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Weekend Agenda

Looking for something to do this weekend? Check out our top picks for May 29 – 31.

Photo by Paul Andrews

Friday

If you’re in the mood for music, the Kansas City Symphony has you covered this weekend with three spectacular concerts back-to-back-to-back. The performances, featuring conductor, violinist and violist Pinchas Zukerman, violinist Noah Geller, Chorus Director Charles Bruffy and the Kansas City Symphony Chorus, include the works of Bach, Beethoven, Forsyth and Hindemith. Shows are Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. in the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts’ Helzberg Hall.

Got 48 hours and a big idea? Try your hand at starting a business during Startup Weekend. From 6:30 p.m. Friday to 6:30 p.m. Sunday, teams will pitch an idea, develop a business model, test it, build a prototype and generally put the idea through its paces until it becomes a marketable product or service, working throughout the weekend before demonstrating their products Sunday. Friday also marks the beginning of 1WeekKC, a celebration of local entrepreneurship.

Satisfy your sweet tooth with Dolce Bakery’s first Cobbler Night of the summer, featuring sinfully delicious tart cherry, peach raspberry and blackberry cobblers alongside a scoop of Glacé Ice Cream. It also happens to coincide with the Prairie Village Art Fair, making for a pretty perfect night out.

Saturday

For another artistic evening, head to downtown Overland Park’s Prairiebrook Arts 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. for a one-night event with Thomas Arvid, who creates oversize still lifes featuring wine and rituals that surround it. At the reception, the acclaimed artist will place Swarovski crystals on a limited edition painting, a process so delicate that it must be done at the gallery rather than before the painting is shipped. Tickets are $25 per person; call (913) 341-0333 to secure your spot.

KC rapper Tech N9ne, Rob Zombie and The Pretty Reckless lead the lineup at today’s Rockfest, the nation’s largest one-day rock festival, happening at Liberty Memorial. Gates open at 11 a.m. and the first band plays at noon. For those about to rock, we suggest getting a ticket now, as the festival is expected to sell out.

Get your heart racing with one of several cardio-based events today. Tour of Kansas City is happening throughout the weekend and today’s schedule includes the first 5K in the event’s 52-year history, starting at 8 a.m., the iconic Cliff Drive Circuit Race at 9:30 a.m. and the Microbrews and BBQ Festival at the Kansas City Museum. (OK, so that last part isn’t quite as healthy.) For a colorful running experience, sign up for the Kansas City Color Run at Arrowhead Stadium this morning.

This Saturday is so packed with things to do we’re throwing in a few bonus suggestions. Check out new natural foods store Terra Health and Wellness Market in Independence at its grand opening celebration noon – 4 p.m. Cuban food truck Plantain District will be at the party along with vendors sampling their products. Brookside Betty’s wants you to make like Michael J. Fox and go back in time for its “Back to the Future” themed Under the Sea Dance marking the store’s first anniversary. The retro-chic evening includes cocktails, dancing and even a Marty McFly lookalike. If you’re still feeling artsy, spend an afternoon at Somerset Ridge Vineyard and Winery for Art in the Vines where you can peruse beautiful work while listening to the Jayson Kayne Band and enjoying Spanish tapas and paella from El Tenedor and pizzas from Prairie Fire Oven.

Sunday

Celebrate the 14-year, $2 million renovation of Loose Park’s Laura Conyers Smith Rose Garden with free ice cream and lemonade and entertainment by bag pipers and the KC Youth Ballet for Rose Day starting at 3 p.m. Pack a picnic to dine in the presence of the hundreds of stunning roses on display at the annual Rose Show 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

The streets of downtown Lawrence, Kansas, are always pretty lively, but they aren’t usually filled with magicians, jugglers, acrobats, unicyclists, breakdancers, fire performers and a strongwoman who can lift weights with her tongue. Catch all that and more Friday, Saturday and Sunday at this year’s Lawrence Busker Festival.

Food and philanthropy make for a great combo today. Cook for Courage, a fundraiser for the Child Protection Center featuring culinary heavy hitters Colby Garrelts, Howard Hanna, Patrick Ryan, John C. Smith, Jason Wiggin and Johnathan Justus competing to present the best smoked ribs under the West Bottoms’ Historic 12th Street Bridge, is almost sold out, so get your tickets now! And hot off Prairiefire’s one year anniversary celebration, happening Friday and Saturday, animal lovers can rock out for shelter pets at Rock & Brews 2 p.m. – 8 p.m. and enjoy food and drink with their furry friends, with a portion of sales benefitting Great Plains SPCA. It’s also the final day of Nicky’s Week, a fundraiser hosted by RA Sushi benefiting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Stop in during the weekend and order edamame, Tootsy Maki, shrimp nigiri, pork gyoza, sesame garlic chicken, garlic citrus yellowtail and select beverages and 100 percent of proceeds will be donated.

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