Note: due to the pandemic, some area events listed on this have been postponed or otherwise affected. We recommend confirming these details directly with event organizers before proceeding with plans. From craft beer festivals to holiday lightings and everything in between, mark your calendar with some of Kansas City's largest and most unique happenings on tap for the year.
First Fridays in the Crossro Arts District. No First Friday is the same thanks to an eclectic mix of art galleries, boutiques, food trucks and more. First Weekends in the West Bottoms.
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Kansas City Restaurant Week - Jan. Dine well and do good during this day, two-weekend event that highlights hundreds of the hottest restaurants in the city, each featuring special multi-course menus with portions of the proceeds benefitting area charities. Between games, celebrate the history of hoops—and indulge your inner athlete—at the adjacent College Basketball Experience.
Kansas City St. Kansas City FilmFest - April Grab your popcorn and enjoy more than local, regional, national and international films during this annual juried film festival.
Taking place virtually in Gatsby Days - May 1, Long-known as the City of FountainsKansas City kicks off waterworks season with an opening day celebration befitting its proud fountain heritage. Turkey Creek Festival - May 15, This all-day event in Merriam, KSincludes everything from a pancake breakfast and a 5K to live music and a Kid Zone at the picturesque Antioch Park.
Kansas City Triathlon - May 16, KC's premier triathlon event kicks off the summer season at Longview Lake. Options include Olympic, Sprint and Relay distance options as well as a duathlon.
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Worlds of Fun Season Opening - May 22, Oceans of Fun Season Opening - May 29, The largest outdoor water park in the Midwest begins its summer season, stretching until Labor Day. H arry's Hay Days - Postponed for The City of Grandview celebrates its Harry S. Truman legacy each year with Harry's Hay Days, complete with a parade, food and drink vendors, arts and crafts, live music and a beer garden. Celebration at the Station - Postponed for Start your summer with the largest free Memorial Day weekend event in the Midwest. Against the majestic backdrop of Union Stationthe Kansas City Symphony performs patriotic favorites with appearances from special guests, followed by fireworks to end the evening.
Tumbleweed - Postponed for One of the most renowned and popular traditional country music festivals in the nation, count on camping and country music at this two-day, three-night event in La Cygne, KS. Polski Day - Postponed for From polka to pierogis, Polski Day is your source for all things Poland.
Enjoy ethnic foods, beer, dancing, games and a Polka mass, all while celebrating the rich heritage and history of Kansas City, Kansas' Polish community. Hospital Hill Run - June 5, Featuring half-marathon, 5k and 10k distances, this Kansas City running tradition benefits Children's Mercy Hospital.
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Future Stages Festival - JuneVirtual in The Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts presents a free weekend of compelling performances, engaging youth-friendly activities and one-of-a-kind entertainment. Great Lenexa Barbeque Battle - June WaterFest - June Waterfest is a fun-filled, family friendly event that is the largest annual festival in nearby Excelsior Springs, MO.
Activities include live music, fireworks, a car show and other homespun traditions. Jazz Walk of Fame. Boulevardia - Cancelled for Crown Center transforms into an all-senses destination during this favorite festival hosted by Boulevard Brewing Co. Old Shawnee Days - Postponed for Past meets present during this four-day event that celebrates the history of Shawnee, KS, with attractions including rides, music, games, historical reenactments and crafts.
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Crown Center Antique Festival - Postponed for Dealers and visitors alike agree that this festival is one of the top antique shows in the Midwest, thanks in part to a dizzying array of wares ranging from furniture and jewelry to pottery and linens. Heart of America Shakespeare Festival - Cancelled for To festival, or not to festival? Each year, the free festival features performances of a different Shakespearean masterpiece.
Vaile Strawberry Festival - Cancelled for The beautiful, historic Vaile Mansion hosts this annual event, which welcomes craft and antique dealers who set up their wares throughout the mansion—and, of course, strawberry treats as you shop. KC Airshow - July Taking flight on Fourth of July weekend, this air spectacular in New Century, KS, features an annual lineup of star-studded aerialists, exhibits and other experiences. Cap off your work week with this free event featuring top local bands and favorite food trucks.
Then, finish the evening with a famous flick under the stars at Crown Center Square. Festival of Butterflies - July Aug. This perennial favorite at Powell Gardens. Step into the magical world of butterflies and enjoy opportunities to learn more about the fluttering creatures.
Grand Carnivale - July Aug. An immersive new summer experience that invites visitors to celebrate the sights, sounds and tastes from cultures around the globe, including India, China, Italy, France and Germany—all, fittingly, at Worlds of Fun. KC RiverFest - July 4, Celebrate July Fourth in this festival at Berkley Riverfront Park, which begins with live music, activities and food and concludes with one of the largest fireworks shows in the Midwest.
Amelia Earhart Festival - Cancelled for Ethnic Enrichment Festival - Aug. Planet Comicon - Aug. Parkville Days - Aug. The quaint riverfront community of Parkville, MO, celebrates its history and future with this annual family friendly festival, featuring crafts, carnival favorites and more. KC Pride - Aug. Throughout the weekend event, celebrate inclusion, diversity and pride with live music and performances from local and national headliners.
Jazzoo - Aug. Creative black-tie attire makes for an unlimited of fashionable photo ops in this annual fundraiser at the Kansas City Zoo. Funds raised support the Zoo Learning Fund and help buy food for animals. Heart of America Hot Dog Festival. The Negro Leagues Baseball Museum welcomes hot dog aficionados to sample delicious ballpark franks, including the ature Kansas City Monarch Dog, plus live music and admission to the museum.
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Charlie Parker Celebration. Pay tribute to KC native Charlie Parker, one of the finest and most influential jazz musicians to ever play, at this day event that features live music, public programs and more. Middle of the Map Fest - Postponed for Santa-Cali-Gon Days - Sept.
This Independence festival commemorates the origin of the Santa Fe, California and Oregon trails during westward expansion. Browse more than artisan, craft, food and commercial vendor booths, as well as a carnival, a 5K and more.
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Kansas City Renaissance Festival - Sept. Step back in time at the Kansas City Renaissance Festivala medieval-themed village home to jousting knights, thrill-seeking acrobats and beautiful maidens. Nestled in rolling hills, surrounded by thousands of acres of forest and pristine lake water, Dancefestopia has become one of the largest camping and music festivals in the nation, featuring some of the most prominent DJs in the world.