Recognized as one of the most concentrated gallery districts in the country, the Crossroads Arts District is a cultural mecca and extraordinary collection of more than 400 local artists and 100 independent studios.
Among them are The Bauer, with 30,000 square feet of artist studio, gallery, retail and office spaces, as well as the Leedy-Voulkos Art Center featuring numerous Kansas City area photographers, painters, designers, sculptors, printmakers, ceramicists and craftsmen.
And, if you’re in town on the First Friday of the month, you can enjoy captivating traditional and unconventional art exhibits, sidewalk vendors, talented street musicians, live theater, aerial performances, tasty food trucks, and more during the First Fridays gallery walk.
Crossroads entertainment options include artistic theater productions at the Fish Tank Performance Studio inside of the Wyandotte Arts building, in addition to the alfresco music venue CrossroadsKC at Grinders, presenting a variety of music from hip hop to rock, bluegrass, reggae and other genres.
Gastronomic adventures ranging from quaint bistros to upscale restaurants are plentiful as well, including Nara Japanese Robata, voted “Best Sushi,” and finger lickin’ ‘que from one of Kansas City’s signature barbecue joints, Fiorella’s Jack Stack Barbecue (don’t miss their award-winning lamb ribs!). Or “cross the border” into Austria at the Wunderbar at the Grunauer, featuring almost two dozen European beers and outstanding authentic Viennese fare.
The Cashew, situated in an iconic 100-year old building, serves innovative cocktails and beers plus delicious sandwiches, burgers and salads against a backdrop of multiple flat-screen TVs and open garage doors in season. At Lulu’s Thai Noodle Shop, savory rice dishes, curries, satays and noodles, coupled with delicious Thai-inspired beverages, are just the beginning of the taste bud tempting menu items.