Sample some of the best cultural arts experiences of the summer right here in the Kansas City metro area or just a few hours down the road! Enjoy world-renowned museums, outdoor attractions, music and dance performances and unique regional destinations. Get out and have some fun this summer!
The Cradle of Ragtime is Still Rocking in Sedalia
When Scott Joplin arrived in Sedalia in 1894, he never could have imagined how his life and music would be forever linked to the town. Since 1974, Sedalia has hosted a ragtime festival featuring the best performers in the nation and abroad. The May 31 through June 3 schedule includes morning symposia, two ticketed concerts, a night-time afterglow, and all the free music your ears can handle! For more information, visit scottjoplin.org or call 660-826-2271.
Diego Rivera’s America is This Summer’s Must-See Art Experience
On view now at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas, Diego Rivera’s America is an exhibition unlike any other in the past 20 years. Featuring rarely seen works from private collections, major paintings from museums in the United States and Mexico, and large-scale digital projections and studies of Rivera’s epic murals, this collection of over 130 works is the most comprehensive look at the artist’s work in decades.
Join the fun in Lawrence this Summer
Summertime is for celebrating, and Lawrence has a full line-up of festivals and events to celebrate cultures, arts, music, and much more this summer! The Lawrence Busker Festival, Juneteenth Celebration, Free State Festival, St. John’s Mexican Fiesta, and Great Plains Art & Music Festival are just a few of the many festivals you want to attend! Come back often for the weekly Saturday morning Lawrence Farmer’s Market and the monthly Final Fridays Art Walk.
Celebration of life, love, family, and pride.
Join Heartland Men’s Chorus for a magical celebration of life, love, family, and perseverance as Disney PRIDE in Concert comes to Kansas City! This first-of-its-kind, family-friendly show will transport you to the enchanting world of Disney with beloved animation from Disney/Pixar films at the Muriel Kauffman Theatre at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. Get your tickets now to be part of this unforgettable celebration of pride, diversity, and the power of music.
There is Something to See Around Every Corner!
Bring the kids and grandkids and come play in Downtown St. Joseph during the 2023-2024 Sculpture Walk, opening June 14 with the guided First Walk at 6:30 p.m! Or, explore on your own any time of year and enjoy life-size sculptures that will make you smile with unique boutiques and restaurants to discover too. For more info, visit stjoearts.org/wp/sculpture-walk.
Sexhibition: Rated Art – Saturday, June 10th, 2023
Weinberger Fine Art and Habitat Contemporary are pleased to present the second iteration of Sexhibition: Rated Art, a highly curated, fully immersive art experience, and not for those offended by nudity. This 18+ exhibition will include works by Gerry Trilling, Winton Kidd, Jared Horman, John Brant, Kathryn McRoberts, Jonathon Virginia Green, Dean Kube, Madeline Brice, Larassa Kabel, Andy Gershon, Linda Lighton, Kathryn Marie Hogan and Luke Reichle. With performances by Stephonne Singleton, Quixotic, DJ Rico Dejoia and more.
Framing Fine-Scale Miniatures: A Talk with Artist Chris Toledo
What does it take to create a room 1:12 scale (1” = 1’) and still include every precise detail made using the original materials? Artist Chris Toledo specializes in creating these miniature spaces, often inspired by real places. Join The National Museum of Toys and Miniatures (T/m) and the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art on June 5th for a conversation with Toledo about his creative process in his latest work for T/m, a Miniature Art Museum.