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Fall events: KC’s guide to festivals, concerts, games and more

At Porchfest, an annual community music celebration, performers will play acoustic or near-acoustic sets on porches in Kansas City’s Valentine neighborhood. This year’s Porchfest will take place Oct. 8.
At Porchfest, an annual community music celebration, performers will play acoustic or near-acoustic sets on porches in Kansas City’s Valentine neighborhood. This year’s Porchfest will take place Oct. 8. Special to The Star

Paris of the Plains Cocktail Festival

Friday-Monday, Aug. 26-29, at multiple venues

What started as a bartender competition has evolved into a four-day celebration of the art of the cocktail with food and music mixed in. There will be seminars — examples are “Brogues & Bodegas: The Love Story of Scotch and Sherry” and “Gimme Some Air: Oxygen Fortified Wines & More” — along with luncheons and parties. The bartender competition, now in its 10th year, is 7 p.m. Friday at the Brass on Baltimore, 1228 Baltimore Ave. 10:30 a.m. Friday-Saturday, Aug. 26-27; 11 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 28; 10:30 a.m. Monday, Aug. 29. Multiple venues. popfestkc.com. Tickets to the bartender competition cost $25; tickets to other events vary. All-access passes cost $300.

Kansas City Renaissance Festival

Sept. 3-Oct. 16 in Bonner Springs

Celebrating its 40th year, the KC Renaissance Fest is still going strong. Yes, this event has been around since 1977, and it was ranked one of the “Top 10 Renaissance Festivals and Fairs in the USA” in 2014 by Top Events USA. In addition to what has become the traditional jousting, magic, crafts, food and other entertainment will be new activities such as chocolate and mead tasting and the Plague Escape, an escape room where you have 20 minutes to find the cure. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. weekends plus Labor Day and Columbus Day, Sept. 3-Oct. 16. 633 N. 130th, Bonner Springs. 913-721-2110. kcrenfest.com. Adults $18.95, children $10.50; season pass $55-$89.95.

Crossroads Music Fest

Sept. 10 in the Crossroads Arts District

The final schedule has yet to be announced, but suffice it to say the Crossroads Music Fest will feature a lot of music. Among the three dozen or so acts scheduled to perform are Kelley Hunt, Radkey, Not a Planet, The Phantastics and Jessica Paige. The seven venues, all within a three-block area, will include RecordBar, the Brick and Tank Room. The Crossroads Music Fest is a fundraiser for 90.1 KKFI community radio. 6 p.m. Sept. 10. Multiple venues, Crossroads Arts District. 816-283-8452. cmfkc.com. $20 in advance, $30 at door, $90 VIP pass in advance, $125 at the door.

Chiefs vs. San Diego

Sept. 11 at Arrowhead Stadium

Finally, the regular season is here. After the long off-season, endless summer practices and four exhibition games, it’s easy to forget the Chiefs are still riding a 10-game regular-season winning streak. That stretch includes two victories over the Chargers by a combined 43-6. In 2015, the Chiefs won their season opener, then lost five straight games before turning things around. Anything less than a 1-0 start in 2016 would be a huge disappointment. Noon Sept. 11. Arrowhead Stadium. 816-920-9300. chiefs.com. $45-$315.

Tegan and Sara

Sept. 13 at the Midland

Tegan and Sara Quin are 35-year-old identical twins from Calgary who began playing guitars and writing songs at age 15. They released their first album in 1999 and have since produced eight studio albums, including “Love You to Death” this year. With music that bridges the pop and indie worlds, they have played numerous festivals and have toured with the likes of the Killers, Neil Young and the Black Keys. 7:30 p.m. Sept. 13. Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland. 816-283-9921. midlandkc.com. $30.50-$36.

Plaza Art Fair

Sept. 23-25 at the Country Club Plaza

For those who have never attended the nationally respected Plaza Art Fair, you don’t know what you’re missing. Well, maybe you do. There are a lot of people, and parking isn’t much fun. But even if you’re not the artsy-fartsy type, you’ll find plenty to enjoy with three live music stages and more than 25 restaurant booths. If nothing else, you can wander down the middle of Plaza streets without being cited for jaywalking or public intoxication. 5-10 p.m. Sept. 23, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Sept. 24, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 25. Country Club Plaza. plazaartfair.com. Free.

Kansas City Symphony, “David Bowie: A Musical Odyssey”

Sept. 24 at the Kauffman Center

You know a rock artist has made a significant impact on the music world when a major symphony dedicates a performance to his or her work. David Bowie died in January, but his music lives on, and the Kansas City Symphony will celebrate it. The Symphony will be joined by a full rock band to perform hits such as “Space Oddity,” “Changes,” and “China Girl.” 8 p.m. Sept. 24. Helzberg Hall, Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. 816-994-7222. kcsymphony.org. $40-$80.

Porchfest

Oct. 8 in the Valentine neighborhood

Why go to a bunch of bars to see music when the music can come to you? At Porchfest, bands of all genres perform acoustic or near-acoustic music on dozens of front porches in the same neighborhood while festivalgoers walk from porch to porch. Food trucks will be on site, but no coolers or alcohol will be allowed. This will be the third year for Porchfest, which grew from 3,500 attendees the first year to 5,500 last year. Noon-5 p.m. Oct. 8. Valentine neighborhood. porchfestkc.com. Free; tips encouraged.

Waddell & Reed Kansas City Marathon

Oct. 15 in the Crown Center area

Running a marathon isn’t for everybody. In fact, it’s not for very many people. But this event isn’t limited to people who run marathons. Instead of taking on the 26.2-mile distance, runners have the options of being part of a three-to-five-person marathon team, running a half-marathon or running a 5K. And if you’re not among the more than 11,000 expected runners, you can cheer for those who are. The races will start and finish at Washington Square Park. 7 a.m. Oct. 15. Crown Center area. 816-474-4652. kcmarathon.org. Marathon, $105-$130; half-marathon, $85-$115; 5K, $35-$45.

World Series of Barbecue

Oct. 26-30 at Kansas Speedway

After one year at Arrowhead Stadium, the world’s largest barbecue competition will move to the Kansas side and will be held four weeks later. Last year’s event set records with more than 600 teams competing and nearly 50,000 people attending. The Invitational Grand Champion will take home $10,000; most of the other attendees will take home a full stomach. Oct. 26-30. Kansas Speedway. 816-221-9800. americanroyal.com. $15-$20.

Amy Schumer

Nov. 3 at Sprint Center

The woman who has done for female private parts what Jerry Seinfeld did for socks in a clothes dryer will bring her unapologetically daring brand of comedy to town. Amy Schumer has become just about the hottest comic around in the past couple of years with her Comedy Central show “Inside Amy Schumer” and her movie “Trainwreck.” She also recently released a book, “The Girl With the Lower Back Tattoo.” The comedy tour that will bring her to Kansas City will begin Aug. 26 in Ireland and will also include England, Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Australia. 8 p.m. Nov. 3. Sprint Center. 816-949-7000. sprintcenter.com. $39-$109.

Hannibal Buress

Nov. 10 at the Midland

Hannibal Buress gained a lot of notoriety for calling Bill Cosby a “rapist,” but the comedian isn’t letting that high-profile media moment define his career. Buress, who was part of the Emmy Award-winning writing team behind “30 Rock,” has starred in three stand-up specials on Netflix and several other TV shows, including Comedy Central’s “Broad City” and Adult Swim’s “The Eric Andre Show.” Now Buress is expanding to the big screen with appearances in the “Baywatch” movie and “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” which are both due to be released next year. 8 p.m. Nov. 10. Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland. 816-283-9921. midlandkc.com. $25-$65.

Fall event listings

Classical Music and Dance

Kansas City Symphony, Pops in the Park, Sept. 5, Shawnee Mission Park. kcsymphony.org

Kansas City Symphony, “The Music of Led Zeppelin,” Sept. 9, Kauffman Center. kcsymphony.org

Dance in the Park, Sept. 10, Roanoke Park. kcparks.org

Lyric Opera, “Hansel and Gretel,” Sept. 17-25, Kauffman Center. kcopera.org

Wylliams/Henry Contemporary Dance Company, Sept. 23-24, White Recital Hall. umkc.edu/cto

Ailey II, Sept. 29-Oct. 1, Folly. kcfaa.org

Kansas City Symphony, “Tchaikovsky’s Fourth,” Sept. 30-Oct. 2, Kauffman Center. kcsymphony.org

Jessica Lang Dance, Oct. 1, Kauffman Center. hjseries.org

Kansas City Ballet, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” Oct. 7-16, Kauffman Center. kcballet.org

Soprano Renée Fleming, Oct. 15, Kauffman Center. hjseries.org

Wichita Grand Opera, “La Bohème,” Oct. 15, Yardley Hall. jccc.edu/theseries

Kansas City Symphony, “Stern Conducts Mozart’s Requiem,” Oct. 20-23, Kauffman Center. kcsymphony.org

Kansas City Symphony, Screenland at the Symphony: “The Phantom of the Opera,” Oct. 27, Kauffman Center. kcsymphony.org

Lyric Opera, “The Marriage of Figaro,” Nov. 5-13, Kauffman Center. kcopera.org

Kansas City Symphony, Screenland at the Symphony: “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” Nov. 10 and 12, Kauffman Center. kcsymphony.org

Kansas City Symphony, “A Vivid Autumn: Beethoven and Brahms,” Nov. 18-20, Kauffman Center. kcsymphony.org

Theater

“A Soft Escape,” Melting Pot Theatre, Aug. 26-Sept. 10, Just Off Broadway Theatre. kcmeltingpot.com

“A Murder Foretold,” Mystery Train Theatre, Sept. 2-Oct. 22, Crown Plaza Hotel. kcmysterytrain.com

“A Streetcar Named Desire,” Kansas City Actors Theatre, Sept. 7-25, H&R Block City Stage Theater. kcactors.org

“Hand to God,” Sept. 7-Oct. 2, Unicorn Theatre. unicorntheatre.org

“A Night on the Town,” Sept. 8-11, Musical Theater Heritage. mthkc.com

“Picasso at the Lapine Agile,” Sept. 8-24, Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre. metkc.org

“Die Nacht Der Nachte,” Late Night Theatre, Sept. 9, Folly. follytheater.org

“Evita,” Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Sept. 9-Oct. 2, Spencer Theatre. kcrep.org

“The Rat Pack Is Back,” Sept. 9-11, Starlight. kcstarlight.com

“I Do, I Do,” Sept. 15-Oct. 23, Chestnut Fine Arts Center. chestnutfinearts.com

“Kiss of the Spider Woman,” Sept. 16-Oct. 2, Barn Players. thebarnplayers.org

“The Nine Who Dared: Courage in Little Rock,” Sept. 20-Oct. 21, Coterie. thecoterie.org

“Have You Met Miss Jones?” Sept. 22-Nov. 27, New Theatre Restaurant. newtheatre.com

“Barry, Bette and Broadway,” Sept. 30-Oct. 30, Quality Hill Playhouse. qualityhillplayhouse.com

“Songs of the Great War,” Oct. 6-16, Musical Theater Heritage. mthkc.com

“Basetrack Live,” Oct. 9, Yardley Hall. jccc.edu/theseries

“The Invisible Hand,” Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Oct. 14-Nov. 13, Copaken Stage. kcrep.org

“The Way We Get By,” Oct. 19-Nov. 13, Unicorn Theatre. unicorntheatre.org

“Deathtrap,” Oct. 20-Nov. 5, Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre. metkc.org

Garrison Keillor, Oct. 21, Yardley Hall. jccc.edu/performing-arts-series

“Cabaret,” Nov. 3-25, Musical Theater Heritage. mthkc.com

“Nine,” Spinning Tree Theatre, Nov. 3-20, Living Room. spinningtreetheatre.com

“Patty, Maxene and LaVerne,” Nov. 3-Dec. 18, Chestnut Fine Arts Center. chestnutfinearts.com

“The Price Is Right Live,” Nov. 3, Midland. midlandkc.com

“Nice Work If You Can Get It,” Nov. 4-20, Barn Players. thebarnplayers.org

Ira Glass, “Seven Things I’ve Learned,” Nov. 5, Lied Center. lied.ku.edu

“Rachel,” Melting Pot Theatre, Nov. 10-19, Just Off Broadway Theatre. kcmeltingpot.com

“A Christmas Stalking,” Mystery Train Theatre, Nov. 11-Dec. 31, Crown Plaza Hotel. kcmysterytrain.com

“The Illusionists,” Nov. 15-20, Music Hall. theaterleague.com/kansascity

“Rock the Presidents,” Nov. 16, Yardley Hall. jccc.edu/theseries

“A Christmas Carol,” Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Nov. 18-Dec. 24, Spencer Theatre. kcrep.org

Comedy

Jeanne Robertson, Aug. 26, Midland. midlandkc.com

Adam Devine, Sept. 17, Lied Center. lied.ku.edu

Bob Saget, Sept. 18, Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland. midlandkc.com

Steve Martin and Martin Short with the Steep Canyon Rangers, Sept. 23, Midland. midlandkc.com

Hasan Minhaj, Oct. 2, Liberty Hall. libertyhall.net

Bianca Del Rio, Oct. 6, Folly. follytheater.org

Capitol Steps, Oct. 8, Lied Center. lied.ku.edu

Josh Blue, Oct. 12, Lied Center. lied.ku.edu

Kinsey Sicks, Oct. 14, Folly. follytheater.org

Maria Bamford, Oct. 20, Folly. follytheater.org

Bridget Everett, Oct. 22, Liberty Hall. libertyhall.net

Sinbad, Nov. 12, Ameristar. ameristar.com

Music (rock, pop, jazz)

Def Leppard with REO Speedwagon and Tesla, Aug. 26, Sprint Center. sprintcenter.com

Hotel California, Aug. 26, Ameristar. ameristar.com

Rhythm ’N Balloons, Aug. 26-28, Hodge Park. rhythmnballoons.org

Method Man with Red Man, Dizzy Wright and more, Aug. 27, Crossroads KC. crossroadskc.com

David Crosby, Aug. 29, Uptown. uptowntheater.com

Dixie Chicks, Aug. 30, Sprint Center. sprintcenter.com

The Used, Aug. 30-31, Midland. midlandkc.com

Fifth Harmony with JoJo and Victoria Monet, Sept. 1, Starlight. kcstarlight.com

Tumbleweed Country Music Camping Festival, Sept. 3-4, LaBenite Riverfront Park. tumbleweedcountry.com

Mad Decent Block Party featuring Anna Lunoe, Aryay, Diplo and more, Sept. 4, KC Live. maddecentblockparty.com

White Linen Party featuring Lyfe Jennings, Sept. 4, VooDoo. voodookc.com

Prophets of Rage, Sept. 5, Providence Amphitheater. providenceamp.com

Delta Rae, Sept. 6, Crossroads KC. crossroadskc.com

The Australian Pink Floyd Show, Sept. 7, Uptown. uptowntheater.com

Dancefestopia, Sept. 9-11, La Benite Riverfront Park. dancefestopia.com

O.A.R. with the Hunts, Sept. 10, Crossroads KC. crossroadskc.com

Roger McGuinn, Sept. 10, Folly. follytheater.org

Trace Adkins with John Michael Montgomery, Little Texas and Six Degrees West, Sept. 10, Providence Amphitheater. providenceamp.com

Vince Gill, Sept. 10, Midland. midlandkc.com

Zac Brown Band with Train and more, Sept. 10, Bill Snyder Family Stadium. wildcatkickoff.com

Avenged Sevenfold with Volbeat, Sept. 12, Providence Amphitheater. providenceamp.com

Bob Mould with Fury Things, Sept. 13, Crossroads KC. crossroadskc.com

Beth Hart, Sept. 14, Uptown. uptowntheater.com

Gary Clark Jr., Sept. 14, Crossroads KC. crossroadskc.com

Cyndi Lauper, Sept. 15, Uptown. uptowntheater.com

Death Cab for Cutie with Chvrches and Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats, Sept. 15, Providence Amphitheater. providenceamp.com

Los Lonely Boys, Sept. 15, VooDoo. voodookc.com

Bryan Adams, Sept. 16, Starlight. kcstarlight.com

Deja Vu 2016, Sept. 17, Providence Amphitheater. providenceamp.com

Flume, Sept. 17, Midland. midlandkc.com

Needtobreathe with Mat Kearney, John Mark McMillan and Welshly Arms, Sept. 17, Starlight. kcstarlight.com

Riverside Musicfest featuring Little River Band, Sept. 17, E. H. Young Riverfront Park. ticketmaster.com

Taking Back Sunday with You Blew It! Sept. 18, Madrid. madridtheatre.com

Tycho, Sept. 18, Uptown. uptowntheater.com

Ray LaMontagne, Sept. 19, Starlight. kcstarlight.com

Switchfoot with Relient K, Sept. 20, Uptown. uptowntheater.com

ZZ Top with Gov’t Mule, Sept. 20, Starlight. kcstarlight.com

Chance the Rapper, Sept. 21, Midland. midlandkc.com

Drive-By Truckers, Sept. 23, CrossroadsKC. kccrossroads.org

Mowgli’s, Sept. 23, KC Live. powerandlightdistrict.com

Rolling Hills Bluegrass Battles Hunger concert, Sept. 23-24, Coleman Hawkins Park, St. Joseph, Mo. bluegrassbattleshunger.com

Local Natives, Sept. 24, Crossroads KC. crossroadskc.com

Sadie Robertson, Sept. 24, Music Hall. ticketmaster.com

Counting Crows and Rob Thomas, Sept. 27, Starlight. kcstarlight.com

Leon Bridges with Lianne La Havas, Sept. 27, Uptown. uptowntheater.com

Pierce the Veil with Neck Deep and I Prevail, Sept. 27, Midland. midlandkc.com

Amos Lee, Sept. 28, Uptown. uptowntheater.com

Alabama with Home Free, Sept. 29, Starlight. kcstarlight.com

Ghost, Sept. 30, Midland. midlandkc.com

The Mountain Goats, Oct. 1, Madrid. madridtheatre.com

Tom Jones, Oct. 5, Uptown. uptowntheater.com

Celtic Thunder, Oct. 7, Midland. midlandkc.com

Elvis Costello with Larkin Poe, Oct. 7, Yardley Hall. jccc.edu/performing-arts-series

Kansas City Jazz Orchestra, “Classic Big Band Broadway,” Oct. 7, Kauffman Center. kcjazzorchestra.net

Lindsey Stirling, Oct. 7, Music Hall. ticketmaster.com

Wynonna and the Big Noise, Oct. 7, Ameristar. ameristar.com

All Together Now: An Evening With the Music of the Beatles, Oct. 8, Knuckleheads.

Emmylou Harris, Patty Griffin, Buddy Miller and more, Oct. 8, Kauffman Center. kauffmancenter.org

James Bay, Oct. 8, Midland. midlandkc.com

Michael McDowell, Oct. 8, Folly. follytheater.org

Catfish and the Bottlemen, Oct. 10, Midland. midlandkc.com

Sigur Ros, Oct. 12, Midland. midlandkc.com

Aaron Watson with Alyssa Micaela, Oct. 14, Uptown. uptowntheater.com

Lettuce, Oct. 14, Crossroads KC. crossroadskc.com

Toni Braxton, Oct. 14, Sprint Center. sprintcenter.com

Bob James and Fourplay, Oct. 15, Folly. follytheater.org

Festival of Praise featuring Fred Hammond, Hezakiah Walker and more, Oct. 15, Music Hall. ticketmaster.com

Florida Georgia Line, Oct. 15, Sprint Center. sprintcenter.com

Ronnie Milsap, Oct. 15, Uptown. uptowntheater.com

Ingrid Michaelson, Oct. 16, Uptown. uptowntheater.com

Bad Religion and Against Me with Dave Hause, Oct. 18, Midland. midlandkc.com

Bonnie Raitt with the California Honeydrops, Oct. 19, Midland. midlandkc.com

Clutch with Zakk Sabbath and Kyng, Oct. 20, Uptown. uptowntheater.com

Il Divo, Oct. 21, Midland. midlandkc.com

Kansas, Oct. 22, Kauffman Center. kauffmancenter.org

Schoolboy Q with Joey Bada$$, Oct. 24, Midland. midlandkc.com

Purity Ring, Oct. 26, Uptown. uptowntheater.com

Boyz II Men with Kansas City Symphony, Oct. 28-30, Kauffman Center. kcsymphony.org

Charlie Puth, Oct. 28, Uptown. uptowntheater.com

Elle King, Oct. 28, Midland. midlandkc.com

Bret Michaels, Oct. 29, Ameristar. ameristar.com

Troye Sivan, Oct. 29, Uptown. uptowntheater.com

Tech N9ne, Oct. 30, Midland. midlandkc.com

Sturgill Simpson, Nov. 1, Midland. midlandkc.com

Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox, Nov. 2, Midland. midlandkc.com

The Naked and Famous, Nov. 4, Midland. midlandkc.com

Neal McCoy, Nov. 4, Ameristar. ameristar.com

Steven Wilson, Nov. 13, Folly. follytheater.org

Black Violin, Nov. 17, Kauffman Center. kauffmancenter.org

Foreigner Unplugged, Nov. 18, Yardley Hall. jccc.edu/performing-arts-series

Kip Moore with Jon Pardi, Nov. 19, Uptown. uptowntheater.com

B2B Nghtmre with Ghastly and more, Nov. 23, Midland. midlandkc.com

The Schwag, Nov. 24, Uptown. uptowntheater.

Visual arts

“In Beauty There Is Guilt” by Margaret Evangeline, Sept. 1-Oct. 29, Weinberger Fine Art. weinbergerfineart.com

2016 Charlotte Street Visual Artist Awards Exhibition, Sept. 2-Jan. 8, Kemper at the Crossroads. kemperart.org

“World Vision,” Sept. 2-30, Buttonwood Art Space. buttonwoodartspace.com

Art Westport, Sept. 9-11, Westport District. artwestport.net

“Bridge Builder” by Siah Armajani, Sept. 9-Jan. 22, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art. kemperart.org

Kansas City Chalk & Walk Festival, Sept. 10-11, Crown Center. kcchalkandwalk.org

Brush Creek Art Walk, Sept. 16-18, Country Club Plaza. missourivalleyimpressionistsociety.com

Hallmarket, Sept. 24, Crown Center Square. crowncenter.com

UNplaza Art Fair, Sept. 24-25, All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church. peaceworkskc.org/unplaza.html

“2016 Visions of the Flint Hills,” Oct. 7-Nov. 25, Buttonwood Art Space. buttonwoodartspace.com

Summit Art Festival, Oct. 7-9, Downtown Lee’s Summit. summitartfest.org

Events/festivals/misc.

Tiblow Days, Aug. 25-27, Downtown Bonner Springs. bsedwchamber.org

Buffalo Bill Days, Aug. 26-28, Leavenworth. buffalobillfestival.com

Girls Night In, Aug. 26, Folly. follytheater.org

Roots Festival, Aug. 26-27, Paola Park Square. rootsfestival.org

BaconFest, Aug. 27, Rehabilitation Institute of Kansas City. baconfestkc.com

Raytown Arts & Music Festival, Aug. 27, Kenagy Park. raytownparks.com

Turkish Food Fest KC, Aug. 27, Raindrop Foundation. turkishfestivalkc.wordpress.com

Kansas City India Fest, Aug 28, Overland Park Convention Center. iakc.org

KC SuperStar finals, Aug. 28, Kauffman Center. kcsuperstar.org

De Soto Days, Sept. 1-4, De Soto. desotodays.com

BravoKC! Kauffman Center Fifth Birthday Party, Sept. 2, Kauffman Center. kauffmancenter.org/bravokc

Kansas City Irish Fest, Sept. 2-4, Crown Center. kcirishfest.com

Santa-Cali-Gon Days Festival, Sept. 2-5, Independence Square. santacaligon.com

American Royal, Sept. 3-Dec. 4, American Royal Complex. americanroyal.com

Booms & Blooms Festival, Sept. 3, Powell Gardens. powellgardens.org

Urbana: A Downtown Street Scene, Sept. 7, Power & Light District. powerandlightdistrict.com

Johnson County Old Settlers, Sept. 8-10, Downtown Olathe. johnsoncountyoldsettlers.com

Belton Fall Festival, Sept. 9-10, Main Street, Belton. beltonmainstreet.com

Greek Festival, Sept. 9-11, Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church. greekfoodfest.org

Haunted Houses, Sept. 9-Nov. 5, West Bottoms. kcbeast.com

Jesse James Festival, Sept. 9-11 and 15-18, Kearney. jessejamesfestival.com

Kansas City Cigar Festival, Sept. 10, Diebel’s roof. kccigarfestival.com

Handmade & Vintage Chick Event, Sept 10-11, Park Place. chickevents.com

Historic Northeast International Taste & Tour, Sept. 10, Northeast KC. nekcchamber.com

Independence Uncorked Wine Festival, Sept. 10, Bingham-Waggoner Estate. independenceuncorked.com

KC Beer Fest, Sept. 10, Power & Light District. kc-beerfest.com

Spinach Festival, Sept. 10, Sar-Ko-Par Trails Park, Lenexa. lenexa.com/parks/festivals_spinach.html

Swift Mile street festival, Sept. 10, North Kansas City. eventbrite.com

Kansas City 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb, Sept. 11, Town Pavilion. eventbrite.com

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, Sept. 15-18, Sprint Center. sprintcenter.com

Blue Springs Fall Fun Festival, Sept. 16-18, Downtown Blue Springs. bluespringsfallfestival.com

A Celebration of International Friendship, Sept. 16, Kauffman Center. kauffmancenter.org

Fiesta Hispana, Sept. 16-19, Barney Allis Plaza. kcconvention.com/events

KC Oktoberfest, Sept. 16-18, Union Station. eventbrite.com

Zona Rosa Arts Festival and Vintage Market, Sept. 16-18, Zona Rosa. zonarosa.com

Arts & Crafts Fair & Fall Festival, Sept. 17, Shawnee Town 1929. shawneetown.org

Crossroads Crush, Sept. 17, Cameron. cameronmochamber.com

Festival of the Lost Township, Sept. 17, Raytown. brownpapertickets.com/event/2520443

Night at the Tower, Sept. 17, National World War I Museum. theworldwar.org

Village West WineFest, Sept. 17, Schlitterbahn Waterpark. villagewestwinefest.com

Waldo Fall Festival, Sept. 17, Waldo Area, 75th and Wornall. waldokc.com

Liberty Fall Festival, Sept. 23-25, Liberty. libertyfallfest.com

Oktoberfest, Sept. 23-25, Downtown Lee’s Summit. downtownls.org

Fall Festival and Parade, Sept. 24, Downtown Overland Park. downtownop.org

Grand Festival of Chez les Canses, Sept. 24, Fort Osage. jacksongov.org

Harvest Festival and Chili Cook-Off, Sept. 24, Paola Town Square. paolachamber.org

Louisburg Ciderfest, Sept. 24-25 and Oct. 1-2, Louisburg Cider Mill. louisburgcidermill.com

Madminton, Sept. 24, Theis Park. eventbrite.com

Tobacco Festival, Sept. 24, Weston. westonmo.com

Wild West Days, Sept. 24-25, Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop & Farm. mahaffie.org

Gladfest, Sept. 29-Oct. 2, Gladstone. gladstonechamber.com

Applefest, Oct. 1-2, Weston. westonmo.com

Dust Bowl Jamboree, Oct. 1, E. H. Young Riverfront Park.

Fall Festival of Arts, Crafts & Music, Oct. 1, Missouri Town 1855. jacksongov.org

Greater Kansas City Japan Festival, Oct. 1, JCCC. kcjapanfestival.com

Harvest Moon American Indian Festival, Oct. 1, Osage Trail Station Neighborhood. harvestmoonfestivalkc.com

Waterfire, Oct. 1, Country Club Plaza. waterfirekc.com

Weston Irish Festival, Oct. 7-9, O’Malley’s Pub & Courtyard. westonirish.com

Botanical Brewfest, Oct. 8, Overland Park Arboretum and Botanical Gardens. opabg.org

Friendship Fair, Oct. 8, Sylvester Powell Community Center. culturalcrossroads-kc.org

Harvest Festival, Oct. 8, Shoal Creek Living History Museum. shoalcreeklivinghistorymuseum.com

Shawnee Indian Mission Fall Festival, Oct. 8-9, Shawnee Indian Mission. kshs.org/shawnee_indian

Lenexa Chili Challenge, Oct. 14-15, Old Town Lenexa. ci.lenexa.ks.us/parks

Shanghai Nights, Oct. 14, Lied Center. lied.ku.edu

Masters of Illusion, Oct. 15, VooDoo. voodookc.com

Northeast Kansas City Historical Society Fall Homes Tour, Oct. 15, Lykins Neighborhood. nekchs.com

Holiday Mart, Oct. 20-23, Bartle Hall. jlkc.org/?nd=holiday_mart

Boo at the Zoo, Oct. 29-30, Kansas City Zoo. kansascityzoo.org

Holiday Boutique, Nov. 3-6, Overland Park Convention Center. kcholidayboutique.com

Kansas International Film Festival, Nov. 4-10, Glenwood Arts Theatre. kansasfilm.com

Day of the Dead Festival, Nov. 6, Nelson-Atkins Museum. nelson-atkins.org

Ararat Shrine Circus, Nov. 17-20, Silverstein Eye Centers Arena. silversteineyecentersarena.com

Christmas on the River, Nov. 18, Parkville. parkvillemo.org

Christmas in the Park, Nov. 23-Dec. 31, Longview Lake Campground, Lee’s Summit. jacksongov.org

Christmas in the Sky, Nov. 23, Longview Lake Beach, Lee’s Summit. jacksongov.org

Plaza Lighting Ceremony, Nov. 24, Country Club Plaza. countryclubplaza.com

Sports/recreation

Sporting Kansas City vs. Houston, Sept. 9; vs. Vancouver (CONCACAF Champions League), Sept. 13; vs. Los Angeles, Sept. 18; vs. Central FC (CONCACAF Champions League), Oct. 19; vs. San Jose, Oct. 23. Children’s Mercy Park. sportingkc.com

Kansas City Royals vs. N.Y. Yankees, Aug. 29-31; vs. Detroit, Sept. 2-4; vs. Oakland, Sept. 12-15; vs. Chicago White Sox, Sept. 16-18; vs. Minnesota, Sept. 27-29; vs. Cleveland, Sept. 30-Oct. 2. Kauffman Stadium. kansascity.royals.mlb.com

FC Kansas City (women’s soccer) vs. Boston, Aug. 28; vs. Sky Blue, Sept. 4; vs. Chicago, Sept. 11. Swope Soccer Village. fckansascity.com

Kansas City T-Bones vs. Laredo, Aug. 23-25; vs. Sioux Falls, Sept. 2-4. CommunityAmerica Ballpark. tbonesbaseball.com

Kansas City Chiefs vs. Green Bay (exhibition), Sept. 1; vs. San Diego, Sept. 11; vs. N.Y. Jets, Sept. 25; vs. New Orleans, Oct. 23; vs. Jacksonville, Nov. 6; vs. Tampa Bay, Nov. 20. Arrowhead Stadium. chiefs.com

Kansas State & Open Olympic Weightlifting Championships, Aug. 27, Mid-America Nazarene University. eventbrite.com

Head for the Cure 5K Run/Walk, Aug. 28, Corporate Woods. headforthecure.org/metro-kc

Heartland Heat Triathlon, Sept. 3, the Springs Aquatic Center. kcparks.org

WWE Raw, Sept. 5, Sprint Center. sprintcenter.com

Plaza 10K and Two Mile Fun Run, Sept. 11, Country Club Plaza. plaza10k.com

NHL exhibition: St. Louis vs. Washington, Oct. 5, Sprint Center. sprintcenter.com

Kellogg’s Tour of Gymnastics Champions, Oct. 7, Sprint Center. sprintcenter.com

NBA exhibition: Miami vs. Minnesota, Oct. 8, Sprint Center. sprintcenter.com

USRA National Championships, Oct. 13-15, Lakeside Speedway. lakesidespeedway.net

ARCA Racing Series, Oct. 14, Kansas Speedway. kansasspeedway.com

International Lineman’s Rodeo, Oct. 15, National Agricultural Center & Hall of Fame. aghalloffame.com

Xfinity Series Kansas Lottery 300, Oct. 15, Kansas Speedway. kansasspeedway.com

Sprint Cup Series Hollywood Casino 400, Oct. 16, Kansas Speedway. kansasspeedway.com

Kansas City Guns N’ Hoses, Oct. 21, Kansas City Convention Center Grand Ballroom. kansascitygunsnhoses.com

Missouri Mavericks vs. Indianapolis, Oct. 22; Tulsa, Nov. 5; Fort Wayne, Nov. 11-12; Allen, Nov. 15. Silverstein Eye Centers Arena. missourimavericks.com

Monster Dash 5K, Oct. 29, City Market. kcmonsterdash.com

College basketball: CBE Hall of Fame Classic, Nov. 21-22, Sprint Center. sprintcenter.com

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