The fall calendar is blanketed with food festivals like an autumn lawn piled with leaves. Here are some golden ones.

Kansas City Renaissance Festival

Sept. 3-Oct. 16

Step back in time at the Kansas City Renaissance Festival, a medieval-themed village home to jousting knights, thrill-seeking acrobats and beautiful maidens. Keep your eyes peeled for the King and Queen while you explore the village shops and more than 20 stages of live entertainment. Food and drink abound, but make sure you don’t leave the festival without trying a favorite: the roasted turkey leg.

Halloween Haunt

Sept. 19-Oct. 31

Ghosts, ghouls and other creatures of the night roam freely through Worlds of Fun during Halloween Haunt, which showcases the scarier side of the amusement park. Can’t get enough heart-pumping action? Tour 13 extreme haunts or see spooky nighttime shows designed for maximum thrills, all while dodging zombies, monsters and more. Note: Halloween Haunt is recommended for guests 14 years of age and older.

New in 2015, family-friendly, scare-free fun can be found at the Great Pumpkin Fest.

American Royal Livestock, Horse Show and Rodeo


The American Royal Association dates back to 1899 and was created to celebrate the region’s agricultural heritage through a combination of competition, education and entertainment. That mission continues during the annual American Royal festivities, which include a livestock, horse show and several rodeos, including PRCA and invitational youth rodeos.

Kansas City Marathon finish line

Waddell & Reed Kansas City Marathon presented by Ivy Funds

Oct. 15


Experience Kansas City by running the Waddell & Reed Kansas City Marathon presented by Ivy Funds. The course will start and finish at beautiful Crown Center. The 26.2 mile course winds through the major neighborhoods, parks and historic districts of KC. Runners will experience all of the major landmarks including Sprint Center, KCP&L Entertainment District, Liberty Memorial, Westport, the Country Club Plaza, Loose Park, Brookside, Waldo District and finish at Crown Center. At the end of the race, enjoy celebrating your accomplishments at the Finish Line Festival.

Full Marathon
Half Marathon
Team Relay
I-35 Challenge
Kids Marathon

Boo at the Zoo

Oct. 29-31

What could be better than trick-or-treating throughout the Kansas City Zoo? Break out your best costumes and spend the day at the zoo. Kids will also love Halloween-themed activities and entertainment that offer plenty of treats—no tricks here!

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