10 New Attendees to Downtown Days in 2016

DTD 2016 Beer Selection

That’s right, folks! We are upping our beer game this year and bringing you all these great choices. Come on out to either of our beer tents and grab your favorite summer choice while strolling the festival or listening to your favorite band. Beer is served in cans and are $6 a piece. Thanks to Central States Beverage Company for being a great partner for this festival! If you can’t see the picture, here’s what we’re offering this year:

16oz Cans:

  • Boulevard Wheat
  • Miller Lite
  • Coors Light
  • Coors Banquet

12oz Cans:

  • Boulevard Ginger Lemon Radler
  • Boulevard Tropical Pale Ale
  • Boulevard Heavy Lifting
  • Angry Orchard Crisp Apple
  • Not Your Father’s Root Beer
  • Leinenkugel’s Summer Shandy


We will also be featuring a frozen mixed drink tent right next to the Depot Stage for your imbibing pleasure. IMG_8664Embrace the Grape will be serving Strum-Runners, Vodka Cherry Limeade, Margaritas, and Hippie Juice which run $6.50-12, depending on size. Light-up souvenir cups will also be available! Wine by the glass will be offered for $6 each.

Grab your friends and get to Downtown Days this weekend!


Score an Autograph at the Downtown Days Sports Booth

The Sports and Autograph Booth is bringing back many festival favorites like the Spin-to-Win Prize Wheel, raffle prizes, PLUS players, mascots, and personalities from local athletic organizations. Stop by during festival hours to get autographs and take a selfie with your favorites!

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Local sports knowledge authority, and all-around awesome guy Fred Liggett, runs the Sports Booth all weekend and would love for Downtown Days attendees to visit him and get some autographs!

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Sports & Autograph Booth Schedule

Friday, June 3:

4-6pm, KC Chiefs/K-State Alum Damian McIntosh & Chiefs Superfan X-Factor
6-7:30pm, KC Chiefs/KU Hall of Famer Curtis McClinton

Saturday, June 4:

10am-Noon, T-Bones Baseball Mascot, Sizzle
12-2pm, Sportswriter Bill Althaus & Royals Superfan Craig Rookstool
2-4pm, Missouri Mavericks Mascot Mac
4-6pm, Missouri Comets Mascot Calvin the Canine
6-7:30pm, Sporting KC Mascot BLUE

Sunday, June 5:

11am-1pm, Independence Veterans Baseball Manager Vern Hasty
1-3pm, UMKC Athletics Mascot Kasey the Kangaroo


Entertainment Abounds at Downtown Days Festival!

Plan to kick off summer with the FREE Downtown Days Festival, presented by Lee’s Summit Medical Center, Friday through Sunday, June 3, 4 & 5. Live entertainment featuring The Elders, carnival, sports & autograph booth, SMOKIN’ on the Summit BBQ Contest, white tigers, classic car show, robotics demonstrations, festival food, handcrafted goods, and two beer tents featuring craft beer and much more are part of this year’s festivities.

Entertainment for all ages at the Depot Stage

The Depot Stage is the place for a great variety of entertaining acts including science demonstrations, dog shows, dance performances, and live music. Headlining the festival are The Elders, an Irish American folk rock band and an area favorite for fans of all ages. The stage, located on SE Main Street just south of 2nd street, will feature performances throughout the weekend of the festival.

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Depot Stage Schedule

Friday, June 3
3:30 Larry Garrett
4:30 School of Rock
5:30 Sit Means Sit
6:30 Four Fried Chickens and a Coke **NEW TIME**
8:30 Elton Dan and the Rocket Band **NEW TIME**

Saturday, June 4

10:30 Sit Means Sit
11:00 Mad Science
12:15 Rockin’ Rob
1:30 Summit Theatre Group
2:00 Heart of America Dance Centre
3:45 Smokin’ on the Summit BBQ Awards
4:15 Lee’s Summit’s Got Talent
6:00 State Line Drive
8:30 The Elders

Sunday, June 5

11:15 Studio J Performing Arts Center
12:30 Reed Performing Arts Company
1:45 Studio d Dance Company
3:00 Storybook Theatre

Downtown Days Street Closures 2016

The Downtown Days Festival is coming up this weekend! This event is the main fundraiser for Downtown Lee’s Summit Main Street and helps make so much possible downtown. The festival takes place June 3-5, 2016. As a 501c3 nonprofit organization, DLSMS relies on fundraisers to help fund many of its events and programming, allowing us to promote Downtown Lee’s Summit throughout the entire year. We have planned an exciting event this year with the goal of drawing thousands of people to our downtown and provide the community with a festival filled with fun for everyone.

We have some important information to pass on to you regarding street closures:

  • TUESDAY, MAY 31 : At 5 p.m., the public parking lot located at Third Street next to Arnold Hall and the public parking lot on Douglas next to Heart of America Dance Studio will close. Carnival rides will begin moving into the Arnold Hall parking lot at 5 p.m. and the White Tigers will arrive that evening to the parking lot on Douglas next to Heart of America Dance Studio. Please encourage your customers and staff to park in the City Hall parking garage located at Second and Green.
  • WEDNESDAY, JUNE 1: Green Street from Second to Fourth Streets, and Third Street from Green to Douglas Streets will close at 5 p.m. This is where all the carnival rides will be, as well as in the Arnold Hall parking lot.
  • THURSDAY, JUNE 2: All other streets (between Green and Jefferson Streets, and Second to Fourth Streets) will close at noon. Please plan accordingly for deliveries to be completed before 11 a.m. Thursday, June 2, as access will be limited during the festival.
  • SUNDAY, JUNE 5: All streets will remain closed until approximately 8pmon Sunday, June 5.

Downtown Days is expected to draw crowds of approximately 100,000 people to our downtown, which is an excellent opportunity to showcase downtown and its amazing businesses! We do understand, however, that street closures and limited storefront access can create challenges for your businesses. We hope you understand the benefits this festival has for our downtown, and we look forward to celebrating with you the first weekend in June!

For a full schedule of events, visit our websitewww.LeesSummitDowntownDays.com. Please do not hesitate to contact our office with any questions or concerns.

Staying Safe During Downtown Days

We are excited to be planning another year of the Downtown Days Festival, and it’s going to be here before you know it! The festival is the first full weekend in June every year, so this year, that puts it on June 3, 4 & 5. Our office is buzzing trying to finish up vendor placement, signage, and to-do lists. However, we did get to spend a super fun afternoon with our presenting sponsor, Lee’s Summit Medical Center, last week creating videos to help you stay safe at the festival. Click to view all three videos, and try not to laugh at our staff too much. Thanks to Lee’s Summit Medical Center for making these videos a reality and for being such a great partner and sponsor for Downtown Days!

Downtown Days Returns to Historic Downtown Lee’s Summit

Plan to kick off the summer during the annual Downtown Days Festival, presented by Lee’s Summit Medical Center! The festival is Friday to Sunday, June 3-5, spanning six blocks in historic Downtown Lee’s Summit. Live entertainment featuring The Elders, carnival, car show, sports & autograph booth, handmade goods, festival food, robotics demonstrations, SMOKIN’ on the Summit BBQ competition, and much more are part of this year’s festivities. Festival hours are:


Friday, June 3: 12pm-10pm

Saturday, June 4: 10am-10pm

Sunday, June 5: 11am-4pm


The Downtown Days Festival is the major fundraiser for Downtown Lee’s Summit Main Street, a 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to the revitalization and historic preservation of Downtown Lee’s Summit. It is presented by Lee’s Summit Medical Center and is sponsored by Amtrak/Missouri River Runner, Abundant Life Church, Bank of Lee’s Summit, Central States Beverage Co., Cushman Wakefield, The Kansas City Star, KCP&L, Lee’s Summit Journal, Longview Funeral Home, and Tingle Flooring.


Every year, the Downtown Days committee brings new events and activities to the festival, and this year is no exception.


Below is a complete schedule of events:



Friday, June 3

3:30 p.m. – Larry Garrett

4:30 p.m. ‒ School of Rock

5:30 p.m. – Sit Means Sit (Dog Training)

6:30 p.m. ‒ Four Fried Chickens and a Coke

8:30 p.m. ‒ Elton Dan and the Rocket Band (Tribute Band)


Saturday, June 4

10:30 a.m. ‒ Sit Means Sit (Dog Training)

11:00 a.m. ‒ Mad Science

12:15 p.m. ‒ Rockin’ Rob (Kids’ Music)

1:30 p.m. ‒ Summit Theatre Group

2:00 p.m. ‒ Heart of America Dance Centre

3:45 p.m. ‒ Smokin’ on the Summit BBQ Awards

4:30 p.m. ‒ Got Talent

6:00 p.m. ‒ State Line Drive (Country/Pop)

8:30 p.m. – The Elders (Celtic & American Folk Rock)


Sunday, June 5

11:00 a.m. ‒ Studio J Performing Arts Center

12:30 p.m. ‒ Reed Performing Arts

1:45 p.m. ‒ Studio d Dance Company

3:00 p.m. ‒ Storybook Theatre




  • SMOKIN’ on the Summit BBQ: This BBQ Competition is a fundraiser presented by Construction and Abatement Services, Inc. and organized by the Downtown Lee’s Summit Rotary Club. The annual event is KCBS sanctioned and a Missouri State Championship event. Over 80 teams will compete for a $10,000 purse and the right to be the 2016 Grand Champion of one of the Midwest’s premiere BBQ competitions.
  • Carnival: Enjoy rides, games, and food; open all hours of the festival. Sunday is wristband day where you can purchase a wristband and ride unlimited rides during festival hours.
  • Kids’ Street: Games, face painting, White Tigers Exhibit, food and more available all weekend.
  • White Tigers: After taking a year off, the white tiger exhibit is back! Come see LIVE white tigers, feed them, and get your picture taken with the roaring duo (small fee applies).
  • Car Show: The South 71 Cruisers Car Club will have their classic cars lined up near 3rd and SW Main streets on Sunday from 11a.m. to 4p.m.
  • Robotics Demonstration: Local, world-class student robotics teams will showcase their robot creations on Sunday, weather permitting. The demonstrations will be located at 3rd and SW Main streets.
  • Sports & Autograph Booth: This booth will feature guest appearances by local athletes and team mascots. Autographs and giveaways will be available throughout the weekend.


Downtown Days Festival: www.LeesSummitDowntownDays.com

Downtown Lee’s Summit Main Street: www.downtownls.org

SMOKIN’ on the Summit BBQ Competition: www.smokinonthesummitbbq.com

Fourth Fridays Art Walk celebrates Earth Day, April 22

Looking for something to do this weekend? Tonight? We’ve got just the thing!

Fourth Fridays Art Walk Downtown Lee's Summit Earth DayDowntown Lee’s Summit Main Street is hosting it’s second Fourth Fridays Art Walk of the season on Friday, April 22. The theme is eARTh Day and the participating artists were encouraged to incorporate a theme of reused or recycling in their works to display for the event. Mingle with artists and visit participating businesses from 5-8pm.

Art featured during the event includes many different mediums like paint, colored pencil, ceramics, collage, and even a few handmade benches being revealed through the public art project called RestART.

The Artist Reception and reveal of the RestART pieces is scheduled to begin at 6pm at Got Art Gallery. Wine and light appetizers will be provided.


Want to BE a local artist for the night? Visit one (or both) of these interactive painting activities for the whole family:

  1. Paint your own flower pot and get a seed packet to take home and bring some life to your outdoor space! Painting will be setup outside Fossil Forge from 5-7pm.
  2. Paint and leave a rock to be used as part of a future community beautification project! Painting will be setup inside The Space from 5-7pm.

View or download the map of the event here or pick one up at any participating merchant during the event!




Downtown Lee’s Summit Main Street Announces New Events & Promotions Director

Downtown Lee’s Summit Main Street (DLSMS), a 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to the revitalization and historic preservation of Downtown Lee’s Summit, Missouri, recently welcomed the addition of Julie Cook as the new Events & Promotions Director.

“We are excited to welcome Julie Cook to the Downtown Lee’s Summit Main Street team. Beyond her impressive list of accomplishments, Julie’s friendly, approachable personality makes her the perfect fit for Downtown Lee’s Summit,” stated Donnie Rodgers, executive director.

Tu Square Studio, LLC Julie Cook is a 2010 graduate of Iowa State University and earned a master’s degree in Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse in 2012. Prior to her move to Lee’s Summit, Julie spent four years as the Director of Student Involvement for Westminster College in Fulton, MO. Julie has managed and staffed over 300 events during her six-year career in higher education and brings a wealth of event planning and marketing experience to the DLSMS staff.

While at Westminster, Julie supervised a student programming board, led a new student orientation program, and facilitated student leadership development. Julie established a strong partnership with The Brick District, a consortium of local business owners and volunteers, to further integrate the students and campus events with the Fulton community.

Julie and her husband Christopher relocated to Lee’s Summit in mid-February and are excited to build connections with the Downtown merchants and community members.

Lee’s Summit EDC Releases Results of Downtown Housing Study

As population grows, demand for new housing stock is expected to rise

Lee’s Summit, MO.— March 7, 2016 –- Steady population growth in Lee’s Summit through 2020 is expected to drive demand for new market-rate and affordable housing options Downtown, according to a just-released comprehensive housing study commissioned by the Lee’s Summit Economic Development Council (LSEDC) and Downtown Lee’s Summit Main Street Inc. (DLSMS)

“This study confirms a strong need for additional affordable and market-rate housing in Downtown Lee’s Summit as the city continues to grow,” said LSEDC President Rick McDowell. “It’s been 10 years since a new apartment project has taken shape Downtown. In essence, this housing study says, ‘if they build it, they will come.’ “

The study was completed by Canyon Research Southwest Inc., and included an online housing questionnaire with 449 respondents. Eight out of 10 survey respondents said they would consider living in or near Downtown Lee’s Summit, with 9 out of 10 respondents aged 20-39 saying they would consider living Downtown. In addition, respondents to the survey overwhelmingly had a favorable opinion of Downtown Lee’s Summit, with more than 80 percent noting its shops and restaurants and walkability as key attributes, and another 75 percent noting festivals, events and historic character as desirable.

“We’ve been excited to see the findings from this study to help assist in Downtown development efforts. We are confident this report will help spur new market rate housing,” said Donnie Rodgers Jr., executive director of Downtown Lee’s Summit Main Street Inc.

Additional key findings:
•The population of the City of Lee’s Summit is expected to approach 100,000 by 2020, reflecting steady growth patterns that will fuel demand for new housing.
•Almost 80 percent of Downtown Lee’s Summit’s existing housing inventory was built prior to 1980, with just 2.6 percent built since 2000.
•No multi-family residential construction has taken place in Downtown Lee’s Summit since 2005.
•The overwhelming majority of Downtown rental housing is old and lacks features and amenities of more modern multi-family housing stock.
•There is plentiful land available in and around Downtown for residential development and parking.
•Projected growth in young adults aged 25 to 34 years will drive demand for attached rental and “starter homes” in Downtown Lee’s Summit.
•The demographic composition of Downtown Lee’s Summit residents skews younger and less educated than Lee’s Summit overall, creating much different housing needs.
•25 percent of respondents said they would pay between $800-$999 for rent, with the majority preferring 2-bedroom dwellings.

Reports: LSEDC-Downtown-Housing-Study-Executive-Summary and LSEDC-Downtown-Lees-Summit-Housing-Study-Final

For More Information:

Tina Bell Chace, LSEDC | 816-525-6617 tchace@leessummit.org
Krista Klaus | 913-284-5752 kristamartinklaus@gmail.com

Downtown Lee’s Summit welcomes the 11th annual Emerald Isle Parade, presented by Llywelyn’s Pub

Celebrate all things Irish during the 11th annual EMERALD ISLE PARADE, which begins at noon Saturday, March 12, 2016 in Downtown Lee’s Summit. The main parade route is on Green, Third and S.E. Main streets. The popular parade and fun activities before and after take place the Saturday before St. Patrick’s Day. This year’s parade theme is “Shamrockin’.”

The deadline for parade entry applications is March 1. The form can be accessed at: www.downtownls.org.

The 2016 Emerald Isle Grand Marshal, Chuck Denton, was selected in honor of his dedication to the Lee’s Summit community and years of service as the chair of the parade committee. Chuck, who owned an Irish Goods store downtown, is remembered as the person responsible for getting the Emerald Isle Parade started. The parade has become an annual family tradition for the whole Lee’s Summit community, bringing thousands of local residents downtown.

Back for its fifth year is the TRADITIONAL IRISH BREAKFAST, which takes place the morning of the parade from 8 to 11 a.m. at Mingle, 209 S.E. Main St. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for ages 10 and younger.  Children 2 and under are free.  Tickets may be purchased online or in person at the Downtown Lee’s Summit Main Street office. Tickets at the door are $15 for adults and $5 for kids. Advanced tickets are recommended and can be found at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/emerald-isle-irish-breakfast-2016-tickets-21640487280?aff=efbevent.

The BITS O’ GOLD COIN HUNT takes place at 11:00 a.m. in Howard Station Park on S.E. Main Street. Children 8 and younger may participate in this race to find green and gold coins in the grass at Howard Station Park. No registration is necessary and prizes will be awarded to the children who find the rare gold coins.

Again this year is the BLARNEY BREW OFF, a home-brew competition and public tasting, organized by Grains & Taps. This event takes place in the parking lot just north of Mingle at 10:00 a.m.  Tickets can be purchased at Grains & Taps or online at http://grainsandtaps.com/products/2016-blarney-brew-off-admission.  Admission cost is $28.00 and comes with one tasting glass, Blarney Brew Off t-shirt, food, live entertainment, and the chance to sample from 50 different home-brew vendors.  Samples poured while supplies last or until 2:00 p.m.  Ages 21 and up; IDs will be checked.

More than 40 Downtown retail and specialty stores will be open throughout the day as they celebrate and showcase spring decor. Downtown restaurants and bars will feature their annual EMERALD ISLE PUB CRAWL which will take place at approximately 1 p.m., following the parade, and will continue into the evening. To purchase an Emerald Isle Pub Crawl T-shirt or for more information, visit any Downtown Lee’s Summit restaurant or bar.

Codie Allen, radio personality on 106.5 The Wolf, will serve as Master of Ceremonies.  Judges for this year’s Emerald Isle Parade include Ellen McNamara (KCTV5), Matt Evans (KMBC 9 News), and other local celebrities.


The Emerald Isle Parade, hosted by Downtown Lee’s Summit Main Street, is presented by Llywelyn’s Pub and sponsored by Amtrak/Missouri River Runner, Down to Earth Services, Lakewood Counseling/Truman Medical Center, Weed Man, Mingle, and Grains & Taps.

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