One of Kansas City's favorite traditions is the Annual Plaza Art Fair. What started in 1932 has become one of the nations top five art fairs with over nine blocks of art, crafts, and jewelry featuring top artists from the metro, nation and around the globe.
What many don't know is that over 1,500 artists compete in a juried process to make the cut each and every year.
Not Just an Art Fair
The Plaza Art Fair is one of KC's time-honored traditions. The weather is almost always perfect and you get to bust out your cool fall clothes. Yes, many people go for the art...but the majority of people who attend also go to catch up with friends, people watch, drink some wine and enjoy some great food.
One of the best reasons to go to the Plaza Art Fair is the eats. Restaurants from around the Plaza take their culinary arts to the streets and have vending booths with bevies throughout the fair. Tomfooleries, The Classic Cup, and Bo Lings (just to name a few) are fair faves with everything from hamburgers and hotdogs to lamb shanks and dessert...and everything in between.
Restaurants take up shop in the following locales:
- On the East and West side of Halls.
- On the North side of Ward Parkway between Williams Sonoma and Plaza III.
- On Wornall between Williams Sonoma and Cole Haan.
Parking is a beast any way you swing it during the Plaza Art Fair. Go early and you'll likely find a spot in one of the free parking garages. Go late and you'll be stuck in traffic.
Best bets: Head to the north or south and try to find parking on the street and walk. There are also spots West of the Plaza.