Kansas City's Fall Festival Classics

In Kansas City, we have an abundance of fall festivals. Whatever your taste, we’re sure there’s something on this list that will have you saying, “Let’s go!”

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Fall Classic

Ciderfest at the Louisburg Cider Mill is the granddaddy of fall festivals. For more than 40 years, a trip to the Cider Mill is THE sign that autumn has arrived. Start with successfully escaping the elaborate corn maze, celebrate that accomplishment with an apple cider and then enjoy activities from pony and hay rides to doughnut making. Finish it all off by strolling through a pumpkin patch to hand-select your own soon-to-be jack-o’-lantern. Ciderfest is September 29 & 30 and October 6 & 7. louisburgcidermill.com/ciderfest


photo courtesy of Louis cider mill


Cider Fest

photo courtesy of louisburg cider mill

Celtic Pride

To celebrate your Irish heritage or to just bask in all that the Emerald Isle has to offer, don’t miss the Kansas City Irish Fest, running from August 31 – September 2 at Crown Center. This year, the event is super-sized with 30 bands (Red Hot Chili Pipers, The Elders, The Young Dubliners and 27 more), a comedy stage, a whiskey tasting (Redbreast, Yellow Spot and Jameson Blenders Dog will all be present and accounted for), food booths (Soda bread is in the house!) a massive children’s area, shopping and even a genealogy station. kcirishfest.com


Irish Fest

Photo courtesy of Kansas City Irish fest 

Oui, Oui!

The Paris of the Plains Cocktail Festival is where alcohol gets fancy. Learn how to craft an exquisite drink, hear from experts in the liquor industry and, of course, party. More than 40 thousand cocktails are expected to be served at this event. I’m sure at least one has your name on it. September 6 – 9. popfestkc.com


Paris of the Plains Bartending Competition

photo courtesy of Paris of the plains bartending competition

Hit the (Party) Trail

For almost 50 years, Independence has been celebrating the Santa Fe, California and Oregon trails with a SantaCaliGon Days Festival. (Try saying that three times fast.) This Labor Day weekend event attracts a huge crowd, because who doesn’t love a root beer chugging contest? Besides the root beer, there’s the “Main Street 1849 Experience” (with a blacksmith and other historical reenactments), carnival rides, food, arts & crafts, and loads of antique vehicles. August 31 - September 3. santacaligon.com


Santa Cali Gon Fair

photo courtesy of Santa cali gon 

Camp N Dance

Two great things that go great together — camping and dancing. Dancefestopia combines the love of the great outdoors with loads of music. This means you can be swimming and enjoying the outrageous tunage of Cookie Monsta. The event this year has an Emerald City theme so put on your ruby red slippers, and for three days and four nights (September 6 – 9), rock out in the woods south of Kansas City. dancefestopia.com



photo courtesy of dancefestopia 


Dancefestopia Map

dancefestopia emerald city map, photo courtesy of dancefestopia

Choo Choo

All aboard for the Belton Fall Festival, where you can hop aboard a train (the Belton Grandview) and enjoy classic fall fun in Belton’s historic downtown. Food stands (don’t miss Mary’s Mountain Cookies), live music, arts & crafts vendors and loads of kids activities are scheduled all day. September 7 & 8. mainstreetbelton.org