Plan your Memorial Day weekend with this guide to events.
Celebration at the Station
The 13th annual Memorial Day weekend musical event at Union Station kicks off at 1 p.m. on Sunday with entertainment for everyone in the family. Enjoy kids activities, such as face painting and crafts, as well as performances by the Chiefs Rumble Drum Line, the Youth Symphony of Kansas City and more at the Celebration Family Zone. At 8 p.m., the Kansas City Symphony takes the main stage. Local group The Elders will perform two songs with the symphony and John Amos, a National Guard veteran, actor and former Chiefs running back, will guest host. A vibrant firework show set to patriotic tunes ends the evening. All festivities are free and open to the public.
Festivities at the National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial
America’s official World War I museum has a full lineup of holiday events planned this weekend. Memorial Day weekend marks the start of the museum’s summer hours. All weekend long Red Racks, an organization benefiting veterans with disabilities, will collect donations of gently used clothes, shoes, household items and children’s toys. Vintage military vehicles and a Vietnam era “Huey” helicopter will be on display for free on the museum lawns.
The Traveling Vietnam Wall, an 80 percent scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C., will be on display on the museum’s southeast lawn from 6 p.m. on Friday through 3 p.m. on Monday. Catch a keynote address by Colonel Miles Brown, commander of Fort Riley’s 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, at the opening ceremony 6 p.m. on Friday. At 10 a.m. Saturday through Monday, a ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. daily. On Monday, museum admission is free, and hours are extended. To accommodate the elevated holiday traffic, a parking shuttle will run Saturday through Monday from the West Yards Garage at Union Station.
U.S. Air Force Band Concert
Take in a free evening of classical, jazz and popular tunes with the U.S. Air Force Band of Mid-America “Phoenix Brass” ensemble. The group takes the stage at 7 p.m. on Monday at Mulberry Lake, located across the street from The Village at Briarcliff. Bring a picnic dinner as well as blankets and chairs to sit on.
Cheap eats and buys
Several stores are offering Memorial Day steals and deals. At Legends Outlets, veterans can show their military ID and receive a free VIP coupon book at customer service, and your favorite brands are offering a slew of holiday sales this weekend. Full price Baldwin Denim products get a 25 percent markdown both online and in-store through Monday, and you can score an additional 20 percent off markdowns at both Standard Style locations. West Elm kicked off its Memorial Day savings event on Wednesday, but you can save up to 25 percent on your entire purchase through Monday, or bring home a new furry friend with KC Pet Project’s discounted Memorial Day adoptions. Saturday through Monday, the shelter is offering $40 dog adoptions and $25 adult cat adoptions.
Dinner deals abound this holiday weekend. Even though Cafe Trio is closed Sunday and Memorial Day, the eatery is offering $25 off a $75 purchase through May 27. You can get $10 off a purchase of $30 or more at Paradise Diner through Monday, and Barrel 31 will open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Monday for a special brunch for veterans and active duty military. Servicepersons can show their military ID and receive a 50 percent discount on a brunch entree and $3 mimosas. Barrel 31 will close following the brunch. –Lauren Rutherford