Weekend Agenda

Looking for something to do this weekend? Check out our top picks for April 18 – 20.

Photo by Paul Andrews.


Start the weekend off with a show. Tonight is the official opening of the Kansas City Repertory Theatre’s “A Little More Alive,” a world premiere pop musical that tells the story of two brothers who reunite at their mother’s funeral and set out to uncover family secrets. Tickets for the production at Copaken Stage are only $10 for students, making it the perfect way to bring a little culture into the life of your high school or college scholar.

Third Friday means a host of Downtown Overland Park businesses are rolling out the red carpet and offering special deals and entertainment. Treat you sweet tooth at Small Cakes, where you can enter a drawing for two free packs of cupcakes, stop by the Culinary Center of Kansas City for bacon-wrapped Brussels sprouts with mustard vinaigrette or check out the opening reception for a new exhibition at InterUrban ArtHouse showcasing the work of local quilt and textile group The Fractured Fabric Society. Get more info online.

Try something new for dinner and head to Pezzettino, a deli and market that opened in the Crossroads this week. Happy hour lasts from 4 p.m. until close and features cured meats, cheeses, marinated olives and bruschetta, while the daily menu includes flatbread sandwiches, called piadine, panini, salads and, of course, dessert. We can’t wait to try the Mediterranean sea salt caramel gelato and pick up market items like pesto and ragu made in Pezzettino’s kitchen.


Make time to live a little healthier. Fit in a weekend workout through the Flights of Fancy Run/Walk, which includes 1.5 mile, 5K and 10K options, and takes you through Longview Park to benefit Children’s Mercy Hospital, Kids With Courage, the Lee’s Summit Symphony and the New Longview Foundation. Not much of a runner? Fill your shopping bag with delicious, locally grown goodies at the Brookside Farmers’ Market. The market opens for spring at 8 a.m. with live music and gift certificate giveaways.

Whether you remember vinyl fondly or are a post-CD era convert, beef up your collection while commemorating Record Store Day. Mills Record Company opens at 8 a.m. with Oddly Correct coffee and delicious Hana’s Donuts, not to mention performances throughout the day and visits from Indios Carbonsitos and Wilma’s Real Good Food trucks. The store’s selection includes everything from David Bowie to Chvrches to Eric Church. See the full list online and start planning your purchase now.

Celebrate Easter a day early with Zona Rosa’s parade. Sign up to walk in the parade, where prizes will be awarded for best dress man, woman, boy, girl, family and pet. The festivities begin at 11 a.m., and the Easter bunny himself will be available for photos from noon to 4 p.m. The shopping center will also be hosting family games, crafts and giveaways for kids and marshmallow and chocolate dipping courtesy of Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory.


If you’re still searching for the perfect place to eat, check out our roundup of restaurants still accepting reservations and offering special Easter eats. Lean toward the breakfast side of brunch with Urban Table’s oatmeal pancakes covered in vanilla maple syrup or make it an Italian feast at Cascone’s.

And what would Easter be without an Easter egg hunt? Kids 10 and under can comb through Hyde Park starting at 1 p.m. and stick around for pony rides, face painting, balloons, crafts and cotton candy. Just remember to BYOB—bring your own basket.

We’re a few weeks into baseball season, but if you haven’t had the chance to take in a Royals’ game, make a point to go to today’s matchup against the Minnesota Twins, if only to take advantage of the beautiful weather (and satisfy your offseason-long craving for cheesy corn brisket-acho). Looking for something to wear? Take a look at these suggestions.

Check back next week for info on more events you won’t want to miss!