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Kansas City’s Big Picnic

All activities and performances are FREE and ongoing 4-8 p.m. unless noted.

Pack your own picnic and blanket, or purchase food from an on-site food truck!

This year’s picnic celebrates the 125th anniversary of KC Parks & Rec, National Parks & Recreation month, and the worldwide commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the death of renowned sculptor Auguste Rodin. Explore the Donald J. Hall Sculpture Park and Theis Park, where you will discover a new temporary installation, Chillida: Rhythm-Time-Silence — seven large-scale sculptures from renowned Spanish Modernist Eduardo Chillida, along with classic favorite Rodin’s The Thinker and more than 30 other sculptures. Enjoy art activities, live music, food trucks, and games throughout the Big Picnic.

We want to see your pictures! Use #KCBigPicnic and #KCParks125 and we’ll share our favorites on our social media.

Live Music

4-6 p.m. │ K.C. Latin Jazz All Stars │ Music Stage East, South Lawn, Sculpture Park

5:30-7 p.m.│ Dylan Bassett Percussion Trio │ West Side, Theis Park

6-8 p.m. │ Victor & Penny & Their Loose Change Orchestra │Music Stage West, South Lawn, Sculpture Park

Preschool Story Times
4:30-5, 5:30-6 & 6:30-7p.m.│ Kansas City Public Library Librarians │ SW corner, South Lawn, Sculpture Park

Badminton Demonstration & Games
4-8 p.m. │Terraces, South Lawn, Sculpture Park

Puppy Meet & Doggie Oasis
4-8 p.m. | South Lawn, Sculpture Park (Courtesy KC Pet Project)

Art Activities
4-8 p.m. | Art Tent, South Lawn, Sculpture Park

StoneLion Puppet Theatre
4-8 p.m. │ Art Tent, South Lawn, Sculpture Park

Sculpture Hunt
4-8 p.m. │ South Lawn, Sculpture Park & Theis Park
Brief activities led by museum and teen guides highlighting The Thinker by August Rodin, and the sculpture installation Chillida: Rhythm-Time-Silence. Check out living sculptures and a painting demonstration along the way. Collect real flower paper at each sculpture!
1. The Thinker (model 1880, cast after 1902), Auguste Rodin
Get a custom temporary tattoo inspired by The Thinker and pose like The Thinker in a giant group photo at 5:30 & 7 p.m.
2. Deep is the Air XVIII, Eduardo Chillida
3. Advice to Space IX, Eduardo Chillida
4. Comb of the Wind XIX, Eduardo Chillida

Nelson-Atkins & KC Parks & Rec Information Tent
4-8 p.m. │ South Lawn, Sculpture Park

Food Trucks, Beer & Wine
Drinking Water, courtesy of KC Water Services
Beer & Wine Sales, Ethnic Enrichment Commission
4-8 p.m. │ Emanuel Cleaver II Boulevard
A variety of food trucks stationed along Emanuel Cleaver II Boulevard – choose your favorite and dine al fresco!

Air Summer Snow
Cirque du Sucre
Jazzy B’s
J & R’s Hot Dog Cart
KC Pinoy
Savannah Jane Lemonade
Monk’s Roast Beef
Poppy’s Ice Cream Truck
Snowie – KC Snow Cone Truck
Taco Republic
Coffee Cake KC
Blue Moose Food Truck
Cheeesy Pops’ Pizza

Play the Piano
Courtesy of Pianos on Parade
4-8 p.m. │ Emanuel Cleaver II Boulevard, West Side, Theis Park

Lawn Games
Courtesy of KC Crew
4-8 p.m. │Theis Park

Grateful Bubbles
4:30-6:30 p.m. │Theis Park

Imagination Playground
4-8 p.m. │Theis Park

Soccer Activities
4-8 p.m. | Theis Park (Courtesy Swope Park Rangers)

Bike Valet
Courtesy of Bike Walk KC
4-8 p.m. │Southmoreland Park

Plein Air Painting by Participants in the Quick Paint Competition
Sponsored by DRAW Architecture + Urban Design
5-7 p.m. │Donald J. Hall Sculpture Park & Theis Park
7:15 p.m. │ Prize Awarded by Information Tent

Richard Renner & his Amazing Recycle Cycle
4-8 p.m. │ Theis Park

Snap a picture on the GIANT Adirondack chairs or picture frame!
4-8 p.m. │ Theis Park

Accessible route and restrooms in the Bloch Building until 8 p.m.
Portable restrooms in Theis Park

 Please note: no grills, no stakes, no tenting at this event and pets must be on leashes.

 This program is generously funded by the Hall Family Foundation.

Parking in the museum garage is $10. Museum members park FREE. Additional FREE parking:

  • Kauffman Gardens, 4800 Rockhill Road
  • Kauffman Foundation, 4801 Rockhill Road

View, share, and print photos from this event. Photos will be available soon at flickr.com/nelson-atkins.