Jackson County's first government building, constructed with slave labor, was the only courthouse between St. Louis and the Pacific at the time the Santa Fe Trail trade began. Two-room log structure was home to roots of Jackson County where controversial slave state, land disputes and westward expansion issues were dealt with. Once a Mormon mercantile store, this structure has a great significance to members of the LDS church. Harry Truman held court here in the 1930s.
Major Annual Events
Below you will find a snapshot of the parties, events and festivals that are on everyone’s radar this year. To see our complete list of events happening in Kansas city, please visit our Events Calendar.
Kansas City Restaurant Week - Citywide, 800-767-7700
Big 12 Basketball Championships - Sprint Center and Municipal Auditorium, 800-745-3000
Kansas City St. Patrick’s Day Parade - Downtown, 816-931-7373
MIAA Basketball Championships - Municipal Auditorium, 816-421-6422
NAIA Division I Men’s National Basketball Championship - Municipal Auditorium, 816-931-3330
Snake Saturday Irish Celebration - North Kansas City, 816-421-4438
Brookside Art Annual - 63rd St. & Brookside Ave., 816-523-5553
Celebration at the Station - Union Station, 816-471-0400
Fiesta Kansas City - Crown Center Square, 816-472-6767
Great American Barbecue - Bonner Springs, Kan., 866-361-3926
Polski Day - Kansas City, Kan., 913-321-5800
Rock Fest - Penn Valley Park
Turkey Creek Festival - Antioch Park, Merriam, Kan.,
Festa Italiana - Zona Rosa, 816-587-8180,
Great Lenexa Barbeque Battle - Lenexa, Kan., 913-541-8592
Heart of America Shakespeare Festival - Southmoreland Park, 816-531-7728
Jazz in the Woods - Overland Park, Kan., 913-498-0164
NASCAR Race Weekend - Kansas City, Kan., 800-460-7223
Old Shawnee Days - Shawnee, Kan., 785-423-4538
Scottish Highland Games & Celtic Festival - Riverside, MO, 913-432-6823
Show Me Pride - Berkley Riverfront Park
Vaile Mansion Strawberry Festival - Independence, MO, 816-325-7430
WaterFest - Excelsior Springs, MO, 816-630-6161
Amelia Earhart Festival - Atchison, Kan.,
Free Friday Night Flicks - Crown Center Square, 816-274-8444
Heart of America Shakespeare Festival - Southmoreland Park, 816-531-7728
Kansas City Chiefs Training Camp - St. Joseph, MO
KC Fringe Festival - Citywide, 816-516-4750
KC Riverfest - Berkley Riverfront Park, 816-960-3400
Art Westport - Pennsylvania Ave. & Westport Rd., 816-756-2789
Dancefestopia Music Festival - Berkley Riverfront Park, 913-735-0801
Jesse James Festival - Kearney, MO, 816-628-4142
Kansas City Irish Fest - Crown Center Square, 816-997-0837
Kansas City Renaissance Festival - Bonner Springs, Kan., 800-373-0357
Ol’ Marais River Run Car Show - Ottawa, Kan.
Plaza Art Fair - Country Club Plaza, 816-753-0100
Santa-Cali-Gon Days - Independence, MO, 816-252-4745
Wild West Show & Bullwhacker Days, - Olathe, Kan., 913-971-5111
American Royal Livestock, Horse Show and Rodeo - West Bottoms, 816-221-9800
Boo at the Zoo - Kansas City Zoo, 816-513-5800
Harvest Festival - The City Market, 816-842-1271
Missouri Town 1855 Festival of Arts, Crafts and Music - Lee’s Summit, MO, 816-503-4860
NASCAR Race Weekend - Kansas City, Kan., 800-460-RACE
Rhythm & Ribs Jazz and Blues Festival - 18th & Vine, 816-474-8463
Weston Applefest - Weston, MO, 816-640-2909
Christmas in the Park - Longview Lake, 816-795-8200
CBE Hall of Fame Classic - Sprint Center, 800-745-3000
Crown Center Ice Terrace - Crown Center Square, 816-274-8444
Holiday Windows on Main - Power & Light District, 877-697-5347
The Ice at Park Place - Leawood, Kan.,
Kansas City Ballet’s The Nutcracker - Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, 816-931-2232
Kansas City Repertory Theatre’s A Christmas Carol - Spencer Theatre, 816-235-2700
A Legendary Light Show - Legends Outlets, 913-788-3700
Mayor’s Christmas Tree - Crown Center Square, 816-274-8444
Northern Lights - Zona Rosa, 816-587-8180
There's more to see in KC
Relaxing atmosphere with a broad range of beer styles. Located on the historical Independence square.
Water fun for the whole family. Park open May 24-Sept. 1, season passes also available; call 816-235-7843 for information. Additional Independence Parks to enjoy : -Water Playground - McCoy Park Location: 24 Highway & North Delaware This is a summer delight, with water play/spray features that are appropriate for children of all ages and give kids the opportunity to cool off in the summer heat. -Water Playground - Rotary Park Location: 24th & Hardy This summer fun spot is a concrete pad with spray features that shoot, spray or mist water for kids to enjoy.
The sights and sounds of a uniquely American art form come alive at the American Jazz Museum.
The American Royal hosts many of Kansas City's premier fall events including the World Series of Barbecue®; the world's largest barbecue competition, their Livestock Show; one of the Midwest's largest livestock expositions, a PRCA sanctioned professional rodeo, and 6 prestigious horse shows including the UPHA National Championship Horse Show. These events allow the American Royal, a 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit organization, to give over $1 million annually for youth scholarships and support agriculture education programs.
Focusing on the role of agribusiness in our lives. Participate in tours led by trained, museum docents. Try out the new equine exhibit and learn about different gaits. Gain insight into the vital role that agriculture played in Kansas City's rich and storied history. Learn about the beginnings of the American Royal and the impact of Tom Bass and Loula Long Combs. Observe horse show, rodeo and livestock show clothing, saddles and memorabilia. Compare your weight with chickens, market hogs, and feeder steers. Visit the reading corner, play computer games, and learn about livestock judging.
Blade & Timber's premier axe throwing facility in the Power & Light District offers 11 throwing lanes, a party room, good eats, beer, wine and an expanded selection of entertainment including darts and yard games. Safety-certified coaches spend one-on-one time with each guest to master the bullseye. Guests are encouraged to play games and even try a few trick shots during the 1.5 hour axe throwing experience. Axe throwing is the perfect outing for friends, families, corporate groups, special events and team building activities.
The Beast has earned its reputation as a top 13 haunted house in the nation for years. Find your way through this thrilling open format design where visitors pass by dramatic scenes on four floors with a twisted path out. Traverse through the haunted house in a true 4D experience that includes movie-quality special effects, holograms, props, animatronics and a real alligator.
The Bingham-Waggoner Estate is recognized today as one of the most significant historical sites in western Missouri because of its role in the history of the area and the people that lived there. Plotted in 1827 on that super highway west called the Santa Fe Trail, the Estate played an important part in our region's history. Of the many colorful owners, characters and residents of this now legendary home, the most famous is the artist and politician George Caleb Bingham.
Founded in 1989, Boulevard Brewing Company has grown to become the largest specialty brewer in the Midwest. Our mission is simple -- to produce fresh, flavorful beers using the finest traditional ingredients and the best of both old and new brewing techniques. The Boulevard story begins in 1988, when founder John McDonald started construction of the brewery in a turn-of-the-century brick building on Kansas City's historic Southwest Boulevard. A vintage Bavarian brewhouse was installed, and the first batches of beer were produced in the fall of 1989.