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Weekend Agenda

Looking for something to do this weekend? Check out our top picks for July 15-17.

Photo by Paul Andrews

Friday

Downtown gets an injection of creativity via Art in the Loop. The annual project to engage local artists in downtown KC’s revitalization includes events now through September that range from music to dance to installations. This afternoon’s “The Inspired Pedestrians” explores the joys and awkward moments that occur over the course of a streetcar ride. See the moving show starting at noon at the Union Station KC Streetcar stop.

Food Truck Friday’s continue at Union Cemetery 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. KC Pinoy, Bochi, Pita for Good and Polar Oasis will be serving up food at the event benefitting efforts to enhance the Union Hill cemetery’s beauty and improve its history.

Who doesn’t love a tale as old as time? OK, so “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast” hasn’t been around quite that long, but the hit Broadway musical adaptation of the beloved animated film is still a family favorite with staying power. Catch its familiar tunes, lavish sets and classic story tonight through Tuesday at Starlight Theatre.

Saturday

See The Golden Ox reborn as Stockyards Brewing Co. as the brewing outfit celebrates its ribbon cutting with an open house today and tomorrow. Music, tappings and tours await. Not too far away, Cinder Block Brewing Co. serves up its beers with scoops of Betty Rae’s ice cream noon-5 p.m. during the taproom’s first Beer Ice Cream Float Day. (Check out more boozy upcoming events here.)

“Raiders of the Lost Ark” returns to the screen 35 years after it first premiered, and there’s more than one place around town to catch Indiana Jones. Central Library is screening the film at 1:30 p.m. as part of its Summer’s Biggest & Best Film series highlighting blockbusters of years past, while Screenland Armour has 3 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. showings today and tomorrow.

Pumped up about obstacle runs? The race craze gets some air with the Insane Inflatable 5K today at the Kansas Speedway. The course is filled with huge inflatables runners have to best to make it to the finish line where you can play—surprise!—inflatable games.

Sunday

As its name makes clear, Kansas City’s Big Picnic is a big picnic—and we mean really big. Expect thousands at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art’s Donald J. Hall Sculpture Park 4-7 p.m. enjoying live entertainment, playing outdoor games, snapping selfies and munching food from a host of food trucks, or pack your own picnic filled with our recommendations.

Alabama Shakes, Glass Animals, KC-based Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear and nine other bands will perform today during Buzz Beach Ball, 96.5 The Buzz’s two-day concert at Sporting Park. Single day tickets start at $39, while tickets to Saturday’s show—which gets you access to acts including Cage the Elephant and Violent Femmes—start at just $10 more.

The KC Fringe Festival doesn’t officially begin until next week, but you can get an early look at the visual arts featured in the festival during an opening gala at Union Station 2-5 p.m. Spanning from painting to photography to jewelry and beyond, the display also offers a chance to meet the artists and enjoy local food and entertainment.

Check back next week for info on more events you won’t want to miss!