What’s hot in KC this spring?
Flowers are blooming, the sun is shining and it’s finally time to shed that winter coat. Check out these annual events in the Kansas City area you can enjoy in the warmer weather.
April 9, 2019
KC Film Fest International
When: April 10-14
Where: Cinemark on the Plaza
Founded in 1997, KC Film Fest International has been an increasingly popular annual event, bringing filmmakers and film-lovers alike to experience the best local documentaries, narratives and shorts. The festival showcases the diversity of film itself, celebrating those that are thought provoking, entertaining, or with a message that will inspire. But there’s much more to the festival than spending hours watching movies—visit www.kcfilmfest.com for more information on afterparties and opportunities to connect with others outside of Film Fest.
When: 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 16, 2019
Where: Delbert J. Haff Circle Fountain, Meyer Boulevard and Swope Parkway
Since first building fountains for animals throughout the plaza in the 1800s, Kansas City has developed and prospered in architectural design and immaculate artistic style in each fountain sculpture, creating an identifying characteristic of the city known across the nation. Today, there are hundreds of aquatic sculptures adorning the blooming avenues and attractions across Kansas City, and serves as a prominent inclusion to the already charming allure of the city. In mid-April, the city will start the 48 publicly-operated fountains again, marking a new age of the year. Visit the newly-renovated Delbert J. Haff Circle Fountain, or your favorite one in downtown KC on April 16 to support the influence and amenity each piece provides, endearingly giving Kansas City the title “The City of Fountains.”
When: May 2-6, 2019
Where: Excelsior Springs, Mo.
Gatsby Days, named from the F. Scott Fitzgerald’s acclaimed novel “The Great Gatsby,” serves as an homage to the Roaring 20’s, commemorating the lively culture and history through music, dance, fashion and poetry. Witness styles of the decade in the 20’s Fashion Show, from the audacious flapper girl style dresses to the men’s suave pinstripe suits, or listen to professional storytellers illustrate their best experiences through diction of the golden decade. This festival is a hike for those in the Overland Park area, as it’s in Excelsior Springs, Mo., but its popularity and attraction for all ages in the KCMO area proves it’s an experience you don’t want to miss.
Brookside Art Annual
When Friday-Sunday, May 3-5
This annual art show in Brookside, Mo. has plenty to offer for art lovers of all ages, with hundreds of art pieces adorning walls around the fair. The convenient location, just minutes away from the Plaza and downtown Kansas City, enables artists to connect from all over the region to share and explore their artistic passion. There are activities for children as well, including face painting and balloon animals, which makes this event attractive for the whole family. Check out the Brookside Art food vendors for a wide variety of dishes as well, with a menu fit for everyone ranging from bacon-wrapped dates to savory burgers.
When: 11am- 6:30pm Saturday, May 4, 2019
Where: St Joseph’s Church, 811 Vermont Ave. Kansas City, Kan
This single day festival is a great way to explore the interesting Polish culture and their food, religion, and music. Visit St. Joseph’s Church in Kansas City, Kan. to see live music and dance of Polish folklore, and try staple dishes such as Polish sausage, sauerkraut, and apple strudel. This annual event features the best parts of Polish culture, and the activities available for all ages will keep you entertained all day.