An ongoing series, we’re highlighting some of the most important events, exhibits and can’t-miss activities each month of the year.
Keep your June calendar open: summer returns with festivals and major events headlining a jam-packed month.
Live Performances, Lively Festivals
Wear your wildest black tie attire at this annual Kansas City Zoo fundraiser, now in its 28th year. One of the most popular charity events in the city, this year’s theme is Peacocks & Plumage—the perfect excuse to shake your tailfeather all night.
Kansas City Zoo, Friday, June 2, 7:30 p.m.-midnight
Pride-Filled WeekendKansas City PrideFest
Kansas City PrideFest returns to Berkley Riverfront Park this June for a weekend filled with entertainment, events, live music, a food fair and plenty more.
Berkley Riverfront Park, June 2-4
Kick-Start SummerOld Shawnee Days
Kick off summer with this free, four-day festival that highlights family-friendly entertainment, complete with live music, a carnival, contests, games and plenty more for everyone.
Shawnee, Kan., June 1-4
Hit the Ground RunningHospital Hill Run
Lace up your shoes and hit the ground running with this storied KC race. Choose between three different course lengths (the half marathon is one of the oldest in the country) and join the thousands of other racers who participate each year.
Crown Center, June 2-3
Anniversary TourElvis Costello
The highly influential singer-songwriter comes to Kansas City to celebrate the 35th anniversary of his acclaimed 1982 album, “Imperial Bedroom.” Expect big hits all night long.
Crossroads KC at Grinders, June 9
Shakespeare in the ParkHeart of America Shakespeare Festival: Hamlet
To see or not to see, that is the question. The answer is obviously yes, you definitely need to catch a showing of Hamlet during this iconic festival, which is celebrating 25 years of performing the Bard of Avon’s plays.
Southmoreland Park, June 13-July 2
Breathe and Take in the ViewYoga on the Rooftop
What better way to end the day than while overlooking Kansas City’s skyline? That’s right—strike your best chaturanga in this yoga class atop the Central Library’s Rooftop Terrace, suitable for all skill levels.
Central Library, Tuesday, June 27, 6 p.m.