Your Guide to #NSBE49


National Society of Black Engineers 49th Annual Convention Logo

Welcome to Kansas City—Heart of America, City of Fountains and proud host of the National Society of Black Engineers' 49th Annual Convention. We hope you’ll spend your time here discovering everything has to offer, from famous favorites (barbecue, anyone?) to deeply significant cultural institutions (you’ll find the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum and the American Jazz Museum under one roof) and hidden hangs that are guaranteed to dazzle (add Swordfish Tom’s to your list).


Here’s where to start exploring during #NSBE49.

Just Down the Street

Go for a stroll or grab a RideKC Bike to these Downtown KC destinations. Within a few blocks of each convention hotel, you’ll be able to easily reach everything from locally-roasted coffee to nightly live music and award-winning restaurants.


Take the KC Streetcar

Thanks to the KC Streetcar, you’re minutes away from the River Market, the Crossroads Arts District, Union Station and Crown Center, as well as the National WWI Museum and Memorial. It’s free to ride and doesn’t require a ticket—just step aboard and you’ll be on your way. (Tip: For the closest access point from most available convention hotels, head to the Power & Light stop at 14th & Main. If you're staying at one of the Crown Center hotels, the Union Station stop will be most convenient.)


Get a Lift

Just call Lyft. Or Uber. Or… you get the point. These popular neighborhoods and standout day trip destinations are within 20 minutes of Downtown Kansas City.


Kansas City's Black History & Local Resources

Whether you have a few minutes or a free afternoon, many of the city's important cultural destinations are within easy reach.

Kansas City's 18th & Vine Historic Jazz District is home to some of the region's most prominent institutions for Black history. The Negro Leagues Baseball Museum and the American Jazz Museum preserve transformative moments in local and national history, with the Black Archives of Mid-America and Arthur Bryant's Barbeque—a cornerstone of KC's famous cuisine—right around the corner. Plus, you can wrap up the night with a set at the Mutual Musicians Foundation, which opened in 1917 as an African-American musicians union and lives on today as an essential KC jazz club.

Looking for some of KC's favorite Black businesses? Browse the resources available from KC Black Owned or stop by the Black Pantry. For a deep dive into more of the region's significant historical destinations, embark on a self-guided tour along the African American Heritage Trail of Kansas City.