Where to Find Fall Colors in KC

The arrival of fall foliage marks an especially picturesque period in Kansas City, when brilliant bursts of reds and yellows and oranges color tree-lined streets and public spaces. One look and you’ll see why TripAdvisor named Kansas City one of the “15 Best American Cities for Viewing Autumn Foliage.”

Track down some of KC’s most vibrant fall colors of the season:

Loose Park

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A beautiful, urban park just steps away from the Country Club Plaza, this destination is perfect for picnics, strolls and other outdoor activities.

The City Market

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Whether you’re visiting the farmers’ market or sampling international flavors at one of the many restaurants in the area, the foliage at The City Market is sure to wow. 

National WWI Museum and Memorial

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One of the prettiest landscapes in KC deservedly ranks as one of the best spots for colorful leaves, which appear even more striking when contrasted with the stark limestone exterior of Liberty Memorial. 

Weston, MO

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A perennial fall favorite, Weston remains one of the liveliest regional getaways. Festival or parade, distillery tour or live show, you’re sure to be swept off your feet by this charming village.

Cliff Drive Scenic Byway

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An incredibly scenic road that cuts through northeast Kansas City, Cliff Drive is one of the city’s most treasured (and well-kept) secrets. Plus, it’s closed off every weekend for walkers, bikers and runners to marvel at the natural wonders found along the route. 

Powell Gardens

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Lush, rolling hills and windswept meadows characterize Powell Gardens, a veritable paradise of wildlife known for its botanical garden, nature trail and surrounding trees swathed in seasonal colors. 

Atchison, KS

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In between haunted houses and Oktoberfest celebrations stands Atchison’s autumnal foliage, an enchanting sight totally unique to any you’ll find in the region. 

Pumpkin Patches

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Area pumpkin patches offer plenty of opportunities for families to enjoy the seasonal colors and crisp weather—plus cider donuts and corn mazes. What more could you ask for?

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

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Perfect for picnics on the lawn and days spent exploring countless masterworks inside, The Nelson-Atkins manages to be even more becoming with fall's arrival.

Country Club Plaza

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Shopping, dining or simply enjoying the atmosphere, the Country Club Plaza dazzles thanks to the combination of Spanish-inspired architecture and picturesque fall trees.

Independence, MO

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Idyllic doesn't quite cover it in Independence. The community touts stellar historic attractions like the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum, the Truman Home and Vaile Victorian Mansion, each only amplified in beauty by brilliant oranges, reds and yellows. 

Kelli O'Hara, Broadway star in concert

Kelli O’Hara is one of the biggest stars on Broadway, and her work in film, television, and opera have made her acclaim even greater. The Tony Award winner will bring her unique mix of classicism and show business to Kansas City for selections from Broadway and the Great American Songbook.

Hugh Jackman

Academy Award®-nominated, Golden Globe and Tony Award-winning performer, Hugh Jackman will bring The Man. The Music. The Show to Sprint Center on Oct. 13. You will see Jackman performing hit songs from The Greatest Showman, Les Misérables and more from Broadway and film, accompanied by a live orchestra.

Paul Childres Concert in the Caves

Blending Pop, R&B, and Soul, Paul Childers is leading a new breed of Singer/Songwriters and Guitarists. Paul finds a way to blur the lines cast between Stevie Ray Vaughan and Jimi Hendrix styles of guitar playing, a Motown rhythm section, and Pop vocal melodies. He is returning to the caves for another epic show! 

B-Side mini 2019

We're celebrating our second annual music festival - in a teenier way!
Join us Oct. 4th First Friday for B-Side Mini!
Acts include our house band I Threw a Chair, Winny Wallet and the Workshop, and local musician Sean Groff.
Inside the gallery we will be showing many mini works, small doodles, sculptures and more.
Big thanks to Brewery Emperial for providing the event with beverages!

Merriam Drive Live!

Downtown Merriam will transform into a street and lawn party full of music on two stages, food trucks, adult beverages and a Cornhole Tournament. Performers include: Four Fried Chickens & a Coke; Red Guitar; Stolen Winnebagos; Fast Times and Noe Palma. Enjoy this annual music fest for FREE in downtown Merriam.

Brahms’ Fourth and Bach’s Fantasia

Helzberg Hall, Kauffman Center
Jason Seber, David T. Beals III Associate Conductor
Paul Jacobs, organ
J.S. BACH/ELGAR Fantasia and Fugue in C Minor
MICHAEL DAUGHERTY Once Upon a Castle for Organ and Orchestra
BRAHMS Symphony No. 4

Finlandia and Schumann’s Piano Concerto

Helzberg Hall, Kauffman Center
Michael Stern, conductor
Martin Helmchen, piano
SIBELIUS Finlandia
R. SCHUMANN Piano Concerto
DANIEL KELLOGG The Golden Spike (Kansas City Symphony commission, world premiere)
SMETANA “Blaník” from Má vlast

The Medical Arts Symphony of Kansas City Fall Concert

The Medical Arts Symphony of Kansas City includes physicians, nurses, pharmacists, dentists, healthcare students, as well as other musicians from the Kansas City area.  This fall concert will include: The New World Symphony - Dvorak , Fanfare for the Common Man – Copeland, Vivaldi’s Concerto for Two Cello, s Gion Overture - Jose Gonzalez Granero