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Weekend Agenda

Looking for something to do this weekend? Check out our top picks for September 4 – 6.

Photo by Paul Andrews

Friday

First Friday fun awaits. The Blue Gallery is celebrating its 15th year in business with “Royal Garden,” featuring recent works by contemporary visual artists Luis Garcia-Nerey and Anke Schofield, together known as KOLLABS. The exhibition opens with a reception tonight 6-9 p.m. and runs through Sept. 26. For a furry First Friday head to Tail Waggin’ PetStop 6-9 p.m. to meet adoptable animals from the Humane Society of Greater Kansas City.

Independence’s SantaCaliGon Days Festival returns, commemorating the origin of the Santa Fe, California and Oregon trails today through Monday. Last year’s festivities attracted more than 300,000 attendees and this year’s event includes more than 500 artisan, crafter and food vendors, performances on three stages, a 5K, chainsaw art demonstrations and a carnival midway.

Screenland Theatres pays tribute to master of horror Wes Craven with showings of some of his most influential films throughout the weekend. Catch “Nightmare on Elm Street” showtimes at the Crossroads location and “Scream” and “The Hills Have Eyes” at the Armour theater.

Saturday

The worlds of art and sports collide at the first-ever Arts Night at the K. Pre-game 4:30-6 p.m. in the Outfield Experience where the Royals will host booths from area arts and lifestyle organizations. Victor & Penny are performing, local graffiti artists Sike is live painting and the Youth Symphony of Kansas City will kick off the game against the White Sox with its performance of the national anthem. A portion of each ticket purchased at royals.com/arts goes directly to the ArtsKC fund to sustain artists, art organizations and programs throughout the region.

The inaugural Festival of the Lost Township beer festival seems to be worth drinking to. Organized by Crane Brewing Company, the festival lets you access all the brewers (and their samples) for $35. Eight Kansas City chefs, including Celina Tio, Michael Corvino and Ryan Brazeal, will also be pairing their unique style of food with a craft beer.

We’re all from the Emerald Isle come KC Irish Fest, the annual celebration of all things Ireland, from entertainment (seven stages worth) and food to culture and history. This year’s event runs all weekend at Crown Center and includes plenty of activities for all ages and interests, including a fairy village contest for kids and whiskey tastings for grown ups.

Sunday

Go girl! No we aren’t just cheering you on, ladies, we’re talking about today’s Go Girl Run at Prairiefire. The all-women racing event includes a 5K and half marathon and some delightfully unusual finisher prizes, like a custom-etched wine glass and post-race smoothies. Extra incentive to lace up your sneakers: The race benefits Girls on the Run and the YMCA of Greater Kansas City.

Although it seems like nobody’s told the sun, summer is coming to a close. Squeeze in one last trip to Schlitterbahn and its exhilarating Verrückt slide or soak up some rays (after you’ve applied sunscreen, of course) at Oceans of Fun before they close for the season on Labor Day.

Hear ye, hear ye, joust-lovers and turkey leg-cravers: The Kansas City Renaissance Festival is open for business Sept. 5 through Oct. 18th. Its first weekend is themed “Wonders of the World” and includes belly dance lessons, competitions and performances, Latin Dance lessons, world trivia and an eating contest. Bring five non-perishable food items to the box office for the festival’s Harvesters food drive and you’ll save $5 on admission.

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