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Your guide to First Fridays in Kansas City

Here’s what you need to know before you set out for a First Friday.

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POV: You’re strolling through the Crossroads at First Friday.

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The first Friday of every month is basically a holiday in Kansas City.

First Fridays feature local artists, local food, and local retail — right up our alley. Not sure where to go, how to park, or what to see? As always, we have you covered.


The Crossroads Arts District transforms into one big creative energy on First Fridays.

Galleries + art studios:

Editor Bella’s pick: Strolling through Art Alley to see the talented graffiti artists’ work.

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Sip while you shop + see.

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Eat + drink:

  • There are no shortage of craft breweries along Brewer’s Alley.
  • Need somewhere with something for everyone? Hit up Parlor.
  • A pizza from Grinders is the fuel you need for a First Friday.

Pro tip: Wander the streets to try local food trucks.

Shop + experience:

Transportation + parking:

West Bottoms

The West Bottoms is home to the largest vintage and antique market district in the US. Plus, it extends First Fridays through the end of the weekend.

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You never know what treasures you’ll find.

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  • Enjoy a dive bar feel at Lucky Boys.
  • Try bistro-inspired small plates at Voltaire.
  • Drop your anchor at The Ship for a bite before dancing the night away.



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