The Labor Day weekend traditionally kicks off a month of large, annual outdoor events in Kansas City. It is amazing how many options there are — truly something for everyone, at all ages. So if you are weary of spending the weekend cooling off at the pool or chilling inside a movie theatre–read on for some good alternatives happening over the next several weeks:
KC Irish Fest, Aug 29-31 at Crown Center. This party has grown so large in just twelve years, and that is a direct result of the local Irish community and volunteers who have made this event one of KC’s best outdoor parties. Seven stages of entertainment, lots of children’s activities, a costume contest, Irish Fest Bingo and so much more. I suggest taking the Max bus to avoid parking hassles. Buy advance tickets online or at Hy-Vee.
Santa Cali Gon Days, Aug 29-Sept 1 at Independence Square. This festival is in it’s 42cd year and offers a good, old fashioned county fair atmosphere. There is a farmer’s market, lots of arts and crafts for sale, music, food–and it’s free!
The Kansas City Renaissance Festival opens August 30 and continues every weekend through October 13 in Bonner Springs. Bring the kids and enjoy the various street theatre and medieval entertainment, interaction with the characters, animal rides; browse the craft booths and of course you gotta eat a turkey leg and caramel apples! There are also special packages for purchase, such as a Pub Crawl. A great value for the price.
Two outdoor music events are happening September 6: you can rock on with local bands at the 10th Annual Crossroads Music Festival at Crossroads KC or opt for a more mellow vibe at the Prairie Village Jazz Festival, starting at 2pm at Harmon Park, 77th and Mission Road. Both have admission fees.
Now in it’s 35th year, the Westport Art Fair is Sept 5-7. I love shopping at these booths because they showcase artists from the Kansas City area and I find the art more affordable (for my budget!) than other art fairs.
The annual Fiesta Hispana happens downtown at Barney Allis Plaza Sept 12-14. You’ll find great food here, local and national musical acts and a boxing tournament!
And finally..Kansas City’s biggest outdoor Fall event (unless the Royals win the World Series this year!) is the Plaza Art Fair. It’s all here–art, music, food booths, usually perfect weather and the chance to chat with long lost friends you run into while strolling the streets.
Every weekend in September–low cost, local celebrations of interest to all ages, residents and visitors. Why not experience one you haven’t been to before–there are so many choices! Finally, a special thank you to all the volunteers and local leaders work so hard to make these parties happen. Our friendly Midwestern hospitality really shines at every event.