Make Kansas City your official Labor Day destination and kick off fall with a bang. Between nine innings at the ballpark and time-traveling festivals, visitors and locals alike can spend their extra day off in style by celebrating at one of the many iconic events in the metro. 

Perfect for families and young ones, kidFEST is an all-day, hands-on event that engages and inspires, all at Union Station's Science City. SEPT. 1

KC Irish Festival at Crown Center

Regardless of whether or not your ancestors hail from the Emerald Isle, the Kansas City Irish Fest is the perfect opportunity to celebrate the city’s Celtic heritage with three days of live music, special performances, locally provided libations and plenty more. AUG. 31 – SEP. 2

Commemorate Kansas City’s trailblazing past in Independence during Santa-Cali-Gon Days 2018, a four-day festival that pays tribute to the pioneers whose Westward journeys shoved off right in the heartland. Expect arts, crafts, food, entertainment and more at this all-ages event. Also be sure to check out Main Street 1849, an immersive experience that allows visitors to experience pioneer life with unique, hands-on activities. AUG. 31 – SEP. 3

All good things must come to an end, and so too does the summer season at Oceans of Fun. But not to fret! Spend your final weekend cruising on lazy rivers and splashing in wave pools—a perfect sendoff to warm temps and sun-filled days. SEPT. 1–3

A KC tradition like no other, travel back in time to experience 16th Century life at the Kansas City Renaissance Festival. Now in its 41st year, the family-friendly event features thrilling jousts, delicious feasts, non-stop entertainment and more, all kicking off Labor Day Weekend. SEPT. 1–OCT. 14

Make your way to the Power & Light District for Fiesta Kansas City, an annual celebration that pays tribute to KC's Latino culture and community with live performances, delicious food, local vendors and more. SEPT. 3

Spend the final weekend of summer at The K as the Kansas City Royals take on the Baltimore Orioles and look to close out the season on a high note. AUG. 31-SEPT. 2

Kick off the weekend by watching a famous film under the stars during Flicks on the Bricks, a City Market event featuring live music, food, drinks and more. AUG. 31

If you're in search of events by interest, consult the following categories to plan your ultimate Labor Day celebration in Kansas City:

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