Whether it’s your first time in KC or you’re a seasoned City of Fountains pro, there are a few Kansas City essentials that everyone should know.

The Basics

Everything You Need to Know About Jazz in Kansas City

Since the early 20th century, Kansas City has been synonymous with jazz. Today, those roots still run deep—the genre is as vibrant as ever, fueling more than 40 jazz and fine-dining venues every night of the week.
JC Nichols Fountain

Everything You Need to Know About Fountains in Kansas City

From grand cascading centerpieces situated prominently along the city’s major thoroughfares to petite spouting statuary in quaint residential neighborhoods, each fountain represents a unique contribution to KC’s timeless moniker, the City of Fountains. 

Everything You Need to Know About Barbecue in Kansas City

For decades, visitors from across the globe have traveled to Kansas City, drawn in by its smoky aroma, just to get a sample of its acclaimed cuisine.

Seasonal

Everything You Need to Know About Spring in Kansas City

Flowers are in bloom and the weather is warm. Between a brisk morning hike in the wilderness and an afternoon on the patio with a cold drink in your hands, your days are filled with heading from one adventure to the next, or simply doing nothing at all—and loving every minute of it. It’s springtime in KC.

Everything You Need to Know About Summer in Kansas City

Festivals that celebrate art, animals and craft beer. Treat-yourself sweets, thrilling theme parks and underwater discoveries. It’s these activities that bring the summer to life in Kansas City, when the days are long and the memories made last a lifetime.

Everything You Need to Know About Fall in Kansas City

Kansas City autumns are a special time as the bustle of some of the city’s biggest events becomes the talk of the town, whether it be tossing the pigskin or saucing your pulled pork.

Everything You Need to Know about Winter in Kansas City

Kansas City winters are jam-packed, featuring six weeks of seasonal celebrations, festive events and luminous light shows, followed by months more of ice skating and big-hill sledding. 

Experience KC

Everything You Need to Know About Arts and Culture in KC

While modern artists make waves each day, the city’s deep-seated cultural roots continue to add color to KC’s canvas, brush stroke after figurative brush stroke, creating a potent arts scene worth exploring many times over.

Kansas City’s Sports Culture

Diamond, pitch, gridiron or racetrack, Kansas City touts a rich athletic history and an even more passionate fan base, regardless of the time of the year or event taking place.

Everything You Need to Know about Shopping in Kansas City

From craft goods and luxury retailers to antique picking and one-of-a-kind souvenirs, there’s no shortage of unique shopping options available in KC.

Iconic KC Meals and Dishes

Kansas City has a number of treasured menu items that are as unforgettable as the Western Auto sign or a late-night session at the Mutual Musicians Foundation. 

Coffee Shops in KC

Whether you’re in the mood to curl up and relax in a cozy spot or use your java jolt to get some work done, these places will serve up exactly what you’re looking for—including coffee, of course.

Events & Holidays

Everything You Need to Know about Kansas City Restaurant Week

Special multi-course menus delight as groups gather together to dine out and do good during Kansas City Restaurant Week. 

Everything You Need to Know About Big 12 Basketball in KC

Warming temperatures in March mean more than just the arrival of springtime in Kansas City—they signal the arrival of basketball fans from across the country, all converging in Downtown KC for the Phillips 66 Big 12 Men's Basketball Championship.

Everything You Need to Know About St. Patrick’s Day in KC

It’s St. Patrick’s Day season in Kansas City: part celebration of the city’s rich Irish heritage, part full day of fun for many in the metro. 
Celebration at the Station in Kansas City

Everything You Need to Know About Memorial Day in Kansas City

Crowds pack together for a front-row view of Union Station. Just before dark, the Symphony strikes up in song, a rousing show that’s capped off with a fitting tribute of a fireworks display. It’s Memorial Day Weekend in KC, a time to reflect, celebrate and usher in the summer season.
First Fridays in Kansas City

Everything You Need to Know About KC's First Fridays

Food trucks corralled like chuck wagons of old while the tantalizing smell of street tacos and gourmet appetizers wafts through the crowd, accompanying intricately displayed artwork in funky studios and multi-story art emporiums. These are the sights, sounds and flavors of First Fridays in the Crossroads, one of KC’s most unique events in one of its most unique neighborhoods.
Hickory Dickory in the West Bottoms

Everything You Need to Know About First Weekends in the West Bottoms

Mid-20th Century buildings tower overhead as shoppers hustle between vintage stores in search of their next great discovery. It’s the First Weekend in the West Bottoms, which means that many of the most prominent and popular antique dealers open their shops to reveal their thrifty picks to the masses.

Everything You Need to Know about New Year’s Eve in Kansas City

New Year’s Eve in Kansas City is a time to celebrate, reflect and look forward to everything that the future holds in the City of Fountains.
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