How to Enjoy Summer in Lee's Summit

Get out and experience Lee’s Summit, Missouri this summer!

Just southeast of Kansas City, Lee’s Summit has a rich history of its own. Founded in 1865 as Strother, we were later renamed to honor the then-postmaster. Since the beginning, Lee’s Summit has been a wonderful place to call home. No matter what the season you can always find something to do here, or take a short drive to downtown KCMO for even more options. This summer get out and explore the area!


Lee’s Summit bookends each summer with two must-see family-friendly festivals. For more than 30 years summer begins with Lee’s Summit Downtown Days in early June. With new vendors and entertainment every year, Downtown Days is the perfect tradition to welcome summer. Check out their website and follow them on Facebook and Instagram to learn more!

End the summer celebrating with your Lee’s Summit friends and family at Oktoberfest. Support local business by transporting yourself to Munich by way of downtown Lee’s Summit. Bring the family to enjoy Kids Street, arts and crafts, and vendors with all the bratwurst, spaetzle, and pretzels you can eat. Of course there’s a Biergarten for the 21+ crowd, and a Rootbiergarten if that’s more your style. Learn more about who and what will be there this year, and see a rolling countdown to the festivities on their website.

Parks & Recreation

If you’ve lived in the Kansas City area for long you know for a fact we have some of the best parks in the Midwest. Stay local in Lee’s Summit at Legacy Park where you can enjoy live music at the amphitheater all summer long. Beat the heat at Summit Waves water park or play a recreational sport at one of the many fields in the area. Check out everything available in the Lee’s Summit Parks & Rec department as well as a calendar of events on their website, and keep up with everything real time via Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

For more outdoor and water fun head over to Longview Lake! With over 930 acres of water entertainment, 14 beautiful shelters, and an entire acre of beach, Longview Lake is the perfect summer destination to enjoy the outdoors. Rent a boat at the marina to spend the day powerboating, water skiing, or relax on a pontoon. End the day with a delicious fish fry with the Bluegill, Carp, Channel Cat, Largemouth Bass, Walley, and Crappie that call Longview Lake home. Learn more and find out what permits you might need on the Jackson County Parks + Rec website, and follow them on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter while you’re there!

Downtown Lee’s Summit

Even if you’re not an outdoorsy person you can enjoy the summer weather in downtown Lee’s Summit! Enjoy free Friday night concerts at Music in the Park, and events like Fourth Fridays Art Walk and Yoga in the Streets. Get some tasty local produce to spice up your grilling adventures at the Farmer’s Market, or simply stroll along and check out all the wonderful restaurants and unique boutiques that call Lee’s Summit home. Find a full list of events, as well as other important summertime information such as Fourth of July parade route and times, on their website. Show even more hometown pride by following Downtown Lee’s Summit on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

What are your favorite Lee’s Summit summertime activities? Find us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to let us know!

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