Here is the highlight reel of what’s happening in Downtown KC from Monday to Sunday, July 24-30:
City Market Movie: ‘The Big Lebowski – Make plans for dinner and an outdoor movie this Friday evening at The City Market. Stop by your favorite City Market restaurant and then head over to City Market Park for the Alamo Drafthouse pre-show at 8:30 p.m. The adventures of the Dude will begin at 9 p.m. Bring your lawn chair, blanket and cooler. Sweet treats will be available for purchase from Alamo Drafthouse concessions.
CrossroadsKC at Grinders will rock the urban landscape with two concerts this week, including:
- Violent Femmes – along with Echo & The Bunnymen and Ava Mendoza – beginning at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. Lawn chairs and blankets will not be allowed at this performance.
- The Floozies present Funk Street 3, featuring Big Wild, Russ Liquid and Gekko, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Saturday
Crown Center Weekender: ‘Jurassic World’ – Cap off your week with top local bands, such as Country Road 5 this week, 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.
Fringe Festival: The 13th annual festival ¬ an 11-day performing and visual arts extravaganza spread across multiple Kansas City venues ¬ continues through Sunday. 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. Last year’s Fringe Festival featured 475 performances by 108 groups at 23 different venues. Tune in to kcfringe.org for the complete schedule.
Henry Ossian Flipper – Library Director Crosby Kemper III recreates a conversation with Flipper, whose military career ended in 1882 due to a questionable court martial. Born into slavery, Flipper rose to become the first African-American to graduate from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. This Meet the Past event coincides with the 151st reunion of the National Buffalo Soldiers 9th & 10th (Horse) Cavalry Association, July 24-29 in Kansas City. The program is set for 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Central Library. RSVP here.
Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts with light up the Downtown skies with two inspiring evenings, featuring:
- Mary Chapin Carpenter – The five-time GRAMMY Award-winning singer-songwriter and Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee hits the road in 2017, performing songs from her expansive 14-album catalog and new songs from her latest record. Opening will be Sarah Jarosz, who took home this year’s GRAMMY Awards for Best American Roots Performance and Best Folk Album. This special night begins at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Muriel Kauffman Theatre.
- U.S. Coast Guard Band, presented by The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S., will perform a free concert at 7 p.m. Friday. At last check, this performance was a “sell” out.
Lunchtime Arts Series –
- Enrique Chi, lead vocalist for the local band Making Movies, will 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.
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.
Off Leash Dog Park – Downtown is about to become the home of Kansas City’s newest off-leash dog park at West Terrace Park, 750 Pennsylvania, and you are invited to join in the fun! Join KC Parks for a grand opening Yappy Hour beginning at 4 p.m. Saturday, featuring pictures with your dog, pup cake, agility course, dog splash pool, canine art, a cash bar, and more. Parking will be available at 610 Washington St. The gate house will be manned from 4-6 p.m. Saturday to provide access to the lot.
Pablo Sanhueza and the Latin Jazz All-Stars will shake up the historic 18th & Vine Jazz District with a free performance at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Blue Room at the American Jazz Museum. The band is a collaborative project of musicians with long standing presence and impact in contemporary Afro-Latin American music in Kansas City & the Midwest
Power & Light District will be smokin’ this week with two smash concerts in the Live Block, including:
- Randy Houser with special guest Jason Pritchett will rock the big town 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.
- Platinum Rock Legends will keep the fires burning with a special performance from 9-11 p.m. Friday evening at Kansas City Live! Ages 21+ only.
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 continues through Sunday, 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