The annual Celebration at the Station is the theme of a celebratory week ahead Downtown from Monday to Sunday, May 21-27 – including:
Celebration at the Station – The Kansas City Symphony’s 16th annual patriotic concert event – set to begin at 8 p.m. Sunday – is the largest FREE Memorial Day weekend festival in the Midwest! From a moving Symphony concert to the city’s grandest fireworks display, nothing celebrates our military and veterans quite like Bank of America Celebration at the Station. Make it an all-day family affair with pre-concert musical acts, food trucks, Lee Jeans Family Zone, the Honeywell Veterans Place with services for veterans, plus activities inside Union Station and the National World War I Museum and Memorial. The event site opens at 3 p.m., and the concert begins at 8 p.m. Sunday (rain or shine).
Crossroads KC will be dancing to the beat of two shows this week, including:
- Free Fridays concert will feature Elton Dan with Doves and Dreams beginning at 7 p.m. Friday; and
- Day Lit, Vol. 1 featuring Donell Jones, Case, Levell and Asa Barnes starting at 8 p.m. Sunday
Knuckleheads Saloon – the hottest honky tonk in the Big Town – a whopping 15 shows this week, including the M80’s with The Instamatics at 8:30 p.m. Friday; Found A Job (Talking Heads tribute) at 10 p.m. Saturday; and American Aquarium with Cory Branan at 8 p.m. Sunday.
Power & Light District gets its early summer groove on this week with two blow-out events, including:
- Pitch Taste of Kansas City – Attention foodies!! Witness six of KC’s most talented chefs as they battle for the Gold Fork! Sample KC’s best restaurants & try some of the best mixed drinks & micro brewed beers our city has to offer beginning at 6 p.m. Thursday in the KC Live! Block.
- Tiki Party – The perfect time of year to hang loose, and let out a big howl, has finally arrived! Come chill at Howl at the Moon’s Tiki Party on Sunday, featuring favorite tropical drinks and the sunniest crowd of the year.
Stanfords Comedy Club brings laughs at its new joint at 831 Walnut. Comedian Sean Brennan will headline the 18 & older show this week – beginning at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, plus late shows on Friday and Saturday. And, Sundays feature an Open Mic beginning at 7:30 p.m.
The Truman will be bouncing the east Crossroads with one concert this week, featuring Wolf Parade with special guests Japandroids and Andrian Teacher & The Subs beginning at 8 p.m. Monday.
LIVE THEATER is thriving on Downtown stages, which feature three productions this week, including:
- The Lion King – winner of six Tony Awards, including Best Musical in 1998 – runs through Sunday at the Music Hall. Click here for ticket information.
- Skylight – One of playwright David Hare’s finer works, Skylight has won both the Olivier Award for best play and a Tony Award for Best Revival. This performance by Kansas City Actors Theatre will run through June 10 at City Stage at Union Station.
- Welcome to Fear City – In this electrifying and original story, a South Bronx boy searches for his poetic voice and wrestles with his identity. His neighborhood fights to survive following the 1977 blackout that rattled New York City and jump-started the hip-hop revolution. Presented by the KC Rep as part of the Origin KC: New Works Festival, Fear City runs through Sunday at the Copaken Stage.
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
- 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