First Fridays in the Crossroads, Oct. 4

March First Friday  - Signage Near YJ'sFirst Fridays in the Crossroads is quickly becoming a Kansas City tradition. Galleries and shops stay open late so that you can browse the collections, showcasing both local and national artists. You’ll find both indoor and outdoor entertainment, and many restaurants in the neighborhood offer First Fridays specials, too.

First Fridays is open to children, but many galleries are too crowded for strollers.

First Friday of every month, January – December, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Location: The Crossroads Community is a mile wide downtown area of Kansas City bounded by 15th St., I-35, the Freighthouse district, and Troost Ave. The heart of the Crossroads Arts District lies long 20th St. and Baltimore.

Visiting an artist’s gallery or viewing a collection is a requirement of several of the badges in the Arts Frontier.

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Jazz Storytelling, Oct. 4

Providing free educational access to over 3,000 children in Kansas City annually, Jazz Storytelling meets educational standards, introduces children to new music & cultures.

Note: RSVP not necessary, but welcomed. Please contact the American Jazz Museum Education Department at 816-474-8463.

Friday, October 4, 10:00 – 11:00 am
American Jazz Museum
1616 East 18th Street, Kansas City, MO
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An opportunity to address Music Appreciation from a uniquely Kansas City point of view.

Fall Festival of Arts, Crafts and Music, Missouri Town 1855 – Oct. 5 and 6

Celebrate the Fall season at Missouri Town’s largest outdoor festival. Hot-spiced cider, 1850’s music and dance, children’s games, period arts and crafts, horse drawn buggy rides and fun-filled hay rides make this a special weekend event. Celebrating its 38th year, Missouri Town’s Fall Festival is one of the region’s longest consecutive festivals!
No Pets Allowed.

Location: Missouri Town 1855
Time: Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. – Sunday 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Price: $9.00 per car/van – $20.00 per school/commercial bus
Phone: (816) 503-4860

Grand Festival of Chez les Canses, Sept. 28

Explore how early French settlers lived at the confluence of the Missouri and Kansas Rivers in the late 1700s. Re-enactors will interpret everyday life skills common on the frontier. Artisans will display custom made objects, both decorative and utilitarian, which were essential to these early settlers.

Location: Fort Osage
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Price: Adults $7; Youth $4; Seniors $3
Phone: (816) 503-4860

Free Entrance Day in the National Parks, Sept. 28

America’s Best Idea – the national parks – is even better when it’s free!

Here’s a tip-265 of your 398 national parks NEVER charge an entrance fee. So start Planning Your Visit!

If you’re planning a trip that includes multiple national parks, you might consider the $80 annual pass that provides entrance to all national parks, national wildlife refuges, national forests, and many other Federal lands-more than 2,000 in all. This America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass is offered free to all active duty military members and their dependents. Information on these and other pass options is available online.

*Fee waiver includes: entrance fees, commercial tour fees, and transportation entrance fees. Other fees such as reservation, camping, tours, concession and fees collected by third parties are not included unless stated otherwise.

Some nearby ideas include:

Or visit the Find A Park page to find a destination suited just for you. Most Parks offer Junior Ranger programs just for kids, for both online and in-person exploration.

There are a number of badge opportunities available through the National Park System. Explore both the Heritage and Outdoor Skills Frontiers for ideas.

Englewood Art Walk, Sept. 20

The Englewood Station Arts District of Western Independence, Missouri is alive with art, street performers, music, food, fashion and fun each 3rd Friday! Multiple galleries and businesses that feature art are within an easy stroll of one another along Winner Road from Sterling to Ralston Avenues. Opening our doors for a free 3rd Friday Art Walk event each month, a rotating collection of over four dozen local and regional artists display their creativity for sale here, and are regularly on-site for meet and greet. Mark your calendar so you won’t miss a single Englewood Art Walk!

Friday, September 20, 5:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Englewood Shopping District
Winner and Sterling Roads, Independence, MO
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Visiting artists and their galleries is a part of Artastic.