Everything You Need to Know About Memorial Day in Kansas City


 

Crowds pack together for a front-row view of Union Station, one of the most iconic and recognizable structures in the city. Just before dark, the Symphony strikes up in song—strings, horns and more filling the night sky with orchestral harmony—all capped off with a fitting tribute of a fireworks show. It’s Memorial Day Weekend in KC, a time to reflect, celebrate and usher in the summer season.

Here’s everything you need to know about Memorial Day in Kansas City: 


Mark the Occasion

 

It’s not often that you can catch a free Kansas City Symphony show, even rarer that it’d be outdoors. But the treasured orchestra pulls out all the stops for Memorial Day Weekend with Bank of America Celebration at the Station, a concert now in its 17th year.

 

Celebrate the holiday with special guests, additional musical performances and a grand fireworks show that’s sure to wow onlookers of all ages. Be sure to arrive early: the event site opens at 3 p.m. while the concert begins at 8 p.m. Blankets and lawn chairs are welcome.

 

Up the hill, you’ll find the National WWI Museum and Memorial, the country’s only such institution dedicated to the Great War. Veterans and active-duty members of the military receive free admission—while the public only pays half-price—during Memorial Day Weekend, with special exhibits and displays to commemorate the holiday.

 

After you’ve toured the inside of the museum—which spans the entirety of the war in a state-of-the-art, multi-sensory experience—travel up the tower for an incredible view of the city. Count on an array of activities fit for all ages as well, including a performance by the USAF of Mid-America Hot Brass Band, a display of vintage military vehicles, and plenty more. 

Live Music Revelry

 

From small, close-up shows to huge, sold-out concerts, live music is part of Kansas City culture. 

 

Try Green Lady Lounge for the city's distinct jazz sound or Crossroads KC at Grinders for open-air entertainment—or sing songs for yourself at Hotel Karaoke in the Power & Light District.

Say Hello to Summer

Usher in the sunny season with several Memorial Day Weekend openings and events. Cool off in the summer sun at Worlds of Fun's waterpark, which opens during the long weekend and features wave pools, slides, lazy rivers and more—perfect for full family outings.

 

Spend a day at The K as the Kansas City Royals hit the ballpark—and stick around after the game on Friday for fireworks, a summer tradition.

 

Keep an eye on the Kansas City Zoo as well, as the perennial favorite always has something fun afoot. This year, you can enjoy the Humboldt Penguin March and watch as feathered friends take in the sun and fresh air.

If you’re in search of a different kind of celebration, head to Westport—one of KC’s predominant nightlife destinations—to revel in your extended weekend at the Westport Block Party, fast becoming one of the city’s most revelrous Memorial Day Weekend festivities.

More Memorial Day Events

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! 

Harry Potter Day in Science City

Wands at the ready? Cast some spells and make magical potions at Science City's Harry Potter Day September 28th. Celebrate Harry Potter books with a day filled with (science) magic, flying broomsticks and enchanting treats. Dress in your finest robes and compete to be named best dressed wizard or witch!

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.

THE ULTIMATE WILLY WONKA PARTY WITH LIVE Q&A

SEE WILLY WONKA WITH MIKE TEEVEE AND VERUCA SALT LIVE IN PERSON!

All guests are encouraged to dress up as their favorite character, set-piece, or prop from the film. And show up early for a scrumdiddlyumptious contest!

2019 Ghost Tours

John Wornall’s wife Eliza saw the construction of the Wornall House, witnessed its use as a field hospital during the Battle of Westport, suffered the deaths of her father and five of her children, and watched her city, country and home be torn apart during the Civil War. Dying shortly after the war, her spirit lives on in the Wornall House as one of the most commonly seen unearthly residents of the museum.

Third Thursday

Join us every Third Thursday for live music, free programs, art activities and more showcasing the talents of local artists and collaborators, all for adult audiences! Learn more about this month’s activities and upcoming themes.

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! 

Beast Haunted House

Have a Scary, Fun Time at the BEAST HAUNTED HOUSE

Visit Kansas City's West Bottoms Nationally Acclaimed Haunted Houses this Halloween Season

The Beast Haunted House is one of the greatest haunted attractions in the nation and keeps adding to keep visitors on their toes and scared out of their wits.

The KC Improv Comedy Show

The KC Improv Show is The KC Improv Company’s signature show, featuring improvised comedy from the cast of The KC Improv Company. Games. Scenes. Characters. All made up, based on your suggestions.

The KC Improv Company started in a basement. 19 years later, they perform 5 comedy shows a week at The KC Improv Company Theater, multiple private events throughout the Kansas City area, and operate a year-round curriculum of improv classes.