Ethnic Events & Festivals

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American Royal Rodeo
Celebrate the KC region's rich agricultural heritage through competition, education and entertainment.

CMF: Crossroads Music Fest
A showcase of Kansas City's diverse musicians, artists, venues and more. Support local music and celebrate Kansas City's cultural diversity. 

High-energy lineup of the biggest names in the music industry perform at this weekend-long dance party extravaganza.

Diversity Initiative by ArtsKC
The Arts Council is committed to providing arts organizations with tools and resources that will help them take action towards increased diversification and access to their programs.

Ethnic Enrichment Festival
Experience the tastes and cultural performances of Japan, Brazil, Hawaii, Ireland and dozens of other countries every August at Swope Park.

Fiesta Kansas City
For one weekend during National Hispanic Month streets are filled with salsa dancers, vendors and mariachi bands to show recognition and appreciation of the Hispanic culture in KC.

Festa Italiana
Organized by the UNICO-KC, attendees enjoy the cultural music, delicious food and wine tastings.

Fringe Festival
This annual 11-day performing and visual arts extravaganza takes place in venues all across the KC metropolitan area.

Gay Pride KC Festival
Organized by the Kansas City Diversity Coalition to enhance, inspire, develop and educate the Kansas City community on LGBT diversity and civil liberties, locally and globally.

Harvest Moon American Indian Festival
Contemporary American Indian arts and performances.

Irish Fest
Every Labor Day weekend experience live performances from  popular Irish bands, Irish dancers and traditional Irish cuisine.

Japan Festival
See the best of martial arts, tea ceremonies, bonsai and origami workshops, and taste delicious Japanese cuisine.

Jazz in the Woods
Tens of thousands of people gather at Corporate Woods in Overland Park to enjoy live jazz, food vendors and the 5K Fun Run.

Kansas City Film Fest
Annual, juried film festival featuring more than 100 local, regional, national and international films.

Kansas International Film Festival
Attracts local, regional and national work, increasing public awareness of independent and classic cinema as a cultural, economic and educational asset.

Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise
Join local and national blues performers on a musical cruise through the Mexican Riviera or Western Caribbean.

Middle of the Map Fest
Sometimes referred to as the SXSW of the Midwest, MOTM captures the unique creative culture of our region through local and national music, forum and film talent. 

Renaissance Festival
Step back in time and experience the joust, interact with more than 500 costumed characters, watch live performances and listen to the music of the dulcimer, mandolin and harp.

Independence Day celebration located along the beautiful Missouri Riverfront features two stages of music, food trucks and other vendors, kids activities and more.

The biggest one-day music festival in America held annually at The Liberty Memorial.

Santa-Cali-Gon Days Festival
Originating in 1940, this annual festival celebrates the City of Independence as the starting point of the Sante Fe, California and Oregon Trails.

Scottish Highland Games
Enjoy bagpipe performances, authentic Scottish cuisine, Celtic merchandise vendors and the Scottish livestock display—complete with sheepdogs and Clydesdales.

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