Festivals have returned to Kansas City.

For the first time in two years, Labor Day festivals have returned to Kansas City.SantaCaliGon, a festival in Independence, is kicking off tonight with a carnival. One city leader says he’s excited to have it back. “Our festival is really all about family. We do things in our community stage like root jugging, ice cream eating, it’s as much fun for the adults watching it as it is for the kids participating,” Independence Chamber of Commerce President Tom Lesnak said. This year, the first 50 people to get vaccinated during SantiCaliGon will get a free VIP wristband. The wristbands give front stage access to any bands performing in the festival. The festival’s clinic runs from 12-6 p.m. daily.“We’re going to do everything as a festival organization to make sure that we’re being part of the solution,” Lesnak said. Masks are encouraged, but not required. All of the local Labor Day festivals are outdoors.Across town at Crown Center, Kansas City Irish Fest is has returned as well. However, pandemic travel restrictions do mean there won’t be any international bands from Ireland this year.“We’ve gotten really creative this year. We’ve got some bands coming that have given a virtual appearance throughout the weekend, and we have some really special things we’ve put together,” Kansas City Irish Fest Organizer Keli O’Neil Wenzel said.Wenzel says the festival is asking people to buy tickets ahead online and to limit personal items. Both measures will stop the festival’s check in area from getting crowed.You don’t have to be Irish to attend the fest.”If you like just hearing good music outside, you are going to enjoy the festival,” Wenzel said. Organizers say they believe the festivals will be safe if everyone does their part.Kansas City’s Renaissance Festival also kicks of this week in Bonner Springs, Kansas.

For the first time in two years, Labor Day festivals have returned to Kansas City.

SantaCaliGon, a festival in Independence, is kicking off tonight with a carnival. One city leader says he’s excited to have it back.

“Our festival is really all about family. We do things in our community stage like root jugging, ice cream eating, it’s as much fun for the adults watching it as it is for the kids participating,” Independence Chamber of Commerce President Tom Lesnak said.

This year, the first 50 people to get vaccinated during SantiCaliGon will get a free VIP wristband. The wristbands give front stage access to any bands performing in the festival.

The festival’s clinic runs from 12-6 p.m. daily.

“We’re going to do everything as a festival organization to make sure that we’re being part of the solution,” Lesnak said.

Masks are encouraged, but not required. All of the local Labor Day festivals are outdoors.

Across town at Crown Center, Kansas City Irish Fest is has returned as well. However, pandemic travel restrictions do mean there won’t be any international bands from Ireland this year.

“We’ve gotten really creative this year. We’ve got some bands coming that have given a virtual appearance throughout the weekend, and we have some really special things we’ve put together,” Kansas City Irish Fest Organizer Keli O’Neil Wenzel said.

Wenzel says the festival is asking people to buy tickets ahead online and to limit personal items. Both measures will stop the festival’s check in area from getting crowed.

You don’t have to be Irish to attend the fest.

“If you like just hearing good music outside, you are going to enjoy the festival,” Wenzel said.

Organizers say they believe the festivals will be safe if everyone does their part.

Kansas City’s Renaissance Festival also kicks of this week in Bonner Springs, Kansas.

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