While it’s always sad to say goodbye to the lazy days of summer, there is no better season in the Midwest than fall. From the pumpkin spice frenzy to falling leaves and crackling bonfires, Kansas City boasts the best weather, breathtaking sunsets and an abundance of events and activities to celebrate the ushering in of sweater season.
All across Kansas City, destinations big and small welcome you to experience fall in their neck of the woods. Perhaps you’re looking for a place to select the region’s biggest pumpkin or maybe you’re in the mood for Friday night lights. Take a peek at our line-up of things to see and do across Kansas City. We think you’ll fall for fall in KC!
Sip and savor – the KC Coffee Trip is still brewing strong. Add a passport sticker to your collection and find a new favorite coffee spot in the region. https://www.kcdestinations.com/kccoffeetrip
Nothing says fall like pumpkin spice donuts! Stop by KC Pumpkin Patch, one of Kansas City’s favorite fall destinations to try your very own donuts, pick pumpkins, play games and more. Season begins Sept 23, 2018. Visit www.kcpumpkinpatch.com or call 913-484-6251 for more information.
Bring the whole gang out for fall family fun at Cider Hill Family Orchard in Kansas City, KS. Enjoy fresh apple cider donuts, delicious barbecue, hayrides and more. Open Tuesday–Sunday through October. For more information, visit www.ciderhillfamilyorchard.com.
Warm up a crisp October evening at the Lenexa Chili Challenge where 200 teams compete in chili, salsa and hot wings contests in hopes of taking home the Grand Champion prize! Teams host private parties on Friday night and share samples (while they last!) on Saturday. Activities include musical entertainment, Friday night fireworks and the Kids Kornbread Contest on Saturday. https://www.lenexa.com/government/departments___divisions/parks___recreation/festivals_events/chili_challenge/
Sample the delicious pumpkin spice Povitica at Merriam’s Strawberry Hill Povitica bakery. Or, delight in a dozen other flavors from apple cinnamon to english walnut—all make the perfect fall pairing with a glass of wine! www.exploremerriam.com/specialoffers
Looking for a pumpkin patch or corn maze? Salt Creek Valley Farms in Leavenworth, KS opens for the season on September 21 and is the perfect family outing, located at 17842 Santa Fe Trail. Keep your eyes open for other fun events including the Flashlight Corn Maze and Pumpkinfest. For more information go to www.VisitLeavenworthKS.com or call (913) 785-2948.
Step back in time to the 16th century village where the fun and laughter never end! Seven-themed fall weekends delight visitors with a variety of entertainment venues, foot fit for a king, artisan wares, jousting and much more. Rain or Shine, visit the Kansas City Renaissance Festival. More information at www.kcrenfest.com.
Lansing’s Fall Festival along Angel Falls Trail is great event for all ages held on the second Saturday in October. There will be food, games, pumpkin crafting, a petting zoo, pony rides, magic, arts & crafts and live music. Visit www.lansing.ks.us or Lansing, Kansas Happenings on Facebook.
Hard Cider from the Cidery at KC Wine Co--Enjoy yard games, beautiful views, local wine, and delicious hard cider at KC Wine Co. Don’t miss some of the upcoming events including apple cider slush weekend, pumpkin spice party, and “Mutts & Merlot.” KC Wine Co is open for adults 21+ on Fridays from 3-8 p.m., Saturdays 12-6 p.m. and Sundays from 12-6 p.m. www.kcwineco.com
Visit Carolyn’s Country Cousins Pumpkin Patch for exciting seasonal fun! Open daily September 15-October 31, this destination features a pumpkin patch, fall themed attractions, delicious snacks, and more! 17607 N.E. 52nd Street, Liberty, MO 64068 / 816-781-9196 / https://carolynscountrycousins.com/
Join Shawnee at the annual Scarecrow Festival, presented by the Shawnee Downtown Partnership and Kansas City Power and Light on Saturday, October 6 from 9:00-11:30 a.m. at City Hall. This free, family-friendly event has something for everyone, including scarecrow making, pumpkin decorating, a Farmers’ Market and seasonal displays. Check out all of the creative displays along Johnson Drive and in front of City Hall. For you chefs out there, showcase your skills by participating in the baking contest, which includes categories for pumpkin pie, fruit pie, and pumpkin bread. https://www.cityofshawnee.org/