Open Spaces KC: 62 days, 200+ artists, 1 city

Open Spaces KC: 62 days, 200+ artists, 1 city

Open Spaces is a citywide, family-friendly arts festival with Swope Park as its hub. For nine weeks, August 25-October 28, Kansas City transforms into a center of artistic expression filled with performances, art installations, food, music, and more.

Join Mayor Sly James and Open Spaces Founder Scott Francis as they declare Open Spaces officially open to the public on Saturday, August 25 at Swope Park starting at 11:30 am. The festivities will begin on cue at The Village (Pavilion 1) with performances by Stone Lion Puppet Theatre, Amado & Karen’s Junkyard Orchestra, Sheri Hall’s Poetry for Personal Power, and rap collective NuBlvckCity.

There are four ways to enjoy Open Spaces from August 25 – October 28:

1) The Exhibition includes over 40 public art installations throughout the city, by international, national and local artists.

2) The Village (Pavilion 1) in Swope Park comes alive on weekends with food, local goods for sale, and free performances.

3) The Expanded Field includes free and paid programs happening across the metro such as live puppetry, exhibitions, performances and more.

4) The Weekend at Starlight Theatre (Oct. 12-14) includes iconic performing artists like Janelle Monae and The Roots.

For more information about this awesome nine-week arts experience that’s happening citywide, visit

View the festival program and schedule on under Plan Your Visit.