Published September 8th, 2022 at 11:00 AM
Can’t wait for Sunday? Check out Crane Brewing Co.’s Chiefs tailgate party on Friday, pick a music festival for Saturday and kickoff will be here before you know it.
3 – 7 p.m. J. Rieger & Co. drops its new bottled-in-bond rye whiskey Friday and you can be among the first to try it. Make a reservation for a table at the distillery’s Monogram Lounge, 2700 Guinotte Ave., where special rye-based cocktails will be on the menu, along with a few food specials to celebrate the release.
5 p.m. Throw on your red threads and head to Crane Brewing Co.’s Chiefs Kingdom Tailgate Party Friday evening. The Raytown brewery, 6515 Railroad St., is celebrating the start of football season with beer, Harp BBQ, yard games, new merch, music and more on the updated Crane patio. There’s no admission fee.
6:15 p.m. Sporting Kansas City has plans to kick off NASCAR weekend at Kansas Speedway with Movies at the Park at Children’s Mercy Park, 1 Sporting Way. Grab a free ticket to watch “Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby” on the big screen at Sporting’s stadium, while supplies last. Concessions will be available on-site. The movie starts at 7 p.m.
7:30 – 10 p.m. Puppets a Glow-Go is coming to the lawn of the National WWI Museum and Memorial, 2 Memorial Drive. The drive or walkable “reverse puppet parade” will have illuminated puppets, aerial performers and storytellers to fill the night sky with fun and fantasy for the whole family. Puppets a Glow-Go by StoneLion Puppet Theatre is free.
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. It’s all Sunflowers and Cider Saturday in Downtown Leavenworth, 416 Cherokee St. Make the day trip and enjoy more than 30 participating local businesses and vendors offering one-of-a-kind sunflower merchandise, hand-made gifts, plus cider drinks, street food, games and more up and down Leavenworth’s main drag. The event is free to attend.
2 – 9 p.m. This weekend’s Prairie Village Jazz Fest will bring five musical performances to the stage at Harmon Park, 7727 Delmar St. The lineup includes the Shawnee Mission East High School Blue Knights, Eddie Moore, The Adam Larson Band and more. A variety of food trucks and vendors will be there for the hungry. Soda, wine and craft beer will be available for cash-only purchase. Tickets are $5 for adults and free for children under 18.
4:30 – 8:30 p.m. The Kansas City Chinese Association has plans to light up Shawnee Mission Park, 7900 Renner Road, Saturday evening. The 2022 KC Moon & Water Lantern Festival will take place at park shelters three and four, near the marina and dock. Planned activities include lantern riddles, tai chi, traditional dance, cultural celebrations, games, karaoke, food, music and more — on top of the grand finale lantern launch. All are welcome. Lanterns and food tickets are available for purchase online.
7 p.m. Celebrate Ameri’kana Music & Arts Festival will take over Grinders KC, 1826 Locust St., Saturday night. The one-night festival benefitting Arts as Mentorship features music from Making Movies joined by an all-star band including Asdru Sierra of Ozomatli, Steve Berlin and David Hidalgo of Los Lobos and more, plus a performance from Netflix’s “Rhythm + Flow” winner D-Smoke. Tickets are $35 for adults and $20 for children (7-17). VIP tickets are $75.
9 a.m. – 2 p.m. The Greater Kansas City Garlic Fest finishes up Sunday at Antioch Urban Growers, 2727 N.E. 44th St. The festival, in coordination with Gateway Garlic Farms, will have a variety of garlic seeds, powders, sauces, braids, other products and more available for purchase. The Garlic Festival is free to attend.
11 a.m. Beer lovers attending the Kansas City Renaissance Festival, 633 N. 130th St., should check out the Royal Pub Crawl while on the festival grounds. The 90-minute crawl around Canterbury’s three renowned pubs will get you three different beers, plus a commemorative mug. Meet at The Executioner’s Stage. You must be 21 or older to join the crawl. Tickets are $30 and do not include admission to the Renaissance Festival.
Clarence Dennis is audience and digital content strategist with Flatland.