Best Picnic Spots in Kansas City

While surrounded by and encompassing some of the most beautiful natural environments in the region, KC features a collection of picnic-friendly locations as accommodating as they are scenic.

So, grab your blanket and basket and set up at one of the best picnic spots in KC:

Crown Center Square

Bring your bites and grab a table in between Lego building, deep-sea exploration and high-end shopping while visiting Crown Center, an all-in-one destination in the heart of the city.

Hiking Trails and Parks

Nature beckons. Hiking trails and area parks are abundant in the region and make for perfect picnic occasions.

Local Craft Breweries

Many area breweries, like Big Rip Brewing Co. and Border Brewing Company, invite craft beer enthusiasts to pair their preferred meal with wide varieties of delicious brew styles.  

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

Tap into your inner Picasso by posting up at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, likely the most iconic lawn in Kansas City. And check out the museum’s Big Picnic, an annual summer event.

Tailgating at Arrowhead/The K

Tailgating is basically just a picnic in a parking lot, right? Prepare for kickoff or first pitch by arriving early, with food and drink in-hand, to the lot shared by Kauffman Stadium and Arrowhead Stadium.

National WWI Museum and Memorial

Take in one of the best sights in KC by picnicking outside the National WWI Museum and Memorial on its impressive grounds. Afterwards, head inside and discover the history of the Great War. 

Kansas City Zoo

Refuel in between visits to Polar Bear Passage and Helzberg Penguin Plaza by dining at one of the many outdoor picnic areas in Kansas City Zoo, a perennial family favorite. 

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