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June 2024

Heart of America Shakespeare Festival

June 11 - June 30
Southmoreland Park, 4600 Oak Street
Kansas City, MO 64111 United States

To festival, or not to festival? At the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival, that’s not even a question. Each year, the free festival features performances of a different Shakespearean masterpiece. Their mission is to make the works of Shakespeare and Shakespeare-inspired works accessible to a diverse audience through a free, professional, outdoor festival, and additional free and paid performances and educational programs. Nightly Schedule, June 13 – July 2, 2023, Tuesday – Sunday (No show Monday evenings): 6:00 p.m. –…

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Free Weekend Fun: Puzzles, Pattern, and Play

June 15 - September 29
The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, 4525 Oak Street
Kansas City, MO 64111 United States

Learn how English ceramic artists from the medieval through the 19th century were inspired by Chinese ceramicists and the new methods they chose to create art. Compare functional versus ornamental vessels. Explore the gallery to see the surprising outcome of their work with the help of Museum Guide Volunteers. This is a Weekly Recurring Event, Runs from Jun 15, 2024 to Sep 29, 2024 and happens every: Saturdays: 1:00pm – 4:00pm Sundays: 1:00pm – 4:00pm Lobby Level, Bloch Building |…

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Make Music Day KC

June 21 @ 11:00 AM - 11:00 PM CDT

Make Music Kansas City is a live, free musical celebration on June 21st, the longest day of the year, with concerts on streets, sidewalks, venues and parks across the city! 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.…

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2024 Stems: A Garden Soirée

June 22 @ 7:00 AM - 10:00 PM CDT
Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens, 8909 W 179th St
Overland Park, KS 66013

Experience the garden party of the summer! The Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens sets the scene for an epic evening of all-inclusive fun! Since 2008, The Arts & Recreation Foundation has welcomed thousands to attend and delight in the ambiance of the premier networking event in Johnson County. Whether you come as a guest of a corporate sponsor or want to enjoy an unforgettable date night, you’re sure to have a wonderful time, for a great cause. Join us at…

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July 2024


July 4 @ 7:30 AM - 1:00 PM CDT
The Village Shops in Prairie Village, 71st Street & Mission Road
Prairie Village, KS

Villagefest July 4th at 7:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. in Prairie Village, 77th and Mission Road. Celebrate the 4th of July at this fun, all-ages event with activities, arts and crafts, and more.

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Historic Crafts Day

July 13 @ 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM CDT
Alexander Majors House Museum and Barn, 8201 State Line Road
Kansas City, MO 64114 United States

The Arts and Crafts movement which originated in Victorian England is experiencing a revival. Join Wornall/Majors House Museums at the Victorian era Alexander Majors House to experience some of the movement’s original crafts. Each ticket comes with four crafts and access to the house museum to view our collection’s Arts and Crafts movement era works. In-depth classes are available at the end of the session. Classes may be purchased in addition to or independently of a craft pass.

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Kansas City’s Lawn Party

July 21 @ 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM CDT
The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, 4525 Oak Street
Kansas City, MO 64111 United States

KC comes together for a fun-filled evening for all ages! In celebration of the Donald J. Hall Sculpture Park and National Parks and Recreation Month, the museum teams up with Kansas City Parks and Rec to create a GIANT lawn party full of activities, music, food, and more. KC Parks Theis Park Stage Schedule: 4 p.m. Cowtown Country Club 5:30 p.m. Starlight Stars 6:30 p.m. Plein Air Quick Paint Contest Awards 7 p.m. Back Alley Brass Band

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August 2024

Ethnic Enrichment Festival

August 16 - August 18
Swope Park, 3999 Swope Pkwy &, 3999 E Meyer Blvd
Kansas City, MO 64132 United States

Ethnic Enrichment Festival at Swope Park August 16th through August 18th. KC’s diverse cultures unite at this weekend extravaganza that includes food, dancing and music representing dozens of countries, as well as several ethnic groups recognized by Ethnic Enrichment Committee. Hours of Operation: Friday, August 16th: 6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. Saturday, August 17th: 12:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. Sunday, August 18th: 12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Address: Swope Park, Pavilion Road at the corner of E. Meyer Boulevard & Swope…

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Parkville Days

August 23 - August 25
Downtown Parkville, 104B Main Street
Parkville, Missouri 64152 United States

One of downtown Parkville’s largest events, the Parkville Days festival features a variety of family-friendly entertainment. Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy live music along the Missouri River and on Main Street. The Evans Midland Empire Carnival is open all weekend, starting Friday at 6 pm. Browse and enjoy arts & crafts, retail, food, and specialty booths. Participating downtown shops will host their “end of summer” sales and specials…. and much more!

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Deaf Cultural Festival

August 24 @ 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM CDT
Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, 4525 Oak Street
Kansas City, MO 64111 United States

Visit the Deaf Cultural Festival—a festival honoring the rich history of Deaf and hard of hearing art, identity, and empowerment. Encounter and learn about American Sign Language through hands-on art activities and entertainment from distinctly Deaf perspectives. For inquiries about festivals please contact festivals@nelson-atkins.org

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