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Top Summer Events in KC: Your Ultimate Calendar Guide

There is no shortage of fun to be had this summer in the Kansas City area. Each member destination chose one event to share in the blog below (listed in chronological order). Mark your calendar now and we’ll see you there!

Bonner Springs, KS

Evenings on Oak, June 13 and July 11

Head to Bonner Springs for Evenings on Oak the second Thursday of June and July for food trucks, live music and a good time to the streets of Downtown Bonner. Come out for dancing, food and fun with vendors, our downtown shops and the community! The event will run 5-8 p.m. with City Band performing at 8:30 p.m.



Overland Park, KS

Downtown Overland Park Art Fair, June 14-15

There's always something fun happening in Overland Park! This summer, check out he third annual Downtown Overland Park Art Fair on June 14-15. This summer art party features an abundance of food and drinks, street performers and live music as you explore the creations of more than 75 juried artists, makers and creators. Artists will be selling original works, prints, ceramic goods, stickers, and more.


To cap off the first day, the Teresa Deaton Band will perform on the Thompson Park stage from 5-8 p.m. Bring your blankets and folding chairs to enjoy the show!


The Art Fair will extend from Thompson Park down Santa Fe Drive to 79th Street. The event schedule is as follows: Friday, June 14 from 4-8 PM, and Saturday, June 15 from 8 AM-12 PM. Don’t miss out on the fun! 



Lenexa, KS

Great Lenexa BBQ Battle, June 21-22

The hottest event in Lenexa this summer is the Great Lenexa BBQ Battle, June 21-22! Gates open at 4:30 p.m. Friday with concessions, music and activities for kids. Gates will open on Saturday at 9 a.m. and the event concludes at 4:30 p.m. after the winners are announced.


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Kansas City, KS

Third Friday Art Walk, June 21 & July 19

Put the Third Friday Art Walk in downtown Kansas City, KS at the top of your KC summer bucket list! Happening (you guessed it) every third Friday during May-October, the Art Walk promotes community camaraderie through creativity. Bring friends, or load up the entire family to enjoy hands-on kids activities, live performances, pop up art galleries, local vendors, delicious food and more, all spanning several walkable blocks.



Leavenworth, KS

Leavenworth Cruisers Car Show, August 10

Aug. 10 is shaping up to be a big day in Leavenworth. The Leavenworth Cruisers Car Show will bring dozens of meticulously maintained classics to Ray Miller Park for a day on display. Downtown, the Leavenworth Farmers Market and Leavenworth City Market will offer locally grown produce and independent craft vendors in Haymarket Square. And, as night falls, the annual Jazz by the River concert will heat up the University of St. Mary campus with tunes from a host of musicians.

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Olathe, KS

Fourth Fridays, June 28 & August 23

As the summer sun brightens the sky, Downtown Olathe comes alive with a series of unforgettable events, with Fourth Fridays leading the charge. On the fourth Fridays of May, June, and August, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., the streets pulse with excitement as locals and visitors gather to enjoy food trucks, live music, and family-friendly activities. From delectable bites to toe-tapping tunes, Fourth Fridays offer the perfect recipe for a summer evening filled with fun and community spirit. Each even features a live music performance - June 28: The Stolen Winnebagos and August 23: JAM: Jackson and Mars.


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Liberty, MO

Liberty Fest, July 3

What better place to celebrate Independence Day than the City of Liberty?! Head to Liberty Fest on Wednesday, July 3 for an evening of family fun including face painting, glitter tattoos, balloon artists, inflatables, food trucks, concert and pyro-musical fireworks show. The fun starts at 6 p.m. and the fireworks will be at 10 p.m., all at the Capitol Federal Sports Complex in Liberty. Parking passes are $10, advance purchase only, so get yours today!


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Merriam, Kansas

Melody meets community at Merriam's Concert in the Courtyard on Friday, August 16! Get ready for an enchanting evening under the stars, serenaded by the live tunes of the Troubadour Retrievers. Enjoy friendly yard games and whimsical face painting, community connection, and Friday night fun! Thirsty or craving a sweet treat? Look no further as Polar Oasis serves up delectable frozen delights, while Embrace the Grape offers a selection of adult beverages to quench your thirst. And for Merriam residents, here's an added bonus: flash your proof of residency for a complimentary day pass to explore the community center. Mark your calendar and join us for a day of exploration and an evening of festivities – because in Merriam, the fun never stops!


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Kansas City, Missouri

Disney100: The Exhibition, visit daily through Nov. 30

Walt Disney began his animation career right in the heart of Kansas City. Now Disney’s history and impact is back in Kansas City again as “Disney100: The Exhibition” takes over Union Station. Kansas City is one of the first three cities to host the historic North American tour. The exhibit features more than 250 artifacts, props and costumes spanning 10 galleries.  


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