Making the Most of your Event Along the KC Streetcar Line

When it comes to planning an event or meeting in Kansas City, the KC Streetcar is an indispensable asset that can save time and money, as well as enhance the experience for your group. Free to ride and connecting some of the city’s most vibrant districts, the streetcar transforms ordinary events and helps shape memorable experiences.

Here are some of the best ways to make the most of your event along the streetcar line:

Things to Do

Either after the day is done or on a day off, meeting attendees will likely have some downtime while in town. Thankfully, the Kansas City Convention Center is located steps from the Streetcar line, giving people easy access to all there is to do and see in Downtown KC. Gather groups together to crack the codes in Breakout KC, an interactive team puzzle game in River Market. While down there, hit up the Arabia Steamboat Museum to discover sunken treasure from Missouri’s riverboat days.

In the Power & Light District, sports nuts and athletes will love The College Basketball Experience, where you can literally get in the game and put your hooping skills to the test, or pay homage to the sport’s greats at the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame. At the far end of the line, you’ll find incredible, internationally recognized exhibits at Union Station, the perfect way to spend an afternoon in KC. 



While meetings can take up most of the day, eating is always on the schedule. Thankfully, some of the most popular (and delicious) restaurants can be found right along the streetcar line. If your group is in the mood for Kansas City barbecue, try out Fiorella’s Jack Stack Barbecue in the Crossroads Arts District, a local favorite known for its expansive menu. Sushi on the mind? Swing by Nara, also in the Crossroads, for a fresh roll or two, plus other staple dishes from a variety of cuisines.

You’ll find quickly that the toughest part of dining along the streetcar line is deciding which tremendous restaurant to choose from. 801 Chophouse in the Power & Light District has what you need if you’re in search of a more upscale atmosphere, making it ideal for client dinners and special occasions.


Meanwhile, Anton’s makes KC proud with its top-notch steak selections. Just across the street from the Union Station stop is Crown Center, where you'll find One East Urban Bar & Kitchen, the perfect place to sample locally brewed and distilled libations alongside pairings of New American fare, all in The Westin Kansas City at Crown Center.

Happy Hour Hotspots

If your group finds itself searching for places to unwind after a long day, you’re in luck. Downtown KC is the place to be for happy hours. Head to Harry’s Country Club in River Market, touted by Esquire as a member of the American bar “Hall of Fame” for its old-school fundamentals. County Road Ice House in the Power & Light District treats guests to local barbecue from Joe's Kansas City while the half-price happy hour at Extra Virgin is a local favorite.

Make pit stops at several breweries in the East Crossroads for a sample of some of KC’s finest brews, including Torn Label, Border Brewing Co., Double Shift and Brewery Emperial, all just a short walk from the Crossroads stop at 19th & Main. Or step back into Prohibition-era Kansas City at Tom’s Town Distilling Company, a craft cocktail bar modeled after the free-flowing KC clubs of old. 

Experience KC Musts

Not everyone has had the pleasure of staying in Kansas City, and in some cases, people will be visiting the City of Fountains for the first time. However, with some thoughtful planning, you and your group can take part in some of the most iconic KC experiences. Take, for example, First Fridays in the Crossroads Arts District, a monthly tradition that brings out the best in the KC arts community.

Each weekend morning (and Wednesday evening), The City Market comes to life with producers, artisans and more at the largest farmers market in the region. Just across from Union Station, you’ll find both Crown Center and the National WWI Museum and Memorial, two can’t-miss attractions easily accessible from the streetcar line. Plus, don’t forget there’s always one of the many group tours available for sightseeing as well, so no matter how long your group is in town, the streetcar is the perfect tool to see some of the best of KC. 

Kelli O'Hara, Broadway star in concert

Kelli O’Hara is one of the biggest stars on Broadway, and her work in film, television, and opera have made her acclaim even greater. The Tony Award winner will bring her unique mix of classicism and show business to Kansas City for selections from Broadway and the Great American Songbook.

Hugh Jackman

Academy Award®-nominated, Golden Globe and Tony Award-winning performer, Hugh Jackman will bring The Man. The Music. The Show to Sprint Center on Oct. 13. You will see Jackman performing hit songs from The Greatest Showman, Les Misérables and more from Broadway and film, accompanied by a live orchestra.

Paul Childres Concert in the Caves

Blending Pop, R&B, and Soul, Paul Childers is leading a new breed of Singer/Songwriters and Guitarists. Paul finds a way to blur the lines cast between Stevie Ray Vaughan and Jimi Hendrix styles of guitar playing, a Motown rhythm section, and Pop vocal melodies. He is returning to the caves for another epic show! 

B-Side mini 2019

We're celebrating our second annual music festival - in a teenier way!
Join us Oct. 4th First Friday for B-Side Mini!
Acts include our house band I Threw a Chair, Winny Wallet and the Workshop, and local musician Sean Groff.
Inside the gallery we will be showing many mini works, small doodles, sculptures and more.
Big thanks to Brewery Emperial for providing the event with beverages!

Merriam Drive Live!

Downtown Merriam will transform into a street and lawn party full of music on two stages, food trucks, adult beverages and a Cornhole Tournament. Performers include: Four Fried Chickens & a Coke; Red Guitar; Stolen Winnebagos; Fast Times and Noe Palma. Enjoy this annual music fest for FREE in downtown Merriam.

Brahms’ Fourth and Bach’s Fantasia

Helzberg Hall, Kauffman Center
Jason Seber, David T. Beals III Associate Conductor
Paul Jacobs, organ
J.S. BACH/ELGAR Fantasia and Fugue in C Minor
MICHAEL DAUGHERTY Once Upon a Castle for Organ and Orchestra
BRAHMS Symphony No. 4

Finlandia and Schumann’s Piano Concerto

Helzberg Hall, Kauffman Center
Michael Stern, conductor
Martin Helmchen, piano
SIBELIUS Finlandia
R. SCHUMANN Piano Concerto
DANIEL KELLOGG The Golden Spike (Kansas City Symphony commission, world premiere)
SMETANA “Blaník” from Má vlast

The Medical Arts Symphony of Kansas City Fall Concert

The Medical Arts Symphony of Kansas City includes physicians, nurses, pharmacists, dentists, healthcare students, as well as other musicians from the Kansas City area.  This fall concert will include: The New World Symphony - Dvorak , Fanfare for the Common Man – Copeland, Vivaldi’s Concerto for Two Cello, s Gion Overture - Jose Gonzalez Granero