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Open & Free
The Festival stage is situated at the base of a sloping hill in Southmoreland Park. Admission to the Festival is free.

  • Open seating on the hill is on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • There are designated areas for blankets and for lawn chairs.
  • Beach chairs are allowed in the blanket area as long as the chair seat rests on the ground.

The gates open at 6:00 p.m. nightly. At that time any waiting audience members will be allowed into their reserved seats or to select their non-reserved blanket spot or chair seating area. We appreciate everyone’s consideration in arranging their seating so that everyone can see the stage.

Chair Rental: If you do not bring your own lawn chairs, plastic chairs are available for rental in the merchandise tent for $10 per chair per evening.

Accessible Seating: Accessible seating is available nightly. Please speak with the reserved seating coordinator in front of the stage or with any Festival staff member for assistance.

Reserved blankets are SOLD OUT on:
Friday, June 30th
Saturday, July 1st
Sunday, July 2nd

Reserved chair seating is SOLD OUT for:
Friday, June 30th
Saturday, July 1st

There is a reserved seating section down front close to the stage and reserved seats can be purchased for $25. Reservations for the 2017 season will be taken after May 17, 2017. 

  • We recommend that seat reservations be made in advance of the performance. During business hours, please call (816) 531-7728 and our staff will take your reservation by phone with a credit card.
  • To reserve after business hours, you may go directly to Southmoreland Park and pay for reserved chairs or blanket seating as long as they remain available. Gates open at 6:00 p.m.
  • If you are a Good Will Society member, you receive complimentary reserved seats as part of your member benefit package. Call (816) 531-7728 after May 17 to set up your reservation for your chosen performance date.

Once you arrive at the Festival, you may go directly to the reserved seating section and a volunteer will direct you to your seat.

Reserved Blanket Seating: There are a limited number of reserved blanket spaces right in front of the stage, available for $25 per blanket. Given the limited space, we recommend that you plan for three people per blanket.

In the park, enjoy a variety of items available for sale from Festival vendors, including dinner options and beer and wine. Funnel cakes, kettle corn, soft drinks, and bottled water will also be available. Food and drink sales help keep the Festival free. Cash and major credit cards are accepted.

Enjoy grilled favorites and Laotian-inspired cuisine this year from Anousone’s Mobile Cuisine:

CUCUMBER SALAD with sesame soy citrus glaze:  $7

LAO SALAD (Chopped butter lettuce, red onions, green onions, cilantro, tomato, and hard boiled egg tossed in house-made citrus aioli dressing OR ginger vinaigrette):  $9

STEAM BUNS (fast picked cucumber, Asian slaw, & scallions); choice of BEEF, CHICKEN, or TOFU: $13

BUN (rice noodles with julienned vegetables, fresh herbs, & sweet chili sauce); choice of BEEF, CHICKEN, and TOFU:  $13

CURRY with steamed rice; choice of BEEF, CHICKEN, or TOFU: $13

STICKY RICE PLATE (served with roasted tomato dip OR jalapeno citrus dip); choice of BEEF, CHICKEN, or TOFU: $13

HAMBURGER with a choice of assorted bag of chips: $10

HOT DOG with a choice of assorted bag of chips: $10

CHICKEN FINGERS with a choice of assorted bag of chips: $10

CHARCUTERIE PLATTER with Salami, Prosciutto,  Chorizo with Boursin cheese & artisan crackers:  $13

 

You may also bring your own food and drink to the Festival.

Dine in style at the Festival prior to performances. The Bard’s VIP Tent is a perfect way to treat employees, clients or special friends to an evening of great food and great theatre in a relaxed and unique outdoor setting. The private 20’ x 20’ tent on the Festival grounds is available for groups of 20 to 50 people. For larger groups, additional seating outside the tent may be arranged depending on availability. Advanced reservations required. Call (816) 531-7728 for prices and menus.

Subject to availability, parking is available at:

  • The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art for $10 per car (Friends of Art park free)
  • Kauffman Foundation Memorial Garden (free)
  • 44th Street and Warwick Boulevard (free)
  • 45th Street and Oak Street (free)
  • 48th Street and Rockhill Road (free)

Special needs and wheelchair access parking is available on the west side of the park on Warwick Street. Vehicles transporting patrons who have special needs or who are in a wheelchair can check in at the street closure signs and will be allowed to drive to the special needs access point. Golf cart transport is available from this point to the patron’s seats. Golf carts will also transport patrons after the show and return them to the special needs access point. Special needs/handicapped parking will be allowed for any patrons with a state-issued handicapped hang tag or sticker on Oak or Warwick Streets on a first-come, first-served basis as long as space is available. Call (816) 531-7728 for additional information or to gain answers to questions about special needs accessibility.

Southmoreland Park is located in the heart of Kansas City, Missouri. The park is just two blocks east of the Country Club Plaza and across the street (to the west) from the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. Click here to link to an online map.

From the North

  • Take I-29 south to I-35 south.
  • Exit at Southwest Trafficway (Exit 1A).
  • Drive south several miles.
  • Immediately after 46th Street, turn left on Roanoke Parkway.
  • Continue east 1-1/2 miles on 47th Street/Emanuel Cleaver II Blvd. to Oak Street.
  • Oak Street is the first stoplight after Main Street.

From the Southeast

  • Take U.S. 71 north.
  • Exit at Swope Parkway/Brush Creek Blvd.
  • Go beyond the stoplight at Swope Parkway and get in the left lane.
  • Turn left at the next light, on Brush Creek Blvd.
  • Drive west on Brush Creek Blvd. to Oak Street.

From the Southwest

  • Take I-435 to I-35 north.
  • Exit right at Shawnee Mission Parkway (Exit 228B).
  • Drive east several miles.
  • After passing State Line Road, stay in the right lane and continue past the next light.
  • Move one lane to the right (Ward Parkway) and drive east.
  • Continue past the light at Wornall Road.
  • Turn left at the next intersection, J.C. Nichols Parkway/Baltimore Avenue.
  • Get in the right lane and go to the second light (Emanuel Cleaver II Blvd.).
  • Turn right on Emanuel Cleaver II Blvd.
  • Go east 3 blocks to Oak Street.

From the East

  • Take I-70 west to I-435 south.
  • Exit at Eastwood Trafficway (Exit 65) and turn right.
  • Drive west until the road ends. Turn right at Blue Parkway (US-350).
  • Drive west on Blue Parkway for several miles.
  • Go through the stoplight at Troost Avenue. The street turns into Volker Blvd.
  • Follow Volker Blvd. toward the Country Club Plaza.
  • Turn right on Oak Street and continue north to the stoplight at Emanuel Cleaver II Blvd.

From the West

  • Take I-70 east to I-35 south.
  • Exit at Southwest Trafficway (Exit 1A).
  • Go south several miles.
  • Immediately after 46th Street, turn left on Roanoke Parkway.
  • Continue east 1-1/2 miles on 47th Street to Oak Street.
  • Oak Street is the first stoplight after Main Street.

Seating
Accessible seating is available nightly. Please speak with the reserved seating coordinator in front of the stage or with any Festival staff member for assistance.

Signed Performances
Signed performances for Hamlet are offered Sunday, June 18 and Wednesday, June 21.

Assistance Animals
Assistance animals are allowed at the Festival. Please speak with the reserved seating coordinator in front of the stage or with any Festival staff member for assistance.

Parking
Special needs and wheelchair access parking is available on the east side of the park on Oak Street. Vehicles transporting patrons who have special needs or who are in a wheelchair can check in at the street closure signs and will be allowed to drive to the special needs access point. Golf cart transport is available from this point to the patron’s seats. Golf carts will also transport patrons after the show and return them to the special needs access point. Special needs/handicapped parking will be allowed for any patrons with a state-issued handicapped hang tag or sticker on Oak Street on a first-come, first-served basis as long as space is available. Call (816) 531-7728 for additional information or to gain answers to questions about special needs accessibility.

Reserved Seats: We have a “no refund” policy for reserved seats. Given the nature of outdoor theatre, we will, however, honor rain checks for reserved seats in the event of show cancellation due to weather. Call (816) 531-7728 to reschedule your reserved seats for a remaining performance (subject to availability).

VIP Tent Buffet: We have a “no refund” policy for the VIP Tent Buffet. Given the nature of outdoor theatre, we will, however, honor rain checks for buffet dinner reservations in the event of show cancellation prior to 7 pm due to weather. Call (816) 531-7728 to reschedule for a remaining performance (subject to availability).