high season: June to September, November to December
low season: January to February
shoulder season: March to May, October
Weather InformationKansas City experiences four seasons. Summer brings warm weather during the day and cooler temperatures at night. The fall is typically mild, and can experience an "Indian Summer" of sunny afternoons with cool evenings. The first freeze usually occurs in late October, and winter can be cold. The city averages 20 inches of snow yearly, and an accumulation of more than ten inches at one time is rare. December, January, and February tend to be the coldest months of the year. Spring sees warmer weather with the last frost in April.
Crowd InformationSummer tends be the busiest time for museums, attractions, and outdoor events. Festivals include the Celebration at the Station around Memorial Day, Rhythm & Ribs 18th and Vine Jazz Festival over Father's Day weekend, and the KC RiverFest in July. Fall is also a major festival season, with the Kansas City Irish Festival in September; the Plaza Art Fair in September; Oktoberfest in late September; and the American Royal Barbecue Competition and Rodeo, Livestock, and Horse Shows in October and November. The Country Club Plaza Season of Lights between Thanksgiving and January also attracts large crowds. NASCAR races and Chiefs' games are a major draw, and sell out consistently. First Fridays in the Crossroads Arts District attracts thousands of people from the Midwest every first Friday of the month.
Closure InformationMost hotels, shops, and attractions remain open year-round, but some museums may reduce their hours during the winter months. Visit between April and October to see the city's famous fountains, as they shut down when the weather turns cool.
When to SaveKansas City is affordable anytime of the year, but prices drop even more in January and February. Some festival packages are also available to help cut down the cost of high-season travel.
Information provided by the Kansas City Convention & Visitors Association