Thousands of runners and walkers will descend on the streets around Union Station to raise money and awareness for breast cancer. Tammy Ljungblad | tljungblad@kcstar.com

5 fall events that give back

The Strumbellas play Fed Up Fest, a benefit for Harvesters, on Oct. 14. Other bands include Cowboy Mouth and Me Like Bees. File

The people of Kansas City have a long tradition of doing good while having an even better time. Here are five fun ways to help the community in October.

KC Games for Good

Saturday, Oct. 7, on the front lawn of the National World War I Museum and Memorial

The expansive lawn on the south side of the Liberty Memorial provides a majestic backdrop for all the backyard games you grew up loving. This benefit for Hope House, the Urban Ranger Corps and various other charities features a wiffle ball home run derby, human foosball and a messy variation on pie-eating contests billed as “lunch box jams.” Participants and their supporters can relax between events by visiting exhibitors and mugging with Sluggerrr and K.C. Wolf. Registration to participate begins at $45 through kcgamesforgood.org.

Race for the Cure

Saturday, Oct. 7, at Black & Veatch

Anyone yearning to be a part of something bigger need only lace up their shoes for Race for the Cure to join in on an international movement (get it?). Saturday’s function in Overland Park is the local installment of what’s been labeled “the largest, most successful education and fundraising event for breast cancer in the world.” The Black & Veatch campus will play home to races akin to literal stampedes as hordes of people run in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Race registration begins at $25 through komenkansascity.org.

Goodwill Haunting

Friday, Oct. 13, at the Brass on Baltimore

For many people, there’s nothing scarier than the prospect of donning formal wear. Even panicky partiers can don black tie duds knowing that their participation at Friday’s Halloween party will assist Goodwill’s mission to “empower people with disadvantages and different abilities to earn and keep employment through individualized programs and services.” Besides, the open bar, enticing food from Michael Forbes Bar & Grille and live music should be more than enough to help celebrants forget any anxieties about bowties and high heels. Tickets are $125 through Goodwill Haunting.

Fed Up Fest

Saturday, Oct. 14, at Crossroads KC

Fed Up Fest self-identifies as a “hunger-fighting music festival,” but attendees at the annual fundraiser for the Harvesters Community Food Network would be forgiven if they simply mistook it for a sprawling outdoor party. Playing giant Jenga and tossing bean bags with a drink in one hand while soaking up live music is a guaranteed good time. The Strumbellas, a Canadian ensemble beloved for beery sing-along anthems like “Spirits,” spearheads a musical lineup that also includes local favorites like the R&B party band the Phantastics. Tickets are $20-$60 through fedupfestkc.com.

Brew at the Zoo & Wine Too

Saturday, Oct. 14, at the Kansas City Zoo

Organizers of Saturday’s festival at the Kansas City Zoo are encouraging revelers to toast “the chubby unicorns,” otherwise known as rhinoceroses. Proceeds of the fundraiser will be directed to rhinoceros conservation efforts, so liberal (and responsible) consumption of the menus of 26 breweries, seven wineries and five distilleries is highly encouraged. The Greeting Committee, one of Kansas City’s most successful indie-rock acts of the last few years, is among the evening’s entertainers. Tickets are $45 through kansascityzoo.org.


5 fall events that give back