August Festivals in KC



These are our top picks for fairs and festivals in Kansas City in August. Read our complete Summer Festival Guide here.

Festival of Butterflies Aug. 4-20, Powell Gardens, 1609 NW US Hwy. 50, Kingsville, MO. Walk among locally raised, native butterflies in our flower-filled “Butterfly Breezeway” or journey to the tropics in our lush conservatory where a close encounter with the blue morpho, golden birdwing or emerald swallowtail is almost guaranteed. Touch live caterpillars, learn about the life cycle of monarchs and participate in the Pollinator Parade. New this year: Join fantastic flying beasts in our Dragonfly Den, featuring native Missouri dragonflies carefully captured during Dragonfly Day.             

7th Annual Summer Strawberry Swing Aug.6, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, 4525 Oak St., Kansas City, MO. Come celebrate the handmade movement with the Midwest’s number one indie craft fair. Enjoy 100+ handmade and vintage vendors, live music, kids crafts, a photo booth and so much more.

Missouri State Fair Aug. 10-20, Missouri State Fairgrounds, Sedalia. The 400-acre fairgrounds will present premier livestock shows and competitive exhibits, as well as first-class professional entertainment. Mark your calendar for summer’s best family vacation experience!

Heart of America Hot Dog Festival Aug. 12, Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, 1616 E. 18th St., Kansas City, MO. Live music, hot dogs and a love of baseball’s history are shared at this event.

Ethnic Enrichment Festival Aug. 18-20, Swope Park & Pavilion, Meyer Boulevard & Swope Parkway, Kansas City, MO. More than 60 countries participate in food, craft, singing, dancing, and other cultural events. Folks come from all around to take part in this amazing cultural experience.

India Fest of KC Aug. 20, Overland Park Convention Center, 6000 College Blvd., Overland Park, KS. Celebrate with artifacts, jewelry, clothes, dances, sales, food and fashion parade.

Raytown Arts & Music Festival Aug. 26, Kenagy Park, 9609 E. 79th St., Raytown, MO.  Local artists sell their works, enjoy children’s activities, food trucks and live music.

Kansas State Fiddling & Picking Championships Aug. 27, South Park, 1130 Massachusetts, Lawrence, KS. Traditional music grows in a community and this year the community is growing to include something for every musician and fan of traditional acoustic music

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