Best 2018 Winter Events & Things to do in Kansas City

The thought of ice and snow may make you weep, but Kansas City can open the door to a winter wonderland if you let it! Keep your calendars full with these amazing winter events in Kansas City, and spring will be back before you know it.


KC Foodie Festival

Date: December 1
Time: 11 AM
Location: iWerx (1520 Clay St, Kansas City, MO)
Price: $10+

Delicious artisanal foods, sippable drinks, and live entertainment await you at the 2nd annual KC Foodie Fest. Sample local foods and products, buy more of what you like and toss what you don’t, and let loose. Just be sure to bring your second stomach—you may need it.


Date: December 7
Time: 12 PM
Location: Municipal Arena (301 W 13th St, Kansas City, MO)
Price: Free!

Parrrruumph-parrumpadumpa. That’s the sound of hundreds of tubas kicking off the Christmas season in Kansas City. Since 1979, the Kansas City Orchestra has been bringing together some of the Midwest’s best tuba players and musicians this annual lunchtime concert. It’s just $10 to perform and 100% free to watch, so secure your seat online, grab a sammich, and let the holiday spirit take hold. (Or just listen—whatever floats your boat.)

Winter Rescue Bash!

Date: December 8
Time: 5:30 PM
Location: Stockyards Brewing Co. (1600 Genessee St, Kansas City, MO)
Price: Free!

A fundraiser for KC Pet Project and Unleashed Pet Rescue and Adoption, Winter Rescue Bash! is back for its fourth go-round. Donate to a good cause and win raffle prices while being disarmed by puppy-dog eyes and whines.

SantaCon KC 2018

Date: December 15
Time: 4 PM
Location: Kansas City, MO
Price: $40+

More than 200 Santas will be attending the 14th annual SantaCon KC this year. Party buses will be transporting participants to every Kansas City bar district and pub imaginable. Hurry and register—and don’t forget to wash last year’s Santa suit (yuck).

NYE Live! New Year’s Eve Party

Date: December 31
Time: 8 PM
Location: KC Live! (13th & Grand Blvd, Kansas City, MO)
Price: $65+

While $65 is nothing to scoff at, it’s a small price to pay for one of the best New Year’s Eve parties in Kansas City. Your ticket includes access to up to 12 local bars, holiday treats, live music, and the midnight champagne toast. Get your tickets before they sell out, and please drink responsibly.

Kansas City Royal Princess Ball

Date: January 6
Time: 9 AM
Location: Courtyard by Marriot (4000 N Mulberry Dr, Kansas City, MO)
Price: $32+

Kids get the royal treatment at this royal ball. Everyone’s favorite princesses will be in attendance, including Snow White, Cinderella, and other off-brand leading ladies of Disney. Dads—be your daughter’s Prince Charming by reserving VIP tickets.

EAT.PLAY.GIVE Pickleball Tournament

Date: January 12
Time: 9:30 AM
Location: Chicken N Pickle (1761 Burlington St, Kansas City, MO)
Price: $25 (solo entry)/$100 (team)

Benefiting the University of Kansas Cancer Center, this 2nd annual pickleball tournament and charity event will pit up to 24 teams against each other in a pickle-off. Sign up to play in the tourney or just arrive with an empty stomach as lunch is included with admission. Plus, a live auction will be held, featuring prizes like artwork, trips, tickets to sporting events, and maybe even some pickles.

And That’s Why We Drink

Date: January 18
Time: 7 PM
Location: The Truman (801 E Truman Rd, Kansas City, MO)
Price: $25+

Wine and true-crime stories abound at this unique Kansas City event. Can you solve the unsolved mysteries of the world? Or would you rather indulge in spirits and let the professionals work? Either way, this is the place to be. Keep an eye out for “Fan Tickets” to reserve your spot, and please drink responsibly (again).

Good Living Expo

Date: February 1-2
Time: Varies
Location: Overland Park Convention Center (6000 College Blvd, Overland Park, KS)

It’s the largest fitness and healthy-living event in Kansas City, featuring over 200 vendors, sponsors, activities, and products. The weekend event is fun for all ages and educational beyond belief. Tickets will go on sale this November, so keep your eyelids propped open to reserve yours.


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