Aug 25–Oct 28, 2018
#OpenspacesKC

Think of The Village as your home away from home at Open Spaces. If you just want to get your bearings in Swope Park before setting out to experience the art firsthand, our partner architects Populous and HOK have designed an ingenious open-air environment for you to recharge while stimulating your senses. On Saturdays and Sundays, The Village springs to life with a stage for music, dance, spoken word and theatre, a Makers Pavilion, and plenty of food and beverage options. If you live here, you can come back for a different program every weekend — the live music alone covers a full range of jazz, folk, rock, hip-hop, Americana and chamber music.

Performance

StoneLion Puppets – Grand Opening Ribbon Cutting

Saturday 08/25/18 | 11:30 am (CST) - 12:45 pm (CST)
Saturday, August 25 - 11:30 AM The Village at Swope Park Formed in Kansas City by Heather Nisbett-Loewenstein with a focus on high-quality local children’s theater, View More
Performance

Poetry for Personal Power

Saturday 08/25/18 | 1:00 pm (CST) - 3:00 pm (CST)
Saturday, August 25 - 1:00 PM The Village at Swope Park By asking one simple question, ‘What Gives You Personal Power?’, Kansas City-based non-profit Poetry View More
Performance

The Junkyard Orchestra

Saturday 08/25/18 | 3:15 pm (CST) - 4:15 pm (CST)
Saturday, August 25 - 3:15 PM The Village at Swope Park Kansas City musicians Amado Espinoza and Karen Lisondra’s Junkyard Orchestra shows how musical instruments can View More
Performance

NuBlvckCity

Saturday 08/25/18 | 4:30 pm (CST) - 6:00 pm (CST)
Saturday, August 25 - 4:30 PM The Village at Swope Park Based in Kansas City, NuBlvckCity is a five-person dance and music collective whose goal is to View More
Artist

Trey Morgan – Free Prints in the Park

Sunday 08/26/18 | 12:00 pm (CST) - 3:00 pm (CST)
Sunday, August 26 - Noon-3:00 PM The Village at Swope Park With Free Prints in the Park, this Kansas City artist is offering a live printmaking View More
Performance

Team Shakespeare

Sunday 08/26/18 | 1:00 pm (CST) - 2:15 pm (CST)
Sunday, August 26 - 1:00 PM The Village at Swope Park The apprentice troupe of the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival, Team Shakespeare is open to View More
Performance

Elizabeth Schurman – TASK Parties

Sunday 08/26/18 | 2:30 pm (CST) - 5:00 pm (CST)
Sunday, August 26 - 2:30 PM The Village at Swope Park Local writer and arts organizer Elizabeth Schurman, using the moniker KdB, hosts a series of View More
Performance

Clay Sculptures with Red Star Studios

Sunday 08/26/18 | 3:00 pm (CST) - 4:00 pm (CST)
Performance

KC Jazz Orchestra – Mary Lou Williams’s Zodiac Suite

Sunday 08/26/18 | 4:30 pm (CST) - 6:00 pm (CST)
Sunday, August 26 - 4:30 PM The Village at Swope Park Led by Clint Ashlock, the Kansas City Jazz Orchestra will present a brand new View More
Performance

The Ragged Few

Saturday 09/01/18 | 2:30 pm (CST) - 4:00 pm (CST)
Saturday, September 1 - 2:30 PM The Village at Swope Park Formed in 2011 with some personnel changes along the way, The Ragged Few is View More
Performance

Jared Tyler

Saturday 09/01/18 | 4:30 pm (CST) - 6:00 pm (CST)
Saturday, September 1 - 4:30 PM The Village at Swope Park With the 2017 release of his third studio recording, Dirt on Your Hands, Tulsa-based singer, View More
Artist

Trey Morgan – Free Prints in the Park

Sunday 09/02/18 | 12:00 pm (CST) - 3:00 pm (CST)
Sunday, September 2 - Noon-3:00 PM The Village at Swope Park With Free Prints in the Park, this Kansas City artist is offering a live printmaking View More
Performance

Kansas City Rumba Collective

Sunday 09/02/18 | 2:30 pm (CST) - 3:45 pm (CST)
Sunday, September 2 - 2:30 PM The Village at Swope Park Afro-Cuban rumbas have been occurring on Sunday afternoons at Loose Park since the early View More
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Sugar Skull Workshop with Mattie Rhodes Art Center

Sunday 09/02/18 | 3:00 pm (CST) - 4:00 pm (CST)
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The People’s Liberation Big Band of Greater Kansas City

Sunday 09/02/18 | 4:00 pm (CST) - 5:30 pm (CST)
Sunday, September 2 - 4:00 PM The Village at Swope Park Initiated in 2006 by Kansas City musician and composer Brad Cox, the People’s Liberation Big View More
Performance

David Hanson – Bird in the Hand

Friday 09/07/18 | 7:30 pm (CST) - 9:00 pm (CST)
Friday, September 7 - 7:30 PM Battle of Westport Visitor Center Kansas City’s most ardent champion of immersive theater, David Hanson revisits his Bird in the View More
Performance

The Space Within

Saturday 09/08/18 | 1:30 pm (CST) - 3:30 pm (CST)
Saturday, September 8 - 1:30 PM The Village at Swope Park Huascar Edil Medina has lived artfully in Topeka, Kansas since 2001 as a writer/actor/ singer/artist. View More
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Mikal Shapiro – The Musical

Saturday 09/08/18 | 3:00 pm (CST) - 4:30 pm (CST)
Saturday, September 8 - 3:00 PM The Village at Swope Park Kansas City songwriter Mikal Shapiro’s musical influences span popular songs, psychedelic rock, lounge music and old-time View More
Performance

The Sexy Accident

Saturday 09/08/18 | 5:00 pm (CST) - 6:30 pm (CST)
Saturday, September 8 - 5:00 PM The Village at Swope Park Formed 12 years ago by singer and bandleader Jesse Kates, Kansas City’s The Sexy Accident View More
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David Hanson – Bird in the Hand

Saturday 09/08/18 | 7:30 pm (CST) - 9:00 pm (CST)
Saturday, September 8 - 7:30 PM Battle of Westport Visitor Center Kansas City’s most ardent champion of immersive theater, David Hanson revisits his Bird in the View More
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Juggling and Mime Workshop with Laughing Matters

Sunday 09/09/18 | 3:00 pm (CST) - 4:00 pm (CST)
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Dionysus – El Viaje

Sunday 09/09/18 | 3:00 pm (CST) - 4:00 pm (CST)
Sunday, September 9 - 3:00 PM The Village at Swope Park Membership in the new music trio Dionysus includes local saxophonist Alastair Wright along with View More
Performance

newEar Contemporary Chamber Ensemble – Our Ancient Past

Sunday 09/09/18 | 4:30 pm (CST) - 6:00 pm (CST)
Sunday, September 9 - 4:30 PM The Village at Swope Park Kansas City’s pre-eminent chamber group dedicated to performing contemporary works by living composers, newEar Contemporary View More
Performance

David Hanson – Bird in the Hand

Friday 09/14/18 | 7:30 pm (CST) - 9:00 pm (CST)
Friday, September 14 - 7:30 PM Battle of Westport Visitor Center Kansas City’s most ardent champion of immersive theater, David Hanson revisits his Bird in the View More
Makers

Terry Lee Whetstone

Saturday 09/15/18 | 12:00 pm (CST)
Saturday, September 15 The Village at Swope Park Terry Lee Whetstone is a 9-time World Class Music Award winner in Hollywood and has won multiple View More
Makers

Asiyah Rasheed – CoCo Shea

Saturday 09/15/18 | 12:00 pm (CST)
Saturday, September 15 The Village at Swope Park CoCo Shea is a trendsetting natural body care company. We use only the finest plant-based, unrefined ingredients, View More
Makers

Kēvin Callahan and Prairie Primitives

Saturday 09/15/18 | 12:00 pm (CST)
Saturday, September 15 The Village at Swope Park Kēvin Callahan and Prairie Primitives uses wood found primarily on his property to create one-of-a kind keepsakes. View More
Performance

Maura Garcia Dance – Uncle Jimmy’s Table

Saturday 09/15/18 | 2:00 pm (CST) - 3:30 pm (CST)
Saturday, September 15 - 2:00 PM The Village at Swope Park Maura Garcia Dance offers performances featuring choreographic works of Artistic Director Maura Garcia (non-enrolled View More
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Bobby Ray – The Entertainer

Saturday 09/15/18 | 4:30 pm (CST) - 5:30 pm (CST)
Saturday, September 15 - 4:30 PM The Village at Swope Park A pioneer in Kansas City hip-hop dance, director and choreographer Bobby Ray presents The Entertainer, View More
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David Hanson – Bird in the Hand

Saturday 09/15/18 | 7:30 pm (CST) - 9:00 pm (CST)
Saturday, September 15 - 7:30 PM Battle of Westport Visitor Center Kansas City’s most ardent champion of immersive theater, David Hanson revisits his Bird in the View More
Makers

Terry Lee Whetstone

Sunday 09/16/18 | 12:00 pm (CST)
Sunday, September 16 The Village at Swope Park Terry Lee Whetstone is a 9-time World Class Music Award winner in Hollywood and has won multiple View More
Makers

Vira Dobbins Glass Works

Sunday 09/16/18 | 12:00 pm (CST) - 5:30 pm (CST)
Sunday, September 16 The Village at Swope Park Vira’s fused glass creations are not only functional but beautiful as well. From dishes you can use View More
Makers

Asiyah Rasheed – CoCo Shea

Sunday 09/16/18 | 12:00 pm (CST)
Sunday, September 16 The Village at Swope Park CoCo Shea is a trendsetting natural body care company. We use only the finest plant-based, unrefined ingredients, View More
Makers

Kēvin Callahan and Prairie Primitives

Sunday 09/16/18 | 12:00 pm (CST)
Sunday, September 16 The Village at Swope Park Kēvin Callahan and Prairie Primitives uses wood found primarily on his property to create one-of-a kind keepsakes. View More
Artist

Trey Morgan – Free Prints in the Park

Sunday 09/16/18 | 12:00 pm (CST) - 3:00 pm (CST)
Sunday, September 16 - Noon-3:00 PM The Village at Swope Park With Free Prints in the Park, this Kansas City artist is offering a live printmaking View More
Performance

Maura Garcia Dance – Uncle Jimmy’s Table

Sunday 09/16/18 | 2:00 pm (CST) - 3:30 pm (CST)
Sunday, September 16 - 2:00 PM The Village at Swope Park Maura Garcia Dance offers performances featuring choreographic works of Artistic Director Maura Garcia (non-enrolled View More
Performance

Tile Painting with Arts Asylum

Sunday 09/16/18 | 3:00 pm (CST) - 4:00 pm (CST)
Performance

Marcus Lewis Big Band

Sunday 09/16/18 | 4:00 pm (CST) - 5:30 pm (CST)
Sunday, September 16 - 4:00 PM The Village at Swope Park A fan of contemporary hip-hop as well as the driving sound of Count Basie’s View More
Performance

David Hanson – Bird in the Hand

Friday 09/21/18 | 7:30 pm (CST) - 9:00 pm (CST)
Friday, September 21 - 7:30 PM Battle of Westport Visitor Center Kansas City’s most ardent champion of immersive theater, David Hanson revisits his Bird in the View More
Performance

James D – Nouveau Noir

Saturday 09/22/18 | 2:30 pm (CST) - 3:30 pm (CST)
Saturday, September 22 - 2:30 PM The Village at Swope Park James D aka James D Conqueror aka James McGee presents Nouveau Noir, a performance art View More
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Ensemble Ibérica – Portuguese Fado

Saturday 09/22/18 | 4:00 pm (CST) - 6:00 pm (CST)
Saturday, September 22 - 4:00 PM The Village at Swope Park Ensemble Ibérica features musicians from the classical, jazz and folk communities. The program for View More
Performance

David Hanson – Bird in the Hand

Saturday 09/22/18 | 7:30 pm (CST) - 9:00 pm (CST)
Sunday, September 22 - 7:30 PM Battle of Westport Visitor Center Kansas City’s most ardent champion of immersive theater, David Hanson revisits his Bird in the View More
Artist

Trey Morgan – Free Prints in the Park

Sunday 09/23/18 | 12:00 pm (CST) - 3:00 pm (CST)
Sunday, September 23 - Noon-3:00 PM The Village at Swope Park With Free Prints in the Park, this Kansas City artist is offering a live printmaking View More
Performance

Kansas City Rumba Collective

Sunday 09/23/18 | 2:00 pm (CST) - 3:00 pm (CST)
Sunday, September 23 - 2:00 PM The Village at Swope Park Afro-Cuban rumbas have been occurring on Sunday afternoons at Loose Park since the early View More
Performance

Elizabeth Schurman – TASK Parties

Sunday 09/23/18 | 2:30 pm (CST) - 5:00 pm (CST)
Sunday, September 23 - 2:30 PM The Village at Swope Park Local writer and arts organizer Elizabeth Schurman, using the moniker KdB, hosts a series of View More
Performance

Origami with Dalene Depriest

Sunday 09/23/18 | 3:00 pm (CST) - 4:00 pm (CST)
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Victor & Penny and the Loose Change Orchestra

Sunday 09/23/18 | 3:15 pm (CST) - 4:15 pm (CST)
Sunday, September 23 - 3:15 PM The Village at Swope Park Jeff Freling (guitar, vocals) and Erin McGrane (vocals, ukulele) have been performing together since 2010 View More
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Ensemble Ibérica – Portuguese Fado

Sunday 09/23/18 | 4:30 pm (CST) - 6:00 pm (CST)
Sunday, September 23 - 4:30 PM The Village at Swope Park Ensemble Ibérica features musicians from the classical, jazz and folk communities. The program for View More
Performance

The Junkyard Orchestra

Saturday 09/29/18 | 1:30 pm (CST) - 2:30 pm (CST)
Saturday, September 29 - 1:30 PM The Village at Swope Park Kansas City musicians Amado Espinoza and Karen Lisondra’s Junkyard Orchestra shows how musical instruments can View More
Performance

BCR

Saturday 09/29/18 | 3:00 pm (CST) - 4:00 pm (CST)
Saturday, September 29 - 3:00 PM The Village at Swope Park BCR infuses art into music, and music into their art. A well known favorite View More
Performance

Lonnie Holley

Saturday 09/29/18 | 4:30 pm (CST) - 6:00 pm (CST)
Saturday, September 29 - 4:30 PM The Village at Swope Park Visual artist, musician and educator Lonnie Holley was born in 1950 in Birmingham, AL, and View More
Artist

Trey Morgan – Free Prints in the Park

Sunday 09/30/18 | 12:00 pm (CST) - 3:00 pm (CST)
Sunday, September 30 - Noon-3:00 PM The Village at Swope Park With Free Prints in the Park, this Kansas City artist is offering a live printmaking View More
Performance

Kansas City Rumba Collective

Sunday 09/30/18 | 12:30 pm (CST) - 2:00 pm (CST)
Sunday, September 30 - 12:30 PM The Village at Swope Park Afro-Cuban rumbas have been occurring on Sunday afternoons at Loose Park since the early View More
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Leaf Collage with Amanda Burkhart

Sunday 09/30/18 | 3:00 pm (CST) - 4:00 pm (CST)
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Mucca Pazza

Sunday 09/30/18 | 4:00 pm (CST) - 5:30 pm (CST)
Sunday, September 30 - 4:00 PM The Village at Swope Park An interdisciplinary instrumental music and performance ensemble formed in Chicago in 2004 and consisting of View More
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East of Red ArtHouse

Saturday 10/06/18 | 2:30 pm (CST) - 3:45 pm (CST)
Saturday, October 6 - 2:30 PM The Village at Swope Park KC-based East of Red Arthouse is a new organization dedicated to cultivating artists and providing View More
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Making Movies

Saturday 10/06/18 | 4:00 pm (CST) - 5:30 pm (CST)
Saturday, October 6 - 4:00 PM The Village at Swope Park An American rock band based in Kansas City, Making Movies’ music is influenced by rock, View More
Artist

Trey Morgan – Free Prints in the Park

Sunday 10/07/18 | 12:00 pm (CST) - 3:00 pm (CST)
Sunday, October 7 - Noon-3:00 PM The Village at Swope Park With Free Prints in the Park, this Kansas City artist is offering a live printmaking View More
Performance

Kansas City Rumba Collective

Sunday 10/07/18 | 12:30 pm (CST) - 2:00 pm (CST)
Sunday, October 7 - 12:30 PM The Village at Swope Park Afro-Cuban rumbas have been occurring on Sunday afternoons at Loose Park since the early View More
Performance

Elizabeth Schurman – TASK Parties

Sunday 10/07/18 | 2:30 pm (CST) - 5:00 pm (CST)
Sunday, October 7 - 2:30 PM The Village at Swope Park Local writer and arts organizer Elizabeth Schurman, using the moniker KdB, hosts a series of View More
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Drum Safari Drum Circle

Sunday 10/07/18 | 3:00 pm (CST) - 4:00 pm (CST)
Makers

Strawberry Swing Indie Craft Fair

Saturday 10/13/18 | 12:00 pm (CST)
Saturday, October 13 - Noon-6:00 PM The Village at Swope Park As the region’s largest independent craft fair, Strawberry Swing will occupy much of The View More
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The Last Carnival Acrobats

Saturday 10/13/18 | 1:00 pm (CST) - 2:30 pm (CST)
Saturday, October 13 - 1:00 PM The Village at Swope Park From their home base in Lawrence, KS, The Last Carnival Acrobats is a physical theater View More
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Vodvill Entertainment Company – Hedge People

Saturday 10/13/18 | 2:00 pm (CST) - 5:00 pm (CST)
Saturday, October 13 - 2:00 PM The Village at Swope Park Operated by entertainment guru Richard Renner, Vodvill Entertainment is a Lawrence, KS-based company that specializes View More
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Yosh the Fire Guy feat. Rhythmic Flames – Lit

Saturday 10/13/18 | 7:00 pm (CST) - 8:30 pm (CST)
Saturday, October 13 - 7:00 PM The Village at Swope Park Yosh Gregory is a Kansas City performer who trained as a dancer and has employed View More
Makers

Strawberry Swing Indie Craft Fair

Sunday 10/14/18 | 12:00 pm (CST)
Sunday, October 14 - Noon-6:00 PM The Village at Swope Park As the region’s largest independent craft fair, Strawberry Swing will occupy much of The View More
Performance

Team Shakespeare

Sunday 10/14/18 | 1:00 pm (CST) - 2:00 pm (CST)
Sunday, October 14 - 1:00 PM The Village at Swope Park The apprentice troupe of the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival, Team Shakespeare is open to View More
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Puppet Making with Mesner Puppet Theater

Sunday 10/14/18 | 3:00 pm (CST) - 4:00 pm (CST)
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Sankofa Danzafro

Sunday 10/14/18 | 4:00 pm (CST) - 5:00 pm (CST)
Sunday, October 14 - 4:00 PM Southeast Community Center - 4201 E 63rd St, Kansas City, MO 64130 Contemporary dance company Sankofa Danzafro hails from the View More
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SugEasy – Respect My Elements

Saturday 10/20/18 | 2:00 pm (CST) - 3:00 pm (CST)
Saturday, October 20 - 2:00 PM The Village at Swope Park Since 2011, choreographer James Singleton aka SugEasy has created hip-hop performances at the annual stage productions View More
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Aryana Nemati

Saturday 10/20/18 | 3:00 pm (CST) - 4:30 pm (CST)
Saturday, October 20 - 3:00 PM The Village at Swope Park Kansas City native Aryana Nemati plays saxophone, flute and clarinet. She began studying with View More
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Will Matthews

Saturday 10/20/18 | 4:30 pm (CST) - 6:00 pm (CST)
Saturday, October 20 - 4:30 PM The Village at Swope Park Matthews is a jazz guitarist who was born and raised in Kansas City, where View More
Artist

Trey Morgan – Free Prints in the Park

Sunday 10/21/18 | 12:00 pm (CST) - 3:00 pm (CST)
Sunday, October 21 - Noon-3:00 PM The Village at Swope Park With Free Prints in the Park, this Kansas City artist is offering a live printmaking View More
Performance

AY – The Battery Tour

Sunday 10/21/18 | 2:00 pm (CST) - 3:30 pm (CST)
Sunday, October 21 - 2:00 PM The Village at Swope Park KC-based hip-hop artist AY Young presents Battery Tour: a live, portable local music revue View More
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Aaron Alexander

Sunday 10/21/18 | 4:00 pm (CST) - 5:00 pm (CST)
Sunday, October 21 - 4:00 PM The Village at Swope Park Born in Morrilton, AR in 1995 and raised in Kansas City, KS, Aaron Alexander View More
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Kurt Flecksing – Sonoboreal

Saturday 10/27/18 | 3:00 pm (CST) - 4:30 pm (CST)
Saturday, October 27 - 3:00 PM The Village at Swope Park Kansas Citian Flecksing is equal parts visual artist, musician, and tinkerer, and all three facets View More
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Martika – KC’s One Woman Stunt Show

Saturday 10/27/18 | 4:30 pm (CST) - 5:30 pm (CST)
Saturday, October 27 - 4:30 PM The Village at Swope Park Kansas City performer Martika Daniels performs as Martika and belongs to a generation of stunt performers View More
Artist

Trey Morgan – Free Prints in the Park

Sunday 10/28/18 | 12:00 pm (CST) - 3:00 pm (CST)
Sunday, October 28 - Noon-3:00 PM The Village at Swope Park With Free Prints in the Park, this Kansas City artist is offering a live printmaking View More
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Kansas City Composed

Sunday 10/28/18 | 1:30 pm (CST) - 3:00 pm (CST)
Sunday, October 28 - 1:30 PM The Village at Swope Park KC composer and arts advocate Daniel Morel presents Kansas City Composed, a program of four View More
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Heartland Men’s Chorus – From the Heart

Sunday 10/28/18 | 3:30 pm (CST) - 5:00 pm (CST)
Sunday, October 28 - 3:30 PM The Village at Swope Park From its formation in 1986 with 30 singers, and its importance as a safe community View More

Village Map

The Village will be in Swope Park located south of the Southeast Community Center and will host performances, makers and food vendors. Every weekend will be different and exciting, so consider visiting multiple times throughout the duration of Open Spaces. All activities within the Village are free and open to the public!

Village Participants

Frequently Asked Questions

The Village will be in Swope Park located south of the Southeast Community Center.

Yes! All activities within the Village are free and open to the public.

Each weekend, the Village will host performances, makers and food vendors. Every weekend will be different and exciting, so consider visiting multiple times throughout the duration of Open Spaces.

Scheduled performances will take place throughout the 10 weeks of Open Spaces on Saturdays and Sundays. Stay tuned for schedule updates on openspaceskc.com.