An ongoing series, we’re highlighting some of the most important events, exhibits and can’t-miss activities each month of the year. 

The final month of spring is upon us, which means outdoor activities are paramount while major annual events return to town. For more ideas for your KC calendar, check out our Events Guide.

Festival Season in Swing

Music, Film, Ideas

Middle of the Map Fest

Music, film and ideas combine into a single incredible festival that celebrates the best in the Midwest. 

May 4-6

Carnival Celebrations

Truman Heritage Festival

Free concerts, beer gardens and craft vendors highlight a kid-friendly experience at what is expected to be the largest carnival yet for the three-day event. 

Grandview, Mo., May 4-6

Art Abounds

Brookside Art Annual

Known for its festive atmosphere, this neighborhood event promotes local art in the community for both artists and art seekers. An absolute must for those who cultivate their creativity. 

Brookside, May 5-7

Kemper Arena

Exploring KC History

Kemper Arena: A Kansas City Icon

Join historic preservationist Elizabeth Rosin as she discusses the cultural and architectural impact of Kemper Arena, a Kansas City icon since 1974.

Central Library, Sunday, May 7, 2 p.m.

Show Under the Stars

The 1975

Art-pop, pop-rock or just plain pop, The 1975 are one of the biggest bands in the world. Catch the quartet on their North American tour at Starlight Theatre for an intimate, ethereal performance.

Starlight Theatre, Tuesday, May 9, 7:30 p.m.

Party On

2017 Off the Wall Film Series: Wayne’s World

Compulsively quotable, there’s hardly a better movie to kickoff Kansas City Public Librarys 2017 film series than Wayne’s World. Party on, Kansas City.

Central Library, Friday, May 12, 8 p.m.

Action Around Every Turn

NASCAR Weekend at Kansas Speedway

Sunup to sundown, tailgate parties to checkered flag finishes, experience NASCAR action at every turn during race weekend, one of the most thrilling events on KC’s calendar.

Kansas Speedway, May 12-13

Song and Dance

Mr. Stinky Feet

Perennial kids’ favorite Mr. Stinky Feet rings in the annual Summer Reading Program at the KC Public Library with an interactive, high-energy show full of singing and dancing. 

Plaza Branch, Friday, May 26, 6:30 p.m.

Memorial Day Commemoration

Bank of America Celebration at the Station

A world-class symphony pays tribute to America’s armed forces in one of the biggest and most popular community events in the city.

Union Station, May 28, 8 p.m.

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