Kansas City’s First Friday Guide to Art and Shopping February 2022


The crossroads is to the east from a rooftop near the intersection of 18th Street and Oak Avenue.

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It’s almost the first Friday of the month. The snow will still be on the ground, and it should be cold this weekend, so if you decide to head to Crossroads and Historic West Bottoms, dress warm and enjoy one of the city’s favorite weekends. .

Here’s what you need to know for the first Friday in February.


For those looking to venture out Friday, you’ll find local, regional, national and international artists showcasing their work in concert with local arts organizations, galleries, studios and area businesses at Crossroads in February. Snow can create a more intimate setting when venturing into art.

You will find “Linkage” by John Balisteri at the Sherry Leedy Contemporary Art studio. The dishes and sculptures were made before the pandemic and focus on how social media and other digital spaces affect society.

Mark Westervelt lets his feelings shine through in his ‘Smalls’ exhibition at the Leedy-Voulkos Art Center. Her work uses a variety of materials, such as paper, paint, inks, markers, pencils and paint chips. The place is open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Bring on the laughs from 7-9 p.m. at the Bird Comedy Theater. Proof of vaccination is required to enter, and it’s free for everyone.

Crossroads favorites such as Casual Animal Brewing Company, Pirate’s Bone Burgers. and more will be open to meet your food and drink needs.


Most exhibits are open from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., while some open and close early. You can find the opening times for each gallery here. Food, drink and entertainment options vary by location. Check here to find out when businesses open.


If you’re looking for free street parking, arriving early is your best bet. Although there are plenty of free and paid parking options at Crossroads and downtown Kansas City, first Fridays are busy.

Use of public transportation such as the Kansas City Streetcar is encouraged. The 16th Street and 19th Street stops will put you right in the middle of the intersection.


“The Bubbles in the Bottoms” takes place at Historic West Bottoms in February. Love will be in the air as visitors can expect to find something special for their loved one.

The entertainment district will throw bubbles in the air and the stores will offer a bit of bubbly for customers over 21 to enjoy while browsing the stores.

Bella Patina, Serendipity, Sincerely, Ellis, Treasures on 13th and more will have plenty of products to fill the Valentine’s Day surprise. From vintage antiques to timeless clothing, you’re bound to find the perfect gift.

“Cupid has struck, bubbles are in the air, and the district is in love with all the new merchandise,” West Bottoms District spokesperson Amber-Arnett Bequeaith said in a statement. “Each month we see more visitors than the last, but the annual Bubbles in the Bottom event continues to be a crowd favorite for photos and atmosphere.”

On top of that, the Historic West Bottoms offers street entertainment, escape games, food trucks, and wine from Fountain City Winery.


First Friday weekend runs from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.


Free street parking in the West Bottoms is generally extremely limited during First Friday weekends. City parking lots are $10 for the day and may require a short walk. Here is a map of the neighborhood car parks.

Have questions about other things to do in Kansas City, or small businesses or artists to support? Let us know at [email protected]

Joseph Hernandez is a member of The Star’s duty journalism team. A Kansas City native, Hernandez is a graduate of Cristo Rey Kansas City High School and the University of Missouri-Columbia. He previously wrote for the Columbia Missourian and The Pitch.

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