Now in its third year, the Kansas City Pickleball Festival is quickly becoming a fall tradition. This fun sport is easy for nearly anyone to pick up, making it a great event for the whole family. This unique game is played with a paddle and plastic ball with holes (similar to a Wiffle Ball). Matches take place on a badminton-sized court using a modified tennis net.
With a bevy of diverse attractions, mouth-watering food, and drink options, and a welcoming vibe, the Kansas City area makes a perfect spot for a long weekend. Read on for all that you need to know about enjoying this year’s Pickleball Festival.
PICKLEBALL FESTIVAL DETAILS
Both expert and novice pickleball players will love all of the events at this popular festival. This year’s event will be on September 20–22, 2019 at the HyVee Arena in Kansas City, Missouri.
In addition to scheduled open time play each day, attendees are invited to attend a daily happy hour, themed dinners, evening entertainment, and more. Player registration fees start at $84.99 for youth and $169.99 for adults. There is also a separate spectator fee option for those people who want to soak up the fun. This year’s event is put on by Dink Pickleball Tournaments and Events and sponsored by Franklin Sports.
TIME TO REST UP
You will want to rest up after a long day on your feet. As one of the best Kansas City hotels, the Hyatt Place Kansas City/Lenexa offers the perfect balance of convenience and amenities. The modern and spacious guest rooms will make you feel right at home. Regardless of the weather, you will enjoy relaxing in the tranquil indoor pool. The location offers convenient access to a variety of Kansas City’s best attractions and the Pickleball Festival site at HyVee Arena.
The Raphael Hotel is another excellent option for out of towners. This boutique-style hotel offers upscale accommodations that ooze European-style elegance and charm. You’ll relax like a king and be fresh every morning if you’re competing in the tournament (or just watching).
THE TASTE OF KANSAS CITY
After a day out on the pickleball courts, you are surely going to work up an appetite. You cannot visit Kansas City without indulging in the world-class BBQ. Local favorites include Joe’s Kansas City, Gates, Jack Stack, and Arthur Bryant’s. Each joint specializes in its own patented brand of sauce, smoked meats, and classic sides, so go ahead and sample them all.
The Country Club Plaza shopping and entertainment district is home to a myriad of restaurants, including the legendary Gran Falloon Restaurant & Bar, the new True Food Kitchen, and the upscale Brio Tuscan Grille. With over 30 restaurants to choose from, you are sure to find something to fit your tastes and budget.
While in Kansas City, be sure to check out some of the most popular sites in the city. Kansas City is known for its vibrant art and culture scene, and there is no better place to experience this commitment to the arts than at the Nelson-Atkins Art Museum. The museum features over 35,000 works of art as well as an adjacent sculpture park.
As the entertainment hub of Kansas City, Union Station is a must-see venue for your trip. This historic building is home to a variety of attractions, including the Science City museum, the Arvin Gottlieb Planetarium, a 3D movie theater, and more. Shoppers will appreciate all of the diverse retail options at the Country Club Plaza and the Legends at Village West.