Best Arts & Entertainment in Kansas City


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Discover KC's renowned art scene with some of the city's most highly lauded venues, galleries and more.

Favorite Art Museum

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

Winner: The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

Runners Up: Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art

Favorite Art Gallery

Hilliard Gallery

Winner: Hilliard Gallery

Runners Up: Blue Gallery, Leopold Gallery

Favorite Mural

Winner: Lewis & Clark (River Market)

Runners Up: Kansas City I'm So in Love, Thomas Hart Benton (Independence)

Favorite Performing Arts Group

Winner: Kansas City Symphony

Runners Up: Kansas City Ballet, Quixotic

Favorite Nightlife Spot

Crossroads KC at Grinders

Winner: Crossroads KC at Grinders

Runners Up: Knuckleheads Saloon, Tom's Town Distilling Co.

Favorite Concert/Live Music Venue

Winner: Starlight Theatre

Runners Up: Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland, Sprint Center

Favorite Jazz Venue

Winner: The Blue Room

Runners Up: Green Lady Lounge, The Phoenix

Favorite Casino

Winner: Hollywood Casino at Kansas Speedway

Runners Up: Argosy Casino Hotel & Spa, Ameristar Casino

Favorite Gay Bar

Winner: Hamburger Mary's Bar & Grille

Runners Up: Bistro 303, Missie B's

Thousands of votes were cast to help decide the winners of the 2018 Visitors’ Choice Awards, where visitors selected their favorites in Food & Drink, Arts & Entertainment, Attractions, Sports & Recreation, Special Events, Shopping, Accommodations, and Overall Best of Kansas City.

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