Kansas City seems to come alive in the summer with hundreds of great things to see and do. From festivals, celebrations, exhibits and famous folks...we've narrowed down the Top 10 Events that are a MUST DO in Kansas City for Summer 2011.
The newly renamed Wizards franchise, Sporting KC, have built an amazing venue with their Livestrong Sporting Park which will open in June. Not only will it be home to the MLS team, but is perfect for concerts, events, and the like. Livestrong promises to not disappoint when it brings Farm Aid 2011 to the heartland in August with Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp, and Dave Matthews. Support local farmers'.
It narrowly escaped not happening this year, but thanks to many a generous donor, one of the best events of the summer is back in 2011. The Kansas City Shakespeare Festival, presents 'MacBeth', June 14th- July 3rd, 2011. The festival, which is in its 18th season, is held at the beautiful Southmoreland Park located just west of the Nelson-Atkins Museum. The event is FREE, and is a great event to take the whole family or meet friends for a great evening of Shakespeare. Gates open at 6 and the show begins at 8pm.
*PLEASE check event website for blackout dates
Which will be considered by most to be THE concert event of the KC summer, Kanrocksas will take over the Kansas Speedway, August 5th and 6th. The lineup includes Eminem, Muse, Flaming Lips, Black Keys, Girl Talk, Kid Cudi and many, many, more. Half and full day tickets available, plan on camping around the Speedway.
Shawnee Mission Park's famed Theatre in the Park hosts an amazing array of shows for 2011. The schedule includes 'Sound of Music', 'Les Mis', 'AIDA', and 'Seussical'. Tickets are inexpensive and run $6-8 and those 4 and under are free.
5. Free Summer Flicks Around Town
From Free Friday Night Flicks at Crown Center and AMC's Summer Movie Camp to free flicks at City Market, Studio Movie Grill, Legend's at Village West and much, much, more free movies are a great way enjoy your summer both indoors and out.
The Kansas City Crossroads Arts District's 11th Annual West 18th Street Fashion Show, 'Summer in Spain' promises to be bigger and better than ever in 2011. Hosted by birdie's and spool*, the annual show brings featured collections that showcase local fashion design talent and proves that KC is as fashion forward as our costal counterparts. The not-to-be-missed show will be held at dusk (8pmish) on the evening of Saturday, June 11th on the block of West 18th Street, between Wyandotte and Baltimore, downtown.
From the 2011 return of 'Jurassic Garden' to the Festival of Butterfly's, Powell Gardens is a summer adventure that all will enjoy. The grounds are always beautiful and there is always something in bloom at Powell. Don't forget that Powell Gardens opened their 'Heartland Harvest Garden' which is touted as the largest edible garden in the country. Powell promises to tickle your tastebuds with foods and plants grown only in the Heartland and host a themed 'Barn Dinner' series throughout the summer.
The Kansas City Fringe Festival is one of the best ways to see some amazing performance art-- and the 6th annual KC Fringe Festival promises not to disappoint. The four-day event will be held at various performance venues around Kansas City in July. The fest, which includes everything from live theatre, dance, and performance art, to visual art, puppetry, storytelling, and fashion is a great celebration of local, regional and national artists. Check their website for details on venues, performances and ticket info.
When it's sweltering hot in Kansas City, I think everyone enjoy's a little frozen treat. From gelato's and iced treats to the good old fashioned stuff, KC is the place for frozen goodies. Don't forget that famed chocolatier Christopher Elbow launches his Glace Artisan Ice Cream shop at 50th and Main after a successful run at the cold stuff last summer, and the adorable Lindsay Laricks will have her Shasta filled to the rim with her delish Fresher than Fresh Snow Cones--which will reappear on the Westside on Sunday's (17th and Summit) and in the Crossroads on First Friday's.