Festivals & Events 

American Royal
Celebrate the KC region's rich agricultural heritage through competition, education and entertainment. Annual highlight events include the American Royal Rodeo and the American Royal Barbecue.

Art Westport 
This 42-year event is the largest visual art show that exclusively showcases juried, high-quality Kansas City-regional artists’ work and annually attracts more than 30,000 visitors.

CMFKC: Crossroads Music Fest
A showcase of Kansas City's diverse musicians, artists, venues and more. Support local music and celebrate Kansas City's cultural diversity. 

Crossroads Art District | First Fridays 
On the first Friday of each month, venture by KC Streetcar, car, bike or by foot to experience the avant-garde neighborhood that the arts built.

High-energy lineup of the biggest names in the music industry perform at this weekend-long dance party extravaganza.

Ethnic Enrichment Festival
Experience the tastes and cultural performances of Japan, Brazil, Hawaii, Ireland and dozens of other countries every August at Swope Park.

Festival of Butterflies
Experience the world of our favorite pollinator at the annual Festival of Butterflies at Powell Gardens.

Festival of Lights 
Festival goers will walk a mile-long path spread out over 25 acres through the Gardens featuring a variety of immersive light displays.

Festa Italiana 
Organized by the UNICO-KC, attendees enjoy the cultural music, delicious food and wine tastings.

Fiesta Kansas City
For one weekend during National Hispanic Month streets are filled with salsa dancers, vendors and mariachi bands to show recognition and appreciation of the Hispanic culture in KC.

Fringe Festival
This annual 11-day performing and visual arts extravaganza takes place in venues all across the KC metropolitan area.

Harvest Moon American Indian Festival
Contemporary American Indian arts and performances.

Irish Fest
Every Labor Day weekend experience live performances from  popular Irish bands, Irish dancers and traditional Irish cuisine.

Japan Festival
See the best of martial arts, tea ceremonies, bonsai and origami workshops, and taste delicious Japanese cuisine.

Jazz in the Woods
Tens of thousands of people gather at Corporate Woods in Overland Park to enjoy live jazz, food vendors and the 5K Fun Run.

Kansas City Film Fest
Annual, juried film festival featuring more than 100 local, regional, national and international films.

Kansas City Pride Fest 
Organized by the Kansas City Diversity Coalition to enhance, inspire, develop and educate the Kansas City community on LGBT diversity and civil liberties, locally and globally.

KC Film Fest International
Attracts local, regional and national work, increasing public awareness of independent and classic cinema as a cultural, economic and educational asset.

Latino Arts Festival 
The Latino Arts Festival features the work of local Latino artists who represent visual art, music, lowrider builders/artists, and youth art. 

Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise
Join local and national blues performers on a musical cruise through the Mexican Riviera or Western Caribbean.

Maker Faire Kansas City
This family-friendly event demonstrates what and how people are inventing, making and creating. 

Middle of the Map Fest
Sometimes referred to as the SXSW of the Midwest, MOTM captures the unique creative culture of our region through local and national music, forum and film talent. 

Renaissance Festival
Step back in time and experience the joust, interact with more than 500 costumed characters, watch live performances and listen to the music of the dulcimer, mandolin and harp.

Independence Day celebration located along the beautiful Missouri Riverfront features two stages of music, food trucks and other vendors, kids activities and more.

The biggest one-day music festival in America held annually at The Liberty Memorial.

Originating in 1940, this annual festival celebrates the City of Independence as the starting point of the Sante Fe, California and Oregon Trails.


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