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10 Fun August Events Near Kansas City for Families


Did you know August is Family Fun Month? Sure, you could spend some quality time with the family on the back deck or around a campfire, but don’t you want to live adventurously? Yeah, we know you do. Here are 10 of Kansas City’s hottest family-friendly events going on this August.

Kansas City August Events

Popcorn in the Park – Aug. 9, 2019

The children’s film “Wonder Park” will be projected on the big screen at Stocksdale Park in Liberty, Missouri. Popcorn and water will be provided, but it’s recommended that you bring blankets, lawn chairs, and other snacks to this free August event. The festivities will kick off at 7:00 PM, followed by the film at 8:30 PM. Click here for additional details.

Tails on the Trails Pet Festival – Aug. 10, 2019

Hosted at the Ad Astra Pool and Park in Lenexa, KS, the Tails on the Trails festival is free for humans and just $5 for pooches who want to take a dip in the pool. More than a dozen local vendors will be slinging their pet goodies throughout the morning, and you can also watch the pet talent show at 11:00 AM. For more details or to pre-register your pet for the dog swim, visit

Bring Fido to the Museum – Aug. 10, 2019

From 10 AM to 12 PM, the area around Blue Jacket Park in Shawnee will be doggie-heaven – at least for all pups on leashes. Shawnee Town will be holding contests, giveaways, and other activities for families. Local vets, trainers, and groomers will also be giving out free advice samples. Best of all, this August event in Shawnee is free to everyone, no matter how furry! Visit their Facebook page for additional information.

Food Truck Festival – Aug. 10, 2019

Get a taste of Kansas City’s best food at this year’s Food Truck Festival at CrossroadsKC. The festival “opens” at 4:00 PM and features a performance by The M80s at 5:00 PM. Bring your appetite! For more details about this Kansas City event, or to purchase tickets ($10), head to

Touch-a-Truck – Aug. 11, 2019

Hosted at College Blvd. – which is just a hop, skip, and jump away from our Overland Park Chevy dealership – this family-friendly Touch-a-Truck event runs from 11 AM to 4 PM. Kids of all ages will be able to interact with over 40 enormous trucks and vehicles inside the Overland Park Convention Center. Bounce houses, crafts, live performances, music, and other activities will also be available. The event is free to attend, though donations are much appreciated; proceeds will go to Toys for Tots. Read more or sign up to be a sponsor here.

816 DAY at City Market – Aug. 16, 2019

Looks like Kansas City is celebrating National Family Fun Month, too! At this year’s 816 DAY, visitors will be able to savor some savory food, party at some outdoor parties, and shop at local shops all throughout the City Market Square. Check out the official 816 DAY Facebook page for an updated list of vendors, activities, and additional details about this wonderful Kansas City event.

American Truck Show Circuit – Aug. 16-17, 2019

Now this is our kind of family event! The two-day ATSC event, hosted at Arrowhead Stadium, will offer everything from a competitive “Truck Light Show” to face painting to a “Wash and Show Ballot.” Kids can enjoy the Fun Zone, which will feature inflatables, games, balloon twisting, crafts, and free cotton candy. Admission is free for spectators, as well. Visit for additional information. (Keep an eye out for some of the salespeople at our Overland Park car dealership!)

Parkville Days – Aug. 23-25, 2019

A fan-favorite event for families near Kansas City, this year’s Parkville Days will once again be hosted in the heart of Parkville, MO. Enjoy over 75 activities, arts and crafts, vendors, meals, and special performances throughout the weekend. Live music will be performed at Pocket Park, and downtown shops will have their End of Summer sidewalk sales, too. Plus, it’s free! Go to to review the Parkville event’s schedule.

Tiny Tot Triathlon – Aug. 24, 2019

Children between the age of 3 and 9 years of age will bike or trike their way through a wet-and-wild track at the Sar-Ko-Par Trails Park in Lenexa, KS. Before crossing the finish line, participants must slide down an inflatable water slide. Oh, the horror! Registration is $5 per child and includes a shiny medal once they complete the race. Register online or review more details about this Lenexa summer event right here.

Dog Days of Summer – Aug. 24-25, 2019

The Kansas City Zoo’s annual Dog Days of Summer event begins this August. For 2 days, guests of the zoo can chat with certified zookeepers and watch exotic canines play, get trained, and munch on some icy treats. The event is free with admission or membership. Head to for details.

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Celebrate With Our August Chevy Specials!

This August, treat your family to a nice, new Chevy Blazer – and spend less than you’d expect! At McCarthy-Morse Chevrolet in Overland Park, we’ve queued up some amazing end-of-summer deals on new Chevy models and even more special discounts on used cars. But they’re only available through August, so contact our Overland Park car dealership at 913-649-6000 to learn more or schedule a test drive. Happy summer!



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