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Festivals

By JUDY GOPPERT

One thing is for certain, Kansas Citians like to celebrate, and these top festivals are prime examples: Kansas City Irish Fest occurs every Labor Day weekend, where it takes over Crown Center, a hub of shopping, hotels, restaurants, theater and art, as well as the location of Hallmark Cards’ world headquarters. Named a “Best Ethnic Festival” in Kansas City year-over-year, the event is dedicated to promoting the culture, music, character and history of Ireland, and the Irish people who call Kansas City home. Ready for a country within a country? Then you’re up for Boulevardia, a unique beer, food and music festival that happens every summer near the 12th Street Bridge Historic District in the West Bottoms. Sponsored by Boulevard Brewery, the Midwest’s largest specialty brewer, it’s a multiday event not to be missed, offering dozens of craft brews for tasting.

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Kick off your summer with the largest free Memorial Day weekend event in the Midwest, Celebration at the Station. The Kansas City Symphony performs patriotic favorites against the backdrop of Kansas City’s historic Union Station each year capped off by an impressive fireworks display over the Liberty Memorial, the nationally designated World War I monument. During the Depression when many other companies failed, the Country Club Plaza looked for new ways to attract customers. The first Plaza Art Fair was held in 1932 as a promotion to draw shoppers to the area and lift their spirits. Today the 85-year-old fair encompasses nine city blocks and welcomes crowds of more than 250,000. The Plaza Art Fair has impressively become a top-ranked, national art event and is the official welcome to fall in the city. Designed by award-winning artist Barnaby Evans, WaterFire Kansas City is a unique, multisensory experience of music, fire and water. Now in

its eighth year, the moving art installation features beautiful floating bonfires on Brush Creek each October. Anyone who has ever been enamored with film, technology or music should attend the Middle of the Map Fest in Kansas City’s Westport entertainment district. The fifth annual Map Fest was held last spring, with more than 120 local, national, international and emerging artists, including Iron & Wine, Ok Go and Lord Huron. The event celebrates the convergence of creativity and innovation. The Kansas City FilmFest, held in venues across the city including Cinemark Palace on Nichols Road, Unity Temple on the Plaza and Screenland in the Crossroads, has grown steadily, spanning seven days over a two weekend period. Since its humble beginnings in 1997, the FilmFest has received thousands of entries from all over the world. More than $200,000 in cash and prizes have been awarded in the juried competition. n

KC Options | 2015-2016  

In this issue of KC Options learn about Kansas City’s dynamic tech scene and the companies developing revolutionary products and services fr...

KC Options | 2015-2016  

In this issue of KC Options learn about Kansas City’s dynamic tech scene and the companies developing revolutionary products and services fr...