16 Fun Things To Do In Kansas City in September

Last updated on September 1st, 2023 at 01:14 pm.

If you live in Kansas City or are planning a trip to Kansas City this September, don’t miss out on the top 16 events taking place this month! Below is a list of some of the best ways to have fun with family and friends and also celebrate the beginning of fall!

In addition to sporting events like Royals games, Chiefs games and Sporting KC games, lots of big festivals, recognized worldwide will be taking place in KCMO. Here are our tip things to in Kansas City in September in 2023.

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

Most Popular Tours in Kansas City This September

  • Kansas City Segway Art and Glide Tour: Experience Kansas City in a whole new way on this 1.5-hour Segway tour of the iconic Country Club Plaza area. Glide through the streets on a Segway while your guide shares captivating stories and fascinating history about the city’s important landmarks and points of interest.
  • Crossroads Art District and Westside Urban Hike: Embark on a 5-mile early morning adventure through Kansas City’s Westside neighborhood. Starting with an incredible overlook at Liberty Memorial, you’ll trek down past Union Station to visit a local Mexican shop for refreshing fruit juice. Along the way, explore the diverse architecture and culture of the area, learn about the historical West Bottoms, the Pendergast era, and discover hidden gems and Instagram-worthy street art in alleyways.
  • Kansas City Craft Brewery Tour: An exclusive 4-hour guided tour of Kansas City’s best craft brew hotspots! Get a behind-the-scenes look at the brewing process while enjoying complimentary snacks and drinks and of course beer. Meet the passionate people behind the beer scene in KC.

Fun Things to do in Kansas City in September

Fun Things to do in Kansas City in September

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.

1. First Weekends at urban mining | Aug 31-Sept 3, 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

2. First Fridays at the Crossroads Art District | September 1, 2023

Crossroads Street Art i Kansas City

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!

Make sure to find one of the Crossroads’ creative wall murals or visit the Art Alleys between Baltimore and Wyandotte from 18th Street to Southwest Blvd which are filled with art vendors and their individual artistic creations!

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

3. Kansas City Irish Fest – September 1-3, 2023

The Kansas City Irish Fest is dedicated to promoting the culture, music, character and history of Ireland and of the Irish people who call Kansas City home. Kansas City Irish Fest offers attendees the chance to see some of the top Irish entertainment in the world and taste something delicous Irish cuisine.

The Kansas City Irish Fest is dedicated to promoting the culture, music, character and history of Ireland and of the Irish people who call Kansas City home. Kansas City Irish Fest offers attendees the chance to see some of the top Irish entertainment in the world and taste some delicious Irish cuisine. In addition, 150+ of the top Irish entertainers, performers, and dancers in the world will be featured across 7 different entertainment stages.

Location: Kansas City Irish Fest 1607 Oak Street Kansas City, MO 641

4. First Weekends in the West Bottoms | Sept 1-3, 2023

September’s Warehouse Weekend theme is KC’s Brews and BBQ in the Bottoms and is a great opportunity to taste some original Kansas City BBQ. The event will also feature ‘Mantiquing’.

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 Sep 2nd 9:00am – Sun 4th 5:00pm.

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

5. Kansas City Chalk and Walk Festival | September 2-3, 2023

Kansas City Chalk and Walk Festival

Embrace your artistic side with this free event! Street painting was created centuries ago as artists used the pavement as a medium to express themselves.

Artists of all ages and talents will be drawing throughout the streets of downtown Kansas City at the Chalk and Walk Festival. This is one of our favorite unique things to do in Kansas City this month and the event takes place Saturday 10am-5pm and Sunday 10am-3pm.

From street painters and performers to live entertainment and hands-on activities there’s something for everyone!

Location: Historic City Market. 5th and Walnut. Kansas City, MO 64106

6. Art Westport September 8-10, 2023

Art Westport KCMO

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to enjoy the 43rd Art Westport event this September 8-10!

This large visual art show exclusively features regional artists’ work and draws crowds of over 30,000 visitors.

Official jurors include Marcus Cain, Philipp Eirich, Sherry Leedy, Linda Lighton, Lisbeth Blair Lurey, and Sonié Joi Thompson-Ruffin.

Live entertainment will be offered each evening for patrons to enjoy as they walk through the different exhibits set up by each art vendor.

Location: Westport District. Kansas City, MO 64111

7. Greek Food Festival | September 8-10, 2023

Greek Festival KCMO

The 60th Annual Greek Festival will include live performances by Hellenic 5 Orchestra, Greek music and delicious Greek food. Free admission and free parking. OPA!

Friday 6 – 10 pm, Saturday Noon – 10 pm, Sunday Noon – 4 pm

Location: Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church; 120th & Wornall. Kansas City, MO 64145.

8. KC Beer Fest | September 14, 2024

KC Beer Fest

The KC Beer Fest is postponed until 2024.

This 21+ event is our top pick for things to do in Kansas City for couples in September.

The Beer Fest will be take place on September 14th of next year and allows patrons to enjoy craft beers, rare kegs and delectable food from around the world. Additionally, enjoy live music from local bands while you indulge!

This event takes place in the heart of downtown at the Power and Light District from 3-6pm! Grab you 21+ friends and get ready for some fun!

Location: Power and Light District. 50 E 13th St. Kansas City, MO 64106

9. Halloween Haunt at Worlds of fun in Kansas city – September 15- October 28, 2023

The Halloween Haunt at Worlds of Fun event allows you to experience the thrills of your favorite rides and the chills of extreme haunted attractions as you navigate the fog-filled midways where over 400 monsters lurk to feed off your screams.

All you fear is here select nights in the Fall. Halloween Haunt is even more frightening after 6:30pm. During the Halloween event, no re-entry is allowed after 8PM, even with a hand stamp.

New for 2023: This year Halloween Haunt will now be a stand alone event with separate tickets and policies. Admission during fall daytime operating hours and Halloween Haunt require separate tickets. You can purchase a combo ticket with admission to daytime and Halloween Haunt.

Note: this is not recommended for children under 14.

Address: 4545 Worlds of Fun Ave., Kansas City, MO

10. Uncorked: KC Wine Festival in Kansas City | September 16, 2023

Uncorked KC Wine Festival in Kansas City

The 7th annual Uncorked: KC Wine Festival is Saturday, September 16th at Union Station from 5-9pm. Enjoy more than 100 wines and champagnes from across the globe, gourmet local food trucks, live DJ, and photo booth at this day-long wine event.

Location: Union Station @ 30 W Pershing Road, Kansas City, MO

11. 31st Annual Waldo Fall Festival | September 16, 2023

Waldo Fall Fest

The 31st Annual Waldo Fall Festival will take place on Saturday, September 16 from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Shop, explore & have fun in Waldo. Kid activities include a bounce house, face painting, and more.

There will be fun vendor booths, food trucks, live music & entertainment.

*The rain date will be on Saturday, September 23

Location: W Gregory Blvd & Wornall Rd, Kansas City, MO 64114

12. Plaza Art Fair | September 22-24, 2023

2023 Plaza Art Fair
Photo Credit: Plaza Art Fair

Presented by Saint Luke’s in 2023, the Plaza Art Fair is a nationally recognized art event spanning across 9 blocks of the Country Club Plaza district. The fair features 240 artists, the Plaza Art Fair is a top-ranked, national art event with three live music stages and over 20 featured restaurant booths.

Join the community in the opportunity to appreciate local KC vendors and artists during this annual fair.

The event takes place Friday 5pm — 10pm | Saturday 10am — 10pm | Sunday, 11am — 5pm

Location: Country Club Plaza. 4706 Broadway Blvd. Kansas City, MO 64112

13. Oktoberfest Live! September 23, 2023

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 6410

14. Fall Family Festival | September 23, 2023

The annual Fall Family Festival allows families and their children the opportunity to be creative and explore their curiosities through several different outdoor events.

Stations include fruit and veggie tasting, garden crafts, bug exhibits, hand painting, yard games, scavenger hunts and more! This event hosted by Kansas City Community Gardens is a great way to get this kids outside this fall and help them learn about nature and plants.

The event takes place from 10am-2pm.

Location: Beanstalk Children’s Garden. 6917 Kensington Ave. Kansas City, MO 64132

15. American Royal World Series of Barbecue | September 27-October 1, 2023

This event is for BBQ lovers! Be a part of the world’s largest BBQ contest by attending the American Royal World Series of Barbecue! This event is the American Royal’s largest fundraiser of which funds go toward their mission of support youth and education in agriculture.

The contest is open to anyone that wants to show off their BBQ skills! But you don’t need to cook for this festival! Make sure to be there when the party really starts on Friday night with live music, cold beers and amazing BBQ. This event is family-friendly so be sure to stop by and sample all the BBQ there is to offer!

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

16. 2023 History Crawl of the Historic Northeast | September 30, 2023

This history crawl is led by tour guide and historian Michael Bushnell, author and publisher at The Northeast News.

In this history crawl walking tour, attendees will explore early 20th century Kansas City, viewing several landmarks and houses of the era and learning about the notable figures who resided and continue to live in the neighborhood. Space is very limited – get your tickets today!

Saturday, September 30 · 8:30 – 11:30am

Location: The Concourse Park 200 Benton Boulevard Kansas City, MO 64123

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

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  1. This is an absolute travel jackpot. The vivid descriptions of art festivals, mouthwatering food events, and the electric atmosphere of the “Kansas City Chiefs” season kickoff have me itching to book a trip. Kudos to the writer for painting such a vibrant picture of September in Kansas City.


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