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Heart of America Hot Dog Festival
1616 E 18th St, Kansas City, Missouri 64108
Chillin’ and Grillin’ are in order when the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum (NLBM) hosts the 2017 Heart of America Hot Dog Festival, presented by Hy-Vee, Farmland and Pepsi. The event features live entertainment, food, and more. The festival will include headline concert performances by legendary funk band ZAPP along with R&B legends AFTER 7 and BLOODSTONE.
Created by the NLBM in 2013, the Hot Dog Festival celebrates the historical connection between our national pastime and baseball fan’s favorite ballpark food: the hot dog. Proceeds benefit the NLBM.
Joining the food line up for 2017, along with the “Monarch Dog” is the “El Maestro” (the Master), in tribute to Cuban Negro Leagues baseball legend Martin Dihigo. The new sandwich features a Farmland Boulevard bratwurst served on a bun with pico de gallo, chorizo chili, queso fresco, and tortilla chip garnish.
EARLY BIRD ADVANCED GENERAL ADMISSION TICKET SPECIAL OFFER: Up to 1,000 advance tickets (purchased by JULY 21 or while supplies last) to the Heart of America Hot Dog Festival will be available at $10 for adults and $5 for kids under age 12. Children under 5 are free with an adult admission. The advance ticket offer includes one free Farmland Hot Dog and Pepsi product. (Offer does not include specialty or premium hot dog or other concessions). After July 21 and on event day, tickets will be $20.00 for adults, $10.00 for children. (Event day tickets will not include food/drink offer).
VIP EXPERIENCE PACKAGES: Special BIG DOG and TOP DOG VIP ticket packages are also available including premium seating, festival t-shirts, dinner, and other food and drink offerings.
ONLINE SALES END AUGUST 10, 2017. EventBrite ticket fees will apply on all online sales.
IMPORTANT NEW FEATURES FOR THE 2017 EVENT
• NEW FESTIVAL LOCATION: The festival will be held on The Paseo Boulevard near the 18th & Vine District, between East 18th Street and Truman Road.
• NEW FESTIVAL START TIME: Festival gates will open at 2:00 pm, with first musical performances scheduled to start at 3:00 pm. Festival will close at 11:00 pm.
• NEW CASH CONCESSION AREA: Hot dogs, sausages, snacks, beer and other drinks can be purchases with cash and limited credit card access (no food/drink tickets) at multiple concession stations to allow for faster service. Concession areas will close by 10:30 pm or soon after the start of the last musical act (whichever occurs first).
TICKETS: PLEASE PRINT ALL ONLINE TICKET RECIEPTS TO EXCHANGE FOR SECURE FESTIVAL WRISTBANDS AND ANY APPLICABLE FOOD VOUCHERS AT THE ENTRANCE.
NLBM: All Ticket purchases included admission to the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum. Museum will be open for it's regular hours 9:00 am — 6:00 pm. Museums at 18th & Vine complex will close at 6:00 pm.
RAIN OR SHINE EVENT: This is a rain or shine event, scheduled for August 12. No refunds or rainchecks on the day of the event.
FESTIVAL GROUNDS: All activities are scheduled outdoors in a secure fenced area on the Paseo Blvd bordered by east 18th Street (south) and Truman Road (north). Perimeter established for event ticket holders only. Main stage will be near the north end of the festival grounds.
SEATING: Special premium seating (chairs provided) near the main stage will be available for VIP guests, followed by special seating (with chairs) for handicapped patrons or those with special needs. Remaining seating areas are for patrons to enjoy the grassy area of the Paseo median with blankets or lawn chairs. These seating areas will be segmented into large sections to provide aisle, walking paths for patrons, staff and security to move safely throughout the festival. For your safety, patrons must not block aisles and should establish seats in these sections.
WHAT YOU CAN BRING: Lawn chairs and umbrellas can be brought into the festival grounds. Please be mindful of umbrellas that may obstruct the view of other patrons.
WHAT YOU CAN NOT BRING: Outside food, drinks, coolers or large cooler bags, and alcohol are prohibited on the festival grounds.
SMOKE FREE FESTIVAL: Although this is an outdoor environment, smoking is not allowed under festival tents and on the festival grounds.
NO PETS PLEASE: Only assistive animals (as well as those part of any entertainment) are allowed on the festival grounds.
CHILDREN: Children must be accompanied AT ALL TIMES by an adult while on the festival grounds.
RESTROOMS AVAILABLE: Portable restroom facilities and hand washing stations will be available on the festival grounds.
PARKING: Parking will be available in lots at 18th & Woodland (old Attucks School), 18th & Vine (Southwest corner, across from the Lincoln Building), as well as on street parking throughout the district. Select parking areas will be available for VIP guests.
FIRST AID AND PERSONAL HEALTH: A staffed First Aid tent will be provided during the festival. All patrons must be mindful of their personal health needs, stay hydrated and not over indulge during the festival.
SECURITY AND WEAPONS: The festival grounds and parking areas will be patrolled by uniformed members of the Kansas City Police department and contracted private security. A security checkpoint will be placed at the entrance to the festival. No concealed weapons of any kind will be allowed on the festival grounds.
ATM MACHINES: There are currently two (2) ATM machines located in the district. One sits outside the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum entrance inside the Museums at 18th & Vine Complex. This will be available until 6:00 pm. The other sits outside the front entrance of the Lincoln Building, 1615 East 18th Street and is available 24 hours.
MUSIC SCHEDULE: Full music schedule to be announced. First music performance is scheduled for 3:00 pm. Scheduled performers include Adam Hawley, Jeanette Harris, Bloodstone, After 7 and ZAPP. (Performers and schedule are subject to change).