Here is the highlight reel of what’s happening in Downtown Kansas City – from Monday to Sunday, June 5-11:
Antique Festival returns to Crown Center for its 17th year, featuring pottery, china, toys, linens, collectibles, furniture, jewelry, books and much more from more than 40 vendors at nearly 100 booths. The free festival will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at Crown Center Square.
ArtsKCGo is the new, online guide to arts and cultural events – including First Fridays, Art in the Loop, Charlotte Street and all other Downtown-centric events – in the greater Kansas City region. ArtsKCGo.com was unveiled on Friday by ArtsKC, the Regional Arts Council of Kansas City. Check it out!
Busker Festival returns this weekend, complete with its annual splash of fresh, freaky, fun and FREE entertainment! The festival will showcase fire twirling, aerial arts, stilt walkers, hooping, juggling, circus acts and more – all performed by local buskers – from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday at The City Market.
CrossroadsKC at Grinders will have its summer groove on this week with three outdoor concerts, featuring:
- Saint Paul & the Broken Bones at 8 p.m. Tuesday. Opening is JD McPherson. Doors open at 7 p.m.
- Elvis Costello & The Imposters – one of KC’s hottest tickets this summer – at 8 p.m. Friday. Doors open an hour earlier.
- Punch Brothers at 8 p.m. Sunday. Doors open at 7 p.m.
Heartland Men’s Chorus presents Show Tune Showdown, a mashup that’s part game show and part sing-a-long! Channel your best Ethel Merman as you sing with the guys to some of your favorite Broadway hits, then hop on stage and show off your knowledge of musical theater trivia! Coming to the Folly Theater at 8 p.m. Saturday and 4 p.m. Sunday.
Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts will be brimming over with three special events this week, including:
- National Geographic Live – this long-running series features Zeb Hogan, ecologist and photographer, In Search of River Giants at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Muriel Kauffman Theatre
- Kansas City Symphony presents Classics Uncorked: The Architecture of Music at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Helzberg Hall. After the concert, enjoy a complimentary glass of wine or champagne and mingle with Symphony musicians.
- Doc Severinsen performs with the Kansas City Symphony to celebrate his 90th birthday in this tour-de-force concert. Doc pays tribute to the American Songbook and Big Band eras, while sharing favorite stories of his incredible 70 year career. The performance is set for 7 p.m. Thursday in Helzberg Hall.
Lunchtime Concert Series – Catch a free concert this week – courtesy of Art in the Loop – with Eddie Moore & The Outer Circle from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at the City Market Park at 3rd & Main.
Midland Theatre will present the three most eclectic shows of the week, featuring:
- Brit Floyd brings the music of Pink Floyd to life once again with its lavish new stage show, ‘Immersion World Tour 2017’ at 8 p.m. Friday
- Muscle Mayhem Championships – the NPC national qualifying Pro Men’s Open Bodybuilding competition – pounds its way into Downtown for two rounds of competition beginning at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Saturday
- J. Cole, the Grammy-nominated rap/hip hop artist, stops in KC on his 4 Your Eyez Only world tour at 8 p.m. Sunday
Power & Light District gets in the mood for summer with an eclectic week of entertainment ahead:
- Eli Young Band will get things cookin’ with a free concert – part of the summer Hot Country Nights series – at 7 p.m. Thursday at Kansas City Live! All ages and families are welcome. Anyone under 21 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. 21+ and over after 9 p.m.
- Dolewite kicks off the weekend with live music from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Friday at Kansas City Live! Ages 21+ only.
- Family Fun Days – Calling all lil’ super heroes and princesses! Family Fun Days continues with Capes and Crowns from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Kids can have their photos taken with their favorite super heroes & princesses and meet real life local super heroes from the KC Fire Department. Activities include a Castle Moon Bounce, Super Hero Bounce House, a trackless train and more! Admission is free, although fees apply for premium activities.
- Urbana KC – Downtown’s street scene is back! Eat and drink under the stars, hear live music, see public art displays and share a unique Kansas City summer experience, all in the heart of the Power & Light District neighborhood on 14th Street, between Main and Walnut. The event is free and open to the public. All ages welcome.
Things Come Apart – This 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 THEATER is thriving on Downtown stages, which feature these three performances this week:
- Priscilla Queen of the Desert – Come along on a musical journey of self-discovery and the road trip of a lifetime that will have you dancing in the aisles! Priscilla runs (or, dances) through June 25 at the Unicorn Theatre.
- Tommy – Based on the iconic 1969 rock concept album, The Who’s Tommy is an exhilarating story of hope, healing and the human spirit. The story of the pinball-playing, deaf, dumb and blind boy who triumphs over his adversities has inspired, amazed and puzzled audiences for more than 40 years. Tommy opens Thursday and runs through June 25 at MTH Theater at Crown Center.
- You’ve Got A Friend – Turn back the clock to the 1960s and 70s for this cabaret celebration of the music of the Baby Boomer generation. Enjoy hearing favorites from Carole King, James Taylor, Bob Dylan, Janis Ian, and Peter, Paul and Mary, all performed by a dynamite vocal trio backed by piano, bass, and drums. Performances begin Friday and continue through July 9 at the Quality Hill Playhouse.
ARTS – your guide to arts and culture in greater Kansas City:
- ArtsKCGo from ArtsKC, the Regional Arts Council
LIVE MUSIC – of all tastes and flavors – is performed at these Downtown venues on most nights:
- Angel’s Rock Bar in the Power & Light District
- Blue Room in the Historic 18th & Vine Jazz District
- The Brick in the Crossroads Arts District
- The Dubliner in the Power & Light District
- Gem Theater in the Historic 18th & Vine Jazz District
- Green Lady Lounge in the Crossroads
- Howl at the Moon in the Power & Light District
- KC Live Block! in the Power & Light District
- Kill Devil Club in the Power & Light District
- Knuckleheads Saloon in the East Bottoms
- Leinenkugel’s Kansas City in the Power & Light District
- The Majestic in the Downtown Loop
- The Midland in the Downtown Loop
- Mosaic Ultra Lounge in the Power & Light District
- Mutual Musicians Foundation in the 18th & Vine Jazz District
- The Phoenix in the Downtown Loop
- PBR Big Sky in the Power & Light District
- Prohibition Hall in the Downtown Loop
- Record Bar in the Crossroads
- The Ship in the West Bottoms
- Stockyards Brewing Company in the West Bottoms
- The Tank Room in the Crossroads
MUSEUMS are alive and well throughout Downtown, including these 16 destinations:
- Airline History Museum in Hangar 9 at the Downtown Airport
- American Jazz Museum in the historic 18th & Vine Jazz District
- American Royal Museum in the West Bottoms
- Arabia Steamboat Museum in the City Market
- Black Archives of Mid-America in the historic 18th & Vine Jazz District
- Hallmark Visitors Center at Crown Center
- Historic Garment District Museum in the Downtown Loop at 801 Broadway
- Kansas City Museum in northeast KC at 3218 Gladstone Blvd.
- Money Museum at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City
- National Archives of Kansas City, west of Union Station
- National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame at the Sprint Center
- The National WWI Museum and Memorial at Liberty Memorial
- Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in the historic 18th & Vine Jazz District
- Science City at Union Station
- TWA Museum at the Downtown Airport
- Union Station Gallery at Union Station
For more of what’s happening in Downtown and Kansas City, check out our friends at VisitKC.com