Summer Fun 2015: A guide to festivals, fairs and more

You can pig out at BaconFest, a fundraiser for the Rehabilitation Institute of Kansas City, Aug. 22.
You can pig out at BaconFest, a fundraiser for the Rehabilitation Institute of Kansas City, Aug. 22. File photo

Most of us know all about the area’s big summer events, which started with the Celebration at the Station this past weekend and concludes with the Kansas City Irish Fest at Crown Center (Sept. 4-6) and Santa-Cali-Gon Days in Independence (Sept. 4-7).

In between we have the likes of Old Shawnee Days (June 4-7), Fiesta Kansas City (June 19-21), Riverfest (July 4), the KC Fringe festival (July 16-26) and the many county fairs in July and August.

But don’t overlook the smaller or lesser-known festivals and events that populate the area’s summer calendar.

The Kansas City Microbrews and BBQ Festival will be Saturday on the grounds of the Kansas City Museum in conjunction with the Tour of Kansas City Cliff Drive Classic Circuit Race and 5K Run.

On June 13, the Kansas City International Dragon Boat Festival will bring its unique boat races, as well as entertainment, food and other family fun, to Brush Creek on the Plaza for the event’s 11th year. It is put on by the Society for Friendship With China.

Another family event is Tractor Daze & Touch a Truck on July 11 at the National Agricultural Center and Hall of Fame. City kids can explore trucks and tractors of all shapes and sizes.

If your taste runs in the area of porcine cuisine, the seventh annual BaconFest will be Aug. 22 at the Ameristar casino. It’s actually a fundraiser for the Rehabilitation Institute of Kansas City.

Finally, you might want to check out the Roots Festival, which will run Aug. 28-29 on the Paola Park Square. It will feature several familiar musical acts, as well as a barbecue competition, games, rides and arts and crafts.

Events and festivals

The Gala of the Royal Horses, May 28, Independence Center. IndependenceEventsCenter.com

Lawrence Busker Festival, May 28-31, Lawrence. LawrenceBuskerFest.com

Festa Italiana, May 29-31, Zona Rosa. UNICOKC.org

SerbFest, May 29-30, St. George Serbian Orthodox Church. St-George-Church.org

Kansas City Microbrews and BBQ Festival, May 30, Kansas City Museum. KCBrewsAndBBQ.com

WBFF Central USA Fitness Fashion Show, May 30, Midland. MidlandKC.com

Jim and Jamie Dutcher, “The Hidden Lives of Wolves,” National Geographic Live, June 2, Kauffman Center. KauffmanCenter.org

Old Shawnee Days, June 4-7, Shawnee Town. OldShawneeDays.org

Kansas City Swap Meet, June 5-6, Kansas Speedway. KansasSpeedway.com

Downtown Days … Streets ALive Festival, June 5-7, Downtown Lee’s Summit. LeesSummitDowntownDays.com

Jazzoo, June 5, Kansas City Zoo. KansasCityZoo.org

KCPrideFest 2015, June 5-7, Berkley Riverfront Park. GayPrideKC.org

Sugar Creek Slavic Festival, June 5-6, Mike Onka Memorial Building. SlavicFest.com

Gladstone Bluesfest, June 6-7, Oak Grove Park. GladstoneChamber.com

Midwest Tea Fest, June 6, National World War I Museum. MidwestTeaFest.com

Parrot Fest, June 6, Kansas City Live. PowerAndLightDistrict.com

Vaile Strawberry Festival, June 6, Vaile Mansion. VaileMansion.org

Wheels to Weston, June 7, Parkville. Diabetes.org

Hear Now: The Audio Fiction & Arts Festival, June 11-14, multiple venues. HearNowFestival.org

Clara Brierly Festival of the Arts, June 12-14, Downtown Peculiar. DowntownPeculiar.com

Festival on the Trails, June 12-13, Downtown Gardner. FestivalOnTheTrails.com

Greek Festival, June 12-14, St. Dionysios Greek Orthodox Christian Church. StDionysios.org

“It’s Time to Heal” empowerment conference, June 12-13, Penn Valley Education Center. ITTHKC.com

Juneteenth Parade and Celebration, June 12-13, Big 11 Lake. JuneteenthKCK.com

Wine & Brew Walk on the Square, June 12, Independence Square. Eventbrite.com

Browne’s Irish Street Faire, June 13, Browne’s Irish Marketplace. BrownesMarket.com

Busker Festival, June 13, City Market. TheCityMarket.org

Cattle Baron’s Ball, June 13, Kansas Speedway. Gala.ACSEvents.org

Crown Center Antique Festival, June 13-14, Crown Center Square. CrownCenter.com

Dragon Boat Festival and Races, June 13, Brush Creek on Country Club Plaza. ChinaGardenSociety-KC.org

Scottish Highland Games, June 13-14, E.H. Young Park. KCScottishGames.org

Tonganoxie Days, June 13, Tonganoxie. TonganoxieDays.com

Westport Summer Beer Festival, June 13, McCoy’s Public House. BeerKC.com

Worlds of Fun All American Barbecue & Brew Festival, June 13-14 and 20-21, Worlds of Fun. WorldsOfFun.com

The Big Gay Picnic, June 14, Penn Valley Park. Facebook.com/OutKCFest

Dog-n-Jog, June 14, Country Club Plaza. HSGKC.org

John Brown Jamboree and Music Festival, June 17-21, Osawatomie. JohnBrownJamboree.com

Big Slick Celebrity Weekend, June 19-20, multiple venues. BigSlickKC.org

Boulevardia, June 19-21, West Bottoms. Boulevardia.com.

Fiesta Kansas City, June 19-21, Crown Center Square. FiestaKansasCity.com

Frontier Days, June 19-21, Edgerton. Frontier-Days.com

Jazz in the Woods, June 19-20, Corporate Woods, Overland Park. JazzInTheWoods.com

Kansas City Regional Quilt Festival, June 19-21, Overland Park Convention Center. KCRQF.com

“Our County’s Quilted Culture,” June 19-Sept. 4, Wyandotte County Historical Society and Museum. WycoMuseum.org

Parkville Jazz/Blues and Fine Arts Riverjam, June 19-20, English Landing Park. ParkvilleRiverJam.com

Olathe Kids Free Fishing Derby, June 20, Cedar Lake Park. OlatheKS.org

Outpace Poverty Walk, June 20, National World War I Museum. OutpacePoverty.org

Urban Kids Fishing Derby, June 20, Spring Valley Park Lake. KCParks.org

VisionWalk, June 20, Theis Park. FightBlindness.org

Wine Festival, June 20, East Valley Park, Excelsior Springs. VisitExcelsior.com

Free State Festival, June 22-28, Lawrence Arts Center. FreeStateFestival.org

Briarcliff Music Festival, June 27, Briarcliff Village. BriarcliffVillageKC.com

Out Here Now: KC LGBT Film Festival, June 25-July 2, Tivoli. OutHereNow.com

Crawfish Festival, June 26, City Market. TheCityMarket.org

Waterfest, June 26-28, Excelsior Springs. ExSpgsChamber.com

Maker Faire, June 27-28, Union Station. MakerFaireKC.com

Nanobrew Festival, June 27, Stockyards Brewing Co. BrownPaperTickets.com

Volkerfest, June 27, Roanoke Park. KCParks.org

Booms & Blooms Festival, July 3, Powell Gardens. PowellGardens.org

Riverfest, July 4, Berkley Riverfront Park. KCRiverfest.com

Salute! A Festival of Wine and Food, July 9-11, Lawrence. SaluteWineFest.com

Bingham-Waggoner Antique & Craft Fair, July 11, Bingham-Waggoner Estate. BWEstate.org

Tractor Daze & Touch a Truck, July 11, National Agricultural Center and Hall of Fame. AgHallOfFame.com

Cass County Fair, July 14-19, Pleasant Hill. PleasantHill.com

KC Fringe festival, July 16-26, multiple venues. KCFringe.org

Mo-Kan Cat Club Cat Show, July 18-19, KCI Expo Center. MoKanCatClub.org

Amelia Earhart Festival, July 18, Atchison. AtchisonKansas.net

Miami County Fair and Rodeo, July 18-26, Paola. MiamiCountyKansasFair.com

Kansas City’s Big Picnic, July 19, Donald J. Hall Sculpture Park and Theis Park. KCParks.org

Wyandotte County Fair, July 21-25, Wyandotte County Fairgrounds. WycoFair.com

Platte County Fair, July 22-25, Platte County Fairgrounds, Tracy. PlatteCountyFair.com

Christmas in July, July 25 Wyandotte County Lake. WycoKCK.org/Parks

Show N’ Shine Truck & Car Show, July 25, National Agricultural Center and Hall of Fame. AgHallOfFame.com

Johnson County Fair, July 27-Aug. 1, Gardner. JocoKansasFair.com

Festival of Butterflies, July 31-Aug. 2 and Aug. 7-9, Powell Gardens. PowellGardens.org

Heart of America Hot Dog Festival, Aug. 1, Negro Leagues Baseball Museum. HOAHotDogFestival.com

Paint the Night Street Fair, Aug. 1, Park Place. ParkPlaceLeawood.com

Atchison County Fair, Aug. 4-8, Atchison. AtchisonKansas.net

BBQ & Fly-In on the River, Aug. 14-15, Excelsior Springs. BBQOnTheRiverContest.com

Sly’s Rock the Block, Aug. 15, Union Station. KCParks.org

Ethnic Enrichment Festival, Aug. 21-23, Swope Park. KCParks.org

Parkville Days, Aug. 21-23, English Landing Park. ParkvilleMo.org

BaconFest, Aug. 22, Ameristar. BaconFestKC.com

Buffalo Bill Days, Aug. 22-23, Leavenworth. BuffaloBillFestival.com

Chippendales, Aug. 22, Ameristar. Ameristar.com

KC Aviation Expo & Airshow, Aug. 22-23, Charles B. Wheeler Airport. KCAirshow.com

Tiblow Days, Aug. 27-29, Downtown Bonner Springs. BSEdwChamber.org

Roots Festival, Aug. 28-29, Paola Park Square. RootsFestival.org

Jazz in the Roses, Aug. 30, Loose Park Rose Garden. KansasCityRoseSociety.org

Kansas City Irish Fest, Sept. 4-6, Crown Center. KCIrishFest.com

Santa-Cali-Gon Days Festival, Sept. 4-7, Independence Square. SantaCaliGon.com

Kansas City Renaissance Festival, Sept. 5-Oct. 18, Bonner Springs. KCRenFest.com


“The Full Monty,” May 28-June 14, Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre. METKC.org

“Judy, Barbra, Liza,” May 29-June 28, Quality Hill Playhouse. QualityHillPlayhouse.com

“MotherFreakingHood!” May 29-June 14, Goppert Theatre. MoonshineVariety.co

“Six Degrees of Separation,” May 29-June 14, Barn Players. TheBarnPlayers.org

“Shylock,” May 30-31, Lewis and Shirley White Theatre. JCCKC.org

“Tribes,” June 3-28, Unicorn Theatre. UnicornTheatre.org

“Jesus Christ Superstar,” June 4-21, Musical Theatre Heritage. MTHKC.com

“Seussical,” June 4-14, City Theatre of Independence. CityTheatreOfIndependence.org

“The Summerland Project,” June 5-21, Olathe Civic Theatre Association. OlatheTheatre.org

“The Wizard of Paws,” June 6-July 26, Martin City Melodrama. MartinCityMelodrama.org

“Camelot,” June 9-14, Starlight Theatre. KCStarlight.com

“The Princess and the Pea,” Theatre for Young America, June 9-26, H&R Block City Stage. TYA.org

“The Taste Test,” June 12-27, Just Off Broadway Theatre. BrownPaperTickets.com

“A Year With Frog and Toad,” June 16-Aug. 2, Coterie. TheCoterie.org

Heart of America Shakespeare Festival, June 16-July 5, Southmoreland Park. KCShakes.org

“Once,” June 16-21, Kauffman Center. TheaterLeague.com

“Annie,” June 19-21, Starlight Theatre. KCStarlight.com

“Assassins,” June 25-28, MCC-Longview. SummitTheatreGroup.com

Barn Benefit Concert, June 26-28, Barn Players Theatre. TheBarnPlayers.org

“Our Brother’s Caper,” June 26-Aug. 15, Mystery Train. KCMysteryTrain.com

Whad’ Ya Know?” live broadcast, June 27, Carlsen Center. JCCC.edu/TheSeries

“Pippin,” June 30-July 5, Starlight Theatre. KCStarlight.com

“Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella,” July 7-12, Starlight Theatre. KCStarlight.com

“Mary Poppins,” July 10-12, Gladstone Theatre in the Park. GladstoneTIP.com

“Shrek, the Musical,” July 11-26, Lewis and Shirley White Theatre. JCCKC.org

“The Addams Family,” July 16-Sept. 20, New Theatre Restaurant. NewTheatre.com

“Forbidden Broadway,” July 16-Aug. 30, Chestnut Fine Arts Center. ChestnutFineArts.com

“Mary Poppins,” July 24-Aug. 1, Starlight Theatre. KCStarlight.com

“Equus,” July 31-Aug. 15, Barn Players. TheBarnPlayers.org

“Seussical,” Aug. 7-9, Gladstone Theatre in the Park. GladstoneTIP.com

“Wouldn’t It be Loverly?” Aug. 13-30, Musical Theatre Heritage. MTHKC.com

“Bye Bye Birdie,” Aug. 20-22, Paradise Park. SummitTheatreGroup.com

“A Prairie Home Companion,” Aug. 22, Starlight Theatre. KCStarlight.com

Disney on Ice, “Frozen,” Aug. 26-31, Sprint Center. SprintCenter.com

“The Oldest Boy,” Aug. 26-Sept. 20, Unicorn Theatre. UnicornTheatre.org

“A Murder Foretold,” Sept. 4-Oct. 24, Mystery Train. KCMysteryTrain.com


Nick Offerman, June 4, Unity Temple on the Plaza. RainyDayBooks.com

Norm MacDonald, June 7, VooDoo. VoodooKC.com

The Pump and Dump, June 10, Kansas City Improv. ImprovKC.com

Lily Tomlin, June 13, Kauffman Center. KauffmanCenter.org

Jim Gaffigan, Aug. 3, Starlight Theatre. KCStarlight.com

Hypnotist Thom Kaz, Aug. 15, VooDoo. VoodooKC.com

Kevin Hart, Aug. 22, Sprint Center. SprintCenter.com

Visual art

“The Caretaker” by Amir H. Fallah, “A Poke Ghost and the Garden of Tearz” by Rodolfo Marron III and “The Space Between” by Mark Cowardin, May 28-Sept. 27, Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art. NermanMuseum.org

Prairie Village Art Show, May 29-31, Village Shops. PrairieVillageShops.com

Thomas Arvid Art Show, Wine Tasting and Artist Reception, May 30, Prairiebrooke Gallery. PBArts.com

Liberty Arts Squared, June 5-6, Liberty Square. LibertyArtsSquared.org

Art and Design Auction, June 6, KCAI. KCAI.edu

Plein Air Quick Paint, June 12, Kansas City Museum. KansasCityMuseum.org

Art of the Car Concours, June 28, Kansas City Art Institute. ArtOfTheCarConcours.com

“From Here to There,” July 3-31, Buttonwood Art Space. ButtonwoodArtSpace.com

Young Friends of Art Summer White Party, July 10, Nelson-Atkins Museum. SummerWhiteParty.org

La Placita Central Avenue Market Art Fair, July 19, Bethany Park. AlcottArtsCenter.org

KC Big Picnic Art Exhibit, Aug. 7, MWE Inc. KCParks.org

“Tides & Trade Winds,” Aug. 7-Sept. 25, Buttonwood Art Space. ButtonwoodArtSpace.com

Classical music/dance

Kansas City Symphony, “Zukerman, Geller, Beethoven and Bach,” May 29-31, Kauffman Center. KCSymphony.org

Quixotic, May 29, Christ Church Anglican. ChristChurch-OP.org

Ensemble Ibérica, “Querido Mexico,” May 30, Polsky Theatre. JCCC.edu/TheSeries

Kantorei: Pulcherrima (Surpassing Beauty), May 30, St. Peter’s Church. KantoreiKC.org

Steven Spooner, “Proust Among the Nations,” May 31, Polsky Theatre. JCCC.edu/TheSeries

Kansas City Symphony, “Daphnis and Chloé,” June 5-7, Kauffman Center. KCSymphony.org

Parsons Dance, June 6, Kauffman Center. HJSeries.org

Musica Vocale, June 7, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. MusicaVocale.org

Owen/Cox Dance Group, Spring Performance: “Ludus Tonalis,” June 7, White Recital Hall. OwenCoxDance.org

Randy Newman with Kansas City Symphony, June 10, Kauffman Center. KauffmanCenter.org

Kansas City Symphony, “Shostakovich and Stravinsky,” June 11, Kauffman Center. KCSymphony.org

Kansas City Chamber Orchestra, June 12, Grace & Holy Trinity Cathedral. KCChamberOrchestra.org

Concept Zero, June 12, Polsky Theatre. JCCC.edu/TheSeries

Concept Zero and Project Premiere, June 13, Polsky Theatre. JCCC.edu/TheSeries

Heartland Men’s Chorus, “A Little Bit Wicked,” June 13-14, Folly Theater. HMCKC.org

Heritage Philharmonic, “Music of America,” June 13, Truman Library. TrumanLibrary.org

Symphony in the Flint Hills, Kansas City Symphony with Lyle Lovett, June 13, Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve. SymphonyInTheFlintHills.org

Shir Ami Ensemble, June 16, Congregation Beth Torah. ShirAmiMusic.com

Festival on the Vine, Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey, Gem Theater. June 18-20. KCFAA.org

Kansas City Symphony, “Season Finale: A Hero’s Life,” June 19-21, Kauffman Center. KCSymphony.org

Te Deum Chamber Choir, June 21, Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral. PaulMealorConcert.BrownPaperTickets.com

Future Stages Festival, June 28, Kauffman Center. KauffmanCenter.org

Heartland Chamber Music Festival, July 24-Aug. 1, Johnson County Community College. HeartlandChamberMusic.org

Kansas City Dance Festival, July 24-25, Folly Theater. FollyTheater.org

Wichita Grand Opera, “Turandot,” Aug. 30, Yardley Hall. JCCC.edu/TheSeries


FC Kansas City at Swope Park Soccer Village. FCKansasCity.com

Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium. Royals.com

Kansas City T-Bones at CommunityAmerica Ballpark. TBonesBaseball.com

Sporting Kansas City at Sporting Park. SportingKC.com

Hospital Hill Run, June 6, Crown Center area. HospitalHillRun.com

World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series plus Grand Nationals, June 6, Lakeside Speedway. LakesideSpeedway.net

National Pro Fastpitch: USSSA Florida Pride vs. Dallas Charge, June 11-12, CommunityAmerica Ballpark. TBonesBaseball.com

Tonganoxie Library Run 5K/10K/5K Walk, June 13, Tonganoxie Public Library. TonganoxieLibrary.org

Ride the Fountains Bike Tour, June 14, throughout Kansas City. KCParks.org

KU basketball vs. Team Canada, June 23 and 26, Sprint Center. SprintCenter.com

WWE Raw, July 20, Sprint Center. SprintCenter.com

Rugged Maniac Obstacle Race, Aug. 8, Snow Creek Ski Area. RuggedRaces.com

Rivalry Run, Aug. 15, Power & Light District. TheRivalryRun.org

Kansas City Chiefs exhibitions vs. Seattle, Aug. 21, vs. Tennessee, Aug. 28, Arrowhead. KCChiefs.com

United States Modified Touring Series plus USRA Stock Cars, USRA B-Mods & Grand Nationals, Aug. 21, Lakeside Speedway. LakesideSpeedway.net

Wipeout Run, Aug. 29, Kansas Speedway. WipeoutRun.com

Heartland Heat Triathlon, Sept. 5, Tiffany Hills Park. KCParks.org


Cody Canada & the Departed, May 28, Knuckleheads. KnuckleheadsHonkyTonk.com

Montgomery Gentry, May 28, Kansas City Live PowerAndLightDistrict.com

Rae Sremmurd, May 28, Uptown. UptownTheater.com

Alabama Shakes with Father John Misty, May 29, Starlight Theatre. KCStarlight.com

Billy Joe Shaver with Ashleigh Flynn, May 29, Knuckleheads. KnuckleheadsHonkyTonk.com

Houndmouth, May 30, RecordBar. TheRecordBar.com

Ida McBeth, May 30, Knuckleheads. KnuckleheadsHonkyTonk.com

Nappy Roots with Grooms & Katie and Sav, May 30, Riot Room. TheRiotRoom.com

The Rainmakers, May 30, Knuckleheads. KnuckleheadsHonkyTonk.com

Rockfest, May 30, Liberty Memorial. RockfestKC.com

The Steel Wheels, May 30, Bottleneck. TheBottleneckLive.com

Steve Miller Band with Buddy Guy, May 30, Starlight Theatre. KCStarlight.com

Wick-It the Instigator with Mouth and Andy Frasco, May 30, Crossroads KC. CrossroadsKC.com

Copeland, May 31, Granada. TheGranada.com

Emily Kinney, May 31, RecordBar. TheRecordBar.com

Tame Impala with Kuroma, May 31, Uptown. UptownTheater.com

A.R. Rahman, June 1, Music Hall. Ticketmaster.com

Juicy J, June 1, Granada. TheGranada.com

Deicide with Hate Eternal and more, June 2, Riot Room. TheRiotRoom.com

Lindsey Stirling, June 2, Uptown. UptownTheater.com

Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox, June 2, Crossroads KC. CrossroadsKC.com

Shakey Graves, June 2, RecordBar. TheRecordBar.com

Aaron Watson and Josh Dorr, June 4, Kansas City Live PowerAndLightDistrict.com

The Avett Brothers with Old Crow Medicine Show, June 4, Starlight Theatre. KCStarlight.com

Cracker, June 4, Knuckleheads. KnuckleheadsHonkyTonk.com

HoneyHoney, June 4, Bottleneck. TheBottleneckLive.com

King Chip with Loogey and more, June 4, Riot Room. TheRiotRoom.com

Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals, June 5, Crossroads KC. CrossroadsKC.com

Ill Nino and Kittie, June 5, Aftershock. AftershockShows.com

Slim Cessna’s Auto Club with the Pale Blue Dots, June 5, Riot Room. TheRiotRoom.com

Wanda Jackson, June 5, Knuckleheads. KnuckleheadsHonkyTonk.com

Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band with Huey Lewis and the News, June 6, Sprint Center. SprintCenter.com

Old 97’s, June 6, Crossroads KC. CrossroadsKC.com

Whitey Morgan, June 6, Riot Room. TheRiotRoom.com

Buzz Under the Stars featuring the Offspring, Radkey, Bully and the Sluts, June 7, KC Live PowerAndLightDistrict.com

Electric Six, June 8, Riot Room. TheRiotRoom.com

Brit Floyd, June 9, Midland. MidlandKC.com

Flogging Molly, June 9, Crossroads KC. CrossroadsKC.com

Mae, June 10, Granada. TheGranada.com

MarchFourth Marching Band, June 10, Knuckleheads. KnuckleheadsHonkyTonk.com

Band of Heathens, June 11, Knuckleheads. KnuckleheadsHonkyTonk.com

Casey Donahew Band, June 11, Kansas City Live PowerAndLightDistrict.com

D’Angelo and the Vanguard, June 11, Midland. MidlandKC.com

Lucinda Williams, June 11, Crossroads KC. CrossroadsKC.com

America, June 12, Ameristar. Ameristar.com

The Mavericks with Delbert McClinton, June 12, Knuckleheads. KnuckleheadsHonkyTonk.com

Eric Paslay with Noe Palma, June 13, Kearney Amphitheater. KearneyAmphitheater.com

The Mavericks with Mike Zito, June 13, Knuckleheads. KnuckleheadsHonkyTonk.com

Missouri Chainsaw Grassacre with Split Lip Rayfield and more, June 13, Crossroads KC. kccrossroads.org

PorchFest KC, June 13, multiple venues. PorchFestKC.com

Romeo Santos, June 13, Sprint Center. SprintCenter.com

The Melvins with Le Butcherettes, June 14, Bottleneck. TheBottleneckLive.com

MeWithoutYou with Foxing and Lithuania, June 14, Riot Room. TheRiotRoom.com

Kiya Heartwood, June 13, LikeMe Lighthouse. brownpapertickets.com/event/1473141

Tears for Fears, June 15, Uptown. UptownTheater.com

Geto Boys with Loogey and more, June 16, Riot Room. TheRiotRoom.com

The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, June 16, RecordBar. TheRecordBar.com

Michael Franti and Spearhead with Nattali Rize and Notis, June 16, Crossroads KC. CrossroadsKC.com

Belle & Sebastian, June 18, Uptown. UptownTheater.com

Center of the City Fest, June 18-20, Harling’s. facebook.com/centerofthecity

Dan + Shay, June 18, Kansas City Live PowerAndLightDistrict.com

Doyle Bramhall II, June 18, Knuckleheads. KnuckleheadsHonkyTonk.com

Global Summer Massive featuring Flux Pavilion, Yellow Claw and more, June 18, Midland. MidlandKC.com

Melissa Manchester, June 18, Missouri Theater, St. Joseph. MissouriWestern.edu

Peter Frampton and Cheap Trick, June 18, Starlight Theatre. KCStarlight.com

Ha Ha Tonka, June 19, Knuckleheads. KnuckleheadsHonkyTonk.com

Luke Bryan, June 19, Cricket Wireless Amphitheater. CricketWirelessAmp.com

Disentomb with Cerebral Effusion and more, June 20, Riot Room. TheRiotRoom.com

Lil’ Bit of Bluegrass with Loaded Goat and more, June 20, Kearney Amphitheater. KearneyAmphitheater.com

Liverpool, June 20, Ameristar. Ameristar.com

Matthew West, June 20, St. Joseph Civic Arena. Ticketmaster.com

The Sonics, June 20, Knuckleheads. KnuckleheadsHonkyTonk.com

Jeff the Brotherhood, June 21, Granada. TheGranada.com

Taake with Wolvhammer and Stonehaven, June 21, Riot Room. TheRiotRoom.com

Hugh Cornwell with Bent Knee and Jorge Arana Trio, June 22, RecordBar. TheRecordBar.com

Jonathan Jackson + Enation, June 22, Knuckleheads. KnuckleheadsHonkyTonk.com

Rob Thomas, June 22, Sprint Center. SprintCenter.com

The Smashing Pumpkins, June 22, Midland. MidlandKC.com

Delta Spirit, June 23, RecordBar. TheRecordBar.com

Michael McDonald, June 23, Uptown. UptownTheater.com

Tyler, the Creator with Taco, June 23, Midland. MidlandKC.com

Dale Watson with Amber Digby, June 24, Knuckleheads. KnuckleheadsHonkyTonk.com

Melissa Etheridge, June 24, Uptown. UptownTheater.com

Sebastian Bach with Wilson, June 24, Riot Room. TheRiotRoom.com

Widespread Panic, June 24, Starlight Theatre. KCStarlight.com

Craig Wayne Boyd, June 25, Kansas City Live PowerAndLightDistrict.com

Hayes Carll, June 25, Knuckleheads. KnuckleheadsHonkyTonk.com

Death Grips, June 26, Granada. TheGranada.com

Unwritten Law with Ten Foot Pole and Total Chaos, June 25, Riot Room. TheRiotRoom.com

Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise, June 26-27, Knuckleheads. KnuckleheadsHonkyTonk.com

Grind, June 27, VooDoo. VoodooKC.com

Krizz Kaliko, June 27, Aftershock. AftershockShows.com

The Rolling Stones, June 27, Arrowhead. Ticketmaster.com

Ronnie Milsap, June 27, Ameristar. Ameristar.com

Red White & Boom Pop Music Festival featuring Flo Rida, Cash Cash and more, June 27, Cricket Wireless Amphitheater. CricketWirelessAmp.com

Umphrey’s McGee, June 27, Crossroads KC. CrossroadsKC.com

Dark Star Orchestra, June 30, Crossroads KC. CrossroadsKC.com

Weird Al Yankovic, June 30, Midland. MidlandKC.com

Heartless Bastards, July 1, RecordBar. TheRecordBar.com

Steve Earle & the Dukes with the Mastersons, July 1, Knuckleheads. KnuckleheadsHonkyTonk.com

Failure, July 2, Liberty Hall. LibertyHall.net

Travis Marvin, July 2, Kansas City Live PowerAndLightDistrict.com

Gogol Bordello, July 3, Crossroads KC. CrossroadsKC.com

Mates of State, July 3, RecordBar. TheRecordBar.com

Sycosis and LDorado Jonez, July 3, VooDoo. VoodooKC.com

Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, July 6, Crossroads KC. CrossroadsKC.com

Third Eye Blind with Dashboard Confessional, July 6, Uptown. UptownTheater.com

311, July 7, Crossroads KC. CrossroadsKC.com

LakeFest featuring Eli Young Band with Easton Corbin and Cassadee Pope, July 7, Warnock Lake, Atchison. AtchisonKansas.net

Ace Frehley, July 9, VooDoo. VoodooKC.com

Pat Green and Josh Abbott Band, July 9, Kansas City Live PowerAndLightDistrict.com

Peter Yarrow and Noel Paul Stookey, July 9, JCCC Yardley Hall. JCCC.edu/TheSeries

Rush, July 9, Sprint Center. SprintCenter.com

Taylor Caniff with Michael Wood, July 10, Granada. TheGranada.com

One — The Only Tribute to Metallica, July 11, VooDoo. VoodooKC.com

Rock N Roll Dream Concert, July 11, Cricket Wireless Amphitheater. CricketWirelessAmp.com

Dave Matthews Band, July 14, Cricket Wireless Amphitheater. CricketWirelessAmp.com

Sage Francis with Loogey and Negro Scoe, July 14, Riot Room. TheRiotRoom.com

Sturgill Simpson, July 14, Crossroads KC. CrossroadsKC.com

Corey Taylor, July 15, Granada. TheGranada.com

Marcia Ball, July 15, Knuckleheads. KnuckleheadsHonkyTonk.com

Wilco with Steve Gunn, July 15, Crossroads KC. CrossroadsKC.com

Tyler Farr, July 16, Kansas City Live PowerAndLightDistrict.com

Patti LaBelle, July 17, Kauffman Center. KauffmanCenter.org

Randy Rogers Band with Stoney LaRue and Wade Bowen, July 17, Crossroads KC. CrossroadsKC.com

Shiner with the String & Return, July 17, RecordBar. TheRecordBar.com

Train with the Fray and Matt Nathanson, July 17, Starlight Theatre. KCStarlight.com

Global Dance Festival featuring Flosstradamus, Seven Lions, Peking Duk and more, July 18, Midland. MidlandKC.com

Keith Sweat with Blackstreet, SWV and Troop, July 18, Starlight Theatre. KCStarlight.com

The Temptations, July 18, Ameristar. Ameristar.com

Cold War Kids, July 19, Crossroads KC. CrossroadsKC.com

Danzig with Pennywise, Cancer Bats and Hammerlord, July 19, Midland. MidlandKC.com

Jeff Austin Band with Old Salt Union, July 19, Knuckleheads. KnuckleheadsHonkyTonk.com

Fall Out Boy and Wiz Khalifa and more, July 21, Cricket Wireless Amphitheater. CricketWirelessAmp.com

Van Halen with Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band, July 22, Cricket Wireless Amphitheater. CricketWirelessAmp.com

3 Trails West, July 24, Knuckleheads. KnuckleheadsHonkyTonk.com

The Floozies, July 24, Crossroads KC. CrossroadsKC.com

Tim McGraw, July 24, Cricket Wireless Amphitheater. CricketWirelessAmp.com

Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band, July 25, Knuckleheads. KnuckleheadsHonkyTonk.com

Graham Nash, July 25, Uptown. UptownTheater.com

Jon Pardi with 6 Degrees West, July 25, Kearney Amphitheater. KearneyAmphitheater.com

King Britt with Liondub, July 25, RecordBar. TheRecordBar.com

KRBZ Buzz Beach Ball featuring alt-J, Awolnation and Taking Back Sunday, July 25, Sporting Park. BeachBallKC.com

Robert Earl Keen, July 25, Granada. TheGranada.com

R5 with Jacob Whitesides and Ryland, July 26, Midland. MidlandKC.com

Lee DeWyze with Leslie DiNicola, July 27, RecordBar. TheRecordBar.com

Move Live on Tour: Derek and Julianne Hough, July 27, Music Hall. Ticketmaster.com

One Direction, July 28, Arrowhead Stadium. Ticketmaster.com

Hot Country Nights TBA, July 30, Kansas City Live PowerAndLightDistrict.com

The Lonely Biscuits, July 30, RecordBar. TheRecordBar.com

The Tallest Man on Earth, July 30, Midland. MidlandKC.com

Vans Warped Tour, July 30, Cricket Wireless Amphitheater. CricketWirelessAmp.com

Neurosis, July 31, Liberty Hall. LibertyHall.net

Pomeroy, July 31, VooDoo. VoodooKC.com

Kenny Chesney and Jason Aldean with Brantley Gilbert and Cole Swindell, Aug. 1, Arrowhead Stadium. Ticketmaster.com

Shinedown, Aug. 2, Midland. MidlandKC.com

Walk the Moon, Aug. 4, Crossroads KC. CrossroadsKC.com

Jake Miller with Jasmine V and Alex Angelo, Aug. 5, Granada. TheGranada.com

Phish, Aug. 5, Starlight Theatre. KCStarlight.com

Bob Schneider, Aug. 6, Knuckleheads. KnuckleheadsHonkyTonk.com

Hot Country Nights TBA, Aug. 6, Kansas City Live PowerAndLightDistrict.com

Clint Black, Aug. 7, Ameristar. Ameristar.com

Dave Koz, Aug. 7, Music Hall. Ticketmaster.com

Fireworks, Aug. 7, Jackpot Music Hall. Ticketmaster.com

Shania Twain, Aug. 7, Sprint Center. SprintCenter.com

Charli XCX and Bleachers with Børns, Aug. 8, Starlight Theatre. KCStarlight.com

Chase Rice with Brian Davis, Aug. 8, Kearney Amphitheater. KearneyAmphitheater.com

10 Years with Nonpoint and the Family Ruin, Aug. 11, Granada. TheGranada.com

Def Leppard with Styx and Tesla, Aug. 11, Starlight Theatre. KCStarlight.com

Trevor Hall, Aug. 11, Riot Room. TheRiotRoom.com

Idina Menzel, Aug. 12, Starlight Theatre. KCStarlight.com

Jerrod Niemann, Aug. 13, Kansas City Live PowerAndLightDistrict.com

My Morning Jacket with Hippo Campus, Aug. 13, Starlight Theatre. KCStarlight.com

Paul Thorn, Aug. 14-16, Knuckleheads. KnuckleheadsHonkyTonk.com

Rodrigo y Gabriela, Aug. 14, Uptown. UptownTheater.com

Boz Scaggs with Booker T., Aug. 15, Uptown. UptownTheater.com

KMFDM with Chant and Inertia, Aug. 16, Granada. TheGranada.com

Jimmie Vaughan and the Tilt-A-Whirl Band with Lou Ann Barton, Aug. 17, Knuckleheads. KnuckleheadsHonkyTonk.com

Buzz Under the Stars featuring Sublime with Rome, Rebelution, Pepper and Mickey Avalon, Aug. 19, KC Live PowerAndLightDistrict.com

Fifth Harmony with Common Kings, Natalie La Rose and Bea Miller, Aug. 20, Uptown. UptownTheater.com

Logan Mize, Aug. 20, Kansas City Live PowerAndLightDistrict.com

Chicago and Earth, Wind & Fire, Aug. 21, Starlight Theatre. KCStarlight.com

Foo Fighters with Royal Blood, Aug. 21, Sprint Center. SprintCenter.com

Lady Antebellum, Aug. 21, Cricket Wireless Amphitheater. CricketWirelessAmp.com

Danielle Nicole, Aug. 22, Knuckleheads. KnuckleheadsHonkyTonk.com

Levee Town with Billy Ebeling & the Late for Dinner Band, Aug. 22, Kearney Amphitheater. KearneyAmphitheater.com

Spirit of KC Fest featuring Samantha Fish, the Rainmakers and more, Aug. 22, Crossroads KC. CrossroadsKC.com

Incubus & Deftones with Death From Above 1979 and the Bots, Aug. 23, Starlight Theatre. KCStarlight.com

Hot Country Nights TBA, Aug. 27, Kansas City Live PowerAndLightDistrict.com

The Psychedelic Furs with the Church, Aug. 27, CrossroadsKC. CrossroadsKC.com

Slightly Stoopid, Aug. 28, Crossroads KC. CrossroadsKC.com

Little Big Town with David Nail and Ashley Monroe, Aug. 29, Starlight Theatre. KCStarlight.com

Parmalee with State Line Drive, Aug. 29, Kearney Amphitheater. KearneyAmphitheater.com

Boston with Blue Oyster Cult and Shooting Star, Aug. 30, Starlight Theatre. KCStarlight.com

Gwar with Butcher Babies and Battlecross, Aug. 30, Granada. TheGranada.com

Summer Fun 2015

We’re previewing this summer’s entertainment. The lineup:

▪ May 7: Music

▪ May 14: Visual art

▪ May 21: Theater

▪ Today: Festivals and events

If you missed previous installments, you can find them on the entertainment page of KansasCity.com.

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