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Fall into Kansas City

September 05, 2013
Kansas City - Warm sunny days, crisp cool nights, vibrant colors all around. Autumn is the perfect time to explore the Kansas City region and its variety of fall festivals and events filled with food, art, music and fun for all! From pumpkin decorating to free live concerts, old-fashioned parades to Renaissance merriment, activities abound for everyone. Your KC region fall adventure begins at!

1. Fall into Merriam for the Turkey Creek Car & Motorcycle Show on Saturday, September 14.  Enjoy a beautiful autumn day at the award-winning Merriam Marketplace pavilion where over 200 hot rods, classics, trucks and bikes will be shined up and ready for viewing.  On-site concessions, free spectator entry, music and activities throughout the event!  If you're inspired by nature while attending the show, feel free to jump onto the Turkey Creek Streamway trail connecting directly to the west side of the marketplace for a walk along the beautiful paved trail.

2. Come experience the history that makes Kansas City, KS and Wyandotte County unique at the Wyandotte County Museum Crawl. The museum crawl is a self-driven progressive party featuring eight Wyandotte County museums including the Quindaro Underground Railroad Museum and the Strawberry Hill Ethnic Museum and Cultural Center. Your ticket will admit you to all eight participating museums on Saturday, September 14. Visit one or visit all!

3. Head to charming and historic downtown Overland Park on Saturday, September 28 for the Overland Park Fall Festival and Parade. Enjoy three stages of free concerts, children's entertainment and kid-friendly activities, and a variety of delicious festival food. Don't forget to grab a good seat for the old-fashioned parade down Santa Fe Drive!

4. Crank up the accordions and head on over to the Shawnee German-American Club's 11th Annual Oktoberfest scheduled for Friday, October 4. The celebration will feature The Willie Kirst Band, an energetic Bavarian polka band and the Blautaler Schuhplatter dancers of Kansas City. The celebration also includes traditional German food and beverages and lots of fun activities for the whole family.

5. Come out to the 8th Annual Autumn in the Grove community festival in Lansing on Saturday, October 12 and enjoy great food, live music from local band favorite County Road 5, pumpkin decorating, children's crafts, a video game theater, a campfire, smores, scarecrow contest, artisan demonstrations, face painting and more!

6. For over 30 years, the Kansas City Renaissance Festival troupe in Bonner Springs has entertained visitors from around the region. The event features live armored jousting, 20 entertainment venues, over 100 artisan booths, food and drink "fit for a King" and free parking.   King Henry requests the honor of your presence at one of the seven themed weekends starting August 31 to October 14, including Labor Day and Columbus Day, from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

7. You can't have fall fun without Halloween so grab a costume and head to Independence on October 26. Kids of all ages dress up in their favorite costumes for trick or treating at the shops from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.  After trick or treating at the local merchants, pick your favorite spot on the historic Independence Square to watch the largest Halloween parade in the area. Every year an average of 100 floats, marching bands, clowns and other Halloween favorites compete for prizes while delighting the crowds.