Downtown KC is smokin’ hot this week – June 12-18

Boulevardia – a celebration of summertime in KC, complete with live music, beer and food – returns this Friday and Saturday in the Stockyards District.

Here is the highlight reel of what’s happening in Downtown Kansas City – from Monday to Sunday, June 12-18:

Boulevardia returns this weekend with a complete lineup of music, food and beer this Friday and Saturday in the Stockyards District. Presented by Boulevard Brewing Co., Boulevardia is packed with music – featuring 40 performances on three stages on Friday and Saturday, plus a Makers Market, beer and food tastings and much more. For tickets and complete information, visit

Blues legend Buddy Guy will rock CrossroadsKC at Grinders on Thursday.

CrossroadsKC at Grinders will have its summer groove on this week with two HUGE outdoor concerts, featuring:

  • Buddy Guy – the blues guitar and singing legend returns to KC for a memorable night under the stars beginning at 8 p.m. Thursday.
  • Black & Blue-Grass Ball returns to Grinders this weekend, featuring Split Lip Rayfield, Jeff Austin Band, Feast Ov Fools, Useful Jenkins and Loaded Goat. Doors open at 3 p.m., and the Ball begins at 5:30 p.m. Saturday.

Juneteenth KC – Kansas City’s African American community heritage celebration is set to begin at noon Saturday at the historic 18th & Vine jazz district. Juneteenth is an annual platform that celebrates the emancipation of enslaved Africans in America and provides the backdrop to pay tribute to the founders of the community. For tickets and more information, click here.


Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts will be sparkling with five amazing performances events this week, including:

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.

Mummies of the World – This special exhibition is coming to Union Station for a limited engagement beginning next week on Tuesday, June 20. Mummies of the World: The Exhibition is one of the most popular museum exhibitions traveling North America. While in Kansas City, the exhibit offers an authentic look at the world of mummies and mummification through a captivating collection of naturally and intentionally preserved mummies.

New Kids on the Block make their long-awaited return to KC this week with the blockbuster Total Package Tour that features Paula Abdul, Boyz II Men and, of course, NKOTB, beginning at 7:30 p.m. tonight (Monday) at Sprint Center.

Portugal, The Man brings their Woodstock tour to KC this week and will rock the Midland at 8 p.m. Friday. Opening act is Electric Guest.

Power & Light District gets in the mood for summer with an eclectic week of entertainment ahead:

  • Travis Martin performs in the free Hot Country Nights concert series at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Kansas City Live! Block. All ages, families welcome. Anyone under 21 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. 21+ and older after 9 p.m.
  • Gary Alan will rock the KC Live! Block on Friday night. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the show begins at 8 p.m. Ages 21+ only. Tickets are $10.

Blues sensation Ruthie Foster will light up Downtown this Friday at the Folly Theater.

Ruthie Fosterthe blues powerhouse from Austin, Texas, is set to ignite Downtown KC at 8 p.m. Friday at the Folly Theater. Ruthie is on a U.S. tour to celebrate her new album, Joy Comes Back.

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 Sunday, June 25 at the Central Library.

LIVE THEATER is thriving on Downtown stages, which feature these three performances this week:

  • Garfield – The Musical with Cattitude – Everyone’s favorite feline and his friends are on stage this summer to perform a musical for all ages. Garfield opens Tuesday and runs through Aug. 6 at The Coterie at Crown Center.
  • 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 Sunday, 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 runs through Sunday, 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 continue through Sunday, July 9 at the Quality Hill Playhouse.

ARTS – your guide to arts and culture in greater Kansas City:

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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