Kansas City Fall Food Festivals
By Mary Bloch
The fall calendar is blanketed with food festivals like an autumn lawn piled with leaves. Here are some golden ones.
Kansas City Renaissance Festival, Aug. 31-Oct. 14
The pomp and pageantry are beguiling, but one can only take so much jousting, candle-making, juggling or fire breathing. Many visitors are just in it for the dinosaur-sized turkey legs, corn on the cob, corn dogs and Italian sausage.
Lenexa Spinach Festival, Sept. 7
Hailed as the “Spinach Capital of the World” in the 1930s, Lenexa pays homage to its heritage during this one-day event. Sample the world’s largest spinach salad, enter your favorite spinach recipe in a contest and let the kids hang out with Popeye and Olive Oyl. Music and games round out the activities, and a food court satisfies the spinach-phobic looking for nourishment during the day.
Greek Festival, Sept. 6-8
Feel yourself transported to Greece as you watch cooking demonstrations, Greek dancing and listen to an oompah or two. Domalthes, souvlaki, spanakopitas, gyros and baklava sweeten the weekend.
Powell Gardens’ Under a Harvest Moon, Sept. 22
Taking a drive to Kingsville to tour the gardens is a treat anytime of year, but participating in the fest is an added incentive to make the trek. Try a delicious variety of farm-fresh foods, as this farm-to-table dinner by The Local Pig's Alex Pope raises funds for Powell's Heartland Harvest Garden.
Plaza Art Fair, Sept. 22-24
Though considered an art fair not a food festival, who has ever strolled the streets of the Plaza during the weekend and not consumed mass quantities of steak sandwiches, burgers, Thai chicken pizza, burnt ends, egg rolls, lettuce wraps, gumbo and oh so much more? While you’re munching, browse the stalls and perhaps buy a piece of art that suits your fancy.
2013 Ciderfest, Sept. 28-29 & Oct. 5-6
Learning how cider is made only skims the surface of these fun-filled weekends at Louisburg Cider Mill. There’s entertainment for the whole family, including hayrides, a pumpkin patch, an honest-to-goodness maze through a cornfield and bluegrass music. Munch on a cider doughnut, caramel apple or kettle corn, enjoy a pancake breakfast, and wash it all down with cider or Louisburg’s own Lost Trail root beer.
American Royal Barbecue, Oct. 3-6
With 500 teams competing, this is the largest barbecue contest in the world. But spectating is more fun and much less pressure. Though you pay for the privilege of watching contestants tend to their smokers, the party scene is worth the price of admission. Buy some ’cue from one of many on-site vendors, or wrangle an invite to one of the VIP tents.
Weston Applefest, Oct. 5-6
A Main Street parade kicks off the festivities, followed by crowd favorite “Mr. Stinky Feet.” Time-honored traditions of soap making and basket weaving complement the more modern activities, such as face and pumpkin painting, and pony rides. Apples turn up in dumplings, pie and cookies, showcasing fall’s favorite fruit.
Mary Bloch is a Kansas City-based food writer. Follow her online at Around the Block.
More Fall Festivals in Kansas City
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Dates: Sept. 20-22 | Location: Country Club Plaza Area | Venue: Country Club Plaza, 4750 Broadway Blvd., Kansas City, MO 64112
The Plaza Art Fair is one of the longest-running and most beloved art events in the nation, and Kansas City's kickoff to autumn. The event features 240 artists from across the country, food from 30 Plaza restaurants, 3 live music stages and more tha...
Type: Festivals,Free Events,Top Events
Dates: October 10-11 | Location: Country Club Plaza Area | Venue: Country Club Plaza, Broadway & Ward Parkway, Kansas City, MO 64111
Bring a chair or a blanket and have a great time at Barnaby Evan's iconic WaterFire art installation. More than one hundred of Kansas City's best performing artists provide the musical accompaniment to this annual celebration of the arts along Brush...
Type: Festivals,Free Events,Special Events,Top Events
Dates: Aug. 30-Sept. 1 | Location: Crown Center Area | Venue: Crown Center, 2450 Grand Blvd., Kansas City, MO 64108
Commemorate Kansas City's proud Celtic heritage with three days of world-class entertainment, food and drink, shopping, interactive workshops, kids activities and more! The 2013 Kansas City Irish Fest features more than 300 musicians, dancers, comed...
Admission: $5 Friday tickets. $10 advance Saturday or Sunday tickets, $15 at the gate on Saturday/Sunday, $25 advance three-day tickets.
Dates: Sept. 7-8 | Location: Crown Center Area | Venue: Crown Center Square, 2450 Grand Blvd., Kansas City, MO 64108
Chalk painting festival (50 plus chalk pastel murals) , Childrens Creative Corridor and workshops, strolling street performers....
Type: Festivals,Free Events,Just for Kids,Top Events
Dates: Oct. 7-Oct 12 | Location: Crown Center Area... | Venue: Kansas City Power & Light District, 13th & Walnut St., Kansas City, MO 64106
Bring your kiddos downtown for the Sprint Family Fun Days Fall Festival on Sat. Oct. 12, 2013 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is FREE! Free children's entertainment includes: Stone Lion Puppet Theatre's BONEYARD PUPPET SHOW, live music by Dino...
Admission: Free Admission. Premium activities require tickets. Tickets are reasonably priced at 2-for-$1 or 12-for-$5.
Type: Festivals,Free Events,Just for Kids,Music & Dance
Dates: Oct. 12 | Location: Downtown Area | Venue: American Jazz Museum, 1616 E. 18th St., Kansas City, MO 64108
"SALUTE TO GEORGE DUKE" featuring headliners: Pieces of a Dream, Bobby Lyle & Maysa, Con Funk Shun, The Messenger Legacy, Bettye LaVette, Kelley Hunt with local and regional talent. Kansas City's 18th & Vine Jazz and Blues Festival (formerly...
Type: Concerts,Festivals,Live Jazz,Music & Dance,Special Events,Top Events
Dates: Sat., Sep. 28 | Location: Downtown Area | Venue: City Market, 20 E 5th St., Kansas City, MO 64106
The City Market is pleased to announce the return of live music to the property! On Saturday, September 28 the City Market will host a two part event featuring dining and live music.A play off of the traditional pub crawl, a "Grub Crawl" is a cuttin...
Admission: Grub Crawl: $15 Concert: Free!
Type: Concerts,Festivals,Free Events,Music & Dance,Special Events
Dates: Sat., Oct. 5 | Location: Downtown Area | Venue: City Market, 20 E 5th St., Kansas City, MO 64106
Celebrate the sights and smells of fall at the City Market. Pumpkins, Gourds and Apples, Oh My will take place on Saturday, October 5, 2013 from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Patrons will find fresh, local harvest produce at the Farmers' Market such a...
Type: Festivals,Free Events,Just for Kids,Special Events
Dates: Sat., Sept. 28 | Location: Downtown Area | Venue: The Phoenix, 302 W 8th St., Kansas City, MO 64105
Kansas City musicians! From noon – 1am, we will have live music inside, and the OUTSIDE stage! The street will be blocked off to make room for over 1000 people, with BBQ, Boulevard, cocktails, tables, chairs, and lots of friends! B...
Admission: $8 in advance, $10 at the door.
Type: Concerts,Festivals,Top Events
Dates: Sat., Oct. 19 | Location: Downtown Area | Venue: Kansas City Power & Light District, 13th & Walnut St., Kansas City, MO 64106
Enjoy live music all-day on 2 stages! Whiskey samplings, BBQ food booths, vintage autos, family fun and more! Free admission. Families welcome. Anyone under 21 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Live music on the KC Live...
Admission: Free admission
Type: Concerts,Festivals,Free Events,Live Jazz,Music & Dance,Nightlife,Special Events
Dates: Aug 30 - Sept 2 | Location: East | Venue: Independence Square, 112 W Lexington St., Independence, MO 64050
Now in its' 40th year, this premier annual festival on historic Independence Square usually features more than 400 crafters/vendors and more than 100 food booths, free local and nationally known country western music on a community stage, gospel sta...
Dates: Oct. 5-6 | Location: East | Venue: Missouri Town 1855, 8010 E Park Rd., Lee's Summit, MO 64064
Celebrate the Fall season at Missouri Town's largest outdoor festival. Hot-spiced cider, 1850's music and dance, children's games, period arts and crafts, horse drawn buggy rides and fun-filled hay rides make this a special weekend event. Celebrat...
Admission: $9 per car/van; $20 per school/commercial bus
Type: Festivals,Special Events,Top Events
Dates: Sat., Sep. 14 | Location: East | Venue: 313 W Pacific Avenue, Independence, MO
The Independence Uncorked Wine Festival will be held Saturday, September 14, 2013 on the grounds of the historic Bingham-Waggoner Estate. The day will feature samplings of wines from wineries from all over Missouri. There will also be ar...
Admission: $20.00 in advance $25.00 day of event Purchase tickets by calling 816-461-3491 or purchase online
Type: Festivals,Special Events
Dates: Nov. 25-30 | Location: East | Venue: Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop, 1200 E Kansas City Rd., Olathe, KS 66061
The Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop, will host our first Santa Breakfast Saturday, November 30 from 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. in the Heritage Center. Enjoy the Holiday inspired decorations of the Heritage Center, have breakfast with Santa and your admission ...
Type: Festivals,Holiday Activities,Special Events
Dates: Sat., Oct. 12 | Location: Northeast | Venue: Shoal Creek Living History Museum, 7000 NE Barry Rd., Kansas City MO 64156
Are you yearning for a simpler time? Join us for an old fashioned County Fair. Entertainment for all ages: Magician and Puppet Shows, Civil War
re-enactments and shoot-outs, musical and dancing groups, and lots more!
Stop by our concession st...
Admission: $5 per person (age 5 and under FREE)
Dates: Sat., Sept. 14 | Location: Northwest | Venue: Watkins Woolen Mill State Park & Historic Site, 26600 Park Rd., Lawson, MO 64062
Bring your banjo, fiddle, guitar, harmonica, or mandolin and join the fun at the Watkins family home. Featured songwriters and musicians will perform original songs and folk music throughout the day on the front porch of the house. Everyone is als...
Type: Festivals,Free Events
Dates: Sat., Nov. 9 | Location: Northwest | Venue: Weston Chamber of Commerce, 526 Main St., Weston, MO 64098
A raffle benefit to help support The Day of Hope, an event to provide services and Christmas for Platte County families. View trees, wreaths or florals in participating downtown stores and the Chamber Office. With a purchase of $25 or more you will ...
Type: Festivals,Free Events,Holiday Activities,Just for Kids,Music & Dance,Nightlife,Special Events,Top Events
Dates: Oct. 5-6 | Location: Northwest | Venue: Weston Chamber of Commerce, 526 Main St., Weston, MO 64098
Step back in history and enjoy the time-honored techniques of a Missouri family demonstrating the “lost arts” of Candle and Soap Making, Wood Turning and Carving, Leather Tanning, and Basket Weaving. In addition to the variety of other arts and craf...
Type: Festivals,Free Events,Special Events,Top Events
Dates: Sat., Nov. 30 | Location: Northwest | Venue: Pocket Park, 100 Main St., Parkville, MO 64152
We're officially welcoming the sights, sounds and joys of the holiday season with a lighting ceremony, festive fun, and open houses at participating downtown shops!...
Admission: Admission Free
Type: Festivals,Free Events,Holiday Activities
Dates: Sat., Sep. 21 | Location: Southeast | Venue: Waldo Area, 75th St. & Wornall Rd., Kansas City, MO 64131
This family, fun-filled day begins with the opening ceremony announcing the new Honorary Mayor of Waldo, followed with tents full of area businesses, inflatable rides for the children, food vendors, and entertainment during the entire day!...
Type: Festivals,Top Events
Dates: Sept., 27-29 | Location: Southwest | Venue: Downtown Wellsville, Main St., Wellsville, KS 66092
Time to celebrate a great little town in the heartland of the nation....
Dates: Oct. 12-13 | Location: Southwest | Venue: Pome on the Range Orchard & Winery, 2050 Idaho Rd., Williamsburg, KS 66095
Pome on the Range Orchard's Fall Festival includes lots of extras such as: Power of the Past Antique Tractor Display, Food vendor (hamburgers, hot dogs, nachos, homemade pie), Fresh popped kettle corn, Fresh apple cider, Kid's activities (games), Gr...
Dates: Sept. 27-29 | Location: Southwest | Venue: Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop & Farm, 1200 E Kansas City Rd., Olathe, KS 66061
Enjoy lots of hands on activities for the whole family! Performances may include acts from the Whip Guy and the Whip Crackin' Dare Devils, Wicked Liars, the Santa Fe Desperadoes, and Gunsmoke and Petticoats. Some activities may require an extra fee....
Admission: $6 adults, $4 children.
Type: Festivals,Special Events
Dates: Sep. 21-22 | Location: Southwest | Venue: John Brown Museum State Historic Site, 1000 Main St., Osawatomie, KS 66064
The Freedom Festival is a living history event that features a reenactment of the Battle of Osawatomie, portrayals of historic figures, frontier artisans, a modern arts and crafts/vendor fair and other family fun activities. Osawatomie's Freedom Fes...
Type: Civil War,Festivals,Special Events,Top Events
Dates: Sat., Oct. 26 | Location: Southwest | Venue: Paola Chamber of Commerce, 3 West Wea, Paola, KS 66071
Join us on the square in Paola for a good old-fashioned festival. Kids activities including a costume contest, live music, arts & crafts and a chili cook-off are just a few of the highlights. ...
Type: Festivals,Free Events,Holiday Activities,Special Events