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Event orchestration | 15 January 2019

20 Kansas City Event Venues Your Attendees Will Love

Jacob Thomas

Discover the 20 best event venues in Kansas City. Whether you’re planning a corporate function or private party, the locations below will make your gathering incredible.

Kansas City has a lot going for it. What was founded in the 1830’s has since flourished into America’s 37th most populous city and a cultural hotspot in the Midwest. So it’s no surprise that the “City of Fountains” has a whole host of amazing event venues.

We’ve rounded up the top 20 options and listed them below. You’ll find theaters and museums, gardens and restaurants, even a couple historical landmarks. It’s an eclectic mix that represents the best that Kansas City has to offer in the way of event venues.

So dive in and enjoy. You’re sure to find a location that perfectly fits your event marketing needs and allows you to throw the get-together of a lifetime.

1. Arvest Bank Theater at the Midland

Arvest Bank Theater - Kansas City Event VenuesSource: Arvest Bank Theater at the Midland

Location: Power and Light District

Capacity: 650 – 1,500

If we were to choose one word for the Arvest Bank Theater at the Midland, it might be special. How else should we describe this event venue’s unique blend of historical elegance and modern production capabilities? The theater houses over 500,000 feet of gold leaf, has five massive, hand-cut Czechoslovakian chandeliers, and concert quality AV and lighting equipment. The best part? Your corporate meeting, business convention, or charity gala doesn’t even need planning — at least not from you. The in-house event strategy and pro production team will do it for you. If you’re looking at top of the line Kansas City event venues, look no further.

2. Fresh Air Farm

Fresh Air Farm - Kansas City Event VenuesSource: Fresh Air Farm

Location: Tiffany Springs Park

Capacity: 250

Fresh Air Farm puts on events that are fun, relaxing, and unique. Take your guests away from the usual hotel ballroom with dated carpets and dingy lighting. Instead, show them a good time (one they’ll always remember) in the “fresh air.” From business meetings to private parties, elegant gatherings or get-togethers with rustic charm, the Farm has been hosting happy guests for years. Will your event be next?

3. The View at Briarcliff

The View at Briarcliff - Kansas City Event VenuesSource: The View at Briarcliff

Location: Briarcliff

Capacity: 700

Why host your next event at The View at Briarcliff? It’s all in the name — the view is incredible and the 20 foot, floor to ceiling windows let you see every inch of it. Inside, the space is versatile and able to accommodate a wide range of event types such as business seminars, political rallies, and fundraisers. The 7,200 square feet can be split into four to six meeting rooms for whatever suits your needs better. They also have customized food and beverage menus, tables and chairs, and excellent professional help available for every soiree. Since this venue is located inside the Courtyard Marriott, out of town guests won’t have to venture far for a quality room. Stay flexible and host your next gathering at The View.

4. Loose Mansion

Loose Mansion - Kansas City Event VenuesSource: Loose Mansion

Location: Midtown

Capacity: 228 – 400

Let’s travel back in time; it’s 1907 and Jacob Leander Loose has just begun construction on the Loose Mansion, a gift for his wife, Elizabeth. He adores her and wants her to have the perfect venue for hosting the exquisite events she’s so fond of. Today, over a century later, the Loose Mansion is still a prime spot for parties of all kinds. Those looking to hold corporate gatherings will appreciate the state of the art AV equipment and high speed WiFi. But every kind of event will benefit from the delicious cuisine, prepared by an accomplished chef, and available to every event planner. Serve your guests a slice of history and choose the Loose Mansion for your next event location.

5. The Truman

The Truman - Kansas City Event VenuesSource: The Truman

Location: Near Downtown

Capacity: 1,200

Self-described as an “industrial chic warehouse”, The Truman is equally suited for corporate events, fundraisers, rock concerts, and even weddings. Conveniently located just two miles from downtown, this venue makes the planning and running of events a breeze. The knowledgeable and friendly professional staff will assist you in whatever you need — manning the bar, running the professional-grade sound and video equipment, managing caterers. Whether you plan to host an intimate gathering, or a company-wide blowout, The Truman is ready to help make it a smashing success.

6. Boulevard Brewing Company

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Source: Boulevard Brewing Company

Location: Westside South

Capacity: 35 – 225

Searching for unique event venues to host your next business meeting or private get-together? The Boulevard Brewing Company might be the perfect place. Composed of four premier spaces that can accommodate both small, intimate gatherings and larger functions of up to a couple hundred people, The Boulevard offers event planners a wide variety of local beers to serve their guests. They also have a professional bartending staff, quality AV equipment, and allow for use of the its industrial kitchen. Your guests will have access to the outdoor patio with great views of downtown Kansas City. Go ahead and make your party unique and host it in a local brewery.

7. On Broadway KC

On Broadway KC - Kansas City Event VenuesSource: On Broadway KC

Location: Kansas City

Capacity: 275

Few Kansas City event spaces offer the upscale atmosphere that On Broadway KC does. And when we say “upscale” we really mean it — this is a rooftop venue, sitting four stories above the ground. But fresh air and a great view aren’t the only perks here. Host your next corporate or private event at this location and you’ll have access to a full bar and kitchen, state of the art sound, and comfortable lounge furniture for your guests to relax on. And don’t even worry about food and drinks; On Broadway KC provides specially crafted menus specifically tailored to make your event one of a kind.

8. The Creamery

The Creamery - Kansas City Event VenuesSource: The Creamery

Location: Crossroads

Capacity: 40 – 75

The Creamery is both delicious sounding and a deliciously good choice for your next intimate gathering. Why? The rooftop terrace provides a full skyline view of downtown Kansas City, preparing food is simple with access to an indoor kitchen and outdoor grill, and the venue has the technology to accommodate any kind of event: four TVs, a complete AV system, and WiFi. Whether you’re looking to host a client appreciation party, board meeting, or baby shower, The Creamery is a great choice.

9. Powell Gardens

Powell Gardens - Kansas City Event VenuesSource: Powell Gardens

Location: Kingsville, MO

Capacity: 50+

Powell Gardens is an expertly landscaped, 970 acre property that can host anything from major corporate functions to intimate “tie the knot” ceremonies. There are six main venues on the garden grounds including the Marjorie Powell Allen Chapel, which was designed by award-winning architect E. Fay Jones; the Perennial Garden Arbor, which overlooks a beautiful lake; and the stunning, lighted Fountain Garden. No matter what kind of event you have planned, hosting it at Powell Gardens will undoubtedly make it more memorable.

10. The Guild

The Guild - Kansas City Event VenuesSource: The Guild

Location: Creative Crossroads District

Capacity: 300

What do you get when you combine 6,500 square feet of pristine indoor vintage charm with 5,000 square feet of lush urban gardens? The answer is The Guild, a premiere Kansas City event venue that is sure to satisfy every guest at your next business meeting or fundraiser. The indoor space is complete with 12 foot windows and 20 foot ceilings, a custom chandelier centerpiece, and a beautiful custom bar. Event planners will be happy to know that rental of this venue comes with: tables, chairs, and linens, security and bartending staff, and easy parking. Though it’s located in the heart of the downtown Creative Crossroads District, The Guild really is a breath of fresh air.

11. Kauffman Stadium

Kauffman Stadium - Kansas City Event VenuesSource: Kansas City Royals

Location: East Side

Capacity: 25 – 6,000

They say that baseball is America’s favorite pastime. If that’s true, then Kauffman Stadium might be the ideal venue for your next event. Home of Major League Baseball team the Kansas City Royals, this venue is really eleven in one. The Kauffman Boardroom is perfect for corporate executive meetings. The George Brett Lounge is ideally suited to small, private parties. And the Outfield Concourse has enough space to host a corporate function for your entire company, or even a tradeshow. Catering is provided by Aramark Catering so you can enjoy your event without worrying about the food. Whatever your event, you won’t regret hosting is at Kauffman Stadium.

12. Faulkner’s Ranch

faulkners-ranch-kansas-city-event-venues-minSource: Faulkner’s Ranch

Location: Hickman Mills South

Capacity: 1,200

Faulkner’s Ranch specializes in corporate picnics, team building exercises, and outdoor weddings that take the hard work and stress off of event planners’ shoulders. First, choose your ready-made event package. Then decide which food and drink options will work best for your event — both smoked meats and vegetarian dishes are available. Lastly, choose from an assortment of entertainment options that include a zip line, mechanical bull, dunk tank, and lawn games such as hillbilly golf and volleyball. Events at Faulkner’s Ranch or both fun and relaxing, and that’s a winning combination in our book.

13. The Exchange

The Exchange - Kansas City Event VenuesSource: The Crossroads Arts District

Location: The Crossroads Arts District

Capacity: 185 – 300

From celebratory parties like your 20 year class reunion or your son’s bar mitzvah, to more professional events like corporate meetings and fundraising galas, The Exchange is ready to host with style. This rooftop venue offers stunning skyline views of downtown, a catering kitchen, and a fully retractable sliding glass door that makes for a seamless indoor/outdoor experience. But The Exchange is more than just a great location. It also has the technology features you need including AV equipment, video conferencing ability, and WiFi. Wow your guests at The Exchange.

14. Cherry Hall

cherry-hall-kansas-city-event-venues-minSource: Cherry Hall

Location: Business District

Capacity: 250 – 450

Located in the heart of the city, Cherry Hall has everything you need to make your next business meeting, fundraiser dinner, or private party a success. Food is provided by award-winning chefs who can’t wait to bring your culinary visions to life. Drinks are served by talented and knowledgeable bartenders. And projector screens, top of the line AV equipment, and tables, chairs, and linens are all available. But that’s not all. Party planners will also get to work with an event coordinator to help ensure everything runs smoothly. Sounds like Cherry Hall has thought of just about everything.

15. Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

Kauffman Center for the Performing ArtsSource: Engineering Harmonics

Location: Crossroads

Capacity: 1,800

When it comes to amazing event venues in Missouri, the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts definitely makes the list. Designed by the renowned architect Moche Safdie, this venue is comprised of two performance halls, a glass atrium offering panoramic views of the city, and seven other one of a kind spaces. From world class pop concerts, to broadway shows, to comedy routines, many acts have graced the Kauffman Center’s stages. Book this venue and have your next corporate function or fundraiser join the ranks of incredible events hosted there.

16. Union Station

Union Station - Kansas City Event VenuesSource: Amtrak

Location: Crown Center

Capacity: 12 – 2,000

The architectural masterpiece that is Union Station dates back to 1909, making it a wonderful piece of living history. During WW2 over a million passengers passed through the station, its trains whisking them away to just about anywhere in the country. Today, Union Station still receives locomotives, but also houses an amazing science museum, as well as restaurants and shops. Oh, and it’s also a special event venue waiting to host your next business meeting or party. Your guests will wonder at the 95 foot ceilings, 3,500 pound chandeliers, and six foot wide hanging clock. No matter what size gala you plan to hold, one of Union Station’s unique spaces can accommodate.

17. College Basketball Experience

College Basketball Experience - Kansas City Event VenuesSource: College Basketball Experience

Location: Power and Light District

Capacity: 1,500

The College Basketball experience is home to the College Basketball Hall of Fame and one of Kansas City’s most interesting venues — even if you don’t much care for sports. There’s plenty of room to host a large event and the main stage and high end sound system can accommodate everything from world renowned speakers and international touring musicians to CEO end-of-year speeches. Partner with the College Basketball Experience’s professional event planning team and craft a get-together like no other.

18. Kansas City Zoo

Kansas City Zoo - Kansas City Event VenuesSource: Kansas City Zoo

Location: Swope

Capacity: 20 – 400

Here’s a wild idea: host your next event at the Kansas City Zoo. Equally suited to birthday parties (old and young alike), business meetings, and even weddings, this venue gives you things you simply can’t get anywhere else, like a boardroom next to a giant aquarium and live animal displays. Most rentals include tables, chairs, and security but AV equipment, zoo rides, and additional experiences can be added for small fees. You know what? Maybe hosting your event at the zoo isn’t such a wild idea after all.

19. Hillcrest Golf Club

Hillcrest Golf Club - Kansas City Event VenuesSource: Hillcrest Golf Club

Location: Hillcrest

Capacity: 350

Hillcrest Golf Club offers impeccably manicured grounds, AV equipment, and food, beverage, and alcohol packages to event planners — everything you need to host a successful business meeting or executives dinner. If your evening begins to stall, take guests out on the course for a round of golf. For the corporate event planner, Hillcrest Golf Club is a very attractive option.

20. Kansas City Convention Center

Kansas City Convention Center - Kansas City Event VenuesSource: Visit KC

Location: Downtown

Capacity: 38,000

Last but not least we have the Kansas City Convention Center. This venue has a little bit of everything for just about everyone. Putting on a mega event like an international trade show or conference? No problem. Throwing a more intimate gathering for just yourself and a few close friends or colleagues? One of the Center’s boardrooms will fit the bill. What about a concert or theatrical performance? The Music Hall is the perfect space. Whatever your event plans, the Kansas City Convention Center has the room and technology to handle them.

Wrapping Up: Finding The Right Kansas City Event Venue

There you have it, 20 amazing Kansas City event venues your attendees will love. Pair one of these locations with the right event management software and you’ll be able to throw an incredible get-together without driving yourself crazy.

If you plan on conducting events outside of the Kansas City area, or are still not set on this city to host your next event, take a look at our other lists of venues in major cities:

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