Summer Guide Events, Fairs and Festivals

Old Shawnee Days

June 3–6

This festival marks the beginning of summer in northwest Johnson County with a parade, a night of tribute bands, kids’ games and contests, trained animals, and Saturday-night headliner Starship with Mickey Thomas. It happens in Shawnee Town (11501 West 57th Street in Shawnee). For more details, see

Show Me Pride Week 2010

June 3–6

Festivities started before our Summer Guide hit the streets, but there’s still time to join more than 30,000 supporters of folks who are LGBTIQA (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, intersex, queer, ally) for Power the Light with Pride, a Friday night event at the Power & Light District, including an appearance by rainbow-flag creator Gilbert Baker. Events also t­ake place at Berkley Riverfront Park. See for more details.


Saturday, June 4

Jazzoo celebrates the arrival of polar bears and helps fund the Zoo Learning Fund and the special diets of more than 1,000 animals. This annual fundraiser features live music, and food and drinks from 60 restaurants and food purveyors. The Kansas City Zoo is located in Swope Park; see for tickets, the entertainment lineup and additional details.

Festa Italiana

June 4–6