Missouri State Fair

August 19 - August 19

Pick a weekend, or two, or the whole eleven days if you're ambitious, to head out to Sedalia and enjoy the finest Missouri has to offer. Spend your day perusing the agriculture showcases, food and vendors, and stick around at night for performances from artists like Hank Williams Jr., Cole Swindell and Casting Crowns.

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The Human Body

August 19 - January 13

Think bodies in art and your mind will probably fill with images of sculpted "Davids" and painted nudes. The Nelson-Atkins, innovative as ever, wants to change that with its new show focused on the root of the artistic fascination with the body, which brings together the Renaissance prints of human bodies that started it all.

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In the Studio with Wilbur Niewald

August 19 - November 4

The arts have been alive in this city for years--just ask Wilbur Niewald. The Nelson-Atkins will present a retrospective show across nearly seven decades of work from the local painter, who attended the Kansas City Art Institute and later returned as a professor. See everything from his abstract work to his observational pieces, including cityscapes from right here.

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Open Spaces

August 25 - October 28

Swope Park turns into The Village for two months beginning in late August, as a variety of artists take over Kansas City to perform and create art installations Stop by any weekend to watch these artists hard at work, or enjoy a dance or musical performance, all while under pavilions made by local architects.

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