Looking for something to do this weekend? Check out our top picks for June 12 – 14.
Sip, swirl and stroll in and out of various retail and restaurant locations on the Independence Square for its fifth annual Wine and Brew Walk 6 – 9 p.m. Sample wine and beer from local producers as you help raise money for the preservation and beautification of the historic square.
We’re all about happy hours, so you bet we’re on board with Parlor’s beauty happy hour at Standard Style on the Country club Plaza tonight. Stop by 5 – 7 p.m. for a free braid bar and beauty touch ups as well as 25 percent off all cosmetics.
Hungry? Lenexa is hosting Food Truck Frenzy in conjunction with the groundbreaking of its new Civic Center project. Trucks start serving at 5 p.m. and participants include Wilma’s Real Good Food, The Funnel Cake Truck, Plantain District, Cajun Cabin and Indios Carbonsitos, which posted details of its menu. Save room for steak nachos, Chile verde picadillo sopes and churros.
PorchFest returns noon – 5 p.m. with more than 100 bands spanning different genres performing at 30-plus West Plaza homes. The family-friendly event is free, but make sure to tip the bands—and wear sunscreen. Food trucks will be onsite if you get hungry.
The Heroes for Hospice 5K Run/Walk is celebrating its second year today at REI in Prairiefire. All participants get a race shirt and help raise money for Kansas City Hospice and Midland Care of Topeka and Lawrence. Last year’s race raised over $20,000 and this year the goal is $30,000.
There’s no shortage of opportunities to drink up today. First there’s the fifth annual Westport Beer Festival featuring more than 80 beers from breweries around the country and abroad. Tickets ($30 in advance, $35 at the gate) include a tasting glass and unlimited pours while supplies last. Then 8 p.m. – midnight, hop on Waldo Crawldo, the neighborhood’s bar crawl featuring stops at 75th Street Brewery, The Well and the Waldo Pizza Taproom.
If you’ve always dreamt of being a superhero, tie on a cape and head to the CASA SuperHero 5K Run/Walk and Kids’ Caped Fun Run. More than 1,000 dressed up kids and adults are expected at the event at Corporate Woods where they will run under the banner “Every child needs a hero, but abused children need superheroes.” Prizes will be given for the best costumes, so bring your A-game.
Make sure Fido gets his workout at Dog-N-Jog this morning on the Country Club Plaza. Options for the Humane Society of Greater Kansas City fundraiser include a one-mile run and walk and a two-mile run. No dog? No problem, as there will be plenty of vendors and you can always walk yourself. Register by Saturday for $30; race day registration goes up $10. Stick around after for brunch at Zocalo, where pups are welcome on the front and back patios. The restaurant will donate 20 percent of orders to the shelter. Or head to Leawoof Dog Park and join the Jewish Federation and Jewish Family Services for Bark Mitzvah, a pet play date where owners are encouraged to bring a bag of dry dog or cat food to benefit the JFS Food Pantry – Jasmine’s Corner.
Forget “The Secret Garden;” spend the day enjoying Union Hill’s very own lush flower patches. Showcasing both residential and community gardens that are created and maintained by talented local residents, the Union Hill Garden Tour begins at 31st Street and Grand Avenue. Following the tour, neighborhood restaurants will offer specials to attendees including $3 mimosas and loaded Coronas from Sol Cantina and the $5 “flower power” specialty drink from Barrel 31. Half of the funds raised will be donated to the Union Cemetery Historical Society’s efforts to maintain and preserve the grounds of Kansas City’s oldest public cemetery.
Check back next week for info on more events you won’t want to miss!