Here’s what’s happening in Kansas City Nov. 3-5


The Gatsby Swing

Put on your dancing shoes and come swing dance with the Kansas City Jazz Orchestra. The big band, featuring many of our town’s best players and directed by Clint Ashlock, plays an unapologetically retro event, the Gatsby Swing, at Union Station. To purchase tickets, click here.

The Opening of the Crown Center Ice Terrace

Kicking off the holiday season, at the official opening of the Crown Center Ice Terrace. An iconic tradition, Kansas City’s only public outdoor ice-skating rink is celebrating 45 years of sportsmanship, family bonding and festive fun. On opening day, enjoy complimentary skating, coffee and hot chocolate. Click here for more information.


Festival of South African Dance

Experience this showcase of two distinct South African dance traditions at the Festival of South African Dance at the Carlsen Center. Two deeply rhythmic ensembles, Real Actions Pantsula and Stimela “The Gumboot” Musical, uplift, unite and tell a story as they entertain and follow in their historical tradition of spreading awareness of socioeconomic and political challenges. Click here to read more about the event.

The Bennett Forum on the Presidency with Doris Kearns Goodwin and David Von Drehle

The Bennett Forum on the Presidency has grown to become Kansas City’s most anticipated politically-themed program. This year’s event at the Truman Library will feature presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin in conversation with David Von Drehle of the Washington Post.  Click here for more information.


Day of the Dead Festival

Celebrate Mexican culture at the Nelson-Atkins’ Día de los Muertos festival with live music, art activities, food, and an innovative altar display featuring a 3-D Tree of Life with projected images of artwork by local artists. For details, click here.