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Kansas City’s Big Picnic

Kansas City comes together at the region’s biggest picnic with partner KC Parks & Rec! Enjoy live music, food trucks, art activities, and lawn games from the museum to Brush Creek. Explore Walking Wall by Andy Goldsworthy 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.
Emanuel Cleaver II Boulevard will be closed from Oak Street to Rockhill Road from 2 to 9 pm for this event.
Restrooms & accessible indoor route in the Bloch Building until 8 p.m.
Portable restrooms, including an accessible restroom, in Theis Park.
Please note: no grills, stakes, or tenting at this event. Pets must be on leashes.

Sculpture Hunt

4-8 pm | Brief activities led by teen guides highlight:

1. Walking Wall by Andy Goldsworthy
2. Untitled by Joel Shapiro

3. Turbo by Tony Cragg
4. Ferment by Roxy Paine


4-5:45 pm | Pablo Sanhueza & Kansas City Latin Jazz Orchestra
4-5, 5:30-6:30 & 7-8 pm | DJ Joe Straws
4:30-5:30 pm | Grand Marquis

6-6:45 pm | Starlight STARS
6-8 pm | Victor & Penny and Their Loose Change Orchestra


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

6-6:30 pm
Kansas City Public Library Storytime

UPDATE: 5:30-6 pm
Giant Puppet Show The Starfish from Illuminated Waters by StoneLion Puppet Theatre. Performance location is the east side of Theis Park.
6:45-7:15 pm
Spoken Word Poetry Readings by Youth Poets from Louder Than a Bomb-Kansas City Festival


Art Activities & Temporary Tattoos
Kansas City Public Library, Plaza Branch Summer Reading
Nature Activity with Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

5-7 pm
View Plein Air Painting Competition

StoneLion Puppet Theatre
WALLking Woof Path & Dog Water Station
GIANT Adirondack Chairs & Picture Frame

Food & Games

4-8 pm
Badminton Demos & Games
Lawn Games, courtesy of KC Crew
Imagination Playground
Grateful Bubbles

Food Trucks*
Agua Frescas Bernice
Beauty on the Bistro
Blue Moose Truck
Bop N’ Bowl
Cajun Cabin
Casual Foodie
Chunky Al’s
El Tenedor KC
The Hungry Hatch
Jacks Kettle Corn
J&R’s Hot Dog Cart
KC Pinoy
Kona Ice
Monk’s Roast Beef
Nikki G’s Soul Q Bistro
Peaceful Pig
Poppy’s Ice Cream Truck
Russell Stover Chocolates
Slater’s Pizza Wings “N” Things
Snowie – KC Snow Cone Truck
Taco Republic
Taste of Brazil

*Currently scheduled to attend; subject to change.

Drinking water courtesy of KC Water Services.

Beer & wine sales by Ethnic Enrichment Commission.

Thank You
This program is generously supported by the Hall Family Foundation. Thank you to our museum volunteers and members – the art and soul of the museum – whose support make festivals like this possible. Learn more, visit artandsoulkc.org

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