WHAT to SEE and DO


January - December, 2016
Merriam Historic Plaza 10-year Celebration - #mhp10
Merriam Historic Plaza & Visitors Bureau (6304 E Frontage Road)

Join us in celebration of serving visitors to Merriam for TEN years from the Merriam Historic Plaza location. Each month, we'll be offering a new giveaway, contest or event, so check the link for the monthly promotion, but be sure to join us for our Open House on September 22--details at the link above. Please use #mhp10 for your Merriam Historic Plaza images and share socially for all to enjoy!

March 5 - April 2, 2016
Heartland Artist Exhibition

Tim Murphy Art Gallery, 3rd Floor - Community Center (5701 Merriam Drive)

20th Annual National Juried Art Exhibition featuring original submissions from all over the United States.

NEW IN 2016 -- April 23, 2016 (9:30 - 11:30 AM)
Tail Waggin' on the Trail

Merriam Marketplace (5740 Merriam Drive)

Pooches and owners come to "yappy hour" for some social time together. Strolling the Streamway Trail will include: trail trivia, doggy snacks, keepsake photo of your furry friend and time with a pet expert. Pets must be on leash, have current vaccinations with owners picking up after their pets. Don’t miss some fun and exercise with your best friend and socializing with other dog lovers. $5 per pooch; register at the link above or call 913.322.5550.

Saturdays: May 7 - October 8, 2016 (7:00 AM - 1:00 PM)
Wednesdays: June, July & August, 2016 (4:00 - 6:00 PM)

Merriam Farmers' Market - 2016 Season

Merriam Marketplace (5740 Merriam Drive)

One of the most popular markets of the metro, the Merriam Farmers' Market welcomes you every Saturday from May 7-October 8 and Wednesday evenings June through August from 4:00-6:00 PM. Fruits and veggies, hand-made items, baked goods, regular live entertainment and so much more await you weekly at the market.

May 15, June 12 and September 18, 2016 (4:30 - 7:30 PM)
Summer Sundays

Merriam Marketplace (5740 Merriam Drive)

Enjoy live music and children's activities as you delight in the local flavor from metro area food trucks.

May 21, 2016 (7:00 AM - 5:00 PM)
Merriam Turkey Creek Festival & 5K Run
Antioch Park (6501 Antioch Road)

Merriam's annual city-wide festival featuring food, games, arts & crafts vendors, live music, kids area and great family fun held at Antioch Park.

May 29 - September 5, 2016
Merriam Aquatic Center - 2016 Season
Vavra Park (6040 Slater)

Take a dip at the Merriam Aquatic Center, a great place to catch some rays or enjoy pool time with the kids! From swimming lessons to private pool parties, the MAC is the perfect spot for those lazy days of summer.

June 17, July 15, August 19, 2016 (6:30 - 8:30 PM)
Party in YOUR Park

Various Park Locations Throughout Merriam

Grab a blanket or chair and meet your neighbors at one of the Party in YOUR Park events. The kids inflatables, food, live music and great summer memories are on us! Click the link above for park address and details.

July 2 - July 9, 2016 (follow link for complete schedule)
Flags 4 Freedom

Merriam Marketplace (5740 Merriam Drive)

Salute the red, white and blue as you enjoy the patriotic beauty of the largest flag field in the State of Kansas! Please share your F4F photos using #flags4freedom -- maybe we'll Insta-share them!

July 5, 2016 (11:00 AM - 2:00 PM)
Truck Tuesday

Merriam Marketplace (5740 Merriam Drive)


Back by popular demaind in 2016, leave the office for lunch and explore the unique menus of the local food trucks right in downtown Merriam. While you're visiting, be sure to snap a few pics of the beautiful Flags 4 Freedom display at the Marketplace, Community Center and streets of downtown Merriam.

August 13, 2016 (6:30 - 8:30 PM)
Cruise Night

Merriam Marketplace (5740 Merriam Drive)


If you're a car enthusiast, you'll want to join us for a cruise night in downtown Merriam for a fun summer evening with music, food and plenty of engine revving.

September 10, 2016 (10:00 AM - 4:00 PM)
Turkey Creek Car & Motorcycle Show

Merriam Marketplace (5740 Merriam Drive)


This annual event features all classes of cars, trucks and cycles. Enjoy prizes, music, concessions and 250+ entries on display.

September 22, 2016 (10:00 AM - 4:00 PM)
Merriam Historic Plaza Open House

Merriam Historic Plaza (6304 East Frontage Road)


Join the Visitors Bureau for the official 10th birthday party and open house of Merriam Historic Plaza on Thursday, September 22 from 1:00-4:00PM (6304 East Frontage Road). Our fun celebration will include snacks, prizes, games and birthday shenanigans for everyone! All ages are welcome and no RSVP is needed, so feel free to stop by anytime during the event.

October 29, 2016 (2:00 - 3:30 PM)
Halloween Happening

Merriam Marketplace (5740 Merriam Drive)


Dress up for this day-time scare-free event in downtown Merriam so your little ghosts and goblins can enjoy candy, prizes and fun!

December 1, 2016 (7:30 - 8:30 PM)
20th Annual High School Visual Arts Competition
Tim Murphy Art Gallery, 3rd Floor - Community Center (5701 Merriam Drive)

One of the highest attended art shows in Merriam, join us on opening night for special performances, awards, food and tons of local student talent. The exhibit will be on display through the month of December.

December 3, 2016 (5:30 PM)
Sundown with Santa / Mayor's Tree Lighting

Merriam Marketplace (5740 Merriam Drive)

Kick off the holidays with the Mayor's annual tree lighting and a visit from Santa in downtown Merriam. Enjoy local carolers, hot cocoa and plenty of holiday cheer for all.

December 10, 2016 (9:30 - 11:00 AM)
Breakfast With Santa
Community Center (5701 Merriam Drive)

Don't fight the crowds at the mall--meet Santa in Merriam for breakfast. Enjoy games, holiday crafts, songs and food that will make your Saturday morning fun and festive. RSVP at the link above or call 913.322.5550.

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