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. 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. 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. $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. $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. $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. 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. $40-$80.


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. 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. 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. $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. $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. $25-$65.

Fall event listings

Classical Music and Dance

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jessica Lang Dance, Oct. 1, Kauffman Center.

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

Soprano Renée Fleming, Oct. 15, Kauffman Center.

Wichita Grand Opera, “La Bohème,” Oct. 15, Yardley Hall.

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“Basetrack Live,” Oct. 9, Yardley Hall.

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

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

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

Garrison Keillor, Oct. 21, Yardley Hall.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“The Illusionists,” Nov. 15-20, Music Hall.

“Rock the Presidents,” Nov. 16, Yardley Hall.

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


Jeanne Robertson, Aug. 26, Midland.

Adam Devine, Sept. 17, Lied Center.

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

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

Hasan Minhaj, Oct. 2, Liberty Hall.

Bianca Del Rio, Oct. 6, Folly.

Capitol Steps, Oct. 8, Lied Center.

Josh Blue, Oct. 12, Lied Center.

Kinsey Sicks, Oct. 14, Folly.

Maria Bamford, Oct. 20, Folly.

Bridget Everett, Oct. 22, Liberty Hall.

Sinbad, Nov. 12, Ameristar.

Music (rock, pop, jazz)

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

Hotel California, Aug. 26, Ameristar.

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

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

David Crosby, Aug. 29, Uptown.

Dixie Chicks, Aug. 30, Sprint Center.

The Used, Aug. 30-31, Midland.

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

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

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

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

Prophets of Rage, Sept. 5, Providence Amphitheater.

Delta Rae, Sept. 6, Crossroads KC.

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

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

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

Roger McGuinn, Sept. 10, Folly.

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

Vince Gill, Sept. 10, Midland.

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

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

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

Beth Hart, Sept. 14, Uptown.

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

Cyndi Lauper, Sept. 15, Uptown.

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

Los Lonely Boys, Sept. 15, VooDoo.

Bryan Adams, Sept. 16, Starlight.

Deja Vu 2016, Sept. 17, Providence Amphitheater.

Flume, Sept. 17, Midland.

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

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

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

Tycho, Sept. 18, Uptown.

Ray LaMontagne, Sept. 19, Starlight.

Switchfoot with Relient K, Sept. 20, Uptown.

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

Chance the Rapper, Sept. 21, Midland.

Drive-By Truckers, Sept. 23, CrossroadsKC.

Mowgli’s, Sept. 23, KC Live.

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

Local Natives, Sept. 24, Crossroads KC.

Sadie Robertson, Sept. 24, Music Hall.

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

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

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

Amos Lee, Sept. 28, Uptown.

Alabama with Home Free, Sept. 29, Starlight.

Ghost, Sept. 30, Midland.

The Mountain Goats, Oct. 1, Madrid.

Tom Jones, Oct. 5, Uptown.

Celtic Thunder, Oct. 7, Midland.

Elvis Costello with Larkin Poe, Oct. 7, Yardley Hall.

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

Lindsey Stirling, Oct. 7, Music Hall.

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

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.

James Bay, Oct. 8, Midland.

Michael McDowell, Oct. 8, Folly.

Catfish and the Bottlemen, Oct. 10, Midland.

Sigur Ros, Oct. 12, Midland.

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

Lettuce, Oct. 14, Crossroads KC.

Toni Braxton, Oct. 14, Sprint Center.

Bob James and Fourplay, Oct. 15, Folly.

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

Florida Georgia Line, Oct. 15, Sprint Center.

Ronnie Milsap, Oct. 15, Uptown.

Ingrid Michaelson, Oct. 16, Uptown.

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

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

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

Il Divo, Oct. 21, Midland.

Kansas, Oct. 22, Kauffman Center.

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

Purity Ring, Oct. 26, Uptown.

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

Charlie Puth, Oct. 28, Uptown.

Elle King, Oct. 28, Midland.

Bret Michaels, Oct. 29, Ameristar.

Troye Sivan, Oct. 29, Uptown.

Tech N9ne, Oct. 30, Midland.

Sturgill Simpson, Nov. 1, Midland.

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

The Naked and Famous, Nov. 4, Midland.

Neal McCoy, Nov. 4, Ameristar.

Steven Wilson, Nov. 13, Folly.

Black Violin, Nov. 17, Kauffman Center.

Foreigner Unplugged, Nov. 18, Yardley Hall.

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

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

The Schwag, Nov. 24, Uptown. uptowntheater.

Visual arts

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hallmarket, Sept. 24, Crown Center Square.

UNplaza Art Fair, Sept. 24-25, All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church.

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

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


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

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

Girls Night In, Aug. 26, Folly.

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

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

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

Turkish Food Fest KC, Aug. 27, Raindrop Foundation.

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

KC SuperStar finals, Aug. 28, Kauffman Center.

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

BravoKC! Kauffman Center Fifth Birthday Party, Sept. 2, Kauffman Center.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

KC Beer Fest, Sept. 10, Power & Light District.

Spinach Festival, Sept. 10, Sar-Ko-Par Trails Park, Lenexa.

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

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

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

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

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

Fiesta Hispana, Sept. 16-19, Barney Allis Plaza.

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

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

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

Crossroads Crush, Sept. 17, Cameron.

Festival of the Lost Township, Sept. 17, Raytown.

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

Village West WineFest, Sept. 17, Schlitterbahn Waterpark.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Madminton, Sept. 24, Theis Park.

Tobacco Festival, Sept. 24, Weston.

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

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

Applefest, Oct. 1-2, Weston.

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

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

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

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

Waterfire, Oct. 1, Country Club Plaza.

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

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

Friendship Fair, Oct. 8, Sylvester Powell Community Center.

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

Shawnee Indian Mission Fall Festival, Oct. 8-9, Shawnee Indian Mission.

Lenexa Chili Challenge, Oct. 14-15, Old Town Lenexa.

Shanghai Nights, Oct. 14, Lied Center.

Masters of Illusion, Oct. 15, VooDoo.

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

Holiday Mart, Oct. 20-23, Bartle Hall.

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

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

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

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

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

Christmas on the River, Nov. 18, Parkville.

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

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

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


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.

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.

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

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

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.

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

Head for the Cure 5K Run/Walk, Aug. 28, Corporate Woods.

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

WWE Raw, Sept. 5, Sprint Center.

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

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

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

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

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

ARCA Racing Series, Oct. 14, Kansas Speedway.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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