Here is the highlight reel of what’s happening in Downtown KC from Monday to Sunday, June 19-25:
American Eclipse: Journalist David Baron sets the stage for the celestial event of a lifetime – the total solar eclipse this summer on Aug. 21 – with an examination of the awe and scientific fervor inspired by the eclipse of 1878. He draws from his book American Eclipse: A Nation’s Epic Race to Catch the Shadow of the Moon and Win the Glory of the World for this program at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Central Library. RSVP here.
CrossroadsKC at Grinders will be groovin’ this week with two outdoor concerts, featuring:
- Bones Thugs – n – Harmony will feature its hip hop magic at 8 p.m. Friday. Special guests include TWISTA and Cure for Paranoia.
- Crossroads Jammin’ Reggae Fest returns to the Grinder’s scene, featuring The Wailing Souls, The Itals, Sister Carol, Jon Wayne & The Pain, The Elovaters, 77 Jefferson, and Ras Neville & The Kingstonians beginning at 3 p.m. Saturday. Gates open at 2 p.m.
Def Leppard with special guest Poison: With two prestigious Diamond Awards to their credit, Def Leppard continues to stand tall in the music industry and deliver some of the most iconic rock melodies and memorable anthems of all time. The tour also marks the first time in over 5 years that Poison will tour with all original members. Get ready to rock the Sprint Center at 7 p.m. Wednesday.
Future Stages Festival: The FREE one-day festival invites youth and families to experience a diverse range of performances and interactive arts activities. Future Stages is a free community event that showcases more than 600 youth performers from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets are not necessary, but visit the link provided to sign-up to receive more information and to RSVP for this all ages event!
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone: This concert features the Kansas City Symphony performing every note from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone™ as you follow the adventure of Harry and his friends. Audiences will relive the magic of the film in high definition on a giant screen while the orchestra performs John Williams’ unforgettable score. This summer spectacular will unfold in four performance this week – beginning at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, and 2 p.m. Saturday – in Helzberg Hall at the Kauffman Center.
KC Dance Festival is a showcase of world-class dancers from around the globe to perform with remarkable Kansas City artists. The primary goal of the Dance Festival is to present engaging performances that inspire an unbridled passion for the arts.
The 5th annual festival will feature contemporary dance and classical ballet, black box and stage, local and international dancers in one spectacular performance at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in the Folly Theater.
Lunchtime Arts Series – Catch one (or more) of three free, lunchtime arts events this week:
- Jerad Tomasino from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at the City Market Park at 3rd & Main. Concert provided by Art in the Loop.
- Damon Becker from 12:15 to 1 p.m. Thursday in the Garment District Park, one block west of 8th & Broadway. This Thimble Thursday performance is provided by the Historic Garment District and other sponsors.
- Cody Kauhl from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday at the Charlotte Street Performing Arts Showcase, 23 E. 12th St. Free live performances and pizza. The weekly series continues through July 13.
Maker Faire – a showcase of invention, creativity, and resourcefulness – returns to Downtown Kansas City this weekend.
Maker Faire is a gathering of curious people who enjoy learning and sharing what they can do. From engineers to artists to scientists to crafters, it is a venue for these “makers” to show hobbies, experiments, projects.
Mom’s Night Out – There’s no one making moms feel as uncomfortably normal as Kristin Hensley and Jen Smedley, the hilarious oh-so-real women behind #IMomSoHard. This summer, Jen and Kristin from are taking their show out of the playroom and onto the road. But this time, they’re bringing the kids. Their summer tour lands in Downtown KC for two shows – at 3 and 7 p.m. Sunday at the Midland Theatre.
Mummies of the World: The Exhibition has arrived at Union Station! Described as “fascinating, intriguing, and inspiring,” by NBC, “absolutely extraordinary,” by NPR and “a must see,” by FOX TV, Mummies of the World instills a sense of curiosity and wonder in each and every visitor. Having been visited by more than 1.6 million people nationwide, Mummies of the World: The Exhibition is one of the most popular museum exhibitions traveling North America. Mummies opens for its first full week on exhibit today, and will call Union Station home for a limited engagement. For tickets and more information, visit UnionStation.org/Mummies.
Power & Light District gets in the mood for summer with an eclectic week of entertainment ahead:
- Chase Rice 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! Opening act: Muscadine Bloodline. 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.
- Members Only kicks off the weekend with live music from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Friday at Kansas City Live! Ages 21+ only.
- 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.
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 Sunday 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 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. July 2 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 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:
- ArtsKCGo is the new, online guide to arts and cultural events in greater Kansas City – including First Fridays, Art in the Loop, Charlotte Street and all other Downtown-centric events. ArtsKCGo.com is a service of ArtsKC, the Regional Arts Council of Kansas City. Check it out!
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