Fun Things to do in Kansas City in October

Last updated on September 27th, 2022 at 05:52 am.

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, 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!

Fun Things to do in Kansas City in October

15 Awesome Things to Do in Kansas City in October 2022

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 2022 (from a local).

1. Harry Potter Day at Science City: Oct 1

harry potter child with glasses

What is more magical than celebrating the 25th anniversary of Harry Potter with your family? Union Station’s Science City Hary Potter Day is hosting a one-day-only event filled with science workshops such as making your own wand, caring for magical creatures, and reading the stars. Keep the kids learning from 10 am to 5 pm with the themed events then explore the rest of the discovery areas at the museum. 

Feel free to visit the nearby Planetarium, Movie Theatre, or Live Theatre that are open year-round!

Price: General Admission $14.50, Children 12 months and under enter for free. Union Members Free. 

Location: Union Station Kansas City, 30 W. Pershing Road, Suite 400, Kansas City, MO 64108

2. American Royal Livestock, Horse Show, and Rodeo: October 5-23

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 6-9

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 7

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

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 7-9

September’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. Warnell house Ghost Tours: Oct 7, 21, 22, 28 

The Warnell house is one of the few surviving civil war homes in Kansas City. The Majors House was the home of the Majors family: key players in the early economic development of Kansas City and the creator of the Pony Express. The homes have a rich history that is preserved year-round but their ghost stories are only told during the holiday season. 

Kid-friendly ghost tours are led by the museum’s junior volunteers on October 7th only! If you want a tour for adults only, you can visit on October 21st or 28th. If you do not believe in ghosts, explore the home’s architecture, Victorian history, and macabre film facts with the Anatomy of a Haunted House event on October 22nd. 

Price: $10 for child ticket, $15 adults 

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

7. Oktoberfest Live! October 8

Oktoberfest at Kansas City Power & Light District
Photo Credit: Kansas City Power & Light District

For the 21+ crowd who still enjoy contests and games, Oktoberfest Live! is the way to go. The Power and Lights district hosts this event with seasonal beers, fantastic food, and live music. The icing on the cake are the Weiner Dog races!

Price: $10 Early bird, $12 General Admission (Booked ahead), $15 General Admission (Day of Event), $55 “Spezial VIP”

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

8. Kansas City Chiefs @ Arrowhead Stadium: October 10 & 17

Not much is better than experiencing the Kansas City Chiefs live at Arrowhead Stadium! They will be playing the Las Vegas Raiders in a home game on October 10th and competing against the Buffalo Bills on October 16th. Get your tickets while they are still available and try out the incredible tailgating if you get the chance.

Location: 1 Arrowhead Dr, Kansas City, MO 64129

9. Cornucopia: October 14-16

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

10. Boo at the Zoo: October 29-30

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! 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 2022.

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. Immersive Van Gogh: All October

Van Gogh Painting

If you have not had the opportunity to visit Immersive Van Gogh in cities like NYC or Las Vegas, you are in luck! The exhibit is coming to Kansas City. They boast of over 500 thousand cubic feet of projections, 60 thousand frames of video, and over 90 million pixels. This exhibit is a beautiful twenty-first-century interpretation of Van Gogh’s works.

Price: $39.99 off Peak times, $54.99 Peak

Location: Lighthouse ArtSpace Kansas City, 8690 N Dixson Ave, 2nd Floor, Kansas City MO 64153. 

14. American Art Deco exhibit at Nelson atkins: All October

This beautiful exhibit has traveled across the globe before arriving at the Nelson Atkins museum. Learn more about Art Deco design in furniture, fashion, architecture, and automobiles! 

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

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

15. Kansas City T-Mobile Concerts: 7, 14, 29

The T-Mobile Center hosts 18,000 seats and one of them could be yours! 

  • October 7th: Catch Colombian singer and songwriter Karol G. perform her reggae and trap set.
  • October 14th: America’s beloved Lizzo and rapper Latto will be performing to promote Lizzo’s upcoming album “Special”.
  • October 29th: Three-time Latin Grammy award-winner Christian Nodal will be performing.

Location: 1407 Grand Blvd, Kansas City, MO 64106

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.

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15 super fun things to do in Kansas City, MO in October! The best outdoor activities, concerts, Oktoberfest, pumpkin patches and haunted houses!

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

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