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Weekend Agenda

Looking for something to do this weekend? Check out our top picks for June 26 – 28.

Photo by Paul Andrews

Friday

For a truly captivating experience, make your way to Liberty Memorial for Taps at the Tower. Taps, a musical piece sounded at dusk and at funerals, will be played at sunset Friday and Saturday. You’ll be hard pressed to find a more striking view of the city, and the sun isn’t set to go down until around 8:30 p.m., allowing  plenty of time to visit the National World War I Museum.

KC’s theater scene offers something for everyone this weekend. Adults can catch one of the final performances of “Tribes,” a play about a deaf man whose introduction to a larger deaf community sparks a struggle with his comically dysfunctional family, at Unicorn Theatre. Kids will love The Coterie’s “A Year with Frog and Toad,” a Tony-nominated musical following two friends through the seasons.

Take a trip down south for just $15 via City Market’s annual Crawfish Festival. The evening includes music from the MGD’s and the beloved Bon Ton Soul Accordion Ban and Cajun food from Jazz, a Louisiana Kitchen.

Saturday

Eating is always at the top of our to-do list, and today offers several opportunities to dig in. Aristocrat Motors’ annual Food Truck Showdown runs 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and you don’t need a ticket to get in—just bring a donation for Harvesters. Then from noon to 9 p.m., Independence Center Mall hosts its first Food Truck Festival with Deco Street Eats, Plantain District, Cupcake Cruiser and other trucks serving up food. The festivities also include music from alternative and folk artists. And the Great Lenexa BBQ Battle gets cooking Friday night, with 185 teams competing for the title, which will be decided Saturday at Sar-Ko-Par Trails Park.

KC’s arts entertainments are just as drool-worthy as its food events. Check out what local makers have crafted at Union Station during this weekend’s Maker Faire and head to downtown Bonner Springs for the Festival of the Arts, where you’ll find art, food, fine crafts, performances and more culminating in fireworks. And Volkferfest makes its debut today, highlighting local artists, bands, businesses and food at Roanoke Park  3 – 9 p.m.

Not to be confused with the website you’re currently on, “This Is Kansas City” is a children’s book teaching kids about all the great things our city, complete with delightful illustrations. Meet the author, Angela Kmeck, and illustration, John Hare, as they celebrate the book release 6 – 8 p.m. at The Hilliard Gallery, where original painted canvases will be on display. A portion of proceeds from the cool local book, funded by a Kickstarter campaign, will be donated to the I Love Children’s Mercy Fund.

Sunday

Meet the next generation of performers at Future Stages, the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts’ one-day festival showcasing youth in the performing arts and giving them an opportunity to perform on stage. The free event runs 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and includes family-friendly interactive activities as well as a diverse range of arts experiences.

Ladies and gentleman, start your engines. Gear heads and vintage car lovers alike will find plenty to see at Art of the Car Concours, the display of over 200 vehicles including cars, trucks, race cars, motorcycles and pedal cars dotting the beautiful grounds of the Kansas City Art Institute. Consider each one a work of art; an appropriate vision for an event that supports the KCAI’s scholarship fund.

Try to contain your excitement: The Container Store at Hawthorne Plaza opens Saturday and the festivities continue all weekend. The store is giving away great prizes every hour on the hour Saturday and Sunday. Even if you don’t win, the I Love Children’s Mercy Fund does, with 10 percent of the weekend’s sales benefiting the charity to support patients and research.

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