KC Summer Festival Guide

2015 Edition

It's Summer in Kansas City and that means Festivals! Whether you fancy a good old fashioned county fair, or an ethnic festival with delicious delicacies, or something a bit more out of the ordinary... there is something for everyone! This is our guide to Festivals in the Kansas City area (a few of these are Day Trips in Missouri and Kansas).

TIPS: Click the event name to visit the Festival Website for additional information! Also, some festival plans may change in inclement weather, check websites and Facebook pages for updates.

Note: This list was compiled by the staff of KC Parent Magazine and may not be reproduced in print or online without permission. Please email kristina@kcparent.com if you have an addition to this list.

Late May & June Festivals & Fairs in Kansas City

Lawrence Busker Festival May 29 - 31, Lawrence, KS. Now in it's 7th year, the Lawrence Busker Festival is the area's largest gathering of street performers in the area. Come join us for three days of family fun with some of the most talented freaks, geeks, artists and musicians around. And while our festival may be large, planning your visit is easy. Check out our performance schedule to make sure you don't miss your favorite acts. And for an even more up close and personal experience, come check out Busker Ball on the Thursday before our big weekend.

Prairie Village Art Show May 29 - 31, Prairie Village Shops. Annual Art Show featuring over 100 artists from across the country. Children's activities, food, music and more! 

Festa Italiana May 29 - 31, Zona Rosa. One of Kansas City’s favorite festivals, Festa Italiana, the unique celebration of Italian traditions and Italian-American culture, will be hosted once again at Zona Rosa this year! This longtime local ethnic festival draws visitors from across metropolitan Kansas City and beyond. This popular family event has free admission and showcases Italian food booths, a beer garden, vendors, live Italian music, dancers, a kids play area and much more! 816.587.8180

Rose Show and Rose Day May 31, Loose Park. Visit the Garden Center to see the 2015 Rose Show winners. View the beautiful Rose Garden in Loose Park, enjoy music, KC Youth Ballet and free ice cream! 816.784.5300

Old Shawnee Days June 4 - 7, Old Shawnee. Kick off your summer with everyone’s favorite Shawnee event - Old Shawnee Days! There’s something for everyone - music, carnival rides, contests, games, the parade, crafts, shopping, festival food, and so much more. 

Jazzoo June 5 Kansas City Zoo. Jazzoo is the Kansas City Zoo’s largest fundraiser. It helps raise support for the children’s educational programs and feeds the Zoo’s more than 1,000 animals. 816.513.5700

Lee's Summit Downtown Days June 5-7, Downtown Lee's Summit. Spanning six blocks in the historic Downtown Lee’s Summit central business district. Live entertainment featuring The Elders, food vendors, a carnival, Pianos on Parade, craft vendors, the KCBS-sanctioned BBQ competition and much more are part of this year’s festivities. Festival hours are from Noon to 10 p.m. Friday, June 5; 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, June 6; and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 9. For more than 20 years, Downtown Lee’s Summit Main Street has been hosting a family-friendly festival in the heart of Downtown Lee’s Summit. Every year, the Downtown Days committee brings in new events and activities, and this year is no exception, promising a few attractions festival-goers won’t see anywhere else.

Sugar Creek Slavic Festival June 5 & 6, Sugar Creek. This June, join Sugar Creek and its citizens as they pay tribute to their Slavic heritage in the only way they know how - with scores of heel-kicking dancers, ivory-toned riffs from squeezebox masters, and of course, pound upon pound of juicy Kielbasa. Fee for food and crafts. Free entertainment.

Liberty Arts Squared June 5 & 6, Historic Downtown Liberty. The visual arts area incorporates two and three-dimensional fine arts and crafts. Media will be juried and displayed in two separate categories: Fine Arts and Crafts. The Children's art area of the festival will feature interactive arts activities in the visual arts, literature, musical arts and music-making and performance. The activities are set up so that children can become engaged with producing art and viewing demonstrations throughout the children's area. Activities will be available for all age groups from very young through teen-aged. Liberty Arts Squared will have storytellers featured during the day on Saturday at various locations on the Historic Downtown Square. 

Missouri Town 1855

Children's Day & National Trails Day June 6, Missouri Town 1855. Kids will get a glimpse into simpler times through the time-honored games of yesteryear… tug-of-war, marbles and gunny sack races!  A special exhibit exploring Jackson County’s ever-expanding trail system is also included. Adults, $5.00; Youth 5-13 and Seniors, $3.00; Under 5, Free. 816.503.4860

Vaile Mansion Strawberry Festival June 6, Vaile Mansion. There will be approximately 100 craft & antique booths set up on the spacious lawn. Entertainment, food, children's corner, carriage rides, vintage cars, and wonderful Strawberry Treats. Free admission to grounds, Mansion tour $6.00.

Weston Children's Day June 7, Weston, MO. Fun for all ages. This year's Kid's Day will be held in the Weston City Park. There will be food, games, and drawings for prizes. Mark your calendar and kick off your summer fun. Contact Kristine Lindahl at Renditions 816-640-2300.

Smoky Hill River Festival June 11-13, Salina Kansas. Festival-goers will discover the vibrant sounds of musical instruments and voices blended with colorful artwork and outdoor-art installations designed to intrigue and engage each visitor. Mix these elements with a touch of children's laughter and a 'dash' of tantalizing outdoor cooking and you can just about captured the essence of the unique 'recipe' that comprises the Smoky Hill River Festival. 

Festival on the Trails June 12-13, Downtown Gardner. This festival is a celebration for residents as well as an opportunity to showcase Gardner to the rest of the Kansas City Metro area. Expecting an attendance of more than 11,000 visitors over two days! Nationally known bands provide entertainment both evenings.  The Festival begins Friday night, and includes free entertainment and a variety of beverage & food booths. It continues Saturday with a full day activities for children, crafts and commercial booths, a car show, food, and much more! 

Busker Festival at City Market June 13, City Market. Every weekend, the City Market Square is full of unique entertainment-local musicians, jugglers, magicians bring their acts to the farmers market. Join us on Saturday, June 13 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. as we celebrate the art of busking at our annual Busker Festival! You might be asking yourself: what is a busker? A busker is a street performer who practices their craft in public places, for gratuities. The City Market has long been an incubator for unique entertainers. The Busker Festival will showcase musicians, unicycling, juggling, fire twirling, aerial arts, stilt walkers, musicians, dancers, comedy, circus acts, balloon twisting, magicians and more. The City Market's motto is "where the locals go," and in keeping with that tradition, all performers are local to the area.

Annual Greek Festival June 12 -14, St. Dionysios. 50th Annual Greek Festival. Come and enjoy a little taste of Greece with delicious food, dancing, crafts and more. FREE Admission, charge for food and vendor goods.

Flag Day at Fort Osage

Flag Day at Fort Osage June 13, Fort Osage. Learn about proper flag etiquette and explore a display of flags representing different periods of American history. The knowledgeable staff will answer questions and provide valuable historic information about our nation’s enduring symbol. Adults, $7.00; Youth $4.00; and Seniors, $3.00. 816.503.4860

Scottish Highland Games June 13 - 14, E.H. Young Park. The Kansas City Scottish Highland Games has world-class bagpiping, sanctioned highland dancing and Scottish heavy athletics competitions. Bring the family to a wee bit of Scotland in America's heartland! Come experience the color, sounds and traditions of Scotland, here in greater Kansas City, Missouri! Listen to the Great Highland Bagpipe playing over the fields, see world class athletes toss the ancient Scottish caber, and watch sanctioned Highland Dance competitions showcase the best dancers from across the country. Two stages of live Celtic Music continue throughout the Games, featuring favorite regional entertainers and national headliners. Find many Scottish Clans on Clan Village and discover your genealogy, or simply share the special company of clansfolk from around the region and the world. Tickets are $10/adult, FREE for children 12 and under.

Sprint Family Fun Days June 13, KC Power & Light District. Bring your lil' sports fans out to Sprint Family Fun Days on Saturday, June 13th at the Kansas City Power & Light District. The Sprint Family Fun series events are held on 14th Street between Main Street & Walnut Street in the Kansas City Power & Light District from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., every second Saturday of the month May – October. Admission to the event is free. Fees apply for premium activities.

Dragon Boat Festival Country Club PlazaDragon Boat Festival June 13, Brush Creek . You are invited to come to the east side of the Country Club Plaza along Ward Parkway and Brush Creek, just west of J.C. Nichols Parkway, and within sight of the Sister Cities Bridge to enjoy cultural and social exchanges among all the people of Kansas City through a celebration of the Chinese Dragon Boat Festival. The day will include cultural games, performances, delicious food, and dragon boats, and fun activities for children of all ages. Dancers, drummers and musicians from all over town will entertain you on the stage. 

Crown Center Antique Festival June 13 -14, Crown Center. More than 40 vendors offering nearly 100 booths of items beckon visitors to the 15th annual Crown Center Antique Festival in Kansas City, Mo. Dealers and visitors consistently rate the Crown Center Antique Festival as one of the top antique shows in the region. The dealers, who come from throughout the Midwest, will combine to offer booths of furniture, jewelry, linens, primitives, pottery, glassware and more. FREE Admission. 816.274.8444 

Farmstead Dairy Days June 13, Deanna Rose Children's Farmstead. Learn why milk really does do a body good . . .Ice cream, cow milking at the Deanna Rose Children's Farmstead. $2/person admission. Under 1 Free 913.897.2360 

National Marina Day June 13, Lake Jacomo. Bass Pro Shops and Jackson County Parks + Rec team up for the 4th Annual National Marina Day Celebration at Lake Jacomo Marina!  This free event is jam-packed with fun activities for the entire family; including boat rides, fishing seminars, children’s games, raffle prizes, crafts, contests, and more. 816.503.4800 

Irish Street Faire June 13, Browne's Market. Irish House Band, Pipers, and The Elders. Driscoll Irish Dancers, O'Riada-Manning Irish Dancers and Best Legs in a Kilt Contest. Great Irish Food. All your favorite Irish Beers on Tap Jameson Irish Whiskey Tasting Vendors, Photo Booth, Large Inflatables Kid's Zone and more.

Heart of America Shakespeare Festival June 16 - July 5, Southmoreland Park. The Festival will produce King Lear, with John Rensenhouse in the title role in Southmoreland Park, June 16 - July 5, 2015.  Performances for the deaf and hard of hearing will be Tuesday, June 23rd and Sunday, June 28th.  The production will play Tuesday - Sunday evenings; gates will open for seating at 6:00 p.m. with showtime at 8:00 p.m. nightly.  This year's production will be the second time the Festival has presented this great Shakespearean tragedy, previously seen on our stage in the eighth season, in 2000.

Belton Community Days June 17-20, Main Street Belton. The annual Parade on Saturday. Carnival, USSSA State Baseball Tournament, contests, fireworks, games, food and vendors.

Parkville River Jam June 19 & 20 Free Admission! Parkville River Jam Jazz, Blues and Fine Arts Festival is a music packed 2 day festival for family and neighbors showcasing musicians, artists and fantastic food from around the Kansas City area and beyond.

Fiesta Kansas City June 19 - 21, Crown Center. Celebrate Hispanic culture at this 14th annual event, which features great music, food, dancing and exhibits. Sponsored by the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Greater Kansas City. Admission charged. 816.274.8444

RESCHEDULEDShatto Family Day at the Farm Shatto Dairy Farm (816.930.3862). NOTE Due to the consistent rain we have received over the past 30 days, and the fact that rain is in the forecast for the next week, we are concerned our fields will be too wet to accommodate parking all of you safely.

Future Stages Festival June 28, Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts from 12 pm – 5pm, FREE, no ticket required. The festival invites youth and families to experience a diverse range of performance and interactive arts activities. The one-day festival, an extension of the Kauffman Center’s Open Doors Spotlight on Youth program, will also provide opportunities for youth and community arts organizations to perform on stage at Kauffman Center.

Great Lenexa BBQ Battle June 26 & 27, Sar-Ko-Par Trails Park (87th & Lackman Road). The two-day event, which includes children's activities and live music, attracts cookers from all over the country who compete for the coveted title of Grand Champion of the Great Lenexa Barbeque Battle, Kansas State Champion. Prizes and ribbons are awarded for the top 10 contestants in seven categories and top three overall winners.

Waterfest June 26 - 28, Excelsior Springs. This three day event features arts, crafts, live entertainment, and water games for the kids, lawn tractor pull, classic car-hot rod and truck show, parade, fireworks and much more.

Independence Food Truck Festival June 27 from noon-9:00 PM at Independence Center Mall. Things are heating up in Kansas City, and Independence Center Mall invites families to celebrate the dog days of summer during its first-ever Food Truck Festival. As part of this outdoor, day-long event, attendees will enjoy live music from folk and alternative artists, including The Pale Blue Dots, Erica Joy, The Invisible World, M Bird, School of Rock and Brad Cunningham Band, as well as a “beer garden” for adults. Plus, there will be family-friendly entertainment and activities, including a bounce house, an obstacle course and more. Enjoy delicious bites from participating food trucks, including: Deco Street Eats - Wraps, salads and tacos, Plantain District - Cuban, Cupcake Cruiser - Cupcakes, Ollie Pearl's - Southern style breakfast and lunch, Gyro Express - Gyros, Iggy Truck - Mexican and Sebella's Fire - Pizza. Attendees are invited to visit Guest Services, located by the 39th Street Entrance on the upper level near Kay’s and Helzberg Diamonds, to pick-up a coupon book featuring exclusive savings from the center’s more than 130 retailers.   

Fiesta Filipina June 27 - 28, Filipino Cultural Center. An annual showcase of Filipino culture, food, dance, music, and games. The Fiesta commemorates Philippine Independence and will feature: a sampling of favorite Filipino cuisine, performances by the Sinag-Tala Dance Troupe and Sampaguita Choir, and arts and crafts from various vendors, among others. Admission is FREE. Children 12 and under are free. Open Saturday 12 AM-8 PM; and Sunday 12-6 PM.

Maker Faire: Kansas City June 27 & 28 at Union Station. Maker Faire: Kansas City celebrates things people create themselves. This family-friendly event demonstrates what and how people are inventing, making and creating. It brings together Makers, Crafters, Inventors, Hackers, Scientists and Artists for a faire full of fun and inspiration. Come see what others are making and be inspired to tap into your own creativity!

July Festivals & Fairs in Kansas City

Flags for Freedom Kansas. Photo by Kristina Light for www.KCParent.com

Flags For Freedom June 27-July 6, Merriam Marketplace. Over 3,000 American Flags on Display. Concerts, Ceremonies, and Festivities throughout the event honoring the American Armed Services.Also enjoy Music at the Marketplace: Free FRIDAY NIGHT Concert Series EVERY Friday night through mid-August at 6:30pm at the Merriam Marketplace (5740 Merriam Dr.). All events are family orientated and free of charge. 913.384.5440 

Parkville 4th of July Festival July 1 - 4, English Landing Park. Bring the entire family for a taste of good old-fashioned Americana! Our traditional salute to Independence Day includes pancakes for breakfast, a community parade, carnival rides, lots of food, fun, games, shopping, music and, of course, our fabulous fireworks finale. 816.505.2227 

Olde Glory Days July 2-5, Clinton, MO. This year's festival is headlined by free concerts from country artists Tate Stevens, Matt Snook and Link Union. The four-day extravaganza also brings fireworks, a parade, carnival, entertainers, food vendors and fun contests to Clinton’s Historic Downtown Square (200 S. Main).

Booms and Blooms July 3 (Rain Date July 5), Powell Gardens. It's peak time to enjoy the collection of more than 400 varieties of daylilies in the Perennial Garden. Tasting Stations are open from 1 to 7:30 p.m. so you can sample the day's harvest. The music begins at 7:30 p.m. the Lee’s Summit Symphony Orchestra takes the stage for a pops concert that includes patriotic favorites. Enjoy a sizzling fireworks display that really shines against the dark country sky! Festival admission includes free parking, admission to exhibits and free trolley rides.

Liberty 4th Fest July 3 & 4, Historic Downtown Liberty. Join us in downtown Liberty, MO and at William Jewell College as we celebrate the 4th of July with fireworks, concerts and fun.

Village Fest July 4, 77th & Mission Prairie Village, KS. The festivities will begin at 7:30 a.m. with a Pancake Breakfast ($5/plate) supplied by Chris Cakes. Other activities throughout the day will include: Rock Climbing Wall, Rock-N-Roller, Trackless Train, & Tubs of Fun, Headstrong for Jake Bike Rodeo, Spirit Award Ceremony, Children's Parade - bring your bikes, trikes, wagons & roller skates! No registration required. Trackless Train, YMCA Kids Tumbling Area, Child Craft Center, Inflatable slides and obstacle courses, Climbing Wall, Face Painting & Wacky Hair, Petting Zoo and Pony Rides, Clement McCrae Puppets, Displays and demonstrations by Police and Fire District #2, and LIVE MUSIC throughout the day.

Powell Gardens Booms and BloomsKC Riverfest July 4, Berkley Riverfront Park. KC Riverfest is THE premiere Independence Day celebration in the region, located along the beautiful Missouri Riverfront. Celebrate the 4th of July with the LARGEST fireworks show in the Midwest plus two stages of music, kids activities, tons of food vendors and more.

Sprint Family Fun Days July 11, KC Power & Light District.  The monthly Sprint Family Fun Series is back on the 2nd Saturday of each month! Get your passports ready to go Around the World at our Sprint Family Fun Day on Saturday, July 11th at the Kansas City Power & Light District! Check back soon for additional details. The Sprint Family Fun series events are held on 14th Street between Main Street & Walnut Street in the Kansas City Power & Light District from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., every second Saturday of the month May – October. Admission to the event is free. Fees apply for premium activities.

Cass County Fair July 14 - 19, Cass County Fair. The Cass County Fair continues to grow and attract bigger crowds for such events as: The Motocross, a Wednesday night Arena Concert, the Demolition Derby, nightly entertainment in the Miller Pavilion, The Southern Fun Carnival, the high powered Tractor Pull and of course 2 nights of MRCA sanctioned rodeo.

Amelia Earhart FestivalAmelia Earhart Festival July 15 - 18, Atchison Kansas. The spirit of legendary aviatrix Amelia Earhart is alive and well in Atchison! Each summer the community pulls out all the stops in honor of its favorite daughter, complete with a downtown music, food and crafts fair, star-filled outdoor concert, children’s activities, carnival, awards and honors, Earhart research and literature, music on the beautiful Riverfront, aerobatic performances and the grandest of all finalés — the “Concert in the Sky” fireworks show. Tip: Read our Atchison Day Trip Tips for more ideas!  

KC Fringe Festival July 16 - 26, Crown Center. A city-wide celebration of local, regional and national artists. Admission charged. 816.516.4750

Chipotle's Cultivate Kansas City July 18, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., a family-friendly, free-admission festival celebrating food, music and ideas at Penn Valley Park in the heart of Kansas City. Cultivate is intended to get all members of the family – from parents down to the little ones – thinking and talking about food and food issues, and how to create a more sustainable future. The event features celebrity chefs; local food artisans, breweries and wineries; an exclusive Chipotle Festival menu; and interactive experiences for all ages to learn something new. The Kids’ Zone, for example, offers activities for the entire family to learn where their food comes from and why it’s important. Highlights include:  PLANT-A-SEED GARDEN DEMO WITH SLOW FOOD USA: At the top of every hour from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., Slow Food will host a short, family-oriented gardening workshop. Kids will decorate their own biodegradable pot and plant an heirloom seed, especially suited for Kansas City’s climate, to transplant later in their home garden. THE LOOMSTATE COTTON PIT: A big pit filled with raw organic cotton fluff for kids to play around in. PAINT-A-TEE: Kids provide the artistic ability, Chipotle provides the rest. Painters will take home a fun t-shirt complete with animal and plant stencil artwork. INTERACTIVE CHALKBOARD: Giant chalk boards and colored chalk will inspire kids to share their thoughts and drawings about their favorite fresh foods. KIDS' SNACK STATION: Kids can enjoy free Organic Valley milks, Tree Top Apple juices, and Plum Organics pouches. Chefs performing cooking demonstrations include Tim Love (CNBC’s “Restaurant Startup,” Lonesome Dove Western Bistro/Fort Worth); Amanda Freitag (Food Network’s “Chopped,” Empire Diner/NYC), Lachlan Mackinnon-Patterson (Frasca Food and Wine, Pizzeria Locale/Boulder and Denver), Graham Elliot (FOX’s “MasterChef,” Graham Elliot Bistro/Chicago), and Colby Garrelts (Rye/Leawood, Bluestem/Kansas City). Additionally, several musical acts will perform, including Portugal. The Man, St. Lucia, Smallpools, and Betty Who.

Miami County Fair July 18 - 26, Paola. Youth rodeo, carnival, races, parade, demolition derby, bike derby, dog show, horse show, pancake breakfast, concerts and more. 

Kansas City's Big Picnic July 19 from 4-7pm, lawn of Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. In celebration of the Donald J. Hall Sculpture Park and National Parks and Recreation month, we once again team up with Kansas City Parks and Rec. to create a GIANT picnic space and bring KC together for a fun-filled evening of outdoor activities for all ages -- including four-legged friends! Pack your own picnic or grab your dinner from an on-site food truck! Performances: Live music featuring Victor and Penny, Dylan Bassett Percussion and Chad Abernathy. StoneLion Puppet Theatre picnic-themed interactive puppets. Interactive performances by professional actors. Highlights: Enjoy The Four Seasons by Philip Haas, on view through October 18. Sculpture exploration with Museum Guides and Teen Guides. Red and white picnic blanket installation, The Picnic Project, by artist Alison Heryer. Badminton and other lawn games
• Create your own Four Seasons-inspired mask to wear. Local artists paint plein air. Artistically transformed piano courtesy of Pianos on Parade. Giant Adirondack chair photo opp. Please note: So sorry, but no grills, no stakes, no tenting, and pets must be on leashes. In case of inclement weather, performances and most activities will move indoors. Parking in the museum garage is $8. Museum members park FREE. Additional FREE parking: Kauffman Gardens, 4800 Rockhill Road. Kauffman Foundation, 4801 Rockhill Road. MRI Global, 425 Volker Boulevard. Safe and secure bike parking courtesy of BikeWalk KC's Bike Valet Service in Southmoreland Park.

Wyandotte County Fair July 21 - 25, Wyandotte County Fairgrounds. Old-Fashioned County Fair - Games, Rides, Carnival, Demolition Derby, Food, 4-H Events, Petting Zoo, Pony Rides, Music and More! 913.788.7898 

Platte County Fair July 22-25, Platte County Fairgrounds. Old-Fashioned County Fair - Games, Rides, Carnival, Food, Music and More! The fair has been an annual event in the community since the first fair in 1863. It is recorded as being the oldest continuously operating fair west of the Mississippi River. The fair draws participants and spectators from a 100-mile radius, and in some cases even further. 816.431.FAIR

Douglas County Fair July 24 - August 2, Lawrence. KS. Petting zoo, pony rides, demolition derby, tractor show, live concerts, turtle races, carnival, tractor pull and more.

Johnson County Fair July 27 - Aug. 1, Gardner, KS. Dog show, youth rodeo, carnival, concerts, goat milking, police & fire demonstrations, bull blast, barrel racing, parade and demolition derby. 

Leavenworth County Fair July 28 - Aug. 1, Leavenworth County Fairgrounds, Tonganoxie, KS. Enjoy games, contests, derbies, food, rides, exhibits, music, and more. From the Kiddies’ Tractor Pull to the Demolition Derby, at the Leavenworth County Fair, there is something for everyone. Support the local 4-H participants in all of their activities. The 4-H fair projects range from livestock and horses to crafts and clothing. 

August Festivals & Fairs in Kansas City

Powell Gardens Festival of ButterfliesFestival of Butterflies July 31-August 2 & August 7-9, 2015, Powell Gardens. Each August Powell Gardens transforms the 2,500-square-foot conservatory into a temporary butterfly house, filled to the brim with gorgeous blooms and hundreds of tropical butterflies. And that's just the beginning! Festival days are packed with hands-on fun. Highlights include a native butterfly breezeway by Master Gardeners, Monarch Watch and the Idalia Society, kids' crafts, storytelling, a costume parade, a butterfly catch-and-release area and much more.

Heart of America Hot Dog Festival Aug 1 from noon -9pm, Negro Leagues Baseball Museum. The festival will include an All-Star roster of musical performances headlined this year by the legendary Average White Band. Advance tickets for the Heart of America Hot Dog Festival cost $10 for adults and $5 for kids under age 12. Children under 5 are free with an adult admission. The special advance ticket offer includes admission to the NLBM and a free Hot Dog and Pepsi product. Advanced ticket offer ends July 18, 2015. Day of event tickets cost $15 for adults and $10 for kids and also includes admission to the NLBM. (Please note, same day tickets do not include free food and drink offer).   A special TOP DOG VIP ticket costs $100 and includes admission for two, unlimited food and Pepsi products, reserved seating and two festival t-shirts. NLBM members can receive a $10.00 discount on VIP ticket passes. Tickets can be purchased online at http://www.nlbm.com/ns/ProductDetail.cfm?PID=609. For more information about the Heart of America Hot Dog Festival or for sponsorship opportunities, please contact the NLBM at (816) 221-1920.

The Strawberry Swing Aug 1, Alexander Majors Barn & Grounds (8201 State Line Rd., KC, MO). 75+ handmade or vintage vendors, food trucks, a photo booth, a kids craft area, live music and much, much more!

Sprint Family Fun Days August 8, KC Power & Light District. The monthly Sprint Family Fun Series is back on the 2nd Saturday of each month! Get your passports ready to go Around the World. The Sprint Family Fun series events are held on 14th Street between Main Street & Walnut Street in the Kansas City Power & Light District from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., every second Saturday of the month May – October. Admission to the event is free. Fees apply for premium activities.

Missouri State Fair August 13 - 23, Sedalia, MO.  The 400-acre fairgrounds will present premier livestock shows and competitive exhibits, and first-class professional entertainment. Admission charged. Read our Tips for the Missouri State Fair before you go!

Kosher BBQ Festival Aug. 16, at the Ritz Charles in Overland Park. Free and open to the public. Fabulous food and fun. Live entertainment and activities for all ages. Food Network's celebrity judge Simon Majumdar will be on hand for judging and cooking demonstrations. Kosher Kids Q Competition for ages 6 to 12. Thirty teams competing in the only Kansas City Barbeque Society sanctioned event. Kids Zone bounce houses.

Ethnic Enrichment Festival of Kansas City August 21-23, Swope Park. Admission charged. Parking is Free ( Handicap Parking available). Over 60 countries participate each year with booths showcasing food and crafts from each country, and live performances on stage with dance, music, martial arts, and skills demonstrations. You may purchase food from each country creating your own smorgasbord of flavor, sampling many dishes from many cultures.

Parkville Days Aug. 21-23, Parkville, MO. One of downtown Parkville’s biggest festivals, the annual Parkville Days offers great family entertainment and fun in historic downtown Parkville. This year’s event offers something for everyone! Browse and enjoy dozens of art, craft, and food and specialty booths. The Evans Midland Empire Carnival is all weekend starting Friday at 6:00 pm. There will be great jazz and blues on the main stage Friday night and Saturday starting at 1:00 pm. The downtown shops and restaurants will host their end-of-summer sales and specials Friday and Saturday.

Baconfest  Aug. 22, Ameristar. Bacon is awesome! So why not dedicate a day to it? Enjoy all things bacon while helping children and adults who are newly disabled get back on the road of life. Proceeds benefit The Rehabilitation Institute of Kansas City (RIKC). Local restaurants will serve up samples of creative bacon fare while you enjoy a cold beer, unique bacon drinks and live music. All guests will receive a commemorative drink cup to enjoy your beer in at the event & a Bacon-Fest t-shirt.

KC Aviation Expo Aug. 22 - 23, Wheeler Downtown Airport. Watch as the U.S. Navy Blue Angels, the U.S. Army Golden Knights, the Trojan Phylers and more airplanes at the air show. The  Wheeler Downtown Kansas City Airport is the home to the National Airline History Museum.  The Kansas City Air Show is lucky to have the Museum bring out their pieces of Aviation History.  You too, will have the chance to step back in time when you take a look at these planes up close.

Tiblow Days Aug 27-29, Bonner Springs. Concerts, BBQ Contest, craft vendors, parade and more.

Santa-Cali-Gon Days Sept 4 - Sept. 7, Independence, MO. This premier annual festival on historic Independence Square features more than 400 crafters/vendors and more than 100 food booths, free local and nationally known country western music on a community stage, gospel stage and headliner stage, a midway carnival and old fashioned contests like watermelon seed spitting, ice cream eating and rootbeer chugging. FREE except carnival and vendor purchases 816.252.4745

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