KC entertainment: Plaza Art Fair tops busy festival weekend

More than 250,000 visitors are expected for the 91st annual Plaza Art Fair this weekend.

The works of 240 artists from around the country are the main draw to the free three-day event that fills nine city blocks in the Country Club Plaza, but the music and the food aren’t far behind. There will be three live music stages featuring some of the area’s most popular acts and more than 20 featured restaurant booths.

Hours will be 5-10 p.m. Sept. 23, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Sept. 24 and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 25. More information at plazaartfair.com.

Plaza Art Fair night
The Plaza Art Fair will draw crowds until well after dark during its three-day run. Stephen Gibson File photo

More festivals

Liberty Fall Festival, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sept. 23, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Sept. 24, noon-4 p.m. Sept. 25, Liberty Square (free). libertyfallfest.com.

Fall Festival, 5-8 p.m. Sept. 23, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 24, Downtown Overland Park (free). opkansas.org.

Lee’s Summit Oktoberfest, 5-11 p.m. Sept. 23, 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Sept. 24, noon-4 p.m. Sept. 25 (carnival only), Downtown Lee’s Summit (free). lsoktoberfest.com.

Ciderfest, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Sept. 24-25 and Oct. 1-2, Louisburg Cider Mill (free). louisburgcidermill.com.

Dream Big Day, 8-11:30 a.m. Sept. 24, Crown Center Square (free). childrensmercy.org.

Spring Hill Fall Festival, 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Sept. 24, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sept. 25, Spring Hill (free). springhillfallfestival.com.

Applefest, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 24, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 25, Grinter Place ($3-$6). kshs.org.

Latino Arts Festival, noon-6 p.m. Sept. 24, Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art (free). nermanmuseum.org.

Festival de la Herencia Hispana, 4 p.m. Sept. 24, Armourdale, Kansas City, Kansas (free). facebook.com.

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The Lyric Opera of Kansas City will present Bizet’s “Carmen” Sept. 24-Oct. 2 at the Kauffman Center. Cory Weaver


Jake Shimabukuro, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 23, Lied Center ($14-$40). lied.ku.edu.

The Gaslight Anthem with Tigers Jaw, 8 p.m. Sept. 23, Midland ($39.50-$45). midlandkc.com.

Kansas City Symphony, “Broadway’s Leading Men,” 8 p.m. Sept. 23-24, 2 p.m. Sept. 25, Kauffman Center ($40-$120). kcsymphony.org.

Josh Turner, 8:30 p.m. Sept. 23, Ameristar ($58-$142). ameristarkansascity.com.

Bach Aria Soloists, “BAS at the Park,” noon Sept. 24, Loose Park Rose Garden (free; sold out). bachariasoloists.com.

Bizet’s femme fatale will take center stage for “Carmen,” the Lyric Opera of Kansas City’s season opener at the Kauffman Center, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 24 and Sept. 30, 2 p.m. Oct. 2 ($33.50-$195.50). kcopera.org.

The Opus 76 Quartet, “Glass, Beethoven and Mendelssohn,” 2 p.m. Sept. 25, Polsky Theatre ($17-$35). jccc.edu/midwest-trust-center/events.

Los Tigres del Norte, 8 p.m. Sept. 25, Midland ($49-$199). midlandkc.com.

Beach Boys, 7:30 Sept. 26, Lied Center ($24-$65). lied.ku.edu.

The Cult, 7 p.m. Sept. 27, Uptown ($45-$162.75). uptowntheater.com.

Rodney Crowell, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 27, Knuckleheads ($55-$75). knuckleheadskc.com.

Apocalyptica, 8 p.m. Sept. 27, Liberty Hall ($39.50-$75). libertyhall.net.

In Flames with Fit for an Autopsy, Orbit Culture and Vended, 6:30 p.m. Sept. 28, Granada ($35-$129). thegranada.com.

Comedian Jo Koy will perform Sept. 22 at Cable Dahmer Arena. Robyn Beck TNS

More entertainment

Cable Dahmer Arena will be a comedy capital this weekend with Jo Koy on Sept. 22 ($47.50-$57.50) and the We Outside Comedy Tour featuring Corey Holcomb, Gary Owen, Karlous Miller and others on Sept. 24 ($63.75-$85), with both events starting at 8 p.m. cabledahmerarena.com.

Internet stars Tiffany Jenkins, Meredith Masony and Dena Blizzard will share their comedic journey through motherhood in “My Name Is Not Mom” at the Uptown, 8 p.m. Sept. 23 ($39.50-$69.50). uptowntheater.com.

Hanging With Heroes at Zona Rosa’s Central Park will give kids a chance to mingle with superheroes and even become one, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sept. 24 (free). zonarosa.com.

The public can check out 269 new houses in eight counties during the Fall Parade of Homes, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sept. 24-Oct. 9 (free). kchba.org.

House builders will show off the latest design trends during the Fall Parade of Homes from Sept. 24 through Oct. 9. Home Builders Association of Greater Kansas City

This story was originally published September 21, 2022 5:00 AM.

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Dan Kelly has been covering entertainment and arts news at The Star for 10 years. He previously worked at the Columbia Daily Tribune, The Miami Herald and The Louisville Courier-Journal. He also was on the University of Missouri School of Journalism faculty for six years, and he has written a historical novel, “Soaring with Vultures.”


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