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EVENTS

All local. All year. City Market is the place to be.

reStart Homecoming

Thursday, Sept. 22, 5:30-8:00 p.m. 

Get ready for unlimited plates of food, live music, local vendors, and fun with reStart during our 2022 Homecoming celebration!

Join reStart for cuisine and cocktails for a cause! One $50 ticket includes two drink tickets, unlimited plates from participating restaurants, and live music. Must be 21+ with a valid ID for admission.


Each dollar donated goes to 17 programs that provide individualized support and a housing plan for youth, individuals, veterans, and families experiencing homelessness in Kansas City.

 

Save the date and join us at our Homecoming event! You’ll enjoy food and drinks, local vendors, and camaraderie like only Kansas City offers. All proceeds from this exciting event helps to continue doing important work for our city’s most vulnerable populations: homeless adults, youth, and families.

Tickets are limited, so reserve yours today!
 Click here for tickets and more information.

Dig In!

Sunday, Sept. 18, 6:00-9:00 p.m. 

Dig In! is Cultivate KC’s annual benefit dinner and one of the most talked-about dinner events in the area, famous for its five-course meal created by local chefs, using local ingredients.

As a supporter of local food, urban agriculture and food access for all, JOIN US for an elegant evening with live jazz and an amazing meal under the stars!
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This year’s dining experience will be created by:
  • Alex Pope of Local Pig
  • Laura Norris of Enzo (opening in the City Market soon!) & Ragazza Food & Wine
  • Mark Dandurand of Canary KC
  • Rachel Rinas, Chef & Restaurateur
  • Jamie Howard of High Hopes Ice Cream
  • Jonathon Bush, of High Hopes Ice Cream
Click here for tickets and more information.

Savor the Flavors

Thursday, Sept. 8, 5:30-9:30 p.m. 

Join us for a culinary event like no other.

More than 20 of KC’s most beloved chefs cook their hearts out for their love of The Don Bosco Centers of Kansas City providing delicious tastings and an exciting competition to see whose fare is favorite.

Click here for event, ticket, and sponsorship information.

KC Chalk and Walk Festival

Sept. 2-4 
Free, all ages welcome! 

Friday, Sept. 2, 4-8 p.m.: Color City Market beautiful with an all-ages chalking event that will tee up KC Chalk & Walk Festival, Sept. 3-4, a weekend of artwork created by master chalk artists.  

Sept. 3-4, during the Farmers Market: Observe chalk renderings completed within 2 days by 50 to 60 art teams comprised of professional, student and amateur artists who, on their knees, will create lively and powerful chalk “paintings” on City Market walkways.

This is fascinating “performance art,” where the process of creating the work is as important than the finished piece. The interaction between artists and spectators can be as rewarding as the creation of these masterpieces.

Get inspired! Surprises abound as nationally and internationally known Master and 3D chalk artists from various backgrounds mentor and inspire our own Kansas City chalk artists.

Get involved! Engage with vertical interactive artwork throughout installed and displayed throughout City Market.  

Check out the Children’s Creative Corridor where kids of all ages can try their hand at chalking with chalk generously provided by Crayola. Learn about “the how” of chalk and try some make and take activities.   

There is no fee to participate and no purse or prizes awarded. KC Chalk & Walk Festival is simply a celebration of artistic talent and creative expression as well as an opportunity for everyone to get involved. The event is free and open to the public. All ages are welcome. 

816 DAY  — Celebrate All Things KC! 

816 DAY SCAVENGER HUNT BINGO
Aug. 5-16

816 DAY CELEBRATION
Aug. 16

Admission is FREE
All ages are welcome.  

WHAT IS 816 DAY?
816 Day is the annual, city-proclaimed celebration of Kansas City culture, featuring live entertainment, branded events, and fun activities. On this day, community connectedness is strengthened by local business and resident pride. 

WHAT’S NEW THIS YEAR? 
Since 2018, the downtown community has been celebrating all things 816! This year we are partnering with the KC Streetcar, Art in the Loop and Art Garden KC to bring a celebration worthy of our area code to City Market

CELEBRATE ALL WEEK LONG, Aug. 5-16!
Play a friendly game of Scavenger Hunt Bingo (no purchase necessary). Discover new destinations and revisit old stomping grounds around downtown Kansas City and along the KC Streetcar route. Complete your Bingo card by snapping a QR Code or picking up a sticker at the select downtown businesses, restaurants, artworks, landmarks, and the KC Streetcar.  Click here for the official 816 Day Bingo Card.

All prizes will be raffled off during the Art in the Loop performance on August 16 at City Market. You must be present to win:

  • Blackout (Fill in all squares): One voucher for four (4) Field Club tickets to a future 2022 KC Current Soccer Match (The UMB Field Club is the most exclusive space at Children’s Mercy Park including being up close to the on-field action and all-inclusive high-end food and beverage before and during the match)
  • Round Robin (Fill in perimeter squares): Two (2) $100 gift cards to select downtown establishments.
  • Single Row (Fill in a row – either horizontally, vertically or diagonally): Eight (8) $50 gift cards to select downtown establishments.

CELEBRATE AT CITY MARKET ON 816 DAY, Tuesday, Aug. 16:
4:00 – 8:00 p.m. Shop Art Garden KC vendors, enjoy great food, and sip cool drinks
5:30 — 8:00 p.m. Art in the Loop entertainment featuring:

  • The Black Creatures: A musical duo whose inspirations range from Robert Glasper to Da Brat
  • Circus Scorpius: A dynamic display of breathtaking physical acrobatic
  • Kyle Jones: A jazz saxophonist concerned with righting social injustices through music

 

ART GARDEN IN CITY MARKET PARK 

EVERY SUNDAY THROUGH OCTOBER 
11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Admission is FREE
All ages are welcome.  

Now at City Market Park!!

Visit the Farmers Market AND Art Garden KC:
More than 60 local artists and makers, open mic, kids activities, and more. 

Shop Art Garden KC’s unique handmade jewelry, décor, ceramics, fiber arts, leatherwork, wood crafts and more. 
Family friendly atmosphere with art activities for all ages.
Shop local and support local!

 

Makers, artists, and vendors interested in participating, please email hello@artgardenkc.org. 

FRESH FRIDAYS AT CITY MARKET 

 FIRST FRIDAY OF JUNE – SEPTEMBER

4 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Admission is FREE
All ages are welcome.  

City Market is introducing a new, summertime event series with something for everyone: FRESH FRIDAYS, 4:00 – 8:00 p.m.

FRESH FRIDAYS features an open-air artist and maker fair curated by ART GARDEN KC with all-local, juried participants. Each FRESH FRIDAY will present something special to make it truly fresh. Sip and shop adult beverages by Embrace the Grape while enjoying live music, food, and fun. Admission is FREE, and all ages are welcome. Here’s our lineup:

 

June 3: ASPIRING ARTISTS MICRO MUSIC FESTIVAL – Enjoy music from local musicians and get a free can of Aspire Healthy Energy Drinks while supply lasts. (The festival continues Saturday and Sunday during the Farmers Market.).
Get your summer reading underway with the KANSA CITY PUBLIC LIBRARY’S BOOK MOBILE.

July 1: RED, WHITE, BLUE & BEYOND – Kick off the most patriotic weekend of the year with international music and dance groups from throughout KC.

Aug. 5: BUSKER SHOWCASE – Come watch, listen, and participate as City Market’s beloved street performers do their thing.

Sept. 2: KC CHALK & WALK FESTIVAL DEMOS – Color City Market beautiful with an all-ages chalking event that will tee up KC Chalk & Walk Festival, a weekend of artwork created by master chalk artists.

Think of FRESH FRIDAYS as an open-air happy hour and be sure to enjoy the patios and great food at your favorite City Market restaurants.

Makers, artists, and vendors interested in participating, please email hello@artgardenkc.org.

MERRY MARKET: Gifts, Giving & Good Cheer 

EVERY WEEKEND THANKSGIVING THROUGH CHRISTMAS: Nov. 25-27, Dec. 3-4, Dec 10-11, and Dec. 17-18
Admission is FREE   

Enjoy festive shopping, food, and drink every weekend between Thanksgiving and Christmas at City Market. Find unique gifts for everyone on your list from more than 90 outstanding curated artisans and makers.
 
MERRY MARKET is open-air featuring juried makers specializing in ceramics, printing, painting, photography, woodworking, and more. Support small, local business and keep our community strong. In addition to artisans and makers, you can also:
 
–Sip while you shop with seasonal beers, canned cocktails, and other libations from Minsky’s & Boulevard Brewing Company.
–Shop a seasonal selection of Farmers Market vendors during regular Farmers Market hours.
–Explore City Market shops for fabulous finds.
–Try tasty “walkable” treats from City Market restaurants.
–Visit holiday popups.
–Enjoy special performances 
–Be on the lookout for special appearances by The Kansas City Museum’s Fairy Princess greeting and treating kids and kids at heart.

Host Your Special Event at City Market!

EVENT RENTALS

Public Expos – Festivals – Weddings – Fundraisers – Corporate Events – Class Reunions – Company Picnics

City Market has open-air and climate-controlled facilities as well as City Market Park for event space to suit your own. Please review our Event Rental Information and return the enclosed Event Application.

For more information about special event permitting, please visit kceventhub.org.

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