Marilyn Maye will be Jammin’ at the Gem; Gridiron Glory will open at Union Station; and the Kansas City Symphony will have us dancing in the street for Memorial Day during this amazing week ahead in Downtown … and those are just for starters!

Here are the highlights of what’s happening in Downtown KC this Memorial Day week from Wednesday to Wednesday, May 20-27:

Big Seanfeaturing Casey Veggies, will rock Downtown at 8 p.m. Thursday at the Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland.

Celebration at the Station will light up the skies over Downtown on Sunday night at Union Station.

Celebration at the Station – the largest, free Memorial Day celebration in the Midwest, featuring the Kansas City Symphony, fireworks and much more, is set for 8 p.m. Sunday at Union Station.

Central Library will present Why the North Won and Why It All Matters, as historians Terry Beckenbaugh and Ethan S. Rafuse, assess how the North prevailed and why the Civil War remains so compelling today. The program will begin at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Central Library. RSVP here!

Gridiron Glory – featuring the best of the Pro Football Hall of Fame – makes its debut on Saturday at Union Station.

Josh Turnerone of country music hottest young stars, will light up the Muriel Kauffman Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.

Judy, Barbra, Lizaa musical showcase for the talents of divas Judy Garland, Barbra Streisand and Liza Minelli, opens Friday, May 29 at the Quality Hill Playhouse.

Junior Brownthe country guitar legend, returns to KC for one big night at 10 p.m. Saturday at Knuckleheads Saloon.

Love Song and On An Average Day will be performed in repertory beginning Friday and running through June 28 at The Living Room.


Marilyn Maye will be honored by the American Jazz Museum with its Lifetime Achievement Award during a grand evening of entertainment on Saturday at the Gem Theater.

Marilyn Maye will be Jammin’ at the Gem in a very special evening that begins at at 6:30 p.m. Saturday with a reception and jazz talk, following by a Lifetime Achievement Award and performance at 8 p.m. at the Gem Theater.

Nitro Circus Live – featuring 40 of the world’s best action sports athletes performing in freestyle motocross, BMX and skate – will tear up Downtown at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday (May 20) at Sprint Center.

Shelby Lynne will light up the big town in the Cyprus Avenue Live evening at 8 p.m. Friday at the Folly Theater.

Sister Hazel will rock this town at 8 p.m. Friday at CrossroadsKC at Grinders.

Sticky Traps, presented by the Kansas City Rep, continues through Sunday at the Copaken Stage.

Turnpike Troubadours, featuring Jamestown Revival and Jonny Burke, will be in concert at 8 p.m. Saturday at CrossroadsKC at Grinders.

And, for a more complete look at what’s happening around Kansas City, check out early and often.