Fairs & Festivals Around the Kansas City Metro: 21 Best Family Favorites
Grab the kiddos and head to the nearest corn dog stand… it’s fair time around the metro! We found the best county fairs and festivals near you. Which are your favorites?
We all know that county fairs serve up some yummy food and exciting rides, but county fairs are also a great way to support local shops and vendors, create memories and enjoy some quality time with the family.
So, now that summer is approaching, mark your calendars for one (or more) of these state fairs or county fairs near you.
The Best County Fairs & Festivals Near Us:
6501 Antioch Road, Mission, KS 66202
May 20, 2023
Looking for a day of fun and entertainment for the whole family? Look no further than the Turkey Creek Festival – an annual tradition that’s not to be missed! This really is one of the absolute favorite fairs and festivals each year! From free kids’ activities to live music and arts and crafts, there’s something for everyone at this exciting event. And if you’re feeling active, why not sign up for the 5k walk/run? With food trucks on hand to satisfy your cravings, you won’t want to miss a single moment of this jam-packed festival! So come on down and join in the festivities!
This is just a taste of some of the fun you’ll find:
- Petting Zoo
- Wood Projects with Home Depot
- DJ the Balloon Man
- Pony rides
- Drum Safari
- Face Painting
- Kids Fishing Day
SE Main and SE 3rd
Lee’s Summit, MO
June 2nd – 4th
This 3-day family festival is located in downtown Lee’s Summit. Enjoy kid-friendly carnival, live entertainment, and of course all the yummy local food.
Grand Blvd at Crown Center
June 16th & 17th
This local street fair is open for the entire family to enjoy. There will be tons of food, live music, and a spectacular bottomless brunch. This fair is more than a celebration of local beers and breweries, it’s an experience for the whole family. The best part is, kids 12 and under are FREE.
June 17-18, 2023
Step right up, folks! Every year, the lively community of Edgerton, Kansas throws a rip-roaring celebration that’ll knock your boots off! It’s none other than their beloved Frontier Days, a tradition that’s been uniting this town since way back in ’71.
From the exhilarating carnival rides to the expertly-crafted handicrafts, this festival has something for everyone. Sports fans can enjoy the action, while music lovers can tap their toes to the sweet sounds of local musicians. And don’t forget the grand parade, where floats bedecked in vibrant colors wind their way through town, accompanied by the lively beat of marching bands.
So come on down and join the fun! The spirit of the frontier is alive and well in Edgerton, and you won’t want to miss out on this unforgettable celebration of community and heritage.
13700 Polfer Rd
Kansas City, KS
July 7th- July 11th
The Wyandotte County Fair is full of food, fun, and festival fun. Enjoy the vintage car shows, marketplace, carnival rides, and other fun fair attractions.
308 W. Commercial
Pleasant Hill, MO
July 11th – 16th
This week-long fair is a fun place for kids and adults of all ages! There will be camping all week, a rodeo, auction, games, motocross, and ATV races, food, rides & tons of fun!
401 E. Wallace Park Dr
July 22nd – 30th
The Miami County Fair is back this summer. Enjoy the Fair Royalty parade, mutton bustin’, rodeo, and more.
15730 Fairgrounds Rd
Platte City, MO
This festival has been going on since 1863! It’s a giant state fair with entertainment, food, vendors, rides & everything in between.
136 E Washington St.
Gardener, KS 66030
July 30th – August 5th
The Johnson County Fair in Kansas is one you don’t want to miss. Enjoy all the fun that a county fair has to offer including delicious fair food and entertainment.
2110 Harper St
The Douglas County Fair will feature a variety of performers at the county fair this year. There will also be 4 H exhibits, fair food, and fun for all.
2503 W 16th Street
August 10th – 20th
The Missouri State Fair is one of the biggest state fairs. From livestock shows, carnival rides, tractor pulls live entertainment, fun stuff just for kids, and all the cotton candy you can take.
100 Main Street
August 18th – 20th
This free family festival features live music, a parade, local retailers and food vendors plus a carnival. Enjoy the last days of summer at this special festival.
633 N 130th Street
Bonner Springs, KS 66012
September 2nd – October 15th
KC Ren Fest is back again this year! Come enjoy a turkey leg, jousting, rides & everything we love about the festival! The Ren Fest is open Saturday and Sunday as well as Labor Day and Discovery Day (October 9th).
2000 N Poplar St
September 8th – 17th
The Kansas State Fair will be open and ready to kick off the new season in September. Enjoy live concerts, 4 H exhibits and shows, fair food, and a carnival that will please everyone.
713 South Main St
Grain Valley, MO
September 8th & 9th 2023
The Grain Valley Fair is gearing up for 2023! Stay tuned for more details.
Jesse James Park
3001 N. Hwy 33
September 8th-9th, 15th-17th
This is the 52nd annual event located at Jesse James Park in Kearney MO. There will be great food, entertainment, a parade and so much more.
Downtown Higginsville Higginsville, MO
This county fair includes art exhibits, a kid’s playground, pageants, parades, contests, local vendors, a rodeo, and more.
The Country Club Plaza
Kansas City, MO
If you’re an art lover, one of KC’s most popular festivals is for you. There are hundreds of artists that set up tents throughout the streets of the Plaza. You don’t want to miss this!
There are vendors, live music, and fun activities for the whole family! Celebrate 46 years with your family and friends.
8010 E. Park Road
Lees’ Summit, MO 64081
October 7th & 8th
This is a tradition in KC to experience the history of our area. “Skilled interpreters, crafters, and artisans will bring this antebellum living history site to life with period music, dance, games, crafts, a fun‑filled hay wagon ride, and delicious foods,” according to their website.
405 W. 4th St.
Come to the fair and enjoy the fair parade, rodeo, 4H shows, kids’ pedal tractor pull, mutton busting, mini-bull riding, draft horse pull, carnival rides, games, and concessions on the midway. Plus much more!
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Now that you know where the best county fairs and festivals are happening near you this year, grab the family and head out to one! Remember to check fair websites for information regarding weather changes, parking, free or paid admissions, music schedules, and other questions regarding the fair.
We hope to see you out and about at one of these county fairs and festivals! Do you know of something we should add to our Guide to County Fairs & Festivals in KC? EMAIL us the scoop!
From our family to yours, iFamilyKC