Looking for something to do this weekend? Check out our top picks for April 4 – 6.
Round up the ladies because Friday calls for an afternoon outing. Head to the Overland Park Convention Center for the 7th Annual Books & Boutiques, where attendees can get their shopping, food and fashion fix while raising money for Saint Luke’s South Hospital’s Emergency Department. Those who aren’t looking to spend can enjoy a fashion show, luncheon and speech from author Marlo Thomas.
Be one of the first in the country to see a new exhibit focusing on King Tutankhamen, which is making its U.S. debut at Union Station on Friday. Although it doesn’t feature actual artifacts, you can get a look at more than 1,000 expertly crafted replicas of the artifacts found in the pharaoh’s tomb for a glimpse into the past you’ll never forget.
On a diet? Let’s consider Friday your cheat day because food trucks are back at Final Fridays. Enjoy some of Kansas City’s best food on the move at the spring opening of The Truck Stop at 21st and Wyandotte, or enjoy tasty eats from Elite Street Eats trucks at Art With a Mission, a fundraiser for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kansas City at The Promise Wedding & Event Space. Looking for a new creative outlet? Grab a few friends to spend Friday evening casually painting a canvas while sipping on your favorite bottle of wine at the ArtsTech Center’s spring edition of Brush Tips and Wine Sips.
Put on those walking shoes, grab the leash and spend Saturday with your canine companion at the inaugural Downtown Dog Day in the heart of Downtown Overland Park. Register and pick up a free t-shirt starting at 8 a.m. and be ready to walk a mile your pup by 9 a.m. The event will include live music, dog adoptions, giveaways and more, plus proceeds benefit Great Plains SPCA, the metro’s most comprehensive no kill animal welfare organization. Man’s best friend will thank you for this one.
Bach Aria Soloists and Owen/Cox Dance Group are teaming up to present a one-of-a-kind performance. Catch the Sonata Project, which combines contemporary dance with Ravel’s scintillating Sonata for Violin and Cello, Bach’s brilliant Sonata No. 2 for Violin and Klavier, and O’Connor’s “Appalachia Waltz” at the Folly Theater at 8 p.m. for one night only.
Spend some quality time with your family doing something you can all enjoy. It’s LEGO Friends Weekend at the LEGOLAND Discovery Center in Crown Center. Join your kids in a house building challenge at 1 p.m. and take part in a scavenger hunt looking for LEGO Friends at 2 p.m. It’s only $17 per person for an afternoon filled with adventure and fun for the whole family.
A hectic week calls for some winding down, so treat yourself to the sweet sounds of the Kansas City Flute Choir at its spring concert, “Flutes at the Opera.” The choir will present a lively (and free) concert featuring pieces from the world of opera, including the music of Bizet, Delibes, Godard, Mozart, Puccini, Smetana, and Verdi.
If you saved grocery shopping for Sunday, you’re in luck. Visit Overland Park’s Whole Foods Market from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for the free storewide spring sampler. While you shop, enjoy the flavors of spring during this tasting event where Whole Foods will offer samples of seasonal favorites, inspiration and new recipes to take home.
Take advantage of your day to rest by attending the free family screening of the Oscar-nominated animated feature “Ernest & Celestine,” hosted by the KC FilmFest 2014. The movie tells the story of a world of bears and mice that are both afraid of one another from urban legends and fairy tales. See it for yourself at the Plaza Branch Library’s Truman Auditorium at 3:30 p.m.
Check back next week for info on more events you won’t want to miss!