Once again Fall is quickly approaching and the first thing that comes to my mind is The Plaza Art Fair. This outdoor event takes place every September on the Country Club Plaza in Kansas City, Missouri. Nine city blocks are blocked off and hundreds of artists booths and Restaurant booths line the streets. The atmosphere is amazing! Although the event is considered family friendly, a word of advice; don’t take your small children (especially strollers) on Friday evening. Friday evening is considered the kick-off event and the streets are lined with everyone from the young adults to the older ones enjoying adult beverages. By 9pm, it’s extremely hard to move around the streets. Don’t forget to check out the 3 Live Stages with local and national talents. And wear your dancing shoes, you will need them!
My favorite part of the art fair are the restaurant booths! The top eateries on the Plaza make special hand held sized portions of their main dishes for a great price. A steak sandwich with herbed goat cheese and balsamic onions from The Capital Grille. Yes please. Carnitas Tacos from The Oliver. Sure. Truffle Bacon Popcorn from Rye. Hells yes. Did I mention all different types of local beer, margaritas, and sangria? The fact that you are able to walk around the streets of the Country Club Plaza and try award winning food without having to spend an arm and a leg at the establishment itself. Perfect time to share with a friend and try it all while looking at some of the best artwork in the country.
This year the event takes place on September 21st-23rd. Parking is crazy so I recommend taking an Uber or Lyft that evening so you don’t have worry about parking.