“Weird Al” Yankovic
Best known for his outlandish parody songs, Weird Al’s The Unfortunate Return of the Ridiculously Self-Indulgent Ill-Advised Vanity Tour seems right on brand. However, the extensive North American tour will be a scaled-down version of what he is best known for, with limited production and no costumes, props or video screens in smaller, more intimate theaters, and his setlist will be composed “almost entirely of his original (non-parody) songs.” Both fans and haters should be curious to see what this departure will be like.
September 2, 7:30 pm. Kauffman Center.
Bar K 5K
The premiere dog-friendly 5K in the country is back this fall. Run with your dog or alongside the dogs of others through Berkley Riverfront Park and along the Riverfront Heritage Trail. The race starts early and ends at the Bar K Afterparty in their two-acre dog park. Competitive runners, novices, walkers and poodles are welcome.
September 3. Berkley Riverfront Park. $40 registration.
The KC Rep’s season is kicking off with Shakespearean comedy Twelfth Night, a tale of mistaken identity and unrequited love. Directed by Associate Artistic Director Nelson T. Eusebio III, this contemporary twist on a beloved classic features original music composed just for the production.
September 6–25. Spencer Theatre.
KC Symphony: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince in Concert
The magic of Harry Potter’s sixth year comes to life at the KC Symphony with big-screen showings of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince accompanied by the transformative music of our very own world-class symphony orchestra. And who knows? Before you can say Felix Felicis, you might realize the music was the best part all along.
September 7–11. Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.
Country superstar and American Idol judge Luke Bryan has been making music for twenty years, songwriting and singing country hits revolving around beautiful women and equally beautiful pickup trucks. Country girls, get ready to shake it for him.
September 8, 7 pm. T-Mobile Center.
Greek Food Festival
The Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church presents the 60th Annual Greek Festival. You’ll experience authentic Greek food and pastries, live Greek music and dancing, along with church tours and Saturday night Vespers. Free admission and free parking. Come join all of your friends at the Greek Fest. OPA!
Twenty One Pilots
Columbus, Ohio, “rap rock” duo Twenty One Pilots has been cranking out drum-heavy melodic radio hits for the past decade. Don’t get “Stressed Out”—there are still tickets available for their nationwide The Icy Tour.
September 9, 8 pm. T-Mobile Center.
One of the most iconic boy bands of the nineties, brothers with long blonde hair and nearly identical baby faces, Hanson has been riding the “MMMBop” gravy train for decades. Now, they’ve founded The Hanson Brothers Beer Co. in their native town of Tulsa and occasionally go on tour to inspire a new generation of boy-now-men band fans.
September 10, 8 pm. Uptown.
Chiefs vs. Cardinals
The first game of the season for the Chiefs finds them facing the NFL’s oldest and most cursed team, the Arizona Cardinals, another squad with an MVP-caliber QB that had its playoff hopes crushed earlier than anticipated last year. Patrick Mahomes visits Kyler Murray in Glendale for this anticipated matchup. If you want a game-day atmosphere, head down to the Power and Light district, where the game will be broadcast on the largest big screen in the city.
September 11, 3:25 pm. KC Live! at Power and Light. Free, all-ages.
Hate him or tolerate him, political commentator and satirist Bill Maher has been making jokes and thrusting his political opinions on anyone willing or unwilling to listen for decades.
September 11, 7:30 pm. Uptown Theater.
Panic! At the Disco
Originally a pop rock band from Las Vegas who skyrocketed to fame with edgy lyrics and catchy melodies in the wave of the mid-2000s punk boy-band fame alongside groups like Fallout Boy, Panic! at the Disco is now only lead singer Brendon Urie. Although the band has changed, Urie is still churning out nostalgic, angsty tunes.
September 13, 7 pm. T-Mobile Center.
Formed in Cincinnati in 1999, Brooklyn-based The National has been a staple in the moody rock scene ever since. Lead singer Matt Berninger’s croony, indifferent vocals alongside melodic guitar riffs will make you bob your head in rhythm or wonder if you need to up your Zoloft prescription.
September 13, 8 pm. Grinders.
Jimmy Eat World
A recent headline from The Hard Times, a punk rock version of The Onion satirical newspaper, read: “Jimmy Eat World Issues Formal Apology for Telling Us Everything Everything Would Be Just Fine.” That is very funny and also a little painful. Immerse yourself in poppy early noughties emo and forget everything after the summer of 2001 at this show. Or you can buy in on their comeback single, “Something Loud,” which has renewed their relevance by racking up more than a million Spotify plays.
September 14. Uptown Theater.
The Melting Pot Theatre begins its season with Mother/son, written by KC native Lewis Morrow and directed by Nicole Hodges Persley. Set in the midst of the Covid pandemic and the Black Lives Matter movement, it’s a dark comedy-drama about a mixed-race man and his white mother who’s in denial about her own racism and addiction.
September 15–17 and 21–24, 7:30 pm. September 18, 2 pm. Melting Pot Theatre.
New Dance Partners
The ninth annual festival of contemporary and modern dance is back. Each night features performances by four local dance companies: Kansas City Ballet, Owen/Cox Dance Group, Störling Dance Theatre and the Wylliams/Henry Contemporary Dance Company. The “ultimate dance collaboration” brings four choreographers to Kansas City to create original works each year.
September 16–17, 8 pm. Yardley Hall in the Midwest Trust Center.
Did you ever think you would see Vanilla Ice and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles on the same stage again? We did not see that coming, but it only makes Collect-A-Con that much more exciting. This convention offers a space for people to nerd out over their favorite things and claims to be the nation’s largest trading card, anime and pop culture convention.
September 17–18, 10 am–6 pm. Kansas City Convention Center.
Tour de Bier
BikeWalkKC and Head for the Cure are teaming up for a day of cycling, beer and philanthropy. The social bike ride around Kansas City’s craft breweries and historic neighborhoods doubles as a fundraiser for safer streets and local brain tumor research.
September 18. Berkley Riverfront Park and Riverfront Heritage Trail. $65 registration. bikewalkkc.org/tourdebier.
Overland Park Fall Festival
Returning for 2022, the Overland Park Fall Festival is one of the most highly anticipated city traditions drawing tens of thousands to the historic downtown Overland Park district.
The annual event features the finest fare from resident restaurants and dozens of food trucks and vendors. There will be the ever-popular farmer’s market with loads of fresh produce, locally crafted food products and all of your farm-to-table favorites. The celebration is only made more festive with live music performances from Kansas City’s favorite local bands playing throughout the day while shoppers browse the beautiful wares of more than 50 local and regional artisans, makers and creators.
Free for visitors of all ages, you should plan to stay and play all day as entertainment designed to engage our youngest citizens and the young at heart are scheduled throughout the day.
September 23, 5–8 pm and September 24, 8 am–5 pm. 7935 Santa Fe Drive, Overland Park.
Even after a century and a half, Carmen is still that femme fatale. The popular opera tells the story of an ill-fated romance, touching on themes of jealousy, obsession and bullfighting. Performed in the original French with English subtitles.
September 24–30, 7:30 pm. Muriel Kauffman Theater.
Cinder Block Brewery
If you’re looking for more than a weekend of fall entertainment, join Cinder Block Brewery for their weeklong, 9th-anniversary celebration. Stop in for daily promotions, events, live music and beer releases. From some of the finest handcrafted beers in KC to a variety of ciders and spritzers, you won’t want to miss out on the biggest party of the month during celebration week at Cinder Block.
American Royal World Series of BBQ
How many barbecue contests are there in the world? We don’t need to count—the American Royal’s World Series of Barbecue is the biggest. A longstanding Kansas City tradition, the World Series brings global competitors together with a backdrop of live music, kid-friendly fun, and of course, delicious barbecue at the Kansas Speedway.
September 28–October 2. Kansas Speedway. americanroyal.com/bbq.
Kick off the Christmas shopping season at the largest non-profit shopping event in the city. The Junior League of Kansas City’s annual holiday mart is in its thirty-fifth year and will have a large lineup of retailers ranging from Kendra Scott to Messner Bee Farm.
September 29–October 2. Times vary. Kansas City Convention Center.
Living in Vitality Conference
Now in its twenty-fifth year, Advent Health’s annual conference aims to help attendees have a healthier mind, body and spirit. This year’s breakout sessions include presentations on how big tech hijacks our attention (and how to fight back), the effect that stress has on the microbes in our gut and how to make the most of big transitions in your life.
September 30. 8 am–4 pm. Overland Park Convention Center.