Smooth jazz and soulful ballads fill the air, floating around street corners and parking lots as a crowd gathers to watch a break dancer. Food trucks are corralled like chuck wagons of old while the tantalizing smell of street tacos and gourmet appetizers wafts through the crowd, accompanying intricately displayed artwork in funky studios and multi-story art emporiums.
These are the sights, sounds and flavors of First Fridays in the Crossroads Arts District, one of KC’s most unique events in one of its most unique neighborhoods. Visitors and locals alike take to the streets, walking from a pop-up party to a craft brewery to a fine art gallery, a stone’s throw from one another. On the first Friday of each month, venture south of Downtown KC—either by KC Streetcar, car, bike or by foot—to experience the avant-garde neighborhood that the arts built.
Here’s everything you need to know about First Fridays: