The Arts Are Alive in Overland Park

Stems, a Garden Soirée

The days are getting longer, the flowers are starting to bloom, and it’s a beautiful time of year to be active in Overland Park!

Outdoor activities are the name of the game this spring and summer, but there’s plenty of indoor fun to be had too. You’ll find everything from kites on the prairie and concerts in the park to art in the center and wine on the terrace. This sample of activities will help you fill your calendar with entertainment.

Visit opkansas.org/events for a complete list of upcoming events.

“Miles Davis” by Anthony High


First Wednesday Children’s Programs
Gather for music, stories, puppets and fun to engage your little ones.
April 5, May 3, June 7, August 2

Anthony High Art Exhibit
Explore the colorful paintings inspired by Anthony High’s
African American heritage.
April 7 – May 14

Overland Park Orchestra Concerts
Connect with your community through the beautiful music of
an orchestra concert.
March 4, May 7, June 11

Overland Park Civic Band Concerts
Enjoy a variety of classical and contemporary music.
June 4, 11, 18, 25; July 2, 9

Concerts in the Park
Gather friends and family to listen to great music from a variety of bands and have some outdoor fun in Thompson Park.
June 8, July 13, August 10

Star Spangled Spectacular
Ooh and aah at the fireworks show and enjoy live music, local food and family-friendly activities.
July 4


Spring Plant Sale
Shop with the experts and pick up those hard-to-find plants.
April 28-30

Wine Tasting on the Terrace
Stroll through the beautiful gardens while enjoying delicious wine and food pairings.
May 11, June 8, July 6, August 17

Kite Fest on the Prairie
Feel the wind on the wide-open spaces of the prairie and let your kite fly high.
May 13

Biergarten Thursdays
Sample local brews and delicious foods among the beautiful gardens.
May 25, June 15, July 20, August 3, August 31

Stems, a Garden Soirée
Sip wine, taste delicious food and enjoy art, music and fireworks in the lovely surroundings of this ultimate garden party.
June 24

Enchanted Faire
Don a magical costume to frolic with gnomes and fairies. Feel the merriment of music, dance, treats and entertainment.
June 2-3

Opens for the Season
Experience Kansas farm life in the early 1900s. Visit farm animals, catch a fish, feed baby goats and take a horse-drawn wagon ride.
April 1

June Bug Ball

June Bug Ball
Dress as your favorite bug to learn about insects, and enjoy crafts, a bug petting zoo and live entertainment.
June 20

Celebrating the 4th at the Farm
Take a step back into the past to celebrate Independence Day with old-fashioned games, activities and a bike parade.
July 4

Georgia’s Chicken Run
Lace up your shoes and get cluckin’ at our annual fun run for all ages. Chicken trophies are awarded to top runners.
July 29


Get ready for LongHouse, a unique destination venue that is taking shape as the new Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens visitor center.

LongHouse will transform the guest experience, welcoming visitors while highlighting the beauty of the gardens. Spanning 21,000 square feet, the state-of-the-art facility will provide modern amenities and versatile spaces for the community to gather for weddings, business events, educational programs and celebrations.

The inviting visitor center with surrounding gardens, terraces and great lawn will allow space for formal receptions and dining for up to 200 people, and will include meeting rooms, a café and a gift shop.

“The opening of the LongHouse visitor center will provide an invitation for all to visit and explore the amazing Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Garden,” said Overland Park Mayor
Curt Skoog.

The visitor center is scheduled to open this summer. Visit opkansas.org/LongHouse to learn more.

The City of Overland Park and the Arts & Recreation Foundation of Overland Park partner to provide our thriving community with cultural enrichment, world-class events, impactful education and inspiring art.

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