Top 10 Things To Do in Kansas City This Summer

Kansas City seems to come alive in the summer with hundreds of great things to see and do. From festivals, celebrations, exhibits and famous folks– We've narrowed down the Top 10 Events that are a MUST DO in Kansas City for Summer 2008.

1. Shakespeare Festival presents 'Othello'
One of the best events of the summer, the Kansas City Shakespeare Festival, will present 'Othello' June 17- July 6th 2008. The festival, which is in its 16th season, is held at the beautiful Southmoreland Park located just west of the Nelson-Atkins Museum. The event is FREE and is a great event to take the whole family or meet friends for a great evening of Shakespeare. Gates open at 6 and the show begins at 8pm.

*Please Note–the Festival will not be held June 23rd or July 4th *


Grab your lawn chairs and blankets and head to the Free Friday Night Flicks at Crown Center. Films will be shown on the huge outdoor screen on the Crown Center Square located across from the Crown Center Shops. Admission is free and the movies begin at around 9pm. Concessions are also available.


3. 18th Street Fashion Show
The Kansas City Crossroads Arts District's 8th Annual West 18th Street Fashion Show, 'Summer at Sea' promises to be bigger and better than ever in 2008. Hosted by birdie's and spool*, the annual show brings featured collections that showcase local fashion design talent and proves that KC is as fashion forward as our costal counterparts. A 'Summer at Sea' will be held at dusk (8pmish) on the evening of Saturday, June 14th, 2008 on the block of West 18th Street, between Wyandotte and Baltimore streets downtown.


4. Theatre in the Park 2008 Season
Shawnee Mission Park's famed Theatre in the Park hosts an amazing array of shows for 2008. The schedule includes 'Oklahoma!', 'Beauty and the Beast', '42nd Street' and 'Titanic: The Musical'. Tickets are inexpensive and run $4-$6.


5. First Friday's in the Crossroads
First Friday in the Crossroads is a must do event any time of year but especially in June, July and August. The streets, galleries and whole Crossroad's district comes alive with great art, openings, exhibits, performers and events–and the best thing about it, it's FREE! Check out our First Friday Guide for all great things going on in the Crossroads for First Friday this summer.


6. KC Fringe Festival
The Kansas City Fringe Festival is one of the best ways to see some amazing performance art– and the forth annual KC Fringe Festival promises not to disappoint. The four-day event will be held at various performance venues around Kansas City on July 21st-27th. The fest, which includes everything from live theatre, dance, and performance art, to visual art, puppetry, storytelling, and fashion is a great celebration of local, regional and national artists. Check their website for details on venues, performances and ticket info.


7. 4th of July Celebrations
One thing is for sure, Kansas City knows how to celebrate the 4th of July with a serious bang. Head to one of these great 4th of July Firework displays to celebrate this Independence Day.


8. Powell Gardens 'Chapungu: Nature, Man & Myth'
Powell Garden's summer exhibit–'Chapungu: Nature, Man & Myth' brings over 54 monumental stone sculptures from Zimbabwe that tell remarkable tales that amaze both young and old alike. The sculptures, will be in Powell's beautiful and lush gardens from June to October. Jurassic Garden is included with regular admission. Check out the Powell Garden's website for garden admission and other info.


9. KC Rhythm and Ribs Festival

If you're looking for great BBQ, awesome entertainment and an all around good time–head to the Rhythm and Ribs Festival at 18th and Vine June 13th and 14th. Angie Stone, Fourplay, George Duke, Patti Austin, Robert Cray and Oleta Adams headline this year. Don't miss the 'Smoke It, Baby' barbeque contest…head to the Rhythm and Ribs official site for all events details.

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