Community Events in Kansas City from Boulevardia to Juneteenth Celebrations on June 14-16

As summer approaches, Kansas City is gearing up for an exciting lineup of community events from June 14-16, offering something for everyone to enjoy. Returning to Crown Center, Boulevardia promises a weekend filled with delectable food, refreshing beer, and captivating music. The festival kicks off at 4 p.m. on June 14 and continues through June 15 until 11 p.m.

Attendees can groove to performances by renowned artists like Milky Chance and Thundercat, making it a must-visit for music enthusiasts. General admission tickets are priced at $45 per day, providing access to an array of culinary delights and live entertainment. KSHB 41 News’ Caitlin Knute will be reporting live from Boulevardia on Friday night, capturing the vibrant atmosphere and community spirit.

Juneteenth Heritage Festival

Embracing cultural heritage and celebrating freedom, Kansas City’s 18th and Vine Jazz District will host the Juneteenth Heritage Festival on Saturday from noon to 10 p.m. This significant event commemorates the emancipation of enslaved African Americans and showcases a rich tapestry of performances, including soul-stirring acts by Kelly Price and Crystal Aiken.

Families can explore an interactive youth zone offering engaging activities for children, fostering a sense of unity and education within the community. Best of all, admission to the Juneteenth Heritage Festival is free, encouraging broad participation and cultural appreciation.

Juneteenth in Overland Park

Overland Park joins in the Juneteenth celebrations with a lively parade starting at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday in Prairie Fire. This symbolic procession, featuring KSHB 41’s Rae Daniel as the grand marshal, will be followed by a day filled with inspiring speeches, musical performances, dynamic dance displays, and a variety of entertainers.

The event continues until 2 p.m., providing ample opportunities for reflection, celebration, and community engagement. Juneteenth in Overland Park underscores the city’s commitment to honoring African American history and promoting cultural diversity.

Juneteenth Celebration at Harmon Park

Prairie Village’s Harmon Park invites residents and visitors to a festive Juneteenth Celebration from 4 to 8:30 p.m. on Saturday. Attendees can partake in carnival games, delight in creative face-painting sessions, and savor the flavors of local vendors offering diverse culinary treats.

The event will feature captivating performances that resonate with the spirit of Juneteenth, celebrating freedom and cultural resilience. Admission is free, with online reservations available to ensure a seamless and enjoyable experience for all attendees.

Monster Jam

For adrenaline enthusiasts, GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium will host Monster Jam on Saturday at 7 p.m. This electrifying event promises jaw-dropping stunts and thrilling monster truck races, drawing spectators from across the region. Tickets for Monster Jam can be purchased through Ticketmaster, offering an unforgettable experience for families and thrill-seekers alike.

Taps at the Tower

On Sunday at 8:45 p.m., the WWI Memorial Courtyard will resonate with the poignant notes of “Taps,” a deeply symbolic musical tribute to honor the service and sacrifice of Native American World War I veterans. The ceremony marks the beginning of Taps at the Tower 2024, featuring performances by Anella Garcia (Choctaw) and Dr. Charlotte McCloskey (Sicangu Lakota).

This solemn occasion invites the community to reflect on history, pay tribute to veterans, and embrace unity amidst diversity. Additional performances will continue on Monday and Tuesday, ensuring multiple opportunities to participate in this heartfelt commemoration.

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Kansas City’s diverse and vibrant community events from June 14-16 offer a blend of cultural celebration, entertainment, and historical reflection. Whether reveling in the festivities of Boulevardia, embracing the spirit of Juneteenth at various locations across the city, or honoring veterans at Taps at the Tower, residents and visitors alike are encouraged to participate in these enriching experiences that foster unity and celebrate the rich tapestry of Kansas City’s cultural heritage.

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