Summer Fun in Kansas City

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Picnic With 1,000 of Your Closest Friends

Kansas City's Big Picnic


There are picnics and then there are picnics. On July 22 from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. Kansas City’s Big Picnic takes place on the grounds of the Nelson-Atkins Museum and celebrates the Donald J. Hall Sculpture Park, and National Parks and Recreation Month. Art activities, live music, food trucks, and games are all on the menu.

Say Ciao All Day Long

Festa Italiana at Zona Rosa


Festa Italiana is the place to experience authentic Italian food and celebrate the metro’s rich Italian heritage. From pasta to desserts, live entertainment (you don’t want to miss the national award-winning teenage Cascone sisters Sofia & Isabella dancing #amazing). And historical information booths, this festival is one of the most beloved in Kansas City. June 1, 2 and 3 at Zona Rosa. Admission is free.

Get Cooking With Veggies

Powell Garden’s CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) Subscription Box Cooking Challenge


It’s a food fight at Ewing and Muriel Kauffman Memorial Gardens Parking Lot on June 7 (4:30 to 6:30 p.m.) when Bryan Sparks, Executive Chef of the Jacobson and Executive Chef Bryant Wigger of Tavernonna in the Hotel Phillips face off in a down-and-dirty vegetable challenge using produce from Powell Gardens Community Supported (CSA) subscription box. This “parking lot pop-up” event also features cooking demos and tastings and an on-site tour of the orchards and community garden. Admission is free.

See Future Superstars

Future Artists Take the Stage at Kauffman Future Festival


The Future Festival showcases young, local talent and provides a diverse range of performances and interactive arts activities. Sunday, June 10 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Admission is free.

Go Full Fringe

Clowns Perform at the KC Fringe Festival


If you haven’t been to the Fringe Festival (July 19-29), you’re missing out on some of the most classic and cutting-edge entertainment in the metro. Often referred to as one of the biggest celebrations of arts and culture in Kansas City, this 10-day event is a smorgasbord of visual and performing arts.

Take a Hike

Hike the Fox Hollow Trail in Swope Park


Take advantage of Swope Park, one of the largest urban parks in the country, and hike the Fox Hollow Trail located near the Lakeside Nature Center. You’ll be able to enjoy a wide variety of wetland life and native foliage and fauna.

Hear Taps at the Tower

Taps at the Tower - WWI Museum


The National World War I Museum and Memorial will have their annual taps at the tower each evening at sunset from June 17 to June 23. Bring a picnic, enjoy the outdoors and experience Taps being played during a brief, moving ceremony.

Time Travel

Travel Back in Time at Old Shawnee Days


“Old Shawnee Days” is where past meets present. This four-day event (May 31 – June 3) celebrates the history of Shawnee, Kansas with attractions including rides, music, games, historical reenactments and crafts. Don’t miss the pie and baking contest or Bloody Mary Party.


Get Your Pride On

Pride Festival


The KC Pridefest is one of the top 10 LGTBQ Festivals in the nation. Throughout the weekend event (June 1 – 3) at Berkley Riverfront Park, you can celebrate inclusion, diversity and pride with live music and performances from local and national headliners.

Brew It Up


Boulevardia is the place to be father’s day weekend (June 15 – 16). From a Dad’s day “Beer and BBQ Brunch,” to live music, a “Makers Market,” a cycling event and a fair-like atmosphere, the KC Stockyards is ground zero for the best in beer and boisterous fun. General admission is $25.

Venture to the River

KC Riverfest at Berkley Riverfront Park


Riverfest at the Berkley Riverfront is the “it” location to celebrate Independence Day in Kansas City. With one of the best and largest fireworks displays in the Midwest, musical entertainment and activities for kids, your whole family will have a blast. Bonus, there are lots of food and beverage vendors, so you can stuff your face  while you wait for the fireworks to begin.

Watch a Movie on a Pool Float 

Dive-in Movie Night


Nothing sounds more summer-licious than watching a movie on a giant screen while you’re floating in a pool. Dive-in movie night is July 14 at the Thomas A. Soetaert Aquatic Center. The movie begins at dusk and you can BYOF (bring your own float) or use of the pool’s inner tubes. 

Discover World Cultures

Ethnic Enrichment Festival


Experience the world without leaving the metro by attending the Ethnic Enrichment Festival. This event is one of the largest of its kind in the entire country and will feature more than 60 different cultures selling their native foods, crafts and performing ethnic dances and music. The event runs August 17 – 19 at Swope Park.

Experience Shakespeare

Heart of America Shakespeare Festival


Let me be that I am and seek not to alter me.” Hear that deep thought and much more when you attend the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival’s performance of “Much Ado About Nothing.”the play will be performed in the Outdoor Theatre of Southmoreland Park June 12 – July 1. Admission is free. British accent is optional.

Cool Down at Snowzoo

Polar Bear at the Kansas City Zoo


On July 14 and 15, you can watch the Kansas City Zoo’s polar bear, Berlin, enjoy 2 tons of ice that will be dumped into the polar bear passage. The river otters will also enjoy carved ice sculptures. the humans can chill out at the Helzberg Penguin Plaza exhibit and go behind the scenes with the penguins and what the zoo calls an “up close and personal encounter.” Zoo admission is $16 for 12 and older, $13 for children 3 to 11 and free for 2 and under. The penguin encounter is an additional $40 per person.

Go to the County Fair(s)

County Fair


  • To see super cute kids “Mutton Bustin,” be at the Cass County Fair, July 10 – 15.
  • Check out the best 4-H displays at the Wyandotte County Fair, July 10 – 14
  • Demolition derby action takes over at the Platte County Fair, July 18 – 21,
  • Best fair royalty reigns supreme at the Miami County Fair, July 21 – 28,
  • Funnel cake heaven can be found at the Douglas County Fair, July 30 – August 4.
  • The most carnival rides are at the Johnson County Fair, July 29 – August 4,