A grand tradition of dancing, courtesy of the Kansas City Ballet, tops the honor roll of what’s happening  in Downtown KC this week. Roll the highlight reel for Monday to Sunday, Aug. 19-25:

Crossroads KC, 417 E. 18th St. This week, firing up the outdoor concert scene with back-to-back weekend shows with G Love & Special Sauce, featuring the Jack Cloonan Band at 8 p.m. Friday; Redneck Throwdown with The LACS, Moonshine  Bandits and more beginning at 7 p.m. Saturday.

Crown Center, 2405 Grand – Next up, the 17th annual Kansas City Irish Fest returns for Labor Day weekend – Friday, Aug. 30 to Sunday, Sept. 1 on the square at Crown Center.

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.

KC Dance Day Enjoy the Kansas City Ballet compoany’s 9th annual celebration at the Bolender Center from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday with FREE dance classes and FREE performances, including an open rehearsal by Kansas City Ballet company. Everyone attending KC Dance Day must register in advance. Guests will receive a wristband upon entry that will allow you access into all the free offerings. Click here to register now.

KC Public Library, 14 W. 10th St. This week, the Central Library will present Freak KingdomHunter. S. Thompson’s Manic Ten-Year Crusade Against American Fascism. In a discussion of his book, George Mason University’s Timothy Denevi gives a forceful literary and political journalist his due. Denevi examines Thompson’s role as a political writer from 1963 to Richard Nixon’s resignation in 1974. The presentation coincides with the Library exhibit Ralph Steadman: A Retrospective, featuring the artwork of the longtime Thompson collaborator that continues through Sept. 8.

Author andspiritual leader Iyanla Vanzant will light up the Kauffman Center with messages of inspiration on Friday at the Kauffman Center..

Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts1601 Broadway. This week, Iyanla Vanzant, the celebrated spiritual teacher, New York Times best-selling author, legendary speaker and Emmy Award-winning television personality celebrates the 25th anniversary edition of her internationally-acclaimed bestseller, Acts of Faith, at 8 p.m. Friday in the Muriel Kauffman Theatre. This Kauffman Center Presents appearance features a special offer of:

  • 15% off group discount (groups of 10 or more)
  • Student rush tickets are available for $15 at the box office in the 90 minutes prior to the performance (valid student ID required)


The legendary Reverend Horton Heat will light up Knuckleheads this week.

Knucklehead’s, 2715 Rochester. This week, the hottest honky tonk in KC will be blazin’ with 8 shows this week, including Reverend Horton Heat with The Delta Bombers at 8 p.m. Thursday; and Reckless Kelly with special guest Elizabeth Cook at 8:30 p.m. Friday.

The Midland, 1228 Main – This weekZakk Sabbathaka Zakk Wylde’s Black Sabbath cover band that he formed in 2014 – will rock the ol’ palace at 8 p.m. Sunday. Don Jamieson will open.

Power & Light DistrictThis week, the KC Live! Block will be rockin’ to Phantogram at the Coors Light Block Party at 6 p.m. Friday.

Sprint Center, 1407 Grand. Next upJohn Mayer continues his world tour with a Labor Day stop in Downtown KC on Monday, Sept. 2.

The Truman, 801 E. Truman Rd. – Next up, Whitney – the idie/alt band out of Chicago – will rock this town on Monday, Sept. 11.

Union Station – 30 W. Pershing Rd. This week, Stonehenge – this remarkable experience has begun its last few weeks in KC. Guests travel back in time – more than 5,000 years –  to discover remarkable stories of the prehistoric people who lived, worked and were buried in the landscape around Stonehenge.  Open daily  through Sept. 29, click here for ticket information.

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

  • 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 run  through Sunday 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 continue through Sept. 1 at MTH Theater in Crown Center.
  • Mamma Mia – The story-telling magic of ABBA’s timeless songs propels this enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship. This Barn Players’ production opens Thursday and runs through Sept. 1 at the Arts Asylum.

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.

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