Best of KC 2022: Festivals for the rest of us

Arquesta Del Solsoul

Arquesta Del SolSoul. // photo courtesy the artist

This month, we published The Pitch’s annual Best of Kansas City issue. You can browse the results of the readers’ poll here. The issue also included a list, compiled and written by our editorial staff, of some of our current favorite things about Kansas City in 2022. We’ll be publishing these items online throughout November. 


Don’t get us wrong: Boulevardia is a blast. National headliners, local heroes, and new favorites all playing in one spot, replete with a selection of tasty food and beverages is a straight jam. However, the idea of a sprawling pop-up nation can be a little intimidating, so the absolute embarrassment of riches of locally-focused music festivals is a boon to those wanting to participate in a gathering without feeling like they’re being buffeted by a barrage of people.

The focus on Black culture that is SolSoul Fest, the psychedelic leanings of Outer Reaches, and the double-weekend, two-city exploration of Manor Fest are but a mere handful of ways music fans can find community without being overwhelmed.

Categories: Music