Plan to kick off the summer during the annual Downtown Days…Streets Alive! festival, from Friday to Sunday, June 6-8, spanning six blocks in the historic and award-winning Downtown Lee’s Summit central business district. Live entertainment, food vendors, a new carnival, a white tiger exhibit, craft vendors, a car show, a fashion show, 810 Sports Zone, the KCBS-sanctioned Smokin’ on the Summit BBQ competition and much more all are part of this year’s festivities. Festival hours are from noon to 10 p.m. Friday, June 6; 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, June 7; and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 8.
For more than 20 years, Downtown Lee’s Summit Main Street has been hosting a family-friendly street festival, which has grown into one of the largest events in the area, attracting not only residents, but also visitors and vendors from cities throughout the country. Every year, the Downtown Days committee brings in new events and activities, and this year is no exception, promising a few attractions festival-goers won’t see anywhere else.
Chance the Arm
State Line Drive
and many more
Discovery White Tiger exhibit gives festival-goers the opportunity to learn more about white tigers while they take pictures and watch these gorgeous animals. Small fee required.
A new carnival with more rides and games guarantees tons of fun and adrenaline.
The 810 Sports Zone area includes sports trivia contests, live radio remotes, sports personalities, mascots and more.
Downtown Rotary’s Smokin’ on the Summit BBQ competition, sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbecue Society, takes place June 6-7 on the west side of the railroad tracks in Downtown Lee’s Summit.
Associated Car Clubs of Kansas City Car Show, sponsored by Lee’s Summit Dodge, takes place June 8 on the west side of the railroad tracks.
Contests, including mustache/beard, taco eating, pie eating and more return for its third year.
Bike Show hosted by American Garage will take place at 5 p.m. June 7, followed by live music. Fee to enter; prizes will be awarded.
The Fashion in the Streets outdoor show featuring the latest fashions takes place at 7 p.m. June 7, on the west side of the railroad tracks.
Don’t miss the dog show, science show, dance troupes and much more.
Of course, what festival would be complete without summertime food and plenty of vendors? Downtown Days has these bases covered as well with more than 175 vendors.
Most importantly, Downtown Lee’s Summit shops and restaurants are open throughout the weekend and welcome visitors into their one-of-a-kind, independently owned stores. They are a big reason Downtown Lee’s Summit is a Great American Main Street award-winner.
Downtown Days...Streets Alive! is the major fundraiser for Downtown Lee's Summit Main Street, a 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to the revitalization and historic preservation of Downtown Lee’s Summit, and is sponsored by Amtrak/Missouri River Runner, Arvest Bank, Bank of Lee’s Summit, Boy Scouts of America Heart of America Council, County Beverage Company, KCP&L, Lee’s Summit Dodge, Lee’s Summit Journal, Red Racks Thrift Stores, Sports Radio 810, University of Central Missouri Summit Center and Wise Wealth LLC. For more information about Downtown Days, visit www.LeesSummitDown