Heart of America Hot Dog Festival


Every August, the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in KCMO hosts the Heart of America Hot Dog Festival—and it’s a party you don’t want to miss. With live music and every type of dog and brat you can imagine, there’s nothing more American than hot dogs and baseball. Held the first Saturday in August, the festival is free with regular museum admission.

A visit to the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum is a must for any visitor to KCMO, but August takes it to another level with this beloved festival. You’ll be able to sample hot dogs and classic sides from the best vendors in the city and around the country.

What to Expect

Located at 1616 E 18th St., the museum was founded in 1990 and quickly became a landmark for visitors and residents alike. The 2,000 square foot museum is located in the Lincoln Building. Here, you’ll find a variety of displays and photographs depicting the history of African Americans and baseball throughout history. The interactive display “Untold American History” is a particular favorite, and the surrounding neighborhood is one of the most popular for shopping, dining, and entertainment.

Before and after the festival, explore historic 18th and Vine, the hub of black culture from the 1800s-1960s. Across the street is the former black YMCA, built in 1914 and the first home for black baseball players and railroad workers. Come hungry and be ready to explore everything the museum and festival has to offer.