Best of May in Kansas City
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May really kicks off Festival Season in Kansas City, with many great festivals and fairs to choose from! Read our KC Spring Festival Guide for the full scoop.
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Our Favorite May Festivals:
Brookside Art Annual May 3-5 at Brookside District, 63rd & Wornall, Kansas City, MO. One of the KC metro's largest annual attractions right here in Brookside. Located in an eclectic neighborhood in the center of Kansas City, Brookside is just minutes from downtown, the Plaza and the southern suburbs. This is the first art show of the year and draws over 70,000 people from across the region. The focus of the show is on ART! This community loves art shows and it consistently ranks in the top 25 shows according to Art Source.
Harry's Hay Days (pictured above) May 3 & 4 in Grandview, MO. Harry's Hay Days is a celebration of President Truman's birthday and legacy. Since it lands on May 3rd and May 4th this year, the theme "May The 4th Be With You" is only fitting! HHD is truly a community event. Grandview churches, the City of Grandview, Grandview, MO Chamber of Commerce, Grandview C-4 School District, Grandview Main Street, Grandview Assistance Program, Mid-Continent Public Library, and Grandview Historical Society-Missouri all work together to make this family-friendly fun happen! Kick the weekend off with a FREE show at the Grandview Amphitheater featuring Love & Madness on Friday, May 3rd at 7pm. Grandview's Main Street serves as the backdrop to the parade, food trucks, fun & games on Saturday!
Lansing DAZE/Brew, Blues & Bar-B-Q May 3-4 at Kenneth W. Bernard Park, 15650 Gilman Rd., Lansing, KS. Fireworks, BBQ, Kids' Rides & Inflatables, Live Music, Beer, Food Trucks, Cycle Show, Petting Zoo w/ Lil' Milton, Craft and other Vendors.
Children's Day & Sheep Shearing May 4 from 9am-4: 30pm at Missouri Town 1855, 8010 E. Park Road, Lee's Summit, MO. Attend the annual shearing of Missouri Town 1855’s resident flock of sheep. Skilled artisans demonstrate all aspects of wool productions from shearing, washing, carding, dyeing, spinning and weaving. Kids will dive into a pie eating contest and join in the fun of games played by their ancestors in the mid-1800s.
Shawnee Open House May 4 from 10am-1pm in Downtown Shawnee, KS. The City will be hosting touch-a-truck activities, will be offering free food and fun, and have information available about City services and departments in the City Hall parking lot. In combination with City activities, the downtown open house (sponsored by the Shawnee Downtown Partnership) will boast business open houses, free kids’ activities, and a photo scavenger hunt for prizes. Businesses will have their own activities, specials and giveaways.
Arts in the Park Lawrence May 5 from 10am-5pm at South Park, 12th & Massachusetts, Lawrence, KS. Art in the Park, the annual juried outdoor exhibition of fine art and fine craft, is Lawrence’s premiere arts event and is sponsored by the Lawrence Art Guild. Featuring the highest quality work by many area artists and craftspeople, as well as continuous musical entertainment, food vendors, and family fun, Art in the Park typically attracts thousands of people. It is the Lawrence Art Guild’s primary fund-raising event.
Country & Food Trucks Festival May 11 from 3:30-9pm in Downtown Topeka, 9th and Kansas Ave, Topeka, KS. CoreFirst Bank & Trust presents the Country & Food Truck Festival! Gather in the area of 9th and Kansas from 3:30 p.m. and hear the following acts: 4:15 p.m.: Rachel Louise Taylor. 5 p.m.: Bryton Stoll. 6:30 p.m.: Lauren Jenkins. 8 p.m. Brandon Lay.
Spring Strawberry Swing May 11 from 10am-6pm at Alexander Majors House 8201 State Line Road, Kansas City, MO. Enjoy the Midwest's favorite indie craft fair as we celebrate all things handmade at The Spring Swing! The Strawberry Swing is a highly curated, juried event where you will find 100+ handmade vendors, food trucks, live music, kid's crafts, and more!
Walk and Read May 11 from 10am-Noon at Erfurt Park 24135 W 71st St., Shawnee, KS. Join The Johnson County Library and Shawnee Parks & Recreation for a special story walk around the lake at Erfurt Park. Two stories, Beekle, by Dan Satat and The Forever Tree by Tereasa Surrat and Donna Lukas, will be on story boards around the lake for kids of all ages to enjoy. Join a few of your favorite characters from popular stories as you take the inaugural walk! The story boards will be available throughout the weekend until Sunday evening.
Chalk Walk at The Concourse Fountain (pictured above) May 18-19 at The Concourse Fountain in Kessler Park, Benton Blvd. and St. John Ave., Kansas City, MO. Chalk Walk is a free, family friendly event that will transform the grey concrete sidewalks of The Concourse in Kessler Park into temporary, colorful works of art that kids, parents, amateurs and practicing artists create.
Turkey Creek Festival & Artisan’s Expo May 18 from 10am-4pm at Antioch Park, 6501 Antioch Road, Merriam, KS. Activities include a petting zoo, parakeet adventure, delicious food and unique craft vendors, music, giant inflatables and more.
Illuminated Waters May 24-25 from 6-10pm nightly at Theis Park, 47th and Oak, Kansas City, MO. This unique, free, two-day water festival will combine everything we have all learned to love - StoneLion Puppet Theatre’s giant puppet play, food trucks from around Kansas City, interactive art, games and music. Experience new artists, strolling musicians, and activities before the show, watch amazing giant puppets in a play, floating on the water, actually in the water and GLOWING. After the show join in the fun with a family-friendly glow party: Glowing art, glo performers, backlight fun, music and interactive games alongside illuminated puppets.
Salute to Veterans Corporation Airshow (pictured above) May 25-26 at Columbia Regional Airport, Columbia, MO. Salute to Veterans Corporation invites the public to their two-day airshow at Columbia Regional Airport over Memorial Day weekend. FREE admission and parking!
Kansas City Symphony’s Bank of America Celebration at the Station May 26 from 3-10pm at Union Station Kansas City, 30 W Pershing Rd, Kansas City, MO. Music Director Michael Stern leads the orchestra in a moving patriotic concert to celebrate Memorial Day — followed by the city’s largest fireworks display. Make it an all-day family affair with pre-concert musical acts, activities and food trucks. Blankets and lawn chairs welcome.
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