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Weekend Agenda

Looking for something to do this weekend? Check out our top picks for August 8 – 10.

Photo by Paul Andrews.

Friday

City Market is channeling New Orleans for tonight’s Crawfish Festival. Forget that Mardi Gras happened months ago and celebrate with fresh crawfish, jambalaya and red beans and rice, plus powdered sugar dusted beignets and live music from the recently reunited Bon Ton Soul Accordion Band.

Catch a screening of “Rich Hill,” a film about several teenagers growing in Rich Hill, MO, struggling against difficult circumstances that won the 2014 Sundance Grand Jury Prize for Documentary Film. It opens tonight at Screenland Crown Center, where you can participate in a Q&A with director Tracy Droz Tragos and several of the people from the film between the 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. showings.

Beat the heat with some ice skating at the Sprint Center. To mark the upcoming start of hockey season, the public is invited to lace up their skates and take to the ice from 3-8 p.m. Admission is free if you have a ticket to the Dallas Stars vs. St. Louis Blues game at the center on September 7 and $12 for those without tickets.

Saturday

Family entertainment reaches new heights with this weekend’s Great Midwest Balloon Festival at the Kansas Speedway. Soar into the air with tethered balloon rides, check out the kids’ BBQ competition, listen to musical performances and end the day with the all balloon glow, a magical time when all the balloons at the festival light up at once.

Get a dose of even more family fun served alongside a scoop of ice cream at Sprint Family Fun Days at the Power & Light District. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., you can enjoy good old-fashioned carnival games, inflatables, face painters, dancers and music.

Earlier this year, Mayor Sly James proclaimed August 9 official Air Guitar Day in Kansas City, MO. Why? Because the U.S. Air Guitar National Finals are taking place in KC tonight at the Midland. Come see the larger than life characters jamming out and competing for supremacy and a spot at the World Championships in Finland and find out why real guitars just might be overrated.

Sunday

There are plenty of great reasons to go for a run today: temperatures that are less than sweltering, you want to burn off all the calories you consumed at Friday’s Crawfish Festival or you’re aiming to set a new PR. But the best reason is to help honor breast cancer survivors and raise money for breast cancer awareness and research at the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, happening this morning at Union Station. Bring your tennis shoes and a phone so you can join the attempt to break the world record for simultaneous selfies.

Sorry to make the most important meal of the week—brunch, of course—stressful, but there’s a new spot to work into your rounds: Voltaire. Yes, the restaurant is serving brunch on Sundays starting today. Be one of the first to get a taste of mouth-watering dishes, including Swedish pancakes, fried chicken with polenta, Korean ramen and French toast with a brandied batter.

Journey to the “South Pacific” at Off Center Theatre. The performers are staging the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic, which has been beloved since it debuted in 1949 thanks to its commentary on racism and winning songs, now through August 24.

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