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95º | 19% chance of precipitation
Sunrise 5:51 a.m. | Sunset 8:45 p.m.

🍻 Get ready for Boulevardia
Bringing the party to the streets since 2014. | Photo by Lea Murphy, via @blvdia
Boulevardia is the ultimate festival for people who love music, food + drink, and Kansas City. Hi, we’re people.

Before the jam-packed weekend begins, let’s dive into everything you need to know to prepare for the festival (if you’re not attending, keep reading for parking + traffic concerns).

Fast facts

When: Friday, June 14, 4-11 p.m. + Saturday, June 15, 11 a.m.-11 p.m.
Where: Grand Boulevard at Crown Center
Tickets: $45 per day general admission

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Did you spot Cimafunk at last year’s fest? | Photo via @blvdia

Music + entertainment

Live music is the focal point of Boulevardia, with local, regional, and national acts taking the stage. Well, four stages + a Monster Energy Silent Disco. Find performing acts at:
  • Visit Missouri Grand Stage
  • Elevate Stage
  • Propoganda3 Park Stage
  • Holladay Hill Stage
The fun doesn’t stop with music. Check out experiences like:

Food + drink

Fuel up at one of the various local food stops + sip on a beverage of choice — see the options. If you’re looking to level up your taste bud experience, check out Taps and Tastes.

For the first time ever, the food and drink sampling event is pulling from only MO + KS businesses and expanding its palate with new distillery offerings.


Taps + Tastes will have you saying “sip, sip, hooray.” | Photo via @blvdia

Getting around

  • Free parking in the Crown Center garages is available on a first-come, first-served basis (2450 Grand Blvd.). Additional paid lots will be available around Crown Center.
  • Take the KC Streetcar or a RideKC bus to the festival grounds. Plus, rideshares will have a designated drop-off area.
  • A bike lock area will be open during all hours of the festival. Riders must bring their own lock.

Get the app

Can’t keep track of all this good info? Focus on the music (and the beer, food, games, etc.) by downloading the BLVDIA app. Stay up-to-date with announcements, maps, a schedule builder, and even a tasting journal (think Letterboxd, but for beer).
Thursday, June 13
  • The Kansas City Royals: An Illustrated Timeline | Thursday, June 13 | 6-8 p.m. | JE Dunn Construction Theater, 1001 Locust St., KCMO | Free | Hear FOX4 anchor Matt Stewart talk about his new release, and stay after for an exclusive book signing.
  • Concerts in the Park | Thursday, June 13 | 7 p.m. | Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens, 8909 W. 179th St., Overland Park, KS | Free | Listen to some of your favorite songs under the stars, featuring Celtic rockers The Elders and songwriter Emma Jo.
Friday, June 14
  • African American Artists Collective Exhibit Opening | Friday, June 14 | 5:30-7:30 p.m. | Tomahawk Ridge Community Center, 11902 Lowell Ave., Overland Park, KS | Free | Explore the intricate tapestry of existence through the art of Michelle Beasley, Remy Wharry, and Jason Wilcox.
Saturday, June 15
  • Summer Workout Series | Saturday, June 15 | 9-10 a.m. | Legends Outlets, 1865 Village West Pkwy., KCK | Free | Elevate your fitness routine with a free strength training class on the lawn.
  • Summer Butterfly Festival | Saturday, June 15 | 10 a.m.-3 p.m. | Colonial Gardens, 27610 E. Wyatt Rd., Blue Springs, MO | $10-$15 | Stroll the 40-acre farm’s apple orchard, Bee Hive Zone, in-ground jump pillow, and sip on honey-sweetened lemonade at this National Pollinator Month celebration.
  • Vintage Auto Show | Saturday, June 15 | 11 a.m.-3 p.m. | The Atkins-Johnson Farm and Museum, 4109 NE Pleasant Valley Rd., Gladstone, MO | Free | Oldies rule at this vintage car fest highlighting retro rides from the pre-war era to 1980.
Sunday, June 16
  • Dragon Boat Festival | Sunday, June 16 | 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. | Brush Creek, KCMO | Free | Drum rollers, dragons, and boat racing celebrate Kansas City’s Xi’an sister city connection.
  • The Dad Games | Sunday, June 16 | 12-2 p.m. | Dave and Buster’s, 1843 Village West Pkwy., KCK | $36.03 | Grab the fam + battle for fatherly glory as you compete against other families in an epic arcade showdown.
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News Notes
  • After a cyberattack shutdown its systems in April, KC Scout may soon be up and running. Testing began this week for its highway message boards, with real-time info expected to return next week. A timeline to restore its website + camera streams are TBA. (Kansas City Star)
  • It’s time to drop the needle on XO, a new lounge (709 W. 17th St.) focusing on vinyl records, delicious bites, craft cocktails + natural wines. The space is open Wednesday and Thursday, 4-11 p.m. + Friday and Saturday, 4 p.m.-12 a.m. Take a spin inside.
  • A $200 million makeover is coming to Olathe’s I-35 and Santa Fe interchange. The project aims to reduce traffic congestion and improve safety, though it will require the relocation of more than a dozen area businesses. (FOX4)
  • Pooch paradise Bar K has found itself in doggie heaven. The bar and restaurant has been nominated for best dog bar nationwide by USA Today. Want to throw them a bone? Voting is now live.
  • KC North’s Ombra will soon open its sister concept just a few doors down — butcher shop deli Carne Diem. The upscale specialty food spot will also feature a seafood counter, large cheese selection, grab-and-go sandwiches, salads + snacks. A summer opening is expected. (Kansas City Magazine)
  • Did the new “Wolverine & Deadpool” trailer sound familiar? There’s a reason for that. It uses KC rapper Irv Da Phenom’s 2010 song “Red and Yellow,” originally a Chiefs-inspired take on Wiz Khalifa’s hit “Black and Yellow.” Watch the trailer (probably not suitable for kids). (Kansas City Star)
  • Last week, we quizzed your mycological know-how with a life or death question: “Which local mushroom variety is not edible?” And we mush say, you’re pretty smart — about 70% answered correctly with false morels. Did the whole ‘fake’ thing give it away?
  • Yesterday, we said the KC Current had a 14-game win streak. They’ve actually had 14 games with no losses (though we’re sure that win streak is coming). See the team in action this Friday, June 14, 7 p.m., at CPKC stadium as they face off against the Chicago Red Stars. Tickets start at $20.
Try This
  • Experience a night at the museum during Wonderscope’s adults-only playtime, happening on Friday, June 21. From 6:30-9:30 p.m., enjoy games, art projects, and activities + snack on spiked Kona Ice and bites from Taco Cacao. Reserve tickets ($12+) and prepare to unleash your inner child.*
🍖 The only City Guide you’ll ever need
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And the beans? And the cheesy corn? Come on, it’s not even close.  | Photo by @jackstackbbq

We’re on the most Kansas City quest ever, except these epic proportions come with a side of baked beans and coleslaw.

Enter “The Big Book of KC Barbecue.” We noticed our City Guides cover everything from real estate to coffee shops, but absolutely none mention what our city does best. And we’re here to fix that, with your help of course.

All the usual suspects will make the prime cut, but we need your help finding those hidden gems. Think: underrated food trucks, backyard pitmasters selling plates off their porch, and neighborhood spots with little signage + lots of flavor.

Know just the place? Click the button below to offer up your sweet and saucy suggestions.
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I’ll be the City Editor taking on (my first ever) Boulevardia this weekend. As a COVID-era roller skate hobbyist, I’m most excited about Saturday’s Roller Skating Party — it’s even sponsored by the local biz I got my first pair of wheels from.
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