Kansas City's Summer Festival Guide

2018 Edition



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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).

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.

Our Spring Festival Guide features April & May festivals in the Kansas City area... click here for the spring guide.

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June Festivals in Kansas City

Old Shawnee Days May 31 – June 3 at Shawnee Town 1929 Museum, 11501 W. 57th Street, Shawnee, KS. Enjoy a carnival, parade, live music and entertainment, food trucks, arts and crafts and family fun. 

Jazzoo June 1 at Kansas City Zoo, 6800 Zoo Dr., Kansas City, MO. Jazzoo is the Kansas City Zoo’s largest fundraiser and these adults-only event helps us feed and care for more than 1,700 animals and educate Kansas City youth through our Zoo Learning Fund. Once you purchase your ticket, all the food, drink and entertainment are free! 

Sprint SummerFest June 1 & 2 at Belton Memorial Park, 602 Maurer Pkwy, Belton, MOBeer garden, food trucks, vendors, free outdoor concerts at 6:15 both nights, inflatable attractions, and fireworks presented Saturday night at 9:30 pm. Overflow parking will be available at the Assembly of God Church on 58 Highway.

Prairie Village Art Show June 1-3 at Prairie Village Shops, 71st Street & Mission Road, Prairie Village, KS. Annual Art Show featuring over 100 artists from across the country. Children’s activities, food, music and more! 

Downtown Days June 1-3 at Downtown Lee's Summit, Lee's Summit, MO. Live entertainment featuring The Elders, carnival rides, sports & autograph booth, robotics demonstrations, festival food, handcrafted goods, and two beer tents featuring craft beer are part of this year’s festivities.

Festa Italiana June 1-3 at Zona Rosa, 8640 N. Dixson Avenue, Kansas City, MO. 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 children's activities.

Capital City Family & Food Trucks June 2 around the Capitol building, Topeka, KS. Food trucks, vendors and more will be positioned around the Capitol -- from SW 10th Ave. between Harrison and Jackson and Jackson from 10th to 9th. 

Enchanted Faire June 2 at Overland Park Arboretum 8909 W. 179th St., Overland Park, KS. Gnomes, Fairies, Goblins, and Sprites will be frolicking in the grove. Join them in your best-enchanted costume. Enjoy treats, entertainment, photo ops and merriment for the whole family at the Enchanted Fair. Entertainment included with admission, fees for treats and extras, cash only.

11th Annual Tomato Roll June 2 at Shawnee City Hall, 11110 Johnson Drive, Shawnee, KS. As people gather and settle in to watch the parade, a large bucket loader will move into position and one thousand red rubber ‘tomatoes’ will be released from the loader to roll and bounce their way through several fun obstacles. 

Party on the Prairie June 2 at Jerry Smith Park, 139th & Holmes, Kansas City, MO. Enjoy family and environmentally friendly activities amidst the flora and fauna of Jackson County’s only remnant prairie. Live music, guided trail hikes, bird walks, hay rides, plein air quick paint competition, scavenger hunt,  & prairie touch table.

EcoFest June 2 at Waterfall Park, 4501 Bass Pro Dr, Independence, MO. This year’s EcoFest will feature your favorite eco-entertainers, including, EcoElvis, the StoneLion Puppet Theatre, and Sister Act Painting. Interactive displays such as edible ice cream aquifers, face painting, & a stream table.

Vaile Mansion Strawberry Festival June 2 at Vaile Mansion, 1500 N Liberty St, Independence, MO. Free admission to grounds Mansion Tour: Adults $6.00 | Children $3.00. A hundred craft and antique dealers will be set up around the Mansion. The Vaile Society will be selling Strawberry Treats!

Croatian Day June 2 from 6-10pm on St. John the Baptist Croatian Parish Church Grounds 708 N. 4th St. KC, KS.. Free Event: Food-Raffles-Beverages: for a Donation. Music and Dancing by Hrvatski Običaj. Authentic Croatian Food: Janjetina (Lamb), Cobanac (Stew), Cevapi (Sausage). 

Rose Show & Rose Day June 3 at Laura Conyers Smith Rose Garden in Loose Park, 5200 Pennsylvania, Kansas City, MO. Rose show, live performances and fun. Bring your blankets, chairs and picnics and enjoy the day!

Smoky Hill River Festival June 7-10 at Oakdale Park, Salina KS. The River Festival will awaken your senses with original art, live music, fantastic food and kids’ stuff. Whether you enjoy art, music, great food or some of each, the Festival is an delectable “arts feast” you can’t miss.

Sugar Creek Slavic Festival June 8 & 9 at Mike Onka Memorial Building Grounds, 11520 E. Putnam, Sugar Creek, MO. The festival celebrates the historic roots of the Slavic immigrants in the Kansas City area. Enjoy live entertainment, Slavic foods, and artifacts.

Festival on the Trails June 8 & 9 at 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!

Arts in the Park North KC June 8 & 9 at Macken Park, Howell St & Clark Ferguson Dr, North Kansas City, MO. There will be live music, food trucks, entertainers, street performers, a special music guest, and a variety of great artists! 

Juneteenth Celebration June 9 at Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, 4525 Oak St., Kansas City, MO. Connect with activities, music, dance, demonstrations, art, and history. Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States. 

Symphony in the Flint Hills June 9 in the Flint Hills of KS. The Kansas City Symphony performs classical works against the backdrop of the breathtaking Flint Hills of Kansas, home to the largest expanse of tallgrass prairie in North America. At this annual event, 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. 

14th Annual Kansas City Dragon Boat Festival June 9 at Country Club Plaza Kansas City, 200 Ward Parkway, Kansas City, MO. Live entertainment featuring Chinese music, dancing and martial arts. Calligraphy demonstrations, souvenirs, food trucks, and face painting add to the fun. Community and college teams race in authentic dragon boats on Brush Creek. 

Olathe Station Art Fair June 9 & 10 at Olathe Station, 11951 S Strang Line Rd, Olathe, KS. Art show, children's activities, live music, and food.

Summer Scene Art & Music Festival: Raymore June 9 at T.B Hanna Station, 214 S Washington St, Raymore, MO. Art show, live music, food trucks, kids activities, pop-up art project, and more.

Liberty Summer Festival June 9 & 10, Family Tree Nursery 830 W. Liberty, Dr. Liberty, MO. Bring the family for a weekend of fun, entertainment, and great deals at Liberty Summer Festival. Browse and shop among local vendors, choose from a selection of food trucks for drinks and a bite to eat, enjoy live music, and take part in garden workshops. Most importantly, find great in-store specials amongst fully stocked plant selection. 

2018 Future Stages Festival June 10 at Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, 1601 Broadway Blvd., Kansas City, MO. Admission to the family-friendly event is FREE and will include the opportunity to see Kansas City-area youth acts perform on indoor and outdoor stages. Community partners will host arts activities throughout the day. Tickets are not required, but registrants will receive updated details regarding the performance and activity schedule in the weeks leading up to the festival. 

Shawnee Mission Health Strawberry Fesitval (Lenexa) June 10 at Shawnee Mission Health - Prairie Star, 23401 Prairie Star Parkway, Lenexa, KS. Various wellness activities for the entire family. Attendees can enjoy strawberry shortcake and participate in free wellness activities such as chair massages and blood pressure screenings. Kid-friendly entertainment includes an inflatable slide, moonwalk, balloon artists and games.

Shawnee Mission Health Strawberry Festival (Overland Park) June 10 at Shawnee Mission Health - Overland Park, 7840 W. 165th Street, Overland Park, KS. Shawnee Mission Health (SMH) is hosting its tenth annual Strawberry Festival, offering various wellness activities for the entire family. Attendees can enjoy strawberry shortcake and participate in free wellness activities such as chair massages and blood pressure screenings. Kid-friendly entertainment includes an inflatable slide, moonwalk, balloon artists and games.​

Much Ado About Nothing June 12 - July 1 at Southmoreland Park, 4600 Oak St, Kansas City, MO. The action of Much Ado About Nothing occurs during several days of a visit by Don Pedro, Prince of Aragon, and his followers at the large estate of Leonato, Governor of Messina. Don Pedro has been victorious in a small war against his own half-brother, Don John, who has now (reluctantly) joined him.

Boulevardia June 15 & 16 at KC Stockyards District, 1600 Genessee St, Kansas City, MO. The event features a craft beer and food sampling experience, music from local, regional and national acts, as well as family activities, entertainment, shopping and eco-education, all in a unique urban setting.

Summit Fair Family FunFest June 16 from 1-3pm at Summit Fair, Lee's Summit, MO. Enjoy a festive afternoon featuring family entertainment, giveaways, shopping specials and more!

Crown Center Antique Festival June 16 - 18 at Crown Center, 2500 Grand, Kansas City, MO. The festival’s 18th year will feature pottery, china, toys, linens, collectibles, furniture, jewelry, books and much more.

11th Annual Lavender Harvest Festival June 16 at Prairie Lavender Farm, 69 Alpine Ridge Ln, Bennington, KS. Tours, demonstrations, U-pick bundles, artists, children’s activities and live music all day.

Dadfest 2018 June 17 at Vineyard Church, 12300 NW Arrowhead Trafficway, Kansas City, MO. Free except food trucks. Celebrate the dads in your life with a car show, food trucks, family games, an exotic animal petting zoo, inflatables, an obstacle course, and a BBQ contest.

Anime Festival for Teens June 21 at Teen Commons, 16160 W. 135th St., Olathe, KS. Teens in 6th - 12th grades will meet for an afternoon of manga and amine-themed activities. Activities include anime viewing, a manga swap, contests, and cosplay. Enjoy Japanese snacks and candy sushi. Come and go as you please - no registration.

Great Lenexa BBQ Battle June 22 & 23 at Sar-Ko-Par Park, 87th Street Parkway and Lackman Road, Lenexa, KS. 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. 

Maker Faire Kansas City June 23 & 24 at Union Station Kansas City, 30 West Pershing Road, Kansas City, MO. Maker Faire is part science fair, part county fair, and part something entirely new! As a celebration of the Maker Movement, it’s a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness. Maker Faire gathers together tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, tinkerers, food artisans, hobbyists, engineers, science clubs, artists, students and commercial exhibitors. Makers come to show their creations and share their learnings. Attendees flock to Maker Faire to glimpse the future and find the inspiration to become Makers themselves. Read the Maker Faire blog post for more information!

Food. Art. Drink. June 22 & 23 at Linden Square, 602 NE 70th St., Gladstone, MO. Food. Art. Drink. Live Music and fun!

Waterfest June 22 & 23 at On Broadway, Excelsior Springs, MO. The two-day event will feature arts/crafts and commercial vendors, live entertainment, and water inflatables for the kids, classic car show, pancake breakfast and parade. ​

Carnival Extraordinaire June 23 from 11am-2pm at Cross Points Church 6824 Lackman, Shawnee, KS. Come one, come all! Everyone is welcome to attend our community carnival!  Enjoy rides, games, popcorn, cotton candy, waffle cones, hot dogs and more! A $10 donation per family at the door, $1 concessions and $2 for a turn to try to dunk-your-pastor

Stems: A Garden Soiree June 23 at Overland Park Arboretum 8909 W. 179th St., Overland Park, KS. Come savor an evening of art, music, food and wine.  SIP wine. TASTE delicious food from 25 top restaurants and caterers. ENJOY art, music, fireworks, beautiful surroundings and more. MEET friends at the networking event of the summer – the place to see and be seen. SUPPORT a vision of recreational and cultural enrichment and inspiration for present and future generations.

TAP THAT Brew Festival June 23 at 800 Block of SW Jackson Street, Topeka, KS. Sample nearly 300 craft beers from more than 50 breweries across the USA. In addition to a plethora of amazing brews, you also get to enjoy food trucks, music and vendors!

Lee's Summit Airport Open House June 23 at Lee's Summit Municipal Airport, 402 NE Leinweber Rd., (east side of the airport), Lee's Summit, MO. Admission is free to this family-friendly event which offers fun and flight with static aircraft displays, aviation-related vendors, helicopter rides (for a fee), lots of kids activities including a bouncy house and face painting, and much more.

Freedom Fest June 23 at Greenwood, MO. Activities include rides/inflatables, games for kids of all ages. Enjoy shopping with an eclectic group of vendors as well as a wide variety of food from KC area food trucks. Special events change each year, keeping the festival fun and exciting! If shopping and playing aren't your things take a stroll through our always popular car show while listening to live music and make sure to stay late for the firework display. 

Summer Fest Lawrence June 24 at South Park, 1141 Massachusetts Street, Lawrence, KS. This annual outdoor craft show is for NonCommercial and Commercial vendors. Activities for children available too! This event is free and open to the public.

Booms & Blooms June 30 at Powell Gardens, 1609 N.W. U.SHighway 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, music 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!

Spirit of America Celebration: Raymore June 30 at Recreation Park, 1011 S Madison St, Raymore, MO. Bring the family and some chairs for a great evening at the park. The festivities start at 7 p.m. with live music, food trucks, concessions, a bounce house and giveaways. Fireworks will begin at dusk.

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