Looking for something to do this weekend? Check out our top picks for June 24-26.
The Great Lenexa BBQ Battle gets cooking today, and gates open to the public at 4:30 p.m. Take in the scent of smoked meats as 185 teams arrive and get ready for Saturday’s judging. Friday night offers activities for kids and a performance from Fast Times, and the fun continues the following day, when barbecue samples are available (while supplies last) starting at 9 a.m.
If you can’t stand the heat, head to new food truck hub Little Piggy’s Heatwave Ice Cream Party 5-8 p.m. Available to enjoy are Jude’s Rum Cake with fixings, Sweet Caroline’s Ice Box ice cream sandwiches and ginger beer floats.
Pack a picnic and a blanket, then head to Southmoreland Park for a free performance of “Twelfth Night,” the 2016 Heart of America Shakespeare Festival production. If you get rained out, don’t worry—performances continue Tuesday-Sunday at 8 p.m. through July 3. Plus there are other ways to get your dose of Shakespeare today: The First Folio, the first collection of The Bard’s plays, is on display at the Kansas City Public Library’s Central Library through June 28.
Favorites such as Ocean & Sea, Love Letters, Dragonfly Gourmet Goods and more are setting up shop at the Just for Her Event this weekend at the Overland Park Convention Center. Now in its eighth year, the event will include more than 250 fashion, beauty, health and wellness exhibitors as well as a marketplace of handmade, vintage and artisan products. Attendees can also catch fashion shows featuring area boutiques Saturday and Sunday.
Keep cool with a snow cone from Little Freshie, which closes its doors July 1. Say your farewells to the soda fountain and espresso bar while enjoying one last frosty treat during the goodbye celebration 8 a.m.-8 p.m. today.
Missie B’s is throwing a benefit for the victims of the Pulse shooting in Orlando in high style—think drag shows, live music and lots of dancing starting at 3 p.m. and going until close. Local bars and restaurants are also serving up cocktails to see who reigns supreme, with all proceeds going back to the cause.
Get inspired at this year’s Maker Faire. More than 1,000 makers from all disciplines—from Lego architects and graphic and visual artists to food artisans and filmmakers—are signed up to share their passions and projects at Union Station. New this year is a bike zoo, human foosball game and 30-foot egg drop (show up early to register).
Meet the local growers putting the farm in farm-to-table dining at Cultivate Kansas City’s Urban Grown Tour Saturday and Sunday. One ticket grants you access to 31 urban farms and gardens around town, giving you a behind-the-scenes look at how and where food is being grown in KC.
Car buffs will be delighted by the 200-plus vintage, classic, and special interest vehicles, including cars, trucks, race cars, motorcycles and pedal cars at the Art of the Car Concours. Located on the grounds of the Kansas City Art Institute, the event benefits the school’s scholarship fund.
Check back next week for info on more events you won’t want to miss!