10 Great Reasons to Meet in Kansas City


From its revitalized convention district to the burgeoning arts scene, KC is the heart of the New Midwest. 

Here are 10 reasons why the City of Fountains is an inspired choice for your next meeting.


State-of-the-Art Meeting Spaces

The Kansas City area offers first-rate exhibit and meeting facilities of all sizes. Encompassing more than 800,000 square feet, the Kansas City Convention & Entertainment Facilities can serve all your meeting needs under one roof.

The Kansas City Convention Center houses 388,800 square feet of contiguous, column-free exhibit space in Bartle Hall. As part of a $150 million improvement project, the center's meeting space was renovated, and Kansas City welcomed one of the largest green ballrooms in the nation.

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Superb Hotels

Excellent hotel facilities are available at reasonable rates. The metropolitan area offers more than 34,000 guest rooms, with nearly 4,600 hotel rooms within blocks of the Convention Center.

Major national hotel brands are represented, including InterContinental, Hilton, Marriott, Sheraton and Westin. Plus, the new Loews Kansas City opening in 2020 with 800 rooms and 60,000 square-feet of meeting space across from the Convention Center Grand Ballroom.

Convenience

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Kansas City’s location has been an asset to meeting planners for years. But it’s also a huge advantage for the attendees.

In fact, more than 55 million Americans can get to Kansas City in less than a day’s drive. And flying here is even easier—as Kansas City International Airport is just a three-hour flight away from each coast. All major U.S. air carriers serve KCI, which offers hundreds of daily flights with nonstop service to more than 50 destinations, both domestic and international.

Affordability

Kansas City is easy on the bottom line, thanks to reasonable rates for lodging, airfare, food and services.

Since Kansas City International Airport is not a hub for any single airline, competition among carriers keeps airfares down. When you compare hotel costs, food costs and other services, Kansas City stacks up well against its competition.

Top-Notch Attractions

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City

From Walt Disney’s first animation studio to the local founding of Hallmark Cards, Kansas City has a history of inspiring people. And that tradition continues today, thanks to Kansas City’s impressive slate of “cultural-yet-cool attractions”(Essence). 

Browse the thought-provoking galleries at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. Experience the nation’s only World War I museum at the National WWI Museum and Memorial. Follow in the footsteps of America’s 33rd president at the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum. The list goes on and on.

Entertainment & Nightlife

Entertainment is a must for any event. At the heart of KC's after-hours revelry is the Power & Light District, an eight-block entertainment hub chock-full of shops, restaurants and nightlife—all only steps away from the Convention Center.

You can also spend an evening listening to Kansas City's phenomenal jazz and blues music at clubs throughout the city. Or, try your luck at one of five dazzling casinos.

World-Class Cuisine

Saveur called Kansas City “America’s next great culinary destination.” 

Though famous for sizzling steaks and mouthwatering barbecue, the city offers an incredible range of cuisine. KC's dining scene is a culinary crossroads of savory barbecue, upscale restaurants, James Beard Award winners and farm-to-table favorites. 

Shopping

Allow your shopping bags to overflow as much as the city’s fountains. The 15-block Country Club Plaza is well known for its Spanish architecture, sparkling fountains, restaurants and local retailers.

Boutique shops in Westport, big-name favorites at Legends Outlets and antique treasures in the West Bottoms are just a few of the city’s other shopping hotspots.

Hospitality

Whether you’re attending a weekend convention or one that lasts all week, Kansas City’s reputation as a friendly city is well known and well deserved.

KC’s Midwestern hospitality helps visitors of all kinds feel welcome, making meetings enjoyable for both planners and attendees.

Cultural and Urban Renaissance

Kansas City has invested billions of dollars to create major new attractions and facilities. The $7.3 billion downtown transformation includes the free KC Streetcar, connecting Kansas City's urban core, the Power & Light District and Sprint Center, both near the Convention Center.

One of the world’s finest performing arts centers, the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts is home to KC’s acclaimed ballet, opera and symphony companies. Stroll through the Crossroads Arts District to take in dozens of independent art galleries, which makes it one of the most concentrated arts neighborhoods in the U.S. 

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