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 Preview: On 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.
Lunchtime Arts Series – Catch one of two free, lunchtime arts events this week:
- Betse & Clark perform from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday aboard the KC Streetcar, as part of the Art on the Line series presented by Art in the Loop.
- Amado Espinoza 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 concludes this week.
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 UnionStation.org/Mummies.
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 Ticketfly.com.
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:
- 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.
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
- Brewery Emperial in the Crossroads Arts 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
- Haverty Family Yards at Union Station
- 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
- The Truman in the East Crossroads – Coming soon!
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
Public Parking Maps of Downtown KC are available at DowntownKC.org.