Sure, meteorologists, geographers, astronomers and calendar makers may wag their fingers and remind us that summer doesn’t officially begin until the solstice on June 20, but nobody likes a know-it-all.
In Kansas City, summer begins Memorial Day weekend, with festivals, outdoor concerts, theater in parks, big picnics and summertime parades. Here’s our roundup of what to do now that the weather outside is delightful.
▪ Kendrick Lamar, Elvis Costello, Tom Petty and more make music writer Timothy Finn’s list of 10 can’t-miss shows of the summer.
▪ If those 10 aren’t enough, check out our megalist of summer music.
FESTIVALS AND EVENTS
▪ If American Jazz Museum executive director Cheptoo Kositany-Buckner has anything to say about it, Memorial Day in KC is going to mean a big jazz party from here on out. The Kansas City Jazz and Heritage Festival kicks off a summer full of events and fests.
▪ From Boulevardia to Big Slick Weekend, and county fairs to cultural events, plan your summer with this big list of events and festivals.
▪ From “Something Rotten!” at Starlight Theatre to Agatha Christie’s “And Then There Were None” at Kansas City Actors Theatre, here are five plays to put on your watch list plus a host of other plays and shows coming to town.
▪ The summer movie season started a few weeks ago with “Guardians of the Galaxy” (still in theaters). But the whole world is waiting for “Wonder Woman,” which opens June 2. Here’s why that movie is so important to so many moviegoers.
▪ If superheroes aren’t your thing, there are plenty of other options at the cineplex this summer. Here’s our guide to the most anticipated movies of the summer.
▪ In 2016, the news that the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art owned an original Hieronymous Bosch painting made international headlines. This summer, the public will be able to see it for the first time since the discovery’s announcement.
▪ Celebration at the Station kicked off the summer season in classical music. Here’s a look at six other shows to look forward to this summer, including a show by soprano Victoria Botero and her ensemble.