KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Many consider Labor Day weekend the last holiday weekend of the summer and there are no shortage of fun events happening in the Kansas City area.

There’s Irish Fest, car shows, baseball and more.

Here are 17 events going on this weekend — Sep. 2 through Sep. 5 — that are worth checking out.

Kansas City Irish Fest 2022

Kansas City Irish Fest offers people the chance to see some of the top Irish entertainment in the world. Everything from Irish culture to shops, beverages, food and activities using Irish themes and traditions.

SantaCaliGon Days

The first SantaCaliGon Days Festival was held in 1940 to celebrate the unique heritage of the City of Independence as the starting point of the Santa Fe, California, and Oregon Trails.

  • When: Labor Day Weekend
  • Where: Independence Square in Independence, Missouri (See festival map here)
  • Cost: Unlimited ride wristbands are on sale for $25 per day through 11 a.m. Sept. 2. After that time, wristband prices will jump to $35.

“Weird Al” Yankovic

The tour marks Weird Al’s long-anticipated return to the concert stage after his hugely successful Strings Attached Tour in 2019 where he performed each night alongside a full symphony orchestra.

  • When: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sep. 2
  • Where: Kauffman Center, 1601 Broadway Boulevard, Kansas City, Missouri
  • Cost: $70.50 to $110.50

GloWild (Kansas City Zoo)

The Kansas City Zoo, in partnership with Zigong Lantern Group, is bringing a completely unique experience to the Greater Kansas City area with GloWild, an immersive and breathtaking nighttime event.

GloWild is a lantern festival, featuring massive handmade steel and silk works of art depicting animals, local landmarks, botanicals and Asian cultural creations.

  • When: All of September from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Where: Kansas City Zoo, 6800 Zoo Drive, Kansas City, Missouri
  • Cost: General Admission: $18-$25, Family 4-Pack: $72-$85, Unlimited Pass: $33-35
  • More ticket information and details here

Concert in the Park (Broadmoor Park)

Kick off your Labor Day weekend with tribute tunes by “The John Cougar Project” and “The Steve Miller Experience”. Beer garden from Rock Creek Brewing and food trucks on site.

  • When: 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Friday, Sep. 2
  • Where Broadmoor Park, 5701 Broadmoor Street, Mission, Kansas
  • Cost: Free admission

Bar K 5K

The Bar K 5K is the premiere dog-friendly 5K in the country, designed for competitive runners, weekend warriors, novices, walkers, and everyone in between. If you love running with your dog, the Bar K 5K is the one must-do event on your race calendar.

The course is a beautiful loop along the Riverfront Heritage Trail through Berkley Riverfront Park, under the Bond Bridge, Heart of America Bridge, and the historic AS&B railroad bridge, with only one street crossing along the entire course.

Kansas City Renaissance Festival

It’s opening weekend as the Kansas City Renaissance Festival celebrates 45 years in the Kansas City metro.

KC Air Show featuring the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds

The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds will headline the Kansas City Air Show Labor Day weekend. The performance by the Thunderbirds will be extra special because it’s part of the Air Force’s 75th anniversary.

  • When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
  • Where: The event will be held at New Century AirCenter, south of Olathe
  • Cost: General admission is $55 for adults, $16 for teenagers and $9 for children. Premium parking starts at an additional $125. Free shuttles to and from the event will also be provided.

Kansas City Chalk and Walk Festival

The Kansas City Chalk and Walk Festival follows street painting traditions that originated in 16th century Renaissance Italy, when artists began transforming brick into canvas using chalk.

  • When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sep. 3
  • Where: The City Market, 5th and Walnut, Kansas City, Missouri
  • Cost: There is no fee to participate

Car-Stravaganza at Legends Field

The Car-Stravaganza moves to Legends Field, home of the Kansas City Monarchs. Bring your cool ride out to the ball park. The first 100 owners of participating vehicles each receive a pair of game tickets.

  • When: 4 p.m. Saturday, Sep. 3
  • Where: Legends Field, 1800 Village West Parkway, Kansas City, Kansas

Kansas City Monarchs (Aloha Friday)

  • When: 7 p.m. Friday, Sep. 2
  • Where: Legends Field
  • Cost: General Seating: $8 to $26

Parkville Cruise Nights

One of Kansas City’s largest Cruise Night events, Parkville features vintage and modern cars, trucks, classics, and customs. There will be music, a gift card raffle, and a 50-50 raffle.

  • When: 4-8 p.m. Saturday, Sep. 3
  • Where: Held in the city parking lot, south of the railroad tracks, near the Farmer’s Market.
  • Cost: Free admission

Pistons N Pin Ups Car Show

Rusty Metal Productions and The Boulevard Drive In Theater co-host a Rockabilly/Zombie themed Car Show open to all years, makes, and models. Live music by The Route 66 Band, the Pin Up and Family Fun Shows, eat some great food from the food and beer trucks, shop vendor booths, and stay for the Drive-in movies each night.

Both Saturdays Pin Up and Sundays Family Fun Day Shows are also Rockabilly/Zombie themed, contestants can dress in their choice of Rockabilly and/or zombie attire. This is a family show.

  • When: Saturday and Sunday, Sep. 3-4, gates open at 1 p.m. to general public
  • Where: Boulevard Drive-In Theatre, 1051 Merriam Lane, Kansas City, Kansas
  • Cost: Day of show registration is $30. Show admission $10 per day, kids 11 and under are free

Kansas City Monarchs (80’s Throwback Night)

  • When: 6 p.m. Saturday, Sep. 3
  • Where: Legends Field
  • Cost: General Seating: $8 to $26

Roger Waters: This Is Not A Drill

Due to overwhelming demand, Roger Waters: This Is Not A Drill 2022 North American tour has announced more shows across the U.S. this summer. including a stop in Kansas City at T-Mobile Center on Sept. 3.

All tickets for the previously scheduled dates at T-Mobile Center will be honored on the new date.

  • When: 8 p.m. Saturday, Sep. 3
  • Where: T-Mobile Center, 1407 Grand Blvd., Kansas City
  • Cost: $35-$199+

Kansas City Monarchs (Flip Flops and Margs)

  • When: 3 p.m. Sunday, Sep. 4
  • Where: Legends Field
  • Cost: General Seating: $8 to $26

Kansas City Monarchs (Labor Day Party and Fan Appreciation Day)

  • When: 1 p.m. Monday, Sep. 5
  • Where: Legends Field
  • Cost: General Seating: $8 to $26

WWE Raw

WWE Monday Night Raw returns to Kansas City for the first time in a year.

  • When: 6:30 p.m. Monday, Sep. 5
  • Where T-Mobile Center
  • Cost: Ticket prices: $24-119

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