19 Fantastic Things to Do in Kansas City in November

Last updated on November 12th, 2022 at 05:51 am.

It’s the end of apple orchard and pumpkin spice season, which means it’s almost time for holiday festivities to begin. Kansas City is filled with many fun things to do in November, including an array of concerts, festivals, and events.

To kick off the holiday season, the city is illuminated with joy in the days following Thanksgiving at Union Central Station, the Country Club Plaza, and the mayor’s Crown Center Plaza Christmas tree. The mayor’s tree stands taller than the tree in the White House or Rockefeller Center and sits above an ice skating rink for a surreal winter wonderland experience.

Plus, Kansas City is home to attractions to enjoy year-round. Some of the most popular include breathtaking art displays, delicious BBQ, educational museums, engaging live shows, nightlife in the Power and Light District, and great music. There really is something for everyone in the heart of Kansas City!

Fun Things to do in Kansas City in November

19 Cool Things To Do In Kansas City In November 2022

Late fall weather can be a mix of crisp fall air and chilly temps, so be sure to pack layers for the many unique things to do in Kansas City. But if you forget your favorite fall items, there are plenty of locally-owned shops to visit to buy everything you might need, or want, for your trip.

If you are looking for things to do in Kansas City today or throughout the month, we hope this list is fun inspiration to explore KCMO in November.

1. GloWild at the Kansas City Zoo (Evenings Thru Dec 11)

GloWild at the Kansas City Zoo

A unique lantern festival is filling the Kansas City Zoo with massive handmade steel and silk works of art inspired by Asian culture. The one mile evening walk through the zoo will be the largest event of its kind in the midwest!

The event is held evening from September 11th through December first. Attendees should buy their ticket and reserve a time spot in advance.

Admission sits at $18-25 per individual. If you’re taking the kids, check out the family of four ticket packages for $72-85. Unlimited passes are also available for about $34 per person.

This is our pick for one of the most fun things to do in Kansas City in November!

Location: 6800 Zoo Drive Kansas City, MO 64132

2. Kevin Hart: Reality Check – Nov 3

Emmy and Grammy-nominated actor and comedian, Kevin Hart, is bringing his witty humor to T Mobile Center. His newest act, Reality Check, comes after the debut of his award-winning Netflix stand-up special “Zero F*ucks Given” in 2020.

With six performances, Kevin Hart’s show is nearly sold out. Check the website frequently for updates.

Location: T-Mobile Center 1407 Grand Boulevard Kansas City, MO 64106

3. First Weekends at urban mining: Nov 3-6

Urban Mining is a unique once-monthly vintage venue featuring authentic vintage furniture, art, decor, lighting, antiques, traditional and mid-century, industrial era, and maker-crafted treasures.

Each month you’ll find fresh inventory from more than 40 entrepreneurs who mine the entire urban area and beyond for exceptional authentic vintage treasures.​ On Sunday all remaining inventory is 10% off.

Thursday 5-8pm, Friday11am-7pm, Saturday 10am-6pm & Sunday 12-5pm

Address: 3111 Gillham Road, Kansas City, MO 64109

4. First Fridays at the Crossroads Art District: Nov 4

Every first Friday of the month the KC Crossroads fills with galleries and exhibits of artists of all kinds! This experience offers an immersive view at the art of local, national and even international artists!

Enjoy local restaurants, breweries, food trucks and shops. This event is free to the community. Parking can be a challenge due to road closings for the event, so consider taking the complimentary KC Streetcar that runs through the area.

This is one of many free things to do in Kansas City this month.

Location: Crossroads Art District, Downtown Kansas City, MO

5. First Weekends in the West Bottoms: Nov 4-6

West Bottoms First Weekend in Kansas City

November’s Warehouse Weekend theme is Blessings in the Bottoms and perfect for crafts and decorations of all kinds, more Jack-o’-lanterns, and fall fun!

The West Bottoms transform into a treasure-hunting paradise during the first weekend of each month. Antique and vintage stores open their doors for those in search of furniture, home decor and the occasional have-to-have statement piece. 

During the weekend of festivities, the eclectic nature of the West Bottoms is on display from street entertainers, escape rooms, food trucks and more! 

Fri November 2nd 9:00am – Sun Oct 9th 5:00pm.

Location: West Bottoms, 12th Street Bridge Entertainment District, Kansas City, MO 64102

6. First Saturday Coffee and Cars at The Underground: Nov 5

Classic cars

Join auto-enthusiasts at The Underground in Kansas City for coffee and conversations about model and antique cars from the Kansas City Automotive Museum.

This free event happens the first Saturday of each month, but is fun and different each time. See Kansas City’s car collection with your own eyes!

Location: 600 West 31st Street Kansas City, Missouri 64108

7. Veteran’s Day at the WWI Museum (Nov 11)

Veterans Day

Downtown Kansas City is home to the WWI museum. On Veteran’s day, service members receive free admission and access to an array of commemorative programs and recognition events.

Check back to the official WWI museum page as events are added and updated.

Location: 2 Memorial Drive, Kansas City, MO 64108 USA

8. Carnival of Ink (Nov 11-13)

cool tattoos

The largest tattoo festival in the Midwest is making a stop in Kansas City this fall! More than 2,600 tattoo-loving people from across the country flock to Carnival of Ink KCMO to celebrate all things ink and live music.

Advance single-day admission is as low as $15. Three-day passes are being sold for $40.

Location: KCI Expo Center 11730 NW Ambassador Dr. Kansas City, MO 64153

9. Wicked Wine Walk (Nov 12)

Wine tasting flight

Gather your girlfriends for a fun afternoon in downtown Kansas City! The Power and Light District will be filled with wine tasting, live music, and small plates from 3-7 p.m. at various fun locations, during the Wicked Wine Walk.

This is also one of our favorite things to do in Kansas City for couples in November.

Anyone over the age of 21 is welcome to attend. Specific venues will be chosen closer to the event.

Location: 101 E 13th St, Kansas City, MO 64106

10. Carrie Underwood – November 13th

Winning over 180 awards during her career including eight Grammy awards and 16 American Country Music Awards, Carrie Underwood will ‘Blow Away’ Kansas City at the T-Mobile Center!

After the show, keep the country alive at the PBR Big Sky bar in the Power and Light District, just walking distance from the arena.

Tickets start at just $35.50 and are offered as high as nearly $200.

Location: T-Mobile Center 1407 Grand Boulevard Kansas City, MO 64106

11. American Royal Chairman’s Uptown Hoedown: Nov 19

Enjoy live music, dancing, and delicious food and drinks at an old-fashioned party while supporting the American Royal’s mission to impact the future of agriculture. The Chairman’s Uptown Hoedown event will be nothing short of a country throwdown for a good cause, and especially great for a couple’s night out in Kansas City. 

Location: Hale Arena 1701 American Royal Ct. Kansas City, MO 64102

12. Mistletown Market at the Park: Nov 19-20

holiday shopping

A one-stop-shop for holiday shopping, children’s activities, and artisan goods. The Mistletown Market will showcase thoughtful gifts you can share with coworkers, friends, and loved ones this season.

With free entry for all shoppers, it’s hard to miss this community-focused event!

Location: Parks & Recreation Center; 1201 Clark Ferguson Drive North Kansas City, Missouri 64116

13. Kenny G with the KC Symphony: Nov 18-20

saxophonist

Grammy award-winning saxophonist Kenny G will captivate the city with his smooth sounds and famous songs paired with the skill of the KC Symphony.

The stunning venue paired with amazing music is a captivating event you won’t want to miss. Tickets start at $50.

Location: Helzberg Hall 1601 Broadway Blvd, Kansas City, MO 64108

14. The 25th Annual Christmas in the Sky: Nov 23

Another of the amazing free things to do in Kansas City in November! Christmas in the Sky is a show with over 100 choreographed dancers and vocalists followed by the ceremonial arrival of Sants’s sleigh.

Then, watch the breathtaking fireworks show over the Longview Lakeshore in sync with traditional holiday sound. Afterward, splurge at local food trucks and drive through Jackson County’s 34th Annual Christmas in the Park light display.

This free event is a wonderful way to kick off the holiday season with fun for the entire family!

Location: Longview Lake Beach; 11101 Raytown Road, Kansas City, MO 64134

15. KC Turkey Trot: Nov 24

Turkey Trot Thanksgiving Run
Photo Credit: Missouri Runs

Run or walk a 5k or 8k Kansas City tradition on Thanksgiving morning! Work up an appetite with a jog through the heart of downtown and Arrowhead Stadium at the Kansas City Turkey Trot.

After crossing the finish line, enjoy Donut King donuts, a complimentary medal, and quarter zip pullover from the race. You’re guaranteed to have worked up a big appetite to enjoy your delicious Thanksgiving day feast.

Adult registration begins at $36.99. Kids run options are free if registered in advance.

Location: Arrowhead Stadium 1 Arrowhead Dr. Kansas City, MO 64129

16. The Plaza Lighting Ceremony: Nov 24

For the past 90 years, the beloved Kansas City tradition of flipping the switch on 200,000 light bulbs stretching more than 80 miles across the Country Club Plaza happens at dusk on Thanksgiving.

This year’s Evergy Plaza Lighting Ceremony takes place from 5 to 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving. At 6:52 p.m., members of the Kansas City Current—the city’s professional women’s soccer team—will flip the switch.

When the switch is flipped on Thanksgiving day, it’s officially Christmas time in KCMO!

The lighting will be followed by additional performances by Quixotic, Musical Heritage Theatre, Summer Breeze as well as a fireworks display.

The Evergy Plaza Lights shine daily from 5 p.m. to 3 a.m. from Thursday, Nov. 25, 2021 to Sunday, Jan. 9, 2022.

Location: Country Club Plaza; 4706 Broadway Kansas City Missouri 64112

Note: The main stage is usually set up along the Plaza’s main strip on 47th Street

17. Mayor’s Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony in Kansas City: Nov 26

Join Kansas city residents to witness the lighting ceremony of the 100-foot-tall mayor’s Christmas tree. The magnificent Mayor’s Christmas Tree is illuminated by more than 7,200 white bulbs, the Crown Center centerpiece proves a proud showcase of Kansas City’s winter spirit.

Attend the lighting ceremony the day after Thanksgiving to officially kick off the yuletide season. You’ll also enjoy long-standing traditions like silent night caroling at this annual festival celebrating the holidays.

The 2022 ornament, “Celebrating 50 Years,” was designed by Hallmark Artist Sheyda Best. The laser-cut design features the Mayor’s Christmas Tree in green with some of Crown Center’s iconic holiday decorations in gold, silver and white. This ornament celebrates the 50th year that the Mayor’s Christmas Tree will stand in Crown Center Square.

Location: 2405 Grand Blvd. Ste 200 Kansas City

18. Small Business Saturday: Nov 27

holiday shopping sign

Shop small and local this holiday and all season long throughout the amazing neighborhoods of Kansas City on Saturday, November 27th. It’s a great time to check out some of the great local stores in Brookside, Waldo, Downtown, River Market and throughout KCMO.

Food, drink, bookstores, home decor, clothing, jewelry, coffee… Kansas City is filled with amazing small business owners around every corner! Support some of the retailers on Small Business Saturday and even find some great deals.

19. RK Gun Show (Nov 26-27)

A safe way to embrace hunting, outdoor, and gun interests is the RK Gun Show. Vendors from across the country will converge at the KCI Expo Center to showcase tools to help every individual enjoy outdoor sports and shooting.

Ticket prices are set at $6 for kids and $14 for adults.

Location: KCI Expo Center 11730 NW Ambassador Dr. Kansas City, MO 64153

We hope you enjoyed our list of fun things to do in Kansas City, Missouri in November.

But, if you are still wondering what to do in November, check out our list of top things to do throughout Missouri in November!

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