KC Summer Festival Guide

2017 Edition



It's Festival Season in Kansas City! From trendy boutique shopping to old fashioned county fairs, ethnic festivals with delicious delicacies and local barbecue festivals... there is something for everyone! This is our guide to Summer 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.

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Mid-May Festivals

Taste of KC May 18 from 6 - 9 PM at Kansas City Power & Light District Between Baltimore and Grand Blvd. and 12th Street and Truman Road, Kansas City, MO. Attention foodies!! Sample KC's best restaurants & try some of the best mixed drinks & micro-brewed beers our city has to offer! Witness six of KC's most talented chefs as they battle for the Golden Fork! Buy tickets in advance.

SLP Kick-Off Early Literacy Fair May 19 from 11am-1pm at Mid-Continent Public Library - North Independence, 317 W. 24 Hwy., Independence, MO. Free. Parents and caregivers, along with their children ages birth through six, are invited to an Early Literacy Fair to promote pre-reading skills. Join us as we explore many of the Library's early literacy resources and participate in a wide variety of activities including games, crafts, music, movements, and more! All ages are welcome. 

Celebration of the Arts May 19 from 5 - 10:30 PM Lee's Summit Parks & Recreation 220 SE Green St, Lees Summit, MO. Don't miss this wonderful, FREE, second annual event which will kick off the 2017 Season of Events at Legacy Park Amphitheater. 

Turkey Creek Festival & Artisan’s Expo May 20 from 10am-4pm at Antioch Park, 650, Merriam, KS. Free to attend. Activities include a petting zoo, delicious food and unique craft vendors, music, giant inflatables and more. Calling all crafters of hand-made goods!

Leawood Police Department Car Show & Food Truck Festival May 20 from 10 AM - 3 PM at Town Center Plaza 5000 W 119th St, Leawood, KS. Come hang out at Leawood Police Dept Car Show & Food Truck Festival benefiting Special Olympics Kansas. Not only will you be surrounded by amazing one-of-a-kind cars, but you'll be able to grab a bite to eat at several food trucks as you walk around. Free admission (unless you are registering to show a car). $20 entry fee online to show a car, $30 day of event to show a car.

Run for LITTLE Hearts 10K/5K/Awareness Mile/Kids Dash May 21 from 8am-Noon at Arrowhead Stadium, One Arrowhead Way, Kansas City, MO. Fees $10-$35. 4th annual Run for LITTLE Hearts is Kansas City's exclusive CHD Awareness Event! All proceeds benefit families and research for Congenital Heart Defects, America's #1 birth defect. Tickets include race entry, super soft race shirt, finishers medal, food and kids entertainment! Virtual Runner option is available! KC Food Truck Mafia, Chris Cakes Pancakes, Polar Oasis, Game Kart Mobile Video Game Bus, KC Wolf, Face Painting, Simple Sounds Dance Party, Mad Science Experiment Booths and more!

Summer Learning Kick-Off Party: Summer at the Library Bash May 23 at Mid-Continent Public Library - Lone Jack Branch, 211 N. Bynum Road, Lone Jack, MO. Free. Build a better summer by joining in the fun and games, and get started on your Summer Learning Program adventure! Join us as we kick off the 2017 Summer Learning Program with a party and our annual shaving cream war! All ages. 

Summer Learning Spectacular: Kick-Off Party May 23 from 10am-4pm at Mid-Continent Public Library - Smithville Branch, 120 Richardson St., Smithville, MO.  Free. Celebrate your Summer Learning Program! Join us for our annual Summer Learning Program kick-off. We'll have games, crafts, and treats for all. Plus, sign up for our Summer Learning Program. Ages 6 and up. Registration required. 

Summer Learning Kick-Off Party May 24 from 6:30-8pm at Mid-Continent Public Library - Raytown Branch, 6131 Raytown Road, Raytown, MO. Free. Build a better summer by joining in the fun and games, and get started on your Summer Learning Program adventure! All ages. 

Imagination Creation: Summer Learning Program Kick-Off Party May 25 from 11:30-1pm Mid-Continent Public Library - South Independence, 13700 E. 35th St. South, Independence. All Ages. 11:30 am to 1:00 pm. Free. Hey, kids! Come and help the Library decorate our Summer Learning Program table, and learn about this year’s program, how to register your whole family, and join the fun. All ages. Registration required. 

Lawrence Busker Festival May 25-27 at Downtown Lawrence , Lawrence, KS. Free.  Enjoy three days of family fun with some of the most talented freaks, geeks, artists and musicians around.There will be 5 different street stages with over 25 different acts playing for tips and applause.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.

Fourth Fridays 4th Friday of Each Month, Downtown Olathe, Olathe, KS. Open to the public, no entry fee. Food trucks, live music, and entertainment for all ages! Free activities including Sister Act Face Painting, balloon artists, caricature artists, live music, art stations, and games. Mad Science of Greater KC will also be joining us! Kids can make slime for $1. We will also have a variety of food trucks, including KC Food Truck Mafia and Smish Smash Sandwiche Co. Bring your picnic blankets or lawn chairs, as seating will be limited. 

Illuminated Waters May 26-27 at Theis Park, Oak Street and West 47th St., Kansas City, MO. Building on the success of the past eleven seasons-this year visitors and puppet-makers will encounter a brand new innovation-a festival, called Illuminated Waters. Puppets-both on and off the actual waters of Brush Creek-will perform with the audience, as they’re illuminated from within. Mark your calendar for this innovative artistic experience on MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND! This unique, free, two-day water festival will combine everything we have all learned to love-a giant puppet play, food trucks from around Kansas City, interactive art, games and music. Everything will be at Theis Park right next to Brush Creek. You’ll have the same fun you’ve always had-only this year our puppets will GLOW, illuminating the park with art and even float some on the waters of Brush Creek themselves.

Kansas City Symphony’s Bank of America Celebration at the Station May 28 at Union Station Kansas City, 30 W. Pershing, Kansas City, MO. The Kansas City Symphony’s 15th annual patriotic concert event is the largest FREE Memorial Day weekend festival in the Midwest. From a moving Symphony concert to the city’s grandest fireworks display, nothing celebrates our military and veterans quite like Bank of America Celebration at the Station. Make it an all-day family affair with pre-concert musical acts, food trucks, the Lee Jeans Family Zone plus activities inside Union Station and the National World War I Museum and Memorial. At dusk, swell with pride as your Symphony builds to a grand finale featuring Tchaikovsky’s "1812 Overture: with live cannons and "The Stars and Stripes Forever." Blankets and lawn chairs welcome. The event site opens at 3 p.m.

June Festivals

Kansas City Flavor Festival June 2-11, Worlds of Fun, 4545 Worlds of Fun Dr., Kansas City. A new festival in 2017 celebrating every flavor from the storied heritage of livestock and agriculture to today! Taste the rich flavors of the KC culinary experience!

Downtown Days June 2-4, Downtown Lee's Summit, Lee's Summit, MO. Downtown Days is a family-friendly festival featuring live entertainment, arts and crafts, a carnival, delicious food vendors, a kids’ area, and much more!

Jazzoo June 2, Kansas City Zoo, 6800 Zoo Dr., Kansas City, MO. Jazzoo is the Kansas City Zoo’s largest fundraiser and your attendance helps us feed and care for more than 1, 700 animals and educate Kansas City youth through our Zoo Learning Fund.

Prairie Village Art Show June 2-4, Prairie Village Shops, Prairie Village, KS. Annual Art Show featuring over 100 artists from across the country. Children’s activities, food, music and more!

SummerFest 2017 June 2, Belton Memorial Park, 998 Commercial, Belton, MO. Activities for the kids including a bounce house, water play and more! And, Food Trucks, Touch a Truck, Craft Booths, and Local dance and musical performances.

Festa Italiana June 2-4, Zona Rosa Town Square, 8640 N Dixson Avenue, Kansas City, MO. A unique celebration of Italian traditions and Italian-American culture. Enjoy an amazing assortment of Italian food favorites, a beer garden, an Italian Car Show, food eating contests and much more. Plus, novelty booths will line the streets including “Lots of Italiana” shirts, hats, and other memorabilia representing Italian heritage for the whole family.

Rose Show & Rose Day June 3-4, Loose Park Garden Center, 51st and Wornall, Kansas City, MO. Rose Show, and photography contest; come view hundreds of displayed roses. Kids can enjoy our Children’s Rose Craft Workshop! FREE and Open to The Public!

Old Shawnee Days - Shawnee Town 1929's Ticket to Fun June 3-4, Shawnee Town 1929, 11501 W. 57th St, Shawnee, KS. There are 10 stations for the children to visit and get their cards stamped after doing each activity. All kids get a prize for participating! Some of the hands-on activities are School Days in our one room schoolhouse, marbles, horse shoes, helping with planting, doing laundry the old-fashioned way, visiting our cow and chickens and making a balsa wood airplane in the spirit of Charles Lindbergh. 

Capital City Family & Food Truck Festival June 3, Kansas Statehouse, Topeka, KS. Food trucks, vendors and more will be positioned in an L shape around the Capitol -- from SW 10th Ave. between Harrison and Jackson and from Jackson from 10th to 9th. Bring your appetite and enjoy the culinary delights of more than 40 Food Trucks and vendors. Bounce houses and more family fun on site. Live music and entertainment. No admission is charged to enter the festival. Food trucks will charge.

Vaile Mansion Strawberry Festival June 3, Vaile Mansion, 1500 N Liberty St, Independence, MO. Free admission to grounds | Mansion Tour: Adults $6/ Children $3. 100 craft and antique dealers. Enjoy music, entertainment, antiques, crafts, ice cream, beverages and a children’s corner.

Kansas City Kansas Latino Arts Festival June 3, Location 4th to 12th St. on Minnesota Ave., Kansas City, KS. Celebrating Kansas City’s vibrant Latino community and the works of local, regional and nationally-recognized Latino artists

Weston Kids Day June 4, Weston City Park, Weston, MO. Fun for all ages. There will be food, games, and drawings for prizes. 

Smoky Hill River Festival June 8-11, Salina, KS. More than 20 professional touring acts are featured, encompassing rock ‘n’ roll, bluegrass, alt country, jazz and more. The two juried shows feature work by nearly 130 talented artists from about 35 states. Mediums include ceramics, wood, sculpture, painting, jewelry, photography and fiber. Surrounding the shows are more than 20 set-in-nature Art Installations commissioned just for the Festival. Artyopolis challenges children and teens to express themselves and create in an experimental, affirming setting. More than 30 food vendors offer delectable treats ranging from Texas BBQ to Asian delights, home-cooked bierocks, gumbo, roasted corn and homemade ice cream and more are painstakingly prepared with pride by Festival food providers.

Sugar Creek Slavic Festival June 9-10, Mike Onka Memorial Building grounds, 11520 E Putnam St, Sugar Creek, MO. Admission is $3 for adults and is free for children 12 and under. Try traditional Slavic food, including classic sarma (cabbage rolls), kielbasa (polish sausage), povitica and more. And experience Slavic culture with performances by Kolograd, Hrvatski Obicaj, the Sugar Creek Tamburitzans, Ethnic Dance Troupe, Kolo Kids and others. 

Sunflower Music Festival June 9-11, White Concert Hall on the Washburn University® campus. SW 17th St, Topeka, KS. Annual series of orchestra concerts, chamber music evenings, educational projects and other artistic events of the highest caliber. 

Lenexa Food Truck Frenzy June 9, Southeast corner of 87th Street Parkway & Renner Boulevard, Lenexa, KS. Sample what the metro’s best food trucks have to offer. Our Food Truck Frenzy events draw thousands of hungry folks!

Festival on the Trails June 9-10, Gardner, KS. 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 morning at noon with a full day of activities for children, crafts, and commercial booths, a car show, food, and much more!

Vintage Market Days June 9-11, Longview Community College, 500 SW Longview Rd, Lee's Summit, MO. Vintage Market Days is an upscale vintage-inspired market featuring original art, antiques, clothing, jewelry, handmade treasures, home decor, outdoor furnishings consumable yummies, seasonal plantings and a little more. Early Buying Event Tickets are $10 on Friday, good for re-entry all three event days. General admission tickets are $5 on Saturday and Sunday, good for re-entry on those days. Children 12 and under are free, pets are welcome, but please clean up!

Symphony in the Flint Hills June 10, Flint Hills of Kansas. Produced by Symphony in the Flint Hills, Inc., the Kansas City Symphony performs classical works against a backdrop of the breathtaking Flint Hills of Kansas, home to the largest expanse of tallgrass prairie in North America. Experience the wide-open prairie and endless sky as you enjoy educational exhibits, nature activities, great food and, of course, the Kansas City Symphony program filled with inspiring classics. This uniquely Kansas tradition that now attracts approximately 7, 000 attendees from all over the world. Purchase tickets in advance.

Wings over Whiteman June 10-11, Whiteman Air Force Base, Warrensburg, MO. The Wings Over Whiteman airshow returns this year with a lineup spanning over SEVEN DECADES of American airpower! Highlights include US Army Golden Knights, F-16 Viper Demo Team, “Doc*, ” one of the two still-flying B-29 Superfortresses!, Canadian Harvard Aerobatic Team, CAF Gulf Coast Wing’s B-17 Texas Raiders, Julie Clark, T-34, Kent Pietsch, Kent Pietsch Airshows, A-26 “Lady Liberty”, RANDY W. BALL, MIG-17F, Commemorative Air Force B-25 Devil Dog, Shetterly Squadron, SNJ-6, B-2 Stealth Bomber ( twitter.com/whitemanspirit ), B-1 Lancer, B-52 Stratofortress*, C-17 Globemaster III*, A-10 Warthog, 442d Fighter Wing, T-38 Talon* Whiteman Air Force Base, T-1* Jayhawk, Army Blackhawks, 1-135th Assault Helicopter Battalion,. . . and other featured ground show events! ! Best part is, every one of the old-school warbirds will fly AND have a static display except for the B-29! An asterisk (*) indicates static only.

Crown Center Antique Festival June 10-11, Crown Center Square, 2500 Grand, Kansas City, MO. The festival’s 16th year will feature pottery, china, toys, linens, collectibles, furniture, jewelry, books and much more. Shop from more than 40 vendors at nearly 100 booths.

Tonganoxie Days June 10, Gallagher Park, Main Street, Tonganoxie, KS. Free live music, food trucks, activities for the kiddos, beer garden, and more! 

Juneteenth Celebration June 10, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, 4525 Oak St., Kansas City, MO. Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States. Also, known as Freedom Day, Juneteenth is an abbreviation of “June nineteenth. “It commemorates the announcement of the abolition of slavery in Texas on June 19, 1865. This date, two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation, illustrates the slow communication of freedom during, and immediately following the Civil War. While emancipation was announced in Missouri on January 11, 1865, today, Missouri, Kansas and 39 other states, recognize Juneteenth as an official day of commemoration. The history of freedom and equal rights after emancipation is a long and complex one; indeed, that history is still being written today. Juneteenth recognizes this ongoing struggle while celebrating the enduring contributions of African Americans.

Summer Scene 2017: Raymore June 10, TB. Hanna Station Park, 214 S Washington St, Raymore, MO. Draw on enormous chalk boards, watch demonstrations from local artists, participate in arts and crafts for all ages, indulge in culinary creations from our food trucks and enjoy performances by talented local musicians Dozens of local artists, vendors and musicians gathered for a day-long extravaganza for hundreds of guests. This time around we hope to make the festival even bigger and better. For that, we need your help.

Dragon Boat Festival June 10, Brush Creek along the Country Club Plaza, 47th & Wyandotte, Kansas City, MO. Dragon Boat Races, Entertainment, Food and Fun for the Entire Family

Get Outdoors Lenexa June 10, Black Hoof Park, 9053 Monticello Road, Lenexa, KS. National Get Outdoors Day, encourages you to seek out healthy, active outdoor lives and embrace our parks, forests and other public lands and waters. Have your child test their angling skills in our popular catch-and-release fishing derby! Kids 12 and under can participate. Please bring your own fishing equipment.

Outpace Poverty 5k and Walk June 10, Berkley Riverfront Park, Grand Boulevard, Kansas City, MO. $25 timed runner, $15 walker and children 12 and under are free. 8166598257. The event is open to runners, walkers, and families. Children 12 and under are free. Warm up and post-race activities include, face painting and visits from KC Wolf and Sluggerrr.

Tonganoxie Days 2017 June 10, Downtown Tonganoxie (3rd and Main Streets), 301 N. Main Street, Tonganoxie, KS. The FREE event includes live music, beer garden, rides, inflatables, food trucks, and more!

Shawnee Mission Health Strawberry Festival June 11, SMH-Prairie Star, 23401 Prairie Star Parkway, Lenexa, KS.  The Strawberry Festival provides fun for the entire family and features: Strawberry shortcake, Fun for kids - giant slide, moonwalk and games, Lenexa Police, Fire and Ambulance, Blood pressure screenings, Chair massages, Information from Shawnee Mission Health experts, Chance to win prizes!

HEART OF AMERICA SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL: HAMLET June 13 - July 2, Southmoreland Park, Emanuel Cleaver Blvd. II & Oak St., Kansas City, MO. For its 25th season, the Festival will present Hamlet.

Belton Community Days June 14-17, Markey Park, 615 W Markey Rd., Belton, MO. Enjoy Miss Belton pageant, carnival rides and attractions, a main street parade, dance troupes, live musical performances, fair foods and fireworks display.

Kansas City Regional Quilt Festival June 14-15, Overland Park Convention Center, Overland Park, KS. Kansas City is home to dozens of quilt guilds and sewing groups, rooted within a strong history of quilting in the area. Quilts from the legendary Kansas City Star blocks have been made worldwide, and for the past 85 years “Kansas City” has been a familiar name to quilters across the globe. This festival provides the perfect opportunity to get inspired for your next project, be it traditional or contemporary.

Food Truck Friday at Union Cemetery June 16, Union Cemetery, 227 E. 28th Terrace, Kansas City, MO. The food trucks return to beautiful Union Cemetery! Come enjoy a tasty and affordable lunch in downtown’s most peaceful park space.

Rockin' Party in YOUR Park June 16, Brown Park, 5040 Booker St., Merriam, KS. Where can you visit with neighbors, listen to local musicians, have your children entertained with games, face painting, and inflatable? Your neighborhood park of course! Bring the family, a lawn chair or blanket and we’ll take care of the rest of the party. Food, music featuring Harbour (classic rock) and fun will be provided.

Boulevardia Father's Day Beer & BBQ Brunch June 17, Kansas City Stockyards District, 1600 Genessee St, 160, Kansas City, MO. $65. 00 (Children 2 and under are free). Ticket Includes: BBQ-inspired Brunch featuring delicious food and unlimited beverages, prime view of main stage at the festival, private restrooms, and general admission to the festival.

Fiesta Filipina June 17-18, Filipino Cultural Center, 9810 W 79th St, Overland Park, KS. 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.

Tenth Annual Lavender Festival June 17, Prairie Lavender Farm, 69 Alpine Ridge Lane, Bennington, KS. Admission: $5 per person (Under 5 free) Farm Tours, Demonstrations, Lavender plant sales by Morford Lavender Farm, Live Music by Don Wagner, Sarah & Tim Crews Mike Mattson & Teresa Weaver, Ruby Tilton, and Anissa Wallingford (tentative artists). Artists from the Kansas Plein Aire Painters will be there. Prairie Fire Winery and Vineyard will have wine tasting. Lavender accented food items prepared by Vangie Henry of Apple mint Catering including lavender ice cream, lavender/fruit punch, sandwiches and other delightful treats. Children’s activities.

Missouri Bat Festival June 17, Onondaga Cave State Park, 7556 Hwy H, Leasburg, MO. FREE. This event will feature a live bat display, cave tours, hands-on activities and crafts, guided hikes, bat programs and much more!

Dadfest 2017 June 18, Vineyard Church, 12300 NW Arrowhead Trafficway, Kansas City, MO. Free except food trucks. Celebrate the dads in your life at Vineyard Church's second annual Dadfest. A car show, food trucks, family games, an exotic petting zoo, inflatables, an obstacle course, and a BBQ contest. Invite all the guys who've made a positive impact in your life to Dadfest. All activities are free except food trucks.

Waterfest June 23-25, Excelsior Springs, MO. This three-day event features arts, crafts, live entertainment, and water games for the kids, classic car-hot rod and truck show, donut eating contest, pancake breakfast and parade. Waterfest has great food, wine and beer garden, EX Factor talent show, fireworks, and historic trolley tours of Excelsior Springs. 

Great Lenexa BBQ Battle June 23-24, Sar-Ko-Par Park, 87th Street Parkway and Lackman Road, Lenexa, KS. The contest has grown to its current size of 185 contestants and 240 judges. The two-day event, which includes children’s activities and live music, attracts cooks from all over the country, who compete for the coveted title of Grand Champion of the Great Lenexa BBQ Battle - The Kansas State Championship. Prizes and ribbons are awarded to the top 10 contestants in eight categories (brisket, pork, ribs, sausage, chicken, steak, baked beans and miscellaneous) and the top three overall winners.

VegFest June 24, City Market, 20 E 5th St., Kansas City, MO. VegFest is a way to learn more about how changing to a plant-based lifestyle is better for you, the environment, and animals.  Sample delicious cruelty-free, plant-based foods from local & national companies. Listen to powerful speakers on the health, diet, & environmental benefits of a plant-based life. 

Kansas City Dance Festival June 24, Folly Theatre, 300 W 12th St, Kansas City, MO. World-class dancers from all over the globe to perform with our own remarkable Kansas City artists in engaging performances that inspire an unbridled passion for the arts. Contemporary dance and classical ballet, black box and stage, local and international dancers all combine to create a dynamic experience that is unparalleled in Kansas City’s artistic landscape. Featuring acclaimed choreographers Adam Hougland, Ryan Nye, and Andrea Schermoly! VIP $100 - remaining tickets $45-$50

Blues & BBQ June 24, Sherwood Autism Center, 8030 Ward Parkway Plaza, Kansas City, MO. For the 27th year BB’s Lawn Side Bar-B-Q will once again partner with Sherwood Center to host the Blues & BBQ Benefit. Local blues bands will perform live for a fun-filled day of blues and outstanding BBQ. 

Maker Faire Kansas City June 24 & 25, Union Station, 30 W. Pershing, Kansas City, MO. Tickets: $11 Youth, $14 Adult, $50 Family Four Pack. Celebrate things people create themselves — from modern technology and electronic gizmos to urban farming and “slow-made” foods to homemade clothes, quilts and sculptures. 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.

FireFest June 24 from 9am-3pm at Silverstein Eye Centers Arena in Independence, MO. The FREE family-friendly and educational event will showcase firefighting apparatus' from across Kansas City along with other local emergency units such as LifeFlight, Police and EMS. The day will also feature a classic carshow, water displays, food vendors and a 76 Fire Company souvenir tent. For a small donation, you can take a ride in a 1960 Seagrave Fire Engine around the parking lot. Invite all of your family and friends to this fun outing and support the brave history of firefighting in our community.

SummerFest Lawrence June 25, South Park, 1141 Massachusetts Street, Lawrence, KS. This annual craft show is held features handmade crafts and local products. This show is open to the public and free to attend. Activities for children will be available too!

Future Stages Festival June 25, Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, 1601 Broadway Blvd, Kansas City, MO. As an extension of the Kauffman Center’s Open Doors Spotlight on Youth program, this FREE one-day festival invites youth and community arts organizations to perform and experience the Kauffman Center. Now in its fourth year, Future Stages Festival showcases Kansas City’s diversity, bringing together people from all over the metro area to enjoy interactive activities and performances by young people.

Lansing's Independence Day Celebration June 30, Kenneth W. Bernard Park, 15650 Gilman Rd., Lansing, KS. Featuring children's rides and inflatables, a large variety of food and beverages, DJ, and fireworks at dusk.

 

July Festivals

Flags for Freedom July 1-8, Merriam Marketplace, 5740 Merriam Drive, Merriam, KS. Each year, Downtown Merriam and the surrounding area transforms into perfect rows of patriotic pride as Flags 4 Freedom organizers display more than 1,500 United States flags.  at the Merriam Marketplace, Irene B. French Community Center and along Merriam and Johnson Drive. Everyone is invited to stop by during the week around the Fourth of July to view an astonishing display that honors our nation.

Booms & Blooms July 1, Powell Gardens, 1609 N. W. U. S Highway 50, Kingsville, MO. Celebrate our nation’s independence with explosions of color and texture on land and in the air at this annual event. Arrive early to stake out a seat with your picnic blanket, enjoy hands-on activities and admire our ground-level blooms in the daylight. After sunset, the Lee’s Summit Symphony will accompany the choreographed blooms in the sky. Food and beverage vendors are featured throughout the entirety of the festival. Members receive free admission and free parking!

Parkville 4th of July July 4, Downtown Parkville, Parkville. 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.

Independence Day at Missouri Town July 4, Missouri Town 1855, Fleming Park. Tickets: Adults $5. 00; Youth 5-13 and Seniors $4. 00; Under 5, Free. Experience the festivities as the Missouri Town staff and volunteers celebrate America’s Independence. Patriotic speeches, children’s games, period cooking, dancing, and militia marches are a few of the many interpretive activities. Everyone is invited to join with the staff and volunteers as they march down the main road in the traditional Missouri Town Independence Parade!

Spirit of Kansas Blues Festival July 4, Reynolds Lodge, Lake Shawnee, Topeka, KS. The Topeka Blues Society (TBS) annually presents the Spirit of Kansas Blues Festival. Opening ceremonies begin at approximately 11:00 a. m., and music continues until dark. The festival ends with spectacular fireworks show lighting up the sky, sponsored by Capitol Federal Savings and Loan.

Lenexa Community Days Parade July 4, Old Town Lenexa, Lenexa, KS. The Community Days Parade is an annual hometown tradition that draws thousands to Old Town to celebrate Independence Day. 

Freedom Run July 4, Old Town Lenexa, Santa Fe Trail Drive & Pflumm, Lenexa, KS.  Join 1, 600 of your closest friends and start your Independence Day off with a 5K or 10K at the Lenexa Freedom Run. This is a family-friendly event celebrating our country’s independence. We welcome runners, walkers and strollers in the race.

KC Riverfest July 4, Berkley Riverfront Park, Kansas City, MO. 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.

Village Fest July 4, 77th & Mission Road, Prairie Village, KS. Activities include: Tornado ride, Quad jump, Trackless train, Spirit Award ceremony, Children’s Parade - bring your bikes, trikes, wagons & roller skates!  Child Craft center, Inflatable slides, Bounce houses, Face painting, Wacky hair, Petting Zoo, Pony Rides, Clement McCrae Puppets, Displays and demonstrations by Police and Fire District #2, Classic car show, Mr. Bones, and LIVE MUSIC throughout the day

Cass County Fair July 11-16, Cass County Fairgrounds, 308 W Commercial St, Pleasant Hill, MO. From the youth livestock shows to the action-packed demolition derby, the fair has it all. SonShine Amusements will be providing quality rides and attractions.

Wyandotte County Fair July 11-15, Wyandotte County Fairgrounds, 13700 Polfer Rd, Kansas City, KS. Admission is $5 per car. Enjoy live entertainment, 4-H talents, contests, carnival rides, delicious food and more.

‚ÄčAmelia Earhart Festival July 14-15, Atchison, KS. 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 finales - the “Concert in the Sky” fireworks show.

Platte County Fair July 19-22, Platte County Fairgrounds, Platte City, MO. 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.

KC Fringe Festival July 20-30, Union Station, 30 W. Pershing, Kansas City, MO. The KC Fringe Festival’s goal is to provide artists an opportunity to create and perform new material right here in our backyard! This 11-day festival is jam-packed with live theater, dance, cabaret, variety, performance art, visual art, spoken word, and film along with special components for Youth and Teen Fringe.

Miami County Fair July 22-29, Miami County Fairgrounds, Paola. Youth rodeo, carnival, races, parade, demolition derby, bike derby, dog show, horse show, pancake breakfast, concerts and more.

Foodie Chick Event July 22, Park Place, Ash Street, Leawood, KS. Tickets: $30. Guests will feast on top restaurant bites, local KC wine, craft beer, coffee & tea and vote for their favorites. Enjoy tastings from Kansas City restaurants, a dozen specialty drinks (wine, beer, coffee) in addition to shopping our marketplace filled with artisan food and food/drink/ entertaining product vendors. 

Fun in the Sun Kids Fest July 22, from 9am-1pm at Linden Square (602 NE 70th St., Gladstone, MO). The Fun in the Sun Kids Fest is BACK! This year's event will feature our inaugural Cutie Pie Tri for children age 3 to 5, music from Rockin' Rob, Coloratura, an inflatable water slide and more! Bring the whole family for a day of fun.

Kansas City's Big Picnic July 23, The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, 4525 Oak Street, Kansas City, MO. This year’s picnic celebrates the 125th anniversary of KC Parks & Rec, National Parks & Recreation month, and the worldwide commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the death of renowned sculptor Auguste Rodin. Explore the Donald Hall Sculpture Park and Theis Park, where you will discover a new temporary installation, Chillida: Rhythm-Time-Silence-seven large-scale sculptures from renowned Spanish Modernist Eduardo Chillida, along with classic favorite Rodin’s The Thinker and more than 30 other sculptures. Enjoy art activities, live music, food trucks, and games throughout the Big Picnic. Pack your own picnic and blanket, or purchase food from an on-site food truck!

Douglas County Fair July 24-30, Douglas County Fairgrounds, Lawrence, KS. Petting zoo, pony rides, demolition derby, tractor show, live concerts, turtle races, carnival, tractor pull and more.

Junior Olympics July 24-30, Rock Chalk Park, 100 Rock Chalk Ln Lawrence, KS. $10/ Day Ticket. The USATF Junior Olympic Track & Field Championships is one of the most visible youth athletic development programs in the world. Many of today’s Olympic stars began their track and field careers competing in the USATF National Junior Olympic Track & Field Championships. Nearly 10, 000 athletes are expected to travel to Lawrence for the USATF National Junior Olympic Track & Field Championships. 

Leavenworth County Fair July 25-29, Leavenworth County Fairgrounds, Tonganoxie, KS. Enjoy games, contests, pony rides, derbies, food, rides, exhibits, music, and more. From the Kiddies’ Tractor Pull to all the Grand Stand Events at the Leavenworth County Fair, there is something for everyone. We’ll even host your special event! Support the local 4-H participants in all their activities. The 4-H fair projects range from livestock and horses to crafts and clothing. Show pride in the Leavenworth County 4-H programs.

Island Friday Fest July 28 & 28, Pharaoh Cinema, Independence, MO. Free to anyone who wants to come and take a tour through the islands of the South Pacific with dances, music and food booths. All welcome to bring your lawn chairs and umbrellas to relax and enjoy a Polynesian festival and also the Historic Independence Square. Aloha! Starts Friday 28th from 5pm-10pm. Continues Saturday 29th 10am-10pm

July Jubilee July 29-31, The Whole Person, 3710 Main St, Kansas City, MO. Celebrate the 27th anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act! On Saturday, July 29th starting at 7:00 am, support our fundraiser and enjoy all-you-can-eat pancakes from Chris Cakes! Our tented parking lot will also feature different makers, artisans, and vendors selling handmade goods. Stay for entertainment from local dance groups and a live DJ! Activities conclude at 1:00 pm. On Monday, July 31st from 10:00 am till 2:00 pm, stop by for a free hot dog and refreshments and listen to political speakers and community members talk about the importance of the ADA and inclusion, and great live music from a local band!

Johnson County Fair July 31- Aug. 5, Johnson County Fairgrounds, Gardner, KS. Dog show, youth rodeo, carnival, concerts, goat milking, police & fire demonstrations, bull blast, barrel racing, parade and demolition derby.

August Festivals

Festival of Butterflies Aug. 4-20, Powell Gardens, 1609 N. W. U. S Highway 50, Kingsville, MO. Join us for the annual festival dedicated these winged pollinators. 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.

  • August 4-6: Butterflies on view with additional festival activities. Festival admission.
  • August 7-10: Butterflies on view. General Admission.
  • August 11-13: Butterflies on view with additional festival activities. Festival Admission.
  • August 14-20: Butterflies on view. General Admission.               

Confabularryum Aug. 5, Free State High School, 402 N 2nd, Lawrence, KS. Day filled with hands on fun and discovery with FREE activities for kids, parents, educators, makers, entrepreneurs, and innovators. It's FREE to attend, all activities are FREE and the festival is open to everyone!

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 #1 Indie Craft Fair: The Strawberry Swing. We can’t think of a more perfect blend of arts & crafts: we are popping-up on The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art’s gorgeous sculpture garden/lawn! Join us and 100+ handmade & vintage vendors, live music, kids’ crafts, a photo booth and so much more. Admission is {FREE}. The first 100 guests who bring a monetary donation for The Non-Profit Nelson Atkins Museum will receive a coveted Swag Bag full of items our vendors have donated.

Missouri State Fair Aug. 10-20, Missouri State Fairgrounds, Sedalia. Join the Missouri State Fair Aug. 10-20, 2017, in Sedalia, in celebration of our great State’s annual agricultural showcase! The 400-acre fairgrounds will present premier livestock shows and competitive exhibits, and first-class professional entertainment. Mark your calendar for summer’s best family vacation experience!

Tails on the Trails Pet Festival Aug. 12, Ad Astra Pool and Park, 83rd Street and Maurer Road, Lenexa,KS. Free admission to event. $5 (pre-registered)/$8 per dog swim. Browse pet vendors’ booths, participate in the pet talent show, let your pooch plunge into the dog swims and watch demonstrations, all within beautiful Ad Astra Pool and Park. Bring your furry friend to show off, have a fun time and enjoy the day.

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.

KC Improv Festival Aug. 17-27, Kick Comedy Theater, 4010 Pennsylvania Ave, Kansas City, MO. One of the longest-running, friendliest, funniest and most-fun improv comedy festivals in the country. 

Ethnic Enrichment Festival Aug. 18-20, Swope Park & Pavilion, Meyer Blvd & Swope Parkway, Kansas City, MO. Admission charged.This year marks the 38th annual Ethnic Enrichment Festival held the third full weekend in August at the beautiful Swope Park location. Swope Park will come alive with colors, aromas, and sounds of countries from all over the globe. We will have over 60 countries participating in food, craft, singing, dancing, and other cultural events. Folks come from all around to take part in this amazing cultural experience.

Parkville Days Aug. 18-20, Parkville, MO. One of downtown Parkville’s biggest festivals, the annual Parkville Days offers great family entertainment and fun in historic downtown Parkville. Admission is free and guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs to enjoy a relaxing day at English Landing Park. 

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.

Paola Roots Festival Aug. 25-26, Paola Park Square, Paola, KS. Last year we had an estimated 6000 people of all ages attend the 2-day Festival held in the beautiful Paola Park Square. We are pleased to have provided a fun and entertaining event for our community. Just a sample of last year’s festival highlights include, a wide variety of live music featuring “Delbert McClinton”, “Shemeka Copeland”, “Hadden Sayers”, “Mingo Fishtrap” and “Ida McBeth”. Other great festival attractions included ethnic dancers, arts & crafts, food vendors, a State Championship BBQ Cook-off and for our younger festival goers, great games, fun rides and a creative sidewalk chalk contest! Price to get into the festival is $15 per person per day rain or shine! Kids 10 and under get in free.

Raytown Arts & Music Festival Aug. 26, Kenagy Park, 9609 E 79th St, Raytown, MO.  The Park will be set up with artists around the main walking trail displaying their works and selling to the public. There will also be art activities for kids to participate in one of the shelter houses in the park. There will be food trucks and adult beverages. Bring your lawn chairs, blankets and coolers and settle in to listen to some great music.

Kansas State Fiddling & Picking Championships Aug. 27, South Park, 1130 Massachusetts Lawrence, KS. Starting at 12pm, there will be free concerts, great food, special activities for the kids and, of course the state’s top musicians battling for the title of state champion in 9 contests. 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.

De Soto Days Festival Aug. 31- Sept. 2, Miller Memorial Park, 32400 W. 83rd St., De Soto, KS. This 4-day festival will bring Excitement, Fun & Connection, promoting our local history & home town flavor! We are pleased to present our Magnificent Vintage Showcase, the Evans Midland Carnival. Saturday Morning, watch the Parade featuring a Classic Car Cruise, and candy.

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.

 

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