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

KC Zoo Giraffe

Get Wild


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 Weekend

Kansas 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 Summer

Old 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

Classic Rock Icon

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers

One of America’s most iconic rock groups returns to KC for the first time since 2010 to perform classic tracks on their 40th anniversary tour, all at Sprint Center.

Sprint Center, June 2, 7:30 p.m.

Hospital Hill Run 2017

Hit the Ground Running

Hospital 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

Northland Celebration

Festa Italiana

Celebrate Italian traditions and Italian-American culture at this local ethnic festival that draws crowds from all across the metro. Enjoy Italian cuisine, a beer garden, car show and more, all at Zona Rosa.

Zona Rosa, June 2-4

Anniversary Tour

Elvis 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

Under the Stars

John Legend

Spend an evening under the stars with singer-songwriter superstar John Legend as he brings his smash hits and touching tunes to Kansas City’s Starlight Theatre for an unforgettable performance.

Starlight Theatre, June 13

Shakespeare in the Park

Heart 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

Blues Legend

Buddy Guy

Catch blues guitarist and singer Buddy Guy at Crossroads KC at Grinders for an outdoor evening featuring the living legend’s greatest hits.

Crossroads KC at Grinders, June 15

Beer, Bites and Music


Beer, bites and live music—what more could you possibly want in a two-day festival? Choose between several different experience options to enhance your weekend, or go GA and enjoy the atmosphere as-is.

West Bottoms Stockyards District, June 16-17

Breathe and Take in the View

Yoga 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.

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