Looking for something to do this weekend? Check out our top picks for May 6-8.
The KC Streetcar is up and running! Catch a ride after the grand opening ceremony 10 a.m. at Union Station, then partake in one of the many, many celebratory events happening downtown to mark the occasion Friday and Saturday. A taste of what’s in store: carnival rides and fireworks at Union Station, a latte art throwdown at the Power & Light Kaldi’s Coffee location and a parking lot party hosted by Sporting KC and Live KC. See the full schedule of events here.
The streetcar opening means First Friday will be even bigger than usual. In addition to a host of exhibit openings, Tom’s Town and Ruins Pub will host a joint block party and Middle of the Map Fest musical performers are taking over the Crossroads KC stage. Neighborhood restaurants are getting in on the excitement with tasty specials, including street sangria at KC Wineworks, a streetcar roll at Nara and more.
Kansas City Ballet’s “Rite of Spring” is four shows in one, including Helen Pickett’s “Petal,” Yuri Possokhov’s “Diving into the Lilacs,” and a world premiere by Viktor Plotnikov. Running this weekend and next, learn more about the ballets when you show up an hour early for the Belger Footnote Series.
No ticket to the Churchill Downs? No problem. Kansas City has Kentucky Derby fever, with watch parties all over town to choose from. The Mission Project’s Run for the Roses gala raises money for the organization, which helps adults with disabilities live independently. (Find more info and outfit inspiration here.) The Kansas City Museum’s derby party also serves as a fundraiser for its host and features bites from Local Pig as well as southern beverages.
Still searching for the perfect Mother’s Day gift? You just might find it at Mazzarese trunk shows Friday and today, featuring pieces from Todd Reed and Sethi Couture. Purchases even come with flowers for Mom (just in case she’s a really tough customer).
Brighten up your Saturday run—literally—at the Kansas City Color Run. Race waves start at 8 a.m. at Arrowhead Stadium, and this year’s race features a tropical theme: think an island-style race tee and medal and rainbow beach at the Finish Festival.
Of course it doesn’t hurt to treat her to a day out. Mother’s Day dining options abound, from buffets at Bristol Seafood Grill and Rosso to a three-course prix-fixed menu at J. Gilbert. For a kid-friendly event, head to the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art’s free Mother’s Day for Mother Earth Celebration, featuring a puppet show, art activities and demonstrations. Purchase food and throw your own picnic in the Sculpture Park.
After more than 20 years, 75th Street Brewery is closing its doors, but not before going out with a bang. The restaurant’s farewell tour, happening through May 15, includes loads of specials and retro menu favorites such as chicken pub pie and the Muddy MO Brownie Sundae.
Unroll your yoga mat for a free class at City Market Park. Every Sunday now through Oct. 2, the KC Yoga Center is providing a free, all-levels class at 10 a.m. Bring your own blanket or mat, than carry your healthy mindset over to your shopping next door and load up on supplies for a week of healthy meals.
Check back next week for info on more events you won’t want to miss!