The festivals just keep coming as we roll into fall, even though it still feels like July or August! There are a ton of great FREE events happening this weekend so get out and have a great time!
When: Friday, Sept. 22 – Sunday, Sept. 24 – Fri 5-10pm, Sat 10am-10pm, Sun 11am-5pm
Where: The Country Club Plaza
What: An annual Kansas City fall tradition, the Plaza Art Fair is always a crowd favorite. As one of the nation’s top ranked art festivals this event boasts over 250 artists displaying and selling their artwork along the street of the Plaza. There will also be 3 stages for live music and restaurants will have stands set up to sell delicious food and drinks (think more cuisine & less carnival – yum!).
When: Friday, Sept. 22 – Sunday, Sept. 24, – Fri 11am-9pm, Sat 9am-9pm, Sun 12-4pm (carnival area only)
Where: Historic Liberty Square
What: A great little festival that has a small town feel but is packed with all your festival favorites like a carnival, live music, vendor booths, performances by local dance groups, and parade. The live music will be Friday night from 7-9pm and Saturday 5-9pm, performances will take place on Saturday afternoon, and the parade will be Saturday starting at 11am. (Also note that the carnival area won’t be opening until 5pm on Friday).
When: Friday, Sept. 22 – Sunday, Sept. 24 – Fri 4-10pm, Sat 11am-10pm, Sun 12-9pm
Where: Kansas City Bier Company – 310 W 79th St, Kansas City, Missouri 64114
Cost: FREE admission
What: KC Bier Co. will be bringing Germany to Kansas City with this traditional style Oktoberfest celebration. The 3-day extravaganza will be filled with lots of Festbier, contests, live music, food from KCs finest Grunauer Kansas City and Betty Rae’s Ice Cream, silent auctions, charity support, dancing, singing, and swaying. This event is family-friendly as well, they will have a kids zone sponsored by Academy Sports.
When: Friday, Sept. 22 & Saturday, Sept. 23 – Fri. 5-11pm, Sat. 10am-11pm, Sun. 12-4pm (carnival only)
Where: Downtown Lee’s Summit
Cost: FREE admission
What: This Oktoberfest celebration seems like it’s more of an American take on the German tradition with having a carnival, American live music, arts & crafts, and a community stage for group performances. But of course it will feature all there is to love about Oktoberfest events like the biergarten, German food, and of course steinhoisting competitions.
When: Saturday, Sept. 23 10am-6pm and Sunday, Sept. 24 10am-5pm
Where: Southmoreland Park (just to the west of the Nelson-Atkins)
What: The Plaza Art Fair is great, but because it is one of the top art fairs in the nation, it draws more artists from across the country to display and sell their works, which sometimes leaves no room for local artists. The UNplaza Art Fair features local artists of all calibers, and price ranges for that matter. This fair also features a lot more wearable’s than the Plaza Art Fair typically does.
When: Saturday, Sept. 23 – 7am-5pm
Where: Downtown Overland Park (8045 Santa Fe Dr)
What: 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!
When: Saturday, Sept. 23 – 10:30am-6pm
Where: Children’s Mercy Park (Sporting KC’s stadium)
Cost: Admission for children under 18 is free, adult admission is $7 when purchased online and $10 at the gate, children’s unlimited play wristbands (for the inflatables & special attractions) are $10
What: This festival is part entertainment, part businesses and non-profits on display and of course all kids. With over 50,000 square feet of fun inflatables, performances, fun foods, face-painting, arts and crafts, and pony rides. This festival is truly a celebration of kids and their families.
When: Sunday, Sept. 24 10am-4pm
Where: The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
What: This event celebrates the vibrant cultural and artistic expressions of Native Americans, featuring the Haskell Indian Nations University Dancers, art activities, storytelling, games, and demonstrations.
Coming Up Next Weekend:
9/29-10/1 – American Royal ProRodeo at the American Royal Complex
9/29-10/1 – Vintage Market Days at Zona Rosa
9/28-10/1 – Westport Oktoberfest in Westport
9/30 – Paws on the Prairie 5K at Warriors’ Best Friend Foundation
Have a fantastic weekend!
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