13 Fun Things to do in Kansas City in May 2024

Planning a trip to Kansas City this May? Don’t miss out on the top 13 events taking place this month! Below is a list of some of the best ways to celebrate the Mother’s Day, Memorial Day, and Missouri’s state holiday; Truman’s Day!

Living in Kansas City, I’m constantly scouting out cool festivals and events, and each month, I’m thrilled to dish out these discoveries to you all!

From a beer fest for the adults to a free concerts in the park, there is an event for everyone to enjoy on this list of the best things to do in Kansas City, Missouri.

Fun things to do in Kansas City in May

Most Popular Tours in Kansas City This May

  • Jewelry Making and Wine Tasting: Make a unique souvenir or entertain out-of-town guests with a sustainable small-group jewelry lesson in Kansas City. Using locally-sourced materials, like wood, leather, and linen, craft a bracelet, earrings, or card wallet while learning about the city’s garment industry history. Enjoy tastings of craft beer, wine, or cider from artisan producers as a special treat.
  • J. Rieger & Co. Distillery Tour: Discover Kansas City’s iconic J. Rieger & Co. distillery, founded in 1887. Tour the historic East Bottoms district facility to learn about their whiskey, gin, and vodka process, including the brand’s Prohibition-era downfall and subsequent comeback. Sample the distillery’s four flagship products. Book your tour!
  • 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.

Super Fun Things to do in Kansas City in May

If you are looking for fun things to do in Kansas City, Missouri this month, we have you covered! Whether you are looking for things to do in Kansas City today, tomorrow or next week our list offers ideas for the entire month.

1. American Royal Pro Rodeo – May 2-4, 2024

American Royal Pro Rodeo

If you’re looking to get a little rowdy, scroll no further! The American Royal Pro Rodeo is taking place this May. Each night the party starts in the beer garden with food, drinks, music and games to be followed by rodeo performances.

After a night full of bulls and barrels, the party continues with live music back at the beer garden.

General admission tickets are available for $25 or for $75 patrons can select a VIP experience including front row seats, food and drink tickets for the beer garden and a behind the scenes tour. Admission to the beer garden is free when the rodeo ends each night at 9:30.

Location: American Royal. 1701 American Royal Court. Kansas City, MO 64102

2. First Weekends at urban mining – May 2-5, 2024

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

3. First Fridays at the Crossroads Art District – May 3, 2024

First Friday at Crossroads

The first Friday of every month, the KC Crossroads fill 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 free to the community. 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

4. Harry’s Hay Days – May 3-4, 2024

Harry’s Hay Days festival and parade

The birthday of the only U.S. president to come from Missouri, Harry S. Truman, is on May 8. Truman Day is a state holiday observed in Missouri.

Truman spent a great deal of his childhood at the Truman Farm home in Grandview, MO, just 15 minutes south of Kansas City. Each year, the community comes together to celebrate Truman Day on Main Street with a parade, food trucks, concerts, games and more!

The fun kicks off Friday night for free live music starting at 5:30pm with fireworks to follow. The parade will be Saturday at 10am.

Location: Grandview Main Street District & click here for full schedule

5. Brookside Art Annual – May 3-5, 2024

The Brookside Art Annual is celebrating its 38th year in 2024 and returns to its regular spring schedule.

With top artists from around the country, food and drinks, and kids activities, everyone is sure to have fun at the family-friendly Brookside Art Annual.

The annual show included children’s activities, including face painting, arts and crafts, balloon animals and more. We’re grateful that so many visitors also enjoyed some of the best Brookside had to offer at our Art Annual food booths – local restaurants served up a variety of delicious food and drink options ranging from savory burgers to street tacos, kettle corn to ice cream, and wine to fresh-squeezed lemonade. There was something for everyone!

2024 Art Annual Show Hours:

  • Friday, May 3rd, 5pm – 9pm
  • Saturday, May 4th, 10am – 9pm
  • Sunday, May 5th, 11am – 5pm

Location: 63rd and Brookside Boulevard (one block east of Wornall) between 63rd Street and Meyer Boulevard.

6. First Weekends in the West Bottoms – May 3-5, 2024

West Bottoms First Weekend in Kansas City

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. 

May’s Warehouse Weekend theme is Blooms in the Bottoms – just in time to scout out some unique summer pieces. 

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

Fri May 6th 9:00am – Sun 8th 5:00pm

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

7. Worlds of Fun Opening Day – May 4, 2024

The Spinning Dragons

Worlds of Fun opens for 2024 on Saturday, May 4th! All your favorite rides are back plus plenty of new attractions at our own Kansas City theme park. Check here for the full calendar and hours.

Address: 4545 Worlds Of Fun Ave, Kansas City, MO 64161

8. Kansas City Official Cinco De Mayo Bar Crawl – May 4, 2024

Kansas City Cinco De Mayo is upon us again and why not celebrate at with a Cinco de Mayo pub crawl.

This is an annual Kansas City Official Cinco De Mayo Bar Crawl. So, grab your sombreros and mustaches it is time to shake your maracas off! Come prepared to take back tasty tacos and keep that Kansas City tequila flowing with your best amigos all day long!

5-11pm. Must be 21 or older to participate.

9. First Sundays Free Concerts

The return of “First Sundays” free concerts in Theis (formerly Volker) Park the first Sunday of the month through September!

Sunday, May 5, 2024 (RAIN DATE: May 12) 1-4 p.m. Theis Park, 47th & Oak (across from the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art).

May 5 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Location: 2016 Main St Event Space. 2016 Main Street. Kansas City, MO 64108

10. Kansas City Ballet’s Bliss Point – May 9-18, 2024

If theater is more your speed then get your tickets to the KC Ballet’s collection of short dances called Fusion.

This will be the world premiere of popular Kansas City choreographer, Caroline Dahm.

Location: Kauffman Center. 1601 Broadway Boulevard. Kansas City, MO 64108

11. KC Brew Fest – May 11, 2024

KC Summer Beer Fest

The 2024 KC Brew Fest will take place on May 11th at the Arrowhead Stadium. Its main highlights include delicious foods, lawn games, and beer tasting. KC brew Fest brings together international, local, and craft breweries.

The General Admission package includes access to over 60 breweries and 150 beers, food trucks, and a rare opportunity to party on the playing field.

Admission includes samplings from participating breweries, access to the field and food vendors.

The early admission package features all the benefits of the general admission package. It also includes an additional hour of special beers poured during the first tasting hour. The event is open to adults only.

Location: Arrowhead Stadium. 1 Arrowhead Drive. Kansas City, MO 64129

12. Mother’s Day Weekend at Powell Gardens – May 11-12, 2024

Don’t forget that Sunday, May 12th is Mother’s Day! What better way to spend it than a day at Powell Gardens!

Moms receive free general admission on May 11-12, 2024. Enjoy time with family indoors or outdoors on this special weekend. Don’t forget to snap a family photo amongst spring blooms!

Powell Gardens will offer a champagne tea service ($45), picnic brunches, live music, a mimosa bar, and more. Saturday will include an Art Walk & Sale with Summit Art on the Fountain Lawn.

Location: 1609 N.W. U.S. Highway 50, Kingsville, MO 64061

Related Post: 13 Excellent President Truman Attractions in Missouri | A Harry Truman Trail Road trip

13. Celebration at the Station – May 26, 2024

Celebration at the Station

The KC Symphony is providing a free show to celebrate Memorial Day weekend. The Celebration at the Station concert will take place Sunday, May 26 at 8pm on the lawn between Union Station and the WWII Memorial.

This is the largest free Memorial Day weekend concert in the Midwest.

Location: Union Station. 30 W Pershing Road. Kansas City, MO 64108

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Still wondering what to do in May? Check out our list of top things to do in Missouri in May! Where will your next trip or excursion be in Missouri?

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