Fall festivals reign supreme in towns just outside of Kansas City, making them the perfect daytrip destinations. Take Weston, Mo., for instance, which is less than 45 minutes away from Downtown KC and hosts the annual Weston Applefest, a 28-year tradition that includes a parade, crafts booths, produce vendors and more. To top it off, the city’s famous apple dumplings, pies and cookies are available at local churches in the area.
Be sure to check out the Weston Irish Festival as well and salute Irish culture each October with live music and traditional fare. Or, spend some time in a different time at the Kansas City Renaissance Festival in Bonner Springs, Kan., where guests are whisked away to a 16th Century village occupied by jousting knights, daring acrobats and ruled by queen and king.
Head to Crown Center to experience KC Oktoberfest, a two-day celebration of KC Bier Co. craft brews, traditional European food, engaging games, activities and Bavarian-style entertainment.