13 Fun Things to do in Kansas City in July

Last updated on June 30th, 2023 at 06:09 am.

If you live in Kansas City or are planning a trip to Kansas City this July, don’t miss out on the top 13 events taking place this month! We have searched high and low to find the can’t-miss things to do in Kansas City in July.

Whether you are looking for things to do in Kansas City today or any day this month, we have ideas that are fun with family and friends and also celebrate Independence Day. With multiple events available to experience art and performances of all kinds including some big-name musicians making a trip to Kansas City, there is truly something for people of all ages to enjoy this July in the Kansas City area.

Most Popular Tours in Kansas City This July

  • Kansas City Segway Art and Glide Tour: Experience Kansas City in a whole new way on this 1.5-hour Segway tour of the iconic Country Club Plaza area. Glide through the streets on a Segway while your guide shares captivating stories and fascinating history about the city’s important landmarks and points of interest.
  • Crossroads Art District and Westside Urban Hike: Embark on a 5-mile early morning adventure through Kansas City’s Westside neighborhood. Starting with an incredible overlook at Liberty Memorial, you’ll trek down past Union Station to visit a local Mexican shop for refreshing fruit juice. Along the way, explore the diverse architecture and culture of the area, learn about the historical West Bottoms, the Pendergast era, and discover hidden gems and Instagram-worthy street art in alleyways.
  • Kansas City Craft Brewery Tour: An exclusive 4-hour guided tour of Kansas City’s best craft brew hotspots! Get a behind-the-scenes look at the brewing process while enjoying complimentary snacks and drinks and of course beer. Meet the passionate people behind the beer scene in KC.

Totally Fun Events in Kansas City in July 2023

Fun Things to do in Kansas City in July

Grab your sunscreen, dancing shoes, and colorful summertime clothes, and get ready to fall in love with everything Kansas City has to offer this July!

1. Young The Giant at Starlight Theater | July 1, 2023

The New York Times to call Lead singer Sameer Gadhia of Young The Giant “one of the great contemporary rock voices.” Their most recent tour route features sold out performances at Radio City Music Hall, The Greek Theatre, and Aragon Ballroom.

German duo Milky Chance will join Young The Giant for the summer tour featuring their unique blend of folk, pop and electronic sounds.

Location: Starlight Theater. 4600 Starlight Road. Kansas City, MO 64132

2. Stars & Stripes Picnic | July 4, 2023

Pack a picnic and blanket and head to the lawn of the National WWI Museum and Memorial on July 4th for the Stars and Stripes Picnic. Starting at 3 p.m., guests are welcome to picnic and browse the offerings available from more than 50 local vendors. The evening’s entertainment begins at 6 p.m. and fireworks display will begin around 9:40 p.m. FREE to the public.

Location: National WWI Museum. 2 Memorial Drive. Kansas City, MO 64108

3. First Weekends at urban mining | July 6-9, 2023

Urban Mining first weekend in April

Urban Mining is a unique once-monthly vintage venue featuring authentic vintage furniture, art, decor, lighting, antiques, traditional and mid-century, industrial era, and maker-crafted treasures.

Each month you’ll find fresh inventory from more than 40 entrepreneurs who mine the entire urban area and beyond for exceptional authentic vintage treasures.​ On Sunday all remaining inventory is 10% off.

Thursday 5-8pm, Friday11am-7pm, Saturday 10am-6pm & Sunday 12-5pm

Address: 3111 Gillham Road, Kansas City, MO 64109

4. First Fridays at the Crossroads Art District | July 7, 2023

Every first Friday of the month the KC Crossroads fills with galleries and exhibits of artists of all kinds. This experience offers an immersive view of the art of local, national, and even international artists. Enjoy local restaurants, breweries, food trucks, and shops.

This event is one of the many free things to do in Kansas City in June. Parking can be a challenge due to road closings for the event, so consider taking the complimentary KC Streetcar that runs through the area.

Location: Crossroads Art District, Downtown Kansas City, MO

5. First Weekends in the West Bottoms | July 7-9, 2023

The West Bottoms transform into a treasure-hunting paradise during the first weekend of each month. Antique and vintage stores open their doors for those in search of furniture, home decor and the occasional have-to-have statement piece. 

July’s Warehouse Weekend theme is Boom in the Bottoms and is a great opportunity to scout out some fun summer finds. 

During the weekend of festivities, the eclectic nature of the West Bottoms is on display from street entertainers, escape rooms, food trucks and more! 

Location: West Bottoms, 12th Street Bridge Entertainment District, Kansas City, MO 64102

6. Friday in the Park | July 7, 14, 21, 28 2023

Enjoy a Friday afternoon in the park listening to local musicians in cooperation with the Music Performance Trust Fund, Local 34-627. Free and open to public. Fridays, through September 29 from 11:30 am to 1 pm.

Location: Festival Shelter in Macken Park; 1002 Clark Ferguson Drive North Kansas City, MO 64116

7. WeekEnder | July 7, 14, 21, 28 2023

Celebrate the end of the work week with top local bands and favorite food trucks at Crown Center Square every Friday night in July for WeekEnder. Afterward, enjoy a famous flick under the stars. The festivities begin each night at 6pm with the movie beginning at 9pm. This event is free and offers a great way to get together and have a little fun as a community.

Location: Crown Center Square. 2450 Grand Boulevard. Kansas City, MO 64108

8. Cinder Block Brewery | Pottery Pub Sip and Glaze | July 8, 2023

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to enjoy creating pottery while sipping on a craft beer at Fountain City Winery. Select from an assortment of pottery and glaze colors to design your very own ceramic masterpiece in this DIY Pottery Pub Sip & Glaze DIY workshop. Ticket price includes your choice of pre-made pottery, glazing materials/ instruction, and your first pour.

Location: Fountain City Winery; 1409 West 11th Street Kansas City, MO 64101

9. Fringe Festival KC | July 14-30, 2023

Fringe Fest

The 19th annual Fringe Festival will spotlight  Kansas City’s vibrant creativity in a 14-day showcase of 40+ local performing and visual arts. This is two-weeks that will include 277 performances, 13 Venues, visual arts exhibition and events that showcase the work of local, national and international artists.

Enjoy performances of all types of art as performers share their passions!

Location: Various. Kansas City, MO 64141

10. The Great Car Show | July 16, 2023

If you’re a car person then this one is for you! July 16th at the National WWI Museum from 10am-3pm, unique sports cars and old-time vehicles will line up for patrons to view at the Great Car Show. Get ready to rev your engines!

Location: National WWI Museum. 2 Memorial Drive. Kansas City, MO 64108

11. Central States Benefit Horse Show | July 19-22, 2023

Central States Benefit Horse Show

The American Royal is hosting the annual Central States Benefit Horse Show on July 20-23. This well-attended show boasts a ring full of world-class horses performing in various sporting events! This is where competitors can obtain a start to a future in regional, national and international competitions!

Location: American Royal Complex. 1701 American Royal Ct. Kansas City, MO 64102

BEYOND KCMO (BUT WORTH A MENTION!)

12. Stars and Stripes 5k July 2, 2023

Ready to get active for a good cause this July? The 11th annual Stars and Stripes 5k is taking place on Sunday, July 2nd at 7:30am. A portion of proceeds go towards Team RWB which is an organization supporting America’s veterans by connecting them to their community through physical and social activity. All runners will receive a t-shirt, medal and post event snacks. A fun run will be available for kids eight. Prices based on age.

Location: Prairie Fire Museum. 5661 W 135th Street. Overland Park, Kansas 66223

13. Festival of Butterflies | July 19 – Aug 6, 2023

Festival of Butterflies invites nature enthusiasts of all ages to celebrate the Midwest’s most whimsical pollinator at Powell Gardens. Spend a day outdoors exploring tropical and native butterflies alongside stunning botanic displays. This festival is a Kansas City family-favorite!

Location: Kansas City’s Botanical Garden 1609 N.W. U.S. Highway 50, Kingsville, MO 64061

We hope this list things to do in Kansas City, Missouri helps fill your July calendar with fun events!

13 Fun Things to do in Kansas City in July. With multiple events available to experience art and performances of all kinds including some big-name musicians making a trip to Kansas City, there is truly something for people of all ages to enjoy this July in the Kansas City area.

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