The US Navy Blue Angels return to Downtown KC next weekend for the KC Air Show. Buckle up!

The KC Air Show – complete with the Blue Angels – and the beloved KC Riverfest will light up the Downtown skyline for the holiday week ahead. Roll the highlight reel for what’s coming to Downtown KC from Monday to Sunday, July 1-7:

American Jazz Museum, 1616 E. 18th St. and National WWI Museum and Memorial, 2 Memorial Dr. Up next, a collaboration between these two Downtown KC institutions for Catharsis – a two-part program on Monday, July 8 that will feature a jazz workshop at 2:30 p.m. and a full-length concert at 6 p.m. by New York’s Ryan Keberle and Catharsis.

Blues Traveler makes its long-awaited return to the Big Town on Saturday at Crossroads KC.

Crossroads KC, 417 E. 18th St. This week, presenting a rockin’ weekend, featuring:

First Friday – KC’s hippest night of summer – is set for this Friday, featuring a sizzling collection of arts and cultural experiences throughout Downtown, including:

  • ArtsKC, 106 Southwest Blvd., featuring local sculptor Miranda Clark from 5-8 p.m.
  • City Market presents Be a Part of the Art, showcasing local artists who will demo their techniques and exhibit their works from 6-9 p.m. in Pavilion 1 in City Market Square.
  • Crossroads Arts District featuring arts organizations, galleries, studios, and a wide variety of local businesses in a celebration of local, regional and national artists and live entertainment from 5-9 p.m. Take a peek at the district’s galleries and studios at KCCrossroads.com.
  • 18th & Vine delivers a cultural experience of music, art, food and shopping on First Fridays year ’round. Shop local artists and diverse food trucks from 4-9 p.m. in and around the Museums of 18th & Vine.
  • Urbana First Friday – Come eat, drink, hear live music, see public art displays and more during this uniquely Kansas City experience beginning at 5 p.m. Friday at in the heart of the Power & Light District, including the Two Light Luxury Apartments.
  • Warehouse Weekends – one of the finest vintage marketplaces in the country – flourishes every First Friday weekend (Friday through Sunday) in the West Bottoms.

KC Air Show featuring the U.S. Navy Blue Angels in the top air show of 2019, returns on Saturday and Sunday at Charles B. Wheeler Downtown Airport. The KC Air Show will feature two days of world-class aerobatic performances, military jet demonstrations and thrilling entertainment. Click here or visit’s the Air Show’s Facebook page.

KC Public Library, 14 W. 10th St. This week, featuring Ralph Steadman: A Retrospective – a special exhibition of about 100 of his original works – in this retrospective that runs through Sept. 8. at the Central Library.

KC RiverFest – the region’s premier Independence Day celebration – will unfold from 3-10 p.m. on Wednesday (yes,  July 4) at Berkley Riverfront. RiverFest will feature family fun… such as two stages of music – including a performance from the USAF Band of Mid-America’s Jazz Ensemble – an abundance of food vendors and refreshing beverages and the best fireworks show in the region. Tickets – $5 for adults, and free for children – are available here.

Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts1601 Broadway. Next up, An Evening with Jane Fonda at 7:30 p.m. next Tuesday, July 9 in the Muriel Kauffman Theatre.

Knucklehead’s , 2715 Rochester. This week, the hottest honky tonk in the Big Town will be on fire this week 10 red-hot shows, including Blasters with Supersuckersplus Wayne Hancock & Clowns Pressley MC at 8 p.m. Wednesday; American Aquarium with Brandy Zdan at 8:30 p.m. Thursday; and Martha Davis & The Motels at 8:30 p.m. Saturday.

The Midland, 1228 Main – Next up, MattyB, the 16-year-old pop singer/rapper from Atlanta, and special guests The Haschak Sisters, will light up Downtown at 7 p.m. Sunday, July 21.

Power & Light DistrictThis week, the KC Live! Block will be swayin’ to Hot Country Nights featuring Travis Martin at 6 p.m. Thursday

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.

The Truman, 801 E. Truman Rd. – This week, featuring August Burns Red with guests Silverstein and Silent Planet at 7 p.m. Friday.

Union Station – More than 1.5 million people annually travel to the south of England to experience Stonehengethe mysterious wonder and World Heritage site, dating back 5,000+ years. This U.S. premiere exhibition represents 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. Click here for hours and more.

AND, LIVE MUSIC is on tap most nights at these Downtown clubs and joints: Blue Room Jazz ClubBlack Dolphin, The BrickGreen Lady Lounge, Hush, The Majestic Jazz ClubMutual Musicians FoundationThe Phoenix, Prohibition Hall , throughout the Power & Light District, The Record BarThe Ship … and, aboard the KC Streetcar from 5-7 p.m. Thursdays through Aug. 1.

‘Hamilton’ is giving KC a shot now through Sunday at the Music Hall.

LIVE THEATER is thriving on Downtown stages, including four magical productions this week:

For more of what’s happening in Downtown and Kansas City, check out ArtsKCGo and VisitKC.com