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:
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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