16 Fantastic Things to Do in Kansas City in November

Last updated on October 28th, 2023 at 11:15 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 fun for everyone in Kansas City!

Fun Things to do in Kansas City in November

Most Popular Class In Kansas City This November

Jewelry Making with Wine Tasting: Make your own earrings, bracelets, or small card wallet from locally-sourced materials while drinking local craft beer, cider and wine. Learn about the city’s history in the fashion industry and meet the some of the people who are reviving the city’s place in the industry. This class is every Saturday in November. Sign up here!

Cool Things To Do In Kansas City In November 2023

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. We also have lists for the best things to do in St. Louis in November and the most fun things to do in the state of Missouri in November.

GloWild at the Kansas City Zoo | Evenings Thru Dec 30, 2023

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

First Weekends at urban mining: Nov 2-5, 2023

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

First Fridays at the Crossroads Art District: Nov 3, 2023

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

First Weekends in the West Bottoms: Nov 3-5, 2023

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! 

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

Underground Car Collection Tour: Nov 3, 2023

Kansas City Automotive Museum

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 Friday 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

Wicked Wine Walk | Nov 4, 2023

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

Day of the Dead at nelson Atkins | November 5, 2023

Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art for the El Día de los Muertos altar display

Visit the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art for the El Día de los Muertos altar display.

One of the top things to do in Kansas City this month is to experience the Day of the Dead altar featuring traditional elements within an elaborately decorated house structure–created in collaboration with local artists, students, and Mattie Rhodes Center and the Mexican Consulate in Kansas City.

Add your own remembrance and take home a special art activity sheet.

Hours: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Location: 4525 Oak Street Kansas City, MO

Veteran’s Day at the WWI Museum | Nov 10-12, 2023

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.

VETERANS DAY CEREMONY

10-11 a.m.; Friday, Nov. 11
National WWI Museum and Memorial is hosting a ceremony honoring our nation’s veterans. The formal public program will include remarks from dignitaries and a keynote address from Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Michelle D. Johnson. Special music will be performed by the American Legion Band of Greater Kansas City. FREE to the public.

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

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

Carnival of Ink | Nov 10-12, 2023

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

Kansas City Symphony: Music Illuminates The Soul | Nov 17-19, 2023

Symphony

Eduardo Strausser is the guest conductor for Music Illuminates The Soul; featuring four pieces of music includingl Arvo Pärt “Salve Regina”, Giuseppe Verdi “stabat Mater”, Giuseppe Verdi “te Deum” and Robert Schumann Symphony No. 2.

This concert’s music evokes a beautiful display of contrasts—dark and light, tragedy and triumph, sunshine and shadow. Largely inspired by Mary, the mother of Jesus, the works of Pärt and Verdi invite you on a deeply emotional journey containing both drama and ethereal serenity, while Schumann’s Second Symphony will guide you on a spirited adventure toward a richly satisfying conclusion.

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

Mistletown Market at the Park: Nov 18-20, 2023

holiday shopping

A curated artisan holiday market filled with local fine art and maker goods. The Mistletown Market will showcase thoughtful gifts you can share with coworkers, friends, and loved ones this season. There are also fun children’s activities.

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

The 26th Annual Christmas in the Sky | Nov 22, 2023

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 36th 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

KC Turkey Trot: Nov 23, 2023

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

The Plaza Lighting Ceremony: Nov 23, 2023

For the past 93 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 live music performances as well as a fireworks display.

The Evergy Plaza Lights shine daily from 5 p.m. to 3 a.m. from Thursday, Nov. 23, 2023 to Sunday, Jan. 9, 2024.

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

Mayor’s Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony in Kansas City | Nov 24, 2023

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.

Discover Cocoa and Campfires, an area to enjoy hot beverages and s’mores by the fire pits. Stage entertainment begins at 5:30. Then, join the Mayor and guests for the countdown to light the tree.  Fireworks to follow.

Mayor’s 2023 Christmas Tree Ornament

Mayor’s 2023 Christmas Tree Ornament

This year’s ornament is a wreath modeled after the one that hangs in the Crown Center Shops atrium. It was designed by Hallmark artist Ramon Olivera. Ornaments will be available for sale on Friday, Nov. 24, but advance orders can be placed now.

The tree will be up through January 2, 2024.

Location: 2405 Grand Blvd. Ste 200 Kansas City

Small Business Saturday: Nov 25, 2023

holiday shopping sign

Shop small and local this holiday and all season long throughout the amazing neighborhoods of Kansas City on Saturday, November 25th. 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.

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

We also have our favorite things to do in Kansas City for every month. Just click on the month you want to plan your next KCMO adventure! January | February | March | April | May | June | July | August | September | October | November | December

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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About the Author: Alexa Meisler is a travel writer living in Kansas City, Missouri. She specializes in uncovering the hidden gems of Missouri’s big cities and historic towns. Since relocating to Missouri in 2020, she’s shared her adventures and experiences through the Travel in Missouri website, offering a unique perspective on her new home state. Read Alexa’s full bio here.

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