Looking for something to do this weekend? Check out our top picks for July 1-3.
Happy First Friday, which this month also kicks off a holiday weekend. It’s a packed house at Leedy-Voulkos Art Center, where you can view works from Suze Ford and Jenny Meyer-McCall, Travis Porter and Ryan Wilks as well as a juried exhibition. If you need a bite, stop by Michael Smith or Extra Virgin, which now offer weekend valet service. Just beyond the Crossroads, the new First Friday Film Festival kicks off at Crown Center’s Musical Theater Heritage 8:30-11 p.m. Aimed at calling attention to and inspiring local filmmaking, the free, reoccurring festival will feature KC films as well as international selections.
Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey get in on the First Friday fun with a free block party full of entertainment 5-7 p.m., followed by a performance from Dallas Black Dance Theatre at 8 p.m. Part of the dance organization’s Festival on the Vine, performances and activities continue Saturday.
Written by Woody Allen and based on his acclaimed film, “Bullets Over Broadway” comes to Starlight Theatre this weekend. Watch as a financially strapped young playwright accepts an offer he can’t refuse from a mobster in this musical set in the late 1920s (and enjoy some time outdoors before the storms roll in).
Get crafty with The Makery KC. Located inside West Bottoms fave Bella Patina, the new business hosts workshops where participants learn to make trendy projects. Today’s schedule includes sessions focused on geometric sculptures and potted succulents as well as a porch-prettifying planter and doormat.
If the projected rain clears up, catch the Plaza Live! Courtyard Concert Series at the Country Club Plaza 2-5 p.m. Legends Outlets Kansas City’s concert series also continues today with a performance from Fast Times 5-7 p.m. Should storms bump the show, there are still loads of July 4th sales to take advantage of.
Good news: No matter the forecast, you can still enjoy drinking a beer. Sample the craft brews at Calibration Brewery, now open in North Kansas City, or stop by KC Bier Co. at 1:30 p.m. for the Bavarian barrel tapping of a beer from homebrewers who won the chance to scale up at the KC Bier Meisters Annual Competition. Soccer fans can stick around to watch Italy face off against Germany at 2 p.m. and sip the new bottles coming to stores soon for just $1.50.
All active and former military personnel get in free at the Kansas City Zoo Saturday, Sunday and Monday, and family members get $1 off admission. One adorable reason to take advantage of the deal: Coedie and Burra, koalas currently on loan from San Diego Koala Conservation and Education Program.
Hungry for something new? Head to Third Street Social in Downtown Lee’s Summit, the just-opened dining spot from the restaurateurs behind Summit Grill & Bar. The menu of chef-driven classics includes fried chicken, hand-cut steaks, burgers and much more. Also open: 1889 Pizza Napoletana, boasting 11 signature pizzas, including the Honey Bee topped with fresh pear, gorgonzola, local honey, arugula and extra virgin olive oil.
We’ve got a great way to pass the time if you’re planning to stay inside today: Applying to be one of our 2016 Most Wanted. Each year, we partner with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Kansas City to find Kansas City’s most charitable and passionate movers and shakers. Honorees selected then create packages for a thrilling live auction benefitting BBBSKC. Apply now and discover other ways to support the organization here.
Check back next week for info on more events you won’t want to miss!