Harvest Celebration, Scarecrows & Jack-O-Lanterns a-GLOW this October at Powell Gardens

Fall celebrations at Powell Gardens, Kansas City’s botanical garden, begin the first weekend in October when antique tractors rumble in for the annual Harvest Celebration, which includes the antique tractor, engine and equipment show, a scarecrow display, an art gourd exhibit, a children’s pedal tractor pull, pumpkin painting and more. The fall fun continues with a beer dinner in the Heartland Harvest Garden and the introduction of GLOW: A Jack-O-Lantern Festival. The details:

Harvest Celebration & Antique Tractor Show
Preview Day: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 3; Festival Days:  9 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 4-5
This fall festival offers a slice of vintage Americana with an array of antique tractors, engines and other farm equipment, hayrides, tractor parades, an alpaca exhibit, children’s pedal pull and barrel train rides. 

On Saturday, Oct. 4, the festival features a concert by The Knobtown Stragglers from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Missouri Barn. On Sunday, Oct. 5, the Garden Chef Series concludes for the season with demos by cookbook author Beth Bader and Cody Hogan Weir, chef de cuisine at Lidia’s. Festival pricing applies on Saturday and Sunday: $12/adults, $10/seniors and $5/children 5-12. Three-day passes are available for $15 per person and may be purchased at the gate.

Scarecrows in the Garden
9 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 1-31
View the results of Powell Gardens’ annual Scarecrow Contest and vote for your favorite icon of autumn throughout the month of October. 

Show Me State Gourd Society Display 
10 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 4-5
Admire a variety of carved and painted gourds and chat with some of the artists who created them at this display inside the Visitor Education Center during the Harvest Celebration.

Missouri Barn Series Beer Dinner
5:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 12
The series of seasonal dinners served by guest chefs in the open air Missouri Barn concludes on Oct. 12 when chefs Mickey Priolo and Rick Mullins of Gram & Dun present a seven-course dinner served with local brews from Boulevard Brewing Company.

Chefs Priolo and Mullins have served up innovative and delicious menus around Kansas City for the last two years, working together in the kitchens of The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art and Bluestem while preparing pop-up dinners and treats on First Fridays at MOD Art Gallery. The duo embraces unique and playful flavor combinations with seasonal, farm-fresh ingredients. Tickets are $90 or $80 for members. For reservations visit or call 816-697-2600 x209.

GLOW: A Jack-O-Lantern Festival
6-10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 18-19
GLOW: A Jack-O-Lantern Festival debuts the weekend of Oct. 18 and 19. This spell-binding experience features more than 700 jack-o-lanterns, making it the largest display of its type in the Kansas City region. Festival-goers will follow a jack-o-lantern-lit trail through the Gardens, encountering costumed characters and incredible carved pumpkin displays along the way. The evening also includes face painting, crafts, storytelling, hayrides and more. Food and drink will be available for purchase. For more details and tickets, visit or call 816-967-2600 x209.