Kansas City Events & Attractions

Kansas City is the largest city in Missouri, both by population and area. Several neighborhoods make up the composition of this city, but there are many cultural traditions as well.
This is definitely an event-centric city, and there are many attractions and events that are constantly going on to keep both tourists and locals alike entertained.

Image courtesy of Nelson Atkins Museum


One thing that Kansas City has in abundance is museums.
  • The National WWI Museum and Memorial is known as being America’s leading institution for remembering, interpreting and understanding the Great War and its longstanding impact on the world

  • The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art is one of the most popular places in Kansas City to see art; with world-class galleries and spots to have lunch, this is a great place to spend an hour out of your day.

  • The Arabia Steamboat Museum is a history museum that houses 200 tonnes of cargo from life on the American frontier in 1856. It is one of the favorite attractions in Kansas City.
  • The Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art is the first cultural institution in Kansas City and it houses a rich collection of modern and contemporary art.

While it may specialize in museums, there are other activities and places to spend your free time. 

  • The Kansas City Zoo is a 202-acre zoo with more than 1,700 animals. It is one of the most affordable places in the city to have fun with the entire family. There are events and activities that go on at the zoo, all mentioned here on its website.

  • The Country Club Plaza is described as being a ritzy marketplace that features an outdoor plaza, with romantic European fountains and sculptures. There are many luxury and designer boutiques, and great restaurants. 

  • The City Market is a weekly farmer’s market that opens on Saturdays and features fun local shops.

  • Worlds of Fun: Oceans of Fun is a 235-acre amusement park, full of rides and slides. There are two parks, and they are both known for being fun for the entire family at an affordable price. Please note that this amusement park is temporarily closed.
  • The Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts is a performing arts center in downtown Kansas City. The construction of this center has been a major part of the ongoing redevelopment of this city. For its scheduled events, please look here on their website.


Image courtesy of T-Mobile Center
Kansas City holds a number of exciting events throughout the year. Due to the ongoing nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s always a good idea to double check that the following events are proceeding as planned.

The Crossroads Arts District holds First Fridays each month, bringing the community together for some fun! Stroll through the streets, browsing art galleries, enjoying live music, taking photos with Kansas City’s iconic murals, and enjoying dinner with friends. 

Coming up in March, celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade. The parade route spans Broadway, and attendees can enjoy a variety of food and drink while watching the parade pass by.

In April, movie buffs can enjoy the Kansas City Film Festival. This invigorating festival features a variety of film genres including documentary shorts, narrative shorts, and Heartland Student Shorts. More than one hundred films will be shown at the juried festival.

Kick off summer with Celebration at the Station, lauded as the Midwest’s largest free Memorial Day weekend event. Held at Kansas City’s iconic Union Station, this patriotic celebration features an incredible performance by the Kansas City Symphony – and, of course, fireworks!

July is packed with exciting festivals and events that are fun for the whole family. Enjoy the spectacular KC Air Show, which features the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds and is held over the Fourth of July weekend. Art lovers will have a great time browsing the performing and visual arts showcase at the KC Fringe Festival, and the kids will fall in love with the Festival of Butterflies held at Powell Gardens. There’s also no better way to spend Independence Day than at KC RiverFest, the famous festival held at Berkley Riverfront Park. This exciting celebration includes live music, activities, and plenty of food, and the evening ends with a patriotic fireworks display.

Heading into fall, locals love attending the Kansas City Renaissance Festival, which typically runs from September to October. The medieval experience features musical performances, jousting, stage acts, and plenty of games and rides; you’ll love browsing the artisan marketplace where you can find anything from handmade jewelry to musical instruments. Plenty of food and drink is available. It’s truly an event that’s fun for the whole family!

Kansas City is truly the place to be for all fall and winter holidays. Take the kids trick-or-treating at the Kansas City Zoo’s Boo at the Zoo Halloween party, or celebrate the Day of the Dead at the Dia de Los Muertos festival on Central Festival. The holiday season begins with the stunning Festival of Lights, which runs from November all the way through the end of December. During this celebration, over 20 miles of holiday lights form installations throughout the trees of Powell Gardens. It’s a truly beautiful sight!

For more annual events, take a look here

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*Header: Image courtesy of Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

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