Looking for something to do this weekend? Check out our top picks for June 17-19.
If you’re not afraid of a little heat (OK, a lot of heat), step into Boulevardia. This weekend’s festival from Boulevard Brewing Company includes a special beer brewed just for the occasion as well as a host of food trucks, music from Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness and tons of other acts across three stages, a makers market and a family friendly pop-up park featuring carnival rides and education on sustainability.
Downtown Overland Park’s Summer Sidewalk Sale coincides with Local Life Third Friday events tonight. Shop discounted merchandise and special offers while enjoying live music, a free build-your-own-sundae bar at Milagro Midwestern Spa and a demo on preparing crepes at the Culinary Center of Kansas City. See the full list of Local Life happenings here.
Local funny guys Paul Rudd, Jason Sudeikis, Rob Riggle, Eric Stonestreet and David Koechner are in town for the annual Big Slick Celebrity Weekend benefitting the Children’s Mercy Cancer Center. It’s not too late to score tickets to their star-studded softball game featuring the likes of Adam Scott, George Wendt, John Hodgman, Tom Arnold, Will Forte and many others 5 p.m. at Kauffman Stadium, followed by the Royals versus the Detroit Tigers. The fundraiser continues Saturday with sold out events, but you can share in the excitement at Prairiefire’s Big Slick Block Party and watch the celebs walk the red carpet, see artist Scribe Ross paint a new mural and score $5 tickets to movies featuring KC stars at Cinetopia.
Bring your blanket or lawn chair and listen to music, from jazz and pop to rock and tributes at SoJo Summerfest (formerly known as Jazz in the Woods) Friday and Saturday at Corporate Woods. The event returns for its 27th year with four acts taking the stage each night starting 5:30 p.m. While the fun is free, donations are encouraged—since the festival was established, it has raised more than $1.5 million for area charities. This year’s beneficiaries include Sunflower House, a child advocacy and abuse prevention center, and Operation Breakthrough, an early education center serving KC’s urban core.
It’s also easy to make a difference at the Heart & Stroke Walk/5K Run this morning at Power & Light. The race supports the American Heart Association’s goal to improve the cardiovascular health of all Americans and reduce deaths from cardiovascular disease and stroke by 20 percent by 2020. Fundraise after the race and for every $50 raised, you’ll be entered to win a luxury suite for a T-Bones game.
Celebrate International Sushi Day buy learning to roll your own at RA. The Park Place restaurant is hosting a Sushi & Sake 101 class at 11 a.m. (call to reserve), then stick around to try seasonal summer menu items such as the watermelon shrimp roll, made with tomato and avocado wrapped in shrimp and topped with tempura bits and watermelon salsa and finished with jalapeno oil and togarashi.
Happy Father’s Day! Treat the dads in your life to brunch (Jax Fish House will be serving a Cowboy Benedict featuring sirloin steak, a bacon and bleu cheese waffle, fried egg and red hot maple butter), lunch or dinner—J. Gilbert’s three-course prix fixe menu includes steak, ribs and seafood options they’re sure to love. For a more mellow celebration, enjoy The Roasterie’s Father’s Day Food Truck Brunch at The Factory, where The Photo Bus will be on hand for family photos and Kelly’s Westport Inn and Crane Brewing Company will offer free beer samples.
With two stages of entertainment, events and food over three days, you won’t want to miss Fiesta Kansas City. Presented by the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Greater Kansas City at Crown Center, visitors can check out today’s car show as well as the work of local Hispanic artists, sip beverages from the Margarita Cove and partake in a jalapeno eating contest.
Wind down your weekend with a unique experience: Taps at the Tower at the National World War Museum and Memorial starts today and runs through next Saturday. Guests are invited to use the grounds each evening, and then gather around the memorial at sunset to hear the musical piece with a storied history.
Check back next week for info on more events you won’t want to miss!