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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Burning Up

Seeing Brush Creek on the Plaza all aglow from strategically set bonfires has a pretty high “wow” factor. Now add in live performances and you have a very unique evening. WaterFire lights up the creek on the evening of October 6. Be sure not to miss the Quixotic dancers or the Kansas City Drum Tribe — both will give you all the feels. waterfirekc.org


WaterFire KC 2014

photo courtesy waterfire kc

Fall in Liberty

If the promise of snow cones and cotton candy isn’t enough to make you haul pumpkins to the Liberty Fall Festival, then how about great live music, a carnival, a massive farmers’ market and a parade with multiple marching bands? The festivities begin on Friday, September 28 and run through September 30. libertyfallfest.com


Liberty Fall Festival

photo courtesy by liberty fall festival 

Travel to the Far East

Experience the exotic culture of Japan right in your own back yard when Johnson County Community College hosts their annual Japan Festival on October 6. From the breaking of a sake barrel to a traditional tea ceremony, the festival will transport you to the Land of the Rising Sun. Booths range from anime to a Japanese bazaar. Add in the cultural workshops, and you have an event that is edutainment at its finest. kcjapanfestival.org


KC Japan Festival

photo courtesy by kansas city japan festival 

Bavarian Brews

For a taste of Germany with a traditional Oktoberfest flair, all you need to do is head over to Crown Center on October 5 & 6. This is when the KC Bier Company is going all in on creating what they’re calling an "authentic Munich-style Oktoberfest." From German bands (polka!) to German food (schnitzel anyone?) to beer mugs that hold a liter of “Festbier,” this event is geared towards recreating a slice of Germany in Kansas City. kcbier.com


photo courtesy of istock 

Meet Miss Harvest

The Kansas City Harvest Festival is the perfect mix of the fall classics getting updated. There’s all the traditional events like hay rides and pumpkin patches, but what kicks this up a notch is the food truck crawl and the adult costume contest that some folks take very seriously. Also, new this year is the Miss Harvest pageant. If you have a child between the ages of 3 and 18, and you’re all about the tiara, this could be your moment of glory. The festivities are at Riverfest Park in De Soto, Kansas on October 6 from 3 to 9 p.m. kcharvestfest.com   


KC Harvest Hayride

photo courtesy of kansas city's harvest Festival


KC Harvest 2016

photo courtesy of kansas city's harvest festival 


Apple pies, apple dumplings, apple butter, apple cider, apple cookies, basically any food apple-related can be found at the Weston AppleFest on October 6 & 7.  And when you’re done stuffing your face with apple-y goodness, there’s a parade featuring antique cars, pony rides, a hay maze, pumpkin painting and arts & crafts booths. westonmo.com