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Weekend Agenda

Looking for something to do this weekend? Check out our top picks for May 22-24.

Photo by Paul Andrews

Friday

Lee’s Summit sure looks good for 150. To commemorate its century-and-a-half-long history, the city is channeling its founding days with A Fair to Remember, a good old-fashioned country fair at Paradise Park, complete with a campfire area, period clothing, Civil War reenactments, a petting zoo, pony rides and funnel cake. In downtown Lee’s Summit, Music in the Park returns with performances and neighborhood businesses host artists for Fourth Friday.

No monkeying around—the Kansas City Zoo’s new Orangutan Canopy is now open, offering an up-close look at the amazing creatures. Learn more about them during zookeeper chats and orangutan interactions scheduled every hour on the hour beginning at 9 a.m. today through Monday.

If you’re one of the many with a style crush on Arhaus, it’s time to officially make a date—the handcrafted, luxury furniture store opens today in Town Center Plaza, and the pieces don’t just look good. The company is committed to sustainability and uses recycled materials whenever possible.

Saturday

Wine, live music, giveaways and food trucks await at a party celebrating Amigoni Urban Winery’s third anniversary in the Daily Drovers Telegram Building. Bottles open at 11 a.m. and guests will score $2 off each bottle and $1 off each glass of the local vintners’ 2013 Urban Drover, a blend of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot with flavors of dark cherry and spice. ChickHoovenSwine BBQ and Taco Republic will pull in at 2:30 p.m. and Shay Estes and Mark Lowery will take over the barrel room 3 to 6 p.m.

In the mood for music? This year’s Westport Roots Festival features 40 bands spread across six stages. Representing Americana, bluegrass, roots, rockabilly, punk and folk. Grab tickets for just $20 bucks.

We’ve been waiting with bated breath and rumbling stomachs for the return of Cheese Slipper Saturday and, at long last, it’s here! Head to Fervere for its painfully delicious cheese bread topped with fresh ingredients from local farmers markets. Follow it up with a sweet treat (snow cone, anyone?) from Little Freshie. Get there early, as the cheesy carb goodness is in high demand.

Sunday

It’s not quite Memorial Day, but it is Celebration at the Station day. Show up to Union Station early to check out its new exhibit, “Gridiron Glory” or get a first look at Pianos on Parade. The annual free music event kicks off at 1 p.m. with entertainment throughout the day, leading up to 8 p.m. when the Kansas City Symphony and The Elders take the stage. Pack a picnic and prepare to “ooh” and “ahh” at the spectacular fireworks display. Discover more ways to celebrate Memorial Day around town here.

Great performances abound in KC this weekend. At Starlight Theatre you can catch “Million Dollar Quartet,” the story of the legendary 1956 night that brought Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins together for one of history’s greatest jam sessions. The Kansas City Repertory Theatre has two shows running to close its 2014-2015 season—rock concert and theater fusion “Stillwater,” which is already sold out, and “Sticky Traps,” about a mother who protects her son’s honor when his funeral is protested by a local church. Never fear, the new season will be here before you know it. Get a first look at what’s coming to the stage.

No work Monday leaves the door wide open for Sunday night fun. Kelly’s and McCoy’s are taking advantage with their fourth annual block party. Beginning at 8 p.m., the festivities include hot dogs, a photo booth, live music, party favors for the first 1,500 people and lots of drinking options.

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