Looking for something to do this weekend? Check out our top picks for February 5-7.
Sport your favorite red outfit and accessories in honor of National Wear Red Day, an initiative of the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women that aims to raise money and awareness for women’s heart disease. Support the effort with a donation or by participating in the Red Dress Dash. Throw on your favorite dress in the color and book it for four blocks in Kansas City Power & Light District. The race begins at 6:15 p.m. and is followed by a dance off and live music.
Help celebrate the 6th anniversary of Hello Art, an organization that helps connect local artists with people who appreciate their work. The fundraising gala begins at 6 p.m. at Hotel Phillips and includes music and dance performances, a pop-up photo studio with Tom Styrkowicz, an auction and raffle drawings. Guests can also attend the after-party headlined by Hermon Mehari and The Buhs.
After slowing down for winter, First Friday is back in full force today with a host of events, including Sip Shop at Belger Arts Center, a fundraising event where you can buy cups designed by the Red Star Studios’ artists in residence the event supports. Sip something new at Crossroads-based Border Brewing Company, which is serving up Chocolate Milk Stout floats with Shatto Milk Company Ice Cream.
Get in touch with your inner Frenchman or Frenchwoman and savor authentic crêpes for Chandeleur, also known as Crêpe Day, which marks the halfway point between winter and spring. Vottero Paris along with Alliance Française Kansas City are hosting the event running 6:30-8:30 p.m. at 332 W. 75th Street. Or celebrate at another local crêpe spot, such as French Market or Chez Elle Creperie and Coffeehouse.
Chamber music ensemble Bach Aria Soloists take listeners on an unforgettable musical journey through the adventures of Don Quixote tonight at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. Scenes from the novel are brought to life by BAS and Kansas City actor Mark Robbins as well as colorful music from Spain, Flores de Musica and Telemann’s Suite, inspired by Don Quixote.
Mardi Gras has officially arrived in Kansas City. Ways to celebrate abound at Power & Light, where a family-friendly 5K at 10 a.m. kicks off the day of festivities. Pick up beads at every mile and sample New Orleans-inspired dishes during the race benefitting Social Heart. The fun continues with a scavenger hunt, masquerade party at The Galllery and Kill Devil Club and bar crawl. Get details and register for all the events here.
Football’s biggest game is here. And while the on-field action and commercials hog most of the attention, we know it’s really about the snacks. Feed a crowd with Taco Republic’s Super Sunday To-Go Party Pack, which includes salsa, guacamole, queso, chips, wings and a taco bar for $100, or opt for something from The Well’s Super Takeout Menu; options include spinach artichoke dip for 10, 25 Trolley Trail Chicken Tenders, 25 sliders and game day favorite chili. Orders for both must be placed by Friday and picked up Sunday (Taco Republic will also deliver). If you still need somewhere to watch, Westport Ale House is offering $8 wings and $8 bottomless chili and showing the game on its 15 big screens and five projectors.
Of course you’ll want to fit some exercise into the day too. Get in the sporting spirit before the game begins with the Kickoff 5K Run/Walk and Kids Fun Run at Arrowhead Stadium. Participants are encouraged to come decked out in their favorite team’s gear and give a combine-style 40-yard dash a try. Even if you aren’t a football fan, you’ll want to come out to help support the race’s charity partner, Quick Start, founded by former Kansas City Chief Eddie Kennison to help find a cure for Lupus.
Do good without breaking a sweat at Jax Fish House & Oyster Bar. It proclaimed February National Oyster Month and is donating 10 cents to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society for every Emersum oyster shucked throughout the month. The restaurant is also offering tasty weekly food and drink specials. Today’s your last chance to catch Duane’s Spicy Fried Oysters and Precautionary Measures, made with Deveron 12-year Scotch, Pimm’s No. 1 Liqueur and Combier Triple Sec.
Check back next week for info on more events you won’t want to miss!