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Make the most of your trip to Kansas City during the NFL Draft this April by visiting some must-see spots in KC!

NFL Draft in Kansas City Artist Rendering

The 2023 NFL Draft is in Kansas City from April 27th through the 29th and will take place right in front of Union Station in Kansas City’s Crossroads district! The NFL draft will be a huge event with interactive exhibits, autograph sessions, photo opportunities with the Vince Lombardi Trophy, and more! Admission to the NFL Draft is free for all three days, you just need to download the NFL OnePass app for entry. Admission is limited based on capacity limits. Click here to sign-up for updates about the event!

Union Station, with the WWI Museum and Memorial right across the way, is the perfect place to start your trip to Kansas City, but there’s so much more to see and do. KC is a city full of incredible food, culture, shopping, and more, so take some time during your trip to enjoy more of KC between events at the NFL Draft!

7 Fun Things To Do During Your Trip To KC


Nigro’s Western Store #1 on Merriam Lane in Kansas City, KS

1. Visit Nigro’s Western Store #1

Now’s your chance to visit Nigro’s Western Store’s brick-and-mortar location on Merriam Lane in Kansas City, Kansas! Maybe you’ve shopped at Nigro’s online store, but now’s your chance to swing by in person and check out the largest and best selection of western wear in the Midwest!

Try on a pair of Nigro’s Exclusive Rios of Mercedes and Anderson Bean cowboy boots, or pick out a new cowboy hat and have it shaped in-store by L.D. Nigro to perfectly fit your style!’s online store is packed with awesome western wear staples, but you’ll truly be amazed by the selection when you visit the store in person – be prepared to explore and find some real western treasures available nowhere else on the planet!


Boulevard Brewing Co.

2. Grab a beer at the Boulevard Brewing Co. Beer Hall

Kansas City’s number-one hometown brewery, Boulevard Brewing Co., is a beer lover’s dream! The Boulevard Beer Hall is open daily and has 30 fantastic year-round, seasonal, and limited-edition beers on tap.

For the devoted beer fan, this pilgrimage is one not to be missed – and Boulevard offers three different tours of the facility! Click here to check out the tours!


Zarda Bar-B-Q

3. Chow down on some of Kansas City’s finest BBQ at Zarda

One of Kansas City’s biggest claims to fame is out-of-this-world BBQ, so it would be a crime to not grab some of the best while you’re in town! Make sure you order Zarda’s Limited Reserve Burnt Ends, which were first served in Kansas City in the early ‘70s – and Zarda recently won the Kansas City Star’s Burnt End Bracket Challenge! Zarda’s been doing it right in KC since 1976 – don’t miss this one!

Everyone has a favorite BBQ place in Kansas City, but here are a few that represent KC the best:

  • Zarda Bar-B-Q – Blue Springs & Lenexa
  • Fiorella’s Jack Stack – Multiple Locations
  • Arthur Bryant’s Barbeque – Brooklyn Ave, Kansas City, MO
  • Gates Bar-B-Q – Multiple Locations
  • Joe’s Kansas City Bar-B-Que – Kansas City, KS
  • Q39 – 39th, Kansas City, MO

The KC Streetcar

4. Ride the KC Streetcar

You can hop on the KC Streetcar at Union Station and take a tour of downtown KC at your own pace!

The KC Streetcar travels a two-mile route from Union Station, through the Crossroads Arts District and Power and Light District up to Kansas City’s famous River Market, where there’s an awesome farmer’s market every Saturday and Sunday morning! It’s completely free to ride and makes exploring downtown a breeze, no need to worry about parking!


Minsky's Pizza Gourmet Cupperoni Pizza

The Cupperoni from Minsky’s

5. Try KC’s Best Gourmet Pizza – Minsky’s Pizza

Minsky’s has repeatedly been named “Kansas City’s Best Pizza”, and for good reason! Founded in KC in 1976, Minsky’s has been a Kansas City staple for over 45 years, serving up mouthwatering Gourmet creations made from only the best ingredients – handmade dough, premium meats, the freshest veggies, and the star of each pizza, 100% Wisconsin Mozzarella! Choose from one of their crowd-favorite Gourmet selections, like the Prime Cut loaded with all your favorite meats or the famous Cupperoni, created by the Kansas City Chiefs very own Travis Kelce in support of his foundation, 87th & Running!

Minsky’s Pizza has 18 locations in the Kansas City metro and Lawrence, so there’s always one nearby (you can even hop on the  KC Streetcar for a free ride from Union Station to Minsky’s City Market location!). Or order online at and they’ll deliver to your door!

The Country Club Plaza

6. Shop till you drop!

Kansas City has dozens of amazing shopping hot spots, ranging from amazing local merch to luxury brand staples. If you’ve got a shopaholic along for the draft, let ’em loose in one or more of these great shopping districts:

The KC Zoo

7. Fun for the kids

Kansas City has a variety of fantastic kid-friendly activities that will keep your kiddos entertained (and worn out!) during your trip!


Enjoy your time exploring everything Kansas City has to offer while you’re here for the 2023 NFL Draft!


And don’t forget to come say “Hi!” to the Nigro’s family at Nigro’s Western Store #1 on Merriam Lane in Kansas City, Kansas!