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Breakfast with the Kansas City Museum’s Fairy Princess 

Nov 24, 8am – 10am  and Dec 1, 8am – 10am

Kansas City Tradition Comes to City Market 
City Market and the Kansas City Museum have partnered to present Breakfast with the Kansas City Museum’s Fairy Princess. On two Saturdays, Nov. 24 and Dec. 1, 8:00-10:00 a.m., in the Paddlewheel Atrium of the Arabia Steamboat at City Market, the Kansas City Museum’s Fairy Princess will host an enchanting experience for children that includes a child-friendly buffet breakfast, meet-and-greet, and holiday entertainment. Each child will receive a special gift from the Fairy Princess to commemorate their visit.
The Fairy Princess tradition began in 1935 at Kline’s Department Store at 11th and Main in Downtown Kansas City and grew into a local icon after decades as a holiday attraction for children. In 1987, 17 years after Kline’s permanently closed, The Kansas City Museum revived the Fairy Princess as an annual holiday presentation.
Advanced tickets are required for Breakfast with the Fairy Princess. Adults: $20, children 12 and under: $10. A limited quantity is available and must be purchased online. Limit 8 per person. Orders cannot be taken over the phone or in person. All children must be accompanied by an adult. All guests must have a ticket to be admitted to the event venue. Tickets are non-refundable.
Follow this link to purchase: https://breakfastwiththefairyprincess.bpt.me

A Very Merry Market

Friday, Nov 23 and Saturday, Nov 24.

A fresh holiday spirit is coming to City Market, and it all begins Thanksgiving week. For the first time in, many years City Market will be set aglow as the roofline of each City Market building is trimmed in multicolored lights to brighten the season and add sparkle to evening shopping and dining through early 2019.
Holiday Shopping, Dining, & Entertainment 
Enjoy great shopping, food, drink and festivities throughout City Market during A Very Merry MarketFriday and Saturday, November 23 and 24. Avoid the crowds and chaos at big box stores while supporting small, local business to keep our community strong!
Local artisans will showcase their handcrafted items in the Farmers Market pavilions from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. while City Market shops and restaurants will offer specials and in-store activities all day and into the evening. Visitors can relax and enjoy live music, roaming carolers, holiday characters and good cheer.
Admission is free. Donations of canned and non-perishable food for Harvesters or new toys in their original packaging (no gift wrap please) for The Salvation Army are encouraged. The familiar Red Kettle, bell ringers and collection barrels will be at several locations in the Market.
On Saturday, Dec. 1, 1:00-3:00 p.m., pick up your Dazzling Deals Book from our Downtown Dazzle pop-up while the supply lasts. this free holiday coupon book features more than 75 offers from City Market shops, restaurants and other businesses along the KC Streetcar route.
Be on the lookout for Blitzen on the hoof with reindeer games, giveaways and photo ops, Saturdays in December, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Bounce-tober Fest

Saturday, October 20, 4-8pm.

Jump into fall at BOUNCE-TOBER FEST, Saturday, Oct. 20, 4:00-8:00 p.m. A great family experience, group activity or unique date idea, BOUNCE-TOBER FEST offers inflatable fun for tweens, teens, adults and kids of all ages:

  • Race in a human hamster ball.
  • Joust like a gladiator.
  • Play ball against gravity.
  • Tackle the towering Fire Rescue Obstacle Course and lots more.

Tiny tots can bounce in a safe and exclusive area of favorites including Disney’s Frozen playscape, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse combo and Pirate’s Adventure Ship. Individual passes start at $3 per rider. Unlimited passes are $12.

BOUNCE-TOBER FEST also features free entertainment:

  • Join Battery Tour ‘s dance party with AY and DJ Rob.
  • Test jump on Springfree Trampolines.
  • Play a few rounds of corn hole, giant Jenga and a variety of yard games.
  • Watch mesmerizing fire spinners and roaming entertainers.
  • Vote for your favorite in the City Market Parade O’ Pumpkins decorating contest.

Bring a chair to relax and enjoy the scene. Sip a local brew in the beer garden*; shop our pumpkin patch for fresh fall décor, and check out home accents, seasonal apparel, specialty grocers and more at City Market shops and restaurants.

BOUNCE-TOBER FEST is presented in loving memory of Zach Pearce, son of Joe and Cora Pearce, owners of Giggles & Jiggles Family Fun Center who have provided inflatables at the Farmers Market for many years. The Pearce family is an important part of City Market, and Zach’s untimely loss as a random victim of a senseless crime that still remains unsolved has been felt with great sorrow throughout the River Market. In an effort to heal and support other families that are victims of violent crimes, the Pearce’s will donate a portion of the proceeds from BOUNCE-TOBER FEST to the AdHoc Group Against Crime which serves as the trusted bridge between the community and law enforcement throughout Kansas City.

BOUNCE-TOBER FEST is made possible with support from these valued partners:

  • Giggles & Jiggles Family Fun Center
  • Neighborhood Tourist Development Fund
  • Springfree Trampolines Inc.
  • Brown & Loe
  • Global Produce
  • Level One Game Shop
  • KC Streetcar Authority
  • KC Crew

Grub Crawl

Saturday, September 15, 6:00-9:00pm

The City Market presents Grub Crawl – a River Market foodie adventure – on Saturday, Sept. 15, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. Each stop on the Grub Crawl walking tour will offer a taste or small plate from the following participating restaurants:

  • Babycakes
  • Beignet
  • The Bite
  • Bloom Baking Company Blue Nile
  • BoLings Brown & Loe Burrito Bros.
  • Harry’s Country Club KC Soda Co.
  • Locally Sourced Meats Local Pig
  • Opera House Pigwich
  • Taste of Brazil Tikka House

Between bites, Grub Crawlers will enjoy live music along the route.

Tickets are $30 and on sale now in a limited quantity at https://grubcrawl2018.brownpapertickets.com.Ticket price includes a Grub Crawl keepsake apron. Tickets must be purchased online in advance. No gate sales.

Ticket holders may check in at the box office at the City Market Arch at 5th & Walnut beginning at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 16. Grub Crawlers will receive a passport at check-in to be stamped at each participating restaurant. Completed passports turned in by 9 p.m. are entered in a prize drawing. Winners will be notified by phone or email the following week.

Flicks on the Bricks

June 29, July 27, August 31, September 28

Join us for an evening of music and a movie At Flicks on the Bricks during the final Fridays in June through September at City Market Square on the bricks in front of the paddlewheel. Admission is FREE!

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PRE-SHOW MUSIC AT 8pm
MOVIE AT 9pm*
MAKE AN EVENING OUT OF IT: Bring chairs and blankets as early as 7pm. Please no coolers. We’ll watch your stuff while you grab dinner at your favorite City Market spot.
CASH BAR AVAILABLE. Valid ID required to purchase alcoholic beverages.
FREE PARKING

JUNE 29
MUSIC: ’80s tribute by POMPOUS JACK
MOVIE: ROCK OF AGES (rated PG-13)

JULY 27
MUSIC: tribute performance by SEX BOB-OMB
MOVIE: SCOTT PILGRIM VS. THE WORLD (rated PG-13)

AUGUST 31
MUSIC: ’80s/90S tribute by LÜV GLÜV
MOVIE: WAYNE’S WORLD (rated PG-13)

SEPTEMBER 28
MUSIC: LIVE MOVIE SONGS (bring your vocal cords)
MOVIE: ALMOST FAMOUS (rated R)

*Lineup subject to change without notice. Start time depends on sunset, so follow event postings for updates in August and September.

Flicks on the Bricks is produced in partnership with Alamo Drafthouse Kansas City
Flicks on the Bricks is made possible with the generous support of:
Neighborhood Tourist Development Fund & KCMO Office of Culture & Creative Services
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Be a Part of the Art on First Friday

July 6, August 3, September 7, October 5

6pm – 10pm 

City Market is getting in the First Friday spirit showcasing local artists who will demo their techniques and exhibit their works every First Friday through October 6-10pm in Pavilion 1 in City Market Square.
This is a FREE event.

Check out fantastic textiles, prints, jewelry, visual art and even henna body artists! We also offer a fun painting class (details below) so you can actually be an artist.

This is a budding event that we want to build over time, so come out and support local artists and get back to the true spirit of First Friday creativity. No need to fight crowds and traffic. Enjoy happy hour and great food at your favorite City Market restaurants and then come visit the artists and listen to music. City Market has easy free evening parking.

Artists interested in participating, please contact Sue Patterson: call 816-842-1271 or email spatterson@thecitymarket.org. There are no booth fees, but you must pre-register. Please share this information with artists you know!

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Swingin’ Sunset at City Market

Saturday, July 21

7:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Jump n’ jive to classic big band tunes from the 30s & 40s; this FREE concert brings the best of Big Band Swing right to the heart of Kansas City! Grab your partner, and cut a rug with the KANSAS CITIANS BIG BAND presented by the Philharmonia of Greater Kansas City during Swingin’ Sunset at City Market. 

Also featuring an astounding aerial acrobatic swing by MOONDROP CIRCUS. Local big band buff and television personality, Joel Nichols, will serve as special guest emcee.

Wear your dancing shoes and bring a chair to enjoy the show. Prizes for Best Dancers and Best Dressed. Try your hand at a variety of instruments at our musical instrument petting zoo.

Cash bar with handcrafted signature cocktails provided by Tom’s Town Distilling Co.*

Grab something delicious at one of your favorite City Market restaurants. Picnic tables available on first come first served basis.

Parking is free. Enter at 5th & Walnut. All ages are welcome.

Sponsored in part by the Neighborhood Tourist Development Fund *Must be 21 with a valid ID to purchase alcoholic beverages.

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EVENT RENTALS

Public Expos – Festivals – Weddings – Fundraisers – Corporate Events – Class Reunions – Company Picnics

City Market has open-air and climate-controlled facilities as well as City Market Park for event space to suit your own. Please review our Event Rental Information and return the enclosed Event Application.

For more information about special event permitting, please visit kceventhub.org.

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