Everything You Need to Know About Summer in Kansas City
Festivals that celebrate art, animals and craft beer. Treat-yourself sweets, thrilling theme parks and underwater discoveries. It’s these activities that bring the summer to life in Kansas City, when the days are long and the memories made last a lifetime.
Here’s everything you need to know about summer in Kansas City:
Big-Time Events and Festivals
Lovers of craft beer, live music and local flair cheer the arrival of Boulevardia each year, an urban street festival that returns every Father’s Day weekend.
Star-crossed lovers, a vengeful prince or a Venetian trader, the Bard’s timeless stories come to life at the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival, a showcase of Kansas City’s appreciation for the arts.
KC PrideFest is a weekend festival that celebrates inclusion, diversity and pride with live music and performances from local and national headliners, all at Berkley Riverfront Park.
Kansas City’s diverse cultures unite at the Ethnic Enrichment Festival, a weekend extravaganza that includes food, dancing and music representing dozens of countries.
Not to mention all of the Fourth of July fun that takes place each year.
Cool Off with Indoor Sights and Sweet Treats
In Crown Center, young ones can explore their imaginations at LEGOLAND Discovery Center before embarking on an underwater adventure at SEA LIFE Kansas City Aquarium, complete with exotic, aquatic creatures.
Traveling with children during summer vacation? There’s hardly a more kid-friendly trip than one to Kansas City, which features everything from al fresco adventures to indoor entertainment, good eats and more.
Fun in the Sun
Be sure to swing by the Kansas City Zoo to check out its brand-new stingray touch tank exhibit, which debuts in May, plus all of the other amazing animals that call KC home.
Worlds of Fun touts thrilling new rides, high-speed coasters and plenty more entertainment for guests of all ages.
Explore the Region
Get adventurous by visiting one of the many regional destinations surrounding Kansas City, each offering a unique change of pace.
Whether enjoying the warmer months or in need of a tropical getaway, a collection of Kansas City shops serve scoops of ice cream, shaved ice, frozen custard and chilled drinks to keep you cool regardless of the time of year.
The Kansas City metro touts an assortment of specialty hangouts known for excellent selection—so much so that Wine Enthusiast dubbed the city, “one of the country’s most overlooked wine scenes.”