Best Local Art: The art energy is electric at Arts Incubator, a multifaceted space that hosts galleries, studios, and arts-related programming.
Best Festival: Barbecue, live music, and rodeos — the American Royal truly knows how to throw a party. Bring your appetite, comfy shoes, and extra napkins.
Best Art Splurge: Artists from around the United States exhibit during the annual Plaza Art Fair, a great place to start — or add to — your art collection.
Best Way to Explore Downtown: First Fridays are hopping with gallery openings, boutiques, street performances, and a lively crowd that breathes life into an evolving downtown.
Best Place to Picnic: With sprawling acreage and an exquisite rose garden, Loose Park is a lush respite perfect for picnics or an outdoor nap.
Best Tours: Explore the history and architecture of Kansas City with expertly guided tours sponsored by the Historic Kansas City Foundation, a great way to truly see the city.
Best Architectural Icon: The Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts’ 2011 opening is highly anticipated as the architectural marvel welcomes the ballet, opera, and symphony, in addition to traveling performances.
Best City Celebrations: Kansas City is recognized nationwide for its Irish celebrations, and Irish Fest and the St. Patrick’s Day Parade are two ways to celebrate all things green.
Best Places for Family Fun: Whether you crave high-speed roller coasters, water slides, or bumper cars Oceans of Fun and Worlds of Fun are great for a high-octane, family-friendly day.