Fall Fun in Kansas City!

79 ways to savor the season

 

    Fall in the Midwest is a magical time of year. The air is crisp, the trees are painted vibrant shades of orange and gold, and Kansas City's cultural scene is teeming with activity. The following pages are ripe for the picking with can't-miss concerts, bold theatrical performances and family-friendly festivals — from Lady Gaga and Janet Jackson at Sprint Center, to August Wilson's Fences and Jodi Picoult's Between the Lines, plus college football games and so much more — that will keep you entertained until the holiday season. 


FALL ACTIVITIES

 

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Pumpkins at johnson Farms plants and pumpkins

 

   Faulkner’s Ranch

   Oct. 1–31

   Kansas City, Mo.

   Located right in Kansas City, this pumpkin patch is a short drive for any family looking for a classic kickoff to the fall season. In addition to finding the perfect pumpkin, families can enjoy an array of activities such as a petting barn and a field maze, as well as hot cider and delicious treats. $7 to $9. faulknersranch.com

 

    Johnson Farms Plants and Pumpkins

   Sept. 23–Oct. 31

   Belton, Mo.

   If you’re looking for a fall day with a bit of a country vibe, load up the car and head out to Johnson Farms Plants and Pumpkins in Belton. This sprawling, 140-acre farm has tons of pumpkins, kids’ activities, farm animals and more to go around, and its location away from the bustling city makes it a perfect way to slow down and enjoy the season. Free to $13, plus price of pumpkins. johnsonfarms.net

 

   Cider Hill Family Orchard U-Pick Apples and Pumpkins

   Open Tuesdays – Sundays in September and October

   Kansas City, Kan.

   Spend a day picking apples at this scenic orchard where the fall sights and smells surround you as you fill your basket to the brim. Be sure to snack on plenty of apple cider doughnuts, apple crisp, apple pies and warm apple cider throughout the day, too — doctor’s orders! Admission is free. ciderhillfamilyorchard.com

 

 

   Liberty Corn Maze

   Open Sept. 8 – Oct. 29, weekends only

   Liberty, Mo.

   They don’t call the Midwest the Corn Belt for nothing, and Liberty knows how to put that title to good use in the fall. Known for its sprawling, intricate and often Kansas City-themed maze designs, this corn maze has different paths for every level of difficulty, making it a sure challenge for even the best puzzle solvers. $8 to $10. libertycornmaze.com

 

   Mizzou Football Conference Opener vs South Carolina

   Sept. 9, 6 p.m.

   Columbia, Mo.

   The Tigers start their SEC season off at home against the Gamecocks. The two teams have gone back and forth in their match-ups the past 4 years, with each team taking home two wins and two losses. The Tigers have had a shaky performance in the SEC, with two championship games early on but a poor performance this past season, so this first SEC game could be telling of their chances at success this year. $150 to $379. mutigers.com

 

   Kansas Football Conference Opener vs West Virginia

   Sept. 23, time TBA

   Lawrence, Kan.

   After a 1-8 season in the Big 12, KU fans will surely enter Memorial Stadium in Lawrence with their fingers crossed when the Jayhawks take on their first conference opponent of the season. West Virginia had a strong year this past season, with a 10-3 overall record and an AP Poll ranking of No. 18, but with a clean slate before them, the Jayhawks have a chance to turn their season around this year. $25 to $60. kuathletics.com

 

   K-State Football Conference Opener vs Baylor

   Sept. 30, time TBA

   Manhattan, Kan.

   Finishing the past season at No. 4 in the Big 12 with a 6-3 conference record, K-State had a decent season, and with a history of consistency, the Wildcats are set to have another good year. They kick off their conference season with a home game against Baylor. $37.25 to $80. kstatesports.com

 

   Missouri State Football Conference Opener vs Illinois State

   Sept. 23, 2 p.m.

   Springfield, Mo.

   Coming off a 2-6 conference record the past season, the Bears are looking to get a better start to their conference this season. Illinois State beat Missouri State 37-0 in their face-off last year. missouristatebears.com

 

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   Crown Center Ice Terrace

   Opens Nov. 3

   Kansas City, Mo.

   As the weather turns colder and holiday tunes take over the airwaves, lacing up the skates for a day of fun on the quaint Crown Center ice rink is a must. The whole family can enjoy gliding across this outdoor rink, and there’s plenty of warm food and drinks inside to finish the day off. Free to $6. crowncenter.com

 

   Tour de BBQ

   Sept. 30, 7 a.m., 8 a.m., 9 a.m.

   Overland Park, Kan.

   There’s no need to sprint through this barbecue-studded bike tour of Kansas City that raises money to fight cancer. It’s all about enjoying the ride — and the ribs. Riders select the distance of their ride, from the Full Slab (62 miles) to the Short Stack (12 miles), and pedal their way through the event with stops for barbeque samplings from a variety of KC favorites every few miles. Cold drinks, great music and, of course, more barbecue greet finishers at the end of the ride. $45 to $70. kc.tourdebbq.com

 

   The Great Pumpkin Run: Kansas City

   Oct. 14, 9 a.m.

   Kansas City, Mo.

   Insert a cliché Charlie Brown pun here, or just enjoy a great autumn morning jog along the Berkley Riverfront Park with fellow fall-in-KC lovers. Daring runners can try the Tough Pumpkin challenge, which requires them to run while holding a small pumpkin. All runners get a free small pumpkin and a cup of apple cider after the race. $40 to $50. thegreatpumpkinrun.com

Great Pumpkin Run KC

 

   Fall Family Timber Challenge

   Oct. 22, 8:30 a.m.

   Bonner Springs, Kan.

   Get down and dirty in nature with this Halloween-themed obstacle course run. Mud pits, zip lines, hay mountains and foam climbs lie at each twist and turn of the course, keeping you on your toes the whole time. Throw on a costume and bring the whole family out for some fall fun. $39 to $44. kctimberchallenge.com

 

   Cliff Drive

   The Paseo, north and east to Gladstone Boulevard

   A beautiful drive, walk or bike ride any time of year becomes even prettier when fall rolls around. This long, winding road glistens gold, red and orange, and it’s closed off to cars on the weekend, making it the perfect time to lace up the running shoes or air up the tires on that bike one last time before it gets too cold. kcparks.org

 

   Loose Park

   Kansas City, Mo.

   Sit and admire the lake after enjoying the foliage that radiates at Loose Park in the fall. This 74-acre park offers great walking trails on which to take in the colorful sights, and the bridge over the lake is a prime spot for your next stunning Instagram post. kcparks.org

 

   Trip the Light Fantastic

   Nov. 21, 7:30 p.m.

    Frank White Jr. Softball Complex, Lee's Summit, Mo.

   Dress you and your bike up in warm holiday garb and head out to Jackson County’s Christmas in the Park drive-thru light display. This 4.5-mile bike ride through glowing candy canes, animated skiers and huge snowmen is the perfect winter fitness event to offset all the holiday cookies you’ve been enjoying. Free to $5. jacksongov.org


 

FALL ACTIVITIES | FALL FESTIVALS | FALL ENTERTAINMENT

 

 

FALL FESTIVALS

 

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   American Royal World Series of Barbecue

   Aug. 31-Sept. 3

   Kansas Speedway, Kansas City, Kan.

   Finish your summer strong by attending the festival, which includes live music, carnival rides, food trucks, fireworks and, of course, the World Series Barbecue competition. Sample as much barbecue as you can eat at the Taste of KC Barbecue, compete in the “Ribdiculous” Challenge and even try your hand at the Fast Eddy’s Texas Hold ‘Em Tournment. $20 to $200. americanroyal.com

 

   Irish Fest

   Sept. 1-3

   Crown Center Square, Kansas City, Mo.

   From traditional Irish dance to some of Ireland’s funniest comedians, there will be no shortage of activities to celebrate the Celtic side of Kansas City’s heritage at this weekend-long festival. More than 30 bands and 38 vendors will make an appearance to help transport you to a party fit for Dublin. $7 to $800. kcirishfest.com

 

 

   Santa-Cali-Gon Days Festival

   Sept. 1-4

   Historic Independence Square, Independence, Mo.

   For 45 years, Independence has commemorated the origin of the Santa Fe, California and Oregon trails of the early pioneer days. Join more than 300,000 people in carnival games, arts and entertainment lasting all Labor Day weekend. Free. santacaligon.com

 

Santa-Cali-Gon Days Independence Missouri

 

   Renaissance Festival

   Sept. 2-Oct. 15

   Kansas City Renaissance Festival Fairgrounds, Bonner Springs, Kan.

   With this historic festival, the medieval party doesn’t stop for seven weekends straight. Feast like royalty; hear live music; and watch live jousters, a fire-breathing man and daring acrobats as you learn about Renaissance history. The festival includes themed weekends; special events; and a marketplace complete with craft vendors, games and rides. Free to $249.95. kcrenfest.com

 

   Johnson County Old Settlers Parade and Carnival

   Sept. 7-9

   Various locations

   It’s back! Enjoy carnival rides, ice cream socials and Kansas’ largest parade with about 160 entries. Swap stories at Gab Fest, try your hand at horseshoe pitching and browse the craft booths, all in the name of good old-fashioned fun. Free to $25. johnsoncountyoldsettlers.com

 

   Dancefestopia

   Sept. 7-10

   LaBenite Riverfront Park, Sugar Creek, Mo.

   If you love dancing and camping, this top-rated music festival is for you. Spend three days and four nights with nonstop music, a Ferris wheel, helicopter tours, canoe trips and a firework finale. $25 to $179. dancefestopia.com

 

Dancefestopia Kansas City

 

   Belton Fall Festival

   Sept. 8-9

   Downtown Belton Main Street, Belton, Mo.

   This two-day festival will encompass the epitome of fall in Belton with live music, food and handcrafted goods. Bring your family Saturday morning for a pancake breakfast, then take a ride on the Kansas City Railroad. Free. mainstreetbelton.org

 

   Art Westport

   Sept. 8-10

   Historic Westport, Kansas City, Mo.

   Browse the booths of more than 150 artists at this locals-only art fair. Discover unique jewelry, paintings, ceramics, glass and much more at the 38th annual celebration of the metro’s creative community. Free. westportkcmo.com

 

   Lost Arts Fair

   Sept, 9, 10 a.m.

   1855 Harris-Kearney House Museum, Kansas City, Mo.

   Step back in time and revel in the crafts of blacksmithing, bookmaking, quilting, woodworking and much more. Take a tour of the Mansion House, then head to Art Westport via horse-drawn carriage. Free. westporthistorical.com

 

   KC Beer Fest

   Sept. 9, 3 p.m.

   Kansas City Power & Light District, Kansas City, Mo.

   Leave the children at home for this one and buy a ticket that gives you access to more than 200 craft beers, food trucks and live music. Try rare keg tappings while they last and play lawn games at one of the premier craft beer festivals in the Midwest. $35 to $70. kcbeerfest.com

 

   Kansas City Chalk and Walk Festival

   Sept. 9-10, 11 a.m.

   Crown Center Square, Kansas City, Mo.

   Watch a unique art form spread across Kansas City’s streets in chalk, featuring professional and amateur work, as well as some children and student chalk art. Take a stroll among street performers and live entertainment and witness the creative minds at work. Bring your own chalk to leave some art on the street! Free. kcchalkandwalk.org

 

KC Chalk and Walk Fes

 

   Paris of the Plains Cocktail Festival

   Sept. 7-10

   Various locations, Kansas City, Mo.

   The spirit of Kansas City’s jazz era lives on with a multi-day educational and enthralling spectacle. Created to highlight the Midwest’s toast-worthy cocktail scene and its talented bartenders and enthusiasts, the affectionately named POP Fest promises a grand old time packed with seminars from the best in the biz, paired dinners and music performances. $20 to $300. popfestkc.com

 

Paris of the plains cocktail festival

 

   Prairie Village Jazz Festival

   Sept. 9, 3 p.m.

   Grab a picnic blanket or some lawn chairs and gather ‘round for Kansas City’s newest “destination jazz festival.” Featuring jazz singer and pianist Oleta Adams, 7-piece fusion group The Project H, local sensation Eddie Moore and the Outer Circle and more, the festival is sure to keep feet tapping and heads nodding all evening. Free to $5. pvkansas.com

 

Prairie Village Jazz Festival

 

   Lenexa Spinach Festival

   Sept. 9, 9 a.m.

   Sar-Ko-Par Trails Park, Lenexa, Kan.

   Come to the “Spinach Capital of the World” of the 1930s, also the home of the world’s largest spinach salad, to experience a festival you’ll not soon forget. Enter your favorite spinach dish into the recipe contest, show off your rock-skipping skills and meet Popeye and Olive Oyl in person! Free. lenexa.com

 

   Jewish Culture Fest

   Sept. 10, 11 a.m.

   Jewish Community Center, Overland Park, Kan.

   The Jewish Community Center invites Kansas City to indulge in a daylong fest of enriching family fun. Reimagined for its 10th year to bring more communities together, this premier event packs something for all, including food, special exhibits, live entertainment, and for the first time, the Kansas City Kosher BBQ Competition. $3 to $8. jewishculturefest.com

 

Jewish Culture Fest Kansas City

 

   Handmade & Vintage Chick Event

   Sept. 15-17

   Johnson Farms, Belton, Mo.

   Find all things handmade and vintage at this fun, fall family event! Explore over 100 local and regional vendors while enjoying live music and kids farm activities. Free to $8. chickevents.com

 

   A Taste of Leawood

   Sept. 16, 7 p.m.

   Town Center Plaza, Leawood, Kan.

   Try out more than 30 of Leawood’s finest dining destinations all at one event in an evening under the stars. Relax in an environment of live music and upscale dining at Leawood’s largest foodie event. Get tickets while they last! $55 to $65. facebook.com/tasteofleawood

 

Taste of Leawood

 

   Village West WineFest

   Sept. 16, 6 p.m.

   Schlitterbahn Waterpark, Kansas City, Kan.

   Cure your end-of-summer woes with a globetrotting festival of libations benefiting KC Cause. Sample more than 200 wines and 100-plus craft beers from around the world along with small bites from the metro’s best restaurants, bars and caterers. Then, raise a glass and celebrate 10 years of WineFest with a dazzling fireworks display. $65 to $140. villagewestwinefest.com

 

   Liberty Fall Festival

   Sept. 22-24

   Historic Downtown Liberty, Liberty, Mo.

   Join Liberty in welcoming fall days with a carnival and parade. The festival will come complete with entertainment, food and a market full of crafts and homegrown fruits and vegetables. Free to $20. libertyfallfest.com

 

   Plaza Art Fair

   Sept. 22-24

   Country Club Plaza, Kansas City, Mo.

   Come experience art and music stretching over nine blocks on the Country Club Plaza during this top-ranked, national art event. More than 250,000 people flock to Kansas City for a weekend that includes three music stages, more than 240 art exhibits and more than 25 featured restaurant booths. Free. plazaartfair.com

 

   Ciderfest

   Sept. 23-24 and Sept. 30-Oct. 1

   Louisburg Cider Mill, Louisburg, Kan.

   Treat yourself to some good old-fashioned fun at Louisburg Cider Mill. Make your own doughnuts, wander through the corn maze and listen to live bluegrass music, then wash it all down with a glass of fresh apple cider. Free. louisburgcidermill.com

 

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   Overland Park Fall Festival

   Sept. 23, 9 a.m.

   Santa Fe Commons Park, Overland Park, Kan.

   Join the city of Overland Park for a classic hometown parade, festival and art fair. Activities include face painting, the farmers’ market, food trucks and free concerts and more. Free. opkansas.org

 

 

   UNPlaza Art Fair

   Sept. 23-24, 10 a.m.

   Southmoreland Park, Kansas City, Mo.

   If you enjoy browsing the work of local artists, look no further! At PeaceWorks’ annual fundraiser, artists will sell anything from pottery to sewing projects. All proceeds benefit the artists and the organization that is Kansas City’s voice against nuclear arms. Free. peaceworkskc.org

 

   WaterFire Kansas City

   Oct. 7, 7 p.m.

   Brush Creek, Kansas City, Mo.

   Gather your blankets and lawn chairs to watch this annual fire spectacle on Brush Creek. Enjoy live vocals, dance and acrobatics by Quixotic, StoneLion Puppet Theatre, Kansas City Drum Tribe and more. What started as an art installation has now turned into a celebration of arts and music for all to enjoy. Free. waterfirekc.com

 

   Harvest Moon American Indian Festival

   Oct. 7, 12 p.m.

   31st Street and Troost Avenue, Kansas City, Mo.

   Experience American Indian culture like never before through this festival’s lineup of performers, dancers, artists and artisans. Learn the significance of the Osage Trail, listen to fascinating stories, enjoy a performance by world champion hoop dancer Tony Duncan and sample an Indian taco or Buffalo burger. Free. harvestmoonfestivalkc.com

 

   Weston Applefest Celebration

   Oct. 7-8

   Historic Downtown Weston, Mo.

   Bring your family to watch the parade of antique tractors, cars, fire trucks and bands at Weston’s 29th annual Applefest Celebration. Watch how apple butter and apple cider is made, partake in kids’ activities such as face painting and pony rides, browse the craft booths and Weston shops and much more. Free to $1. westonmo.com

 

   Kansas City Japan Festival

   Oct. 7, 10 a.m.

   Johnson County Community College, Overland Park, Kan.

   Fascinated by Japanese culture? The Heart of America Japan-America Society presents and celebrates the history and customs of Japan. kcjapanfestival.org

 

   Porchfest KC

   Oct. 14

   Midtown, Kansas City, Mo.

   Explore midtown Kansas City while discovering local bands. Stroll porch-to-porch to hear acoustic or near-acoustic sets and witness masters of mandolin, fiddle and guitar. Be sure to bring a lawn chair and some cash for food trucks and tips for the musicians. Free. porchfestkc.com

 

 

   Brew at the Zoo & Wine Too

   Oct. 14, 7 p.m.

   Kansas City Zoo, Kansas City, Mo.

   Help save the rhinos with your ticket to this year’s Brew at the Zoo, a chance to sample from local breweries and wineries such as KC Bier Co. and Arcadian Moon Winery. Pair your choice drink with a snack from your favorite food truck and take in the sounds of live music — and maybe a lion roar or two! $35 to $45. kansascityzoo.org

 

Brew-At-The-Zoo

 

   Botanical Brewfest

   Oct. 14, 4 p.m.

   Overland Park Arboretum, Overland Park, Kan.

   Enjoy good food, beer and entertainment in a beautiful garden setting. This all-inclusive ticket gets you access to more than 90 craft beers, music, dancing, games and more, all to benefit the Arboretum. $45 to $75. artsandrec-op.org

 

Botanical Brewfest

 

   Harvest Festival

   Oct. 14, 10 a.m.

   Shoal Creek Living History Museum, Kansas City, Mo.

   This old-fashioned county fair will bring you back to simpler times with puppet shows, historical games, century re-enactors, music and much more! Enjoy kettle corn, pony rides, face painting and horse-drawn wagon rides to ring in the fall season. Free to $5. shoalcreeklivinghistorymuseum.com

 

   Holiday Mart

   Oct. 19-22

   Bartle Hall, Kansas City, Mo.

   Get a head start on holiday shopping at Kansas City’s only nonprofit shopping event sponsored by the Junior League of Kansas City, Missouri. Past retailers have included Roadside Runway Boutique, My Charmed Life and Nothing Bundt Cakes. Free to $50. jlkc.org

 

   Lenexa Chili Challenge

   Oct. 20-21

   Old Town Lenexa, Kan.

   You can’t beat free food! Try samples from more than 200 teams competing in chili, salsa and hot wings contests. Activities include a Kids Kornbread Contest and a Hot Pepper Eating Contest on Saturday. The event also promises Friday night fireworks and live music entertainment both days. Free. lenexa.com

 

Lenexa Chili Challenge

 

   Glow: A Jack O’ Lantern Festival

   Oct. 20-21

   Powell Gardens, Kingsville, Mo.

   Take a walk down Powell Gardens’ spooky path lined with the ever-watching eyes of 750 jack-o-lanterns. This year also features hay rides, a carnivorous plant display and an After-Glow event for adults. Free to $12. powellgardens.org

 

Jack o Lantern

 

   Fright Night at Shoal Creek

   Oct. 21, 7:30 p.m.

   Shoal Creek Living History Museum, Kansas City, Mo.

   Stay close to your friends as you explore the old log cabins, spooky homes and dark woods surrounding the museum. Leave the kiddos at home; Fright Night is for brave souls age 16 and older. $10. shoalcreeklivinghistorymuseum.com

 

   Dogtober Fest

   Oct. 22, 10 a.m.

   Kemper Outdoor Education Center, Blue Springs, Mo.

   Bring your talented dog for a day of celebrating man’s best friend with competitions in dock-diving and Frisbee-catching. Show off your dog’s biscuit-eating skills, enter the costume contest and see just how much you and your pooch resemble one another in the dog/owner lookalike game. Free with dog food donation. makeyourdayhere.com

 

   Boo at the Zoo

   Oct. 28-29, 10:30 a.m.

   Kansas City Zoo, Kansas City, Mo.

   Trick-or-treating just got wilder! Enjoy Halloween-themed activities and entertainment plus not-so-spooky treat stations throughout the zoo. Free to $14.50. kansascityzoo.org

 

   Kansas International Film Festival

   Nov. 3-9

   Glenwood Arts Theatre, Overland Park, Kan.

   Experience the world of independent film at this weeklong film festival, presenting more than 100 different narratives, animations and documentaries from more than 50 countries. Stick around for Q&A sessions with filmmakers, plus an awards ceremony for jury-selected winners. kansasfilm.com

 

   Day of the Dead

   Nov. 5, 10 a.m.

   Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Mo.

   Celebrate the Mexican tradition of Dia de los Muertos, a tribute to loved ones who have passed away. Enjoy live music, Mexican food, art activities, a traditional altar and more. Free. nelson-atkins.org

Day of the Dead Atkins Nelson

 

   Holiday Boutique

   Nov. 9-12

   Overland Park Convention Center

   Getting a head start on Christmas shopping? You can find gifts for the whole family at the Holiday Boutique show with unique goods that are sure to delight. Featuring nearly 200 exhibitors, this one-stop shop is the best way to spread holiday cheer. Free to $12. kcholidayboutique.com

 

 

   Northern Lights Holiday Lighting Ceremony

   Nov. 18

   Zona Rosa Town Square

   Start off the holiday season with a special lighting ceremony and a 50-foot tree in Town Square. Bring the kids to see Santa Claus and the holiday Fairy Princess. Free. zonarosa.com

 

   Christmas in the Sky

   Nov. 22, 5 p.m.

   Longview Lake Beach, Kansas City, Mo.

   Get in the holiday spirit with the help of festive entertainment and an amazing fireworks display synchronized to the season’s classic music on 99.7 The Point. This spectacle on the lake is sure to have you humming “Deck the Halls” all the way home. Free. makeyourdayhere.com

 

   Christmas in the Park

   Nov. 22-Dec.31

   Longview Lake Campground, Kansas City, Mo.

   Bundle up for Kansas City’s annual drive-thru light show. Comprising more than 300,000 lights and 175 animated figures, Christmas in the Park is a cherished family tradition. Free. makeyourdayhere.com


 

FALL ACTIVITIES | FALL FESTIVALS | FALL ENTERTAINMENT

 

 

FALL ENTERTAINMENT

Yes-featuring Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin and Rick Wakeman

 

   YES featuring Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin and Rick Wakeman

   Sept. 5, 7:30 p.m.

   Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, Kansas City, Mo.

   Fresh off a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction this April, three former members of progressive rock band YES bring the band’s sound to the Kauffman Center. With Anderson, the original vocalist for YES, expect these three musicians to channel their former band during tours de force like “Roundabout.” $65.50 to $650. kauffmancenter.org

 

   Between the Lines

   Sept. 8-Oct. 1

   Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Kansas City, Mo.

   Don't miss the world premiere of best-selling author Jodi Picoult's novel-turned-musical Between the Lines, a tale of a teenage girl named Delilah who develops a literary crush on the handsome prince in her book. What happens when the line between fiction and fantasy becomes blurred with reality? $25 to $65. kcrep.org

 

   Melissa Etheridge with the Kansas City Symphony

   Sept. 22-24

   Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, Kansas City, Mo.

   The Kauffman Center’s Helzberg Hall, where Melissa Etheridge will perform a three-night stay, is just a 45-minute drive from her childhood home in Leavenworth. That means the singer-songwriter’s shows with the Kansas City Symphony are her homecoming, featuring orchestral takes on old favorites and intimate storytelling about growing up in Leavenworth. $50 to $85. kauffmancenter.org

 

   Kenny Rogers

   Sept. 24, 7:30 p.m.

   Lied Center, Lawrence, Kan.

   It’s the last call to see Kenny Rogers live, as the acclaimed country singer embarks on his final tour, The Gambler’s Last Deal. With 39 studio albums to his name, Rogers’ show promises a long, sweeping setlist of the hits that made him one of country music’s first stars. $26 to $100. lied.ku.edu

 

Kenny Rogers Lawrence KS

 

   Kinky Boots

   Sept. 29-Oct. 1

   Starlight Theatre, Kansas City, Mo.

   If you missed Kinky Boots at the Music Hall in April 2016, then you have a second chance to catch Cyndi Lauper’s Tony Award-winning musical, where a shoe factory owner meets a drag queen. Inspired by true events, Kinky Boots is the tale of an unlikely partnership that proves anything is possible. $14 to $117. kcstarlight.com

 

   Eugene Onegin

   Sept. 30-Oct. 8

   Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, Kansas City, Mo.

   When you watch the opera Eugene Onegin, you’re seeing the work of two Russian greats: Pushkin wrote the initial novel, and Tchaikovsky adapted it into an opera. This love story may have a dark twist, but the beloved music is grand as ever. ADD TICKET PRICES – AUG. 7. kauffmancenter.org

 

   Queens of the Stone Age

   Oct. 13, 7:30 p.m.

   Crossroads KC, Kansas City, Mo.

   In support of their new album, Villains, guitar-heavy rock band Queens of the Stone Age has made quite an odd coupling with “Uptown Funk” producer Mark Ronson. Expect to hear some of these danceable new tracks, along with old favorites like “No One Knows” and “My God Is the Sun.” English rock duo Royal Blood will open the show. Sold out. crossroadskc.com

 

   Fences

   Oct. 13-Nov. 5

   Kansas City Repertory Theatre

   Fences was one of the last pieces August Wilson worked on, as he wrote the screenplay for the award-winning film shortly before his death in 2005. Before the film, though, came the Pulitzer Prize-winning play, an installment in Wilson’s Pittsburgh Cycle that focuses on an African-American family in the ’50s. $30 to $61. kcrep.org

 

Fences KCrep

 

   Pixies

   Oct. 15, 8:30 p.m.

   Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland, Kansas City, Mo.

   They might not be the alternative rock heavyweights they once were, but Pixies will bring a show that mixes new energy and nostalgia to The Midland. Expect songs off their newest album, Head Carrier, in addition to favorites “Where Is My Mind?” and “Gigantic.” Critically acclaimed DIY rocker Mitski opens the show. $38 to $48. midlandkc.com

 

   Janet Jackson

   Oct. 19, 8 p.m.

   Sprint Center, Kansas City, Mo.

   After postponing this tour last year to start a family, Janet Jackson is back in action with her State of the World Tour.  Get ready to party in “Rhythm Nation,” which she brings to Sprint Center. $39.50 to $125. sprintcenter.com

 

   Through the Eyes of Picasso

   Opens Oct. 20

   Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Mo.

   No one can know for sure what went through Picasso’s mind as he made his place in art history, but the Nelson-Atkins is trying to piece that together. The ticketed exhibition places some of the artist’s most famous work with his collection of African and Oceanic art. $18. nelson-atkins.org

 

Picasso Nelson Atkins 2017

 

   Maren Morris

   Oct. 26, 7 p.m.

   Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland, Kansas City, Mo.

   Country music’s next big act has garnered comparisons to Kacey Musgraves and Sheryl Crow, but Maren Morris’ Grammy nominations and chart-topping major label debut prove she’s something unique. The country singer-songwriter will bring her eclectic stylings to the Midland on her first-ever headlining tour. $20 to $28. midlandkc.com

 

   Arcade Fire

   Oct. 27, 7:30 p.m.

   Silverstein Eye Centers Arena, Independence, Mo.

   Arcade Fire clearly cares about its live shows — the band’s 2013 tour mandated a formal dress code for concert-goers. You won’t want to put on a gown or suit for this show, though, where the band will play some of its new dance-rock songs such as “Everything Now” and “Creature Comfort” alongside favorites “Wake Up” and “Reflektor.” $26 to $285. silversteineyecentersarena.com

 

Arcade Fire Kansas City

 

   Cymbeline

   Nov. 9-26

   Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre

   Few cities would think to put a country spin on a Shakespeare play, but that’s one of the beauties of Kansas City. The Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre’s production of Cymbeline, a lesser-known Shakespeare show that blends history, romance and comedy, will show you the Bard’s work in a new light. $15 to $49. metkc.org

 

   Everest

   Nov. 11, 15, 17 and 19, 7:30 p.m.

   Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, Kansas City, Mo.

   Everest is on its way up, coming to Kansas City for the first performances since its world premiere in Dallas. The opera, sung in English, is inspired by true events, when three climbers were caught in a blizzard on the mountain in 1996. Check ticket prices Aug. 7. kauffmancenter.org

 

   Waitress

   Nov. 14-19

   Kansas City Music Hall, Kansas City, Mo.  

   Pie and Sara Bareilles music collide in this Tony Award-nominated musical, based on a 2007 independent film, where a dissatisfied waitress finds hope in a pie-making contest. Bareilles composed the music for the show — the first Broadway show to feature an all-woman creative team — including the upbeat “Opening Up” and showstopping “She Used to Be Mine.” Tickets not on sale at press time. theaterleague.com

 

   Lady Gaga

   Nov. 15, 7:30 p.m.

   Sprint Center, Kansas City, Mo.

   Lady Gaga’s been keeping busy, but between recording new single “The Cure” and acting in the remake of A Star Is Born, she set aside some time to visit Kansas City again. She became famous with provocative electro-pop music, but over the years Gaga has dabbled in jazz and country, so her new tour is sure to be full of surprises. $46 to $226. sprintcenter.com

 

 

   St. Vincent

   Nov. 19, 8 p.m.

   Uptown Theater, Kansas City, Mo.

   Annie Clark captured alternative and pop fans’ hearts alike as St. Vincent with her Grammy Award-winning, self-titled album in 2014. After performing with the Polyphonic Spree and Sufjan Stevens, and co-headlining shows with Talking Heads frontman David Byrne, this will be Clark’s first solo show in Kansas City. $39 to $155. uptowntheater.com

 

   An Evening with David Sedaris

   Nov. 20, 8 p.m.

   Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, Kansas City, Mo.

   For one night only, a visit by renowned humorist David Sedaris will fill the Kauffman Center with laughter. The writer most recently released a collection of diary entries, Theft by Finding: Diaries (1977-2002), giving Sedaris even more to draw from in comedy that blends life experience with social commentary. $55.50 to $60.50. kauffmancenter.org

 

David Sedaris


 

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