Looking for something to do this weekend? Check out our top picks for November 27-29.
Love it or hate it, Black Friday is here. All your favorite shopping districts are offering stellar sales, from Legends Outlets Kansas City to Oak Park Mall to the Country Club Plaza, which has thrown in some dining and drinking specials to enjoy when shopping fatigue sets in. See our roundup of local deals here, including one of our favorites of the season: When you donate gently worn clothing to Feng today, it will be donated to a local women’s shelter and you’ll get 20 percent off your purchase.
Black Friday and Record Store Day collide at Mills Record Company. The Westport shop will be selling official and unofficial Record Store Day releases, plus other new releases starting at 8 a.m. with free Oddly Correct coffee and donuts while supplies last. Shoppers can enter to win concert tickets and check out free shows from Jessica Paige and Pink Royal in the evening.
For many, crossing Thanksgiving off the calendar means the official start of the Christmas season. Crown Center falls in that camp too. Stop by this evening to see Mayor Sly James and special guest Royals General Manager Dayton Moore light the Mayor’s Christmas Tree, a 100-foot-tall jaw-dropper. The festivities begin at 5:30 p.m. and include free performances by Musical Theatre Heritage as well as a fireworks finale.
Don’t let Black Friday overshadow Small Business Saturday, the celebration of small businesses spearheaded by American Express. Waldo is hosting a Small Business Saturday crawl in honor of the occasion, as is Downtown Lee’s Summit. Downtown Overland Park, Brookside, City Market and the Crossroads are also filled with locally owned shops and restaurants to visit.
Priairefire says seasons greetings with family-friendly events every Saturday today through Dec. 20. Enjoy free hay wagon rides noon-3 p.m. departing from the Museum at Prairiefire, face painting inside and visit with Mr. and Mrs. Clause 1-5 p.m. at Cinetopia. If you need to warm up while you’re out and about, pop into Pinstripes to sample its new fall menu, featuring ravioli with housemade lamb sausage, chicken parmesan and ratatouille.
Take a trip with Spanish Nights and Prokofiev’s Fifth at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. Guest conductor Carlos Miguel Prieto leads the Kansas City Symphony in a celebration of Spain’s beauty and mystery, then take a detour to Russia with composer Sergei Prokofiev’s Fifth Symphony. Performances are Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
One of our favorite KC traditions? Catching screenings of classic holiday movies for $3 at Union Station’s Regnier Extreme Screen. This week’s featured film is “Elf,” with showtimes at 12:30, 3, 5:30 and 8 p.m. Nov. 27-Dec. 3. Get in the spirit even more with “Let It Snow,” a 30-minute show at the Arvin Gottlieb Planetarium.
Ugly sweaters have emerged as one of the season’s kitschiest trends in recent years. Don one for KC Wine Co.’s Ugly Sweater Christmas Party 3-6 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday. With its s’mores, $5 wine flights and 10 percent discount, the party could kick off a new trend: wearing ugly sweaters while drinking on the cheap.
Although he won’t be sporting an ugly sweater, St. Nick will wear a wetsuit over his classic red and white suit. Each weekend day at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., Santa is diving with the penguins at the Kansas City Zoo. Is he as comfortable in the water as he is in the sky? Who knows, but we would be on the naughty list if we didn’t encourage you to snap a photo of his aquatic adventures.
Check back next week for info on more events you won’t want to miss!