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Kansas City Holidays Overview
The Kansas City, Missouri, metropolitan area is home to approximately 2 million inhabitants along the border area of this state and Kansas. The Missouri River runs through this city. A rapid transit bus system was recently inaugurated here to connect different areas of this city. The weather is fairly mild here with the coldest low in January rarely passing below -6.6 degrees Celsius. The hottest days seldom pass above 32 degrees in summer.
There are more than 200 outdoor fountains in this modern city. Several major sporting venues, cultural events and museums can be found, as well as a growing number international eateries and shops. Specialty shops and name brand stores attend to shopping needs.
There are several live theatres, dance companies, opera and galleries in and around the downtown arts district and the area of the Convention Center. There are also modern cinemas. Live music clubs abound and there are a few large concert venues.
The year Missouri joined the Union of States, 1821, is the year the first settler, (who was of French descent), arrived here. The town was eventually named after the local Kansa Indians as Kansas. In 1889 it became Kansas City. Prior to the Civil War, the debate over slavery led to skirmishes along the Kansas and Missouri border.
More than a dozen hotels and motor inns are found in the direct vicinity of the downtown area today. While the city is modern, there are also many memorials to the opening of the west. Ethnic landmarks abound, commemorating immigrant and Native American communities in this multi-cultural urban centre.
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The Downtown Kansas City Art Fair at the Power & Light District began in 2008. It is a 9-block street festival in the centre of the downtown. Local arts & crafts are on display and for sale as well as food and beverages along the length of the street. The event occurs in late June for 3 days.
In late August, the Power & Light District is home to Restaurant Week. More than a dozen local restaurants have been participating in the first years of this event. Special prices are given for dining this week and additionally discount coupons are given to diners at each meal for future use.
Since 2003, the city has been home to a fall Irish Fest held over 3 days. Irish traditions and entertainment are featured at this festival as well as Irish American traditions. Tests of skill for prizes and a variety of food and drink are also on the menu for this activity each year.
From May through September, a free concert series is held annually in the Power & Light District. Many of the free events are on Wednesdays and Thursdays as well as weekend nights. They commence at 7 PM.
In April of 2009, the first annual Kansas City Blues Festival was held at the Kemper Arena. This event was organized after the former Blues & Jazz Festival was discontinued after 2007.
holidays - How to Get There
Northwest Airlines and Delta both fly to this destination (MCI) in a minimum time of 21 hours and 55 minutes time from Sydney (SYD) with two layovers.
The shortest United Airlines flight is 24 hours and 15 minutes in duration. Continental makes the flight in a minimum estimated time of 22 hours and 44 minutes.
The nearest consular services to this destination are based out of the Consulate-General Office in Chicago, Illinois. (http://www.usa.embassy.gov.au/whwh/ChicagoCG.html)