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Tie the Knot! 

Valentine’s Day, Thursday, Feb. 14, at 2:00 p.m. in Pavilion 3 at City Market, and everyone’s invited!

Tie the Knot, City Market’s annual FREE wedding event, is expanding with an EN MASSE ceremony officiated by Q104 radio morning show personality Zeke Montana. 

Yes, you’re invited to stand up with our brides and grooms as they say “I do” at our beautiful wedding arbor from Dutch Flowers decorated just for this romantic and public celebration of love. A reception follows with music, merriment, appetizers from The Bite, cupcakes from Cupcake A La Mode and bubbly to toast the occasion! Every couple will receive wedding cake saltwater taffy kisses from The Candy Wizard, and one lucky couple will win the Grand Prize Package

Love Is the Name of the Game 

Saturday, Feb. 16, 6-9pm, Pavilion 3, Admission is FREE 

Looking for a unique Valentine date night? 
Got a Steady Eddy? Tired of swiping left? No matter what your relationship status is, join us for an evening of fun and games! Experience a fresh alternative to traditional Valentine dates and a great way to meet singles.

Got no game? No worries, experts from Level One Game Shop will coordinate and facilitate game tables as well as a special Cards Against Humanity mix & mingle. We’ll leave the romance part up to you. Here are just a few of the more than 30 casual, fast play card and board games we’ll have:
• Fox in the Forest
• What Do You Meme?
• Catan
• Carcassonne
• Code Names
• Ticket to Ride


Move over, same ol’ chocolates and flowers, and make way for live acoustic serenades and Valentine-themed balloon twisting! Expect the unexpected with live cabaret performances, giveaways throughout the evening and #youressenceinseconds by internationally collected artist Michael McQuary.


No need to make dinner reservations; order from our City Market menu station and carry in your dinner from any of our 16 restaurants while you play. Themed cocktails and other beverages will be available for purchase as well as samples from Strange Days Brewing Company and KC Wineworks.*


Other activities:
• Snap a profile pic for your favorite dating app or commemorate the evening with a photo in front of our great wall of love.
• Create a treat for later at our 50 Shades of Pink heart-shaped bath bomb maker station.
• Spread a Little Love by donating a self-heating meal to the Swope Health Services Mobile Medical Unit that will be provided to a homeless individual.
• Customize a plastic figure game piece with our master paint instructors. Figures will be available for purchase or bring your own. All painting supplies and instruction are provided at no charge. One game piece per participant or bring your own. Limited space is available for this activity.


Admission & parking are FREE; enter City Market at 5th & Walnut. Or ride the free KC Streetcar. Pavilion 3 is enclosed and heated. It’s always a good idea to wear layers.

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LOVE IS THE NAME OF THE GAME is made possible with support from the Neighborhood Tourist Development Fund.


*Must be 21 with valid ID to purchase or consume alcoholic beverages.

Be a Part of the Art on First Friday

April 5, May 3, June 7, July 5 Aug. 2, Sept. 6, Oct. 4, Nov. 1, Dec. 6

6pm – 9pm 

City Market is getting in the First Friday spirit showcasing local artists who will demo their techniques and exhibit their works every First Friday  — April through December 6-9 p.m. in Pavilion 1 in City Market Square.
This is a FREE event.

Check out fantastic textiles, prints, jewelry, visual art, event body art! We also offer a fun painting class so you can actually BE an artist.

Enjoy happy hour and great food at your favorite City Market restaurants and then come support local artists and get into the true spirit of First Friday creativity. No need to fight crowds and traffic. City Market has easy free evening parking.

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

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Host Your Special Event at the City Market!


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.

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