The Show is Just the Beginning

Enhance Your Event Experience

Audiences visit the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts to inhale professional fine-arts performances and exhale awe and inspiration. Yet, at the Kauffman Center, excellence doesn’t have to be limited to inside the theater. Here are a few tips for making the most of your night. 

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Pre-purchase parking
Eliminate the stress of parking in downtown Kansas City by pre-purchasing parking in the Arts District Garage, located immediately south of the Kauffman Center. Not only does pre-purchasing parking provide peace of mind by reserving a spot, it also reduces the price! Parking for events in the Arts District Garage is $13 in advance or $16 upon arrival. For the most opportune parking experience, you can opt for valet parking on the drop-off drive located on the south side of the building, available for $22 in advance or $24 upon arrival for most performances.  

You may pre-purchase garage or valet parking passes through our website or by calling the ticket office at 816.994.7222 during business hours. 

Dining at the Kauffman Center
Start your night with pre-show dining in the sophisticated Founders’ Lounge. Select from a seasonal menu of elegant dishes, cocktails, wines and spirits. The Founders’ Lounge, located just within the south doors, includes views and tastes as superb as the show itself. Reservations are encouraged and walk-ins welcome. Visit Dining at Kauffman Center for more information and to make a reservation.

Pre-purchase intermission beverages
Enjoy intermission without the hassle of standing in line. Pre-purchase beverages by submitting your beverage order at the nearest bar prior to the performance and it will be ready for pick-up at the same spot at intermission. 

Available offerings include coffee, soft drinks, alcohol and small snacks.  

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Helpful Hints
Spend less time waiting and more time relaxing by visiting the fifth-floor balcony. This bar often has a shorter line coupled with exceptional views of the city. 

Drinks can be enjoyed prior to showtimes by visiting the bars. Remember that drinks are not allowed in the theater (with the exception of box seating).

Remember your evening by allowing time to browse our gift shop located on the fourth-floor lobby. The Kauffman Center gift shop has unique keepsakes from books to clothing to art.

Pre-purchasing drinks, visiting early and keeping an eye out for shorter lines ensure you can enjoy your night without a rush. The Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts is pleased to provide an unforgettable experience beyond the show itself. We hope you engage with the Kauffman Center’s offerings for a holistic and luxurious evening.