Electric Park Revival - Atlas Obscura

Kansas City, Missouri

Electric Park Revival

Celebrate the release of Atlas Obscura's first book with an evening of curiosities, recreations, and live music at one of Kansas City's original breweries.

Join us in Kansas City on November 10th as we hear fascinating highlights from our book, Atlas Obscura: An Explorer’s Guide to the World’s Hidden Wonders and celebrate the launch of the Atlas Obscura Explorer's Journal with Atlas Obscura co-founder Dylan Thuras!

Slip inside one of the original breweries of Kansas City’s history for an exclusive look at the famed Heim Brewery bottling site. Join us as the Kansas City Obscura Society hosts a swinging celebration as we toast to the historic past of the East Bottoms with the Electric Park Revival. You'll also have the chance to hear from Dylan Thuras, the co-founder of Atlas Obscura and one of the book's authors, who will delve into some of the most awe-inspiring and astonishing curiosities featured in the book along with hidden history about Kansas City's rich past. 

A fun-filled evening of intriguing curiosities, memorabilia from Kansas City’s brewing past, and artist-made recreations from the highlights of Electric Park await you. The evening's program will include open bar, hors d’oeuvres, performances by master puppeteer Kraig Kensinger, live music by Joseph Warren & the Wanderlust Revival, Gina Kaufman of KCUR live on-stage interviewing Atlas Obscura co-founder Dylan Thuras, and so much more! For your own adventuring, Rainy Day Books will be partnering with us on-site to offer our #1 New York Times bestseller, Atlas Obscura: An Explorer’s Guide to the World’s Hidden Wonders, along with the Atlas Obscura Explorer’s Journal and our new 2018 wall and Page-A-Day calendars, for sale.

What was Electric Park, you ask? Credited as Kansas City’s Coney Island, Electric Park, built by the Heim Brothers Brewery in 1899, was one of the world’s first full-time amusement parks. Roller coasters, beer gardens, casinos, vaudeville stages, a zoo, and an alligator farm were just a few of its attractions. Adorned with over 100,000 light bulbs, Electric Park is said to have been the inspiration for a young Walt Disney as he later designed Disneyland.

Speakers Include:
Gina Kaufman & Dylan Thuras
Andy Rieger & Pam Nigro

Generous sponsorship by:
Boulevard Brewery Company
Martin City Brewing Co.
Cinder Block Brewery
J. Rieger & Co.
The Local Pig
Marwood Cheeses
Farm to Market Bread Co.


  • Parking will be marked along with entry-way into party.
  • The presentation by Dylan Thuras will by followed by a book signing.
  • Individual Ticket + Signed Copy of the Atlas Obscura Explorer's Journal - $32
  • Individual Ticket - $15