Your roundup of summer and fall fairs and fests in the KC area

07/23/2014 7:00 AM

07/23/2014 7:17 PM

If there is a reason to celebrate, we probably have a fair or festival to celebrate it.

Music, art, food and agriculture are the biggies, but we also have events focusing on butterflies, balloons, pumpkins and cigars, to say nothing of Greeks, Irishmen, Japanese and pagans.

Most county fairs will run in late July and early August, to be followed by the state fairs in Sedalia and Hutchinson.

Then some of the area’s biggest events will arrive as summer winds down, with the Kansas City Irish Fest (Aug. 29-31), Santa-Cali-Gon Days (Aug. 29-Sept. 1), the Kansas City Renaissance Festival (Aug. 30-Oct. 13) and the American Royal (Sept. 4-Nov. 15).

Finally, we will have an onslaught of harvest festivals, Oktoberfests and other community celebrations geared toward autumn.

County and state fairs

Douglas County Fair, July 25-Aug. 2, Lawrence. dgcountyfair.com

Johnson County Fair, July 28-Aug. 2, Gardner. jocokansasfair.com

Leavenworth County Fair, July 29-Aug. 2, Tonganoxie. leavenworthcountyfair.com

Atchison County Fair, Aug. 5-9, Effingham, Kan. thenewsleaf.com/fair.htm

Missouri State Fair, Aug. 7-17, Sedalia. mostatefair.com

Kansas State Fair, Sept. 5-14, Hutchinson. kansasstatefair.com

Music, film and other entertainment

Christian Family Day Festival, July 26, Downtown Courtyard Stage, Smithville. nehemiahfest.com

OMG Music Fest with Jacob Whitesides, Reed Deming, Grant Landis, Round 2 Crew, Alyssa Shouse and Dylan Holland, Aug. 3, Granada, Lawrence. omgmusicfest.com

“Riot on Westport” Hip Hop Fest, Aug. 16, Riot Room. theriotroom.com

KC Improv Festival, Sept. 5-13, multiple venues. kcimprovfestival.com

Buzz Beach Ball 2014 with Arctic Monkeys, Weezer and The 1975, Sept. 5 at Sporting Park.

Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival featuring Godsmack, Seether, Skillet and more, Sept. 5, Cricket Wireless Amphitheater. cricketwirelessamp.com

Crossroads Music Fest, Sept. 6, Crossroads. crossroadskc.com

Music On Main, Sept. 6, Grandview Main Street. grandview.org/musiconmain

Prairie Village Jazz Festival, Sept. 6, Harmon Park. prairievillagejazz.org

Dancefestopia Music Festival, Sept. 12-13, Berkley Park. dancefestopia.com

Nehemiah Festival, Sept. 12-14, Smith’s Fork Park, Smithville. nehemiahfest.com

Yallapalooza featuring Jake Owen with Eli Young Band, The Cadillac Three and more, Sept. 19, Starlight. kcstarlight.com

Music Fest and Back Porch Jam, Sept. 27, Watkins Woolen Mill State Park & Historic Site. watkinsmill.org

Kansas International Film Festival, Oct. 10-16, Glenwood Arts Theatre. kansasfilm.com

18th & Vine Jazz and Blues Festival, Oct. 11, American Jazz Museum. festival.americanjazzmuseum.org

Kansas City Jewish Film Festival, Oct. 11-19, Jewish Community Center. jcckc.org

Arts and crafts

Kansas City Chalk & Walk Festival, Sept. 6-7, Crown Center Square. kcchalkandwalk.org

Brush Creek Art Walk, Sept. 12-14, Brush Creek Trail. brushcreekartwalk.org

Zona Rosa Arts Festival, Sept. 12-14, Zona Rosa. zonarosa.com

Mission Arts & Eats Festival, Sept. 19-20, 6200 Martway. missioncvb.org/events/arts-eats

Plaza Art Fair, Sept. 19-21, Country Club Plaza. countryclubplaza.com/event/plaza-art-fair

UNplaza Art Fair, Sept. 20-21, All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church. peaceworkskc.org/unplaza.html

Festival of Arts, Crafts and Music, Oct. 4-5, Missouri Town 1855. jacksongov.org/missouritown

Summit Art Festival, Oct. 10-12, Downtown Lee’s Summit. summitartfest.org

Food and drink

Heart of America Hot Dog Festival, Aug. 2, Negro Leagues Baseball Museum. hoahotdogfestival.com

Crawfish Festival, Aug. 8, City Market. thecitymarket.org

Microbrew Festival, Aug. 16, Zona Rosa. zonarosa.com

Kansas City Kosher BBQ Competition and Festival, Aug. 17, Ritz Charles. kckosherbbq.com

BaconFest, Aug. 23, Union Station. baconfestkc.com

“Independence Uncorked” Wine Festival, Sept. 13, Bingham-Waggoner Estate. independenceuncorked.com

Village West WineFest, Sept. 13, Village West. villagewestwinefest.com

Shawnee Great Grillers Blues and Barbeque State Championship, Sept. 26-27, Shawnee Town. shawneegreatgrillers.com

KC Beer Fest, Sept. 27, Power & Light District. powerandlightdistrict.com

Lenexa Chili Challenge, Oct. 17-18, Old Town Lenexa. ci.lenexa.ks.us/parks/festivals_chili.html

Other celebrations

Paint the Night “Around the World” Street Fair, July 26, Park Place. parkplaceleawood.com

Festival of Butterflies, Aug. 1-3 and 8-10, Powell Gardens. powellgardens.org

Wayne City Landing Days, Aug. 7-9, Sugar Creek. sugar-creek.mo.us

Great Midwest Balloon Festival, Aug. 8-10, Kansas Speedway. midwestballoonfest.org

Buffalo Bill Days, Aug. 15-16, Leavenworth. visitleavenworthks.com

Ethnic Enrichment Festival, Aug. 15-17, Swope Park. kcparks.org

Tiblow Days, Aug. 21-23, Downtown Bonner Springs. bsedwchamber.org

Lawrence Busker Festival, Aug. 22-24, Downtown Lawrence. lawrencebuskerfest.com

Roots Festival, Aug. 22-23, Paola Park Square. rootsfestival.org

Kansas City Irish Fest, Aug. 29-31, Crown Center. kcirishfest.com

Santa-Cali-Gon Days Festival, Aug. 29-Sept. 1, Independence Square. santacaligon.com

Kansas City Renaissance Festival, Aug. 30-Oct. 13, Bonner Springs. kcrenfest.com

Fall Festival, Sept. 2-6, Concordia, Mo. concordiafallfestival.com

American Royal, Sept. 4-Nov. 15, American Royal Complex. americanroyal.com

Grain Valley Fair, Sept. 4-7, Grain Valley Community Center. grainvalleychamber.org

Johnson County Old Settlers, Sept. 4-6, Downtown Olathe. johnsoncountyoldsettlers.com

Greek Festival, Sept. 5-7, Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church. annunciationkc.org

Big Shoal Country Fair, Sept. 6, Atkins Johnson Farm and Museum. atkinsjohnsonfarm.com

Fall Family Festival, Sept. 6, Beanstalk Children’s Garden, Swope Park. kcparks.org

Kansas City Cigar Festival, Sept. 6, Country Club Plaza. kccigarfestival.com

Spinach Festival, Sept. 6, Sar-Ko-Par Trails Park, Lenexa. lenexa.com/parks/festivals_spinach.html

Belton Fall Festival, Sept. 12-13, Main Street. beltonfallfestival.com.

Blue Springs Fall Fun Festival, Sept. 12-14, Downtown Blue Springs. bluespringsfallfestival.com

Jesse James Festival, Sept. 13, 16 and 18-21, Kearney. jessejamesfestival.com

Missouri Baptist Children’s Home Apple Festival, Sept. 13, First Baptist Church, Raymore. mbch.org

Paws in the Park Dog Walk Festival, Sept. 13, English Landing Park. pawsinpark.com

Spirit of Freedom Walk and Family Fest, Sept. 13, Bruce R. Watkins Cultural Heritage Center. kcparks.org

Raymore Festival in the Park, Sept. 18-20, Raymore. raymorefestival.com.

Higginsville Country Fair, Sept. 20, Higginsville. higginsvillecountryfair.com

Waldo Fall Festival, Sept. 20, 75th and Wornall. waldokc.com

Kansas City Yoga Festival, Sept. 26-27, Bartle Hall. kcconvention.com

Lee’s Summit Oktoberfest, Sept. 26-27, Downtown Lee’s Summit. lschamber.com

Liberty Fall Festival, Sept. 26-28, Downtown Liberty. libertyfallfest.com

Grand Festival of Chez lez Canses, Sept. 27, Fort Osage National Historic Landmark. jacksongov.org/fortosage

Overland Park Fall Festival, Sept. 27, Santa Fe Commons Park. opkansas.org

Tobacco Festival, Sept. 27, Weston. westonmo.com

Wild West Days, Sept. 27-28, Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop & Farm. mahaffie.org

Kansas City Pagan Pride Day, Sept. 28, Merriam Marketplace. kcppd.com

Gladfest, Oct. 3-5, Gladstone. gladstonechamber.com/?events/gladfest

Harvest Celebration and Antique Tractor and Equipment Show, Oct. 3-5, Powell Gardens. powellgardens.org

Oktoberfest, Oct. 3, Shawnee Civic Centre. shawneegermanclub.org

Applefest, Oct. 4-5, Weston. westonmo.com

Farmers Market Harvest Fest, Oct. 4, Downtown Lee’s Summit. downtownls.org

Hope Harvest Fest, Oct. 4, Downtown Pleasant Hill. hopeharvestfest.com

Oktoberfest, Oct. 4, Commercial Street Mall, Atchison. atchisonkansas.net

Parktoberfest, Oct. 4, English Landing Park, Parkville. parktoberfest.net

Scarecrow Festival, Oct. 4, Shawnee City Hall. shawneekscvb.com/pages/wgo_hol_scarecrowfest.htm

WaterFire, Oct. 10-11, Plaza. waterfirekc.com

Weston Irish Festival, Oct. 10-12, O’Malley’s Pub & Courtyard. westonirish.com

Greater Kansas City Japan Festival, Oct. 11, JCCC. kcjapanfestival.com

Harvest Festival, Oct. 11, Shoal Creek Living History Museum. shoalcreeklivinghistorymuseum.com

Pumpkins and Mums Autumn Festival, Oct. 18, Hall of Waters Historic District, Excelsior Springs. esprings.com

Dogtober Fest, Oct. 19, Kemper Outdoor Education Center. jacksongov.org

Harvest Night, Oct. 24, Recreation Park, Raymore. raymore.com

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