Looking for something to do this weekend? Check out our top picks for November 20-22.
Urban Provisions’ East Bottoms Bazaar returns tonight 6-9 p.m., and this time the guerilla retail market and block party has a holiday theme, as well as a new location. Get a sneak peek at Heim Brewing Company’s bottling shop while shopping local goods, while the Heim No. 20 Fire Station will play host to up and coming makers include Merit Made and Owl + Mouse.
Even Scrooge himself wouldn’t be able to resist Kansas City Repertory Theatre’s annual production of “A Christmas Carol.” With Gary Neal Johnson once again taking the lead as Ebenezer Scrooge in the Charles Dickens classic, plus richly textured sets, ornate costumes and spectacular special effects, expect to be transported—and thoroughly delighted. Performances begin tonight at 8 p.m. and run through Christmas Eve in the just-renovated and reopened Spencer Theatre.
The Mayor’s Christmas Tree Lighting coincides with Downtown Overland Park’s monthly Local Life event. The lights go live at 6:10 p.m., but you’ll also want to stop by the Culinary Center of Kansas City to decorate a free gingerbread ornament and enjoy samples, dig into a flight of three holiday pies at Upper Crust and browse books from more than 20 local authors at InterUrban ArtHouse.
Overland Park isn’t the only place hitting the holiday light switch. A day of family friendly performances and activities lead up to Union Station’s the lighting ceremony at 5:30 p.m. followed by a special performance by Quixotic. Zona Rosa celebrates the season with its Northern Lights display at 6 p.m. complete with visits from Santa and the Kansas City Museum’s Fairy Princess, and the Legends Outlets Kansas City countdown features performances of holiday favorites and giveaways before the 45-foot tree is illuminated at 7:45 p.m. Get details here.
Three of our favorite things come together 4-7 p.m. at 75th Street Brewery’s fifth annual Chocolate, Cheese and Ale tasting event. Enjoy unique beers alongside fine artisan chocolates selected by Garza’s Goodies and gourmet cheese from Green Dirt Farm.
Speaking of culinary delights, the Kansas City Food Circle is hosting its first holiday pop-up 9 a.m.-6 p.m. in the Arts Tech Building in the Crossroads. Vendors include lots of local food producers, such as Maps Coffee, The Sundry, Vain Foods, Green Dirt Farm and KC Canning Company, as well as area artisans. Be one of the first 100 people to arrive with a donation of non-perishable food for Harvesters and receive a swag bag showcasing some of KC’s finest goods.
Still searching for the perfect presents? Pay a visit to Holiday Boutique, going on all weekend at the Overland Park Convention Center. Shop hundreds of booths for apparel, decor, jewelry, gifts and more. A fundraising package check area gives you a break from hauling bags and boxes, and don’t forget to bring along gently used coats and non-perishable food to donate to the Johnson County Christmas Bureau’s annual Holiday Shop, serving Johnson County families most in need.
It’s beginning to feel a lot like winter (or so the meteorologists tell us) this weekend. Bundle up and lace up your skates to hit the Ice at Park Place, south Johnson County’s only outdoor ice rink, which is open this weekend through January 19th, including holidays. Our favorite part: steaming hot Parisi coffee and a myriad of warm, filling snacks are just a few steps away.
The countdown has officially begun: less than one week until Thanksgiving. If that sentence made you break out in a cold sweat, have no fear. We’ve rounded up holiday takeout options for the family (even furry members). Stressed about dessert? Simply order a pie from Broadmoor Bistro’s 7th annual SkillsUSA Pie Sale fundraiser. Options include apple, pecan or pumpkin pies as well as take and bake breakfast casserole and sides.
Check back next week for info on more events you won’t want to miss!