Uncover what’s possible when innovation and music collide! 

The Innovation Festival brings to Kansas City breakout, established, and legendary indie alt-rock artists for a full day of entertainment and discovery. Innovation Festival is Kansas City’s opportunity to mingle with cutting-edge innovators across science and tech while unlocking the connection between music and science.


Set times will be posted on our website and on social media by July 11.

No outside food or beverage are allowed on the festival grounds. Food truck fare, water, soft drinks, beer, and hard seltzers available for purchase.

Innovation Festival is a rain or shine event. Tickets purchased are for the festival and not for a specific performer. Refunds will not be issued if particular bands are impacted by inclement weather.

Always check our website and social media. Social media is where we will post the most up to date info. 






If you’ve misplaced or lost an item during the festival, visit our BioKansas tent, located in the middle of the Exhibitor Pavilion. BioKansas is not responsible for any lost or stolen items. If the festival has already ended, lost items will be turned over to Crown Center Security.

Best to be prepared. We encourage you to bring cards, but having cash never hurts. Vendors will determine how they accept payments.

Crown Center and Innovation Festival will abide by all city ordinances and mandates.

We can’t imagine what you would need to leave for, but in the rare occurrence that you need to step out, a hand stamp will be provided. Re-entry will be permitted at all entries.

Innovation Festival welcomes everyone. Children ages 4 and under are free. Children over the age of 4 will need a ticket to enter. No one under 21 is permitted in the Brewery Showcase or MarshMcLennan Agency VIP Terrace.

Hydration is key. Make sure those bottles you’re bringing in are factory sealed. Each attendee is limited to one factory sealed water bottle up to 1 liter in volume.

Innovation Festival and Crown Center will work together to provide a non-discriminatory venue and welcoming environment for all guests. The entire Crown Center complex, including the retail center, hotel, and parking garage is wheelchair accessible. Handicap accessible parking is available on levels 2A and 3A of the Crown Center shops parking garage. For guest service inquiries related to Innovation Festival accessibility requests and disabilities, guests may reach out to us at info@theinnovationfestival.com.

Per Crown Center policy, no pets or animals are allowed at the Innovation Festival, except for Service Animals as defined by the ADA.

Great question. We will have ample facilities available for the event. Please refer to the festival map.

Small cameras and smartphones are OK to enter the venue. No professional equipment will be allowed into the venue. Professional is defined as any camera with a detachable lens. No tripods, GoPros, or selfie sticks allowed. Audio and video recording devices are not permitted. Innovation Festival will be recording select live performances. 


Media requests can be submitted via the Innovation Festival website. Specific instructions will be sent to media personnel once approved.


  • blanket or ground tarp (no larger than 6x8), 
  • clear small bags and backpacks no bigger than 12”x12” (subject to search; an exception will be made for medically necessary items after proper inspection)
  • factory-sealed water bottles (one per person up to 1 liter each)
  • strollers
  • small cameras and smartphones


Not Permitted (Leave these at home!): 

  • no outside food or beverage
  • glass containers 
  • coolers/thermoses 
  • flags and flag poles
  • umbrellas or tents (anything view obstructing) 
  • chairs
  • video and audio recording equipment 
  • professional cameras
  • selfie sticks and GoPros
  • pets
  • wagons/skateboards/Segways 
  • weapons/illicit drugs/contraband
  • balls/frisbees/projectiles/fireworks-pyrotechnics

Gates will open at 11 am.

Tickets are available in advance but will likely sell out. We encourage you to purchase your tickets early in order to secure your spot at Innovation Festival and save on admission as ticket prices will increase as the festival draws closer.

All sales are final. No refunds or exchanges. Innovation Festival is a rain or shine event. Tickets are for Innovation Festival and not a specific artist. Artists and schedules are subject to change.

Innovation Festival tickets are available through the festival website only. 

Innovation Festival tickets are available through the festival website only.


Parking at Crown Center is free for Innovation Festival. The lots will be open all day on Saturday, August 6. Attendees can also utilize Rideshare dropoff near Crown Center or the KC Streetcar. More information on parking is available at the Crown Center Square Parking Site.

Check out the KC Streetcar - if you’re staying near Crown Center Square, this is a great way to experience the sights of the city and have a safe ride to and from the festival.

There are two onsite hotels. Use these websites to book your stay at the special Innovation Festival Attendee rate!
The Westin Kansas City at Crown Center
The Sheraton Kansas City Crown Center 

Handicap parking is available on levels 2A and 3A of the Crown Center Shops parking garage. Click here to read about Assistance for Disabled Customers.


Ask your rideshare to drop you off at the corner of Pershing and Grand Boulevard. Then, walk south on Grand Boulevard and follow the signage to reach the festival entrance gate.

You could also ask your rideshare to drop you off at The Westin Kansas City at Crown Center, enter the circle drive from Pershing Ave, enter the lobby and walk through the Crown Center Shops following the signage to the festival entrance gate.

How QUEEN FREDDIE MERCURY of you! You’ll ride south on Grand Boulevard until you come to the bike parking by SPIN! Pizza - bring your security locks as this is not a monitored space.

We would LOVE that. It takes a community of devoted stakeholders to host this event and we want you to be part of that community, our Innovation Festival family. Sign up HERE

You must be 21+ to pour beers and must show valid proof of ID.

Please submit press pass inquiries or email interview requests to info@theinnovationfestival.com.

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