You can almost smell fall throughout Overland Park and nearby Kansas City—a tantalizing mixture of barbecue smoke, pumpkins and apples with a delightful undercurrent of crisp temperatures and falling leaves.

Fall is also one of the busiest event seasons throughout the Kansas City area. The Overland Park Fall Festival  is an all-day celebration complete with live music, a parade, an arts and crafts fair, classic car show, food and more. 

Bring your appetite to the American Royal World Series of Barbecue, a beloved annual event that draws thousands of hungry attendees. The Plaza Art Fair is another favorite for both food and art lovers. Artist exhibits line the streets of the Spanish architecture-inspired district, and Plaza restaurants feature their signature dishes and drinks. 

Other fall favorites include The Renaissance Fair  and the Kansas City Chiefs home opener. Several pumpkin patches are open in and around Kansas City, as is Louisburg Cider Mill, located about 15 minutes away from Overland Park. Bring the whole family for a behind-the-scenes look at how cider’s made. Don’t forget to pick up freshly made cider donuts on your way out! And if you’re feeling brave during the spooky Halloween season, head to Kansas City’s West Bottoms district and make your way through several multi-story haunted houses with adrenaline-pumping shocks and scares lurking around every corner.

Your only dilemma: what to do first?  

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