Peep this list of Pitch-approved August events

Courtesy Art Garden Kc

Free weekly art fair. // Courtesy Art Garden KC

While we’ve heard that August is sometimes considered the Sunday of Summer, weekends in Kansas City are just heating up (it’s the humidity!). May we present to you a positively balmy list of events around town, complete with showing out at Show-Me Pride Fest in Theis Park, finally learning your crush’s zodiac sign at the Mystic Fair, and welcoming back the King of KC himself, Tech N9ne. Enjoy.

Events Running Beyond August

July 1-March 2022

Testimony: African American Artists Collective, Nelson Atkins Museum of Art

July 1-January 2022

Auschwitz, Union Station Kansas City

Sundays in August

Lemonade Park Yoga, Lemonade Park

Free Sunday Open Jam, Knuckleheads

Dagorhir Boffer LARP, Meadowmere Park

The Mengel Brothers Duo, Chaz on the Plaza, multiple dates

Free Weekly Art Fair, Art Garden KC, @artgardenKC

Calling all artists and makers: you’re invited to sell your wares, network, perform, teach a class, or paint plein-air style in the garden. To top it off, booth fees are waived and the event—which takes place each Sunday in August—is free to the public. From 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., guests will find over 30 vendors selling artwork and handcrafted ceramics, jewelry, candles, macrame, clothing, and glassware. Plus, we’ve heard talk of face painting and yard games. We love yard games. Food and drink can be purchased from food trucks and PH Coffee across the street in Pendleton Heights. Email hello@artgardenkc.org for more information.


August 1

Summer Family Timber Challenge Fun Run, Zip KC

Turn Down for Brunch, Parlor

Gleason Magic Experience, Prairiefire, multiple dates

Nightshade Vocal Jazz, 1747 Summit St.

Gucci Mane ft. Lil TJay, Latto, and Yung Bleu, Liberty Memorial

Jo Koy, Uptown Theater

Linq and Drink Day Party, Soirée Steak and Oyster House


August 2

Jeff Shirley Organ Trio, Mondays and Tuesdays at Green Lady Lounge


August 2-7

No Divide: Queer Narratives Festival, The Black Box Theater


August 3

Lenexa Farmers Market, Saturdays and Tuesdays at Lenexa Civic Campus

Downtown Lawrence Farmers’ Market, Tuesdays at South Park

Jason Mraz, Starlight Theater

Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, Azura Amphitheater


August 4

Sons of Brasil, Chaz on the Plaza

Rolston String Quartet, Midwest Trust Center

Cake and Wine Night, McLain’s Market Lawrence

Charity Drag Bingo, Hamburger Mary’s, hamburgermarys.com/kc, multiple dates

Each Wednesday and Thursday night, Hamburger Mary’s bevy of fabulous drag queens throws a riotous “Hambingo” party, where money raised goes to a variety of local charities. Playing bingo at Mary’s is easy: a $10 donation gets you a book of 10 cards, and 100% of the donation goes to charity. The restaurant is usually busy, so securing a reservation is the best way to snag a table. 


August 5

Mission Market, Thursdays at 5635 Johnson Dr.

Jenna Bauer Duo, Chaz on the Plaza

Hair: Then and Now, Crown Center

Hot Country Nights with Randy Rogers Band, KC Live! Block

The House Rockers, Thursdays at Knuckleheads

Free Outdoor Movie Night: Sonic the Hedgehog, Lakewood Orthodontics

Foo Fighters, Azura Amphitheater

Jungle Boogie with Stevie Cruz, The Ship, multiple dates

Joe “Mr. D” Dombrowski, Improv Comedy Theater and Restaurant

Comedy Open Mic, Thursdays at The Comedy Club of Kansas City


August 6

Camp Wornall/Majors, Alexander Majors House Museum, multiple dates

Brett Blakemore, KC Wine Co.

GOEX Grand Reopening, GOEX Apparel

The KC Improv Comedy Show, Fridays and Saturdays at KC Improv Co.

Ryan Long, Improv Comedy Theater and Restaurant

Faizon Love, The Comedy Club of Kansas City

Backyard Movies: The Princess Bride, Screenland Armour

Lady A, Azura Amphitheater

Chris Hazelton’s Boogaloo 7, The Ship

First Friday Sunset Sounds Featuring Phantastics, 1512 E. 18th St.

Hard Ticket to Hawaii, Stray Cat Film Center

Wyeth Tootle Mansion Ghost Hunt, 1100 Charles St.

Illphonics / Golden Groves / Atlas, Lemonade Park


August 7-8

The Ascension: A Stray Cat Film Center Fundraiser, Union Library


August 7

Harlem Globetrotters Spread Game, T-Mobile Center

Merriam Farmers’ Market, Saturdays at Merriam Marketplace

Downtown Lawrence Farmers’ Market, Saturdays at 824 New Hampshire St.

KC Cactus and Succulent Society Annual Sale, Trailside Center

Knuckleheads Saturday Jam, Saturdays at Knuckleheads

Family Game Night, KC Improv Co.

Loud and Local, E.H. Young Park

Backyard Movies: Tremors, Screenland Armour

Vinyl Revival, Aztec Shawnee Theater

Brian Scarborough Quintet, 1747 Summit St.

Dermot Kennedy, Uptown Theater

Tech N9ne, KC Live! Block

Rex Hobart and the Misery Boys, The Ship

Dogwood Days, Dunbar Park

Garth Brooks, Arrowhead Stadium

Botanical Brewfest, Overland Park Arboretum and Botanical Gardens

The Black Creatures / Kellindo Parker / The Creepy Jingles / Kemet Coleman, Lemonade Park


August 8

Matt Carrillo, 1747 Summit St.

ZZ Top and Willie Nelson, Azura Amphitheater

Zack Mufasa, KC Wine Co.

Family Yoga and Hike, Swope Park Trails

Sunday Bingo, Red Crow Brewing Co.

New Moon Singing Bowl Love Fest, Pop Up Art Gallery


August 9

Struggle Jennings, The Truman


August 10

Hard Candy Dance Class with Denali, Missie B’s

Union Pacific Big Boy No. 4014, Union Station


August 11

The Grand Marquis, Chaz on the Plaza

Dropkick Murphys and Rancid, Grinders

Off the Rails Comedy, Knuckleheads


August 12

Baby J Duo, Chaz on the Plaza

Sam Morril, The Comedy Club of Kansas City

Hot Country Nights with Jimmie Allen, KC Live! Block

Wilco and Sleater-Kinney, Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland

Pints on the Patio: The Canterberries, Kansas City Irish Center


August 13

Billy Ebeling, KC Wine Co.

The People’s Picnic, Swope Park Bandstand

Murder Mystery Dinner, Belvoir Winery and Inn

Backyard Movies: A League of Their Own, Screenland Armour

Steve Treviño, Improv Comedy Theater and Restaurant, multiple dates

Arnold Young, 1747 Summit St.

Mr. Mojo Risin’, Aztec Shawnee Theater

All Time Low, KC Live! Block

Manor Records Presents, Lemonade Park


Courtesy Kc Mystic Fair And Aidy Acres Rogers

Mystic materials. // Courtesy KC Mystic Fair and Aidy Acres Rogers

August 13-15

KC Mystic Fair, Holiday Inn and Suites in Overland Park, @kcmysticfair

Now’s your chance to get into everything metaphysical, tarot, or numerology-related. KC Mystic Fair is a three-day event featuring healers and spiritual guides, Henna artists, jewelry, gems, and crystals, and handcrafted essential oils and salts like the one featured here from Sanctuary Apothecary’s Aidy Acres Rogers. Attendees can expect past life readings from Doc Cromwell, astrology from Rachel Pearson, and paranormal consultations with KC’s own psychic medium Renee Rau. Admission includes free classes, and tickets can be purchased in advance or at the door for $6 daily, $10 for two days, or $15 for the weekend.


Untitled Design

Trevor Turla and Kadesh Flow. // Photos by Ryan Strong and Nicole Bissey

August 14

Dog Days of Summer, Shawnee Town 1929 Museum

Northland Cornhole Tournament, The Sandbox

The Floozies, Grinders

KC Bones, Aztec Shawnee Theater

Backyard Movies: Hook, Screenland Armour

Raytown Live: Johnny and the Supermatics, 10009 62nd Street, Raytown, MO 64133

Eddie Griffin, Uptown Theater

Sincerely KC, The Black Box Theater

Jorge Arana Trio / Abandoncy / Via Luna, Lemonade Park

Open Studio Concert Series: Kadesh Flow and Trevor Turla, Raj Ma Hall, rajmahall.org

Raj Ma Hall—one of local music’s best kept secrets—is giving us all the funk, along with a little jazz, hip-hop, and soul. The outdoor music venue is actually home and studio to Roger Guibor-MacBride, a local sculptor who wanted to provide a COVID-safe “sanctuary” for community fellowship and music. Catch rapper and producer Kadesh Flow, also known as the trombone Super Saiyan, and Trevor Turla, Grand Marquis trombonist and jazz aficionado, playing the house down. Bring your own food, drinks, and chairs around 4 p.m., and pay just $15 per person. All proceeds go to the musicians. 


August 15

Rusty Laffoon, KC Wine Co.

Maks and Val: Stripped Down Tour, Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

TK Kirkland, Improv Comedy Theater and Restaurant

Riverfront Heritage Trail Clean Up, Berkley Riverfront


August 16

Big 816 Summer Party, John’s Big Deck, Drunken Worm, MO Brew, The Levee


August 17

Corey Taylor, Grinders


August 18

Jackie Myers Quartet, Chaz on the Plaza

Carmen Morales, The Comedy Club of Kansas City

Bessie Coleman: Aviation Extraordinaire of the 1920s, Shawnee Town 1929 Museum


August 19

Emily Dix Duo, Chaz on the Plaza

Frank Caliendo, Improv Comedy Theater and Restaurant

Hot Country Nights with Jordan Davis, KC Live! Block

Ron Funches, The Comedy Club of Kansas City

Third Thursdays Backyard Concert Series, MADI Apparel

Pottery Pub, Lost Evenings Brewing Co.


August 20

Erica McKenzie, KC Wine Co.

Backyard Movies: Willow, Screenland Armour

Last Kiss: A Tribute to Joe Bonamassa, Aztec Shawnee Theater

Koe Wetzel, KC Live! Block

Light Up the Lawn: Kelley Hunt, Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art

Film Screening: Beetlejuice, Theatre Lawrence, multiple dates


August 21-22

Show-Me Kansas City Pride Festival, Theis Park


August 21

Backyard Movies: Spaceballs, Screenland Armour

EMS: Extemporaneous Music Society, 1747 Summit St.

Midnight Rodeo, KC Live! Block

Voz Portuguesa, Howard’s Farm


August 22

Nick Nave, KC Wine Co.

Berry Acres and The Hilltop Food Tasting, Berry Acres

Frenchie’s Finest Brunch, 6235 Blue Ridge Blvd.

Phresh Sundays Presents Ben Roy, PH Coffee


August 23

Charlie Parker Spotlight, KC Bier Co.


August 24

Healing Your Life: Lessons on the Path of Ayurveda Workshop, 136 Walnut St.


August 25

Jammin’ on the Green with the Grand Marquis, Shawnee Town 1929 Museum


August 26

Emily Frost, Chaz on the Plaza

Hot Country Nights with Parmalee, KC Live! Block

Erin Keeller and the James Ward Band, The Ship

The Anarchy Fun Time Show, Westport Coffee House


August 27-29

Kansas City SummerFest, 6320 Manchester Ave.


August 27

Summer Backyard BBQ in Overland Park, Pinstripes

Nicole Springer, KC Wine Co.

Rags to Riches Fashion Show, Swope Parkway

Elvis Costello and The Imposters, Uptown Theater

Leonard Ouzts’ Young, Black, and Funny, Improv Comedy Theater and Restaurant

Backyard Movies: Mean Girls, Screenland Armour

The Fab Four, Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland

Into the Gray, Aztec Shawnee Theater

Light Up the Lawn: The Rainmakers, Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art

Vote for Pedro, KC Live! Block

Open Studio Concert Series: Erin Keller and Matt Carrillo, Raj Ma Hall

Masquerade Party, DoubleTap KC


Courtesy Jon Trozzolo

18th and Vine. // Courtesy Jon Trozzolo

August 28

Arts al Fresco!, Kansas City Young Audiences

Jeanne Robertson, Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland

Night of the Songwriter, Aztec Shawnee Theater

Head for the Cure 5K, Corporate Woods

I Love the ‘90s Bash Bar Crawl, Power and Light District

Early Bird: Charlie Parker at 18th and Vine, East 18th St. and Highland Ave., @kcjazzalive

If you live in Kansas City, you’ve heard of Charlie Parker. August 29, 2021, marks his 101st birthday, and the time’s come to celebrate. Reserve tickets via Eventbrite for a walking tour of the Bird’s old stomping grounds at 18th and Vine, where Parker played in the 1930s. Tour guides include Chuck Haddix, Director of UMKC Marr Sound Archives and host of KCUR’s “Fish Fry” on Friday and Saturday nights, and Geri Sanders, Director of Collections at the American Jazz Museum. Attendees will meet at the park at 18th and Highland at 9:45 a.m.


August 29

Cameron Russell, KC Wine Co.

Black Girl Magic Wine Walk, 18th and Vine Jazz District

Carroll County Balloon Festival, Carroll County Ag Center


August 30

Louis the Child, Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland

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