Breakaway Musical Festival
August 5-6, 4 pm
This festival began in Ohio in 2013 and has since exploded as a touring event throughout the Midwest for electronic-music lovers who don’t want to travel far for a weekend-long festival. The two-day rave comes nearby to Azura Amphitheater, with a rotating cast of EDM acts, along with local food trucks and vendors, silent disco and more. Friday, August 5, and Saturday August 6, 4 pm. Azura Amphitheater.
Tivoli Under the Stars
In its second season, Tivoli Under the Stars is still offering something for everyone. Every Friday night continuing into the fall, you can cozy up and catch a movie on the Nelson-Atkins lawn. Each ticket purchase includes dedicated lawn space to seat up to four people, movie tickets, museum admission and garage parking. The first two in August are Guardians of the Galaxy on August 5 and Rear Window on August 12. Friday, August 5, 12, 19 and 26. Screenings start 10-15 minutes after sunset. Nelson-Atkins.
KC VITAs Summer Series 2022
August 5 & 7
Contemporary classical music isn’t an oxymoron—as evidenced by the more than four hundred new works submitted for consideration by the Kansas City Vibrating Internal Thyroarytenoids, or KC VITAs. The group of professional singers exists to promote brand new choral and chamber music, and this show will feature four premiere performances. Friday, August 5 and Sunday, August 7. St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, KCMO. $15 in advance, $20 at the door. kcvitas.org
August 6, 11 am
In an unexpected combination, BioKansas presents an event that turns your classic summer festival of drinks and music into a networking opportunity that will blow agricultural scientists away. With music from the Black Pumas, The Greeting Committee and The Regrettes, the festival also celebrates the science of the fermentation industry, with beers brewed from all over the Midwest. The Innovation Festival doesn’t just stop at the party: There will be two networking events at which innovators, scientists and manufacturers can mingle. Saturday, August 6. 11 am. Crown Center Square, KCMO.
Strawberry Swing Indie Craft Fair
August 6, 9 am
Described as Kansas City’s “original maker’s market” and established in 2011, The Strawberry Swing brings the handmade moment to life—and to Powell Gardens. This indie craft fair is KC pop-up tradition at its finest, featuring our local artisans and vendors. Come for the quality goods, stay for the quality plants. Saturday, August 6, 9 am–7 pm. Powell Gardens.
August 8, 7 pm
Australian indie rocker Courtney Barnett is arguably the last, best hope for the slacker strain of jangly garage rock. This summer, she’s Lollapaloozing with her own touring manifest, dubbed “Here and There,” which features a rotating cast of like-minded acts including Overland Park’s own Waxahatchee and mid-pandemic breakout Wet Leg. KC’s date at the Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland features Lucy Dacus and Quinn Christopherson. Monday, August 8. 7–9 pm. Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland.
August 9, 6:30 pm
Vegas-based pop-rock band Imagine Dragons has been taking over the radio, putting out annoyingly catchy songs throughout the past decade. They are now on the road for their Mercury World Tour, promoting Act 2, the follow-up of their album released last year, with 2010’s white rapper one-hit-wonder Macklemore opening. Tuesday, August 9, 6:30 pm. T-Mobile Center.
KC Sunflower Fest
August 12, 4 pm
With Kansas being the Sunflower State, there’s no better way to break in the season’s change from summer to fall than KC Wine Co’s Sunflower Fest. This is the perfect event for growing families, with activities spanning from “giant” yard games to a ninja course to human foosball. There will also be music, food trucks and, of course, unlimited opportunities for the classic sunflower pictures. Friday, August 12, 4–9 pm. KC Pumpkin Patch.
August 13, 7 pm
The Denver-based band returns to KC for their rescheduled show with fellow folksy crooners Gregory Alan Isakov and Daniel Rodriguez. Super popular throughout the 2010’s, you can still hear them play at least once an hour on 96.5 not-the-buzz. Saturday, August 13, 7 pm. T-Mobile Center.
RuPaul’s Drag Race Werq the World Tour
August 14, 8 pm
All finalists from the most recent season of RuPaul’s Drag Race, plus fierce favorites from past seasons (Kameron Michaels, Rose, Vanessa Vanjie Mateo and Yvie Oddly), lip-sync and death-drop their way through iconic past eras in history in the hopes of finding their way back to the present. Sunday, August 14, 8 pm. Uptown Theater.
August 16–21, 8 pm
The iconic 1992 movie adapted into a Broadway musical is coming to Starlight Theatre. No one expects a “disco diva” to find herself as a nun in a convent, but that is exactly what happens to Deloris Van Cartier in Sister Act after she is put into protective custody after witnessing a murder. This comedic story is sure to grant a much-needed laugh on these summer nights. Tuesday, August 16–Sunday, August 21, 8 pm. Starlight Theatre.
Ethnic Enrichment Festival
One of the largest festivals of its kind anywhere in the U.S., this annual celebration takes over the large field on the west side of Swope Park, with booths representing sixty nations and ethnic groups. Most booths offer food for sale, and some sell handmade goods. The large picnic shelter at the park houses a dance floor where group performances run back-to-back for most of the three-day event. Friday, August 19–Sunday, August 21. Swope Park.
Taylor Swift Night
August 20, 8 pm
Have you ever attended a concert without the actual artist being there? That is essentially what you’ll find at The Taylor Party, a “Taylor Swift-Inspired Dance Party.” Spend hours surrounded by other Swifties, dancing to nothing but Taylor’s most popular discography––and there’s a lot. Saturday, August 20, 8 pm. The Truman.
August 21, 7:30 pm
After losing a Grammy to Macklemore and winning a Pulitzer, Compton rapper Kendrick Lamar is back from a five-year hiatus to promote his widely critically acclaimed and intensely introspective album, Mr. Morale & the Big Steppers. He is joined on tour by his cousin, ultra-talented rapper Baby Keem. Sunday, August 21, 7:30 pm. T-Mobile Center.
August 26, 7:30 pm
The wildest fundraiser of the summer, Jazzoo’s “creative black tie” soiree brings local restaurants and entertainment together to support the Kansas City Zoo, its animals and its educational programs. Party animals must be of drinking age and ready for some outdoor fun because this event is rain or shine. Friday, August 26, 7:30 pm. Kansas City Zoo.
August 27, 7 pm
With over thirty years performing a mix of honky-tonk and country-pop sounds, Alan Jackson is coming to Kansas City on his newest tour, “Last Call: One More for the Road,” after revealing his serious health diagnosis last year. Jackson isn’t letting it stop his love of fun, down-home music and timeless performance. Shine your pickup and grab a beer because Jackson still knows “a lot about livin’ and a little ’bout love.” Saturday, August 27, 7 pm. T-Mobile Center.
August 28, 8 pm
It’s hard to believe it’s been twenty years since Alicia Keys burst onto the R&B scene fully formed with Songs in A Minor. As with most artists whose debuts sell ten-plus million copies, she’s never transcended that success nor strayed too far from that formula. Keys, her new double album released back in December, opens with traditional “Original” arrangements before presenting most of the same songs with moodier, heavier beats on the “Unlocked” side. Wednesday, August 28. 8 pm. Starlight Theatre.