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.
Crossroads KC, 417 E. 18th St. This week, presenting a rockin’ weekend, featuring:
- Heavy Petty & Maria the Mexican in free show beginning at 8 p.m. Friday, and
- The legendary Blues Traveler with Andy Frasco & the U.N. at 8 p.m. Saturday
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.
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 Supersuckers, plus 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.
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. 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 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 four magical productions this week:
- Broadway and All That Jazz – The four-part series of Broadway songbooks comes to a close this season, as the final chapter – Songbook of the 80s to the Present – runs through July 14 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 continues through Aug. 4 at The Coterie in Crown Center.
- Hamilton – The international sensation comes to Downtown KC for a three-week run beginning Tuesday at the Music Hall. The story of America’s Founding Father Alexander Hamilton features a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B, and Broadway. It is considered to be the story of America then, as told by America now. Performances run through Sunday.
- A Wrinkle in Time – Madeleine L’Engle’s science fantasy novel for young people won the Newberry Medal and has become a modern classic of children’s literature. Theater for Young America presents this beloved production now through Saturday at the City Stage in Union Station.