Fun Things to Do in Kansas City in JANUARY

14 BEST Things to Do in Kansas City in January 2022 (From a Local!)

It’s time to finally say goodbye to 2021, and welcome in 2022. January is here with renewed hope and a long list of fun things to do in Kansas City. 

For some folks, January is the time to buckle down on those New Years’ resolutions, but we know better! All around the world, January is a month for parties, festivals, and winter celebrations, and Kansas City, MO is in on the action.

If you are willing to brave the cold and snow, January is still a good time to visit Kansas City as attractions are less crowded and accommodation is more affordable. 

If you are a Kansas City local, we’ve got the best list of things to do in KCMO.

14 Fun Things to do in Kansas City in January

No matter the season, no matter the weather, you can indulge in fabulous barbecue, visit the city’s amazing art museums, take in music of all genres at cool venues, see amazing live shows at KC’s beautiful performing arts center, or visit any of the city’s excellent museums such as the WWI memorial or the Negro Baseball League museum.

14 fun things to do in kansas city in January

In January, you can enjoy all that the city offers year-round and the January-only events listed below. Whether you are looking for things to do in Kansas City today or things to do in Kansas City this weekend, this list will provide a lot of great options.

I suggest bookmarking this blog post as I plan to update it regularly with new info.

Annual New Years Stampede Rodeo – Jan 1-2

Stampede Rodeo

Kick off the new year at the Stampede Rodeo! This family-friendly and affordable event features standard rodeo activities as well as arts and crafts, music, and a variety of food vendors. Tickets are $10-$20.

Jan 1st and 2nd 9:00am – 11:00pm

Location: 1701 American Royal Drive, Kansas City, MO 64102

Kemper’s Pulse Topology Exhibit (through Jan 2)

This immersive exhibit at KC’s renowned museum of Contemporary Art is sure amaze family members of all ages. Mexican-Canadian artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer’s interactive installation uses 3,000 individual lightbulbs to create a visual and aural environment that responds to the heartbeat of visitors, creating a unique experience for each person. Best of all, admission to the Kemper is free!

Location: Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, 4420 Warwick Blvd., Kansas City, MO 64111

First Fridays in the Crossroads Arts District (Jan 7)

No First Friday is the same thanks to an eclectic mix of art galleries, boutiques, food trucks, and more. First Fridays in Crossroads is one of the best free things to do in Kansas City every month for art lovers! This late-night event offers something for everyone in one of Downtown’s most vibrant neighborhoods.

Jan 7th, 7:00pm-9:00pm

Location: Crossroads Art District, Downtown Kansas City, MO

First Weekends in the West Bottoms (Jan 7-9)

West Bottoms first friday antique shopping

Once home to Kansas City’s thriving stockyards, West Bottoms now offers a wide assortment of antique and vintage stores that invite visitors to search for kitschy-cool artifacts the first weekend of every month.

Jan 7th 9:00am – Sun Jan 9th 5:00pm

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

First Weekends at urban mining (Jan 7-9)

Open the first Friday weekend each month, Urban Mining is a vintage market and treasure trove of antique, vintage & mid-century finds for Home & Garden. On Sunday all remaining inventory is 10% off all day long.

Address: 3111 Gillham Road, Kansas City, MO 64109

R.K. Kansas City Gun Show (Jan 8)

Hunting is a major part of Missouri culture, particularly near the Ozark Mountains, so this event is sure to draw locals. R.K. Gun Shows are known for their safety and the Kansas City show will be no different.

The show will have a variety of vendors displaying guns, hunting supplies, military surplus, and outdoor gear Admission is $14 for adults, $4 for kids, and $16.50 for VIP (no waiting).

Jan 8th 8:00am – 5:00pm, Jan 9th 9:00am – 3:00pm

Location: KCI Expo Center; 11730 NW Ambassador Dr. Kansas City, MO 64153

Weekly Game Night @ Paul and Jack’s Tavern (Jan 13, 20, 27)

Join locals to celebrate the return of Game Night at Paul and Jack’s in North Kansas City, every Thursday night starting Jan 13th.

Jan 13th, 20th & 27th 5:30pm – 9:00pm

Location: 1808 Clay St, North Kansas City, MO 64116

National Fishing Expo (JAN 14-16)

If you’re a fishing enthusiast, you won’t want to miss the chance to enjoy activities, seminars, and exhibits at the National Fishing Expo. There will be vendors from all over the U.S. and Canada.

Tickets for this family-friendly event can be bought onsite or ahead of time online for $12-$25.

Jan 14th 12:00pm – 7:00pm, Jan 15th 9:00am – 6:00pm, Jan 16th 9:00am – 4:00pm

Location: KCI Expo Center, 11730 North Ambassador Drive, Kansas City, MO 64153

Kansas City’s Restaurant Week (Jan 14-23)

Kansas City Restaurant Week
Photo Credit: Kansas City Restaurant Week

There may be no better time to visit a foodie city than during its annual Restaurant Week, and KC’s runs through the middle of January. Enjoy specials from 125 participating restaurants all around the city.

Not only can you sample all the culinary wonders that KC has to offer, but you’ll also be supporting a good cause as a portion of all proceeds benefits Guadalupe Centers, the largest Hispanic organization in KC.

Dine your way with exclusive carry out, delivery, and dine-in specials featuring multi-course meals. This is definitely one of the most foodie fun things to do in Kansas City in January!

Locations: Various. See full list of restaurants.

Jeff Lorber – Contemporary Jazz Concert (Jan 15)

Jazz Concert & instruments

Kansas City may be famous for sports and barbecue, but the city’s arts scene is one of the best in the nation. See Grammy Award-winning musician Jeff Lorber for one night only at KC’s oldest theatre, the Folly.

The contemporary jazz show begins at 8pm and tickets range from $20-$55. Before the show, enjoy cocktails and antipasto at Tavernonna Italian Kitchen, only a couple of blocks east of the theatre.

Location: Folly Theatre, 300 W 12th St, Kansas City, MO 64105

2022 KC Brew Fest – January 29th 

KC Brew Fest beer taster

In a city famous for its excellent craft beer, KC Brew Fest is a huge annual event. Admission is pricey at $50 for general admission (1-4pm or 5-8pm) and $65 for early admission, but your ticket covers beer samples.

Enjoying a good beer isn’t one of the most unique things to do in Kansas City, but when you have over 45 breweries present it is one of the best things to do! There will also be plenty of food trucks to keep you from sampling on an empty stomach. In addition, you can enjoy the historic Union Station, a Kansas City must-see all its own.

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

Family Game Night: The KC Improv Comedy Co (through Jan 29)

The KC Improv Comedy Company isn’t always family-friendly, but they keep it clean every Saturday night at 5 pm throughout January for Family Game Night.

Enjoy burgers and beer while you watch the show, and you might even get the chance to go on stage as a volunteer for off-the-cuff games and sketches based on audience suggestions.

Tickets can be purchased in advance and are only $6-$10. Vaccinated audience members are welcome, and masks should be worn in the theatre.

Location: KC Improv, 4010 Pennsylvania Ave, Kansas City, 64111

40th Anniversary: Groundhog Run (Jan 30)

The annual Groundhog Run event has been going strong for 40 years! Choose the 5k or 10k event, or go for both. The Hunt Midwest SubTropolis is guaranteed to keep runners warm, even in the western Missouri winter weather.

Jan 30 8:00am – 11:50am

Location: SubTropolis; 8300 NE Underground Dr, Kansas City, MO 64108

Ice Skating at the Crown Center Ice Terrace (through March)

In the midwest, wintertime means ice skating. Locals and tourists alike enjoy the atmosphere of the beautiful Crown Center ice terrace. Admission is free for kids under 4 with one paid admission, and regular tickets are only $8.

Rent skates for $4 or have your own skates sharpened onsite for $9. Reservations aren’t required for groups under 20, and January hours are Sun-Thurs 10am-9pm and 10am-11pm Fri and Sat.

If you go right after the new year, you’ll be able to enjoy the beautifully decorated Crown Center Square and the Mayor’s Christmas tree while you skate!

Location: Crown Center, 2405 Grand Blvd. Ste 200, Kansas City, MO 64108

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