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KC Destinations is a membership organization of cities located in the Kansas City metro region. Each community offers visitors the opportunity to adventure beyond the big city lights and truly experience the area in a meaningful way through the eyes, ears, and stomachs of the locals. With KC Destinations, you can request visitor information, explore the metro, take a themed trip using the Otocast app, or learn more about our member destinations!
Explore the region a little differently with KC Trips! From historical sites to quirky curiosities, coffee spots to kid-friendly finds, desserts galore, and much, more more, you'll discover themed spots across KC using the free app Otocast, while collecting badges for a chance to win a $250 gift card!. Learn more at KC Trips!
The Kansas City region may be known for barbecue, football champs, and eclectic neighborhoods sprinkled throughout the metro, but hidden within the sprawling urban landscape and charming suburbs lies a world of nature-filled outdoor adventures waiting to be explored. Read more...
This September, you’ll want to make sure a trip to Bonner Springs is on your calendar! Now that the weather is cooling off, venture just a few miles west of Kansas City and tour our historic, charming downtown. There are several events to entertain you and provide something out-of-the-ordinary to do! On September 14, our downtown merchants will host the Fall Flower Crawl from 5-8 p.m. Grab a ticket online and then head out to collect a beautiful bouquet of fall flowers from each retailer you visit! On the same night, food trucks, live music, the farmers market, and vendors will line the streets for our monthly Evenings on Oak event. On September 30, the city will host the annual Fall Festival and Vintage Market. Dozens of vendors and makers will fill the downtown with their crafts, wares, and art!
Need some other ideas? Check out ZipKC’s Outdoor Haunted House, Exiled: Trail of Terrors. This isn’t your ordinary haunted house… Exiled: Trail of Terror is a self-guided hike of horror deep in the dark woods of Kansas. You and your friends must face your worst fears by clawing your way through our evil forest. This Kansas City haunted house is NOT for the faint of heart. If you are scared of getting dirty, sweaty, or hiking through the darkness OUTSIDE, then Exiled is not for you!
Don’t forget the Kansas City Renaissance Festival, also located in Bonner Springs! The KC RenFest began in 1977 as a benefit for the Kansas City Art Institute. Since then, the festival has grown to be one of the largest Renaissance Festivals in the United States and has an annual attendance of 200,000!
Enjoy the sounds of classic rock music by local tribute bands at Merriam Drive Live on Saturday, October 7.
Downtown Merriam turns into a street party full of food trucks, adult beverages, the annual cornhole tournament, face painting, balloon artists, and live music on two stages.
Here's the lineup...
2–3:30 p.m. Hip 2B Huey
3:30–5 p.m. The Steve Miller Experience
5–6:30 p.m. Women of Rock
6:30–8 p.m. Killer Queen
For more information, visit exploremerriam.com/events