The day is finally here, shops and businesses are allowed to reopen. People are allowed to converse in an area together, there are guidelines, but we are slowly but surely getting back to the normal. While this might be a new normal for us all, we can find solace in the fact that the time to move forward with what we have learned over the past few months has come. Take this opportunity to reflect and examine what we know about COVID-19 and what we can do to prevent the spread now that we are trickling out of our homes. It all starts with our patrons and ends when you come to KCI Expo Center for an event or meeting, but the important thing to remember is to stay home if you feel sick! Be aware of how you feel prior to leaving your home, this keeps you and others attending events safe. KCI Expo Center will take it from there.
Staying Socially Distant
While remaining 6 feet apart might seem difficult, and no, you don’t have to bring a tape measure every time you go out, it’s important to remember that keeping yourself healthy is a priority. Distance between people can prevent the spread of germs in the air, and even when sometimes it’s just not possible, making sure that you are aware of those in your immediate vicinity keeps you AND those around you safe. When applying those recommendations to meetings and in-person events, it’s feasible to just be mindful of those also attending. For a good rule of thumb, remember that you want to avoid getting close enough to exchange the same air and droplets with others. According to the CDC, keeping groups of people minimized will also help keep the spread. KCI Expo Center is dedicated to keeping our protocols in place so you can safely attend our events!
Masks, Gloves, and Hand Sanitizer
Making sure you stay healthy goes farther than just keeping your distance! When you know you are going to attend a meeting or host an event with multiple people, remember to keep the tools you need to sanitize on your person. Masks help to prevent the transmission between one or more people, and gloves help to keep your hands clean (remember to not touch your face!). Bringing these items with you when attending events help keep you and those around you healthy. Having these safety protocols in place allow people the freedom to walk around and interact with others without the risk of potentially catching something. Hand sanitizer helps when you feel as though you touched a possibly contaminated surface, and keeps you clean when you are with others. Not only that but when you come to KCI Expo Center, we are ensuring our cleaning and sanitizing duties are done frequently and thoroughly.
What to Expect from KCI Expo Center
KCI Expo Center is dedicated to keeping our attendees healthy. We will be following Kansas City and Platte County guidelines. At this current moment, the county is set to reopen for events and meetings May 31, 2020. Opening up our spaces so you feel safe is the utmost priority for our staff and organization. We hope to see you soon, we will have our upcoming schedule and rerelease of events posted as soon as possible! Thank you for staying safe and indoors during this time.
In the wake of the most recent news activity involving Coronavirus COVID-19, KCI Expo Center wants to let our attendees know that we are taking precautions to ensure the quality of overall health and wellness at our events. Our number one goal in mind when organizing events and meetings is the safety of our patrons. Taking your health into consideration is an important factor in making sure you stay safe while attending.
Coinciding with statements from the KCMO Health Department and the City of Kansas City, KCI Expo Center acknowledges that there are confirmed cases in the Kansas City metro area, and we are aware of the potential health risk this poses to our attendees. We encourage all of our patrons to practice careful hygiene when considering attending events.
Currently, there are no federal announcements to restrict meetings and travel within the United States. However, there is now a restriction on holding events that expect numbers of patrons exceeding 1,000 in Kansas City. This was issued by Mayor Quinton Lucas and is considered to be a State of Emergency that will be in effect for the next 21 days. Learn more about this proclamation here. Kansas City is a destination to many visitors and the KCI Expo Center will be hosting several events in the coming months, including the RK Gun Show, the Gem and Mineral Show, and several dance competitions. We are still hosting the majority of these events and encourage our patrons to follow standard hygiene practices while attending. The KCMO Health Department recommends visitors to Kansas City and locals to exercise regular hand washing and other sanitization processes. Updates will follow in regards to the cancellation of select events.
For a good reference article for updates and tips on how to deal with coronavirus, check out the statement posted by the City of Kansas City.
For regular updates and additional resources, VisitKC has compiled a list for people visiting or living in Kansas City.
With the new year comes new goals. Whether that means going to the gym or eating healthier, a top resolution is often making the effort to travel more. At KCI Expo Center, we understand catching the travel bug, especially because our event space is located so close to the KCI airport! This month, we have put together a list of the top travel destinations of the year so you can finally go on your dream vacation. Some places you might have never thought of for yourself! And before you take off, be sure to check out hotels near the Kansas City Airport. We always recommend staying in our adjacent hotel, Holiday Inn KCI Airport.
Maybe you want to travel stateside, or maybe you want to take the next 747 to a far off location somewhere else on the globe. There’s no wrong answer to finding a place for some much deserved rest and relaxation. Check out this list to find unique inspiration for your next trip out of Kansas City:
Lake Tahoe, California
Lake Tahoe in California is a beautiful destination all year round. There are picturesque ski slopes for winter, deep blue lakes for summer, and colorful landscapes in the fall. Northern California is rarely thought of when considering the Sunshine State as a part of your vacation plan, but it really should be. The scenery alone is enough to pull your interest. The opportunities for outdoor activities are endless, so if you are a junkie for everything outside, Lake Tahoe is definitely the place for you. Traveling from KCI Airport is easy and effortless, with just one connecting flight before landing in Reno.
This Georgian town is the perfect destination to experience the old school charm of the Southern United States. With a rich history and culture, Savannah is a beautiful city to vacation in. The story of this town goes all the way back to 1733, so the deep roots here are definitely something to explore. Not only that, Savannah has a nearby beach destination called Tybee Island. Two vacation spots in one? Sign us up. Flights leaving Kansas City International to Savannah are a dime a dozen, with no layovers! We love nonstop flights.
Colorado is well known as a popular vacation spot, usually for other recreational activities, but that’s none of our business! There are many other exciting things that this state holds. Breckenridge is nestled in the Rocky Mountains of central Colorado. This town is perfect for a snowy getaway and looks exactly like a Christmas card. Skiing, snowboarding, and ice skating are included for the most ideal winter vacation. However, if you aren’t a winter weather person, Breckinridge does not fall short in the amount of summer activities. Check out the hot air balloon rides and camping opportunities while you’re there. While Colorado is close enough to make a road trip out of it, we suggest taking the nonstop flight from Kansas City. Not only is it nonstop, but it’s also budget friendly too.
Have you ever seen the stunning pictures of rock formations and smooth canyon walls? If you have, this is the city you’re looking for. Page, Arizona is the home of the famous Antelope Canyon. However, to take a tour of this natural wonder, you have to book a guided tour with the Navajo Nation. No exceptions. But that’s not the only Grand Canyon spot to see! This city is right on the edge of Horseshoe Bend, Tower Butte, and the nearby Lake Powell, so there’s plenty of natural beauty to go around. Northern Arizona is perfect for anyone and everyone that wants to take in the majesty of the southwest United States. Don’t forget, half the park is after dark! When flying out of Kansas City International Airport to see this natural wonder of the world, you’ll only have to make one pitstop in Phoenix. Don’t worry, the destination is absolutely worth it.
Detroit is a famous hub of the Midwest. Known as Motor City, Detroit has a history that is filled with ups and downs, and now the sprawling metropolis is having a comeback. You can explore the colorful downtown area, visit museums, like the Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation that showcase the great diversity in industry, or explore the musical history of the city by visiting the Detroit Opera House for a classical performance. During the summer, taking a stroll down the RiverWalk is a must-do. Lining the river is a host of restaurants, shops, parks, and areas for public performances. Detroit might not have been on your list of cities to see in the U.S., but it absolutely should be. Since Detroit is right here in the Midwest, flights out of Kansas City happen almost daily! Check them out to see all of your options.
Quebec City, Canada
Often considered to be the Paris of North America, Quebec stands apart by having an old world and European charm, plus it’s right across the border! This city celebrates its French heritage wholeheartedly, as the language most commonly spoken here is French. Plus, during the winter you can experience the country’s only ice hotel! Since the city is also so close to Niagara Falls, you can experience the Montmorency Falls (these are a whole 30 meters taller than Niagara). There are events for all four seasons which makes Quebec City a great place to visit year round. Luckily, flights from Kansas City’s airport to Quebec City happen year round as well!
Step aside, Greece! Cyprus Island is the new seaside Mediterranean destination. It’s perfect for first time international travelers. According to the European Union’s 2012 barometer, 73% of the country speaks English. The weather is beautiful, as the island receives about 300 sunny days a year, so you can keep swimming in that beautiful blue ocean well into October or November! Within Cyprus is the last remaining divided city in the world, the United Nations recognizes one side of the capital city Nicosia as the Republic of Cyprus, while the northern part of the island is still Turkish territory. This can be seen by a buffer zone that runs through the capital. With delicious food, beautiful beaches, lack of tourists, and a rich history, this city is definitely a worthy destination. This might be the longest flight on our list, but we promise Cyprus Island is well worth the wait. Check out the flights headed out of Kansas City International in February!
While Jalisco is not a city (it’s a northwestern region in Mexico), this state is most well known as the birthplace of mariachi and tequila. It’s also home to the popular beach destination of Puerto Vallarta and the capital city of Guadalajara. You can experience the true culture in small villages around the capital, or be fully immersed in the many all-inclusive resorts along the coastline. The small town of Tequila, Mexico, aptly named for the many tequila ranches and the blue and gold landscape, can be reached by train and is a designated Pueblo Magico (Magic Town) by the Mexican Secretariat of Tourism. The wonders of Jalisco are truly endless, which makes this region a perfect place for travel. To make finding flight details easier, we suggest departing from Kansas City International and landing in Puerto Vallarta.
Reykjavik, Iceland is the northernmost capital in the world. While this may deter some travelers, this slightly chilly climate has an insane amount of potential. The downtown area has a very interesting and artsy scene, bursting with galleries and intimate concert venues. For those with a little bit of an adventurous side, check out the incredible whale watching tours they offer along the coast to see the migrating pods of orcas swimming nearby. Iceland is also known for their geothermal spas, The Blue Lagoon being one of the largest. Kick back and relax just like the Icelandic locals. To sell you even more on this magical destination, this is a perfect location for hunters of the elusive Northern Lights. Luckily for our Kansas City locals, Icelandair offers flights right out of our very own Kansas City International Airport! They might have a quick stop in Seattle, but you’ll quickly be on your way.
Cinque Terre, Italy
When thinking of the coastal fishing towns of Italy, people often think of the Amalfi Coast. While beautiful, we decided to take you away to a quieter, more romantic, and pastel version of these quaint seaside villages. Cars have been almost completely banned from this Italian oasis for decades, making the main mode of transportation the 19th century train line. Go on wine tastings while looking over the gorgeous Mediterranean Sea and take strolls through historic villages filled with life, or visit the beach in Monterosso. This is the perfect string of villages to experience both land and sea, and we highly recommend it. International flights may seem daunting, but flying out of Kansas City International Airport is a breeze.
That wraps up KCI Expo’s list of travel destinations for 2020. We hope you take our advice and jet set your way from the KCI Airport to one of these stunning vacation spots. Don’t forget to send pictures!
There are a few hints to signify that its finally fall season. The morning weather carries a new crisp feel, the leaves have begun to slowly change color, Chiefs season is in full swing, and our Kansas City communities are starting to host their annual autumn events! Here at KCI Expo Center, we’re experts at holding parties and events, so we decided to come up with a list of local things to do with the family in the Northland.
The number one event to attend in Parkville is the Miles for Meals “Halloween Hustle”. This 5k run will take place at the Platte Landing Park on October 26th and kick off at 8:00 am. After the run, replenish your strength with goodies from the trunk-or-treat from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. Miles for Meals will be raising money to provide food, activities, and socialization for senior citizens in the metro area. Not only that, but there will also be a costume contest with prizes involved, so preregister for this event to have fun for a good cause.
- Trunk or Treat at the Platte Community Center South – 5:30 to 7:30 pm on October 25th, this is a free event
- Pumpkin Carving for Ghost Stories at the Parkville Nature Sanctuary in the west shelter – 6:00 to 8:00 pm on October 24th, volunteers needed to provide pumpkins for Ghost Stories Night
- Ghost Stories Night at the Parkville Nature Sanctuary – 6:30 to 9:00 pm on October 27th, this is a kid-friendly event with a haunted trail, campfires, and smores for just $5 a ticket
Dia de Los Muertos – October 20th
This autumn, Gladstone is the place to be. We’re most excited about their Dia de Los Muertos community event on October 20th. This event is free to attend at Kessler Park, right by the Kansas City Museum, and will have live music, puppetry, arts and crafts, and even a fashion show! There will be plenty of rich history and culture for your family to enjoy, including an altar installation, handmade sugar skulls, and food trucks. Come celebrate a new kind of festival this season, the fun starts at 1:00 and goes until 4:00 pm.
- Whiskey Fest at Linden Square – 4:00 pm to 9:30 pm on October 20th, celebrate fall with local distilleries, live music, and alcohol tasting (for free!)
- Pickin’ on the Front Porch at the Atkins-Johnson Farmhouse – 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm on October 19th, outdoor bluegrass concert
- Fright Night Trick or Treating in Oak Grove Park – 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm on October 18th, local businesses and churches will all pitch in to provide candy and other treats, this is a free event
- Big Shoal Cemetery Tour at the Atkins-Johnson Farmhouse – begins at 1:00 pm on October 12th, explore the cemetery and hear stories of who is buried there, guided tour with refreshments, tickets are $10
- Scare It Halloween at the Scarritt Renaissance neighborhood – 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm on October 31st, this is a free event with live music, food trucks, costumes, and a haunted house, with all the trick or treating your kids can handle
We think this one goes without saying, but the must-attend ongoing event of the fall season is the Liberty Corn Maze! This is a Kansas City staple, as we’re sure many of you have already taken your family to this massive corn maze. This year’s theme will be Wild West in the Midwest, and focuses on the outlaw Jesse James. There are 8 different mazes with corn helpers so you never get lost, as well as a playground for the kiddos, on-site concessions (including a beer garden) and campfire pits. This event takes place from September 29th and goes to October 27th. They are open every weekend, Fridays from 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm, Saturdays from 10:00 am to 10:00 pm, and Sundays from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.
- Trick or Treat in Downtown Liberty – 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm on October 31st, walk through local shops in the historic downtown to trick or treat
- Public Paranormal Investigation at Belvoir Winery – 8:00 pm to 1:00 am on October 11th, use paranormal gear to detect ghostly activity within these historic walls and be guided by the Paranormal Research Investigators
- 34th Annual Fairytale Forest at Martha LaFite Thompson Nature Sanctuary on October 18th through the 20th, come to this non-scary event lit with jack-o-lanterns along the trail to collect candy from costumed characters, then enjoy arts and crafts
- Graveyard 5k Run and Walk at the Elmwood Cemetery – 9:00 am to 12:00 pm on October 26th, join KC Crew to race around the cemetery, all proceeds benefit cemetery maintenance, stick around after the run for beer, wine, and whiskey tasting
North Kansas City
We know that your pets also count as family, so we decided to include an event all about them too! Howl-O-Ween will be held in the Tails and Trails dog park in North Kansas City. There will be costume and best trick contests with prizes for the scariest pooch in town. The Grandview MO Police K9 team will also be doing a demonstration. This free event will be on October 12th from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm.
Hell on the Hill hosted at 3530 N Myrtle Avenue – 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm on November 2nd, enjoy live music from local bands on an outdoor stage, a haunted trail, and a $100 costume contest
KC Bourbon Trail at Children’s Mercy Park – 6:30 pm to 10:00 pm on November 9th, sample bourbon and have dinner with a live auction
We hope you enjoy these events around the Northland, we know we definitely will. Have a fun and safe fall season, and don’t forget to check out KCI Expo for local tradeshows, conferences, and events.
Fall is here and at the KCI Expo Center, there is something for everyone no matter what your interests. This season we are bringing in many exciting events, vendors, and exhibits for the community to enjoy. Check out who we are hosting in our upcoming events below.
Sep. 20-22: Half Price Books Kansas City Clearance Sale
Nothing beats curling up with a new book or movie in the chilly fall season. Your favorite local bookstore, Half Price Books, is setting up shop in the KCI Expo Center this fall to help you find your new favorite fall past time. With a long-lasting tradition of commitment to the community, Half Price Books will be providing a big selection of books, movies, music, and video games with big savings to you. Everything will be $2 or less and the first 100 customers each day will receive a free tote bag. Visit our event page for times, location details, and more information.
Oct. 26-27: RK Gun Show
At the end of October, join us for the largest gun show in the U.S. at the KCI Expo Center for the RK Gun Show. Gun collectors and hunting enthusiasts will gather for the weekend to see a wide variety of vendors displaying guns, hunting supplies, military surplus, and outdoor gear. Tickets are $12 for adults and $4 for children, with VIP pricing specials available as well. Safety is a priority for this event and will be handled accordingly. Visit our calendar for more information on this fall event.
Nov. 1-3: Shows of Integrity
At this weekend-long event, you will be dazzled with quality gems and jewelry by the Shows of Integrity at the KCI Expo Center. If you are looking for unique, and trendy jewelry styles, this show is for you. Vendors will have gems, minerals, jewelry, and beads on display. Shows of Integrity is always looking for more vendors, wholesale buyers, and dealers to expand their show. Ticket pricing is $6 for adults, $3 for children 5-12, and FREE for children under 5. Check out our event page for show hours and a three day pass ticket special.
Nov. 15-16: 2 Friends and Junk
If you’re always on the hunt for unique vintage pieces you won’t want to miss 2 Friends and Junk at the KCI Expo Center. Vendors from all over will have quality antique pieces full of character that you won’t find anywhere else. This fall event will begin on Nov. 15 at 10:00 am and end on Nov. 16 at 5:00 pm. For directions, vendor information and registration, etc. visit our calendar of events.
More Fall Event Information
Whether you are new to Kansas City or a tourist, be sure to check out surrounding attractions in the Kansas City area. Make it a memorable weekend getaway and maximize your time near the city by booking your stay at our adjacent hotel, just minutes away from KCI Airport.
Do you have a private event you are hosting or exhibit that would be the perfect fit at the KCI Expo Center? Check out our 2019 available dates and contact our team today. Dates are filling up fast and you won’t want to miss out.