From Boulevardia to Juneteenth, from Buddy Guy to Diana Krall … this week feels like the official start of summer in Kansas City. Let’s roll the highlight reel for the week ahead in arts and entertainment in Downtown KC – Monday to Sunday, June 11-17:
Antique Festival – The 18th annual festival will feature pottery, china, toys, linens, collectibles, furniture, jewelry, books and more from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday at Crown Center.
Boulevardia – The two-day urban street festival returns on Friday and Saturday in Kansas City’s Stockyards District. The event features a craft beer and food sampling experience, music from local, regional and national acts, as well as family activities, entertainment, shopping and eco-education, all in a unique urban setting.
JuneteenthKC Heritage Festival – The 7th Annual Juneteenth Celebration officially returns to the 18th & Vine Historic Jazz District on Saturday from noon to 10 p.m. Juneteenth is a historic celebration that features KC’s best, local live entertainment and free activities for the entire family! Check out more details and the complete schedule right here.
GRAMMY Award winning jazz diva Diana Krall returns to Downtown KC this week for a sold out performance at the Kauffman Center on Saturday.
Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts will be riding high with three scintillating performances in the coming week, including:
- Glenn Miller Orchestra – More than 20 musicians and singers bring the world-famous Glenn Miller sound and perform the songs that everyone remembers at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Muriel Kauffman Theatre. This is a show not to miss for jazz and swing fans alike and for the incurable romantics who want to step back in time.
- Kansas City Symphony performs Mendelssohn’s Italian and Haydn, as part of its Classical Series, at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday in Helzberg Hall.
- Diana Krall brings her Turn Up The Quiet World Tour to the Kauffman Center for a sold out show at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in Kauffman Theatre. The multiple GRAMMY Award-winning pianist and world-renowned singer is the only jazz singer to have eight albums debut at the top of the Billboard Jazz Albums chart.
Stanfords Comedy Club brings laughs at its new joint at 831 Walnut. Comedian Tony Woods will headline the 18 & older show this week with performances at 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. And, Sundays feature an Open Mic beginning at 7:30 p.m.
The Truman will be bouncing this week for four shows including First Aid Kit with J.S. Ondara at 8 p.m. Tuesday; Neal Brennan at 7:30 p.m. Thursday; Dr. Dog with special guest (Sandy) Alex G at 8 p.m. Friday; and Dance Gavin Dance with Sianvar, Erra and I See Stars at 7 p.m. Sunday.
LIVE THEATER is thriving on Downtown stages, which feature two productions this week, including:
- Cats – With music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and based on Old Possum’s Book Of Practical Cats by T.S. Eliot, the Broadway sensation runs through June 24 at the MTH Theater at Crown Center.
- Sinatra’s Songwriter – Celebrate the career of Frank Sinatra through The Genius of Sammy Cahn, the man who penned much of it, in this stylish cabaret revue featuring favorites from Sinatra’s early big band years in 1930s New York to hits from his Vegas acts of the ’50s and ’60s. Sinatra runs through July 8 at the Quality Hill Playhouse.
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
- The Black Dolphin in the Crossroads
- 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
- Garment House in the Downtown Loop
- Gem Theater in the Historic 18th & Vine Jazz District
- Green Lady Lounge in the Crossroads
- 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 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