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The Folly +90.9 The Bridge Americana Series

This series is a collaboration with KC’s local NPR music station, 90.9 the Bridge, to bring Americana and folk music performances to our historic stage. This is a continuously evolving series throughout the year. Check our site often to see who has been added. 

The Folly Kids’ Series

The Folly Kids’ series is designed to teach, inspire, and entertain children, parents, and grandparents alike. School groups are also encouraged to attend these productions.  

The 2020/2021 Folly Kids’ Series will be announced shortly! Be sure to stay tuned by following us on Facebook or signing up for our Emails!

Jazz series

The Folly Jazz Series enters its 40th season continuing the tradition of showcasing both established and emerging talent. Become a season subscriber by visiting our ticketing page. Individual tickets and season subscriptions will be available summer of 2021.

Live! In the Folly Lounge Series

Join us for an intimate evening of local music presented in our Joan Kent Dillon Lounge.  This is a listening room series and seating is limited. Past artists have included Enrique Chi, Daisy Bucket, Calvin Arsenia, Maria Cuevas, and Julia Haile.

Folly Partner Events


The Heartland Men’s Chorus regularly performs with as many as 150 singers, covering jazz, Broadway, popular and classical works. In recent years, the Chorus has become known for its musical documentary format which uses music, narration, and multi-media to illustrate social issues.


The Friends of Chamber Music is unrivaled in the region and one of the finest series in the country. Introducing new artists, new art forms, and new literature has been integral to its history.  The Series has grown to include The International Chamber Music Series, The Master Pianists Series, and The Early Music Series.


The Harriman-Jewell Series brings the best of the performing arts to the Kansas City community.  The Harriman Jewell Series offers well known artists as well as up and coming performers as part of their Discovery Series.

The Harriman-Jewell Series continues to carve out an enviable legacy as a performing arts presenter of international importance. More than 970 performances have come to Kansas City by way of the Series since its founding in 1965 by William Jewell College, including 24 American recital debuts by prominent artists. With the addition of its free educational events, which allow interaction with musicians and dancers, and its free Discovery Concerts which eliminate the barrier of cost, the Harriman-Jewell Series offers even more life-enriching opportunities for its community’s youth and lifelong learners.

To purchase tickets, call the Harriman-Jewell box office at (816) 415-5025.


The Folly Theater has been home to the Ailey II Dance Company for many years. 

Every other year, Folly patrons can experience this incredible group of rising stars on the stage of Kansas City’s oldest historic theater.

Ailey II is universally renowned for merging the spirit and energy of the country’s best young dance talent with the passion and creative vision of today’s most outstanding emerging choreographers. Founded in 1974, the company embodies Mr. Ailey’s pioneering mission to establish an extended cultural community that provides dance performances, training, and community programs for all people. Under the direction of Sylvia Waters, Ailey II flourished into one of the most popular dance companies in the country.

With Artistic Director Francesca Harper now at the helm, Ailey II continues to thrive as she brings a fresh dimension to this beloved company.