We’re Moving to Kansas City for These Amazing EventsBy Clair Jones
If you like to get out and about in an active community with events for every taste, then Kansas City may be the place for you. And it doesn’t matter if you live on the Kansas side or the Missouri side – these events are for KC lovers one and all.
From world-class sporting events to the country’s hottest musicians and an energetic arts scene, Kansas City plays host to a year-round calendar of events to get you out of the house, on your feet, and having a blast. To whet your appetite for this enigmatic city, here’s our guide to the best events and venues Kansas City has to offer.
Kansas City Power & Light District
Touted as the Midwest’s premier entertainment gathering place, the half a million square feet of this dining, entertainment, and shopping district offer something to tickle everyone’s fancy. Whether you want to catch a movie, see live music, grab a tasty bite, or take in a top-notch comedy show, the Kansas City Power & Light District is the place to be.
And don’t miss one second of the fun at the district’s summer concert series, Hot Country Nights. This awesome series features some of the biggest country acts from around the country (and the world) – and it’s all for free!
First Fridays at the Crossroads Arts District
You never have to wonder what to do on a Friday night in Kansas City, especially on the first Friday of every month. First Fridays, hosted at the Crossroads Arts District, offers residents a chance to get out and experience local and national artists, delectable local eats, and amazing live entertainment.
Everyone becomes part of the Kansas City arts community at First Friday. Highlights include a parade of food trucks, both traditional and avant-garde art installations, street music, and even aerial performances. The popularity of this local event draws about 10,000 people each month, but there’s definitely room for your family to come too.
If you’re addicted to “Antiques Roadshow” or “American Pickers,” you don’t want to miss Warehouse Weekends at West Bottoms. On the first Friday of every month, over 20 historic warehouses open their doors and let the masses come in to peruse a treasure trove of antiques and vintage items.
To make sure treasure hunters don’t lose their stamina, there are also nearly 20 food vendors offering everything from a freshly-brewed cup of Joe to a hearty homemade bowl of soup, or specialties like Mediterranean or Cajun food. And if that’s not enough for you, head out to the streets to explore the quirky West Bottoms shopping district.
The Sprint Center
This world-class arena is host to everything from the Nitro Circus to the New Kids on the Block and University of Kansas exhibition games. With so many diverse events, it’s no surprise that the Sprint Center was recognized as the eighth busiest arena in the country by “Pollstar” in 2013.
Sports, Sports, and More Sports
Kansas City is home to three major sports franchises. Whether you love baseball or soccer, there are plenty of reasons for you to stand up and cheer in this sports fanatic town. Now that baseball season has rolled around, the Kansas City Royals are sure to please as they run the bases to make their hometown proud.
If soccer is more your style, Sporting Kansas City has lots of thrills to deliver as they seek to once again capture the MLS Cup, as they did in 2000 and 2013. And we couldn’t sing the praises of pro sports in Kansas City without mentioning the Kansas City Chiefs. This NFL team is the pride and joy of Kansas City and there are plenty of home games to make sure your stadium blankets don’t go to waste.
All the Live Music You Could Want
This Midwest hub may be giving Austin a run for its money when it comes to being known as a premier live music destination. And you get to enjoy the country’s hottest up-and-comers or well-known classic artists in historic venues that are all about the music.
The Uptown Theater opened its doors in 1928 and is still delivering transcendent experiences to audiences nearly a century later. Upcoming shows by Belle & Sebastian, Tears for Fears, and Michael McDonald are just a sample of the quality and diversity featured on the Uptown stage.
Similarly, the Midland Theater first welcomed audiences in 1927. After a complete renovation to outfit the theater with state-of-the-art sound and lighting, the venue expects to host over 125 events this year. Everything from charity fundraisers to Big Sean and Weird Al Yankovic will be featured.
From art to music to the clash of competition in a sports arena, Kansas City is truly an entertainment mecca. If you’re looking for an active lifestyle that’s rich in culture and community, then it might be time to start checking out the apartments for rent in this lively city.