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The 34th Art Annual is right around the corner - May 3rd to 5th


Kansas City’s first outdoor art show of the year (and our favorite) is only weeks away. Make plans now to join us as Brookside celebrates the 34th Brookside Art Annual Friday, May 3rd through Sunday, May 5th, presented by Research Medical Center, ER of Brookside. Show hours are:

  • Friday, May 3rd - 5pm-9pm
  • Saturday, May 4th -10am-9pm
  • Sunday, May 5th - 11am-5pm

A prestigious history & top artists from around the country.

Established in 1985, the Brookside Art Annual has grown to the second largest Art Show in Kansas City and is consistently rated among the top shows in the nation. Over 180 of the top artists from around the country are juried into the show under 15 categories from 2-D to 3-D work, painting to photography, and ceramics to jewelry. Whether from well-established or emerging artists, the show brings national talent right to the heart of Brookside. The annual show draws upwards of 70,000 people from all over metropolitan KC and beyond to the historic Brookside Shops over the three-day event. Learn more about the artists and the show at

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Food & drinks.

As part of the attraction, the show also features food from some of Brookside’s top local restaurants. Brookside’s own Avenues Bistro, Charlie Hooper’s, Cosentino’s Brookside Market/Price Chopper, Michael Forbes Grille and Topsy’s will be offering a variety of food from burgers to calamari. Thirsty? They’ll also be offering a selection of fine wines, craft beers, cocktails, sodas and more to enjoy during the show.

Fun for the kiddos.

Don’t forget the kids. Our presenting sponsor Research Medical Center, ER of Brookside and supporting sponsors Cosentino’s Price Chopper and Cosentino’s Market provide free children's activities on Saturday from 10 am to 6 pm and Sunday from 11 am to 4 pm in the children’s activity area. Free Kempo-style martial arts training and crafts are also offered, and face painting and balloon art are also available for a nominal fee to round out the experience. We also offer a kid-approved meal Saturday morning with a Chris Cakes pancake breakfast for only $5 (all you can eat pancakes, sausage links and Tang (just like the astronauts drank).

Meet 2019 featured artist Brian Jensen.

Brian-Jensen Each year we select a featured artist to prepare artwork to represent the show. This year we’re honored to be working with renowned painter and illustrator Brian Jensen of Minneapolis, Minnesota. Brian has been painting since childhood. “As a child I spent time on Minnesota lakes, and especially enjoyed spotting classic wooden boats. I started painting and drawing at a young age and painted with my father, a graphic designer.” After graduating from the Minneapolis college of art and design, he went on to a career as an illustrator where he developed his style illustrating for magazines and book publishers. Now he uses his skills to paint his favorite subjects. “I love to explore the beauty of lakes, landscapes, urban life, vintage boats, cars and motorcycles.” His love for painting shows in his vibrant painting of Brookside. The featured work includes a vintage car and several historic Brookside buildings. A perfect fit this year as we celebrate Brookside’s 100th Anniversary.


We’ve got merch.

Want a keepsake from the show? We’ve got you covered. The featured artwork will be printed on shirts, posters, banners and note cards available for purchase during the show. The merchandise is a great way to remember the show. They’re also great to display at home or work and make great gifts for friends and family who love Brookside (or just love great art). Featured artist Brian Jensen will be available throughout the show to sign merchandise. And for the serious collectors, Brian will have the featured painting for sale!

More about our 2019 Presenting Sponsor Research Medical Center, ER of Brookside.

Research-Medical-Center-ER-of-BrooksideER of Brookside is proud to be the presenting sponsor of Brookside’s largest event for the fourth consecutive year and is offering even more activities for visitors in 2019. “Our continued sponsorship of the Brookside Art Annual represents ER of Brookside and Research Medical Center’s ongoing dedication to family, the arts, and meaningful community interaction,” said Rob Schlicht, Assistant Chief Operating Officer at Research Medical Center.

By supporting fun for children and families, ER of Brookside, in partnership with Cosentino’s Price Chopper, is expanding the kids’ tent at the Brookside Art Annual to include more activities. There will be a Teddy Bear Clinic on Saturday and Sunday, May 4th and 5th. Parents can bring their child with his or her favorite stuffed animal to the ER of Brookside interactive tent. The stuffed animal can get a “medical check-up”.

As part of the Brookside community, ER of Brookside and Research Medical Center Brookside Campus, located at Holmes Road and Rockhill Road, provide many health care services including emergency room, orthopedic care, OB/GYN services, and more. Learn more at

Volunteers Needed.

Another great way to enjoy the show is to volunteer. Volunteers help direct guests at the information booth, deliver meals to artists, sell show merchandise, and booth sit so artists can have a well-deserved break during the show. If you’re interested in volunteering, contact Kelsey at (link sends e-mail) or (816)-523-5553.

Questions about the 2019 Art Annual?

E-mail or call the Brookside Business Association at (816) 523-5553.