Weekend Agenda

Looking for something to do this weekend? Check out our top picks for July 31 – August 2.

Photo by Paul Andrews


It’s practically a law of the universe: Everything tastes better when it’s free. Stop by Crows Coffee 8 – 9 a.m. this morning for Feel Good Friday. Hosted by Yelp, it’s an opportunity to enjoy a free cup of coffee and support a local business. We can’t think of a better way to start the day.

Follow it up with equally delicious drinks and dishes for lunch or dinner. A host of restaurants recently unveiled new menu items, so whether you’re craving something spicy (Nashville Hot Chicken at Yard House) or sweet (tiki cocktail from The Well, anyone?), chances are you can find it.

Make your mark on REbeL’s Be You Bash. The local organization dedicated to helping kids and teens develop healthy self image holds its Be You Bash tonight at The Dubliner. The evening hosted by Trent and Julie Green will include food, cocktails, music and a silent auction, all aimed at raising awareness and celebrating the individuality and beauty in everyone.


Paint the Night at Park Place will be—dare we say—legendary. The theme of this year’s street fair is Legends, so don’t be surprised to see Elvis and Marilyn Monroe roaming the streets of the shopping and dining district. The evening includes live music, a fashion show and food offerings from local restaurants such as smoked prime brisket sliders housemade steak sauce from 801 Chophouse.

Discover local makers at Strawberry Swing today at the Alexander Majors Barn. Named one of the top 35 indie craft fairs in the world by Buzzfeed, Strawberry Swing features 80 vendors selling all sorts of items. We spoke to four to give you a sneak peek.

No ticket is needed for the City Market Beer Fest today. The party starts at 11 a.m. with more than 100 beers from local and national breweries available for purchase. Come early to shop the farmers’ market and try the rarest beers before they run out.


Once upon a time in a swamp, Shrek won over the hearts of viewers everywhere (and Princess Fiona). Now the musical production comes to Shawnee’s Theatre in the Park. Catch the comedy this weekend and August 5-8.

It’s your last chance to check out “Ferran Adrià: Notes on Creativity” at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, which closes today. The exhibit of the Spanish master chef Adrià’s sketches, models and diagrams merges the culinary and art worlds, just as Adrià’s food does.

The Festival of the Butterflies takes flight at Powell Gardens. This weekend and next, stop by to see hundreds of colorful free-flying butterflies in the indoor conservatory and learn more about native species and how to protect them. Make sure to check out the cooking demonstration by Rachel Ciordas, food writer, Culinary Center of Kansas City instructor and owner of This One Bite and Lucca Bakery, at 2 p.m. as part of Powell Gardens’ Garden Chef Series.

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