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EVENTS ARE IN ORDER BY MONTH ONLY


FEBRUARY


KC BOAT, SPORT & TRAVEL SHOW    
301 West 13th St., Bartle Hall
Kansas City, MO
816-513-5000

RECREATION VEHICLE AND OUTDOOR FUN SHOW     
301 West 13th St., Bartle Hall
Kansas City, MO
816-513-5000

KANSAS CITY BOAT SHOW    
301 West 13th St., Bartle Hall
Kansas City, MO
816-513-5000

FLOWER, LAWN AND GARDEN SHOW    
1701 American Royal Court, American Royal Complex
Kansas City, MO
800-634-3942

WORLD OF WHEELS CUSTOM CAR SHOW    
301 West 13th St., Bartle Hall
Kansas City, MO
816-513-5000

MARCH

KC FLOWER & GARDEN SHOW GREATER KC HOME SHOW    
301 West 13th St., Bartle Hall
Kansas City, MO
816-513-5000

ST. PATRICK'S DAY PARADE    
Kansas City, MO
816-931-7373

Closest Sunday to March 17 Starting from downtown the participants of the third largest St. Patricks Day parade ends up in Westport Square. Once there, the standing room only Mardi Gras style street party begins.

THE SNAKE SATURDAY PARADE    
North Kansas City, MO (Downtown)
816-474-7625

Saturday before St. Patrick's Day each year. Family fun includes a huge parade, kid's games and rides, live performances, art and crafts, car shows and other attractions 9am to 5pm.

ICE CAPADES    
1800 Genessee, Kemper Arena
Kansas City, MO
800-634-3942

GREATER KANSAS CITY AUTO SHOW    
913-782-6972
301 West 13th St., Bartle Hall
Kansas City, MO
816-513-5000

POLICE CIRCUS    
Municipal Auditorium 13th and Wyandotte, Kansas City, MO

APRIL

ANNUAL ANTIQUE AND COLLECTIBLE FLEA MARKET    
Weston Burley House,
Weston, MO
816-640-2909

MAHAFFIE'S ANNUAL HERB SALE    
1100 Kansas City Rd.
Olathe, KS
913-782-6972
MAY


ART IN THE WOODS     
College Blvd. & Antioch,
Overland Park, KS
913-895-6000

ANTIQUE AIRPLANE FLY-IN    
Amelia Earhart Memorial Airport
Atchison KS.
800-234-1854

The annual fly-in will consist of approximately 200 aircraft 100 of which are usually antique. Best day to see the aircraft is on Saturday. Many aircraft fly throughout the day.

FRONTIER DAYS AT THE GRINTER HOUSE    
1420 S. 78th Street
Kansas City, KS
913-299-0373

There's food, barn dancing and authentic crafts of the period.

BROOKSIDE ART FESTIVAL    
63rd and Brookside
Kansas City, MO
816-523-5553

National Art Show - Attracts artist from all over the country.

JUNE

SCHOAL CREEK SETTLERS DAY    
7000 NE Barry Rd.
Kansas City, MO
816-792-2655
Shoal Creek Living History Museum
1st. Sunday of the month.

Annual living history festival where you can experience sound, tastes and sights of the 1800s. Children $2 (6 and older), under 5 free.

HOSPITAL HILL RUN    
Pershing Rd. & Grand (Crown Center)
Kansas City, MO
816-274-3635
1st weekend in June

Kansas City's oldest annual race attracts over 5000 participants. Begins at 7am.

OLD SHAWNEE TOWN DAYS    
57th and Cody
Shawnee, KS
913-248-2360
1st weekend in June

This annual festival includes a parade, craft demonstrations, old time medicine show , petting zoo, gun fight re-enactments, food and music.

BULLWHACKER DAYS    
1100 Kansas City Road
Olathe, KS
913-782-6972
Last weekend in June

Mahaffie Farmstead in Olathe celebrates its Santa Fe and Oregon Trail heritage with 1800's period demonstrations, music, crafts, children's games and covered wagon rides.

THE GREAT LENEXA BARBECUE BATTLE    
87th & Lackman
Lenexa, KS
913-541-8592
4th Saturday in June

The Kansas State Barbecue contest. Join the 35,000 that attend, and watch 161 teams compete for the grand prize. The event is held in Sar-Ko-Par Trails Park.

CORPORATE WOODS JAZZ FESTIVAL    
College Blvd- and Antioch
Overland Park, KS
913-491-0123

Twelve or more area jazz bands will entertain you Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings. Different bands play each evening. There will be food, soft drinks and beer concessions.

PRAIRIE VILLAGE ART SHOW    
Prairie Village, KS
913-362-9668
Ist weekend of the month

The annual juried art show will feature watercolor, oil, acrylic, jewelry, sculpture photography and more by local and regional artists.

HEART OF AMERICA SHAESPEARE FESTIVAL    
Southmoreland Park, 46th and Oak
Kansas City, MO
816-531-7728

Performances in June & July. Free to the public although donations are solicited.

JULY

KANSAS CITY RODEO    
6400 E. 87th Street
Kansas City, MO
816-761-1234
4th of July weekend

Home of Kansas City's largest outdoor rodeo. The rodeo is an official PRCA Rodeo and is held at Benjamin Stables.

INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION 1855    
22807 Woods Chapel Road
(Missouri Town in Fleming Park)
Blue Springs, MO
816-795-8200
July 4
A unique and festive celebration from 9am to 4:30pm.

INDEPENDENCE DAY AT HISTORIC FORT OSAGE    
Sibley, MO
816-795-8200 Ext. 260
July 4 from 9am to 4:30pm

Celebrate the 4th of July as it was done in 1812. You'll see a militia muster, hatchet throwing and much more. Everyone performing re-enactments is dressed in period attire.

FARM HERITAGE DAY AND STEAM SHOW    
630 N. 126th Street
Bonner Springs, Kansas
913-721-1075
Agricultural Hall of Fame

See the agricultural equipment in action that your great grandfathers used. Antique tractor displays, wheat threshing demonstrations, tractor pulls, craft demonstrations and more. Train rides and hay rides for the children.

PLATTE COUNTY FAIR    
Hi-way 92 Exit off 1-35
Tracy, MO
816-858-5270
Third weekend of the month. Platte County Fairgrounds

Arts and crafts, music, historical pageant, mud marathon and demolition derby. The longest running fair west of the Mississippi.

WYANDOTTE COUNTY FAIR    
1405 N. 98th St.
Kansas City, KS
913-788-7898
Starts the 1st 5 days before the 1st Saturday in August

An old-fashioned country fair including a rodeo, craft tent, 4-H fair, livestock shows, top country entertainment and carnival.

DOUGLAS COUNTY FREE FAIR    
2120 Harper ( Douglas County Fairgrounds )
Lawrence, KS
913-843-7058

Extensive 4-H exhibits, music, carnival activities and a variety of races and contests.

AUGUST

KANSAS CITY AVIATION EXPO    
Downtown Airport
Kansas City, MO
816-471-4946

Walk between the birds like the USMC - AV-8 Harrier, T-6, C-47 and many second World War planes. There will be a B-2 Fly-By, B-1 Fly-By and a F-117 Fly-By, A great air show and it's free.

JOHNSON COUNTY FAIR    
Johnson County Fairgrounds
Gardner, KS
913-856-8860

Mid-August-Join in the spirit and fun of a county fair

LEAVENWORTH COUNTY FAIR    
Tonganoxie Fairground
Tonganoxie, KS
913-684-0475 or 800-844-4114

Parade, livestock shows, exhibits, carnival, night shows, country western music and more.

ATCHISON COUNTY FAIR    
City Park
Effingham, KS
800-234-1854

The County Fair features a parade, carnival, agriculture, craft, and livestock exhibits. There will also be food and entertainment.

ETHNIC ENRICHMENT FESTIVAL    
Meyer Blvd & Swope Parkway
Kansas City, MO
816-513-7500
3rd full weekend in August

More than 30+ ethnic groups will bring to life the customs, music and dances from their ethnic heritage. Enjoy ethnic crafts, games and food. This 3 day event has an attendance of over 100,000.

PARKVILLE days river feStival    
English Landing Park
Parkville, MO
816-587-2700
Entertainment throughout the weekend (Friday-Sunday).

Live entertainment, arts & crafts, food, parade and more.

ABDALLAH SHRINE RODEO    
Kemper Arena
1800 Genessee
Kansas City, MO
816-362-5300

SANTA-CALI-GON DAYS    
Independence, MO
816-325-7111
Labor day weekend

Celebrating the heritage of Independence being at the origin of the Santa Fe, California and Oregon trails. There are continuous activities in Independence Square for the four day celebration (F-S-S-M). Free entertainment.

SEPTEMBER

THE KANSAS CITY SPIRIT FESTIVAL    
27th and Main St. ( Liberty Memorial )
Kansas City, MO
800-366-3378
Labor Day weekend
Friday, 6pm-12pm; Saturday -Sunday, 4pm-12pm

A festival that celebrates Kansas City artist and culture. Live entertainment, fireworks, arts and crafts, food carnival rides and more.

PLAZA FINE ARTS FAIR    
47th & Wornall Rd ( Country Club Plaza )
Kansas City, MO
816-753-0100

An outdoor art gallery that spans city blocks featuring national artists. This
weekend event draws thousands who enjoy art, music and food.

RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL    
630 N. 126th Street
Bonnor Springs, KS
816-561-8005 or 800-373-0357


A 16th Century English market-place setting. All damsels, artisans, musicians. knights and royalty are dressed colorfully and in authentic costume. Runs 7 consecutive weekends beginning and including Labor Day. Refer to Attraction # 235

RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL    
630 N. 126th Street
Bonnor Springs, KS
816-561-8005 or 800-373-0357

A 16th Century English market-place setting. All damsels, artisans, musicians. knights and royalty are dressed colorfully and in authentic costume. Runs 7 consecutive weekends beginning and including Labor Day. Refer to Attraction # 227

WESTPORT ART FAIR    
Westport Road & Broadway
Kansas City, MO
816-756-2789
Weekend after Labor day

Over 120 artists from the greater Kansas City area will display pottery, sculptures, paintings, jewelry and photography. Rated the #1 art fair in Missouri in 1991. Over 10,000 people visit the fair.

OLD SHAWNEE TOWN CRAFT FAIR     
57th and Cody
Shawnee, KS
913-248-2360
3rd Saturday in September

More than 7,000 people attend this event where local and regional craftsmakers display and sell their work.

JOHNSON COUNTY OLD SETTLERS DAY    
Olathe, KS
913-782-0613
1st Thursday-Saturday, after Labor Day.

Celebrated annually since 1898, this festival fills downtown Olathe with three evenings of musical entertainment plus carnival rides, a parade, arts and crafts and much more.

RINGLING BROTHERS BARNUM & BAILEY CIRCUS    
1800 Genessee ( Kemper Arena )
Kansas City, MO
800-634-3942

The "Big Top" moves into Kemper Arena with cotton candy and clowns.

VINTAGE HOME TOUR    
Lexington, MO
660-259-3082
Mid-September

Five antebellum homes authentically decorated in the period furniture that would have been in the home when it was built, are opened to tours. Between 10,000 and 12,000 people participate in this enjoyable experience. The tour is bi-annual and the next tour is in 2001. There is a shuttle bus service for the tour.

GRINTER HOUSE APPLEFEST    
1420 S. 78th Street
Kansas City, KS
913-299-0373
Last full weekend in September

Like an old fashion festival with crafters, wheat weavers, candle dippers, soap makers, washer women, black smith shop and much more. This event attracts between 10,000 and 15,000 visitors.

BATTLE OF LEXINGTON RE-ENACTMENT    
P.O. Box 457
Lexington, MO
660-259-3082
Actors come from all over the United States to participate in the re-enactment of

the Battle of Lexington. The re-enactment is once every three years, with the next one being in 2000.

OCTOBER

AMERICAN ROYAL BARBECUE CONTEST    
American Royal Building
Kansas City, MO
816-221-9800
1st weekend in October

Over 375 contestants compete from all over the United States and some foreign countries. The contest attracts over 85,000 visitors Friday and Saturday.

LOUISBURG CIDER FESTIVAL    
Louisburg, KS
800-748-7765
Last weekend of September and first weekend of October

Celebrate with sky-diving, music, arts and crafts, a pancake breakfast and barbecue.

PUMPKINFEST     
7000 NE Barry Rd
Kansas City, MO
816-792-2655
Shoal Creek Living History Museum
2nd Saturday in October

Fall family fun festival blending the 19th and 20th century traditions.

MISSOURI TOWN 1855 FALL FESTIVAL    
Missouri Town 1855, Fleming Park
Blue Springs, MO
816-503-4860
1st of October

The smell of wood fires and hot chocolate will draw you into the village for a wondrous time for the whole family. Take a ride in a horse-drawn carriage or talk to a farmer driving his team of oxen. Visit the many artists, crafters and demonstrators while your children participate in period games or listen to a seasoned storyteller. Taste the foods of yesteryear deliciously prepared out-of-doors and enjoy the music, dancing, games and contests of a bygone era. Cost- cars/vans $.7.00, Buses $20.00.

SHAWNEE INDIAN MISSION FALL FESTIVAL    
53rd and Mission Rd.
Fairway, KS
913-262-0867

The past will come to life and you will see the skills of your grandfather. You will see Wheel rights, Blacksmiths, Spinning, Soap Making, Weaving, Churning and many other living skills of the past. On stage there will be Indian dancing, Medicine Men and a variety of entertainment all day long. There will be food and craft booths.

HAUNTED HALLOWEEN TRAIN    
Santa Fe Depot
Baldwin City, KS
913-371-3410
TICKETS: Adults$10, Children $5
Last 2 Fridays and Saturdays in October

The train to the edge of nowhere. This special treat for the not-so-faint of heart of all ages departs the historic Santa Fe Depot at 6, 7 and 8pm nightly. These specially-decorated haunted trains pull out into the night with their passengers unaware of the thrills and chills that await them as the ghost, goblins, spooks, mummies and vampires that haunt these historic coaches are unleashed and allowed to roam free, providing surprises and scares for all aboard. Group charters are available by advance arrangement.

ENCHANTED FORESTS    
1601 S. Speck Rd. (George Owens Nature Park)
Independence, MO
816-257-4654

An alternative to haunted houses for children 3-10. Take a walk down the trails at George Owens Nature Park decorated for Halloween. Stop along the way at several lighted areas to enjoy a short scene from nursery rhymes, children's stories or movies. A short hayride is at the end. Cost $2.00 per person.

SPIRITS FROM THE PAST    
Missouri Town 1855, Lake Jacoma
816-795-8200
Last Friday in October except when it falls on Halloween.

The town comes alive for "All Souls Eve.". A guide will take you by candlelight back into the past to view a first person interpretation of the fort as it prepares for the War of 1812 against the British. Sample refreshments around a bonfire. Cost: $7.50 per person - Advance reservations only. Tickets go fast.

HAUNTED HOUSE TOUR    
200 South 10th Street (Santa Fe Depot)
Atchison, KS
800-234-1854
Mid-October

A 1 hour Trolley Tour telling DOCUMENTED ghost stories about 12 Atchison homes and Jackson Park. From 5pm to 9pm. Reservations required. Adults: $4; Children 4-12, $2; 3 & under Free.

AMERICAN ROYAL PARADE    
Downtown
Kansas City, MO
816-221-9800

Parade begins at 10am. Floats, livestock, bands and much more.

WESTON APPLEFEST    
Downtown
Weston, MO
816-640-2909

Demonstrations of cider pressing, weaving ,apple butter making and much more.

NOVEMBER

AMERICAN ROYAL LIVESTOCK-HORSE SHOW & RODEO    
1701 American Royal Court
Kansas City, MO
816-221-9800

This major event has attracted competition from across the nation since 1899. The event includes livestock shows for 12 breeds of cattle, 9 breeds of sheep, 9 breeds of swine, seven horse shows including one of America's top saddle horse shows.

COUNTRY CLUB PLAZA CHRISTMAS LIGHTING     
47th & Wornall Road
Kansas City, MO
816-753-0100
Thanksgiving Day thru mid-January

With a flip of a switch over 50 miles of colorful bulbs outline many city blocks of the Country Club Plaza. This event draws over 150,000 spectators who enjoy the experience of this annual spectacle.

MARSHAL'S HOME CHRISTMAS TOUR (1859)    
217 N. Main
Independence, MO
816-325-7111
Friday after Thanksgiving

The home is decked with native greenery, old-fashioned ornaments and garlands, with nostalgic memories of a long ago Christmas. Tour is daily for approximately 4 weeks

VAILE MANSION HOLIDAY TOUR (1871)    
1500 N. Liberty Street
Independence, MO
816-325-7111
Friday after Thanksgiving

Return to the opulence of the Victorian days and experience the charm of Christmas. The mansion will be decked in nostalgic finery. Each room will be decorated differently for a typical Victorian Christmas of the 1880's. This is a very special Victorian Mansion and one you don't want to miss. Tour is daily for approximately 4 weeks

BINGHAM-WAGNOR ESTATE HOLIDAY TOUR (1855)    
313 W. Pacific
Independence, MO
816-325-7111
Friday after Thanksgiving

View the beautiful display of angels at the Bingham-Wagnor Estate this Christmas. After your holiday tour, gather round the tree in the Victorian tearoom and enjoy home made cookies, spiced tea and coffee for just a small donation. Tour is daily for approximately 4 weeks

SHRINE CIRCUS    
Municipal Auditorium
Kansas City, MO
800-634-3942

CHRISTMAS IN THE PARK    
Longview Lake Park
Lee's Summit, M0
816-795-8200
Thanksgiving weekend thru December 31

One of Jackson County Parks and Recreation's most celebrated events of the year. Over 225,000 lights, 175 animated figures and splashes of Christmas color transform Longview Lake Park into an enchanting Christmas Wonderland. Hours are Sunday-Thursday 5:30pm-10pm; Friday-Saturday 5:30-11pm.

THE MAYOR'S CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY    
2450 Grand (Crown Center)
Kansas City, MO
816-274-8444
The day after Thanksgiving

DECEMBER

WORNALL HOUSE CANDLELIGHT TOUR    
146 W. 61st St. Terrace
Kansas City, MO
816-444-1858
Second weekend of the month (Fri & Sat)
Evening tours from 5:30pm to 8pm.

The Wornall House is beautifully decorated for Christmas. Learn about Christmas long ago and how the families celebrated Christmas.

GRINTER PLACE HOLIDAY (1857)    
1420 S. 78th Street
Kansas City, KS
913-299-0373

Most of the month. Old fashion Christmas with entertainment provided on designated weekends. The house is decorated for Christmas the month of December. http://www.kshs.org

1870's CHRISTMAS BY LAMP LIGHTING AT THE WATKINS HOUSE    
Watkins Woolen Mill State Historic Site, US 69
Lawson, MO
816-580-3387
1st weekend of the month

Refreshments and music provided during tour. 7pm-8pm. Admission $5.00 in advance, Reservations begin 1st of November and they go fast.

A CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION MISSOURI TOWN 1855     
Fleming Park
Blue Springs, MO
816-795-8200
Early December

Return to the pioneer days to experience the charm of Christmas activities and preparations that your great grandparents loved as children. Popcorn stringing, hearthcooking and joyous singing will greet you as you stroll the village of Christmas past. A visit from a 19th century Santa Claus will delight the children. Tickets sell fast.

KAPPA KAPPA GAMMA HOLIDAY HOUSE TOUR    
Kansas City, MO

First Wednesday in December The tour will have 4 to 6 decorated homes plus a Christmas Craft and Gourmet Shop.

CHRISTMAS IN WESTON     
Weston, MO
816-640-2909
1st full weekend in December

Christmas isn't Christmas until you go back in time and get that feel of the past. The Christmas in Weston home's tour is one you'll enjoy and won't forget.

HOLIDAY HOME TOUR    
Lexington, MO
660-259-3082
1st weekend in December on Saturday and Sunday

The 5 homes are decorated for the Christmas season. This tour is bi-annual and the next is in 2001.

MAHAFFIE FARMSTEAD VICTORIAN OPEN HOUSE    
1100 N, Kansas City Road
Olathe, KS
913-782-6972
ADMISSION: Free
1st Saturday in December.

An old-fashioned Christmas with 1800"s Music, refreshments and tour of this two story limestone house. The Mahaffie Farmstead served as a stagecoach stop along the Santa Fe Trail from 1865 to 1869 and will be decorated for Christmas in Victorian Style. As you tour the house, a drama is acted out of what the Mahaffie family would have been doing at that time

CHRISTMAS AT CLAYBROOK    
92 Hwy and Jesse James Dr.
Kerney, MO
816-628-6065
1st Saturday in December (Beginning again in 2001 after restoration)

The Claybrook House will be decorated in the style of an 1880's rural Missouri home at Christmas. 4pm-8pm

OLATHE CHRISTMAS TOUR OF HOMES    
Olathe, KS
913-764-2494
1st Saturday in December.

The 5 or 6 tour homes are decorated for the season to get you in the spirit of Christmas. Tour hours are 10am -5pm

WINDOWS ON THE PAST    
816-795-8200 Ext. 1260
Missouri Town 1855, Fleming Park
Blue Springs, MO
Ext. 1260One day event. Experience Christmas Past on this unique candlelight tour (6pm-8:30pm) which allows you an intimate glimpse of the village residents on Christmas eve. German, English and French traditions highlight your tour. Cost is $7.50 per person with advance reservations only. Tickets sell out fast.

CHRISTMAS DAY AT FORT OSAGE    
Fort Osage
Sibley, MO
816-795-8200 Ext. 1260

Experience the simple pleasures enjoyed of long ago. Story telling, hoops, stilts, tug of war, sack races, archery and more await children of all ages.

CHRISTMAS ON THE RIVER    
Parkville, MO
1st weekend in December

Three evenings of family activities including Carolers, Santa Nicholas, a lighting ceremony, hayrides and much more to get you into the old-time holiday spirit and it's free. The play "Christmas Carol" will be in the Park College Chapel on Thursday at 7:30pm and Saturday at 4pm and 7:30pm. Tickets are $5

CANDLELIGHT VICTORIAN HOMES TOUR    
Leavenworth, KS
800-844-4114
HOURS: 1st of December, 4pm-9pm
Tour seven vintage homes plus the Leavenworth Victorian Carroll Mansion & Museum decorated for the holiday season. For ticket information call 800-844-4114 or 913-682-7759

YOUNG MATRON'S HOLLY & MISTLETOE TOUR    
Independence, MO
816-795-0494 or 816-325-7111
1st Thursday in December
Ext. 1260Four or Five private residences are decorated for the Christmas holidays and are open for touring. This annual tour is over 40 years old.

A VISIT FROM ST. NICHOLAS    
7000 NE Barry Rd.
Kansas City, MO
816-792-2655
Shoal Creek Living History Museum
1st Friday and Saturday in December

Enjoy a sleigh ride into Christmas past. Great fun for the kids. Call for times.
(ages 4 & older)$2.00 ; (3 yrs & under) $1.00




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