Downtown is jumpin’! Welcome to summer of arts & fun

‘Fun Home’ the Tony-award winning musical, comes to Downtown KC this week for performances beginning Tuesday at the Kauffman Center.

Here is the highlight reel of what’s happening in Downtown Kansas City – from Monday to Sunday, May 29-June 4:

Ax Plays Mozart – Legendary pianist Emanuel Ax performs two superb Mozart works with the Kansas City Symphony — the intricate Piano Concerto No. 16 and his 19th piano concerto, which was played at the coronation of the Holy Roman Emperor Leopold II in 1790. Strauss’ Till Eulenspiegels Merry Pranks, a composition recounting the tomfoolery and mischief of a famous German folklore rascal, is an orchestral tour-de-force from start to finish. These spectacular performances are set for 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday in Helzberg Hall at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.

Fear Not – As friends come together for a reunion, they struggle to deal with past circumstances of life.  This play – a Cew Productions presentation – addresses hurt, pain, forgiveness and most of all healing at 5 p.m. Sunday at the Folly Theater.

First Friday – one of the KC’s coolest/hottest events of the year – returns for its June fiesta with visual and performing arts bursting throughout Downtown with:

Fun Home – one of the most groundbreaking productions ever to hit Broadway, Fun Home is the winner of five Tony Awards Including Best Musical – makes its Kansas City debut this week. This Theater League production comes to Kansas City this week for performances on Tuesday through Sunday in the Muriel Kauffman Theatre at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.

Jason Boland & The Stragglers will rock the outdoor stage at CrossroadsKC at Grinders beginning at 6 p.m. Saturday. Special guests: Shooter Jennings, Porter Union and Mountain Deer Revival.

Julianne & Derek Hough – the ‘Dancing with the Stars’ siblings Julianne and Derek Hough present The Move – Beyond – Live on Tour at 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Music Hall. For ticket info, visit the Convention Center.


KC Pride Fest will celebrate Gay Pride in Kansas City with a weekend of entertainment, music, food and fun from Friday through Sunday at Berkley Riverfront Park. For complete details, visit

Midland Theatre will rock the big town with two concerts this week, including:

  • The Shins are touring this spring and summer to celebrate the recent release of their fifth album Heartworms. The indie rockers performing at 8 p.m. Thursday. Special guest: Surfer Blood.
  • Tech N9ne is about to hit the road, this time, with his Strictly Strange Tour 2017. The KC rapper-businessman will be bringing Strange Music labelmates, Krizz Kaliko, Stevie Stone, and Ces Cru on the tour, as well as gold recording artist and former Strange Music artist, Brotha Lynch Hung. A full list of tour dates and cities will be announced later this month. To get his tour started, Tech N9ne will rule the Midland beginning at 8 p.m. Sunday.

Power & Light District gets in the mood for summer with the launch of its summer concert series featuring:

  • LOCASH kicks off the summer-long Hot Country Nights concert series with a free performance beginning 7 p.m. Thursday in Kansas City Live!
  • Marian Hillfeaturing Opia, will light up Kansas City Live! at the Coors Light Block Party. Doors open at 6 p.m.; the concert starts at 8 p.m. Friday. For tickets, visit Ticketfly.

Sprint Center will be a celebration of old/wonderful and new/Future in a remarkable week ahead, including:

  • Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers have a date in Downtown KC this week, as part of their 40th Anniversary Tour. The iconic band will be joined by legendary rocker Joe Walsh as direct support. This amazing evening is set for 8 p.m. Friday.
  • Future – who engaged a full court blitz in 2015 that resulted in one of rap’s most impressive winning streaks ever – presents the Nobody Safe Tour with special guests Migos, Tony Lanez, and A$AP Ferg at 7 p.m. Sunday.

Things Come ApartThis traveling exhibit from the Smithsonian Institution exposes the inner workings of many of our everyday possessions, disassembling them and artfully illustrating that even the most intricate of modern technologies can be broken down and understood. The exhibit continues through June 25 at the Central Library.

LIVE MUSIC – of all tastes and flavors – is performed at these Downtown venues on most nights:

MUSEUMS are alive and well throughout Downtown, including these 16 destinations:

For more of what’s happening in Downtown and Kansas City, check out our friends at

Public Parking Maps of Downtown KC are available at

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