Summer With Clay!

Exciting summer events and activities are right around the corner in Clay! Here are just a few of the of the summer events you can look forward to in the upcoming months!

May 18th: Popcorn in the Park—Stocksdale Park, Liberty

Enjoy the first of this summer’s Popcorn in the Park tonight with Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle! This movie night is free, Liberty Parks and Recreation will provide popcorn and water; guests are encouraged to bring their own snacks, chairs, and blankets! Learn more at: 


Spring-Summer: Linden Square Events—Gladstone

There are tons of events planned for Linden Square this summer! From Culture Festivals to outdoor concerts, there’s plenty to do! Check out their full schedule at:

June 1-2: Summertime Bluesfest—Oak Grove Park, Gladstone

Coming up at the

beginning of next month, the Gladstone Summertime Bluesfest is a local blues festival you won’t want to miss! Learn more at:

June 8-9: Arts in the Park—Macken Park, North Kansas City

Enjoy this showcase of fine artists and makers, live music, food trucks, entertainers, and street performers in the beautiful Macken Park! Learn more at:

June 16th: Wine Festival—Excelsior Springs

The 12th Annual Wine Festival in Excelsior Springs is the perfect opportunity to savor delicious Missouri wines while strolling along scenic Lover’s Lane in East Valley Park. Learn more at:

June 16th: Movies in the Park – Lions Park, Downtown Kearney

Enjoy a free movie night in Downtown Kearney! The fun kicks off with Zootopia on June 16th! Learn more at:

Saturdays in August: Hot Summer Nights – Downtown Smithville

Enjoy delicious food and family friendly entertainment in Historic Downtown Smithville! Learn more at:


Happy National Bike Month!


Did you know May is National Bike Month?

With it finally starting to feel like spring outside, there’s no better time to get out and enjoy the trails around Clay County!

Here’s a list of the top six places to ride your bike in Clay:

  1. Bonebender Trail System, Smithville Lake: This system consists of Bonebender Trail (6.0 miles) and Campground Trail (2.9 miles). Both trails are paved and meander through the scenic Camp Branch Beach and Campground.
  2. Watkins Woolen Mill, Kearney: Looping around the Williams Creek Lake, this 3.75 mile trail is paved and meanders through scenic park views.
  3. Jesse James Park, Kearney: Enjoy a scenic bike ride along this 1.5 mile trail though scenic Jesse James Park!
  4. Happy Rock Park, Gladstone: Happy Rock Park’s 1.3 mile paved fitness trail is perfect for a ride through the park!
  5. Downtown Excelsior Springs Trail System, Excelsior Springs: Approximately 2 miles long, this system winds through five parks in Excelsior Springs: Paul Craig Park, Fishing River Linear Park, Isley Park Woods, East Valley Park and Siloam Mountain Park.
  6. Wheel Park, North Kansas City: Home to a half mile paved circuit dedicated to bicyclists and roller skaters!