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Streetcar Sendoff

See what Kansas City has in store for the grand opening of the city’s first streetcar

Kansas City knows how to throw a celebration, and the grand opening of the city’s first streetcar is no exception. Here’s what you need to know about the city’s festivities May 6-7.


  • The celebration will kick off at 10 a.m. outside of Union Station. Mayor Sly James and members of the Federal Transmit Association will speak before local officials take the first ride on the streetcar at 11 a.m.
  • After the officials take the inaugural ride, the streetcar will be open to the public. The car can only hold 150 passengers at a time, so riders are encouraged not to ride the entire route.
  • A stationary streetcar will be positioned at Union Station for the public to get on and view.
  • A family-friendly carnival will be available at Union Station beginning at 11 a.m., and The Zeros will perform at 7:30 p.m.
  • A fireworks show will take place at 9 p.m. on the lawn of Liberty Memorial.


  • The streetcar will be open to riders starting at 7 a.m.
  • The City Market Farmer’s Market opens at 7 a.m., with more than 140 vendors selling fresh produce, spices, meats and baked goods.
  • Carnival rides at Union Station will begin at 10 a.m. and end at 10 p.m.
  • Ink magazine’s annual Middle of the Map Music Fest begins at 2 p.m. at various downtown venues. Click here for the full lineup.
  • Fireworks on the lawn of Liberty Memorial begin at 9 p.m.

For a full list of weekend activities and other details, click here.