Can’t Miss Kansas City

Our top arts, sports and cultural events to experience

We are Kansas City’s university, and our hometown’s energy influences everything that happens here. We welcome our community to campus for an array of events, and we’re also happy to recommended opportunities on behalf of our alumni and friends. These activities are part of what give UMKC a vibrant campus life, and make UMKC an arts and culture powerhouse.

Here’s what you can’t miss this week:


1. Ten manly explorers. Four boats. One Grand Canyon. And an all-female cast!

The production Men on Boats, by Unicorn Theatre, features Carla Noack, UMKC Theatre associate professor; UMKC Theatre Alumna Rasheedat Badejo; and five UMKC MFA students, Chioma Anyanwu, Megan Sells, Yetunde Felix-Ukwu, Marianne McKenzie and Emilie Leia Karas.

Good to know:

Three UMKC Theatre graduates started Unicorn Theatre.


The show runs Sept. 6 – Oct. 1 at Unicorn Theatre, 3828 Main Street, Kansas City, Mo. Visit the Unicorn Theatre website to purchase tickets or learn about discounts for large groups, senior citizens and students.


2. UMKC Men’s Soccer vs Rutgers University

Good to know:

UMKC is Kansas City’s Division I sports team.


Sunday, Sept. 3, 1 p.m. at Durwood Soccer Stadium, 5025 Cherry St., Kansas City, Mo. Current UMKC students receive free admission to all UMKC athletic events with ID. Single game tickets start at $5 and can be purchased online.


3. Conservatory Performances

The UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance students, faculty and alumni regularly perform on the UMKC campus and nearby facilities. If you want to hear live music from talented musicians, check out one of the many performances.


Check out the UMKC Conservatory calendar for a current list of free recitals and conservatory performances. Please note that some performances may have a fee.


4. Capturado: Faces of Cuba

This is an exhibit featuring photographs by Jimmy Adegoke, Ph.D., professor in the UMKC Department of Geosciences. It highlights the rich diversity of the Cuban people.


Now through Dec. 15, the “Capturado: Faces of Cuba” exhibit will be on display at the Miller Nichols Library, Ground Floor – Link Gallery, 800 E. 51st St., Kansas City, Mo. It is free.


The fall semester at UMKC is picking up speed. Check the following for other upcoming events:


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