Ready for sweater weather, Kansas City? From pumpkin patches and corn mazes to apple picking and German beer celebrations, fall is where the City of Fountains thrives.
Get ready to come alive — or play dead at a fall-tastic haunted house — with this guide featuring 30+ fall events happening between now and November.
Overland Park Fall Festival | Friday, Sept. 29-Saturday, Sept. 30 | Times vary | Downtown Overland Park, 7935 Santa Fe Dr., Overland Park, KS | Free entry | Bring the whole family out for live entertainment, activities, shopping, and festival food.
Louisberg CiderFest | Saturday, Sept.30-Sunday, Oct. 1 | 8 a.m.-6 p.m. | Louisberg Cider Mill, 14730 K68 Hwy., Louisburg, KS | Free entry | Sip on apple cider, snack on donuts, and show the kids some fall fun at this annual fest.
Greater Kansas City Japan Festival | Saturday, Oct. 7 | 10 a.m.-7 p.m. | Johnson County Community College, 12345 College Blvd., Overland Park, KS | $10-$20 | The festival showcases the traditional culture, pop culture, food, and art of Japan with musical performances, traditional Japanese foods, and exhibits.
Fall Fest | Saturday, Oct. 7 | 11 a.m.-6 p.m. | North Park + The Bridge at Zona Rosa | Free entry | This family-friendly fest features activities like pumpkin decorating, a petting zoo, and vendors from The Strawberry Swing.
KC Oktoberfest | Friday, Oct. 6-Saturday, Oct. 7 | Times vary | Crown Center | $12-$18 | Check out Kansas City’s largest Oktoberfest, featuring Bavarian-style food, beer, and live music.
Black Drip Octoberfest | Saturday, Oct. 7 | 2-8 p.m. | The Roasterie, 1204 W. 27th St., KCMO | Free entry | This event brings together coffee enthusiasts, music lovers, and foodies in a vibrant atmosphere filled with engaging activities.
Weston Applefest | Saturday, Oct. 7-Sunday, Oct. 8 | Times vary | 526 Main St., Weston, MO | Free entry | Celebrate the start of harvest seasons and all things apple with an apple-themed parade, apple butter demonstrations, and live entertainment.
Shawnee Indian Mission Fall Festival | Saturday, Oct. 14 | 10 a.m.-5 p.m. | 3403 W. 53rd St., Fairway, KS | Free entry | Watch live history presentations, snack on food truck bites, try archery, and listen to the KC Symphony at this family-friendly fest.
Cornucopia | Friday, Oct. 13-Sunday, Oct. 15 | Times vary | Kansas City Power & Light District | Free entry | Hop on a carnival ride, decorate a pumpkin, and enjoy seasonal treats at this annual fall gathering.
Kansas City Jewish Culture Fest | Sunday, Oct. 15 | 11 a.m.-6:30 p.m. | Jewish Community Center Parking Lot, 5801 W. 115th St., Overland Park, KS | $3-$10 | See performing artists, enjoy traditional and contemporary kosher food, and admire local artists’ work.
Maple Leaf Festival | Saturday, Oct. 21-Sunday, Oct. 22 | Times vary | Baldwin City, KS | Free entry | This historic, annual fest features local makers, a quilt show, and a parade.
Orchards, pumpkin patches + mazes
KC Pumpkin Patch | Saturday, Sept. 23-Sunday, Oct. 29 | Times vary | 13875 S. Gardner Rd., Olathe, KS | $19.95 | Experience 40 acres of fun, with giant yard games, festival foods, and plenty of pumpkins to pick.
Cider Hill Family Orchard | Now-Sunday, Oct. 29 | Times vary | 3341 N. 139th St., KCK | Free entry | Check out the 6,000 apple trees whileenjoying apple cider donuts, slushies, and butter.
Gieringer’s Family Farm | Now-Sunday, Oct. 29 | Times vary | 39345 W. 183rd St., Edgerton, KS | $10-12 | Take the entire family for a day full of corn mazes, pumpkin picking, and an apple slingshot challenge.
Carolyn’s Pumpkin Patch | Now-Mon., Oct. 30 | 10 a.m.-7 p.m. | 17607 NE 52nd St., Liberty, MO | $18.95-$39.95 | Pick pumpkins, take a train or wagon ride, and watch shows like The Pumpkinator.
Faulkner’s Ranch and Pumpkin Farm | Now-Sun., Oct. 39 | Times vary | 10600, Raytown Rd., Kansas City, MO | $15-$25 | Come out for the 25th pumpkin season to purchase pumpkins, donuts, and fall decor from the gift shop — plus, check out the play area filled with wagon rides, a field maze, pony rides, and a zipline.
Worlds of Fun Halloween Haunt | Now-Sat., Oct. 28 (select nights) | 6 p.m.-12 a.m. | Worlds of Fun, 4545 Worlds of Fun Ave., Kansas City, MO | $29.99-$59.99 | Walk (or run) through fog-filled midways with 400+ monsters roaming the park.
Beast & Edge Haunted House | Now-Sat., Nov. 11 (select nights) | 7:30 p.m. | The Beast Haunted House, 1401 W. 13th St., Kansas City, MO | Prices vary | The Edge of Hell and The Beast bring multiple floors of terror to KC for the 49th season.
Macabre Cinema Haunted House | Now-Sat., Nov. 11 (select dates) | 8 p.m. | 1222 W. 12th St., Kansas City, MO | $35-$65 | Join the spookiness with four floors of fright and a haunted 1930s movie theater that boasts movie sets from “The Mummy,” “Hellraiser,” and “Killer Clowns from Outer Space.”
Exiled Haunted House | Now-Sat., Oct. 28 | Times vary | 12829 Loring Rd., Bonner Springs, KS | $49+ | Test your survival skills in this outdoor thrill fest — a self-guided half-mile hike through the dark, evil forest infested with deranged creatures.
Full Moon Escapes | Wednesdays through Sundays | Times vary | The Beast Haunted House, 1401 W. 13th St., Suite C, Kansas City, MO | $90+ | As if escape rooms aren’t creepy enough, make your way through themed rooms including The Ghost of Merlin, The Manhattan Project, and The Beast Tool Room.
Halloween Paint and Sip | Thursday, Oct. 5 | 6:30 p.m. | The Goat Brewing Co., 817 Northeast Rice Rd., Lee’s Summit, MO | $35 | Paint a scary pumpkin while sipping on your brew of choice.
The Great Pumpkin Fest | Now-Sunday, Oct. 29 | Times vary | Worlds of Fun, 4545 Worlds of Fun Ave., Kansas City, MO | Prices vary | Bring the kiddos and experience play zones, costume contests, and dance parties with Snoopy.
Brew at the Zoo | Saturday, Oct. 14 | 6:30-11 p.m. | Kansas City Zoo & Aquarium | $50-$60 | This is for the big kids. Sample bevs from 38 local breweries and wineries while walking through an immersive lantern festival.
Sips & Treats Adult Trick-or-Treat | Friday, Oct. 13 | 4-8 p.m. | Zona Rosa Central Park | Free entry | Wear your spookiest attire and enjoy a night of trick-or-treating at local, women-owned businesses.
Beats and Broomsticks | Friday, Oct. 20 | 5-9:30 p.m. | Zona Rosa Central Park | Free entry | Grab a list of participating retailers to receive deals and discounts while taking advantage of food trucks and photo opportunities.
Boo at the Zoo | Saturday, Oct. 28-Sunday, Oct. 29 | 9:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. | Kansas City Zoo & Aquarium | Free with admission | This not-so-scary, safe trick-or-treating experience is perfect for families (and adults, too).
Zombie Bar Crawl | Saturday, Oct. 28 | 6 p.m. | Tin Roof, 424 Westport Rd., KCMO | $15-$35 | Get your costumes ready for this bar crawl featuring 10+ bar stops and plenty of creepy creatures.
“MONSTER A-GO-GO” | Tuesday, Oct. 31 | 7-11:30 p.m. | Stray Cat Film Center, 1662 Broadway Blvd., KCMO | $6.66 | Boogie with Dracula and do the twist with Frankenstein at this Halloween party.
Historic Howl-O-Ween | Sunday, Oct. 29 | 2-3:30 p.m. | The John Wornall House Museum, 6115 Wornall Rd., KCMO | Free | Bad to the bone. Bring your pup dressed in Halloween attire for a dog costume parade.