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The Best September Events in Kansas City, MO

Posted by Chip Glennon on Thursday, August 29th, 2019 at 10:01am.

Sensational September Events and Festivals in Kansas City, MOKansas City, Missouri takes great pride in entertaining locals and visitors alike year-round with an array of fun events, and the month of September is no exception. As the summer heat shifts to breezy weather, it's a great time of year to get out and enjoy these stimulating festivals and events in Kansas City, Missouri.

Kansas City Renaissance Festival - Aug. 31 – Oct. 14 (weekends)

Delve into the breathtaking world of the romantic and rousing 16th century at the annual Kansas City Renaissance Festival. Every weekend in September, a medieval village comes to life right here in Kansas City. Individuals donning period dress at the festival are commonplace. However, they welcome ‘commoners' in regular attire as well. Those looking to buy or rent a costume can find them at shops in the village.

Meander about the grounds and observe knights in hair-raising jousting matches upon glorious steeds, knife throwing, brave acrobats, lovely maidens and much more. Pay heed to the royal family procession and delight in the unique village shops, entertainment and feast on era-appropriate eats and drinks. There are multiple daily contests for kids and adults in addition to crafts, maypole dancing, a petting zoo and other magical family activities.

Kansas City Irish Fest - Aug. 31 - Sept. 2

September gets off with a riveting start as Kansas City honors Irish heritage with three days of merrymaking and entertainment at Crown Center. In addition to live music from top Irish artists, special performances celebrating Celtic culture delight attendees year after year. The Kansas City Irish Fest may not have a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, but guests 21 years and older can find golden libations within the Jameson Irish Whiskey Tasting Tent. Some additional highlights of this annual Kansas City event include:

  • Stand Up Comedy
  • Kids Activities & Contests
  • Art in the Park Exhibit
  • Genealogy Exploration
  • Sunday Mass

American Royal World Series of Barbecue - Sept. 12-15

The smells and flavors waiting to be experienced at the American Royal World Series of Barbecue are nothing short of inspiring—and satisfying. Head out to the Kansas Speedway and join other barbecue enthusiast and aficionados for an all-out competition between top pit masters from across the nation. Of course, there will be several side dish contests, including favored BBQ accompaniments such as potato salad, baked beans, cole slaw and desserts.

In addition to the feast, there will be live music, kids activities and other action-packed events throughout the weekend. Throughout the grounds there are gaming zones, places to sit and grub, and plenty of fellow food lovers. As the world's biggest and tastiest barbecue party, there's no reason to miss this fall signature event's 40th annual bash.

The 88th Annual Plaza Art Fair - Sept. 20-22

One doesn't necessarily need to be an art expert—or even an art fan—to have a memorable time at the Plaza Art Fair at Country Club Plaza. Nearly a quarter of a million people flock to this nationally recognized annual art exhibition and festival. Explore nine city blocks filled with more than 200 artists, three stages with live music, and over 20 top Kansas City restaurants and other vendors. Those looking for a pleasant way to welcome in the fall season and explore the works of visionary artists shouldn't miss the 88th year of this top-ranked national art affair. The fair is open:

Friday, 9-20-19 from 5pm - 10pm
Saturday, 9-21-19 from 10am - 10pm
Sunday, 9-22-19 from 1am - 5pm

Locals and those who visit Kansas City in September should definitely mark these dates down if having some family friendly fall fun is on the agenda.

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