Arts/Entertainment

Weekend Agenda

Looking for something to do this weekend? Check out our top picks for August 12-14.

Photo by Paul Andrews

Friday

Take a break from watching the Olympics and experience local talent a little closer to home. Spirit of KC Fest features The Rainmakers, Not a Planet, Yes You Are, Kangaroo Knife Fight a Pink Royal tonight at CrossroadsKC.

For another musical option, catch Making Movies’ Enrique and Diego Chi at Kansas City Museum’s latest free summer concert 7-9 p.m. It’s the perfect opportunity to explore the museum’s beautiful and historic grounds. Blankets, chairs and picnics are permitted, as are pooches in a designated area.

Kansas City Artists Coalition celebrates its 40th anniversary with the opening reception of its anniversary invitational exhibition. Guests can also check out living drawing from Pop Up Charlie, portraits by Tom Styrkowicz, music from Cachecanto and food for purchase from The Farmhouse and friends.

Saturday

Hot dog! The quintessential ballpark food gets its moment to shine during the Heart of America Hot Dog Festival today at the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum. Snack on the food of the day as well as sausages and other concessions and enjoy performances by funk bands Lakeside and ConFunkShun, games, mascot appearances and a sizzling car show.

Sample more than 50 microbrews during the UNICO Microbrew Festival at Zona Rosa 4-9 p.m. The price of admission ($25 in advance, $30 on the day of) includes a commemorative glass, samples of all the beers on tap and live music from the Jeremy Nichols Band. Designated drivers get in free.

Kansas City Power & Light District’s monthly Sprint Family Fun Days are extra special this weekend. A portion of proceeds from the kid-friendly event will benefit Children’s Mercy Hospital. Festivities include a cake walk, science activities, arts and crafts, a bubble tent, balloon artists and more for free; a $5 wristband gives kids access to even more fun. Families can also take advantage of a variety of food specials throughout P&L, like a free popcorn at Alamo Drafthouse with purchase of a movie ticket and 50 cent ice cream cones at Whopper Bar.

Sunday

Put on your pink and raise money to help Susan G. Komen turn breast cancer patients into breast cancer survivors at Race for the Cure. This year’s race takes place at Union Station and includes a 5K and 1-mile run/walk. So far almost $500,000 has already been raised through the 2016 race.

Murder is no laughing matter—unless you’re talking about “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder.” The Tony Award-winning musical comes to Starlight Theatre this weekend and tells the story of the heir to a family fortune who sets out to eliminate the relatives (all played by the same actor) that stand between him and the money.

At Kansas City Comic Con this Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Bartle Hall, the special guests are just the tip of the iceberg, though they include names like Billy Dee Williams of “Star Wars” fame and “Star Trek” icon Nichelle Nichols. In addition to a host of creators, cosplayers and vendors, events include an in-costume wedding, live art, a scavenger hunt and panels.

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