It’s not fair that September has only 30 days. But thank goodness that October has 31. It takes at least 61 days, maybe more, to experience all of the fun times unique to the season, fun times that can only be had in the fall in Kansas City.

Ice Skating

The Kansas City Northland is welcoming a brand new outdoor ice rink! The Rink at Burlington Creek will officially open its doors Friday November 16, 2012. $10 covers skate with rental for a fun-packed day on the ice!  Warm up afterwards with a cup of delicious hot chocolate next to the open fire pits.  Available for birthday parties and private events.

Hours of operation: Mon-Thurs 10:00 am - 9:00 pm, Fri 10:00 am - Midnight, Sat 8:00 am - Midnight, Sun 8:00 am - 9:00 pm. Extended hours during school closings and holidays. Season closes March 1, 2013.


A true symbol of the season, pumpkin patches abound in the region with opportunities to pick you own right out of the field beginning the first week in September. Carolyn’s Country Cousins Pumpkin Patch in Liberty includes a corn maze and a train ride.  

Take a hayride at the Sibley Orchards and Cider Mill while picking out pumpkins and apples there. Mark your calendar for Oct. 10. That’s the Crown Center Pumpkin Patch, a one-day event that features 30,000 pounds of pumpkins, games and a performance by the Stone Lion Puppets.


The official color of the fall season in Kansas City is red. Wear anything else on Fridays and your character may be called into question. Red is the color of the Kansas City Chiefs, and the entire city gets behind their team by wearing red on the last workday of the week, and again on Sundays.

Whether tailgating at Arrowhead, attending pep rallies throughout the city, or watching the action on the big screens at KC Live in the Power and Light District, Chiefs football and the color red dominate weekends.

Auto Racing

Arrowhead Stadium is renowned for its noise level, but even 70,000 Chiefs fans can’t generate the noise and excitement as when the engines rev up at the Kansas Speedway.

The race for the cup travels to the Sunflower State the first weekend in October. Be sure to sign up for the Sprint Fan Walk, a driving school or pit passes to get the most out of your Kansas Speedway racing visit.

Art Fairs

The Plaza Art Fair, Sept. 25-27. Widely recognized as one of the top art fairs in the country, the show highlights the works of 230 juried artists along nine blocks of the Country Club Plaza. The food, the music and the creativity have made this an autumn highlight in Kansas City for more than 75 years.

Unplaza Art Fair. Sept. 26-27. Just a few blocks east of the better known Plaza Art Fair, this event is certainly a little edgier and admittedly has “attitude.”  About 85 artists set up their wares on the grounds of the All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church, just down the street from the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art and the Kansas City Art Institute.



Step out of this life and into the make believe world of the Kansas City Renaissance Festival, which makes every weekend in September and the first two in October an adventure into the 16th Century. Eat a turkey leg. Joust a little.

Eat some fire, if you like. Just don’t give any lip to the king and queen during their daily parade through the fairgrounds, or it will be off with your head!


Jesse James Festival

Jesse James Festival, Kearney - Sept. 11-20. No bank or train robberies to make this a party that Missouri’s best known bad guy would really enjoy.

But there’s a little bit of everything else: barbecue contests, dances, mud volleyball, rodeos, and a carnival all week. And don’t forget to make time to tour JJ’s birthplace, which has been authentically restored and includes many items that belonged to the James family.


If Kansas City isn’t a hot enough destination, they set the place on fire Oct. 24 with 85 bonfires floating down Brush Creek through the Country Club Plaza.

The mystical lighting effect, combined with music, dancers and street performers creates a multi-sensory experience. Add to it all, great food and drinks and the backdrop of the Plaza’s Spanish architecture, and the evening becomes a magic experience.



Scaring the crows from the 900 acres of Powell Gardens, Kansas City’s botanical gardens, takes more than your average hay-stuffed fellow. E

lvis, SpongeBob, and Emeril the Chef are among the scary creations that surface during the annual “Build A Scarecrow” contest, which runs Sept. 24 through Oct 31. Build your own or cast a vote for your favorite.