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Kansas City's Big Picnic

The Donald J. Hall Sculpture Park Celebration
In partnership with Kansas City Parks & Recreation. All activities and performances are FREE and ongoing 4-7 p.m. unless noted.

KC Parks and Recreation and Nelson-Atkins Welcome Tent
Stop by the tent on Emanuel Cleaver II Boulevard by the Big Picnic sign for giveaways and information about upcoming events!

Live Performances
4-5:30 p.m. | Dylan Bassett Percussion Trio
5:30-7 p.m. | Victor & Penny and Their Loose Change Orchestra
5-6 p.m. | Concert Band by The 312th Army Band of Lawrence, a group of 38 talented musicians performs favorites.

5-5:30 & 6:30-7 p.m. | Fabula Magnificus! A Roman Story Battle. Join larger-than-life Gods and Goddesses as they challenge each other to a war of words.

4 p.m., 5 p.m. & 6 p.m. | The Rabbit Hole presents: George and Martha, The Picnic

StoneLion Puppet Theatre | Be amazed by the giant puppets!

Art Activity
Accessorize like a princess or gladiator of the Roman Empire!

Sculpture Challenge
Take a few minutes to appreciate selected sculptures through brief activities with museum and teen guides.
Ferment, 2011 | Roxy Paine
Glass Labyrinth, 2013 | Robert Morris
Sheep Piece, 1971-1972 | Henry Moore
Shuttlecocks, 1994 | Claes Oldenburg & Coosje van Bruggen

Beer Garden and J & R’s Hot Dog Cart plus a variety of food trucks stationed along Emanuel Cleaver II Boulevard – choose your favorite and dine al fresco!
– Air Summer Snow
– Bochi
– KC BBQ Truck
– Monk’s Roast Beef
– Poppy’s
– Savannah Sweets
– Snowie – KC Snow Cone Truck
– Taco Republic
– Wilma’s Good Food To Go
– Purple Carrot Co-op
– Beauty of the Bistro

Free Drinking Water
Water Bar courtesy KC Water Services

Lawn Games & Other On-going Activities
Get active with outdoor games, courtesy of KC Crew.
Badminton – Try your hand at a game of badminton or watch the experts play.
Play the Piano thanks to Pianos on Parade
Plein Air Painting – Watch local artists capture festivities in both parks.
Ongoing entertainment by Richard Renner and his amazing Recycle Cycle

Photo Spots
Snap a picture on the GIANT Adirondack chairs or picture frame.

Featured Exhibition | Luxury: Treasure of the Roman Empire open until 5 p.m. and on view through October 02, 2016. (tickets required)

Accessible route and restrooms in the Bloch Building until 7 p.m.
Portable restrooms in Theis Park

Please note: no grills, no stakes, no tenting at this event and pets must be on leashes.

Parking in the museum garage is $8. Museum members park FREE. Additonal FREE parking:

  • Kauffman Gardens, 4800 Rockhill Road
  • Kauffman Foundation, 4801 Rockhill Road
  • Safe and secure bike parking courtesy of BikeWalk KC’s Bike Valet Service in Southmoreland Park.



4:00 PM - 7:00 PM