Although we didn’t have a particularly nasty winter this year, it was still cold enough to keep us indoors. Now that warmer weather is right around the corner, it’s time to break out the windbreakers and sandals and start planning to attend some of Kansas City’s best spring events. Here are some of the area’s must-see hotspots, free events, and spring traditions that shouldn’t be missed.
Zona Rosa’s Kansas City Easter Parade
Beginning at 10 a.m. on the Saturday before Easter, the Zona Rosa Town Center is transformed into parade central. This free community event will feature a parade (surprise), petting zoo, family-friendly games, and a visit from the Easter Bunny himself! You can even bring along your pets to dress up for the “Best Dressed” parade competition. Furry friends in outfits? Count us in.
Date & Time: Sat. April 15th @ 10 a.m.
Location: Zona Rosa (2640 N Dixson Ave, Kansas City, MO)
Kansas City Symphony Happy Hour Concert
This KC Symphony event, titled “20th-Century Treasures,” will feature a breathtaking one-hour performance by classically trained musicians, in addition to a cash bar. Who wouldn’t love happy hour with free live music? This Happy Hour concert series is suitable for children, too, so bring the kids for a weekday break from the daily monotony.
Date & Time: Tue. April 18th @ 6 p.m.
Location: Kaufman Center for the Performing Arts (1601 Broadway, Kansas City, MO)
Earth Day at the Lakeside Nature Center
Celebrate Earth Day with the whole family in Swope Park. The park’s Lakeside Nature Center will be hosting their annual Earth Day event, which will feature arts and crafts, a (fake) tattoo station, nature hikes, and a fun puppet show. Learn about nature and how to keep battling for our planet’s health.
Date & Time: Sat. April 22nd @ 10 a.m.
Location: Lakeside Nature Center (4701 E. Gregory Blvd., Kansas City, MO)
Details: lakesidenaturecenter.org [PDF]
Miami County Spring Farm Tour
Animal lovers, this two-day event is made for you. Starting at 9 a.m., this self-guided tour will have you venturing into various Kansas City pens, stables, fields, and barns, all with the intention of finding a fluffy farm critter to pet. Door prizes will also be available, so be sure to visit each day and each farm for your chance to win gift certificates to local vendors!
Date & Time: Sat. May 13th & Sun. May 14th
Location: Various KC locales
This free weekend event is one of Kansas City residents’ favorites. This year, guests can indulge in three days of classic Italian cuisine, a beer garden, and eating contests. There’s also an authentic Italian car show, which is most definitely one of our recommended must-visit events. Although the Zesta Italiana daily agenda is still up in the air, you can expect to find several ounces of fun at any time of the day. Don’t miss out on this KC tradition!
Date & Time: Fri. June 2nd – Sun. June 4th
Location: Zona Rosa Town Square
Test Drive Your Heart Out at McCarthy Chevrolet
If your idea of a great spring means finding a new set of wheels, visit McCarthy Chevrolet Lee’s Summit. We offer not only an incredible selection of new Chevy models and used cars but also a variety of new & used car specials to help you kick off the season in money-saving style. Contact our Chevrolet dealership near Kansas City at (816) 875-4678 to schedule a test drive. We’re located at 945 SE Oldham Parkway in Lee’s Summit, MO, and serve the entire region, including Kansas City, Independence, and Blue Springs.
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