Kansas City Festivals & Shows

Kansas City Festivals & ShowsLooking for something to do on a weekend? Want a way to connect to the community? Kansas City hosts many unique festivals and shows throughout the year that you will not experience anywhere else. Find something to celebrate and join the party in Kansas City with our list of favorite festivities.

WaterFire
Come together at the unique WaterFire installation in the Country Club Plaza for an award-winning good time. Featuring 55 floating bonfires on Bush Creek, this event has become known as one of the most unique annual public art installations in the world. The opening act draws in tens of the thousands of guests who stay for the many other musical and artistic performances that follow at this unique festival.

Address: 310 Ward Pkwy, Kansas City, MO 64112 - MAP
Phone: (816) 561-3456
Web: www.waterfirekc.com

Village Crawfish Festival
Enjoy delicious food to your heart’s content at the Village Crawfish Festival in Prairie Village. Hosted by the Secret Order of the Crawdaddies, this delicious summertime event features 700 pounds of crawfish, a pig roast, red beans and rice, as well as beer and wine. Fill your belly and listen (or even dance) to the music of favorite local bands while supporting local charities.

Address: 231 Mission Road, Prairie Village, KS - MAP
Web: www.crawdaddies.org

Missouri State Fair
Visit one of the oldest Missouri traditions. Since 1901, the Missouri State Fair has showcased all the favorite concerts, animal exhibits and competitions, homemade crafts, shows and foods of the Show-Me State for local residents and out-of-town (or state) guests. Spend one day or all eleven days of the festival taking in the best concerts and events of the season.

Address: 2503 W. 16th St., Sedalia, MO 65301 - MAP
Phone: (660) 530-5600
Web: www.mostatefair.com

Heart of America Shakespeare Festival
Celebrate Shakespeare in Kansas City at the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival. For over 20 years, the actors in the Hearts of America Shakespeare Festival have produced high-quality performances that strive to make the Great Bard’s works accessible to a diverse audience. Come by for a free show in the park or show how big a fan you are by reserving a seat in the crowd.

Address: 4800 Main St., Ste 302, Kansas City, MO 64112 - MAP
Phone: (816) 531-7728
Web: www.kcshakes.org

Downtown Kansas City Art Fair
Browse through the wares of over 150 fine local artists at the Downtown Kansas City Art Fair in the Power & Light District. One of the most popular annual art shows, this festival is a great opportunity to explore some of the best paintings, sculptures, jewelry, photography, pottery and other crafts available in the city.

Address: 1370 Walnut St., Kansas City, MO 64105 - MAP
Phone: (561) 746-6615
Web: www.artfestival.com

Rhythm & Ribs Jazz Festival
Combine the best music with the best food and you get the Rhythm & Ribs Jazz Festival at 18th and Vine. This historic jazz district celebrates its heritage every year by hosting a two-day-long, family-friendly music and barbeque festival. Enjoy the music spilling out of the pavilions and clubs lining the streets or compete in the amateur barbecue contest.

Address: 18th & Vine Kansas City, MO - MAP
Phone: (816) 474-8463
Web: ribsrhythmandblues.com

American Royal Livestock
Spend eight weeks in the Kemper Arena with American Royalty—American Royal Livestock, that is. This annual livestock show, horse show and rodeo has been a Kansas City tradition since 1899, and showcases the finest animal and agricultural events in the area. Ranked one of the top five rodeos in the nation, you will not want to miss out on any of the excitement!

Address: 1701 American Royal Court, Kansas City, MO 64102 - MAP
Phone: (816) 221-9800
Web: www.americanroyal.com

Kansas City Blues and Jazz Festival
Visit the wildly popular Kansas City Blues and Jazz Festival to see regional and national artists come together for the largest open-air concert series in Kansas City! Big name bands and rising stars come together during this popular summer event to celebrate the musical heritage of the Heart of America.

Address: 1407 Grand Blvd., Kansas City, MO 64106 - MAP
Web: Website