First came the pumpkin spice latees, then we started breaking out our distreesed boots, and next the leaves will be changing before we know it: fall is officially upon us. What better way to celebrate then attending some fun local attractions and events?  Here are my top five things to do in KC this October.  Hope you give one or all a try! Enjoy.

1.  The Pumpkin Patch

All October long

pumpkin patch
This tops the list for me.  Cider? Check.  Cornmaze? Check. Extremely festive? Check.  OK,  so getting overexcited about the prospect of dressing up and taking very seriously any aspect of any season, may be my own personal hobby, but participating in fun events like the pumpkin patch has a way of making you feel like a kid again, and having one of those experiences that only happens once a year.  Running around the corn maze or just hanging out in the environment makes for a fun way to kick off the season, that doesn’t last long enough.  You can embrace your inner kid, be festive, and just have fun.


Visit KC gives a great list of their best pumpkin patches around the area.

2.  The American Royal BBQ

Fri., Oct. 4th  at 12PM

Sat., Oct 5th All Day

Sun., Oct. 6th All Day

Tickets: $13-$15

Why not celebrate BBQ in its true home, KC? The annual event and World Series of BBQ is back this weekend, so if you are in need of plans for the weekend, or want to make an even better plan, this is the place.  With over 500 participants, food, of course, is the main attraction (no complaints there. . . ), but the event also offers live music and fireworks this weekend.  American Royal will be a fun way to kick off the weekend, and the season!

 3.  Halloweenie Roast

Thurs., Oct. 17th

Tickets: $17-$22

Every year The Buzz puts on their non-costume-friendly concert Halloweenie Roast. This year they’re welcoming popular artists The 1975,  The Colourist, The Naked and Famous, The Man, and Crystal Fighters and for less than $20 a ticket totally worth it.  TGI…Thursday. Check it out at the Midland.  Get tickets here; I have a feeling they’ll sell out quick.


4.  Waterfire

Sat., Oct. 12th


Over 50 bonfires will light up Brush Creek, making for a visually-stimulating experience on KC’s own plaza.  Music, fire, and water come together: KC’s Quixotic Fusion, who specialize in aerial acrobatics, will shape this event alongside likely many other street-performers. If you haven’t seen Quixotic, this might be the best time to see these talented guys.  The event will also offer opera and jazz music to add something extra to the atmosphere. Watching the installations float across the water, taking in the music, and watching the performers should make for an awesome night.  See you there!


5.  13th Annual Kansas International Film Festival

Fri., Oct. 4th –October 10th

OK, so I may be pushing my own agenda here, a film buff myself, but this yearly event at Glenwood Arts Theater is more of my, let’s say, Sunday evening recommendation for what to do this month in lovely Kansas City.  The festival will focus on documentary, independent animation, and narrative films. Audiences will enjoy over fifty independent film titles over the course of the week and have the opportunity to vote for their favorites.  Check this out, for my movie-fans of the world. 😉


Any other awesome suggestions?

Leave ’em the comments section. The more the merrier!

Enjoy the season and Happy Fall,