Downtown KC will be in the center of the U.S. gymnastics world this week, as the national championships come to Sprint Center Thursday through Sunday.

Roll the highlight reel for what’s coming to Downtown KC from Monday to Sunday, Aug. 5-11:

Yonder Mountain String Band returns to KC this weekend for an outdoor blowout at Crossroads KC.

Crossroads KC, 417 E. 18th St. This week, heating up the outdoor concert scene with

  • Yonder Mountain String Band – with The Samples and The Magic Beans – will light the night sky beginning 7:30 p.m. Friday; and
  • Food Truck Festival featuring The M-80s, along with tasty munchies from a wide variety of food trucks, beginning at 5 p.m. Saturday.

Crown Center, 2405 Grand – This week, featuring the final WeekEnder of the summer series is set for this Friday! Featuring food trucks, a local band and a classic movie under the stars, the fun begins at 6 p.m. Friday with a free performance by The Magnetics,  followed by a free showing of Tomb Raider at 9 p.m.

Folly Theater, 300 W. 12th St. Next up – Katya – Help Me I’m Dying – As RuPaul’s Drag Race Miss Congeniality and All-Stars S2 finalist, Katya Zamolodchikova brings her new stand-up show to Downtown on Monday, Aug. 26.

Less than one week after taking office, new Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas looks back at his election-day win and ahead to the business of running the city in which he grew up. Lucas sits down with veteran KMBC TV reporter Micheal Mahoney for a conversation at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday the Library’s Plaza Branch. RSVP at

KC Public Library, 14 W. 10th St. This week, the Central Library will feature a look back at The Liberation of Paris in 1944, featuring military historian Harry S. Laver, and the exhibition of the artwork of Ralph Steadman that continues through Sept. 8.

Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts1601 Broadway. Next up, Iyania Vanzant celebrates the updated 25th-anniversary edition of her internationally acclaimed bestseller, Acts of Faith, beginning at 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 23.

Country/blues legend Paul Thorn returns to Knuckleheads for three performances this week.

Knucklehead’s , 2715 Rochester. This week, the hottest honky tonk in KC will be blazing with 11 shows this week, including three different performances by the legendary Paul Thorn with The Nace Brothers at 8:30 p.m. Friday; Bonnie Bishop at 8:30 p.m. Saturday; and a sold-out Gospel Brunch at 11 a.m. Sunday.

Kirk Franklin, the reigning king of urban gospel, will light up Downtown this week at the Midland.

The Midland, 1228 Main – This week, Kirk Franklin – a pioneer in gap-bridging musicianship, uniting audiences across gospel, hip hop, pop and R&B – will levitate the music scene at 8 p.m. Friday.

Power & Light DistrictThis week, the KC Live! Block will be swayin’ to Hot Country Nights featuring Mitchell Tenpenny at 6 p.m. Thursday; Big Sky Nights with Noe Palma at 7 p.m. Friday; and Friday Live! with Dr. Zhivegas at 9 p.m. Friday.

Sprint Center, 1407 Grand. This week, the national sports spotlight will shine on Kansas City next month, as the U.S. Gymnastics Championships return to Downtown KC on Thursday through Sunday.

The Truman, 801 E. Truman Rd. – Next up, Buckcherry will rock this city with special guest Joyous Wolf on Thursday, Aug. 15.

Union Station – 30 W. Pershing Rd. Ongoing, StonehengeThis 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.

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

  • A Doll’s House – A scandal when it was first staged 140 years ago, it is the story of a married woman seeking to carve out her own place in the world. Still startlingly relevant, this show will be sure to feature the type of actor-first performances audiences have come to expect from the Kansas City Actors Theater. Performances begin at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and continue through Aug. 25 at the City Stage in Union Station.
  • In the Heights tells the universal story of a community on the brink of change, full of hopes, dreams and pressures, where the biggest struggles can be deciding which traditions you take with you, and which ones you leave behind. Creator Lin-Manuel Miranda’s production was winner of the 2008 Tony Awards for Best Musical, Best Score, Best Choreography and Best Orchestrations.  Performances begin Thursday and run through Sept. 1 at MTH Theater in Crown Center.

LIVE MUSIC is on tap most nights at these Downtown clubs and joints: Blue Room Jazz ClubBlack Dolphin, The Brick, Gem TheaterGreen Lady Lounge, Hush, The Majestic Jazz ClubMutual Musicians FoundationThe Phoenix, Prohibition Hall , throughout the Power & Light District, The Record Bar and The Ship.

AND, UNIQUE TREASURES are plentiful via Downtown museums and attractions, including the Airline History Museum, Downtown Airport; American Jazz Museum, 18th & Vine; Arabia Steamboat Museum, River Market; Black Archives of Mid-America, 18th & Vine; Todd Bolender Center for Dance and Creativity, Union Station District; Boulevard Beer Hall, Westside; City Market, River Market; College Basketball Experience, Sprint Center; Garment District Museum, Garment District; Kansas City Public Library, Central Business District; Hallmark Visitors Center, Crown Center; Hy-Vee Arena, West Bottoms; Kansas City Museum, Corinthian Hall; Money Museum, Federal Reserve Bank of KC; National Archives, Union Station District; National WWI Museum and Memorial, Liberty Memorial; Legoland Discovery Center, Crown Center; Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, 18th & Vine; Riverfront Heritage Trail, River Market area; Science City, Union Station; Sea Life Aquarium, Crown Center; 21c Museum Hotel, Historic 9th District; TWA Museum, Downtown Airport; and Union Station, Union Station.

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