Kansas City Fall Festivals – Fall 2021 Events

Kansas City Irish Fest - Kansas City, MO - Sep 3 to Sep 5, 2021
One of the three largest irish festivals in the nation. 30 Celtic rock and traditional Irish bands on 7 stages. Massive children’s area, plus heritage workshops and displays, geneology, comedy, and more!

Concordia Fall Festival - Concordia, MO - Sep 7 to Sep 11, 2021
Thousands visit this themed festival every year held the first week after Labor Day, which started as a public Market Day in 1898. Queen contest, three parades, exhibits, bake sales and contests plus carnival rides like a carousel, ferris wheel, giant slide and more.

Dancefestopia - La Cygne, KS - Sep 9 to Sep 12, 2021
This event features non-stop musical entertainment on 3 stages for 3 days and four nights. Also available to enjoy are canoe trips, helicopter rides, fireworks, art, camping, and showers plus over 35 headlining performers.

Calhoun Colt Show - Calhoun, MO - Sep 10 to Sep 12, 2021
It features 3 days of events from art, farm, orchard, flowers, baby show, car show, pet parade and more. Also Equine events, beer garden, carnival, church services, contests, night time music and lots of vendors. Since 1909.

Jesse James Festival - Kearney, MO - Sep 10 to Sep 19, 2021
Carnival, barbeque cook-out, craft fair, fishing tournament, demolition derby, rodeo, mud volleyball, 5K/10K, Little Miss and Mr. contest and more.

Maysville Country Harvest - Maysville, MO - Sep 10 to Sep 11, 2021
An annual event first held in 1996 after residents responded to a community survey requesting a weekend festival. Festivities include a homemade scarecrow contest, panty hose bowling, several eating contests, lip sync battle, pancake breakfast, 5K, kids’ activities, parade, pumpkin bowline, dance demonstration, live entertainment and more.

Kansas City Chalk & Walk Festival - Kansas City, MO - Sep 11 to Sep 12, 2021
A multi-cultural celebration of the arts and Crown Center Square. Street performers, paintings, workshops, Children’s Creative Corridor. Free admission.

Blue Springs Fall Festival - Blue Springs, MO - Sep 17 to Sep 19, 2021
Feast on turkey legs, funnel cakes, BBQ Sunday, kettle corn, shaved ice, resh lemonade and more whie enjoying a carnival, parade, petting zoo, and two stages of entertainment. Shuttles are available from parking areas.

Southside Fall Festival - Saint Joseph, MO - Sep 17 to Sep 19, 2021
Enjoy fun for the whole family with parades, fireworks, rides, contests, food, crafts, music and more!

Waldo Fall Festival - Kansas City, MO - Sep 18 to Sep 18, 2021
Free family-friendly event with kids’ rides, games, food trucks, live & local music, vendors, face painting and more. The festival is located in the CVS parking lot at 75th Street and Wornall Road.

Liberty Fall Festival - Liberty, MO - Sep 24 to Sep 26, 2021
Carnival, parade, vendors selling everything from food, arts & crafts, and farmer’s market, plus music, dancing and entertainment. They have a mobile app again this year with a map and schedule (Palaroo). Since 1934.

Old West Octoberfest - Lexington, MO - Sep 30 to Oct 2, 2021
Enjoy a new twist on the Old West, with music, food, vendors, and entertainment on Main Street. Formerly the Apples, Arts & Antiques Festival. Don’t forget to attend the Apple Auction at the LEX and the Fine Arts & Photography Show at P&H Event Center!

Burg Fest - Warrensburg, MO - Oct 1 to Oct 2, 2021
A car show, KCBS BBQ contest and entertainment on the Main Stage plus craft vendors, children’s area, food vendors, live music, home brew competition and more.

Gladfest - Gladstone, MO - Oct 1 to Oct 3, 2021
Carnival, bands, crafters, market, pageant, parade, and more!

KC Oktoberfest - Kansas City, MO - Oct 1 to Oct 2, 2021
KC Bier Co and Grünauer Restaurant’s Oktoberfest host. Come celebrate authentic Bavarian-style beer, food, and entertainment at the Crown Center.

Applefest Celebration - Weston, MO - Oct 2 to Oct 3, 2021
Parade (including antique tractors, classic cars, fire trucks and bands), arts & crafts, apple dumplings and other food products from local churches. Children’s activities include pumpkin painting, pony rides, face painting and carnival games. Adult admission is $1. Kids under 15 are free. Free parking.

Missouri Town 1855 Fall Festival - Lee's Summit, MO - Oct 2 to Oct 2, 2021
1850’s music, skilled interpreters, dance, buggy rides, hot spiced sider, arts & carfts, hay rides and children’s game, all held at Missouri Town 1855, a living history museum with year-round programming focused on 1800s farm life. Cost is $10 per car/van, $20 per bus.

Missouri Day Festival - Trenton, MO - Oct 15 to Oct 16, 2021
The Missouri Day Festival is the largest festival of the year for Trenton. Sponsored by the Trenton Area Chamber of Commerce, it is held the third weekend in October each year. This event draws thousands of people to the Trenton area. This is a family-friendly event that hosts activities for persons of every age. Adults and children alike can shop with nearly 120 different vendors who come from all over the United States. Many vendors return year after year for this well-attended event. Come on out to play, eat and just have fun. In conjunction with the festival, there is also a marching band competition for high schools throughout Missouri. Offers, high school band competitions, parade, over 120 craft/ product vendors, 15-20 food vendors, children amusements, and much more!!

Dogtober Fest - Blue Springs, MO - Oct 17 to Oct 17, 2021
Free admission (with donation of canned or dry dog food) to this event with trail dog-walks, contests and games, workshops, demonstrations, and many more canine events. Don’t forget to bring your pup!

Mildale Farm Fall Fest - Edgerton, KS - Oct 30 to Oct 30, 2021
Bring the family and spend the day exploring the Mildale Farm property and enjoying a number of fall activities during this free public event. In addition to 136 acres of future parkland, the site includes the 22-acre Mildale Farm that is usually only accessible by reservation and is one of the region’s premier venues for weddings, family reunions, corporate retreats and other special occasions. Visitors will be directed to park in the large parking lot near Mildale Farm’s main barn which features peg construction and a hand-laid brick floor. Nearby, they’ll find cider and hot cocoa and a large pumpkin patch. A tractor-drawn shuttle will take visitors to a fire circle in the south-central portion of the Mildale site, where they can roast marshmallows and enjoy storytelling. There will also be tractor-drawn hayrides and catch-and-release fishing in any of our seven ponds within the 158-acre area, so bring your own bait and tackle. While District fishing permits have been waived for this event, anglers 16 and older will still need to have a valid Kansas fishing license.

Festival of Lights – Kansas City - Kingsville, MO - Nov 11 to Dec 30, 2021
This family-favorite festival is a breath of fresh air during a hectic holiday season. Bundle up and wander a lighted outdoor path featuring immersive, botanically-inspired installations that celebrate the natural joy of the most festive season. More than 20 miles of lights highlight the natural forms of Powell Gardens’ tree collection, show off the exceptional architecture and landscape elements in the Gardens, and create paths through Instagram and holiday card-worthy photo moments.

Legendary Tree Lighting Ceremony at Legends Outlets - Kansas City, KS - Nov 13 to Nov 13, 2021
Kick off the holiday season with a live concert, prize giveaways, complimentary hot cocoa, fun photo ops, special deals, and family-friendly activities such as face painting, balloon animals, roaming character appearances, photos with Santa, and more. The lighting ceremony will take place in the Center Courtyard at approximately 6 PM, but festivities will continue until 8 PM. Legends Outlets’ 45-foot Christmas tree, with 2,000 ornaments is synchronized to music, and will continue to brighten spirits until early January, 2022.

Christmas Holiday Throwback Series at Union Station - Kansas City, MO - Nov 19 to Dec 21, 2021
Watch classic and retro holiday movies including National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, Elf, and the Polar Express, all at Regnier Extreme Screen, the largest movie theater screen in the region. Each movie will screen for a few days, check the website for the schedule and tickets.

A Christmas Carol at KC Reperatory Theater - Kansas City, MO - Nov 19 to Nov 21, 2021
For over 40 years, Kansas City’s beloved tradition has created holiday memories for families all around our community, with all the heart and spectacle you’ve come to love… start your family tradition this year and create memories that will last for many Christmas’s to come! Join Ebenezer Scrooge on his redemptive journey with Christmas Past, Present, and Future, and rediscover the true meaning of the holidays.

Northern Lights Holiday Lighting Ceremony at Zona Rosa Town Center - Kansas City, MO - Nov 20 to Nov 20, 2021
Zona Rosa will kick off the 2021 holiday season with the annual lighting ceremony featuring the historic holiday crowns and majestic 55′ Christmas tree! North Park near Dillards

Thanksgiving Eve at Howl at the Moon Kansas City - Kansas City, MO - Nov 24 to Nov 24, 2021
Turkey is good, but booze is better! Celebrate the long holiday weekend with some live music, dancing and drinks, with featured drinks, games, dancing and a great night out!

Christmas in the Park at Longview Lake - Lee's Summit, MO - Nov 24 to Dec 31, 2021
Now in its 34th year, this magical winter wonderland features more than half million lights and 175 animated displays, all designed and built entirely in-house by our talented crews! Your drive to the Longview Lake Campground begins at the Frank White Jr., Softball Complex. Admission is free. Voluntary exit donations benefit more than 35 local charities. Since its inception, Christmas in the Park has donated more than 1 million dollars to charities right here in our community. Weeknights earlier in the season are more likely to have shorter lines!

Thanksgiving Day 5K & Family Stroll - Overland Park, KS - Nov 25 to Nov 25, 2021
5K on Thanksgiving

Ward Parkway Thanksgiving Day Run - Kansas City, MO - Nov 25 to Nov 25, 2021
10K and 5K on Thanksgiving – Don your turkey hat, pose for pics and earn your pumpkin pie by running along beautiful Ward Parkway!

Holiday Lights on Farmstead Lane - Overland Park, KS - Nov 25 to Jan 7, 2022
Enjoy a light show synchronized to your favorite holiday and movie music.

Hyde Park Pilgrim Run - Kansas City, MO - Nov 25 to Nov 25, 2021
5k on Thanksigiving morning

KCP&L Plaza Lighting Ceremony - Kansas City, MO - Nov 25 to Jan 9, 2022
Kick off the holiday season in style and join us for this beloved Thanksgiving tradition in Kansas City. In addition to the time-honored flipping of the switch, the show will feature performances, in addition to fireworks. The lights will be lit for the rest of the season

Paulie’s Penguin Playground - Olathe, KS - Nov 25 to Dec 25, 2021
Walk through the Craig family’s yard to view all of their lit figures and enjoy the show! It’s the largest single display in Johnson County, and donations will be accepted for Leukemia and Lymphoma Society

Holidays Alive at Union Station - Kansas City, MO - Nov 26 to Dec 10, 2021
Various events. Check out different events in the weeks leading up to the New Year!

Meet Santa at Zona Rosa - Kansas City, MO - Nov 26 to Dec 24, 2021
It’s that magical time of year for some of your holiday traditions, including meeting Santa in his Winter Wonderland at Zona Rosa.

Christmas Card Lane - Olathe, KS - Nov 26 to Jan 1, 2022
Entire subdivision of decorated houses tied together with giant Christmas cards featuring greetings from each family

EBT Santa’s Countdown to Christmas at Crown Center - Kansas City, MO - Nov 26 to Jan 3, 2022
EBT Laughing Santa, who first appeared at KC’s Emery, Bird, Thayer department store in the early 1900s, has been providing memories for new generations at Crown Center since 1979. Children of all ages will marvel at this Jolly Ol’ Soul as he chuckles his way through the holiday season while counting down the days until Christmas.

Holiday Luminary Walk - Overland Park, KS - Nov 26 to Dec 18, 2021
During the four weekends following Thanksgiving, take a stroll along the lit pathways to experience the magical Gnome and Fairy Villages, serene winter woods by candlelight, and the colorful Children’s Garden. Enjoy musical performances in four different locations and visit with Santa in his Woodland Depot. The gardens are bright with color – while the quiet woods are lit with candles lining the walkways. Trees, buildings, and bridges are all part of the show, with thousands of lights aglow.

Mayor’s Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at Crown Center - Kansas City, MO - Nov 26 to Jan 3, 2022
The 100-foot-tall Mayor’s Christmas Tree, one of the nation’s tallest, is the centerpiece for an illuminating holiday celebration. Kansas City’s Mayor and a celebrity guest will flip the switch to light the tree. Members of the Kansas City Chorale will perform during the ceremony.

Santa’s Arrival at Crown Center - Kansas City, MO - Nov 26 to Dec 24, 2021
Santa Claus arrives in a horse-drawn carriage to kick off the holiday season. Join Santa as he makes his way to Santa’s Gingerbread Station, where he resides through December 24. No admission fee

Santa’s Gingerbread Station at Crown Center - Kansas City, MO - Nov 26 to Dec 24, 2021
Santa Claus will welcome the public throughout the holiday season for visits, wish lists and photos. A photographer will be on-site to take photos for a fee, or you may take your own.

Holiday Choirs at Crown Center - Kansas City, MO - Nov 29 to Dec 19, 2021
Beautiful music fills the halls of Crown Center, as nearly 70 area school, church and community choirs perform everyday. See the scheduled choirs La href=”https://www.crowncenter.com/sites/default/files/inline-files/2021%20Holiday%20Choirs%20NOV4.pdf”>here