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October Events Kansas City


October is here and all of Kansas City looks forward to cooler temps and all that fall brings. From pumpkin patches and haunted houses to the American Royal, Holiday Mart, and Rhythm and Ribs, October is one of the best months of the year to be in Kansas City. Get out and enjoy.

See our top picks of things to do in our October 2012 Highlights.

  • American Royal, American Royal BBQ and Fantastic Friday:

    Kansas City's American Royal first began in 1899 in the West Bottoms Stockyards as a Hereford show and has grown to be one of the biggest livestock and horseshows in the United States. One of the longest running traditions in Kansas City, the American Royal is held from October through November and includes horse shows, livestock competitions, rodeos, concerts and of course, our World Famous BBQ competition (and infamous party!).
    See our American Royal Guide
  • American Royal BBQ:
    Speaking of the American Royal, The American Royal BBQ is one of the nation's biggest and best barbeque competitions that brings grilling teams from across the globe to Kansas City for weekend of grillin' and fun. Teams fire up their grills on Friday and party until dawn (with a watchful eye on what's cooking!) only to race their entries into the judging hall on Saturday.

    American Royal BBQ Info

    Fantastic Friday Party Scoop
  • Pumpkin Patches:
    With Fall offically here, it's time for Kansas Citians to head out to one of the many pumpkins patches around the metro. Farms all over the KC have oodles of pumpkins available for pickin' once fall rolls around.

    See our Top Places to Pick Pumpkins in the KC Metro
  • Haunted Houses:
    For decades now, Kansas Citians have been scared out of their wits by heading to one of our famous Haunted Houses. Whether you're looking to slide down a famed 5 story slide, get lost (and scared to death!) in a haunted cave, or are looking to be spooked in a haunted mansion, Kansas City is the place to be this Halloween.

    See our Haunted Houses Guide
  • Waterfire:

  • If you missed the first installations of Barnaby Evans' 'Waterfire', see it again as it blends natures element on Brush Creek--October 27th. This amazing display of public art is both mesmerizing and relaxing as huge bonfires illuminate the waters of Brush Creek and the smell of hickory smoke fills the night air.

    See our 2012 Waterfire guide

    • Holiday Mart 2012:
      Shopoholics can kick off their holiday shopping season with Holiday Mart, the amazing must-do shopping event of the year. The Junior League celebrates their 25th anniversary of Holiday Mart at Bartle Hall, October 18th-21st.

    See our 2012 Holiday Mart Guide

    • George S. Owens Enchanted Forest
      Thousands flock every October to George S. Owens Nature Park as it magically transforms into its annual Enchanted Forest. Although the non-scary delights both young and young at heart, the Enchanted Forest is geared towards those three to nine years of age. You'll head in guided groups through the magical and mystical forest, where you will encounter everything from faries to fairy tales.


    See our Enchanted Forest Guide
    • Halloween Haunts at Worlds of Fun:
      Ghastly ghouls, creepy clowns, dreadful demons, costumed characters...it's the spectacularly spooky part of Halloween. If you love being terrified--Worlds of Fun scares it up in 2012 with its delightfully scary Halloween Haunts--a creepy filled fun fest on Friday and Saturday nights.

    See our Halloween Haunts Guide

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