The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art Donald J. Hall Sculpture Park and Theis Park, between Oak and Rockhill on Emanuel Cleaver II Boulevard, is the site of this year’s picnic from 4 to 8 p.m. July 23.

Explore the Sculpture Park and Theis Park, where you'll discover a new temporary installation, Chillida: Rhythm-Time-Silence – seven large-scale sculptures from Spanish Modernist Eduardo Chillida, along with classic favorite Rodin’s The Thinker and more than 30 other sculptures. Enjoy art activities, live music, food trucks, and games throughout the Big Picnic. Pack your own picnic or grab dinner from an on-site food truck!

Human ants, giant food and other whimsies create a larger-than-life picnic experience by StoneLion Puppet Theater, musical performances, a Plein Air “Quick Paint” Contest, recreation stations featuring badminton, lawn games by KC Crew and the Imagination Playground, giant Adirondack chairs and a giant picture frame for great photo opps, and Grateful Bubbles from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

For a schedule of the events, visit This event will happen rain or shine. No grills, stakes or tenting are allowed. Ride your bike and keep it safe in Southmoreland Park with Bike Valet services provided by BikeWalkKC.

There is no fee to participate in the Quick Paint, but you must pre-register by emailing your name and contact information to

Road closure from 2 to 9 p.m.: Emanuel Cleaver II Blvd. from Oak Street to Rockhill Road. Detour from the east-south on Rockhill Road to Volker to Oak Street; from the West-south on Oak Street to Volker to Rockhill Road.