Major Annual Events


KC Datebook

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.


JANUARY

Kansas City Restaurant Week - Citywide, 800-767-7700

MARCH

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

APRIL

Gatsby Days - Excelsior Springs, MO, 816-714-8585

Kansas City Easter Parade - Zona Rosa, 816-587-8180

Kansas City FilmFest - Mainstreet Theatre, 913-649-0244

MAY

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., 

JUNE

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

JULY

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

AUGUST

Bacon Fest - 31st & Main, 816-751-7901

Ethnic Enrichment Festival - Swope Park, 816-842-7530

Festival of Butterflies - Powell Gardens, 816-697-2600

Free Friday Night Concerts - Crown Center Square, 816-274-8444

SEPTEMBER

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

OCTOBER

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

NOVEMBER/DECEMBER

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

1827 Log Courthouse

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.

3 Trails Brewing

Relaxing atmosphere with a broad range of beer styles. Located on the historical Independence square.

Adventure Oasis Water Park

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.

American Jazz Museum

The sights and sounds of a uniquely American art form come alive at the American Jazz Museum.

American Royal Livestock, Horse Show and Rodeo

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.

American Royal Museum

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 Power & Light

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.

Beast Haunted House

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.

Bingham-Waggoner Estate

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.

Boulevard Brewing Co.

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.