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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The 85th Annual Plaza Art Fair will bring even larger crowds to the Country Club Plaza over the weekend.

Nine blocks of the Plaza have been transitioned into booths and displays for people to roam and enjoy.  The event welcomes a crowd of over 250,000, which hopefully won't be discouraged by the rain because the Plaza Art Fair goes on rain or shine!

There is no charge to enter the fair but you'll want to bring some spending money for food and drinks and art, of course!

Something else: Dogs are always welcome on the Country Club Plaza and this event is no different.

Click here for the bands hitting one of the three stages at the fair.

Hours:

Friday, Sept. 23
5 p.m. - 10 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 24
10 a.m. - 10 p.m.

Sunday, Sept. 25
11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

The following streets will be closed for the event:

  • Nichols Road between Pennsylvania and Wyandotte
  • Ward Parkway between Pennsylvania and Central Street
  • Broadway between 47th Street and Ward Parkway
  • Central Street between Nichols and Ward Parkway

In the meantime, if you're headed that way, check out the details below.

Here is a list of FAQs as listed on the event's website (http://www.plazaartfair.com):

Q: What are the hours of the Plaza Art Fair?
A: Friday, Sept. 23 • 5 p.m. – 10 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 24 • 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. & Sunday, Sept. 25 • 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Q: What is the date and future dates of the Plaza Art Fair?
A: The Plaza Art Fair is always held the 3rd weekend AFTER Labor Day. The 2016 Plaza is September 23, 24 & 25.

Q: Where is parking available for the Plaza Art Fair?
A: All of the Country Club Plaza parking garages are open and free to the public. Lanier Parking will assist direct traffic throughout the art fair. Click here for a parking map.

Q: Where are the restrooms located during the Plaza Art Fair?
A: Restrooms are located at just about every entrance and exit to the Plaza Art Fair.

Q: Are dogs allowed at the Plaza Art Fair?
A: Dogs are always welcome on the Country Club Plaza. The Plaza Art Fair is a unique three-day event that can be challenging for pets. We want to keep all Art Fair attendees – human and furry friends – happy. We ask that pet owners use their best judgement to determine whether or not the Art Fair is the right event for their dog. Click here for tips from our friends at the Humane Society.

Q: Is handicap parking available?
A: Handicapped parking is available in all Plaza parking lots and garages. Valencia Garage at 47th Street & Pennsylvania offers an especially ample amount of handicapped parking.
Individuals with mobility concerns and companions are invited to participate in accessibility hour at the Plaza Art Fair. It will be from 11am to noon on Sunday Sept. 25. However, the Plaza Art Fair is fully accessible to all individuals with mobility concerns during all hours throughout the weekend. A limited number of wheelchairs are available for free rental on a first-come, first-served basis at Plaza Customer Service, 4750 Broadway, 816-753-0100.

Q: Is there bicycle parking?
A: Yes. Bike racks are located in the Granada Garage (near Country Club Bank Drive-Thru), Valencia Garage (top level) and Central Garage (near Classic Cup Café).

Q: Where can I find a map of the fair?
A: Click Here. During the fair, pick up your Plaza Art Fair program at either of our information booths (Nichols Road & Central or Broadway & Ward Parkway), or at the Plaza Customer Service Center. Click here to view the Plaza Art Fair layout, http://countryclubplaza.com/event/plaza-art-fair/layout-map/

Q: Where can I find a list of past Award winners and their booth location this year?
A: Click Here.

Q: Where can I buy Plaza Art Fair Merchandise?
A: Plaza Art Fair Merchandise is available at either of our information booths (Nichols Road & Central or Broadway & Ward Parkway), or at the Plaza Customer Service Center (4750 Broadway).

Q: Where are the ATM locations?
A: ATM’s are located at the Country Club Plaza Banks and outside the Plaza Customer Service Center at 4750 Broadway. Click here for a list of ATM locations.

Q: Is there a section for kids?
A: The Plaza Art Fair always has interactive and creative projects for kids! The Kids Art Workshop will be located on Broadway, across the street from Helzberg Diamonds. All ages are welcome!

Q: What streets are closed for the event?
A: Nichols Road between Pennsylvania and Wyandotte
Ward Parkway between Pennsylvania and Central Street
Broadway between 47th Street and Ward Parkway
Central Street between Nichols and Ward Parkway
Click here for a layout of the Plaza Art Fair.

Q: Is there a fee to get in to the Plaza Art Fair?
A: No, there is no charge to enter to the fair.

Q: Is the fair canceled if it rains?
A: No, the fair will go on rain or shine.  We will monitor National Weather Service Advisory in cases of inclement weather.

Q: May I pass out literature to guests at the fair?
A: No, solicitation is not allowed per the Plaza Art Fair’s City of Kansas City permit.

Q: How can I become a festival sponsor?
A: Contact Jan Cichello, Plaza Art Fair Director by email or 816-960-6234

Q: How can I become a food vendor at the Plaza Art Fair?
A: Food vendor spaces are exclusively limited to Country Club Plaza restaurants only.

Q: How can I become a musical performer at the Plaza Art Fair?
A: The Plaza Art Fair works with Chad Bourquin of Generation Relevant to book our music . Chad is happy to discuss opportunities with you. His contact info is: Chad Bourquin, 913-317-6363