Firebrand’s Guide to Fall in the West Bottoms

A picture of 1101 Mulberry Street, Kansas City with a vintage paper overlay and red pencil scribbles.

It’s official: Fall has started in Kansas City. We’ve got changing leaves, pumpkin spice everything available everywhere, and wildly fluctuating temperatures – from 36°F overnight to 82°F by the afternoon. Truthfully, we’re all too happy to transition into sweater weather, and we hope to see you around the West Bottoms soon! 

Hunting down some novel weekend plans? 

Help welcome November with Blessings in the Bottoms on November 4-6. From food trucks to special events to vintage shopping, this weekend is just what you need to kickstart the next-to-last month of 2022. 

If live entertainment is more of your weekend vibe, visit our friends at Stockyards Brewing Co. for live bluegrass and other roots music every Sunday from 2pm-6pm; one of our local favorites, Cowtown Country Club will be playing on October 30th, with another favorite, Whiskey Mash Band on November 20th. If wine is your jam, head over to Fountain City Winery to experience a mix of guest musicians and winemaking trivia nights. 

Seeking thrills and scares? 

The West Bottoms is also home to three of the scariest destinations in the country, all located within a six minute walk of each other: The Beast, The Edge of Hell, and the Macabre Cinema. You can get all of your scares in between now and November 5. 

Looking for non-spooky entertainment before winter turns you into a homebody? 

There’s one more Outdoor Monday Movie Night taking place at The Campground on October 24th before the series wraps up for the year! Grab a blanket, grab a friend, and we’ll see you there. 

Between now and October 31, you can still catch the fully immersive, live production of Richard O’Brien’s Rocky Horror Show at The Black Box. This fall KC tradition does have some Halloween-y characters, but without those pesky jump scares. 

Hoping to get holiday shopping done early? And locally? 

Not only does Convivial produce and sell stunning handmade ceramic wares, but they also offer free studio tours. (Don’t forget to call ahead to ask for dates and times!) 

If you’re not already obsessed with letterpress printing, then one visit to Hammerpress will certainly change that. It’s a print shop, design studio, and retail store all in one, perfect for holiday gifting. 

If you prefer a single stop shop for all things creative and Kansas City-made, then our next door neighbors Fetch KCMO simply have to be on your list. Truthfully, we don’t go in the store as often as we’d like because, if we did, our bank accounts would be empty. Their selection is that good! 

Did we forget anything autumnal? 

Pop over to our Instagram to send along any additional recommendations, hidden gems, or must-try winter drinks (both caffeinated and alcoholic, please).

Madison Clark, freelance content writer, poses in a gray sweater and black collar against a backdrop of green leaves.

Written by Madison T. Clark

Madison T. Clark is a full-time freelance writer working in the startup and education sectors. Born and raised in suburban Missouri, she’s also called Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Indonesia, and Northern Ireland home. You can connect with Madison at