Mega guide to KC 2019 summer festivals

27-05-2019 02:05

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.

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.

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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.

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TinyFest celebrates Midwest June 8-9 tiny life.

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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.

Street-Sesame Tour

Big Bird, Elmo and Sesame Street stars are hitting the road for a 10 city tour to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the show with park festivals, live performances and child friendly activities.

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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.

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Tails on the Trails Pet Festival comes to Ad Pool and Ad Astra Park in Lenexa on August 10.

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Star City Kansas

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

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The Boat Festival and Dragon Races will return to Brush Creek on Country Club Plaza June 8.

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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

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