Looking for something to do this weekend? Check out our top picks for July 10 – 12.
Plan a hot dinner date with three of the city’s leading men. Eddie Kennison and Danny O’Neill are teaming up with Jasper Mirabile Jr. for an evening full of food (including mozzarella made tableside by Kennison and O’Neill) and music at Jasper’s. A portion of the evening’s sales will be donated to the Alliance for Lupus Research (ALR) Greater Kansas City Metro Area Walk with Us to Cure Lupus.
KC’s official Teddy Bear Picnic at the Kansas City Museum is sold out, but don’t let that stop you from celebrating. Pack your own picnic, grab a stuffed dining companion and enjoy an afternoon at one of KC’s many gorgeous parks (see a few of our favorite picnic spots here). Snap a shot of the fun and share it with KCMO Parks & Rec via Instagram, Twitter or Facebook with the hashtag #KCPicsandRec for a chance at prizes. The social promo continues throughout the month of July for National Parks and Recreation Month.
The American Jazz Museum’s Blue Room has been playing host to KC-based Artists Recording Collective, an internationally recognized label, and of course it features spectacular music. Shows tonight include the Chris Hazelton Trio at 8 p.m. and the Brandon Mezzelo Triptet at 10 p.m.. Saturday’s lineup features the Marcus Hampton Sextet and the ARC Founders Quintet. Tickets are $10.
The Crossroads gets crafty this weekend with Craft Beer Day, celebrating Torn Label Brewing Company, which opens to the public for the first time today. Once you’ve checked out the newbies, visit one of the other neighborhood establishments that boast an impressive beer list—we recommend Anton’s, which offers a whopping 67 craft beers on tap. Keep an eye out for the newest addition to the Crossroads’ beer scene, Double Shift Brewing Company, which is opening soon.
Apparently it’s LEGO season in KC. You can catch LEGO creations at Powell Gardens through September, and now through July 19, you can make your own masterpiece in gallery L8 at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. Stop by today 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. and watch master builder Jeremiah Boehr craft amazing pieces based on concepts from the museum’s Jump In! Architecture Workshop. Vote for your favorite structure by taking a picture and using #Jumpinarch.
Happy (almost) Bastille Day! Get in touch with your inner Frenchman or Frenchwoman before the big day with a trunk show for young artist Cora Jones at Brookside’s Eclectics Gallery. The third-grader is selling origami star garlands, greeting cards, yarn necklaces, bracelets and more, with 20 percent going to Operation Breakthrough and the remainder helping her fund her class trip to France with Academy Lafayette in 2019—you’ve got to love a kid who plans ahead. People who donate new, unwrapped toys during the trunk show (10 a.m. – 6 p.m.) will receive a “thank you” gift made by Jones, and Eclectics will accept toy donations from July 11 – August 11.
Saturday is so jam-packed we’re throwing in a few extra picks. Redheads unite at the Redhead Rally and Parade in Weston, which includes Irish songs, ballads and dancers as well as games. Or stock up on antiques at the 28th Annual Bingham-Waggoner Antique & Craft Fair. More than 100 dealers and crafters will be selling their wares and food options include walking tacos and homemade cookies.
A sampling of what you can enjoy in addition to savings during Town Center’s Sidewalk Sale: a braid bar at Parlor, free sunglass cleanings at Sunglasses Huts and greyhound adoptions at Treats Unleashed 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. (Saturday only). The sale runs all weekend. Brookside is also holding a sidewalk sale this weekend, and it happens to coincide with 5B & Co. Candlemakers‘ 12th anniversary in the neighborhood. Stop by for a drink and receive a free bandana votive cup and summer-scented tea light with your purchase.
Glass sippers never seem to go out of style. They certainly won’t be going anywhere after you take in a performance of “Cinderella” at Starlight. The new tour of the Rodgers and Hammerstein favorite combines classic elements of the Tony Award-winning musical with a few surprising twists. Tell your fairy godmother to score you tickets ASAP, as the show only runs through Sunday.
Take cover! Barknado has touched down—of course instead of bringing the destruction of a real tornado, or the camp of its namesake film, “Sharknado,” Great Plains SPCA’s Shark Week adoption special aims to bring people into the shelters to find their perfect pet. All animals are just $30 Friday, Saturday and Sunday and the first 50 visitors Friday get a doorbuster prize. Kiddos can also download a Bark Week coloring sheet to print and bring in to the Merriam or Independence campuses, where they will be hung for the weekend’s extravaganza.
Check back next week for info on more events you won’t want to miss!