Experience this Northland tradition, the largest Irish Festival in the area,
a two-day event packed with carnival rides, cook-offs, vendors, delicious food,
fun activities, and a parade all held in the heart of North Kansas City. This
event is fun for the whole family and attending it will help do some good -
over the last 30 years, Snake Saturday has given over one million dollars to
Take a step back into the Roaring 20's with Excelsior Springs and
experience the town's Golden Era first hand. Dive into the history
and culture with art, fashion, food, dance, theatre, music, and
educational programs! Don't forget to wear your Gatsby best!
Swing down to Oak Grove Park for fun-filled weekend that is sure to get
everyone - whether a fan of the blues or not - tapping their toes. Enjoy
music, BBQ brisket sandwiches, brats, hot dogs, kettle corn, and so much
A celebration of Excelsior's past, present and future, Waterfest is one of the largest
festivals of the year. This three-day festival with vendors, live music, celebrity
guests, contests, kids games, fireworks, food, a beer garden and so much more.
Over 60 competitive smoke-cooking teams from around the Midwest gather in
Excelsior Springs for one of Clay's most delicious competitions. Watch for
vintage planes flying in and out of the Excelsior Springs Memorial Airport.
Swift Avenue was a prime location for the first two pieces of art installations coming from
the street festival as a gift for city beautification. Almost 50 makers, craftsmen and artisans
joined us in 2016 to sell their local and hand-made pieces. Festival patrons sated over and
over how impressed they were with the quality of the vendors. Entertainment featured two
music stages in the festival area showcasing thirteen local musicians and bands playing blues,
jazz, country, rock and indie music as well as two artists painting murals "live" during the
festival, which were later installed on two buildings along Swift avenue.
All backyard grillers are welcome! This contest is meant for amateurs - only backyard
type grills are allowed in the competition, pros can compete, but they are not allowed
to use professional level equipment! Vegetables, burgers, chicken, and ribs are grilled
by contestants. Keep an eye out for schedule activities like pie and watermelon eating
Celebrate a unique period in Clay history with delicious food, fun activities,
and a rodeo! Found in Kearney's Jesse James Park - not far from the infamous outlaw's
birthplace - the Jesse James Festival has been an annual event in Clay County for over
Celebrate the start of fall with this exciting festival in Downtown Liberty!
Enjoy delicious fair foods, carnival rides and games, unique vendors, performers,
and more at this event! Don't forget to watch the parade through Downtown Historic
Come celebrate the arrival of fall at the Watkins farm and join us for a day
filled with fun and learning from 12pm to 5pm! Witness 1870's style sheep shearing,
stroll through our heirloom garden and participate in activities and chores that were
commonplace in the 1870s. Activities will include wood stove cooking, cross-cut sawing,
rag doll making, toy making, rope making, laundry, blacksmithing, weaving and more! Admission
is free for the event. There will be an open house at the Watkins Family Home and a limited
number of mill tours will be offered at a reduced rate. For more information, contact the park
at (816) 580-3387.
October 21st: 4th Annual Halloween Campout in Watkins Mill State Park
Enjoy a family-friendly Halloween Campout out Watkins Mill State Park! With activities including
spookiest campsite contest, K-9 costume contest, and a spooky program called "Haunted Missouri"
there will be plenty of fun for everyone!
November 18 - Christmas in Excelsior Springs
Lane of Light opens at East Valley Park. Hall of Trees opens at the Hall of Waters. Head
in the evening for the Lighted Christmas Parade, Mayor's Tree Lighting, Santa's Workshop,
pictures with Santa and more.
Five local residents open their homes to the public for a tour of their festive holiday
Includes a guided passport to the homes and treats along the way. Sponsored by the Excelsior
Springs Christmas Committee.
Please join us for Christmas on the Farm! Admission is free for this event and there will be
an open house at the Watkins family home for the duration of the event from 2pm to 7pm.
the home will include holiday caroling, reading of family letters, free samples of traditional
treats, flaming of the plum pudding demonstrations, and an opportunity for children to visit
with Father Christmas. Activities at the visitor center will include kids' crafts and live
traditional holiday music.
Weekends November 23 - December 30 (see days below)
Worlds of Fun’s first ever WinterFest is an event you won’t want to miss! This immersive holiday
experience offers live entertainment, delicious treats, festive lights and décor, and endless
amounts of cheer!