Fall Festival Preview

‘Tis the season for fall festivals. From Overland Park to Weston and arts and beer to balloons, get a first look at KC’s upcoming festivities.

Plaza Art Fair

When: Friday, Sept. 25, 5-10 p.m.; Saturday, Sept. 26, 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sunday, Sept. 27, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Where: The Country Club Plaza

What: Stroll through the streets of the Country Club Plaza as Kansas City celebrates creativity with one of the top ranked art events in the nation. After more than eight decades, the Plaza Art Fair is still going strong with 240 artists scheduled this year for your viewing pleasure.

Cost: Free

Can’t miss: Don’t forget to check out the three live music stages and more than 23 restaurant booths.


Overland Park Fall Festival

When: Saturday, Sept. 26, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Where: Downtown Overland Park

What: Come one, come all to the community celebration in Overland Park with high school bands, a hometown parade, local scout groups, dance schools, automobiles, an arts and crafts fair and live music.

Cost: Free

Can’t miss: Your little ones, tweens and teens won’t want to miss special guest Radio Disney’s Skai Jackson.


Louisburg Cider Mill Ciderfest

When: Saturday, Sept. 26-Sunday, Sept. 27, and Saturday Oct. 3-Sunday, Oct. 4; 8 a.m.-6 p.m.

Where: Louisburg, Kan.

What: Watch apples go from whole fruits to apple cider and enjoy a cup, hot or cold, plus cider donuts, freshly dipped caramel apples, a pancake breakfast, samples of Lost Trail Root Beer, kettle corn, fried pickles, arts and crafts, music and more.

Cost: Free

Can’t miss: Get lost in the corn maze and pumpkin patch for only $8. Kids 3 and under are free.


Weston Applefest Celebration

When: Saturday, Oct. 3 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday, Oct. 4, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Where: Downtown Weston, Mo

What: Apple dumplings, apple pies, apple butter and apple bowling are just a few of the many fun activities you’ll find at Weston’s Applefest. For 27 years, Weston has been putting on a show and this year will be no different with a parade on Saturday, more than 60 arts and crafts booths, pony rides, face painting, a bounce house and live music.

Cost: $1 donations for adults, free for kids 15 and under

Can’t miss: Watch the wonder of apple butter being made before your very eyes and take a jar or two home to make your own tasty treats.



When: Saturday, Oct. 3, 7-10 p.m.

Where: The Country Club Plaza

What: Watch from the banks of Brush Creek as fire performers show off their skills amongst lit braziers and music.

Cost: Free

Can’t miss: Pack a picnic or dine at your favorite Plaza restaurants.


Powell Gardens Harvest Celebration and Antique Tractor and Equipment Show

When: Saturday, Oct. 3-Sunday, Oct. 4, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Where: Powell Gardens, Kingsville, Mo.

What: Harvest is in full swing, so why not celebrate? Join Powell Gardens as it highlights agricultural roots with antique tractors, engines and farm machinery, plus a lot of other fall fun including pumpkin painting, a scarecrow exhibit and other outdoor games.

Cost: $12/adults; $10/seniors age 60+; $5/children ages 5-12; free for Gold-level and above members and children 4 and younger

Can’t miss: New attractions for this year include a truck display, a parade of power and tractor-driving skill games.


Weston’s Irish Fest

When: Friday, Oct. 9, 5 p.m.-midnight; Saturday, Oct. 10, 11 a.m.-midnight; Sunday, Oct. 11, noon-10 p.m.

Where: On the grounds of O’Malley’s in Weston, Mo.

What: Head to Weston for a three-day celebration full of Irish fun including Irish music, piping, dancing and storytelling. Musicians from the U.S., Canada and Ireland will take over the four stages at Irish Fest and leave you dancing the night away.

Cost: $5 on Friday and $10 on Saturday and Sunday in advance. $10 on Friday and $15 on Saturday and Sunday at the gate.

Can’t miss: You can’t leave Irish Fest without trying the corned beef and Irish stew and wetting your whistle with a selection of draught ale, stouts and lagers.


Barstow School Arts Festival

When: Friday, Oct. 9, 5-7 p.m.; Saturday, Oct. 10, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sunday, Oct. 11, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Where: West lawn of the Barstow School, Kansas City, Mo.

What: Join the Barstow School for its first-ever Arts Festival, featuring more than 100 artists from all over the country. The event will also include food trucks, Friday Jazz Night and a Kid’s Day on Saturday.

Cost: Free

Can’t miss: Check out the winding paths and green spaces on the school’s beautiful grounds.


18th & Vine Jazz and Blues Festival

When: Saturday, Oct. 10, 1-11 p.m.

Where: 18th and Vine Jazz District

What: What better way to experience jazz than in the heart of the KC Jazz district? This year’s lineup includes New York-based jazz trombonist, Conrad Herwig, Bronx based Popa Chubby, R&B singer/songwriter/producer Dwele and many others.

Cost: $10 for adults and free for kids 12 and under

Can’t miss: Bring your dancing shoes—party band headliner The Family Stone takes the stage at 10 p.m.


Prairiefire OctoberFest

When: Saturday, 10/17, 12 p.m.

Where: Prairiefire

What: Visit Prairiefire for a day filled with professional pumpkin carvers, live music, a bier garden, food specials, a petting zoo, face painting and balloon artists.

Cost: Free

Can’t miss: Put your stomach to the test with the pie-eating contest.


KC Brew Festival

When: Saturday, Oct. 17, 12-3 p.m. and 4-7 p.m.

Where: Union Station

What: Craft breweries from KC and beyond come together for one giant brewing celebration. Admission will include tastings from over 50 breweries and 100 beers.

Cost: $40

Can’t miss: Local food trucks will also make an appearance at Brew Fest, selling delicious morsels to accompany your libations.


Powell Gardens GLOW Jack-O-Lantern Festival

When: Saturday, Oct. 17-Sunday, Oct. 18, 6-10 p.m.

Where: Powell Gardens, Kingsville, Mo.  

What: Halloween wouldn’t be complete without a trip to the GLOW Jack-O-Lantern Festival. Scurry through the garden’s vignettes and feast your eyes on more than 700 hand-carved Halloween creations all centered on this year’s theme, “Nature’s Nightmares.” Don’t forget about the hayrides and costumed characters.

Cost: $12/adults; $10/seniors age 60+; $5/children ages 5-12; free for Gold-level and above members and children 4 and younger

Can’t miss: Outdoor fun and indoor fun happen at Powell Gardens! Come inside for pumpkin painting, face painting, free crafts and a not-too-spooky cave with live insects.


Great Midwest Balloon Fest

When: Friday, Oct. 23, 4-10 p.m.; Saturday, Oct. 24, 2-10 p.m.

Where: Agricultural Hall of Fame in Bonner Springs, Kan.

What: Watch balloons glow up close and personal and take part in the many other activities, including a kids’ costume contest and trick-or-treat, beer garden, kids zone and carnival.

Cost: Tickets start at $15 for adults and $8.50 for adults.

Can’t miss: Come back Sunday morning for a special 5K with the balloons at 7:30 a.m. –Riley Mortensen