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Top 10 Things You Must Do in Kansas City Before Summer Ends


After a sweltering summer in Kansas City, many of us at McCarthy Chevrolet are warmly embracing the second half of 2017. But there’s still a lot left to do before the sun sets on these 100-degree days! Although you could fill up your calendar with late-summer gems like this Census Records Research class in Lee’s Summit, why not break free from the ho-hum and inject a little excitement into your life? With these 10 amazing Kansas City summer events on tap, you’ll be ready to kick off your fall on the highest of high notes.


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  1. Music Under the Arch (Kansas City, MO – Aug 31st & Sept 28th)

Held on the last Thursday of August and September, the City Market’s Music Under the Arch concert series is a great way to get ready for #TGIF. The August 31st show will feature local artist Katy Guillen & The Girls, while The Old No. 5’s will take the stage on September 28th. Concerts start at 5 pm at City Market. Check out their events page for more details about this 100% free event in the heart of Kansas City.

  1. Parkville Days (Parkville, MO – Aug 18th-20th)

Head north from our Lee’s Summit car dealership, and you’ll find two days’ worth of fun at Parkville Days. As one of the area’s largest festivals, this annual event is entirely free and offers everything from arts and crafts to carnival rides to live music. It’s even got a fantastic beer garden for adults and a full-fledged parade. View more details about this Parkville Days festival at



  1. City Market Total Eclipse Watch Party (Kansas City, MO – Aug 21st)

Hosted at the City Market, this Total Eclipse Watch Party is a must-attend event. Kansas City hasn’t seen a solar eclipse since 1806 and no one alive today will be around to watch the next one (2205). Unless you’re a cyborg or intend on preserving your body for a century or two, this is your only chance to watch one of nature’s coolest events in person. FOX4 meteorologist Joe Lauria will also be there to educate kids and adults alike. Read more about this free afternoon party at

  1. Liberty Fall Festival (Liberty, MO – Sept 22nd-24th)

Just a short drive north past Kansas City, the Liberty Fall Festival is the cure for your family’s end-of-summer blues. Children can enjoy rides, snow cones, and cotton candy. Parents can enjoy cleaning up the syrupy mess afterward. Homegrown produce is also available for purchase, so think of Liberty Fall Festival as a larger farmer’s market. View the three-day festival’s schedule of activities here.



  1. LEGOLAND® Discovery Center (Kansas City, MO)

The new LEGOLAND® Train Station Adventure recently opened, and now’s the best time to let your kids climb, jump, and roll around in the locomotive-inspired play area. Of course, LEGOLAND is also home to other fun Kansas City attractions, such as Miniland®, Kingdom Quest, and LEGO® 4d Cinema. Discover what’s inside this kid-favorite KC treat anytime, summer or otherwise.

  1. Riverside Fest (Riverside, MO – Sept 16th)

Hosted by the Riverside Chamber of Commerce, this afternoon event will feature 38 Special as well as local bands like Suneaters, Mad Libby, and Shades of Grey. Also on hand will be a beer garden, vendors, and some of the area’s best food served from the counter of food trucks. There’s a lot to love about Riverside Fest, so be sure to grab tickets online at



  1. Dancefestopia Music Festival (Sugar Creek, MO – Sept 7th-10th)

Dance the weekend away at this high-energy festival! Located at the La Benite Riverfront Park, Dancefestopia will feature 4 nights of nonstop music played by more than 35 artists, fireworks, canoe trips, and so much more adult-friendly excitement. You can pack your Chevy Silverado with camping gear and spend your evenings within yards of the great Missouri River. Tickets are on sale now at

  1. Gladfest 38 (Gladstone, MO – Sept 29th-Oct 1st)

The weekend after summer ends is when Gladfest kicks into gear. Carnival games and rides will be available all three days (“All You Can Ride” specials are available), and the parade will head through Linden Square on Saturday morning. A full schedule of events has yet to be released, but last year’s activities included a train exhibit, craft booths, camel rides, science experiments, BBQ contests, a petting zoo, and much more. Keep up to date on what’s happening at this year’s Gladfest by visiting their website.

  1. Kansas City Chalk & Walk Festival (Kansas City, MO – Sept 9th-10th)

Stationed at the Crown Center Square in KC, the Chalk & Walk Festival brings together local artists and kids to design, color, and transform the sidewalks into wonderful pieces of art. By the end of the weekend, no brick or slab of concrete will be left uncovered! This event is completely free and runs from morning to night on September 9th and 10th. Check out the Crown Center site for more event details.



  1. 45th Annual Santa-Cali-Gon Days Festival (Independence, MO – Labor Day Weekend)

After 45 years, this annual Labor Day weekend event near Blue Springs makes for great entertainment. Bringing in over 300,000 attendees over the course of its three-day run, the Santa-Cali-Gon Days Festival offers over 500 vendor booths, free music and stage acts, carnival rides, games, and contests. There will even be antique fire trucks on display! Spend your Labor Day in Independence, and enjoy an extended weekend of fun. Read more about this event at

Prep for Fall with a New Chevy in Kansas City

With your agenda now all but set in stone, the last thing to do is secure an amazing lease deal on a new Chevy! Shop at our Chevy dealership near Kansas City, MO, and we’ll make sure to give your summer the conclusion it deserves. Browse our selection of new Chevrolet models and used cars for sale today, and save yourself some time by getting pre-approved for financing before dropping by McCarthy Chevrolet Lee’s Summit!


Contact us at (816) 875-4678 or stop by our new and used car dealership in Lee’s Summit (945 SE Oldham Parkway) to speak with one of our sales or service professionals.


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