Weekend Agenda

Looking for something to do this weekend? Check out our top picks for August 19-21.

Photo by Paul Andrews


Question everything. That’s the theme of this year’s TEDxKC conference, but we’ll start by answering the first question that probably comes to mind: How can you watch? While live and simulcast tickets are sold out, you can catch the action at viewing parties at KU Edwards Campus and Woodneath Library Center or through a livestream. Speakers include Harriet Lerner, a clinical psychologist and New York Times best-selling author whose work explores the subject of apology; Rupi Kaur, a celebrated photographer, illustrator, author and spoken word artist; and Michael Rae, a former pharmacist shaking up the healthcare system in pursuit of more affordable pharmaceuticals.

The Kansas City Improv Festival, happening tonight and Saturday night and Aug. 25-27, is guaranteed funny—seriously, that’s the tagline. In addition to workshops geared toward performers, the festival includes two performances this evening featuring local and national acts at Kick Comedy Theater.

Park Places newest addition, Pink Antlers Studio, celebrates its grand opening with festivities 4-7 p.m. today and 10 a.m.-7 p.m. tomorrow. Enjoy cookies, drinks, giveaways and drawings from the party planning retail shop, which will offer a variety of handmade and unique gifts, party decor and home goods.


Kemper Museum’s Summer Block Party delivers food, fun and film. The annual summer event kicks off with the Pythons Drill Team and Kansas City Latin Jazz All-Stars, and party-goers can experience tours of museums galleries, student demonstrations and three trunk shows in the museum shop. As the sun sets, find a spot on the grounds and settle in for an outdoor screening of “Labyrinth.”

It’s a celebration of all things local at Season + Square’s How Local Can You Go pop-up 11 a.m.-4 p.m. today as part of KC Local Week. Fresh juice from Unbakery and Juicery with Prosecco from Underdog Wine Co. will be available along with samples from Kansas City Canning Co. and products from Owl+Mouse and Wild Wash Soap Co.

Another weekend, another traveling race to spice up you running routine. This time it’s the Blacklight Run, a nighttime 5K happening at Providence Medical Center Amphitheater. Participants get glowing goodies and admission to the after-party, plus a portion of registration fees are donated to the i-ROK Foundation, dedicated to battling cancer.


Kansas Citians hail from all parts of the world, and its diversity is on display at the Ethnic Enrichment Festival this weekend at Swope Park, featuring more than 60 different cultures selling their native foods, crafts and sharing music and dance performances. Adults get in for $3 while kids 12 and under are free.

Barbecue is always in the spotlight here in KC, but today an overlooked subsection gets its dues: Kosher barbecue. The 5th annual Kansas City Kosher BBQ Championship at the Ritz Charles is sanctioned by the Kansas City BBQ Society and honors kosher tradition while educating the community about the practice and its significance.

Kids may dread going back to school, but there’s good reason for adults to be excited: The Foundry’s annual Back to School Beer Ice Cream Social starting at 6 p.m. This year’s flavors include four different beer ice creams made with McCoy’s Ginger Shandy, Fruili, Breckenridge Vanilla Porter and Kasteel Donker available for $3 a scoop.

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