Multicultural Kansas City

As the United States began to grow west, settlers flocked to Kansas City for space, land and a new life. At the same time, these settlers started the framework for the diverse community that Kansas City has grown to become today.

The cultural diversity that resides in this metropolitan area includes African, African American, Asian, Latino, Italian, Irish, German, Native American, Slavic, Mediterranean and Middle Eastern. This rich ethnic fabric of Kansas City continues to grow and prosper.

The legacy of these communities is celebrated at attractions throughout the city. For starters, the Negro Leagues were formed in Kansas City and are memorialized at the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum. The Filipino Cultural Center houses an exhibition space and education facility for the Filipino-American community. The Mattie Rhodes Center constitutes an art gallery highlighting local and national Latino artists, and well as an art center. And the Line Creek Archaeological Museum houses artifacts from six prehistoric Native American cultures.

Kansas City also touts a unique assortment of international cuisines. Southwest Boulevard, Independence Avenue and KCK offer a large amount of Mexican restaurants, including El Pollo Rey. Argentinean fare can be found at restaurants such as Piropos and Em Shamas. Garozzo’s Ristorante is famous for its Italian dish, chicken spedini.

Sample the Cajun and Creole creations of Jazz, a Louisiana Kitchen. Discover fine Chinese cuisine at Bo Lings. Try the French cuisine at Le Fou Frog. Or, try the Middle Eastern flavors of Jerusalem Café. You can also choose Greek, Korean, Ethiopian, Indian, Thai, Vietnamese … Kansas City’s culinary options seem endless!

Few communities put on as many celebrations as Kansas City, and the city’s ethnic festivals tend to be among the most popular. The Ethnic Enrichment Festival, held each August, showcases food and culture from 66 participating countries. 

Kansas City Irish Fest has grown to be one of the largest Irish festivals in the country. The area also holds significant festivals such as the Greek, Italian, Indian, Juneteenth, Hispanic, Asian and Jewish festivals, in addition to many others. Meanwhile, the renowned Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art regularly pays tribute to international cultures and arts with events like its annual Day of the Dead Festival.

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