On the first Friday of every month, galleries, art studios and other businesses in the Crossroads District host an art walk to showcase local and national artists. Admission is FREE.
This event has grown in popularity and includes traditional and avant-garde art exhibits, artist demonstrations, street music, aerial performances, sidewalk vendors, buskers, live theater, food trucks, and more. Make it a full evening with food and drinks from a growing number of restaurants and entertainment options.
The official start time for First Fridays is 5 p.m. and most galleries are open until 9 p.m., but there are other activities happening and businesses open later.
Kids are welcome but know that most shops and galleries don’t have space to navigate strollers so plan on leaving those behind.
The Crossroads Arts District is located in the heart of Kansas City at 17th and Wyandotte in Kansas City, MO.
Getting During First Fridays
Street parking is available in the Crossroads District, but it goes fast, especially on First Fridays. There are several paid lots nearby. Here is a printable map that may be of use.
Other options include The Metro bus or the KC Streetcar which makes two stops in the Crossroads (16th Street and 19th Street).
Once you’ve arrived, this guide can help you explore.
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