Halloween & First Friday – it’s the week to ‘fall’ for Downtown

Here’s the highlight reel for the Downtown KC arts & entertainment scene for the week of Halloween – Monday to Sunday, Oct. 30-Nov. 5:

Arrival of Mayor’s Christmas Tree – The first sign of the holiday season arrives at Crown Center, the culmination of a journey from Oregon. The 100-foot-tall tree arrives at 9 a.m. on Thursday, and is put into its stand at approximately 10 a.m. on Friday.

Final Act – Art the Loop 2017 – The 2017 Art in the Loop Project: Cue!, a curated outdoor exhibition staged in partnership with the City of Kansas City and KC Streetcar wraps up with a reception, a pop-up exhibit, and a final round of performances at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Central Library. RSVP nowArt in the Loop is designed to make cultural experiences available to Downtown residents, visitors, and workers.

First Friday – one of the KC’s hottest events of the fall and winter – returns for its November feast of visual and performing arts bursting throughout Downtown with:

Gatsby Swing at the Station – Don’t miss an evening filled with Gatsby-era music, featuring the Kansas City Jazz Orchestra, from 8-10 p.m. Friday at the Historic Union Station.

Halloween Scaryoke  – Celebrate Halloween with a special edition of Halloween karaoke, beginning at 9 p.m. Tuesday at Pizza Bar at the Power & Light District. The evening also will feature a costume contest and exclusive drink specials for anyone wearing a costume.

Haunted Houses – Tis the season for Kansas City’s famous haunted houses located in the West Bottoms. Follow this link to discover six of the scariest Halloween haunts right here in Downtown.

Ice Terrace – Kansas City’s only public outdoor ice skating rink opens this week for its 45th season of great skating fun. Enjoy complimentary skating, coffee and hot chocolate from 6-9 a.m. on Friday at Crown Center. For the complete Ice Terrace hours and rates, go to crowncenter.com/IceTerrace.


Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts will feature four performances this week, including:

  • Nosferatu – Join the Kansas City Symphony for this chilling Screenland at the Symphony performance at 7 p.m. Tuesday.  Celebrate Halloween by experiencing this bizarre and chilling silent film classic on the giant Helzberg Hall screen with live thundering accompaniment by organist Dorothy Papadakos on the Julia Irene Kauffman Casavant Organ. Costumes encouraged!
  • Kansas City Symphony and Chorus performs Brahms’ Requiem and the French Impressionists in the Kansas City Symphony Classical Series at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday in  Helzberg Hall.
Scott Bradlee and his Postmodern Jukebox is looking to take Downtown for a wild ride on Sunday at the Midland.

The Midland – the grand dame of Kansas City concert venues – will light up Downtown this week with three performances, including Sebastian Maniscalco – “the people’s comedian” who carries a string of record-breaking sold out comedy appearances and has a new top-ranked show on SiriusXM – is set to knock ’em dead at 7 p.m. Thursday; Tommy Emanuel and David Grisman are due to tear up the Big Town, along with special guests Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley, at 8 p.m. Friday; and Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox – a genre-busting, rotating collective of musicians and vocalists that re-imagines modern pop hits in the style of jazz, ragtime, and swing classics of the 1920s-1950s – will get things cooking at 8 p.m. Sunday.

Power & Light District presents Cole Swindell – performing his new hit song Stay Downtown – at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Kansas City LIVE Block.

Take  Me to the River – Memphis and Rhythm & Blues Review, featuring William Bell, Charlie Musselwhite and Bobby Rush, along with special guests Frayser Boy. Al Kapone, The Hi Rhythm Section and The Stax Academy Alumni Band, with musical director Boo Mitchell, will Downtown at 8 p.m. Friday at the Folly Theater.

The Truman, the newest concert venue in KC, will heat up the East Crossroads this week with three shows on back-to-back nights this week, including Yellow Claw with Riot Ten in a special Halloween night concert at 8 p.m. Tuesday; A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, featuring TK Kravitz, at 8 p.m. Thursday; and Slowdive with Cherry Glazerr at 8 p.m. Friday.

Wicked Wine Walk –  Sip, shop & explore Downtown Kansas City during a sold out Wicked Wine Walk from 3-6 p.m. on Saturday in the Power & Light District. A portion of the proceeds benefit Inclusion Connections.

LIVE THEATER is thriving on Downtown stages, which feature three productions this week:

  • Fences – The winner of the 1987 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the Tony Award for Best Play that same year, Fences is set in 1950s Pittsburgh against the backdrop of a rapidly changing America. Perhaps the most highly-regarded of Wilson’s soaring ten-play cycle, it tells the gripping story of an African American father and son and the hopes and dreams to which they desperately cling. This Kansas City Rep production continues through Sunday at the Copaken Stage at H&R Block.
  • Into the Woods – The Brothers Grimm hit the stage with an epic fairy tale about wishes, family and the choices we make. Celebrating its 30th anniversary, Into the Woods opens Thursday and runs through Sunday, Nov. 19 at the MTH Theater at Crown Center.

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:

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.