Things to do this fall in Kansas City

The long, lazy days of summer have come to an end. The air is crisp and soon the leaves will be changing colors. Since school starts so much earlier than it did when I was a kid, families have probably already adjusted  to their “school year” routine. Get ready, the cooler weather will be moving in and the days will be getting shorter. This is my favorite season of the year!

There are so many fun activities to enjoy this season. Here are just a few: apple picking, going to a pumpkin patch,  going on a hay ride, getting lost in a corn maze, checking out all of the fall festivals, making a scarecrow, watching football and tailgating, cooking chili, carving a pumpkin, jumping in leaf piles, playing at the park, cuddling by the fire, making s’mores,  having a bon fire, roasting pumpkin seeds, baking pies, trick or treating on Halloween, camping. enjoying the fall foliage, celebrating Thanksgiving and so much more!

Here are a few things going on around Kansas City this fall:

Kansas City Renaissance Festival- September 3- October 16, 2017 : Live entertainment, shops, food and drinks

628 N. 126th Street Bonner Springs, Ks 66012  913-721-2110

Halloween Haunt- September 19- October 31, 2017: Worlds of Fun, spooky shows, rides and more. (recommended for ages 14 and up)

4545 Worlds of Fun Ave KC, MO 64161  816-454-9545

Boo At The Zoo- October 28-29, 2017: Halloween activities and trick or treating around the zoo.

Kansas City Zoo KC, MO  816-595-1234

Overland Park Fall Festival- September 23, 2017: Crafts, food, fall festivities

Santa Fe Commons Park, 8045 Santa Fe Drive Overland Park, Ks 66204 913-344-8656

Louisburg Ciderfest- September 23-24 and September 30- October 1, 2017: Apple cider, donuts, pony rides, craft booths.

14730 K68 HWY Louisburg, Ks 66053

*The cider mill is open year round.

Spring Hill Fall Festival- September 29- October 1st: Parade, crafts, food and music.

401 W. Hale Street, Spring Hill, Ks 66083

Shawnee Oktoberfest- September 30, 2017: Games, Entertainment and food

Shawnee, Ks 67025

Scarecrow Festival-October 7, 2017: Scarecrow making, pumpkin decorating, baking contest & farmer’s market

11110 Johnson Dr., Shawnee, Ks 32567

Maple Leaf- October 21-22, 2017: Parade, bands, crafts, antique cars, rides & food.

2011 N. 200th Rd, Wellsville, Ks 66092

Family Fall Festival- October 21,2017

RC Fields, Overland Park, Ks 66202

Some Great Pumpkin Patches in Kansas City

Carolyn’s Country Cousins Pumpkin Patch

17607 NE 52nd Street, Liberty, Mo 64068      816-781-9196

Faulkner’s Ranch & Pumpkin Ranch

10600 Raytown Rd., Kansas City, Mo 64134    816-761-5055

Schaake’s Pumpkin Patch

1791 North 1500 Rd,  Lawrence, Ks 66046    785-843-2459

Liberty Corn Maze (“largest corn maze in Missouri”)

17607 NE 52nd Street, Liberty, Mo 64068   816-820-5388

Cider Mill Family Orchard- Apple picking

3341 N. 139th Street, Kansas City, Ks 66109     913-721-2507

Weston Apple Fest- October 7-8, 2017: Apple activities, pony rides, face painting, pumpkin painting & lots more!

526 Main St, Weston, Mo 64098     816-640-2909

Annual American Royal Livestock, Horse Show & Rodeo- September- November 2017

1701 American Royal Ct, Kansas City, Mo 64102      816-221-9800


I provided location and contact information for the events listed. I highly recommend  checking the website or calling before heading to your destination, to see if there is an admission fee and/or parking fee. We have run into this many times, when we don’t have cash on us., which doesn’t make for happy kiddo’s when we don’t get to go.

These are just a few of the fun things around Kansas City this fall. Some of the city parks have been family favorites of ours for years. Antioch Park, in Merriam, is a great place to have a picnic and see all of the colorful leaves.

Enjoy this beautiful season and make lots of memories! We would love to see your fall pictures!

Don’t forget to check back for a list of winter activities in Kansas City.