Summer in Kansas City

Everything You Need to Know About Summer in Kansas City

Festivals that celebrate music, culture and community. 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

Summer in KC officially begins with Memorial Day Weekend, ushering a season of big, annual blowouts with Celebration at the Station.

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 Pride

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.

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.

Cool off with the sweetest treats in the Midwest or head to B&B Theatres Mainstreet for summer blockbusters, a full menu and service without ever having to leave your seat.


Visit any one of Kansas City’s tremendous national museums or other amazing institutions like the Arabia Steamboat Museum during the summer months.


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

Sobela Ocean Aquarium at Kansas City Zoo & Aquarium

Be sure to swing by the Kansas City Zoo & Aquarium to check out its brand-new 650,000-gallon Sobela Ocean Aquarium, 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.


Holladay Distillery | Weston

Places like Weston, Independence and Lawrence stand proud as hubs of culture, history and good times—making them perfect for daytrips or weekend adventures


Wineries and Wine Bars in Kansas City

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.”