Weekend Agenda

Looking for something to do this weekend? Check out our top picks for August 14 – 16.

Photo by Paul Andrews


Recover from the stress of getting the kids ready to go back to school (or just start your relaxing weekend early) with fun specials today. Primp and Blow is offering $28 blowouts and you’ll find $3 mimosas at Paradise Diner at Prairiefire. Parlor Beauty Bar is also offering to polish your tresses for the weekend with $28 blowouts until noon today. And don’t forget your nails—Hoopla’s Crossroads location offers 50 percent off one service Fridays from 4 to 7 p.m.

Why wait until your workweek has officially ended to try something new at one of your favorite restaurants? Jax Fish House, the winner of Best Server and Best Happy Hour and runner up for Best New Restaurant in our City’s Best survey, introduces Friday lunch service 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. today. The mouthwatering menu includes an ahi tuna melt, blackened fish tacos and a catfish po’boy.

Red doesn’t have to be your color to support the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women with a purchase at TallulahBelle’s this evening. Dee Berkley Jewelry’s designs will be showcased at the store 4 to 7 p.m., and a portion of proceeds will go toward the effort to fight heart disease, the leading killer of women in the U.S.


Forgo a cup of Mr. Coffee java in favor of Parisi’s joe during a coffee class held at its Crossroads roasting facility. Start the morning with a fresh-baked pastry while coffee roasting expert Kate Blackman guides guests through a coffee bean’s journey. Learn the details of Parisi’s coffee creation process from shrub to mug, then enjoy cupping different origins firsthand. Tickets are $25 each and include a bag of coffee to take home, but they’re almost sold out, so grab them now.

Help 75th Street Brewery blow out the candles for its 22nd birthday during Summer Beer Fest 2 – 6 p.m. in the Alley. The party features beers from eight local breweries and benefits Camp Encourage. Festivities continue throughout the week with $10 burger and draft specials, culminating in 75th Street’s first beer brunch Sunday, Aug. 23.

Mayor Sly James celebrates summer in Kansas City with Sly’s Rock the Block at Union Station. The free party starts at 4 p.m. with the first 2,000 people getting complimentary food. Guests will enjoy basketball, video games, carnival games, face painting, a community zone and more, with the fun going until 11 p.m.

This Saturday is packed with activities and events, so we’ll throw in two extra potential candidates for your to-do list. See Quixotic reach new heights in its debut performance of “Gravity of Center” at the Lied Center in Lawrence. Fancy some cardio? The Foam Glow 5K returns to KC tonight at Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre, where runners will make their way through zones where they’ll be doused with different colors of foam illuminated by black lights.


What better way to celebrate National Roller Coaster Day than a ride on the Mamba? True fans should head to the park a day early for Coaster Mayhem, an experience that includes exclusive ride times, an all-you-can-eat catered lunch and a few surprises.

Museum aficionados can get the inside scoop on what goes into creating an exhibit, specifically The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art’s recent “American Soldier.” April M. Watson, Curator of Photography at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, discusses how she worked with the collection of the National World War I Museum and Memorial to make selections for the exhibition. Part of the National World War I Museum’s In the Know series, the event starts at 2 p.m. and free with your RSVP.

Barbecue, cooking demos, a kids’ zone and a panel of culinary experts, including KC Magazine Editor-in-Chief Kimberly Stern, talking meat: There’s a lot to love about the fourth annual Kansas City Kosher BBQ Festival and Competition, where all the food made and served is kosher. The event at the Ritz Charles in Overland Park 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. helps educate our community about what it means to keep kosher. If only all lessons in life came with a slab of beef ribs.

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