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Kansas City’s Big Picnic

It’s time for KC’s biggest picnic with our partner KC Parks & Rec! This fun-filled evening of live music, food trucks, art activities and lawn games stretches from the museum to Brush Creek. Discover more than 30 sculptures and celebrate #WhereKCPlays during National Parks and Recreation month.

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Parking & Information

Parking in the museum garage is $10. Museum members park FREE.
Bike parking courtesy BikeWalk KC available in Southemoreland Park. Please bring your own locks.
Emanuel Cleaver II Boulevard will be closed from Oak Street to Rockhill Road from 2 to 9 pm for this event.


4-4:30 pm  | Starlight Stars
4-5:45 pm | Pablo Sanhueza & KC Latin Jazz All-Stars
4-5, 5:30-6:30 & 7-8 pm | DJ Joe

5:30-6:30 pm | Grand Marquis
6-8 pm | Victor & Penny and Their Loose Change Orchestra


4:15-4:45 & 5:15-5:45 pm
Take the Stage Dance Performance

4-8 pm
StoneLion Puppet Theatre

5, 6 & 7 pm
Mesner Puppets

6:30-6:35 & 7:30-7:45 pm
Shakespeare Pop-Up Performances


4-4:15 & 5-5:15 pm
Family Story Time with Brother John

5-7 pm
View Plein Air Painting Competition

4-8 pm
Picnic Ranger Art Activity
KC Pet Project Puppies & Dog Water Station
Sculpture Scouts Hunt

Food & Games

4-8 pm
Badminton Demos & Games
Lawn Games
Imagination Playground
Giant Adirondack chairs & picture frame

4:30-6:30 pm
Grateful Bubbles

Food Trucks*
Air Summer Snow
Chunky Al’s
El Tenedor KC
J&R’s Hot Dog Cart
KC Pinoy
Kona Ice
Monk’s Roast Beef
Moose Truck
Peaceful Pig
Poppy’s Ice Cream Truck
Savanna Jane Lemonade
Slater’s Pizza Wings “N” Things
Snowie – KC Snow Cone Truck
Taco Republic
Taste of Brazil

*Currently scheduled to attend.

Drinking water courtesy of KC Water Services.

Beer & wine sales by Ethnic Enrichment Commission.

People making art in the Park People playing with bubbles People enjoying the picnic Drummers performing People playing Jenga People in the Labyrinth sculpture Man painting outdoors Children playing with shapes Couple having picnic Musicians performing