Labor Day marks the return of Irish Fest & much more fun!

The Kansas City Irish Fest makes its annual, triumphant return to Crown Center this Friday through Sunday. Don’t miss a solid green moment!

Labor Day weekend is one of the best weekends of the year in Downtown Kansas City, as the KC Irish Fest returns on Friday through Sunday. Then, when you add in a First Friday, four concerts at Crossroads KC, the Fiesta Kansas City fiesta and the return of WWE mania, well, this is a rock star week ahead in Downtown KC. Here’s the highlight reel for Monday to Labor Day Monday, Aug. 28 to Sept. 4:

Charlie Parker Celebration:  Kansas City’s  hottest jazz event of the summer, a celebration of the life and legacy of its native son, Charlie “Yardbird” Parker, will conclude with a special 12th Street Jump + Bobby Watson at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at MTH Theater at Crown Center. The Jump will mark the 97th anniversary of the birth of the jazz legend.

CrossroadsKC at Grinders will serve as the epicenter of the KC concert scene this week with four shows in five days, including:

  • Umphrey’s McGee, with special guest Aqueos, kicks off the holiday weekend at 6:30 p.m. Thursday
  • Indigo Girls, featuring special guest Becky Warren, will rock the Crossroads at 8 p.m. Saturday
  • John Butler Trio, with opening act Nattali Rize, keeps the party going at 8 p.m. Sunday
  • Lake Street Divefeaturing Matt Stansberry and the Romance, wraps up the Labor Day weekend at 8 p.m. Monday

Little Joe Y La Familia is one of the headline performers at the Fiesta Kansas City celebration on Sunday at the Power & Light District..

Fiesta Kansas City – featuring Little Joe y La Familia and The Como La Flor Band – is set for the KC Live! stage in the Power & Light District from noon to 11 p.m. Sunday. The Fiesta is presented by the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Greater Kansas City and features delicious food, ice cold beverages, superb entertainment and a host of vendors. For tickets or more information, click here.

First Friday – one of the KC’s coolest/hottest events of the summer – returns for its September shindig with visual and performing arts bursting throughout Downtown with:

KC Irish Fest – one of KC’s most anticipated events annually – returns this Labor Day weekend to the friendly confines of Crown Center. With more than 30 bands on seven stages, heritage workshops and displays, comedy, genealogy, a massive children’s area and so much more, there is no better way to celebrate Celtic Pride than the Kansas City Irish Fest! All the fun begins at 5 p.m. Friday and continues through The Elders‘ closing performance that begins at 9 p.m. Sunday. Visit for complete details.

Katy Guillen & The Girls will rock The City Market from 5-8 p.m. Thursday. The performance is part of the monthly Music Under the Arch summer concert series, located just inside the City Market Arch at 5th & Walnut. All shows are free, open to the public and rain or shine.

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. For tickets and more information, visit

Sprint Center will stage two, mildly different, performances in back-to-back shows this week, including:

  • WWE Livefeaturing John Cena and other WWE superstars, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday
  • Banda MS – Banda Sinaloense MS de Sergio Lizarraga is a regional Mexican group that will rock the house at 7 p.m. Sunday.

Trailer Park Boys are coming to Downtown this week. Be afraid…! What’s supposed to be an intimate evening quickly goes off the rails when, after escaping arrest for ‘a simple misunderstanding’, the boys realize they have limited time to party before the cops inevitably track them down. Expect the boys to be at their drunkest, highest and greasiest for a hilarious night you’ll never forget! The fun begins at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Midland Theatre.

LIVE THEATER is thriving on Downtown stages, which feature two productions 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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