Mega guide to KC 2019 summer festivals
Water Lantern Festivals are held around the country, where people buy swimming lanterns to be launched on the water after dark. It is at Theis Park on 27 July.
As usual, this summer in Kansas City area will be filled from end to end with festivals: community, county, ethnic and other traditional events.
In fact, you could attend one or more every weekend in early September, starting with Festa Italiana (May 31-June 2, Zona Rosa) and Old Shawnee Days (June 6-9, Shawnee) and running through SantaCaliGon Days (Aug. 30-Sep 2, Square Independence) and Spinach Festival (Sept. 7, Park Sar-Ko-Par).
That is, the annual priorities are not mentioned as Boulevardia (June 14-15, West Bottoms), Riverfest (July 4, Berwley Riverfront Park) and the Ethnic Enrichment Festival (August 16-18, Swope Park).
But festivals and fairs that are not so traditional will appear in the summer calendar.
Two new ones will be TinyFest Midwest, a courtesy of the living trend that became a national phenomenon, and Grand Carnivale, a three-week international celebration by Worlds of Fun.
And, for a while, Sesame Street celebrates its 50th anniversary with a special event in Kansas City.
Here are some of the highlights of the summer, as well as our big list of summer festivals.
Tweedweed Music Festival
Camping and socialization are as attractive as music, including Alabama, Blackberry Smoke, Marshall Journey Band, Whiskey Myers, Reckless Kelly and more.
If you like TV shows like “Tiny House Nation,” “Tiny House, Big Living” and “Tiny House Hunters,” you could have a small problem. Anyway, this event is there for you and everyone who lives in a tiny life.
This is mainly an opportunity for people to experience Yoga through other classes and sessions, but there will be a Summer Solstice Party and, after the final ceremony, a Calvin Arsenia concert (7:30 pm 22 June).
Fun Bills This is the biggest summer event in the history of the park. The proceedings shall commence at 5 pm. every evening as parts of the park will be global regions with indigenous food, beverages, music, dance, crafts and entertainment.
Sesame Street Festival t
As part of a national roadshow sponsored by the Sesame Workshop, non-profit characters will be behind “Sesame Street,” from the PBS children's program in Kansas City for a number of days to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the TV show. There will be a free family festival and stage show at the top of the visit.
With many nation-wide events, the Lantern Water Festival is based on a simple idea: people pay for swimming lanterns that they carry on the water after dark to create an attractive sight and memories. Food and music will also be part of the equation.
Baby Love: Baby Fair KC Fair
No, this event is not a huge party for young children. It is more focused on existing mothers, infant businesses and children displaying their goods and services. There will also be free articles and competitions.
Tails on the Trails Pet Festival
August 10, Pool and Ad Astra Park, Lenexa. lenexa.com
People are welcome, but Tails on the Trails are dogs, who can take part in a talent show and plumge ponds and can visit vendors' booths and watch exhibitions. OK, these last two are more people-oriented.
Fairs and other festivals
Festa Italiana, 31 May-2 June, Zona Rosa. zonarosa.com
KCPrideFest, May 31-June 2, Berkley Riverfront Park. kcpridefest.org
Prairie Village Art Show, May 31-June 2, Stradbally Shopping Center. pvartshow.com
Enchanted Watch, June 1st, Botanic Gardens and Gardens Overland Park. artsandrec-op.org/arboretum
Jesse James Wine & Brew Festival, June 1, Jesse James Park, Kearney. lomhalubkearney.com/wine-festival-2019
Fest Brew KC Summer, June 1, Arrowhead. kcsummerbeerfest.com
Levee Fest, June 1, Trail Levee Armourdale. facebook.com/events/190635068214660
Party on the Prairie, June 1, Jerry Smith Park. kcparks.org/event/party-on-the-prairie-19
Strawberry Festival, June 1, Vaile Mansion. vailemansion.org
Westport Community Festival, 2 June, Guardian Angels Church. guardianangelskc.org/events/westport-community-festival
Old Shawnee Days, June 6-9, Shawnee. oldhawneedays.org
Downtown Days Festival, June 7-9, downtown Lee Summit. leessummitdowntowndays.com
Greek Festival, June 7-9, Christian Christian Church of St. Dionysios. stdionysios.org
Sugar Creek Slavic Festival, June 7-8, Mike Onka Memorial Building. slavicfest.com
VegFest Kansas City, June 7-9, City Market Park. veglifekc.org/vegfest
Dragon Boat Festival & Races, 8 June, Brush Creek on Country Club Plaza. chinagardensociety-kc.org
Festival on the Trails, June 8, downtown Gardner. festivalonthetrails.com
Gladstone Summertime Bluesfest, June 7-8, Oak Grove Park. gladstonechamber.com/bluesfest
June Celebration, June 8, Nelson-Atkins Art Museum. nelson-atkins.org
Outdoor Poverty Family Festival, June 8, Theis Park. outpacepoverty.org
Soul Yoga Fest, June 8, Creek Community Brush Center and Freedom Fountain. eventbrite.com/event/58036493715
American Heart Shakespeare Festival, Shakespeare in Love, June 11-July 7, Southmoreland Park. kcshakes.org
Arts at the Park Artists and Makers Festival, June 14-15 at Park Macken, North Kansas City. artsinthepark.org
Boulevardia, June 14-15, West Bottoms. boulevardia.com
Border Days, June 14-15, Edgerton. frontier-days.com
Antique Festival, June 15-16, Crown Center. crowncenter.com
Kansas City Brew-B-Que, June 15, Kansas City Renaissance Festival. kcrenfest.com/brew-b-que
SummerFest, 15 June, Belton Memorial Park. beltonparks.org
Wine Festival, June 15, East Valley Park, Excelsior Springs. visitexcelsior.com/winefestival.html
Festival of Future Steps, June 16, Kauffman Center. kauffmancenter.org
Food. Art. Drink, 21-22 June, Gladstone center. lindensquare.info/foodartdrink
Battle of Big BBQ Lenexa, June 21-22, Park Paths Sar-Ko-Par. lenexa.com
LGBT Film Festival Kansas City, June 21-25, Unity Temple on the Plaza. outherenow.com
Waterfest, June 21-22, Excelsior Springs. exspgschamber.com/waterfest.html
Fiesta Filipina, June 22-23, Filipino Cultural Center. filipino-association.org
Maker Faire, 22-23 June, Union Station. kansascity.makerfaire.com
KF BassFest, June 24-29, ilionaid. kcbassworkshop.com
Lights on the Lake, June 27-29, Osawatomie. ozlightsonthelake.com
Parked! Music, Food Trucks and Fireworks! June 28, Stump Park, Shawnee. visitshawneeks.com
Booms & Blooms, June 29, Powell Gardens. powellgardens.org
Crossroads Beer Festival, June 29, CrossroadsKC. crossroadskc.com
Freedom Freedom, June 29, Greenwood. greenwoodmoparks.com
Kansas City Blues Festival Kansas City, June 29, Lavender L Ranch. kckblues.com
Parkville 4th July July Carnival, July 3-6, Parkville. parkvillemo.org
Independence Day at Missouri Home 1855, July 4, Missouri Town 1855. makeyourdayhere.com
Riverfest, July 4, Berkley Riverfront Park. kcriverfest.com
Village Fest, July 4, Prairie Village. pvkansas.com/leisure-and-lifestyle/things-to-do/villagefest
Wyandotte County Fair, July 9-13, Wyandotte County Fair. wycofair.com
Courtesy! Wine and Food Festival, 11-13 July, Lawrence. salutewinefest.com
Teddy Bear Picnic, July 12, Roanoke Park. kcparks.org
Bingham-Wagoner Craft and Craft Fair, July 13, Bingham-Wagoner Estate. bwestate.net
KC Taco Fest, July 13, CrossroadsKC. crossroadskc.com
Fringe KC Festival, July 14-28, ilionaid. kcfringe.org
Cass County Fair, July 16-21, Pleasant Hill. casscountyfairmo.com
Amelia Earhart Festival, July 19, Atchison. visitatchison.com/event/amelia-earhart-festival
Reggae Festival Music & Jerk Kansas City, July 19-20, Restaurant Caribbean Island Spice. eventbrite.com/event/60644186394
Great Picnic Kansas City, July 21, Sculpture Park Donald J. Hall and Theis Park. kcparks.org/event/kansas-citys-big-picnic-2019
Miami County Fair, July 21-28, Paola. miamicountykansasfair.com
Platte County Fair, July 24-27, Platte County Fairgrounds, Tracy. plattecountyfair.com
Butterfly Festival, July 27-August. 11, Powell Gardens. powellgardens.org
Heartland Chamber Music Festival, July 26-August. 3, Johnson Community Community College. heartlandchambermusic.org
Johnson County Fair, July 28-August. 3, Gardner. jocokansasfair.com
Beer Hip Festival, 3 August, DeLeon Event Space. eventbrite.com/event/59670687633
Atchison County Fair, August 6-10, Effingham. atchisonkansas.net
American Hot Dog Festival, August 10, Museum of Baseball Negro Layouts. nlbm.com
UNICO Microbrew Festival, 10th August, Zona Rosa. unicokc.org/microbrew-festival
Summer Swing, August 11, Nelson-Atkins Art Museum. thestrawberryswing.org
Kansas City Improv Festival, August 15-17 and 22-24, Kick Comedy Theater. kcimprovfestival.com
Ethnic Enrichment Festival, August 16-18, Swope Park. eeckc.org
Future Fields Festival with Minnesota, Quixotic, My Brothers & Sisters, Prismada and more, August 16, CrossroadsKC. crossroadskc.com
Tiblow Days, August 22-24, Downtown Bonner Springs. bsedwchamber.org / tiblowdays
Mission Sunflower Mission, August 23-24, Downtown Mission. missionsunflowerfestival.com
Parkville Days, August 23-25, English. parkvillemo.org
Roots Festival, August 23-24, Paola. rootfestival.org
Block Party, August 24, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art. kemperart.org
Raytown Arts & Music Festival, August 24, C. Lee Park Kenagy. unctionmedia.com/rp2019/index.php/community-events
India Fest, August 25, Overland Park Convention Center. iakc.org/india-fest
De Soto Days Festival, August 29-31, De Soto. desotodays.com
Fest Irish Kansas City, August 30-September. 1, Crown Center. kcirishfest.com
SantaCaliGon Days, August 30-September. 2, Square Independence. santacaligon.com
Kansas City Renaissance Festival, August 31. 14, Bonner Springs. kcrenfest.com
Old Settle County Johnson, Sep 5-7, downtown Olathe. johnsoncountyoldsettlers.com
City Cigar Festival Kansas, September 7, Diebel. kccigarfestival.com
Kansas City Arts Festival Kansas City, September 7, Bethany Park. visitkansascityks.com or latinoartsfoundationkc.com
Spinach Festival, September 7, Park Sar-Ko-Par Park. lenexa.com