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Weekend Agenda

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

Photo by Paul Andrews.

Friday

Unwind after a long week with Blush, a ladies’ soiree at Mosaic Ultra Lounge. From 8 to 10 p.m., you can enjoy complimentary champagne and sushi from Drunken Fish, plus Zafar will be on hand providing massage demos. What better way to pamper yourself and set the tone for a relaxing weekend?

The LiveKC initiative aims to make KC a more attractive place for Millenials, so naturally it’s throwing a massive party. At today’s Fiery Stick Open, from 3 to 8 p.m., the group is turning the lawn of the Liberty Memorial into a pop-up country club complete with music, food trucks, giant-sized beer pong, beer gardens, bocce and croquet. We’ll say it again: giant-sized beer pong.

Clear your schedule because the third Friday of the month means it’s Local Life in Downtown Overland Park. Get cookies, drinks and an intro to natural DIY skincare at Milagro Midwestern Spa & Collective, enjoy a chocolate taste-test at Unique Finds or pick up a pie flight (three small slices) from The Upper Crust.

Saturday

We know you’re going to be in the mood for delicious food this weekend, so why not eat for a good cause? Aristocrat Motors is hosting a Food Truck Showdown with six of the city’s best mobile restaurants. A $2 donation to Harvesters gets you a dish from any truck while a $12 donation allows you try food from all six.

Get a caffeine boost at one of KC’s new coffee shops. Crows Coffee in South Plaza is celebrating its grand opening from 8 a.m. to noon, a perfect opportunity to try a cup of the Messengers Coffee being brewed, take a look at the cool space or win a t-shirt. Thou Mayest Coffee Roasters is also fêting the grand opening of its new Crossroads shop. The new spot opens at 7 a.m. and beginning at 5 p.m., you can enjoy a spread provided by The Sundry and a Thou Mayest Coffee Wheat Stout.

Break a sweat at the YMCA of Greater Kansas City’s Legendary 5K Run/Walk. The race begins at CommunityAmerica Ballpark, and registered runners receive a T-shirt and a ticket to the T-Bones game later that night. If free stuff isn’t enough to motivate you, consider this—proceeds benefit Providence YMCA/Ball Family Center’s Stronger Together cancer survivor program.

Sunday

Do you like picnics? What about really, really big picnics? Assuming the answer is yes (And why wouldn’t it be?), you won’t want to miss Big Picnic, a celebration in honor of the Donald J. Hall Sculpture Park’s 25th anniversary being thrown by the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art and Kansas City Parks and Rec. The event includes food trucks, acoustic music and giant puppets fit for the giant picnic.

Put your culinary skills to the test by attempting to make Rye’s crispy fried chicken, Q39’s white bean cassoulet and BBQ apple coleslaw or Barrel 31’s deviled oysters and sangria. The tasty recipes are perfect for an outdoor summer gathering, but don’t worry if they’re a bit too challenging—you can hone your kitchen talents at one of the week’s upcoming culinary classes.

Lovers of offbeat arts and entertainment will be glad to known that KC Fringe Fest is in full swing now through July 27. Today’s lineup of events includes several theatre productions and screenings of KC documentaries “We Are Superman,” about those working to transform the corner of 31st and Troost, and “Kansas City Jazz & Blues: Past, Present and Future” as well as spoken word, dance and comedy performances. See the full schedule online here and start planning out which other shows you’ll be attending over the next week.

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