Read the August 2014 Issue of Johnson County Lifestyle!

Calendar of Events

Summer Sounds in the Park

07/09/2014 - 07/30/2014


Park Place

The 2014 Summer Sounds in the Park concert series continues this year with free summer concerts every Wednesday from 5-8 p.m. Bring the family or grab your friends and enjoy music and dancing, along with shopping and dining at the surrounding Park Place stores and restaurants.

Festival of Butterflies

08/01/2014 - 08/10/2014

AUGUST 1-3 & 8-10

Powell Gardens

Powell Gardens’ signature festival returns for its 18th year! See hundreds of colorful, free-flying butterflies in the indoor conservatory. Learn more about monarchs and what you can do to protect them and other native species.

Kansas City Antiques Expo

08/01/2014 - 08/02/2014

Kansas City

The Kansas City Antiques Expo (formerly the Overland Park Antique Show) is the premier show for high quality antiques in the Midwest. Featuring vendors from all across the United States, the Kansas City Antiques Expo features top dealers in the industry, including experts in glass, wristwatches, porcelain and silver. Admission to the two-day show is $8. KCI Expo Center 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

South Pacific

08/07/2014 - 08/24/2014

Crown Center

Presented by Musical Theater Heritage, this Rodgers and Hammerstein classic follows the lives of U.S. military men, nurses and residents of a Polynesian island during World War II. 816.545.6000 or

Wayne City Landing Days Festival

08/07/2014 - 08/09/2014

Sugar Creek

You’re invited to the first annual celebration to commemorate one of the first riverboat landings west of the Mississippi. Wayne City Landing, also known as the Upper Independence Landing, is the only location in the United States where these four National Historical trails overlap: Lewis and Clark, Santa Fe, Oregon and California.

6 Degrees West & “Jaws”


Crown Center Square

Cap off your work week with top local bands and favorite food trucks. Shop the wares of KC artisans and finish the evening with a famous flick under the stars. (Pets are not permitted at the event.) 816.274.8444.

Great Midwest Balloon Festival

08/08/2014 - 08/10/2014

The Legends

A weekend filled with fun events and activities for the whole family. Hosted this year at Kansas Speedway, watch as more than 50 balloons compete in assorted challenges to raise money benefitting 25 local charities.

Race for the Cure


Union Station

Join forces with your neighbors from all over Kansas City at the 21st annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. This 5K event and kids fun run begins at 7:30 a.m. A survivor’s parade is at 9:30. Register online at

Charlie Parker Celebration

08/14/2014 - 08/31/2014


Organizers have scheduled a series of events to honor Parker, who would turn 94 on Aug. 29. Parker is one of the most important and influential saxophonists and jazz icons. For more information on all the activities: or

Blondes vs. Brunettes KC



To benefit the Alzheimer’s Association, this fun event is organized around a flag football game in which the two participating teams are based on the age-old rivalry between blondes and brunettes. Funds support Alzheimer’s Foundation research.

Bacon Fest KC


Union Station

Bacon Fest raises funds to support medical rehabilitation, employment placement, and disability services for the Rehabilitation Institute of Kansas City (RIKC), so attendees can feel good about the plate-full of delicious food samples they eat. Come embrace this quirky event filled with unique bacon-themed cuisine, local beer selections, and live music. Oh and did we mention a Bacon Eating Contest?!

Head for the Cure 5K Run & Walk


Corporate Woods

One of the largest 5K runs in the city, this event raised $400,000 last year. Proceeds support the Brian Tumor Trials Collaborative in the ongoing quest to eradicate brain cancer. Cost is $30 through Aug. 21; $35 for late registration or day of the Run. Discounts apply for families and teams. Register at

Sprint Triathon & Quintathlon


Longview Lake to Swope Park

In the spirit of Aloha, everyone is welcome to this fun-spirited event, a fundraiser for Beans & Greens. A unique opportunity to participate in a quintathlon (swim/bike/run/bike/run). For more information about the event and to register, visit

Kansas City Irish Fest

08/29/2014 - 08/31/2014


Commemorate Kansas City’s proud Celtic heritage with three days of music, dancing and exhibits. Call 816.561.7555 or visit for ticket information.

Union Station Centennial Celebration Kickoff


Union Station

The free family evening of entertainment and Centennial Kickoff to commemorate 100 years include live music concert, “Union Station Revealed” a breathtaking outdoor digital show with spectacular fireworks finale.