Kansas City's Summer Festival Guide

2019 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).

TIPS: Click the event name to visit the Festival Website for additional information! Also, some festival plans may change in inclement weather, remember to 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.

 

Ongoing

First Saturday at Shoal Creek First Saturday of June, July, August and September from 10am-3pm at Shoal Creek Living History Museum (7000 Northeast Barry Road, Kansas City, MO).. The Shoal Creek re-enactors bring the village to life with Gunfighters, Outlaws, Civil War Soldiers, and Mountain Men roaming the streets. Enjoy family fun activities and historical demonstrations of life in Missouri during the 19th century. Skits and gunfights throughout the day. Shop the Mercantile and visit the news paper office located in the Crossroads Inn.

First Fridays in the Crossroads from 7-9pm Crossroads Art District, Kansas City, MO. Art galleries, retailers and other participating art venues located in the Crossroads Art District showcase art from 7-9pm. With ample parking and an abundance of indoor and outdoor entertainment, there’s no better way to spend a night than enjoying drinks or dining at an area restaurant, followed by a stroll through the galleries and shops of KC’s heart of cultural activity. Children are welcome! However, galleries and streets tend to become crowded and most galleries cannot accommodate strollers. 

Third Friday Art Walk in Englewood from 5-9pm Englewood District, Independence, MO. Englewood Station Arts District is a place of charming shops, beauty-filled art galleries, rich dining options, significant local history, and unique people. 

4th Friday in Liberty from 10am-9pm in Historic Downtown Liberty, Liberty, MO. For your convenience businesses on the square will be open until 9pm every 4th Friday. 

Fourth Fridays in Olathe from 5-8pm at Johnson County Square, 100 W. Park Street, Olathe, KS. On every Fourth Friday from May to September, more than 1,500  residents and visitors fill downtown Olathe. With food trucks, music, local shops, restaurants, and great activities for everyone, Downtown Olathe is the place for you to celebrate the end of your week on Fourth Fridays! 

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

June Festivals

Prairie Village Art Show May 31 - June 2 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!

Festa Italiana May 31 - June 2 at Zona Rosa, 8640 N. Dixson Avenue, Kansas City, MO. Enjoy an amazing assortment of Italian food favorites, great entertainment on the main stage all weekend, a 3v3 soccer tournament on Friday and Saturday,) an Italian Motorsports Show (Sunday, Noon to 2pm,) and much more.

Enchanted Faire: Overland Park Arboretum June 1 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. Included with admission.

NAWS Woofstock June 1 at Linden Square, 602 NE 70th St., Gladstone, MO. This festival for people and pets will feature music, contests, vendors and more!

Jesse James Wine & Brew Fest June 1 at 3001 33rd Hwy, Kearney, MO. The festival is hosted by the Kearney Lion’s Club. Free collector wine glasses are provided to attendants for sampling and beer is available for purchase at concessions. Advanced tickets are available at the Kearney City Hall for $20 per person or you can purchase tickets on the day of the event for $25 per person.

Food Truck Frenzy: Lenexa June 1 at Old Town Lenexa, Santa Fe Trail Drive & Pflumm Road, Lenexa, KS. Sample what the metro’s best food trucks have to offer. Limited seating available, feel free to bring a chair.

Party on the Prairie June 1 at Jerry Smith Park, 139th & Holmes, Kansas City, MO. Celebrate National Trails and Prairie Day with KC Parks and KC Wildlands at a Party on the Prairie! 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 from Lakeside Nature Center and more!

Levee Fest June 1 at Armourdale Levee Trail, 555 Riverfront Drive, Kansas City, KS. Food trucks, fun and family activities. Sign up for a boat tour, bring your bike or skateboard, and bring a friend!

Vaile Mansion Strawberry Festival June 1 at Vaile Mansion, 1500 N Liberty St, Independence, MO. A hundred craft and antique dealers will be set up around the Mansion. The Vaile Society will be selling Strawberry Treats! Free admission to grounds. Mansion Tour: Adults $6.00 | Children $3.00.

Rose Show & Rose Day June 2 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!

Summer Breakout June 5 at Holy Cross Lutheran Church - North Parking Lot, 7851 W. 119th Street, Overland Park, KS. Enjoy an evening of food trucks, live music, shopping, and more. Kiddos will enjoy the fun inflatables, face-painting, and games in the Kids Zone while the adults enjoy live music, a silent auction, and ever popular wine pull! This is a FREE event, with a free-will donation, shopping vendors and silent auction to raise funds for the MLM Christmas Store.

Bloody Mary Roll-Out Party June 5 at Shawnee Town 1929, 11501 W. 57th St., Shawnee, KS. Join the Friends of Shawnee Town to celebrate Shawnee Town and kick-off the 12th annual Tomato Roll Fund-raiser with an evening of drinks, hors d’oeuvres, raffle items and surprises. Reservations required. Must RSVP by May 9th. 

Jazzoo June 7 at Kansas City Zoo, 6800 Zoo Dr., Kansas City, MO. Jazzoo is the Kansas City Zoo’s largest fundraiser and your attendance helps feed and care for more than 1,700 animals and educate Kansas City youth through the Zoo Learning Fund.

Sugar Creek Slavic Festival June 7 -8 at Mike Onka Memorial Building Grounds, 11520 E Putnam, Sugar Creek, MO. Whether you’re dancing the kolo, sampling sarma or povitica, sipping a cold pivo or just taking in the sights and sounds with your family - you’ll see why Slavic heritage is culture worth celebrating.

Bluesfest June 7-8 at 7656 N Troost Ave, Gladstone, MO. Suggested $5 donation - Parking is $5. ​Live music and entertainment.

Downtown Days Lee's Summit June 7-9 at Downtown Lee's Summit, Lee's Summit, MO. Live entertainment, carnival rides, sports and autograph booth festival food, handcrafted goods, and two beer tents featuring craft beer are part of this year’s festivities.

Old Shawnee Days June 8-9 at Shawnee Town 1929, 11501 W. 57th St., Shawnee, KS. Every year Shawnee Town 1929 participates in Old Shawnee Days on Saturday and Sunday of the event with a special series of activities for children called Ticket to Fun. Visit the farmstead to participate in leather-working, making balsa wood airplanes, playing horseshoes, sampling hand-churned ice cream (yum!), doing laundry like they did in the 20’s, visiting the livestock, creating your own family tree, and as an extra perk, taking a pony ride! Get your ticket stamped for five or more activities you perform and win a prize at the Visitor’s Center.

Dragon Boat Festival June 8 at Brush Creek on the Country Club Plaza, Ward Parkway and JC Nichols Parkway, Kansas City, MO. The Kansas City International Dragon Boat Festival honors an ancient Chinese sporting tradition. Held as a daylong event, the festival features a fleet of boating teams competing on the water as well as a variety of live cultural performances and delicious food and beverage options. With something for guests of all ages, this festival is a great event for the entire family!

Juneteenth Celebration June 8 at The Nelson Atkins Museum of Art, 4525 Oak Street, Kansas City, MO. In honor of the traditional Juneteenth holiday, which recognizes the ending of slavery in the United States, the Nelson-Atkins collaborates with JuneteenthKC and other local organizations to showcase the museum’s collection of African-American art, celebrate the tradition of written and spoken word, and enjoy music and dance performances, food and art activities. 

Liberty Summer Festival June 8-9 at Family Tree Nursery, 830 W. Liberty Dr., Liberty, MO. Bring the family and join us for a weekend of fun, entertainment, and great deals at our Liberty Summer Festival. Enjoy food and drinks, listen to live music, and take part in garden workshops. Most importantly, find great in-store specials with fully stocked plant selection.

TinyFest Midwest 2019 June 8-9 at Louisburg Cider Mill, 14730 K68 Hwy, Louisburg, KS. Weekend Pass: Gate $20. Single Day: Gate $15. Kids 12 & under Free. Bring your family and friends to tour tiny houses, van conversion, skoolies, gypsy wagons and more! Enjoy a full line-up of speakers and worship. Plus, a variety of vendors who will guide you to minimize your clutter, debt and carbon footprint. There will be activities for the kids, food trucks, music and so much more! TinyFest Midwest is bringing together like-minded Midwesterners who value the ideals behind building small and living large! 

Lost Arts Day June 8 at Missouri Town 1855, 8010 E. Park Road, Lee's Summit, MO. Explore the trades and arts that have been lost to time. Observe blacksmithing, wood carving, tinsmithing, crocheting, knitting, hand sewing and much more.

Outpace Poverty 2019 June 8 at Frank A. Theis Park, 47th and Oak Sts., Kansas City, MO. $25 Registration Fee. Outpace Poverty is a 5k Fun Run/Walk & Family Festival. Come out and enjoy a continental breakfast, music and live entertainment provided all morning, including visits from Sluggerrr and KC Wolf, balloon artists, face painting, and much more. Proceeds from Outpace Poverty 2019 benefit the programs and services provided by Catholic Charities of Kansas City-St. Joseph.

Shawnee Town Tomato Roll June 8 at Shawnee Town 1929, 11501 W. 57th Street, Shawnee, KS. It’s like a Ducky Derby but with red rubber tomatoes’ that race down Johnson Drive, just before the Old Shawnee Days parade. Prizes are awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place tomatoes and proceeds benefit Shawnee Town Museum. 

Festival on the Trails June 8 at Gardner, KS. Nationally known bands provide entertainment, in addition to a full day of activities for children, craft and commercial booths, a car show, fair food, and much more! The 2019 festival begins Saturday morning with the 3rd Annual Color Run 5K.

Heart of America Shakespeare Festival June 11 - July 7 at Southmoreland Park, 4600 Oak St, Kansas City, MO. Will Shakespeare is a known but struggling poet, playwright and actor who not only has sold his next play to two different producers but now faces a far more difficult problem: he is bereft of ideas and has yet to begin writing his next masterpiece. He is in search of a muse, but all attempts fail him until he meets the beautiful Viola de Lesseps. She loves the theatre and would like nothing more than to take to the stage but is forbidden from doing so as only men can be actors. Viola is also a great admirer of Shakespeare’s works. Dressing as a man by the name of Thomas Kent, she auditions and is ideal for a part in his next play. Shakespeare soon sees through her disguise and they begin a love affair, one they know cannot end happily as he is already married and she has been promised to the aristocrat, Lord Wessex. As the company rehearses his new play, Will and Viola’s love is transferred to the written page leading to the masterpiece that is Romeo and Juliet.

Smoky Hill River Festival June 13-16 at Oakdale Park, Salina, KS. Known across much of Kansas as summer’s official kickoff party, the River Festival invites music fans, foodies, art lovers and kid-filled families to “taste” unique arts offerings set in beautiful, shaded Oakdale Park near downtown Salina. With a tempting array of fine art and craft, music, food and kid’s fun, the Festival is the “chef’s pick” on your summer entertainment menu. 

Boulevardia June 14-15 at Stockyards District, 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.

Hot Summer Days June 14 at Overland Park Arboretum and Botanical Gardens, 8909 W 179th St, Overland Park, KS. Prepare to get wet, wild and a little messy as you beat the heat at this event featuring water games for the whole family. 

Beer, Wine & Swine June 14 at Arterra Event Gallery, 2161 Quail Creek Dr, Lawrence, KS. Beer, Wine and Swine is a celebration of the unique food and beverage culture of Lawrence, bringing the community together. There will be a silent auction curated in the spirit of beer and wine, and giving opportunities during the Fund a Match portion of the evening.

Arts in the Park North KC June 14-15 at Macken Park-Festival Shelter, 1002 Clark Ferguson Drive, North Kansas City, MO. Art in the Park is an artist and maker fair with family-friendly entertainment including Rockin Rob, Doo Dads, magicians, face painters and balloon artists and art activities.

 

Kansas Chocolate Festival June 15 at Downtown Topeka, 9th & Kansas, Topeka, KS. The street party features live entertainment, kids’ activities, artists and dozens of vendors. Shop, taste and learn with your favorite Kansas Chocolate Festival bakers and chocolatiers.

Crown Center Antique Festival June 15-16 at Crown Center Square, 2500 Grand Blvd, Kansas City. The Crown Center Antique Festival will celebrate its 19th year this summer. Vendors will feature pottery, china, toys, linens, collectibles, furniture, jewelry, books and much more.

Lavender Festival June 15 at Prairie Lavender Farm, 69 Alpine Ridge Ln, Bennington, KS. $5 per person (Under 5 free)Farm Tours, Demonstrations U-pick Lavender plant sales by Morford Lavender Farm, Shaved Ice by SnoKo, Sewn lavender goods by Rustic Lavender, and Live Music featuring Mike Mattson and Teresa Weaver, Don Wagner and Sylvia Kvacik, and Matthew Mulnix! Bob DeRuisseaux of Prairie Fire Winery and Vineyard will be doing wine tasting. Artists painting plein-aire. Lavender accented food items will include lavender ice cream, lavender lemonade, and other delightful lavender treats.

Brew-B-Que Kansas City June 15 at KC Renaissance Festival Fairgrounds, 628 North 126th Street, Kansas City, KS. Tickets: $43.00-60.00. Treat Dad to a fun filled day of Bar-B-Que, Craft Beer tasting, Music, and Games! Local KC Barbecue Food Trucks battle it out to see who has the best BBQ in Kansas City! While you are filling your belly, sample over 100 craft beers from over 40+ local and regional craft breweries, listen to live music, and participate in fun competitions! Must be 21 or over to attend.

Symphony in the Flint Hills June 15 at Flint Hills, Bazaar, KS. On the open prairie, it is only the vast sky that grounds us - and the North Star that guides us. Attend the concert at Irma’s Pasture near Bazaar in Chase County, Kansas on June 15, 2019 as we explore the theme, Ad Astra. Every year, Symphony in the Flint Hills features a Prairie Art Exhibit and Auction that features paintings, drawings, watercolor or mixed media that thematically and graphically reference the Flint Hills of Kansas. Once accepted through the jury process, the winning pieces are exhibited in the Art Tent at the Signature Event where attendees can place a bid on each piece throughout the day during a silent auction. Each year, one piece of artwork will be selected for the official limited edition commemorative print and sold in our retail store.

Belton SummerFest June 15 at Memorial Station, 602 Maurer Pkwy, Belton, MO. Featuring live music, a beer garden, free inflatables and kid's activities, food trucks, craft vendors and fireworks! 

Excelsior Springs Wine Festival June 15 at 201 E Broadway St, Excelsior Springs, MO. Take a stroll done Lover’s Lane in Excelsior Springs’ East Valley Park while tasting delicious Missouri wines. Crafts, vendors, and live music will be present at the event as well.

Future Stages Festival June 16 at Kauffman Center, 1601 Broadway Blvd., Kansas City, MO. The Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts will continue celebrating young, talented Kansas City artists at the 6th annual Future Stages Festival. This FREE community festival showcases hundreds of young performers on the Kauffman Center stages, and guests can enjoy a wide-range of diverse performance styles and engaging arts activities.

Make Music in Liberty June 21 -22 at 117 N Main St, Liberty, MO. Make Music is a free celebration of music around the world on June 21st. Launched in 1982 in France as the Faire de la Musique, it is now held on the same day in more than 800 cities in 120 countries.Completely different from a typical music festival, Make Music is open to anyone who wants to take part. Every kind of musician  -  young and old, amateur and professional, of every musical persuasion  -  pours onto streets, parks, plazas, and porches to share their music with friends, neighbors, and strangers. All of it is free and open to the public.

Waterfest June 21-22 at 201 E Broadway St, Excelsior Springs, MO. A celebration of Excelsior’s past, present and future, Waterfest is one of the largest festivals of the year. This three-day festival with vendors, live music, celebrity guests, contests, kids games, fireworks, food, a beer garden and so much more.

Food, Art & Drink Festival: Gladstone June 21-22 at 602 NE 70th St., Gladstone, MO. The event will feature live music, local art vendors, food trucks, and more!

Maker Faire Kansas City June 22-23 at Union Station, 30 W. Pershing, Kansas City, MO. Fun. Wildly Creative. Totally unexpected. Discover Where Making Happens at the 9th Annual Maker Faire KC. Bring the entire family for this celebration of invention, creativity and Making with presentations, special performances, demos and workshops all weekend long. Tickets give you access to Maker Faire, Science City and more!

Stems: A Garden Soiree June 22 at Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens, 8909 W. 179th St., Overland Park, KS. 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm. The Arts and Recreation Foundation of Overland Park is thrilled to celebrate Stems: A Garden Soiree again this summer. Stems an opportunity to network and support art and recreation programs while enjoying a lovely garden party at the Overland Park Arboretum and Botanical Gardens.

Menorah Medical Center Community Celebration June 22 from 11am- 2pm at Menorah Medical Center (5721 W. 119th St., Overland Park, KS). Celebrate with us as we break ground on the new Neurosciences and Orthopedic Center. Enjoy free food, live music, meet area mascots, family entertainment and get free safety items including kids bicycle helmets for the first 40 kids courtesy of the Brain Injury Association of Kansas.

Great Lenexa BBQ Battle June 21-22 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. Prizes and ribbons are awarded to the top 10 contestants in seven categories (brisket, pork, ribs, sausage, chicken, steak and miscellaneous) and the top three overall winners.

Breakfast and Blooms June 22 at Bingham-Waggoner Estate, 313 West Pacific Avenue, Independence, MO. Breakfast and local nurseries displaying, demonstrating and selling. Live music and entertainment. Tour of the Bingham-Waggoner Estate is included in the ticket price.

Lee's Summit Airport Presents Fun & Flight June 22 at Lee's Summit Municipal Airport, 402 NE Leinweber Rd., (east side of the airport), Lee's Summit, MO. There is fun and flight for all ages with an air show, kid’s activities, food vendors, helicopter rides (for a fee) and an up-close look at unique airplanes on display. 

A Night Out in Macken June 28 at Macken Park-Festival Shelter, 1002 Clark Ferguson Drive, North Kansas City, MO. Bring the kids out for tow trucks, police cars, fire trucks and so much more! Kids can bring their bikes for a bicycle safety check provided by Velo garage. There will be food trucks and inflatables.

Flags 4 Freedom June 29 - July 6 at Merriam Marketplace, 5740 Merriam Dr., Merriam, KS. View an astonishing patriotic display of more than 1,500 United States flags in downtown Merriam during this week long event. Enjoy a FREE concert by the Greater Kansas City American Legion Band at 1:00 pm on July 4th.

Family Fun Day Beach Bash June 29 at Beach Road, Smithville, MO. Spend a day of fun at the beach with a live DJ, family fun activities and lots of fun giveaways!

Booms & Blooms June 29 at Powell Gardens, 1609 N.W. U.S. Highway 50, Kingsville, MO. Enjoy a beautiful palette of floral color on land and fantastic display in the air provided by our new fireworks partner, Premier Pyrotechnics. Plan to arrive early to check out the summer exhibition Nature Connects Art with LEGO Bricks and then stake out a lakeside seat to watch the fireworks. Guests can partake in hands-on activities and enjoy the musical stylings of the Lee’s Summit Symphony. Festival admission and parking fees apply, free for members.

Kansas City Kansas Street Blues Festival June 29 at Lavender's Circle L Ranch, 3924 N 49th Drive, Kansas City, KS. $10/ea. The festival kicked off in 2000 to celebrate the rich history of Kansas City’s blues and jazz heritage.

Freedom Festival: Greenwood June 29 at Hitt Park, 907 S Allendale Lake Rd, 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.

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