This Weekend IN Kansas City: June 16-19

This weekend’s two holidays bring ample opportunities to get together with friends and family—or check out any of the events happening across the city!

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XVerso Media Summit June 16
Art and technology collide at this downtown media event, with a free lineup of influential speakers from renowned regional artists, curators, and market experts to blockchain developers. No pressure to network—there’s exclusive digital art available to browse and purchase throughout the museum.

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Sunflower Music Festival June 16-24
Every year, world-renowned musicians gather in Topeka, Kansas, to offer eight free orchestra, chamber ensemble, and jazz concerts. This year’s Jazz Night celebrates Juneteenth with “A Tribute to Black Female Composers” by the City Light Jazz Orchestra. It’s worth the drive. 


Boulevardia  June 16-17
Kansas City’s largest annual pop-up music festival, complete with local beer, food, and Ferris wheel, is back again. Self-described as an “urban street fest,” this two-day bonanza brings national music acts and special experiences. Who’s ready for a silent disco?

Juneteenth KC Heritage Festival  June 17
A Gospel Jubilee kicks off the community performances at the Juneteenth Heritage Festival. Special guests include Kim Keys & Loc’d, Kevin Church Johnson, Pokey Bear, and Sir Charles. Kids are welcome to enjoy a free puppet show by Stone Lion Puppets, a chalk art station, and book distributions hosted by the KC Public Library and Literacy KC.

LGBTQ+ Film Festival  June 17
The West Wyandotte Public Library is screening three films to celebrate its first annual LGBTQ+ film festival: Moonlight (2016), But I’m A Cheerleader (1999), and The Birdcage (1996). Stay for one, two, or all three! Treats provided.