March 1-December 8
Time: From: 08:30 AM to 05:00 PM


Address: West Bottoms Entertainment District Association, 1401 W. 13th St., KCMO 64102
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Phone: 816.842.4280

Related Organization: West Bottoms Business District Association

West Bottoms’ Books in the Bottoms Event brings Stories to the Stores

Meet and greet KC area authors at First Friday Weekend March 1-3

The popular Books in the Bottoms event in the Historic West Bottoms has returned for a fourth year. Local authors will be located inside stores around the West Bottoms to greet First Festival Weekend shoppers and share their stories.

Participating authors will represent a range of fiction and non-fiction genre, including science fiction, fantasy and the supernatural, children’s books, thrillers, and history-based fiction. Nonfiction genres include historical, cooking and crime writing. Some of the Kansas City-area featured authors include: Jen Mann, Sally Berneathy, Darlene Deluca, Les Lynam, Greg Gildersleeve, W.H. Mitchell, Aaron Hollingsworth, Diane Rogers, Kris Bryant, K.B. Draper, James Benger, Paul Goldman, Pepper North, and Rachel Ellyn.

The free, three-day West Bottoms First Friday Weekend averages around 20,000 visitors looking for vintage, antique and one-of-a-kind statement pieces and fun finds. The first weekend adds options beyond the cafés to include the Food Truck Wine and Dine favorites. The area’s six-blocks of multi-story buildings makes it the largest indoor, year-round antique and vintage district in the country.

“The creativity in Kansas City is over-flowing, so it is no surprise we are able to gather so many talented authors,” said Amber Arnett-Bequeaith, VP of the West Bottoms Business District. “People are looking for unique experiences that are worth writing about and sharing with others. The West Bottoms’ First Festival offers a fun place to shop and the rare chance to actually meet and interact with authors.”

West Bottom’s First Festival Weekend

  Opens Friday through Sunday - Shops Open around 9 A.M. and Sunday opens at noon

Food Truck Wine & Dine

  Available Friday, Saturday and Sunday, off the 12th St. Bridge

About the West Bottoms Historic Entertainment District:

The West Bottoms Historic Entertainment District has more than thirty-five stores in a six-block area. Many of the large, multi-story buildings off the 12th Street Bridge offer several floors of vintage and antique finds. The District is the destination for interior decorators and designers, collectors and consumers seeking stylish décor and gift options that have a history and patina that cannot be duplicated. westbottoms.com

COMING SOON - Plan your trip to Kansas City's West Bottoms.

Bunny in the Bottoms: April 5-7

  Easter egg hunt and store egg displays

Blooming in the Bottoms: May 3-5

  Early flowers just in time for an early Mother’s Day experience

Brides in the Bottoms: June 7-9

  Say I Do to the Vintage Bridal Fair June 9 12-4 at the Rumely 1222 W. 12th

Boom in the Bottoms: July 5-7  

  Bands and more making a statement, plus selfie stations

Barking in the Bottoms: August 2-4

  Dog Days of Summer and a Treasure Hunt

Booze in the Bottoms: September 6-8

  Food Truck Wine & Dine and drinks from the harvest

Boo in the Bottoms: October 4- 6

  A Haunting Trick or Treat Sale

Blessings in the Bottoms: November  Nov 1-3

  Day of the Dead Treasure Hunt &Thanksgiving blessings

Balls in the Bottoms: December 6-8

  Christmas balls decorate a huge Christmas tree, lighting, music, and special holiday shopping - something for everyone.

As one of Kansas City’s oldest districts, the stir of excitement continues to grow in the West Bottoms – even recognized recently in National Geographic and Vogue. The district’s growing popularity is attributed to having an authentic style from the ambiance of the large, turn-of-the-century brick buildings to the vintage and antique pieces reimagined for décor and function with history, patina and quality materials.

About the West Bottoms Historic Entertainment District:

The West Bottoms Historic Entertainment District, located just off the 12th Street Bridge has 22 warehouses in a six block area with approximately 600 vendors and more than 25 stores and restaurants.  Many of the large, multi-story buildings have histories starting over 120 years ago and use their floors of vast space to earn the title of the largest, year-round indoor antique and vintage district. The District is the destination for interior decorators and designers, collectors and consumers seeking stylish décor and gift options that have a history and patina that cannot be duplicated. The new Full Moon Escape Rooms add another adventure option in the are  westbottoms.com

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