16 Fun Things to do in Kansas City in May

Last updated on January 28th, 2023 at 11:40 am.

Planning a trip to Kansas City this May? Don’t miss out on the top 16 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!

From a beer fest for the adults to a 5k with the pets and kids, there is an event for everyone to enjoy on this list of the best things to do in Kansas City, Missouri.

16 Super Fun Things to do in Kansas City in May

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. Cinco de Mayo Mixology Class (May 5)

Men That Mix Cinco de May Mixology

Do you enjoy cocktails? Would you like to learn how to make them at home? In celebration of Cinco de Mayo, Men That Mix is providing a mixology class! The Cinco de May Mixology ticket includes 4 cocktails, one provided on entry and 3 that you will be taught to make during the class.

This event is 21+and takes place Thursday, May 5 from 7-9:30pm. The cost is $55.

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

2. American Royal Pro Rodeo (May 5-7)

American Royal Pro Rodeo

If you’re looking to get a little rowdy, scroll no further! The American Royal Pro Rodeo is taking place May 5-7. 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

3. First Fridays at the Crossroads Art District (May 6)

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. 2022 KC Brew Fest (May 7)

KC Beer Fest

The 2022 KC Brew Fest will take place on May 7th 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 strictly open to adults only.

5. First Weekends at urban mining (May 5-8)

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

6. Kansas City BBQ Festival (May 6-8)


The second annual KC BBQ Fest is scheduled to take place at Arrowhead Stadium May 6-8. Don’t pass up this opportunity to sample the cities amazing selection of BBQ! Patrons can choose free entry and pay for what food and drinks they want, or choose to purchase a Pit Pass for an all-inclusive experience.

With the Q Pit Pass you’ll enjoy 2.5 hours of no lines for all-you-can-eat BBQ and all-you-can-drink cocktails, beer and soft drinks. ($82)

Location: Arrowhead Stadium. 1 Arrowhead Drive. Kansas City, MO 64106

7. First Weekends in the West Bottoms (May 6-8)

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

8. KC Summer Beer Fest (May 7)

KC Summer Beer Fest

KC Summer Beer Fest is the place for all beer lovers on Saturday May 7th . Taking place at GEHA Arrowhead stadium; there will be over 60 Kansas City breweries and food trucks to offer a one-of-a-kind foodie experience.

The event will take place on the field itself from 7-10pm and includes samplings from the participating vendors. ($50)

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

9. Mother’s Day Sip and Glaze at KC Wineworks (May 8)

Mother's Day Sip & Glaze

Don’t forget that Sunday, May 8th is Mother’s Day! What better way to spend it than designing your own pottery masterpiece! One ticket for the Mother’s Day Sip & Glaze includes a premade mug or bowl, the materials and instruction to glaze it and a glass of wine to sip on during the experience. The event takes place from 6-9 pm and the cost is $45.

Location: KC Wineworks. 1829 McGee Street. Kansas City, MO 64108

10. Harry’s Hay Days (May 6-7)

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 7pm with fireworks to follow. The parade will be Saturday at 10am.

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

11. Kansas City Ballet’s The Wizard of Oz (May 13-22)

If theater is more your speed then follow the yellow brick road and get your tickets to the KC Ballet’s award-winning production of The Wizard of Oz. The 1 hour 40 minute show will take place at the beautiful Kauffman Center. The Kauffman Center and Kansas City Ballet no longer requires proof of COVID-19 vaccination to attend performances. Tickets start at $40.

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

12. The Send Festival (May 14)

If you’re looking for a spiritual experience then this one’s for you! GEHA Arrowhead Stadium is hosting a gathering like no other among those looking to come together for a day of activation, worship and prayer.

The goal of the Send Festival is to inspire a generation to get come closer to Jesus and motivate believers to further their faith and pursue their callings.

This is one of the fun free things to do in Kansas City in May.

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

13. Brian Regan Comedian at Uptown Theater

If you’re in the mood for a night full of laughter then check out Brian Regan! He is absolutely hilarious and by the end of the night your belly will be sore from laughing so hard. The show starts at 7pm at Uptown Theater. Tickets are $45.

Location: Uptown Theater. 3700 Broadway. Kansas City, MO 64111

14. Bluegrass In The Bottoms (May 20-21)

Bluegrass In The Bottoms

Bluegrass In The Bottoms is a two-day outdoor music festival in the Westbottoms district of Kansas City featuring Railroad Earth, Sam Bush, Yonder Mountain String Band and several others! This experience brings together music from the best bluegrass bands of the Midwest and craft beer! ($80)

Location: Grinders KC. 417 E 18th Street. Kansas City, MO 64108

15. Sock and Undie Rundie 5k (May 21)

Looking for an active outing in May? In celebration of National Foster Care Month, consider running, or walking, the Sock and Undie Rundie 5K at Berkley Riverfront Park!

Runners are encouraged to bring a package of socks or underwear to donate at the event. All proceeds will go towards FosterAdopt Connect to aid in their mission to keep foster kids safe and end the cycle of generational child abuse and neglect.

All runners will receive a participation medal and awards will be given to the top 3 male and female finishers from each age group. The race starts at 9:30 am on Saturday, May 21 to be followed by the Sock Hop Field Day featuring a blow up obstacle course, food trucks and outdoor games. ($25)

Location: Berkley Riverfront Park. 1298 River Front Drive. Kansas City, MO 64120

16. Celebration at the Station (May 29)

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 29 at 7pm on the lawn between Union Station and the WWII Memorial.

This is another of the fun free things to do in Kansas City in May.

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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