Three of Downtown’s annual, signature events – Boulevardia, the Future Stages Festival and Taps at the Tower – along with one of the final pre-election Mayoral forums and a series nationally recognized World Cup Watch Parties – headline a rich calendar of events this week. Roll the highlight reel for what’s coming up in Downtown KC from Monday to Sunday, June 10-16:
Boulevardia, the Kansas City urban street festival – “the World’s finest Pop-up Party Nation – returns this weekend in the Stockyards District of the West Bottoms this weekend. Boulevardia – a nation filled with cold beer, hot food, live music and more beer – is set for 4-11 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Sunday. For tickets and multiple rounds of more information, visit boulevardia.com.
Crown Center presents its 19th annual Antique Festival this weekend on the square. Vendors will offer pottery, china, toys, linens, collectibles, furniture, jewelry, books and much more for sale. This popular, free event is set for 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday.
HyVee Arena, 1800 Genessee, introduces a new, FREE live music series on Friday nights this summer. Brody Buster will perform from 7-10 p.m. this Friday, and all ages are welcomed. Plus, the Bottoms Up bar will be open for business.
KC Public Library, 14 W. 10th St. This week, featuring…
- Voices from Our Neighbors – The Library punctuates a months-long study of immigration in America with a look into the personal journeys of immigrants who have settled in the Lawrence, Kansas, area at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Central Library.
- Decision 2019: KC’s Next Mayor – Less than a week before the June 18 general election, the two candidates to succeed outgoing Kansas City Mayor Sly James face off on the issues and concerns confronting the city. Current city council members Jolie Justus and Quinton Lucas emerged from a crowded field of 11 mayoral hopefuls in the April primary. The forum is set for 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Plaza Library.
- Ralph Steadman: A Retrospective … Ralph Steadman was the artistic yin to Hunter S. Thompson’s literary yang for 30 years, with Steadman providing exquisitely outrageous illustrations that were perfectly suited to Thompson’s gonzo writing. This special exhibition at the Central Library explores the full range of his inimitable work. Exclusive to the exhibition’s stay in Downtown: more than a dozen of Steadman’s images from his coverage of the 1976 Republican Convention in KC. Approximately 100 of Steadman’s original works are featured in the retrospective that runs through Sept. 8.
Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, 1601 Broadway. This week, two amazing performances and a special, all-day celebration of the performing arts:
- Snarky Puppy – Displaying a rare and delicate mixture of sophisticated composition, harmony and improvisation, Snarky Puppy has been praised for being “big, rich and funky” by NPR Music. The fusion-influenced, genre-bending group will light up the Muriel Kauffman Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.
- Kansas City Symphony presents Classics Uncorked: Secrets Revealed, featuring Elgar’s Enigma Variations at 7 p.m. Thursday in Helzberg Hall. After the concert, enjoy a complimentary glass of wine while mingling with Symphony musicians in Brandmeyer Great Hall.
- Future Stages Festival – This annual, FREE one-day festival invites youth and families to experience a diverse range of performances and interactive arts activities from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. The celebration showcases youth in the performing arts and serves as an extension of the Kauffman Center’s Open Doors Spotlight on Youth program. RSVP for free.
Knucklehead’s – the hottest honky tonk in the Big Town will be on fire this week 6 red-hot shows, including Hot Club of Cowtown at 8 p.m. Wednesday and Dan Tedesco on his American Darkness Tour in the Gospel Lounge at 9 p.m. Saturday.
The Midland, 1228 Main – This week, will be jumpin’ with the comedy gaming show Game Grumps Live at 8 p.m. Monday; rapper Machine Gun Kelly at 8 p.m. Friday; and the Angel Bikini Fashion Show at 7 p.m. Saturday.
National WWI Museum & Memorial – Enjoy the beauty and simplicity of the Taps bugle call with the symbolism of the Liberty Memorial Tower at sunset during Taps at the Tower. Presented daily from Sunday (June 16) to Saurday (June 22), visitors are welcomed to have a picnic, play games and enjoy the outdoors. At sunset (8:45 p.m.), Taps will be played during a brief, moving ceremony.
Power & Light District – This week, the KC Live! Block will be rockin for FIVE huge events, incuding:
- Official World Cup Watch Party at 2 p.m. Tuesday, when the USA Women take on Thailand
- Hot Country Nights with Justin Moore at 6 p.m. Thursday
- Big Sky Nights with Matt Stell at 8 p.m. Friday
- Friday Live! with Dolewite at 9 p.m. Friday
- World Cup Watch Party at 11 a.m. Sunday, when the USA Women battle Chile
Sprint Center, 1407 Grand. Up next, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame guitarist Santana with The Doobie Brothers on Thursday, July 11. The three-month, 29-date Supernatural Now Tour will commemorate the 20th anniversary of his groundbreaking, multiple Grammy-winning album Supernatural and the 50th anniversary of his momentous performance at Woodstock.
Union Station – More than 1.5 million people annually travel to the south of England to experience Stonehenge – the mysterious wonder and World Heritage site, dating back 5,000+ years. Now, with this America’s premiere exhibition, the ancient marvel comes to life in this large-scale exhibition, suitable for all ages and featuring multiple hands-on interactives to amplify key elements of the monument’s mysteries. Open daily at Union Station. Click here for hours and to plan your visit.
AND, LIVE MUSIC is on tap most nights at these Downtown clubs and joints: Blue Room Jazz Club, Black Dolphin, The Brick, Green Lady Lounge, Hush, The Majestic Jazz Club, Mutual Musicians Foundation, The Phoenix, Prohibition Hall , throughout the Power & Light District , The Record Bar, The Ship … and, aboard the KC Streetcar from 5-7 p.m. Thursdays through Aug. 1.
LIVE THEATER is thriving on Downtown stages, including three magical productions this week:
- Broadway and All That Jazz – The four-part series of Broadway songbooks comes to a close, as the final chapter – Songbook of the 80s to the Present – opens at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Quality Hill Playhouse.
- Elephant and Piggie’s ‘We Are in a Play’ – This lively and irresistibly charming musical look at friendship has become one of the best-selling and loved young readers’ series of the past decade. The show opens Tuesday and continues through Aug. 4 at The Coterie in Crown Center.
- Oklahoma! – Rodgers & Hammerstein’s first collaboration remains their most innovative. This re-imagined production will feature the recently restored libretto and updated orchestrations which includes banjo, guitar, fiddle and other sounds commonly associated with the Oklahoma territory. The classic runs through June 30 at MTH Theater in Crown Center.