How to maximize your Labor Day weekend in Kansas City

Get the most out of Labor Day weekend with these events and sites around the KC metro.

Picture of people in green walking around Crown Center during Irish Fest.

Labor Day weekend is when we celebrate many festivals, like Irish Fest pictured here.

Photo by KCtoday

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Labor Day weekend is Friday, Sept. 1-Monday, Sept. 4 — just a few days away. If you’re looking to maximize the four-day weekend, here are our top suggestions.


Kansas City Irish Fest | Friday, Sept. 1-Sunday, Sept. 3 | Times vary | Crown Center | $35-$335 | What luck. Shop, eat, and indulge in all things Irish.

Kansas City Renaissance Fest | Saturday, Sept. 2-Sunday, Oct. 15 | Times vary | 633 N. 130th St., Bonner Springs, KS | $12.50-$36 | Lords, ladies, and lieges, celebrate medieval times featuring everything from mermaids to a royal court.

Family fun

Kansas City Chalk and Walk Festival | Saturday, Sept. 2-Sunday, Sept. 3 | Times vary | Historic City Market, 5th and Walnut, KCMO | Free | Come chalk sidewalks in pastels.

SantaCaliGon Days | Friday, Sept. 1-Monday, Sept. 4 | Times vary | Independence Square, 108 S. Liberty St., Independence, MO | $0+ | Enjoy a carnival of food and live music.

Kansas City Zoo & Aquarium |Friday, Sept. 1- Sunday, Sept. 3 | Times vary | $0-$22 | Admire the new space with your little ones.

Home games

Kansas City Royals vs. Boston Red Sox | Friday, Sept. 1-Sunday, Sept. 3 | Times vary | Kaufman Stadium | $16-$144 | Root on the Royals at their home field.

KC Current vs. Angel City FC | Friday, Sept. 1 | 7pm | Children’s Mercy Park | $28-$450 | Watch the KC Current make these angels fall.

Sporting KC vs. St Louis City SC | Sept. 2 | 7:30pm | Children’s Mercy Park| $57-$337 | Watch these rival cities bump cleats in KC for the first time.

Bonus: Be a tourist

Want to be a tourist in your own city? Check out our ultimate guide for tours in KC and our self-guided streetcar drink tour.