Best Fall Things To Do in Lee’s Summit Area (Updated 2020)

UPDATED 8/22/2020 – Fall is a beautiful time of year to enjoy festivals, pumpkin picking, apple picking, hayrides, and more! For 2020, farms in the Lee’s Summit area are making adjustments to allow for social distancing. Unfortunately, a number of popular festivals like the Plaza Art Fair are canceled this year. There’s still lots to see. Take advantage of the crips, fall air to get outside!

Best Fall Fun in Lee’s Summit

It’ll be a different fall around Kansas City, with social distancing and mask protocols still in full effect. Check with your favorite organization, business, or farm to make sure their event(s) is/are still planned.

This about sums up fall of 2020, courtesy of Faulkner’s Ranch!

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Plan your fall adventures now as some events sell out quickly! There are lots of options, including some that are FREE. These are the best fall activities in the Lee’s Summit area including Grain Valley, Independence, Blue Springs, Oak Grove, Belton, Harrisonville, and more.

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Pumpkin Valley Pumpkin Patch

Pumpkin Valley in Lee’s Summit is a great pumpkin patch in Jackson County. Kids enjoy the hay maze, petting zoo, pumpkin painting, and sack races. Admission is $8, and for an additional $2 a person take a pony, hay, or train ride.

It’s open every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday in October.

Pumpkin Valley
2807 NW Chipman Road
Lee’s Summit, MO

Johnson Farms Plants and Pumpkins

Johnson Farms Plants and Pumpkins in Belton is a 140-acre working farm making it a perfect spot to enjoy fall activities and see farm animals. Enjoy fresh mums, pumpkins, gourds, and lots of kids activities. The 40-acre pumpkin patch features jumping pillows for children, ping pong tables, a maze, silo play yard, corn bin pit, pig races, a train ride and more.

Once you’re done running around, sit down and enjoy a pumpkin spice donut and apple cider slushie.

Go early in the season, and you can pick apples while supplies last or pick out a mum when available.

Pumpkin picking begins September, 26th. They’ll announce specific safety measures on their Facebook page.

Admission fees range from $7 for seniors to $13 for pumpkin festivities.

Johnson Farms Plants and Pumpkins
17701 Holmes Road
Belton, MO 64012
(816) 337-1067Open Monday through Thursday from 12 PM to 6 PM, and Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 9 AM to 6 PM

Faulkners Ranch

Falkners Ranch is a Kansas City fall tradition for some families. The farm is celebrating its 21st pumpkin season, which opens September 29th.

Enjoy more than 20 kids activities including a petting farm, haybale maze, hayrides, pony rides and more. Don’t forget your pumpkin. While it’s not a U-Pick Patch, pumpkins are available for sale in the Harvest Barn from local growers.

Admission is $10 per person on the weekends, and slightly cheaper during the week. Also, save on admission during happy hour Monday through Thursday 3 PM to 6 PM.

There are events throughout the season, offering other ways to save on admission.

Faulkners Ranch
10600 Raytown Road
Kansas City, MO 64134
(816) 761-5055

Open daily from 10 AM to 6 PM.

Pumpkin Pad

The Pumpkin Pad in Grain Valley opens September 28th, but you can always stop by early to grab a pumpkin and a photo of their gorgeous sunflowers. Admission is $10 a person and includes a hay maze, bounce house, and lots of kids games.

Pumpkin Pad
35100 East Outer Belt Road
Lone Jack, MO 64070

 

This year, they’ll have a new barn for all to see and a corn maze.

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Red Barn Ranch

You can also hop in the car, and take a short drive to Red Barn Ranch. Visitors can choose between 32 varieties of pumpkins. Pumpkins cost 50-cents a pound, and mini pumpkins and gourds are 75-cents each.

Located in Harrisonville, it features a corn maze, antique tractor barn, silo slide, barrel train, pumpkin patch, and alpacas. Admission is $6 a person.

Red Barn Ranch
23111 S. Jefferson Parkway
Harrisonville, Missouri 64701
Open 9 AM to 6 PM Saturday and Sunday
(816) 258-1797

Lee’s Summit Corn Maze

Throughout October, enjoy the 6-acre corn maze at Sylvia Bailey Park. There are a number of events including flashlight Fridays and haunted mazes throughout October. Check the city’s website for a list of activities.

Note: Check back for 2020 activities as they are not available yet.

Best fall things to do in lees summit and kansas cityLee’s Summit Apple Picking and Orchards

Rock Creek Apple Orchard

Enjoy apple picking at Rock Creek Apple Orchard in Lone Jack, starting around September 9th. They’re requesting masks for the entire family.

If you head out to Rock Creek Apple Orchard, follow these directions rather than Google. Take 50 Highway, and look for their signs. Turn North off 50 and go straight down the hill. Don’t listen to Google when it tells you to turn once you come off 50 Highway. Rock Creek says those directions are not right!

Rock Creek Apple Orchard
619 W Lone Jack Lee’s Summit Road
Lone Jack, MO 64070
(816) 286-6262

Sibley Orchards and Cider Mill

Sibley Orchards and Cider Mill is a great place to take the family on a fall weekend. While you can not pick apples here, they’re for sale at the fruit stand. Also, there are hayrides to the pumpkin patch on weekends in October.

They’re requesting masks for the 2020 season along with social distancing. They’ll have apples starting in late August. They expect Gala to ripen first followed by Jonathan the first of September, Golden Delicious and Red Delicious in mid-September and JonaGold, Cameo and Granny Smith in late September.

In October, Fuji and Pink Lady apples will be ready by mid-month. Of course, these dates are weather dependent. Check their website for the latest updates. You can also pick up fruit preserves, butter, honey, and honeycomb. Check their site for the latest information.

Sibley Orchard & Cider Mill
3717 N Buckner Tarsney Road
Sibley, MO 64088
(816) 650-5535
Open 10 AM to 5 PM Monday through Saturday, 11 AM to 5 PM Sunday, closed Tuesday

 

Dunn’s Cider Mill

Dunn’s Cider Mill in Belton is known for its delicious cider donuts, and of course, it’s cider. Donut season, yes there actually is one, starts in mid-September on the weekends. They’re open from 9 AM to 6 PM Saturday and Sunday. The cider starts flowing in October.

You’ll also find a store with jams, apple butter, cookbooks and more.

Dunn’s Cider Mill
17003 Holmes Road
Belton, MO 64012
(816) 331-2111


Best Fall Activities in Lee's Summit

Best Fall Foliage in Lee’s Summit

With lots of nature paths in the Blue Springs, Lee’s Summit, and Grain Valley area there are opportunities to relax and enjoy the beauty of fall. Whether you hike a trail or take a picnic, Longview Lake, Lake Jacomo, and Burr Oak Nature Center in Blue Springs offer ways to view Eastern Jackson County’s fall foliage.

Best Fall Activities In the Lee's Summit AreaTop Lee’s Summit Area Fall Events

While the pumpkin patches and apple orchards (while apple supplies last) offer fun throughout the fall in the Lee’s Summit area, there are also lots of outdoor activities to enjoy. From Halloween themed events to fall fun, there’s something for everyone. This list breaks down events week by week from September through October.

September 11-12 – Grain Valley Fair

 

The Grain Valley Fair will take place this year although activities will be modified. Following COVID-19 rules, vendors will be spaced 10 feet apart. There will not be a big vendor tent, like in year’s past. Non-food vendors will open be there on the 12th, but food will be available both days. This year there will not be a carnival or a parade.

September 18-19 – Blue Springs Fall Un-Festival  – Blue Springs

 

The Blue Springs Fall Fun Festival is fun for the whole family. The 2020 theme is Back to the ’80s. This year, the festival will be along 7 Highway instead of down Main Street. Maintain social distancing and wear masks according to Jackson County rules.

Morgan Living DiningSaturday October 10 – October 25 – Kansas City Fall Parade of Homes

See the latest design and building trends during the Kansas City Fall Parade of Homes. Tour more than 300 homes. The Sally Moore Real Estate Team is featuring homes in three communities: Stone Canyon, Brittany Ridge, and Four Pillars.

The event is FREE and runs daily through October 10th thru October 25th from 11 AM to 6 PM.

Get information on the Fall Parade, and see all the homes open to the public.

Saturday, October 10th: Race for the Future 5K Run / Walk and Kids Dash

The 24rthAnnual Race for the Future 5K Run / Walk and Kids Dash is expected to be held in early October 2020. Stay tuned for more details. It benefits the Lee’s Summit Educational Foundation and the Carrie Foresee Memorial Scholarship Fund.

Through October: 1859 Historic Jail Tour

Throughout the fall, take a ghost tour of the 1859 Historic Jail (217 N Main Street) in Independence. Modified tours are expected this fall, barring any city/county orders. Tickets go on sale in September.

The tours will run every Friday and Saturday in October at 7, 8 and 9 PM.

This event sold out the last 3 years, so get your tickets starting September 1! Masks are required.

The cost is $25 for adults and $20 for kids aged 7-16 years old. You must purchase tickets in advance. Proceeds benefit the Jackson County Historical Society.

October 1 – Pink Laundry 5K Run / Walk & Kids Race

The Stephanie Vest Foundation gives financial grants to families dealing with cancer. The 11th annual Pink Laundry 5K takes place at Summit Fair Shopping Center.

October – Holiday Mart 2020

The Junior League of Kansas City is reimagining Holiday Mart for 2020 with a number of opportunities to participate in October and November. Stay tuned for more.

Location: Bartle Hall, 301 W 13th Street, Kansas City, MO

Saturday, October 17th: Haunted and Historic Spaces Tour

Learn about the history of Downtown Lee’s Summit and listen to ghost stories from 6 PM to 10:30 PM. The Haunted and Historic Spaces Tour starts with a wine reception and ends with chills. You need a ticket for this walking tour. Tours available every half hour.

Location: Downtown Lee’s Summit Main Street, SE Main and SE 3rd, Lee’s Summit, MO 64063

Saturday, October 31 – Lee’s Summit Halloween Parade

Celebrate Halloween in Downtown Lee’s Summit with your family and pets. The Boos, Barks & Badges Parade will be full of dogs and families in costume, marching from City Hall Plaza to Howard Station Park. After the parade, children can trick or treat downtown. The event runs from 10 AM to 12 PM.

Sunday, October 25th – Spooky Sprint 5K / 10 K / Half Marathon

Do you love to run? Get in the Halloween spirit and get some exercise during the Spooky Sprint races in Lee’s Summit. It’s fun for the whole family. Sign up here.

Longview Lake Swim Beach
1101 Raytown Road
Kansas City, MO

 

What’s your favorite fall event in the Lee’s Summit area?