Looking for something to do this weekend? Check out our top picks for May 2 – 4.
It’s First Friday, which means there are plenty of places to spend the evening in the Crossroads. Sporting KC is hosting “The Beautiful Game” art exhibition at the Lowe & Campbell building, where you can view original artwork depicting soccer while mingling with Sporting stars. Farm to Market Bread Co. is celebrating the opening of its new art event space, Hearth, with “Follies of Duplicative Infrastructures,” a showcase of the work of welder and weaver Lauren Sobchak and rock clarinet musician Teri Quinn. And this month also offers some fantastic shopping opportunities thanks to the grand opening of Fable and a pop-up sale at 8183 Studio with local goodies from Ocean & Sea, Sandlot Goods and Happy Habitat.
For a unique fashion event, head to Art Bra KC at the Downtown Airport for a runway show featuring 25 bras creatively designed by locals. The evening also includes silent and live auctions, not to mention a chance to meet Sporting KC and Kansas City Chiefs players and hang out with the KC Zoo’s new penguin mascot. Money raised benefits appearance centers that offer services and products designed to help breast cancer patients and survivors overcome obstacles with dignity and style.
Make it a night at the opera with the Lyric Opera’s performance of John Strauss’ “Die Fledermaus,” which tells the story of a decadent masquerade ball that leads to mistaken identities and hilarious indiscretions. You won’t want to miss the last performances of the season, so get your tickets to the Kauffman Center for Friday or Sunday.
Give your mother an early gift by taking her to “Listen to Your Mother,” a show at Unity Temple on the Plaza, for hilarious and heartwarming stories about motherhood. The cast includes local writers and bloggers, and a portion of proceeds go to support the Women’s Employment Network.
The Kentucky Derby might be a few states away, but that won’t keep KC from celebrating southern style. Check out what’s going on at VanBrock, Julep, Westport Ale House and other spots, or watch the race at Power & Light’s KC Live! Block, a fundraiser for KU Alzheimer’s Disease Center. If you’re celebrating from home (or just need a drink), try recreating one of these delicious recipes from Tavern at Mission Farms and Tavern in the Village.
Not all that interested in what happens at Churchill Downs? Considering grabbing a bite at Gram & Dun, Taco Republic, Urban Table or BRGR Kitchen + Bar. The restaurants are participating in a dine and donate event benefitting the Teresa R. LaManno Scholarship Fund in honor of LaManno, a therapist at CCVI who was killed in last month’s shooting in Overland Park.
If Sunday’s forecast holds up, sunny skies and hot temperatures are in store. Cool down at Hotel Sorella’s beautiful rooftop pool for the launch of Adult Swim, a new weekly opportunity for grown-ups to relax poolside without having to worry about kiddos.
With a name like Woofstock, you know Zona Rosa’s dog-centric celebration will be fun for you and your four-legged companion just in time for the first day of National Pet Week. Walk in a one-mile parade with your pup, then enjoy live entertainment, pet contests and caricatures, demonstrations and ice cream cones for dogs. Local shelters will be on hand with adoptable pets, and the event wraps up with Yappy Happy Hour on Hereford House’s patio. Check out a few of our other favorite pet-friendly places to dine or drink al fresco.
Art lovers will want to make sure they stop by Brookside for the Brookside Art Annual to check out works created by artists in Kansas City and across the country. With more than a hundred artists who specialize in everything from watercolors to jewelry to 3D mixed media, you’re sure to find something you love at the festival, which runs Friday through Sunday.
Check back next week for info on more events you won’t want to miss!