It’s 2020: Where are the hordes of self-driving, hydrogen-powered cars we were promised
? Instead, we live in the timeline that unleashed a global pandemic to shut down nearly every single Kansas City event
. At least it held off until the 2020 KC Auto Show
(March 4-8) was in the books. And thankfully there are still several great Kansas City car shows scheduled to keep our motors vroom-vroom
ing through summer! Check out my faves below (and be sure to keep tabs on any event cancellations or time changes). Stay safe out there. Continue Reading…
Auto shows rev every car lover’s internal engine, scratching that itch for all things automotive. Luckily, Kansas City car aficionados are in for a treat this year, as there are a number of excellent car shows on tap. Here are a few of my favorites.
: February 22-24
: Kansas City Convention Center, 301 West 13th Street, Kansas City
: Adults – $19 / Children 6 to 12 – $7 / Children 5 and under – FREE
Our friends at McCarthy Auto Group are at it again, dishing out dollars to charitable Kansas and Missouri organizations through the end of August. That’s right: This year’s McCarthy 2000 Sales Race is officially underway, with all McCarthy dealers continuing the annual summertime tradition
of supporting their communities. How? By selling 2,000 heavily discounted vehicles by August 31, and donating $20,000
to local organizations, including the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City
, Salt York YMCA
, and Boys & Girls Clubs of West Central Missouri
But we’re not here to sell you on McCarthy or a specific car—we’re here to raise awareness of these exceptional youth programs and organizations in the Kansas City region.
Over the past five years, McCarthy Auto Group has had the thrill of putting on their annual sales race, setting out to sell 2,000 vehicles in two months. As if this isn’t impressive enough, they donate $20,000 of the proceeds to wonderful local organizations! This is one of the many reasons why I love McCarthy Auto Group. They truly care about supporting our community in any way they can. The current sales race is underway, with the dealerships boasting their lowest prices of the year now through August 31st!
This year, the majority of the McCarthy dealerships are supporting the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City during the sales race. McCarthy Toyota of Sedalia is supporting the Boys & Girls Clubs of West Central Missouri, and McCarthy Chevrolet-Buick-GMC is supporting the Salt Fork YMCA in Marshall! All of these organizations are so well-deserving, and I am so happy to support them all through this exciting time!
The Boys & Girls Clubs simply inspire our youth to live out their dreams. They are the premier, affordable youth development programming organization in Kansas City, working in some of our community’s toughest neighborhoods. This organization allows kids to participate and learn activities that they might not get the opportunity to otherwise–like swimming! Between baseball games, swimming lessons, private tutors, art classes, field trips, and more, the kids involved in the clubs always have something exciting to take part in!
For more than 100 years, the Boys & Girls Clubs have been making futures brighter for kids in our community, in our state, and nationwide. The achievements the Clubs have reached are extensive, and they remain committed to expanding their services to reach more children. Here are some noteworthy achievements:
For these reasons, and many more, McCarthy Auto Group is proud to support the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City and West Central Missouri, and look forward to continued support in the future!
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- 80% of youth in the Clubs took part in at least one community service activity each month
- 82% of involved youth showed an improved attitude towards learning
- 90% of parents surveyed reported that their children’s participation in the Clubs have helped keep their children off, and away from drugs
- 91% of youth involved in the Clubs’ computer classes showed increased knowledge and problem-solving skills
From museums, to festivals, to theater in the park–there’s always something happening in KC for that side of you that loves the arts! There are a multitude of great events happening this summer, but I narrowed it down to my favorites!
KC Fringe Festival: Inspired by the famous Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland, this is a festival for the arts. Kansas City’s take on it gives artists of all backgrounds an opportunity to showcase their art right here in our city! From visual arts to performing arts to film, there will be something at this festival to challenge your creative mind and entertain you! Join in on the fun at KC’s 13th Annual Fringe Festival July 20th – 30th!
Museum at Prairefire: This beautiful museum has exhibits for all ages. Through a collaboration with the American Museum of Natural History and other institutions in the Kansas City area, you’ll experience intriguing exhibits celebrating the natural history of our region and the world! From seeing the world’s largest dinosaurs to summer camp for your little ones, a trip to the MAP is a definite summer must!
Heart of America Shakespeare Festival: This renowned KC theatre organization is celebrating 25 years! In honor of the anniversary, now through September they are presenting “25 for the 25th,” a series of 25 performances, presentations, and more. This series is in collaboration with several of KC’s museums, art organizations, and communities along with year-round education programs for youth. Now through July 2nd, you can watch their free professional production of Hamlet in Southmoreland Park! To view their schedule click here.
Fourth Fridays Art Walk: Located in the charming downtown area of Lee’s Summit, experience an exciting range of activities every fourth Friday of the month now through August! Exercise your artistic side through street theater, artist showcases, music in the park, yoga, cocktail crawls, and more! These Friday events are packed with so much, you don’t want to miss it!
The Theatre in the Park: Join in on their 48th season of fun! The Theatre in the Park is the largest outdoor community theatre in the country–aren’t we lucky it’s right here in our backyard?! Each summer they produce a season of Broadway-style musicals and host a variety of events. Their outdoor amphitheater is located in a beautiful spot in Shawnee Mission Park, perfect for picnicking while you enjoy a show! Their summer season is packed with some favorites of mine including famous musicals Grease, Spamalot, Beauty and the Beast, and more! General admission tickets are only $8, what a steal! To learn more, about their productions, click here.
Whether you’re a true arts lover or not, Kansas City has a variety of opportunities for you to exercise that creative side I know we all have! What’s your favorite KC museum? Tell me about it in the comments below!