Your KC Summer Guide: Favorite Annual Events

We might be biased, but we’re pretty sure Kansas City has some of the best festivals and family-friendly events, especially in the summer. Mark your calendar for these favorites you can look forward to every year.

Annual Marble Day

The Annual Marble Day Celebration on May 6 in downtown Bonner Springs celebrates marble games and other old-fashioned outdoor games and activities. Highlights include a tractor cruise, wacky parade, Running of the Pinkys, cake walk, mountain of hay bales, food vendors and other traditional games & activities.

National Train Day – Frank Vaydik Park

Celebrate National Train Day on Saturday, May 13 with the KC Northern Railroad. The event includes free train rides from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., a performance by Rockin’ Rob, crafts, face painting and other kid fun.

Sprint Family Fun Days – Kansas City Power & Light District

The Sprint Family Fun series events are held on 14th Street between Main Street & Walnut Street in the Kansas City Power & Light District from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., every second Saturday of the month, May – October. Admission to the event is free. Fees apply for premium activities. Themes include Carnival Circus (5/13), Capes and Crowns (6/10), Pirate Parrrty (7/8), Summer Splash (8/12), Ultimate Field Day (9/9) and Fall Festival (10/14).

Troost Festival

The Troost Festival, held this year on May 20, is dedicated to celebrating the diversity of the Troost community and celebrating unity in diversity. This year’s celebration includes children’s activities, music, dance and vendors.

Prairie Village Art Show

We like this art fair (held June 2 – 4) because it feels more manageable than other options for families with young children. Held at the Village Shops, activities for kids are plentiful.

Special Events at Deanna Rose Farmstead

We love feeding bottles to the little goats at Deanna Rose, but there are several special days you won’t want to miss this summer. Kick off the Farmstead’s summer evening hours with the June Bug Ball (6/8) focused on learning all about insects or Georgia’s Chicken Run (7/29), a run/walk race for babies, toddlers, kids and adults. The Farmstead can get HOT so reward yourself with some Sheridan’s or Foo’s on your way home. Don’t miss these Hidden Gems at Deanna Rose, secrets you might not know even as a regular.

Dragon Boat Festival – Brush Creek

The annual International Dragon Boat Festival held on Saturday, June 10 includes races, both amateur and professional along the Plaza’s Brush Creek.

Fourth of July in Kansas City

Don’t miss our annual guide to 4th of July celebrations across the metro area, with tips for planning ahead with your family in mind. To view this year’s guide, click here.

Truck and Car Show – Ag Hall of Fame

For the vehicle enthusiasts, check out all the Ag Hall of Fame has to offer on July 22. Living history demonstrations and train rides, too. 

Festival of the Butterflies – Powell Gardens

Another one of the best! See hundreds of colorful butterflies in the indoor conservatory August 4-6 and August 11-13. Children’s activities include a caterpillar hunt, catch-and-release, costume parade, crafts, storytelling and a petting zoo.

Ethnic Enrichment Festival – Swope Park

One of the best local festivals of the year! This event features more than 60 different cultures along with native food, crafts and performances. Held August 18-20 in Swope Park.

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