Summertime in KC: For the Arts LoverJune 6, 2017
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!