First Friday Street Musician

DESCRIPTION: The Crossroads Arts District is an artistic downtown neighborhood where once-vacant warehouses now house a variety of eclectic, locally owned boutiques, unique restaurants and a thriving arts scene.

ADDRESS: The heart of the District is located at 19th Street and Baltimore Avenue, but the community stretches from 15th Street to 22nd Street, and from I-35 to Troost Avenue.     

LOCATION: The District is located south of the downtown area and just north of Union Station. 

PHONE: 816-994-7313



  • More than 30 art galleries showcase work from local, regional and national artists including the Belger Arts Center, Leedy-Voulkos Art Center, Sherry Leedy Contemporary Art, Blue Gallery, Cerbera Gallery, The Bunker Center for the Arts and more. 
  • From casual fare at Town Topic to fine-dining at Affäre, the Crossroads has a wide variety of restaurants. Four award-winning chefs, Michael Smith, Michael Corvino, Martin Heuser and Lidia Bastianich, operate restaurants here. 
  • The Crossroads is home to many unique boutique shops. Choices range from Dear Society, Charlie Hustle, Cheryl Eve Acosta and Coki Bijoux for clothing and accessories, Artist + Craftsman Suplly for your art needs, Madison Flitch for handcrafted wood furniture and Made in Kansas City and Raygun for KC favorites. 


HISTORY: Once a neglected commercial area, the Crossroads has been recently transformed into a vibrant and sophisticated artistic community with numerous art galleries, artist studios, eclectic boutiques and award-winning restaurants. 

WHERE TO EAT: There are numerous dining choices in this district, including award-winning Michael Smith's Extra Virgin and Farina, Affare, Novel Restaurant and The Belfry. Or partake in one of the historic Freight House restaurants: Fiorella's Jack Stack Barbecue, Grunauer and Lidia's. The East Crossroads has become home to exceptional local libations, such as Tom's Town Distilling Co., KC Wineworks, City Barrel Brewery and Kitchen, Border Brewing and more. 

WHAT’S NEARBY: While the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts lies in the Crossroads, Crown Center is also nearby, along with Union Station and the National WWI Museum and Memorial. Downtown is also close–including the Power & Light District, T-Mobile Center and much more. 

DID YOU KNOW: The sinful desserts at Christopher Elbow Artisanal Chocolates were named one of the “Best Chocolates in the U.S” by Food & Wine Magazine.

DON’T FORGET: Children are welcome for First Friday events. However, galleries and streets tend to become crowded, and most galleries cannot accommodate strollers.

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION: Take the MAX bus to the Crossroads stop at the corner of Main and 19th Street or take the KC Streetcar to the Crossroads stop (19th & Main). Visit the website for a list of convenient transportation options. 

PARKING: There is an abundance of on-street parking and small lots throughout the area. Be prepared to walk between venues on First Fridays. It can be crowded.


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