Celebrate art, culture and special holidays with our free festivals.

VIRTUAL Lunar New Year

Join us to celebrate Lunar New Year, a tradition enjoyed in China, and in several East and Southeast Asian countries.  Explore the art of Asian cultures, and connect with demonstrations dances, and music, as well as activities featuring the New Year’s zodiac animal.

Celebrate the Lunar New Year

VIRTUAL Passport to India

Passport to India

Each spring, join us for Passport to India. This festival includes several dance performances, live music, a colorful fashion show, art activities, learning in the South and Southeast Asian art galleries and Indian-inspired cuisine.



Fifth Annual Juneteenth Celebration. Connect with music, performances, art activities, collection connections and history.

Also known as Freedom Day, Juneteenth is an abbreviation of “June nineteenth” and honors the announcement on June 19, 1865, in Texas of the end of slavery by executive order. The history of freedom and equal rights after emancipation is a long and complex one; indeed, that history is still being written today. Juneteenth recognizes this ongoing struggle while celebrating the enduring contributions of African Americans.



Kansas City's Virtual Big Picnic

Kansas City's Big Picnic

KC comes together for a fun-filled evening for all ages! In celebration of the Donald J. Hall Sculpture Park and National Parks and Recreation Month, the museum teams up with Kansas City Parks and Rec to create a GIANT virtual picnic space.

VIRTUAL Deaf Cultural Festival

Deaf Cultural Festival

Visit our Deaf Cultural Festival – a festival honoring the rich history of Deaf and hard of hearing art, identity, and empowerment. Encounter and learn about American Sign Language through hands-on art activities and entertainment from distinctly Deaf perspectives.

Día de los Muertos

Día de los Muertos

NOVEMBER 1–15, 2021

A fall tradition for many Kansas City families is our Day of the Dead (El Dia de los Muertos) celebration — a commemoration of the rich and beautiful Mexican culture, including an altar installation to tribute loved ones who have passed away, art activities, entertainment and Mexican food.

At the Nelson-Atkins, experience an innovative Día de los Muertos altar installation Nov 1 – Nov 15, 2021 created in collaboration with local artists, Mattie Rhodes Center, and community and school groups. Enjoy virtual activities, performances and more at Nelson-Atkins@Home.