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    Shakespeare in the Park

    by foxglove23 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Every summer in Southmoreland Park a production of Shakespeare is performed. You can "cop a squat" in the grass for free or pay for up-front seats. You'll see families sitting together on a blanket and refined couples sipping wine and eating cheese and crackers from their picnic basket. There are entertainers before the show begins. It's my favorite summer activity.

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    On your mark...get set...Race for the Cure!

    by aphrodyte Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Start line in front of Union Station (2002 race)

    Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation's "Race for the Cure" 5k Run/Walk

    The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation Greater Kansas City Affiliate is one of over 100 foundations across the US. Their mission is to eradicate breast cancer as a life threatening disease through education, advanced research, screening, and treatment.

    Once a year the KC foundation sponsors the Race for the Cure 5k Run/Walk. This year it will be it's 10 year aniversary run. They've added new chip timing feature to the run, and they have expanded the awards to include winners in numerous age categories and participation themes.

    Race starts at 7:30am in front of Union Station on August 10, 2003.

    If you wish to know more about the race, or how to register for the run, feel free to visit their website.

    As for me and my crew...we hurry up and WALK!

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    Shakespeare in The Park

    by RoscoeGregg Written Jul 24, 2010

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    Every summer in a mid town park the local community puts on a presentation of a Shakespeare play. It is in a lovely quiet park. It is done for small donations at the entrance. Usually $5.00 or less. You do not have to donate but you will need nerves of steel to resist the very good natured gate keepers. There is food avalible and they have a very good puppet show for kids before the play.

    There is lots of shade and grass to throw a blanket on. If you want to use a folding chair you will need to sit towards the rear.

    We have been a couple of times and we just stop by a local grocery and buy some fruit. Bread, wine and what ever else looks good to put together a nice meal. It is one of the nicest evenings of our summer.

    So if you are visiting K.C. in the summer I would look into it for sure!!

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    Renaissance Festival

    by BruceDunning Updated Jan 4, 2010

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    Period style attire

    The event is put on by volunteers every year in the fall for about 8-10 weeks, ending around the end of October. It is a very nice trip out there; west of town about 15 miles, and the theme changes year to year. Mostly it is anchored with the Renaissance era of Europe; obviously. Price is $15-18 range, and good for the day, or for more you can get a weekend pass. They serve food from the Medieval time period.

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    Meet Some Local Artists

    by RoscoeGregg Written Sep 13, 2009

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    Every Year on a weekend in mid September the Westport Art Fair happens. This is not like many art fairs that focus on out of town high dollar artists. This is a fair for artists that live with in 30 miles of Westport.

    Because of the Kansas City Art Institute and a rich history in Kansas City of supporting the arts there a many good and some fantastic artists that call this town home.

    It is also in Westport, one of the nicest parts of town. So, unlike a lot of festivals you are not stranded in a wasteland of “festival food’ (greasy noodles and turkey legs). There are good restaurants all around the art.

    So if you are here in mid September take home a little art when you go.

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    by RoscoeGregg Written Sep 13, 2009

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    Every Year on a weekend in mid September the Westport Art Fair happens. This is not like many art fairs that focus on out of town high dollar artists. This is a fair for artists that live with in 30 miles of Westport.

    Because of the Kansas City Art Institute and a rich history in Kansas City of supporting the arts there a many good and some fantastic artists that call this town home.

    It is also in Westport, one of the nicest parts of town. So, unlike a lot of festivals you are not stranded in a wasteland of “festival food’ (greasy noodles and turkey legs). There are good restaurants all around the art.

    So if you are here in mid September take home a little art when you go.

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  • THE best KC pumpkin patch festival in the metro

    by lhilto1 Written May 13, 2009
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    My son and his friends love going to KC Pumpkin Patch in Gardner, KS. We first went with my son's preschool (perfect for school field trips) and have gone back every fall for the past 4 years. We can spend hours out there because of all the kids activities like the zip line, slides, pick your own pumpkin, and petting zoo. All the kids and the dads love the pumpkin cannon and gourd gun. The price is great for a full day of activities. This year we are going to try the corn maze after dark!

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    The KC Irish Fest

    by basstbn Updated Feb 9, 2007
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    One of the city's more popular festivals. Held each summer at Crown Center, this festival features Irish beer, music, food, gifts and crafts, and some more beer. Even at that, it's still a family friendly event (at least during the day when I was there).

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    Irish Fest

    by jacki13 Written Sep 6, 2005
    fun in the fountains

    One of the largest Irish festivals in the country. If you enjoy live music, grab your lawn chair and head to this festival on Labor Day weekend. Be sure to hear The Elders, one of KC's greatest Celtic bands. If you have kids, bring their swimsuits so they can play in the fountains.

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    Kansas City Renaissance Fest! HUZZAH!

    by aphrodyte Updated Jun 24, 2003

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    The Merry Men! *sigh* (taken from kcrenfest.com)

    7 weekends, staring Labor Day weekend to Columbus Day (August 30th - October 13 2003) Hours: 10am -7pm

    I've been going to the KC Ren since it was 15 yrs old. This year it is celebrating it's 27th birthday. I love going so much that I now work for Sofi's Stitches, clothier of fyne renaissance wear. So much fun you just can't stand it!

    Once you enter the fairgrounds, you feel as if you are stepping back in time during the court of Henry the 8th and his ill-fated wife Queen Anne. This year's court theme is Romance, but each of the seven weekends have their own mini theme.

    There is so much to see and do that a one day visit is not enough. There is approx 15 acres of mostly open air frivolity. Professional jousting, too many vendors to count, Axel and Sot show (very funny), food food food, cheesecake on a stick and chili in a breadbowl is great, and yes...they do have the turkey legs. Great to take toddlers and children of all ages (heh...seriously!) But I do suggest that you take your best walking shoes and LOTS of cash or credit, because the last thing you want to do is find something you really like, and forgot to bring the wallet. Believe me, it happens all the time.

    If you go in costume, that's cool. You have more fun that way. But be mindful, this is a FAMILY event. (no Lady Godivas!) It used to be that you can bring your swords and peace tie them, buuuut, there was an -ahem- accident, and that ruined it for everyone. So no weapons unless you are part of the show.

    BIG TIPS: If you don't mind the heat then come the first 3 weekends of fair, otherwise bring or buy lots of water or come during the mid to latter part of fair. Do not go during Nascar weekend, because it will be very difficult to find accomodations nearby. the fairgrounds are very near to the new KC Speedway.

    If you would like more indepth information about the festival please do visit the website. You will be visibly impressed by their site.

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