In addition to Kansas City’s spectacular offerings of great art venues and attractions open year round weekdays and weekends, a lively and extremely popular once a month happening called “First Fridays” is not to be missed!
On the first Friday of every month, thousands of locals and visitors head to the Crossroads Art District, just a few miles north of Southmoreland. The event begins at 5 p.m. and wraps up at 9:00 pm. Galleries, studios, arts organizations and a wide variety of local businesses open their doors wide and feature regional and national artists. Since many of us can’t get out to galleries during daytime business hours, this is a fabulous opportunity to take in KC’s art scene.
The event is best explored on foot, where you can expect to see live entertainment, sidewalk vendors, food trucks galore, traditional and nontraditional art, all in a festive atmosphere. Dinner and drinks fare available from a colorful array of restaurants and entertainment venues along your route, so make an evening of it!
The concept of “First Fridays” has been expanded by other local venues that open not only on the first Friday of each month, but for the entire first weekend of every month. Here are a few to consider.
Urban Mining in just a few blocks away on 39th and Walnut and offers antiques and collectibles. For those looking for vintage mid-century modern furniture and accessories, Urban Mining is a must.
West Bottoms is a collection of antique and collectible shops all in a historical warehouse / stockyard area. It’s become a funky, robust destination with a street fair feel. Walk from one to the other and have fun digging for personal treasures!
Pop Ups All over the city, you’ll find little pop up shops that get in on the excitement of first weekends. Try Garage Glam on 35th and Broadway where you’ll find resale vintage reclaimed home accents.
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