Kansas City festivals are a great experience and a chance to make new memories with family and friends. Kansas City is known for its festivals and hosts some of the most unique festivals around, including one of America’s largest St. Patrick’s Day parades. Don’t miss out on these awesome opportunities for they only come once a year.
|American Royal BBQ
This is one the biggest and pronounced BBQ competitions in the country, as hundreds of teams across the map use their grilling knowledge during the face-off. Although frantic and exciting for competitors, guests enjoy their weekend at Kemper Arena sampling fine cooked BBQ with one of a kind sauces.
|American Royal Livestock, Horse Show and Rodeo
The American Royal Rodeo is the final rodeo of the season on the professional circuit, featuring over 700 professional riders and offering more than $100,000 in prize money. This annual event also hold livestock auction, horse and livestock shows, bbq competitions, live country music and the largest hometown parade which runs through downtown Kansas City.
|Blue Springs Barbeque Blaze-Off
An annual event hosting professional and amateur cookers as they compete for top prizes. Admission for guests is free as they are encouraged to sample the best barbeque around. Live music and entertainment is provided to create a fun and enjoyable atmosphere for all.
|Blues and Jazz Festival
With over 25 live performances over Labor Day Weekend, this festival has gained much popularity throughout the metro. Gathered here at the Woodlands are some of the best local and national Blues and Jazz performers. Parking is free as well as admission for children under 12, making this an ideal family event.
|Brookside Art Annual
This is the first art festival of the year in the Kansas City metro and draws over 70,000 visitors to the Brookside community to enjoy the day among a number of unique art and artists. Held by the Brookside Business association, this non-profit organization works to promote the community in the heart of Kansas City.
|Country Club Plaza Lighting Ceremony
This traditional ceremony of over 80 years kicks off the holiday season with the display of over 80 miles of lights illuminating the historic structures of the Country Club Plaza. This unforgettable event draws more than 200,000 people to the plaza to enjoy live music and a great firework display.
|Great American Train Show
Thousands of unique model trains are showcased at Bartle Hall.
|Kansas City Irish Fest
One of the country’s largest Irish festivals is held at Crown Center over Labor Day weekend. It is a family oriented event with live music from 30 of the world’s top Irish performers. A number of vendors from across the country supply a variety of food and gifts. Adults over the age of 21 are encouraged to attend a one of a kind Jameson Irish Whiskey Tasting.
Jazzoo is the Kansas City Zoo's largest fund-raiser and helps raise support for children's educational programs and feeds more than 1,000 animals at the Zoo. Enjoy an evening of unlimited food, drink and music while also making an impact on your local community.
|Kansas City Restaurant Week
This culinary event features over 100 local participating restaurants that design a pre-fixed course menu for lunch and dinner ($15 or $30). A portion of all meal purchases go to the Harvesters Foundation. This is a great opportunity to try out a new a new spot to eat while also supporting a great foundation.
KCRiverFest is recognized as Kansas City’s premier Independence Day Festival on the Missouri River. Held at Berkley Park, it is a great place to celebrate the Fourth of July. A spectacular firework display is accompanied with live performers, family activities, local vendors and outstanding food.
|Lawn and Garden Show
Also known as the "The Home Show", hundreds of vendors from around the midwest present the latest home and garden products and services. Over 20,000 consumers attend this event at Bartle Hall each year to gain helpful tips and products from local experts.
|Plaza Art Fair
Over 80 years of tradition turns the streets of the Country Club Plaza into an outdoor art gallery. More than 200 artists from across the country are brought together to showcase their work. This nationally recognized event is also held with live music, 26 plaza restaurants, art workshops for kids and the Kemper Street Museum.
|Kansas City Renaissance Festival
The Renaissance Festival is held every year in September until the end of October. Lasting around 8 weeks, the festival is one of the area’s most well known and attended events. Themed from the medieval era, events range from tasteful plays to Jousting. It is a fun celebration for any age as actors around the state gather to entertain.
|Shakespeare in the Park
Every summer in Southmoreland Park a production of Shakespeare is performed. It is a free event to be enjoyed by family and friends. Puppet shows are also held for children before the play. A variety of food is available while guests spread cosy on blankets to enjoy the main event.
|Kansas City St. Patrick's Parade- March 17th
One of America’s largest St. Patrick's Day celebrations that draws nearly half a million guests to the downtown area. A lengthy and festive parade is held in the downtown streets while spectators enjoy the show.