Event Calendar

Join local historian and author of “Voices in Bronze and Stone: Kansas City’s World War I Monuments and Memorials” James J. Heiman as he discusses his latest book, “Front Lines to Headlines: The World War … Continued
Midwest Genealogy Center
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 … Continued
Waterfall Park
Apr 27 @ 8:00 am – 2:00 pm
A celebration of plants. The Uptown Garden Faire is more than just a garden market. Events include an Arbor Day celebration with Smokey Bear, demonstrations on hypertufa, concrete leaf making, fire pit building, fairy gardens and … Continued
Independence Uptown Market
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 … Continued
National Frontier Trails Museum
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 … Continued
Independence Uptown Market
President Harry S. Truman’s decision to commit American troops to Korea in 1950 remains one of the most crucial, world-changing acts of the Truman presidency. Nearly 70 years later, the complicated relationship between the United … Continued
Harry S. Truman Library & Museum
May 2 @ 10:00 am – May 24 @ 8:00 pm
The Roaming Center for Magnetic Alternatives is searching for a picture of LGBTQ+ life in the Midwest from 1977-2006. Explore a collection of more than 1,000 VHS tapes collected by RCMA or bring in your … Continued
Midwest Genealogy Center
In conjunction with the City of Independence’s Truman Day celebration on May 4, the Chicago and Alton Depot will celebrate National Train Day. Enjoy the workings of a model train display inside the oldest train … Continued
Chicago & Alton Depot
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 … Continued
May 4 @ 7:00 am – 1:00 pm
Local farmers and growers offer fresh seasonal fruits and vegetables, jams and jellies, honey and much more. There is also a wide array of crafts to choose from during your visit.  
Independence Uptown Market
May 4 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Take a rare opportunity to discover the inside of some of the most historic, private spaces on the Independence Square. You will get a chance to see second-floor living spaces, vacant buildings, industrial space and … Continued
The Independence Square
May 4 @ 6:30 pm
The Civil War started as a ruthless guerilla conflict on the Missouri-Kansas border. Learn about the war from the guerilla perspective from the raid on Lawrence by William Quantrill and Order Number 11 to other … Continued
Midwest Genealogy Center
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 … Continued
Harry S. Truman Presidential Library & Museum
May 8 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Discover the meanings of commonly found tombstone icons with an overview of changes in tombstone materials and design and some tips to maximize your family research.  
Midwest Genealogy Center
May 10 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
See the Brad Cunningham Band live at 7 p.m. on Friday, May 10, at the Independence Uptown Market The concert is the first in a new summer concert series presented by the City of Independence … Continued
Independence Uptown Market
May 11 @ 7:00 am – 1:00 pm
Local farmers and growers offer fresh seasonal fruits and vegetables, jams and jellies, honey and much more. There is also a wide array of crafts to choose from during your visit.  
Independence Uptown Market
May 11 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Bring Mom and your smartphone or camera to get your picture taken, just like Lela and Ginger did in front of the house in 1964. Tickets include a tour of the museum, tea/coffee and delicious … Continued
The Owens-Rogers Museum
May 12 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Calling vendors and bargain hunters alike. Come to downtown Independence for the Uptown Flea Market between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m.on the second Sunday of each month, 12 months a year.    
Independence Uptown Market
May 13 @ 2:00 pm
Join Barbara Hughes as she retells the life of early Jackson County settler Mary Lobb from her migration from Kentucky in the 1840s to the Border War that jeopardized her family and community.  
Midwest Genealogy Center
As part of its celebration of Historic Preservation Month, the City of Independence presents “Behind Closed Doors: The Truman Home.” Shortly before the Truman Home opened to the public in 1984, National Park Service staff … Continued
National Park Service Visitor’s Center
May 16 @ 6:00 pm
As part of its celebration of Historic Preservation Month, the City of Independence presents “Tales of Those Interred,” a special tour of historic Woodlawn Cemetery. Meet the rogues, rascals and saints of Woodlawn Cemetery. Join … Continued
Woodlawn Cemetery
Major Garrett, CBS News’ Chief White House Correspondent, returns to the Truman Library for evening sharing anecdotes from his latest book, “Mr. Trump’s Wild Ride: The Thrills, Chills, Screams, and Occasional Blackouts of An Extraordinary … Continued
Harry S. Truman Library and Museum
Hear the tales of the officials and outlaws – the famous and not so famous — who lived, worked, and passed through the doors of the 1859 Jail, Marshal’s Home and Museum in downtown Independence. … Continued
Midwest Genealogy Center
May 18 @ 7:00 am – 1:00 pm
Local farmers and growers offer fresh seasonal fruits and vegetables, jams and jellies, honey and much more. There is also a wide array of crafts to choose from during your visit.  
Independence Uptown Market
May 22 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
As part of it’s celebration of Historic Preservation Month, the City of Independence presents “Restoration Revealed.” The 1859 Jail, Marshal’s Home, & Museum building is undergoing one of the most extensive restoration projects in its … Continued
1859 Jail, Marshal’s Home, & Museum
May 25 all-day
As part of it’s celebration of Historic Preservation Month, the City of Independence presents “Secrets of the Sites.” Take a free tour of the city’s historic sites in areas often closed to the public. See … Continued
Locations vary
May 25 @ 7:00 am – 1:00 pm
Local farmers and growers offer fresh seasonal fruits and vegetables, jams and jellies, honey and much more. There is also a wide array of crafts to choose from during your visit.  
Independence Uptown Market
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 … Continued
Silverstein Eye Centers Arena
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, … Continued
Independence Chamber of Commerce
Jun 1 @ 7:00 am – 1:00 pm
Local farmers and growers offer fresh seasonal fruits and vegetables, jams and jellies, honey and much more. There is also a wide array of crafts to choose from during your visit.  
Independence Uptown Market