Autumn is coming, and there is still plenty of time to get outside and have some fun. In the Kansas City region, we have a full calendar of events with plenty of fun, interesting, tasty, and cultural things to do.
Weekends, September 3-October 16
For seven weekends in a row, this legendary fall festival escorts visitors back to 16th century England. Now in its 40th year, the festival features jousting, fencing, archery, music, magic, comedy, and many surprises. Every weekend reflects a different theme, like Shamrocks & Shenanigans, the pet-friendly Ales & Tails, Witches & Wizards, and the Buccaneer Beer Fest.
Watch tomorrow’s rodeo stars compete in this annual event, which draws competitors from all over the Midwest, vying for $73,000 in prize money. The best of the best compete in bull riding, bareback riding, breakaway roping, saddle bronc riding, and much more.
Nine city blocks around the Country Club Plaza area feature the work of 240 artists in this nationally ranked art event. The venue includes three stages with live music performances and 25 restaurants participating with booths.
This time, the Kansas City Zoo’s animals are the spectators! Run, jog, or walk through the Kansas City Zoo—through Africa, Australia, and even the Polar Bear Passage. Choose from a one- or four-mile course. Families and strollers are welcome!
Experience true American heritage in this celebration of Native American culture. Enjoy music and dance, learn the history of the Osage Trail, and celebrate the gift of life that comes with welcoming Harvest Time.
More than 600 teams take part in the world’s largest barbecue competition, which has moved to the Kansas Speedway to accommodate for than 50,000 hungry visitors. Sauces come from 36 states and 3 countries, spanning 5 categories.