2023 ICCFA Convention Preview PLUS 7 Cool Places to See in KC!
May 04, 2023
ASD is looking forward to seeing our clients and friends in Kansas City at the 2023 International Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Association’s Annual Convention. If you’re attending, we hope you plan to visit the ICCFA Convention Expo to learn about the latest trends and advancements within the profession. This is a great opportunity to see the latest funeral home merchandise and technology while reconnecting with your current vendors to learn what new offerings they may have added. There is always an exciting new product, booth design or special prize on display.
You can visit us in the Expo Hall at Booth #1225 on Tues May 16 4-7p, Wed May 17 11a-2:30p & 3:30-5p & Thurs, May 18 from 10a-1p.
The ASD Team at last year's ICCFA Convention in Las Vegas
At ASD’s booth, you can relax in our app demo area and see a live, interactive demonstration of the ASD Mobile app as well as other technologies we have created to make life more convenient for directors. Our Technical Analysts will be available throughout the convention to answer any questions you may have about our award-winning technology.
This year, we will be demoing our game-changing text messaging solutions, including our new NEXT STEP Text™ feature. We can’t wait to show you how much freedom and convenience our texting solutions will deliver to on-call funeral directors.
While you're at our booth, be sure to pick up your FREE gift from ASD. You'll also have a chance to enter our raffle drawing to win one of our popular and exclusive Funeral Home Lego prizes.
We can't wait to catch up with all of your friends and clients in such an exciting and lively city! Safe travels to everyone attending and we look forward to seeing you soon!
7 Cool Places to See In KC
Located in the heart of America, Kansas City is vibrant and culturally rich city filled with world-class museums, delicious barbecue and lively jazz clubs. With its friendly people and welcoming atmosphere, KC is sure to provide convention attendees with a unique and memorable experience. We hope your trip to the ICCFA includes some extra time to explore everything this modern and dynamic city has to offer. Below are a few destinations we think you’ll enjoy.
This iconic historic landmark was once a bustling transportation hub in the early 20th century. Built in 1914, the building served as a train station for many decades, with hundreds of thousands of people passing under its doorways every year. Today, Union Station has been restored to its former glory and has become a popular destination for tourists and locals alike. The station features several museums, including the Science City, the Model Railroad Experience, and the KC Rail Experience, as well as several shops and restaurants. With its stunning neoclassical architecture and rich history, Union Station is a must-stop destination for anyone visiting Kansas City. (Located at 30 West Pershing Road – about 1.5 miles from Kansas City Convention Center)
You can’t visit the barbecue capital of the world without sampling some of the delicious fare for yourself. Below are just a few well-regarded BBQ joints located in close proximity to the Kansas City Convention Center:
Jack Stack Barbecue: Enjoying BBQ doesn’t have to be all checkered table clothes and wet naps. Located right around the corner from the convention center, this upscale restaurant offers a refined dining experience and a menu featuring a wide variety of barbecue dishes, from classic burnt ends to smoked salmon. (101 W 22nd Street)
Danny Edwards BLVD BBQ: Danny Edwards BLVD BBQ is a popular spot for barbecue lovers looking for a more low-key dining experience. Located just a five-minute drive from the convention center, this restaurant serves up classic barbecue dishes such as ribs, brisket, and pulled pork, as well as sides such as mac and cheese and baked beans. (2900 Southwest Blvd)
County Road Ice House: Located within the vibrant Power and Lights district, this popular barbecue restaurant and bar features the barbecue fare Joe’s Kansas City made famous, Enjoy a wide selection of smoked meats, sandwiches and frozen cocktails in a fun and energetic environment. (100 E 14th Street)
Liberty Memorial and National World War I Museum
This striking monument and museum commemorates those who served in World War I and is one of the most recognizable landmarks in the city. The museum features interactive exhibits, artifacts, and a stunning view of the Kansas City skyline. The monument is located on a hill overlooking downtown Kansas City and also includes a gorgeous park with impressive views of the city skyline. (2 Memorial Drive – 1.5 miles from the Kansas City Convention Center)
The Power and Light District
Looking to experience the best of Kansas City's nightlife and entertainment scene? Head to the Power and Light District to explore more than 50 different establishments within 8 city blocks. This popular entertainment and nightlife destination offers a wide variety of restaurants, uniquely-themed bars, night clubs, and live music venues. Whether you want to bust a move on the dance floor at Mosaic, enjoy a round of indoor mini golf at Sinkers, or throw an axe at Blade & Timber, the Power and Light District has something every everyone. Live music, bowling alleys and street tacos can all be found within this incredible nightlife destination. (The district is bounded by Grand Boulevard to the west, 14th Street to the north, Walnut Street to the east, and Truman Road to the south. Located two blocks away from the Kansas City Convention Center)
The Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts
This beautiful venue is home to the Kansas City Symphony, the Kansas City Ballet, and the Lyric Opera of Kansas City. Located right across the street from the convention center, it’s worth visiting for the stunning architecture alone. The center's design is a stunning combination of modern and classical elements. Its unique design, exceptional acoustics, and diverse programming make it a must-visit destination for anyone who loves the arts. (1601 Broadway Blvd – across the street from the Kansas City Convention Center).
Located in the River Market district of downtown KC, this bustling open-air market offers fresh food, artisan goods, and international cuisine from local vendors. The market features a wide variety of stalls selling everything from fresh produce to handmade crafts, as well as several restaurants and cafes. Visitors can sample locally grown produce, shop for unique gifts and souvenirs, and enjoy the vibrant culture of the city. The market also has a rich history dating back to the mid-century of being a hub for commerce in the city. (Located at 20 E 5th Street – about 1 mile from the Kansas City Convention Center).
The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
For art enthusiasts, it will be more than worth the 10-minute car trip to visit the world-renowned Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. This impressive museum features over 35,000 works of art, ranging from ancient to contemporary. It is housed in a beautiful neoclassical building, surrounded by landscaped gardens, fountains and an outdoor sculpture park that includes over 30 sculptures, including works by Rodin, Henry Moore, and Alexander Calder. The museum offers a world-class collection of artworks, a beautiful setting, and a range of programs that make it a great place to visit for a few hours or an entire day. (4525 Oak St – about 6 miles from the Kansas City Convention Center).
**Visitor’s Tip – Take the Free Kansas City Streetcar**
The KC Streetcar is a free, eco-friendly mode of transportation that travels through the heart of downtown, making it easy to explore the city. The 2.2 mile route travels along Main Street and has several stops located near the Kansas City Convention Center. You can take the streetcar southbound to visit the Union Station, the WWI Monument or Crown Center areas of the city, or ride Northbound to visit City Market near the riverfront. This is a great way to make the most of your time in KC and visit all of the must-see attractions without spending a dime on carfare.
What are you most looking forward to about the ICCFA Convention? What sights and attractions in KC would you recommend? We'd love to know! Share your thoughts in the comments below
About The Author
Jess Farren (Fowler)
Jess Farren (Fowler) is a Public Relations Specialist and Staff Writer who has been a part of the ASD team since 2003. Jess manages ASD's company blog and has been published in several funeral trade magazines. She has written articles on a variety of subjects including communication, business planning, technology, marketing and funeral trends. You can contact Jess directly at Jess@myASD.com