Downtown KC is smokin’ hot this week – July 10-16

Kansas City’s beloved blues rockers Trampled Under Foot will headline a weekend-long Family Reunion and Blues Cruise this Friday and Saturday at Knuckleheads Saloon.

Here is the highlight reel of what’s happening in Downtown KC from Monday to Sunday, July 10-16:

CrossroadsKC at Grinders will rock the urban plaza with two outdoor concerts, including:

  • Michael Franti & Spearhead returns to KC this week for a much-anticipated show at 8 p.m. Tuesday. Kahwei will open the evening.
  • Redneck Throwdown Feat will turn up the heat will a rockin’ redneck, um, throwdown that features The LACS, Big SMO, Upchurch the Redneck, Twang and Round, and Lenny Cooper beginning at 7 p.m. Friday.

Fringe Festival PreviewOn the eve of the 13th annual KC Fringe Festival ¬ an 11-day performing and visual arts extravaganza spread across multiple Kansas City venues (beginning July 20) ¬ some of its hottest acts deliver a special preview this week. From theater and film to comedy, burlesque, music, storytelling, visual arts, puppetry, and fashion, the festival boasts an eclectic lineup of performances and exhibitions featuring not only local and regional talent but also artists from across the nation and around the world. The festival preview is set for 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Central Library. RSVP here.

Iron Maiden returns to Downtown KC this week to reek mayhem and music for its Book of Souls Tour at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Sprint Center.

Lunchtime Arts Series – Catch one of two free, lunchtime arts events this week:

Midland Theatre will be dancin’ the night(s) away this week with concerts from two break-out acts – Caravan Palace at 8 p.m. Tuesday and Arcangel at 8 p.m Friday.

Mummies of the World: The Exhibition – described as “fascinating, intriguing, and inspiring,” by NBC, “absolutely extraordinary,” by NPR and “a must see,” by FOX TV – 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. For tickets and more information, visit

Power & Light District will be smokin’ this week with two smash concerts in the Live Block, including

  • Randy Rogers Band with special guest Eric Paslay will rock Downtown 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.
  • Red, White & Boom with Flo Rida will keep the burn alive with a special performance at 8 p.m. Saturday at Kansas City Live! Ages 21+ only.  Tickets are available through

Trampled Under Foot Annual Family Reunion will rock the East Bottoms this weekend with two nights of awesome music and special guests only at Knuckleheads beginning at 8:30 p.m. Friday and 8 p.m. Saturday.

Weekender: How to Lose A Guy in 10 Days – Cap off your week with top local bands and favorite food trucks. Shop the wares of KC artisans and finish the evening with a favorite flick under the stars. Festivities begin at 6 p.m., with the movie starting at approximately 9 p.m. FREE admission. Only at Crown Center.

LIVE THEATER is thriving on Downtown stages, which feature one show this week:

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:

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Public Parking Maps of Downtown KC are available at