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

Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year 2019

Each winter, we host a Chinese New Year celebration, featuring live music, dance performances, a Chinese calligraphy demonstration, art activities, learning in our Chinese art gallery, Chinese food, as well as activities featuring the New Year’s zodiac animal.


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.



Join us for the annual Juneteenth Celebration at the museum. Connect with activities, music, dance, demonstrations, art and history.

Kansas City's 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 picnic space.

Native American Cultural Celebration

Enjoy live performances by Native American dancers and musicians, watch artist demonstrations, and explore the museum’s rich collection of Native American artwork.


Deaf Cultural Festival

Deaf Cultural Festival

Join us every September for a celebration of Deaf culture – 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 live entertainment from distinctly Deaf perspectives.

Day of the Dead

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