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Weekend Agenda

Looking for something to do this weekend? Check out our top picks for July 17 – 19.

Photo by Paul Andrews

Friday

Take a shot at $1 million at LiveKC’s Fiery Stick Open at the National World War I Museum and Liberty Memorial, where patrons can participate in the million dollar hole in one shootout. But there’s plenty to do besides golf—you can also play giant Jenga or beer pong, snack at food trucks and catch a performance from Girl Talk.

One upside to the dog days of summer? Independence Square’s Dog Days of Summer Sale, happening today and Saturday. Merchants are offering special discounts on select items during the dog-friendly shopping days. Take a photo with your pup and post it to Independence Square’s Facebook page where it will be entered in a voting contest  with the winner getting a $50 gift card. The fun culminates in a dog pageant Saturday starting at 10 a.m.

Dare to go Bare…to Bare Med Spa’s grand opening at Park Place, that is. Stop by 6 to 10 p.m. and enjoy discounts on services, demos, gifts, appetizers and refreshments. The new location offers treatments from facials to skin tightening and introduces services including spray tanning and massages.

Saturday

Chipotle’s Cultivate Festival comes to KC for the first time today at Penn Valley Park, and it’s bringing plenty of the company’s food with it. Dig into new Chipotle dishes and check out offerings from Pizzeria Locale (opening its first local location next week in Waldo) and Shophouse, a southeast Asian concept that hasn’t made it to KC yet, along with locals bites from Rye, Poppy’s Ice Cream Truck and more. The free festival, which runs 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. also includes cooking demonstrations from celeb chefs and performances from national music acts, such as St. Lucia and Portugal. The Man, the evening’s headliner.

Make sure your canine companion gets a workout in this weekend. City Gym is hosting Mutt Strutt for the second year in a row, with participants meeting in the CVS parking lot at 75th and Wornall before embarking  on a two-mile walk/jog along the Trolley Trail. The event is free, but the gym asks that people bring something from the Humane Society of Greater Kansas City’s wish list, which includes copier paper, dog and cat treats and towels.

First comes July 4th, then Bastille Day and now it’s time for Belgian Independence Day. While it’s technically on Tuesday, July 21, The Foundry is celebrating today with more than a dozen Belgian style beers on tap  noon – close. Those who prefer to celebrate on the real day can head to Westport Ale House’s party, where you’ll enjoy Boulevard Brewing and and Duvel Moortgat USA and special food pairings. The evening starts at 5:30 p.m. and includes a raffle for gift cards and Boulevard gear, plus one lucky beer drinker will win a trip for two to Cooperstown, New York, to visit Brewery Ommegang, with $1 from each ticket going to KC Pet Project.

Sunday

The KC Fringe Festival is back with dozens of performances across 20  venues. We’ve rounded up a few of the happenings we plan to check out during the festival, and today you can catch everything from Big Gay Karaoke with the Heartland Men’s Chorus (3 p.m. at Union Station’s City Stage) to belly dancing (5 p.m. at the Bolender Center) to theater (like ThisThatThen, a three-act love story 5 p.m. at the Living Room). See the full schedule here.

If a picnic is on your summer bucket list, there’s no better time to cross it off than today’s Big Picnic. Make a to-go meal (if you’re feeling ambitious, our inspired entertaining experts Lon and Stewart Lane have recipes and tips for a fab spread), bring a blanket and link it up with others’ in the designated space to join in the giant art installation. Food trucks will be on hand for those who aren’t inclined to cook, and entertainment includes badminton, live music and more.

Happy National Ice Cream Day! We’ve highlighted some of our favorite destinations for ice-cold creamy goodness, but Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey (which come to KC with performances of “Legends” at the Sprint Center Sept. 10 – 13) have partnered with Shatto Milk Company to give you another way to celebrate: an ice cream social at the Kansas City Northern Miniature Railroad in Frank Vaydik Park. From noon to 4 p.m. enjoy free Shatto ice cream family-friendly entertainment including train rides and giveaways. Donations and raffle ticket sales benefit Children’s Mercy Hospital.

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