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AMERICAN LEGEND

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upcoming EVENTS

Apr
27
Sat
8th Annual Independence Park Trot 5K Run/Walk @ Waterfall Park
Apr 27 @ 8:00 am

About

Get ready to run! The 8th annual Independence Park Trot 5K Run/Walk is Saturday, April 27, 2019.

Whether you’re an avid runner or a first-time 5K participant, the Independence Park Trot is a great way to start or continue an active lifestyle.

Registration for this free run/walk event opens January 1, 2019 at www.IndependenceParkTrot.com.

Chip-timing will be offered to all participants who register online by Sunday, April 14.

For full details, go to www.IndependenceParkTrot.com.

 

 

Live Action Oregon Trail @ National Frontier Trails Museum
Apr 27 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Will you survive the trail? Or die of dysentery? Test your luck at the second annual Live Action Oregon Trail game.

Teams of four will see if they have what it takes to survive the Oregon Trail! There will 10 stops along the way with games, trivia, and relay races. Teams will pack their wagon, “hunt” wild game, and much more! Each team has the chance to win points at each stop. The team with the most overall points wins Live Action Oregon Trail! We will also have a prize for the best-dressed team. We will have fabulous prizes for our winners.

It is $30 to register a team of 4 (NOT $30 per person!) So just register for one ticket, when you check out, you will be prompted for a team name. Children are welcome, but they must have at least one adult on their team. We recommend ages 8 and up.

You can also purchase a Live Action Oregon Trail T-shirt for $15 in advance.

Live Action Oregon Trail 2019

 

Apr
28
Sun
Cherry Blossom Festival @ Independence Uptown Market
Apr 28 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

The Cherry Blossom Festival is an annual spring event to celebrate Japanese culture in the Midwest. The festival also celebrates the City of Independence’s longstanding relationship with our sister city of Higashimurayama, Japan. Join us on Sunday, April 28 at the new Uptown Market in Independence from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. for shopping, music and dance performances, cultural presentations, food and fun!

 

2019 Cherry Blossom Festival flyer
May
4
Sat
Truman Day
May 4 all-day

The buck stops here, and you should, too.

In honor of President Harry S. Truman’s 135th birthday (May 8, 1884), admission to Independence attractions is free or just $1 on May 4. Free sites include the Truman National Historic Site, Chicago & Alton Depot and the 1827 Log Courthouse. Get access for $1 to the Library & Museum, National Frontier Trails Museum, Vaile Mansion, Bingham-Waggoner Estate,  and 1859 Jail and Marshall Home. Individual attraction’s hours of operation apply.

In addition to $1 admission at historic sites around town, take part in activities celebrating the life and times of Harry Truman on the Independence Square. Join in on a baking competition at Gilbert Whitney & Co. or sign a giant birthday card to our hometown hero.

 

Truman Day 2019
May
8
Wed
Harry S. Truman Birthday Celebration @ Harry S. Truman Presidential Library & Museum
May 8 all-day

The Truman Library will host a wreath laying ceremony in the morning and birthday cake will be served in the afternoon. There will be free admission all day to the museum. In the evening, celebrate Truman’s birthday with a special viewing of HBO’s “Truman,” starring Gary Sinise, presented in partnership with VisitKC. The movie will be free to the public. VIP reception tickets can be purchased for $15 at https://12130.thankyou4caring.org/events/2019-truman-film-screening.

 

Harry S. Truman
May
25
Sat
Travis Tritt and The Charlie Daniels Band Outlaws & Renegades Tour @ Silverstein Eye Centers Arena
May 25 @ 7:00 pm

Travis Tritt and The Charlie Daniels Band Outlaws and Renegades Tour, with special guest The Cadillac Three, comes to the Silverstein Eye Centers Arena for a Memorial Day weekend bash.

Tickets on sale now!

Concert presented by Country 94.1 KFKF

Doors: 6 p.m.
Showtime: 7 p.m.

 

 

May
31
Fri
KC Food Truck Face-Off 2019 @ Independence Chamber of Commerce
May 31 @ 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm

KC Food Truck Face-Off showcases the next generation of Kansas City’s food truck scene. In this friendly food competition, you get to be the judge! Eat quarter-sized entrees from each of the competing food trucks, drink beer and spirits from local breweries and distilleries, and be merry with yard games and more. Local food critics will critique each entrée and award the Critic’s Choice Award, but you get to vote to decide who is deemed the 2019 Rookie Food Truck of the Year!

Brandon Simpson, owner of the Jazzy B’s food truck, will emcee the event. He will visit each competing food truck to give you a play-by-play account, as well as interact with the panel of food critics, to help you decide which truck will win your vote. Enjoy local restaurants, craft beverages, and historic sites before the event or even catch a movie after.

Food Truck Face-Off is located on the north side of the historic Independence Square. The event is sponsored by Mid-Continent Public Library’s Square One Small Business Services, Jazzy B’s Food Truck, the Ennovation Center, the Business of Food Trucks, and the Independence Chamber of Commerce.

 

Food Truck Face-Off 2019
Jun
1
Sat
Strawberry Festival @ Vaile Mansion
Jun 1 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

At the annual Strawberry Festival, enjoy free admission to the Vaile Mansion grounds, where 100 craft and antique dealers will set up shop for the day. Enjoy strawberry treats offered by the Vaile Society, as well as music, entertainment, antiques, crafts, ice cream, beverages and a children’s corner.  Step inside the Vaile for a mansion tours will, also available and priced at $6 for adults and $3 for children. 

 

Jun
2
Sun
Juice WRLD’s Death Race For Love Tour @ Silverstein Eye Centers Arena
Jun 2 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Juice WRLD’S A Death Race For Love Tour, with co-host Ski Mask The Slump God and Lyrical Lemonade All-Stars, will be making a stop at Silverstein Eye Centers Arena on Sunday, June 2.

Following the release of his new single, “Robbery,” and accompanying Cole Bennett video, Chicago artist Juice WRLD has announced his upcoming North American tour.

Born Jarad Higgins, Juice WRLD got his start by shunning major streaming services and building a major following on Soundcloud. Within weeks of the February 2018 premiere of his video for “All Girls Are the Same,” he scored a deal with Interscope Records.

Soon after the signing, Juice WRLD made his debut with Goodbye & Good Riddance and drew critical acclaim from the likes of The New York Times, who called it “one of the year’s most effective hip-hop releases.”

Juice WRLD also completed his sold-out, debut headlining tour of North America in 2018 and is set to make his Coachella debut this year.

 

Juice WRLD A Death Race for Love
Jun
4
Tue
Adam Sandler: 100% Fresher @ Silverstein Eye Centers Arena
Jun 4 @ 8:00 pm

Adam Sandler will be traveling across North America with his 100% Fresher tour this summer making a stop in Independence at Silverstein Eye Centers Arena, Tuesday, June 4th at 8:00 p.m.

Tickets are on sale to the general public starting Friday, March 29th at 10 a.m. local time at Ticketmaster.com.

A successful actor, writer, producer, and musician, Sandler has been performing for live audiences on a sold-out tour over the last couple of years across the U.S. and Canada. 100% Fresh was released on Netflix on October 23rd, 2018 and marked Sandler’s first comedy special in 20 years. In conjunction with Netflix, Warner Bros. Records released the audio companion to Sandler’s critically acclaimed Netflix special, 100% Fresh: A Netflix Original Comedy Special, on all streaming services and CD on March 22nd. Sandler’s comedy albums on Warner Bros. Records have gone multi-platinum and have collectively sold more than 6 million copies to date.

Beyond his beloved standup, Sandler’s films have grossed over $3 billion worldwide.

 

Adam Sandler !00% Fresher
Jun
7
Fri
Billie Eilish When We All Fall Asleep Tour @ Silverstein Eye Centers Arena
Jun 7 @ 7:30 pm

96.5 The Buzz presents Billie Eilish live at Silverstein Eye Centers Arena with special guest Denzel Curry.

Doors: 6:30 p.m. Showtime: 7:30 p.m.

Each ticket purchased online comes with a physical copy of Billie’s forthcoming album, “WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO?,” out March 29.

 

When We All Fall Asleep World Tour
Jun
14
Fri
Independence Wine and Brew Walk @ The Independence Square (GA check-in shown)
Jun 14 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Stroll through the historic Independence Square while sampling local and regional wine, brews and spirits.

At check-in, guests receive a wristband, souvenir wine glass, wine tote and a list of pour locations. Must be 21 or older to participate and must show ID at check-in.

Advance tickets: General admission advance tickets are $20 before May 1, 2019, $25 before June 14, 2019, or $30 at the door. General admission check-in runs from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Courhouse Exchange Restaurant, 113 W. Lexington Ave.

VIP Tickets, $40 (limited quantity available): The VIP experience allows you to enter the event one hour ahead of general admission ticket holders. Sit back and relax in the VIP area and enjoy a cocktail along with heavy appetizers and live music. VIP guests chec kin at 5 p.m. at Diamond Bowl & Billiards, 218 N. Osage St.

After party: After the event ends, we invite you to stick around and enjoy music on the patio at Courthouse Exchange.

 

Wine & Brew Walk

 

 

 

 

Jun
22
Sat
Breakfast and Blooms @ Bingham-Waggoner Estate
Jun 22 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Enjoy breakfast on the grounds of the historic Bingham-Waggoner Estate followed by presentations by the experts at two local nurseries.

  • Catered breakfast served on the grounds of the beautiful Bingham-Waggoner Estate.
  • Music provided by the American Legion Band’s Wind Ensemble.
  • Local nursery presentations
    • Farrand Farms – 10:00 to 10:45.
      • Marion Morris to demonstrate planting butterfly gardens.
    • Missouri Wildflowers Nursery – 11:00 to 11:45.
      • Mervin Wallace to demonstrate planting a prairie garden.
    • Both nurseries will have plants and products for sale after their presentations.
  • Tour of the Bingham-Waggoner Estate is included in the ticket price.

Tickets for this event are $20 each

Reservations are required. Call 816-461-3491.

 

Bingham-Waggoner Estate
Jun
28
Fri
60th Anniversary Celebration: 1859 Jail and Marshal’s Home @ 1859 Jail and Marshal's Home
Jun 28 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Join the 1859 Jail Museum as we celebrate our 60th Anniversary as a museum! We will offer free admission and extend our normal operating hours.

 

1859 Jail and Marshal’s Home
Jun
29
Sat
Global Family Reunion @ Midwest Genealogy Center
Jun 29 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Celebrate family connections across the globe in a day-long party. Global Family Reunion is a live, worldwide family reunion, festival, fair, and genealogy convention created by bestselling author A.J. Jacobs.

The Midwest Genealogy Center will host Mid-Continent Public Library’s reunion, featuring a performance from entertainer Will Stuck, a demonstration by Mad Science, fun hands-on learning experiences, a photo booth, a petting zoo, historic re-enactors, and free hot dog lunch while supplies last.

Visit mymcpl.org/family reunion for a full schedule of events.

 

The Midwest Genealogy Center.
Jul
3
Wed
Independence Day Celebration @ : Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Pageant Grounds & Mormon Visitor Center
Jul 3 @ 7:00 pm

The City of Independence’s annual Independence Day Celebration will once again take place on July 3 in partnership with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

Join us for a great night of free, family friendly fun.

Please note alcohol, animals and outside fireworks are prohibited. No outside coolers will be allowed on the event grounds.

Schedule:

  • 7:oo p.m. Red Head Express Concert

Red Head Express is an American country music band consisting of four sisters and will perform live outside on a lighted stage.  Bring your lawn chairs, blankets and watch this amazing performance. (hosted by the Independence Missouri Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints).

Concessions available for purchase.

  • 9:00 p.m. Spirit of Independence Concert Band
  • 9:30 p.m. Fireworks Display

 

Fireworks near the Community of Christ Temple
Jul
13
Sat
32nd Annual Bingham-Waggoner Antique & Craft Fair @ Bingham-Waggoner Estate
Jul 13 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Live music, free admission

 

Bingham-Waggoner Estate
Jul
19
Fri
The Dude Perfect Pound It Noggin Tour @ Silverstein Eye Centers Arena
Jul 19 @ 7:00 pm

YouTube sensations Dude Perfect have announce their first-ever live tour across the United States. The Pound It Noggin Tour will stop in Independence on July 19.

Tyler Toney, Cody Jones, Garrett Hilbert, and twins Coby and Cory Cotton will take their ultimate variety show across the U.S. this summer. The five best friends from Frisco, Texas have more than 70 million social media followers and will be giving fans a look into the fun world of Dude Perfect, highlighting—live and in person—fan favorites such as Overtime, Stereotypes, Battles and stunts. Some lucky fans will even have the chance to participate with the dudes in their crazy antics!

Doors at 6 p.m.

Show at 7 p.m.

 

The Pound It Noggin Tour
Sep
14
Sat
Arboretum Scavenger Hunt @ Vaile Mansion
Sep 14 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

The Vaile Victorian Society and the Independence Tree Commission are sponsoring an arboretum scavenger hunt at the Vaile Manison on Saturday, September 14 from 10 a.m. to noon. It will be a great way for families to spend an autumn day on the Vaile grounds. Come celebrate the wonderful history of Independence.

To participate, you must register with Charlotte Olejko, at 816-797-8711. Donations will be accepted. Meet at Vaile Mansion , 1500 N Liberty Street, parking lot on the north side of the mansion.

 

Vaile Mansion
7th Annual Independence Uncorked Winefest @ Bingham-Waggoner Estate
Sep 14 @ 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm

 

The 7th Annual Independence Uncorked Wine Festival, one of the largest wine festivals in the state, is scheduled for September 14, 2019 on the grounds of the Historic Bingham-Waggoner Estate.

Independence Uncorked  features 25 Missouri wineries sampling several of their wines, a guest spirits distiller, and over 2,500 attendees. The day will also feature art, music, beer, food booths and wine classes. The event is hosted by the Rotary Club of Eastern Independence and presented by Stewardship Capital.

The cost is $30 in advance and $40 at the door. Ticket includes a wine glass for all and four-bottle wine bag for the first 2,000 people.

The Bingham-Waggoner Estate is an 1852 mansion and estate once owned by George Caleb Bingham, the famous Missouri artist. Proceeds from the event will go towards various national and local charities supported by Rotary. Beneficiaries have included the McCoy Park all-inclusive playground, Great Plains SPCA, Community Services League, Independence School District Character Plus Program, Special Olympics, Shoes for Orphan Soles, Shelter Box, Job One, CAPA, Hope House, Rotary Youth Camp, Drumm Farm for Kids and the Rotary Foundation to name just a few. This year’s charity of choice is Restoration House of Greater Kansas City-Ending Human Trafficking.

Bring your lawn chairs and spend the afternoon.  No outside food or drink allowed, but food will be available for sale.

 

Independence Uncorked Winefest