Everything You Need to Know About Spring in Kansas City
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Flowers are in bloom and the weather is warm. Between a brisk morning hike in the wilderness and an afternoon on the patio with a cold drink in your hands, your days are filled with heading from one adventure to the next, or simply doing nothing at all—and loving every minute of it. It’s springtime in KC, a time for a renewed appreciation of everything that makes the city great, and experiencing all that’s new in the Paris of the Plains.
Here’s everything you need to know about spring in Kansas City:
Fresh Air for All
While a booming metropolis, KC is nestled conveniently near a multitude of outdoor landscapes dying to be explored. Go hiking with family or friends, or take a trip by yourself for some much needed “you-time.” The lush, rolling hills and windswept meadows of Powell Gardens beckon visitors to discover the attraction’s displays. In the city, you’ll find Loose Park just south of the Country Club Plaza, perfect for a picnic or few hours of fresh air.
Travel north to North Kansas City for a wide assortment of urban nature areas and dog parks. While you’re there, grab a paddle and hit the courts at Chicken N Pickle, a hybrid, chef-driven restaurant/entertainment venue. Speaking of outdoor hangs, countless bars and restaurants around the metro accommodate patio dwellers during springtime weather.
Check out Harry’s Bar and Tables in Westport for casual evenings, Brewery Emperial in the Crossroads Arts District for beer brewed in-house, Café Trio off The Plaza for stellar views and Leinenkugel’s in the Power & Light District for satisfying bar bites.
Festival Season Returns
The arrival of warmer temperatures also marks the return of festival season, starting with March basketball. Although not technically a festival, this collection of events is without a doubt one of the most exciting times of the year in KC, bringing hoops fans to the city in droves.
But that’s not all spring has to offer. St. Patrick’s Day in KC is practically a citywide celebration while the Brookside Art Annual draws crowds in the tens of thousands over the course of three days in celebration of the art community.
But don’t count out First Fridays in the Crossroads, where galleries open their doors to welcome guests with insightful exhibitions. Family-fun is paramount at Celebration at the Station, and film buffs can’t get enough of KC FilmFest every April.