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🎨 Plan Ahead: Plaza Art Fair
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Sip and stroll at the Plaza Art Fair. | Photo by Plaza Art Fair
A Kansas City tradition. The 2023 Plaza Art Fair is right around the corner and we’re diving into everything you need to know before heading to one of Kansas City’s longest-standing annual events.

Need to know

When: Friday, Sept. 22-Sunday, Sept. 24
Where: Country Club Plaza
Who: 240 artists
Cost: Free admission
Parking: Free garages


The Plaza Art Fair began in 1932 with the intention to draw shoppers to the Plaza and life spirit. The fair was held on an empty lot on the southwest corner of Nichols Road and Central Street, where Tiffany & Co. is now. At the time, around 90 artists displayed paintings for sale — the prices ranged from $1 to $10.

Now, it is a top-ranked, national art event with three live music stages and 20+ featured restaurant booths. The event pulls in 250,000+ attendees each year and serves as Kansas City’s unofficial welcome to fall.

Eat, drink, and get involved

The artists are the main attraction, but there are many other ways to enjoy the fair.

Grab a bite to eat + a drink to sip from restaurants like:
  • The Granfalloon Restaurant & Bar
  • McCormick & Schmick’s
  • Bo Ling’s
  • Gram & Dun
  • Rye
Find your way to the music at:
  • Polsinelli Main Stage on the Wornall Bridge
  • Local Music Stage at the intersection of Ward Parkway and Pennsylvania Avenue
  • Acoustic Stage at the intersection of Nichols Road and Central Street
Looking to take your Plaza Art Fair experience one step further? Sign up for a volunteer slot and look through the exclusive, behind-the-scenes lens throughout the weekend.
Monday, Sept. 18
  • Blood Drive | Monday, Sept. 18 | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. | Museum at Prairiefire, 5801 W. 135th St., Overland Park, KS | Free | Save a life by donating blood at this American Red Cross drive.
Tuesday, Sept. 19
  • Drink Your History | Tuesday, Sept. 19 | 5:30 p.m. | Alexander Majors House and Barn, 8201 State Line Rd., Kansas City, MO | $30-$100 | Explore the American history of spirits with a focus on cider, an ancient beverage crucially important to Americans in the New World.
  • Mobile Music Box Concert | Tuesday, Sept. 19 | 6:30-7:30 p.m. | Roanoke Park, 3601 Roanoke Rd., Kansas City, MO | Free | Celebrate the start of symphony season with a string quintet from the Kansas City Symphony.
Wednesday, Sept. 20
  • Justice at War | Wednesday, Sept. 20-Wednesday, Oct. 11 | Times vary | Coterie Theatre, 2450 Grand Ave., Kansas City, MO | $12-$15 | Watch this unique and interactive drama that brings to life a critical moment in US history.
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🚴 How can I make my commute greener?
a man wearing a bike helmet leans against a tree
WAY TO GO can help you find a better way to ride, walk, and roll to where you’re going this month — and beyond. | Photo by Zach Bauman
It’s never been a better time to be a green commuter. The 15th Annual Green Commute Challenge is a free competition among Kansas City area commuters (happening throughout the month of October) that rewards commuters for using sustainable transportation options.

Here’s how it works:
  1. Sign up for the challenge.
  2. Use the trip planner to explore options for your daily commute or even a single trip.
  3. Take greener trips by telecommuting from home, taking a bus to work (or to another destination), carpooling or vanpooling with other WAY TO GO members, or walking or biking.
  4. Log your green commutes and get entered to win weekly prizes. Bonus: The commuter who earns the most points during the challenge will be awarded a Momentum Voya E+ e-bike, courtesy of Elite Cycling.
  5. Earn rewards. Redeem your points for a chance to win gift cards, restaurant and retailer savings, or for discounted tickets to shows and attractions.
If you’ve participated in the past, challenge yourself to see if you can beat your record from last year. Are you ready to change the way you commute? Register with WAY TO GO and start competing.
News Notes
  • That’s a winner. The Chiefs are bringing a win back to KC after defeating the Jacksonville Jaguars 17-9. Mahomes threw for 305 yards and two touchdowns — plus, it was his 28th birthday.
  • The Bally’s Kansas City Casino renovations are complete. The former Isle of Capri casino underwent a $40 million redevelopment that officially opened to the public this weekend. Project elements include a 35,596-sqft retail + dining addition and major exterior changes. (FOX 4)
  • Spill your guts. Grammy Award-winning pop singer Olivia Rodrigo is bringing her “GUTS world tour” to T-Mobile Center on Friday, July 26, 2024. Tickets go on sale Thursday, Sept. 21.
  • A new home decor, furniture, and gift store is open at Zona Rosa. The family-owned RE:mporium offers thoughtfully curated and one-of-a-kind pieces — including custom items from local makers. You can shop at 7420 NW 87th St.
Real Estate
  • For the buyers — a townhouse development is coming to the East Crossroads. Developers are planning a 13-unit townhouse project at 19th and Locust Streets near the Arte KC apartments. The proposed project aims to bring a new buying option to a lease-focused neighborhood. (CityScene KC)
Try This
  • Audiologists are raving about the latest generation of Horizon hearing aids. Why the excitement? They deliver unmatched speech clarity in an ultra-discreet design. The best part? offers a local, 45-day no-risk trial, so you can try before you buy. Secure your spot.*
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