3 Free Festivals in Kansas City

Kansas City has made notable contributions in the areas of music, the blues and jazz, and also cuisine. This summer is the time to explore some of the diversity and history of this wonderful city while having fun with friends and family.

Going out on the town and attending events does not have to cost you more than the time and gas money to get to the venue. Below are some free ideas for festivals in the area to attend while remaining vigilant to your budget.

Old Shawnee Days

Location: Shawnee Town, 11600 Johnson Dr., Shawnee, KS 66203

Cost: FREE

When: June 2-5

Kick off your summer at Shawnee Town and take a tour of history come alive. This event is an annual tradition for the citizens of Shawnee, like an official start to summer for the community. During this weekend long festival you may enjoy carnival rides, live music, shopping and festival foods. There are many, many activities that will be available to you and your family, something for everyone.

On Saturday, June 4th the 45th annual Old Shawnee Days parade will begin at 10am. The Parade theme this year is “150 Years of Kansas Pride”. The parade route will begin at Nieman and Shawnee Mission Parkway, then moves north on Nieman to Johnson Drive where it heads west and ends at Cody in front of Shawnee Town. If you plan to attend this parade try to arrive before 9:30 am to make sure you can grab a good spot to watch the action.

Festa Italiana

Location: Zona Rosa, 8640 N Dixson Ave, KCMO 64153

Cost: FREE

When: June 3-5th

It has been announced that Deana Martin, daughter of Dean Martin, will be performing on Saturday the 4th following the release of her new album. This event will offer Italian food, wine, music and much more from the boot shaped country. Come and celebrate your Italian heritage or just come for the great time to be had and just pretend to be Italian for the day.

Gladstone Summertime Bluesfest

Location: Oak Grove Park, located at 76th & N. Troost

Cost: FREE

When: June 10th and 11th

This festival is not just a local favorite spot to listen to local jazz and blues bands, but also a national destination for tourists and bands. The event is free to attend and is family friendly and set in a beautiful location. There will be food and beverages available. Don’t miss out on this part of Kansas City’s contribution to the world of music, take the time to let the jazz into your soul.