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What began as a sketch on a napkin has become an architectural icon and home for the performing arts in Kansas City. The Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts has changed Kansas City’s skyline, and will soon change the experiences of artists and audiences throughout the region.

The Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts will be bustling with a free community open house, Sunday, September 18. More than 40 of Kansas City’s finest performing arts groups, composed of approximately 450 individual artists will perform.

When: Sunday, September 18, 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Muriel Kauffman Theatre, Helzberg Hall, and four outdoor stages* around the Kauffman Center
Registration: Open House is a free public event and registration is optional. However, online registrants will automatically qualify for a drawing to win two tickets to the Theater League’s production of Million Dollar Quartet at the Kauffman Center.

Backpacks and other large bags will be searched. Safety is our number one priority for this fun-filled weekend, and we thank you for your cooperation.


Muriel Kauffman Theatre

12:05 PM – Kansas City Ballet School
12:08 PM – Wylliams/Henry Dance Company
12:23 PM – Owen/Cox Dance Group
12:40 PM – Quality Hill Playhouse
12:55 PM – Kansas City Ballet School
12:58 PM – City In Motion
1:15 PM – Storling Dance
1:30 PM – El Grupo Folklorico Atotonilco
1:45 PM – Kacico Dance
2:02 PM – Kansas City Ballet Reach Out and Dance Program
2:05 PM – Tamara Sanders Dance Duo
2:20 PM – Kansas City Ballet School
2:23 PM – Kansas City Ballet Reach Out and Dance Program
2:35 PM – Jasmin Xixa Jazz Flute
3:00 PM – Angel Rattay
3:15 PM – Megan Birdsall
3:30 PM – Ruskin Quartet
3:47 PM – School Of Rock
4:03 PM – Ginger Frost High School Honors Artists and Lyric Opera Youth Chorus
4:18 PM – Nova 4/Fedra Cooper
4:35 PM – Out of Bounds featuring Valery Price
4:50 PM – Miguel “El Mambo” w/Cárte-Blánc

Helzberg Hall

12:00 PM – Kansas City Youth Symphony
1:00 PM – Kansas City Youth Jazz Band
1:20 PM – Alaturka
1:40 PM – The Bobby Watson All-Star Jazz Orchestra
2:02 PM – Kansas City Boys Choir and Girls Choir
2:22 PM – Fine Arts Chorale
2:42 PM – Bach Aria Soloists
3:15 PM – Kansas City Wind Symphony
3:35 PM – Heartland Men’s Chorus
3:57 PM – Kansas City Chamber Orchestra
4:17 PM – The Young MAIsterSingers
4:39 PM – KC Symphonic Percussion Group

*Please note, Open House will be held rain or shine. Outdoor Stage programming is subject to change.

Outdoor Stage 1*: Front West

12:00 PM – Rob Foster
12:40 PM – Ten String Symphony
1:20 PM – Shawnee Mission West HS Drumline
2:00 PM –  Rob Foster
2:40 PM – Paul Mesner Puppets
3:20 PM – Drew Six
4:00 PM – Paul Mesner Puppets
4:40 PM – Kansas City Mass Choir

Outdoor Stage 2*: Front East

12:20 PM – Wild Women
1:00 PM – Juan Carlos Chaurand
1:40 PM – Wild Women
2:20 PM – Shawnee Mission West HS Drumline
3:00 PM – Shanice & Maurice Hayes
3:40 PM – Bridgid Driscoll
4:20 PM – Matthew McKinney

Stage 3*: East Courtyard

12:00 PM – Cimino
12:40 PM – Rob Foster
1:20 PM – Ten String Symphony
2:00 PM – Kansas City Mass Choir
2:40 PM – Juan Carlos Chaurand
3:20 PM – Matthew McKinney
4:00 PM – Drew Six
4:40 PM – Shanice & Maurice Hayes

Outdoor Stage 4*: Wyandotte

12:20 PM – Trampled Under Foot
1:00 PM – Trampled Under Foot
1:40 PM – Juan Carlos Chaurand
2:20 PM – Matthew McKinney
3:00 PM – Kansas City Mass Choir
3:40 PM – Shanice & Maurice Hayes
4:20 PM – Bridgid Driscoll

For a printable list of performances, please click here (PDF).

Experience Downtown!

Built around the Kauffman Center’s core mission of bringing the arts to the community and the community to the arts, Open House is one of the cornerstones of the opening weekend festivities. To celebrate this milestone event, the downtown Kansas City arts community will celebrate alongside the Kauffman Center.

Kauffman Center guests are invited to get a taste of Downtown Kansas City either before or after their opening day visit to the center. All events run from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

  • A daytime First Friday arts experience in the Crossroads
  • Live jazz and entertainment in and around the Power & Light District (*)
  • Urban food truck dining experience adjacent to the Kauffman Center
  • The region’s largest farmers market in nearby City Market (8 a.m.-3 p.m.)
  • The annual Black Expo at Bartle Hall (noon-9 p.m.)
  • The Art of the Chopper exhibition at Union Station
  • Special dining and shopping opportunities throughout Downtown, including the Crossroads, Power & Light District, Union Station and Westside (*)
  • Free shuttle service to the Kauffman Center from convenient parking in and around the Crossroads and the Power & Light District

(*) indicates evening hours, too

Thank You To Our Partners

Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts and executive producers Baruch/Gayton Entertainment Group wish to thank all of our Kansas City Event Planning, Production and Artistic partners who are helping to make Grand Opening Weekend an extraordinary celebration for our community.

  • O’Neill Marketing & Event Management
  • The Wellington Group
  • Harvest Productions
  • Chuck Matney/Matney Floral Design
  • Dover Strategy Group
  • Kansas City Convention Center
  • Townsend Communications
  • Hallmark
  • Aramark
  • PB&J Restaurants
  • Lon Lane Inspired Occasions
  • All Seasons Event Rental
  • Downtown Council of Kansas City
  • Evenergy Events & Sponsorships


  • Kansas City Ballet
  • Lyric Opera of Kansas City
  • Kansas City Symphony and Chorus
  • UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance
  • Quixotic Fusion
  • T2+BackAlley Films
  • American Jazz Museum
  • Kansas City Art Institute


  • The many excellent performers and organizations appearing at the Kauffman Center Open House on Sunday September 18