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OOne of Kansas City’s first public showcases on music, makers, beer and food will shut down this summer, organizers said Tuesday, making Boulevardia one of the city’s first major entertainment cancellations since that the Big 12 tournament was suspended in March.
“Providing a safe, secure and healthy environment for our pop-up nation is our top priority,” said an announcement from Boulevardia. “We realize the impact of this decision on our charitable partners, suppliers, manufacturers and customers. This decision was made with the ever-changing public health situation in mind and with the goal of allowing our community to focus on their personal health and well-being and in the interest of bringing this festival back to 2021. “
With Kansas City’s stay-at-home order set to expire on April 24, Mayor Quinton Lucas said this week he expected the restriction to be extended until at least mid-May to help to fight against the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in the metro.
Boulevardia was scheduled for June 19-20 along Grand Boulevard in Crown Center, where it was due to move this summer after six years in the Kansas City Stockyards district in the West Bottoms.
All hotel tickets and packages purchased through Boulevardia’s website should be refunded without any further action required, organizers said.
Click on here for details on refunds and the official cancellation announcement.
The two-day “Urban Street Festival” was to feature three stages and a “Royals Silent Disco,” as well as a manufacturers’ market and a host of beer and food vendors. Ride 2 Boulevardia, a charity bike ride in partnership with Boulevardia that is expected to attract 600 cyclists, has also been canceled. donations are always accepted on behalf of Children’s Mercy and Cancer Action.
Music lineup for the 2020 Boulevardia showcase had not been released prior to the cancellation, but in 2019 the festival featured artists such as Young the Giant, Fitz and the Tantrums, Dashboard Confessional, lovelytheband, DJ Jazzy Jeff and The Greeting Committee.
“It has been said, ‘the comeback is always stronger than the backhand.’ We believe this is true and we believe this festival and our community will come back stronger than ever, ”organizers said in the cancellation announcement. “Wait, Kansas City. We’ll have a drink together again soon.
Boulevardia is expected to return in 2021.