14 Fun Things to do in Kansas City in October

Last updated on October 7th, 2023 at 01:06 pm.

We are just days into the fall season, but that means it is time to make the most of the mild weather before pulling out the winter sweaters. If you are searching for fun things to do in Kansas City in October, we have you covered!

Kansas City is home to a variety of events both educational and entertaining. Aside from having Kansas’ largest farmers market, being the birthplace of shopping malls (the J.C. Nichols Company opened it in Country Club Plaza in 1922), and having the most BBQ restaurants per capita in the world. KCMO is also one of the best cities in the region to celebrate fall (in our opinion!) 

Keep reading to see our list of favorite things to do in Kansas City today and throughout October! We also have lists for the best things to do in St. Louis in October and the most fun things to do throughout the state of Missouri in October.

Fun Things to do in Kansas City in October

Most Popular Tour In Kansas City This October

Kansas City Ghost Tour: This Kansas City Ghost Tour will add just the right amount of spooky to your October evening. Whether you are from out of town or the city is your hometown, you’ll learn about stories that many keep to themselves. This is a 60-minute walking tour has 5 haunted stops and each has stories that will leave your spine tingling!

Awesome Things to Do in Kansas City in October 2023

Whether you are passing through the area on a trip to see your inlaws or a family looking for activities that can accommodate your kids; there is plenty to explore.

You will not want to miss out on the autumn festivities that are only here for October. Make memories with your family and friends with live music, delicious food, and maybe a scare or two at a haunted house. It can be difficult to keep track of the best places to go trick-or-treating and the variety of Halloween costume contests.

Here are the best things to do in Kansas City in October 2023 (from a local).

1. Wornall Majors Kids Ghost Tour: Oct 1, 2023

Get ready to dive into the spooky season! Start off your October with a family-friendly ghost tour at the Alexander Majors House. Junior volunteers will take young explorers on a journey through the museum’s rich history, sharing intriguing tales about past residents who might still call this place home.

This tour is thoughtfully crafted to be more thrilling than terrifying, making it an ideal choice for preschoolers and elementary school-age children. Arrive a few minutes ahead of time to partake in some exciting Halloween activities and savor a delicious snack as you embark on this eerie adventure.

Price: $10

Location: 8201 State Line Rd. Kansas City, MO 64114

2. American Royal Livestock, Horse Show, and Rodeo: October 5-22, 2023

Rodeo

With exhibitors coming from over 40 states and Canada, showcasing over 3500 heads of cattle throughout the competition, the American Royal Livestock show is a sight to behold. The American Royal promotes education, showmanship, and competition. They even award youth scholarships to students who excel. The group is celebrating its 123rd year with delicious BBQ and beer—come join! 

Price: Free for Spectators!

Location: American Royal Complex, 1800 Genessee St, KC MO 64102

Below is a list of some of the best ways to have fun with family and friends and also celebrate the beginning of autumn. Whether you are looking for things to do in Kansas City today or next weekend, we hope you check back often, because we update this guide on a regular basis.

3. First Weekends at urban mining: Oct 5-8, 2023

Urban Mining first weekend in April

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: Oct 6, 2023

First Friday at Crossroads

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!

One of the highlights of the October First Friday is the Belger Arts Annual Artist in Resident Exhibition at Belger Crane Yard Studios located at 2011 Tracy Ave in KCMO.

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: Oct 6-8, 2023

October’s Warehouse Weekend theme is Boo in the Bottoms and perfect for Halloween crafts and decorations, more Jack-o’-lanterns, and spooktacular 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 October 2nd 9:00am – Sun Oct 9th 5:00pm.

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

6. Kansas City Chiefs @ Arrowhead Stadium: October 12 & 22, 2023

Kansas City Chiefs game day

Not much is better than experiencing the Kansas City Chiefs live at Arrowhead Stadium! They will be playing the Denver Broncos in a home game on October 12th and competing against the Los Angeles Chargers on October 22nd. Get your tickets while they are still available and try out the incredible tailgating if you get the chance.

Will this be your first Chiefs game? Make sure to check out our Arrowhead Stadium Game Day Guide.

Location: 1 Arrowhead Dr, Kansas City, MO 64129

7. Cornucopia: October 13-15, 2023

Prepared for the ultimate fall festival? Or perhaps want to ride Downtown KC’s first Ferris Wheel? The Cornucopia festival is one of the best free things to do in Kansas City, Missouri AND fun things to do in Kansas City. Cornucopia hosts a variety of vendors serving delicious fall treats, rides and games, and musical festivities.

This is a must-see! Plus, it’s a free event!

Location: Grand Boulevard, Walnut Street and 14th Street, Kansas City MO 64106

8. Majors House Paranormal Investigations: Oct 14, 27, 29, 31, 2023

Don’t miss this extraordinary opportunity to join a paranormal investigation at the Alexander Majors House.

This iconic locale is reputed to be one of the most haunted spots in Kansas City, earning recognition in “Haunted Places: The National Directory” and a feature on the Biography Channel’s “My Ghost Story.”

For two hours, you’ll have exclusive access to this historic home, guided by experienced investigators who are intimately acquainted with the house’s eerie history. To ensure an intimate and immersive experience, our groups are intentionally kept small.

Choose between two time slots: 10:00 PM to midnight or midnight to 2 AM, and prepare to delve into the mysteries that surround this hauntingly fascinating location. It’s an adventure that’s not for the faint of heart!

Price: $50 

Location: Alexander Majors House & Barn; 8201 State Line Rd. Kansas City, MO 64114

9. Annual Northeast Kansas City Historical Society Homes Tour

This is the 10th annual Northeast Kansas City Historical Society Homes Tour and this year it takes place in the North Scarritt Renaissance Neighborhood. There are six beautiful homes on tour. Before you start the tour you must stop by the hospitality area located at 203 North Indiana Ave to pick up your ticket and booklet about the homes.

Homes can be toured between 10:00 AM and 3:00PM.

Location: 203 N Indiana Ave, Kansas City, MO 64123

10. Boo at the Zoo: October 28

The Kansas City Zoo is a family-friendly and safe environment for children trick-or-treating! Boo at the Zoo will feature a hay bale maze, photo opportunities, and special Halloween decor from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on the 28th. This event will be open all day to accommodate kids with early bedtimes and to mitigate crowds. Everyone is invited to wear costumes and trick-or-treat bags will be provided.

Price: Free with general admission

Location: Kansas City Zoo, 6800 Zoo Drive Kansas City, MO 64132

11. Art Garden KC: Every Sunday

Art Garden is a collection of artists, makers, and bakers who meet every Sunday at the City Market. Dates are scheduled for the remainder of 2023.

They were recently offered the opportunity to move to the historic City Center since they are continuing to grow and capture the essence of Kansas City. This is one of the most unique things to do in Kansas City Missouri.

Keep an eye out on their Facebook page for vendor features and updates—they often host Halloween special events with food trucks, contests, and a pop-up bar!

Price: Free entry

Location: 300 Main Street, Kansas City, MO 64152

12. GloWild Lantern Festival: All October

This spectacular exhibit is creative and perhaps even one of the most romantic things to do in Kansas City for couples this month. The GloWild Lantern Festival transforms the zoo after dark into an immersive experience unlike any other. Massive lantern sculptures were crafted by hand from silk and steel.

They were designed to feature various animals, plants, and artwork inspired by Asian heritage. The walkway is over a mile long and takes around an hour and a half to walk. 

Price: $17-$20 admission separate from general zoo admission

Location: Kansas City Zoo, 6800 Zoo Drive Kansas City, MO 64132

13. Evelyn Hofer: Eyes on the City exhibit at Nelson atkins: All October

Evelyn Hofer (American, born Germany, 1922-2009) was a highly innovative photographer whose pioneering work spanned five decades. She produced her most notable photographs for a series of photobooks, published between 1959 and 1967, that focused on European and American cities. Evelyn Hofer: Eyes on the City features more than 100 vintage prints from these projects, and is the first major museum exhibition of photographer’s work in the United States in over fifty years.

The exhibit opened on September 16, 2023 and runs through February 11, 2024.

Price: Must reserve ahead; general admission is free. The special exhibit is $18

Location: Nelson Atkins, 4525 Oak Street Kansas City, MO 64111

14. Pumpkin Patches & Haunted Houses

Make sure to check out our article featuring the 15 best pumpkin patches in Kansas City as well as the 13 most haunted houses in Kansas City this October.

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

Still wondering what to do in October? Check out our list of top things to do throughout Missouri in October!

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