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5 Culture Events for Summer

Posted: May 05, 2017

Written by: Staff Writer

Summer is right around the corner – time to celebrate the warmth, the outdoors and the culture! We’ve rounded up top cultural events from the region for you to celebrate all summer long.

Jazz in the Woods
Jazz is back! This annual jazz festival takes over Founders Park with local goods, drinks and eats and, of course, a whole lot of jazz! Experience the culture and music of this weekend festival that the community has enjoyed for 28 years. From the soulful sounds of Richard Elliot to the originality of Kelley Hunt’s blues and roots style – you might just find a new favorite!  June 9 – 10
Boulevardia
Boulevardians take over the Stockyards District – one of the oldest areas of Kansas City (and a local foodie hot spot) – with their own urban culture celebration. For two days  local and national performances, shopping and family activities ensue. Sipping and snacking are also a big part with 50+ craft breweries and top-shelf chefs satisfying visitors’ appetites. Learn about Boulevardia’s eco-education inside Greenville, their one-of-a-kind pop-up park with carnival rides for the family to learn, play and relax with an acoustic music stage.  June 16 – 17
Lenexa BBQ Battle
Nearly 200 BBQ contestants come to Sar-Ko-Par Trails Park to battle it out for the Grand Champion title – the Kansas State Championship. The BBQ is just half the fun: free children’s activities, live music and samples make for a fun, family-friendly foodie time!  June 23-24
Plaza Art Fair
The iconic Country Club Plaza’s Spanish-inspired architecture and Brush Creek are lined with artists, retailers and restaurants for the tradition of the Plaza Art Fair. These nine blocks welcome over 250,000 folks who simply share the love of art and community at this nationally top-ranked art festival.  September 22 – 24
Botanical Brewfest
Each year, craft breweries come from all over the nation take over the Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Garden’s lawn. Taste the beer, sample food from local restaurants, dance to the live music and take in the beautiful scenery of the botanical garden’s 45 acres.  October 14