four Plaza restaurants. www.countryclubplaza.com/Events/WaterFire

Big Bad Pumpkin Derby Oct. 28, Theatre in the Park. Calling all spirited and fun loving pumpkin racer enthusiasts to grab a pumpkin or any other fall gourd, add some paint, decals, wheels and axles, and get your pumpkin tuned up and ready for the race of its life on our very fast course at The Theatre in the Park! Whether a spectator or a participant, the Big Bad  Pumpkin Derby is a must do event to add to your family's fall fun calendar! There will be activities and entertainment for everyone so bring your friends and family out to cheer you on! Free Hayrides: FREE for spectators, FEES for Competitors (must register in advance to compete). 913.831.3359 http://jcprd.com/special_events/pumpkin_race.cfm

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