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Weekend Possibilities | ¡Oktoberfiesta! at Boulevard, Violent Femmes and Fall Festivals Coolness Abounds

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Above image credit: Boulevard Brewing Co. will host Oktoberfiesta this weekend. (Courtesy | Boulevard)
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Celebrate the end of soaring temperatures with all sorts of fall fun, from the Violent Femmes at the Kauffman Center, to a fifth birthday celebration for a West Bottoms staple known for its sassy sidewalk signs.

Friday, Sept. 30

7 p.m. How about margaritas and karaoke to start the weekend? The stage is all yours at Friday Night Flights & Karaoke at Guy Fieri’s Dive & Taco Joint, 1333 Walnut St. Liquid courage deals include $5 margaritas, $15 margarita flights and $20 house marg pitchers. There will be raffle giveaways. You must be 21 or older to sing along.

7 p.m. – Midnight Eight Kansas City acts will take the stage at Lemonade Park’s SolSoul Fest 2022, 1628 Wyoming St. The West Bottoms venue will welcome The Phantastics, Jass, Just Angle and The Wades, Arquesta De SolSoul and more. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door.

Saturday, Oct. 1

10 a.m. Kansas Citians will gather at Berkley Riverfront Park, 1298 River Front Dr, Saturday morning for the Greater KC Out of the Darkness Community Walk by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. The walk will raise money and awareness for those affected by issues in mental health and show support for members of the community who have lost a loved one to suicude. The walk starts at 11:45 a.m. There is no registration fee. Need help? Dial 988 for 24-hour Suicide & Crises Lifeline services. 

10 a.m. The Strawberry Swing Fall Festival in the West Bottoms, 1401 W 13th St, will bring live music and muraling by Spray KC, plus food trucks and all sorts of talented local vendors together underneath the I-670 bridge. The free festival has plans for performances from The Grand Marquis and Jessica Paige, along with an Arts As Mentorship showcase and more. 

Noon – 3 p.m. Put the pup in the car and head to Bar K’s Benebone Fall Fest 2022, 501 Berkley Pkwy, Saturday afternoon for a full day of fun surrounded by four-legged friends. The first 150 attendees will get a free tote bag, plus a Benebone product and swag item. All guests will have the chance to score a caricature portrait drawing of their dog, play some dog-friendly games, take part in a Bar K scavenger hunt, plus enjoy food and drinks from the full-service bar and grill. Be sure to check online for more information on bringing your furry friends. There is no admission fee.

8 p.m. – 1 a.m. The first Saturday of the month means the Steppers Lounge is back open at the American Jazz Museum, 1616 E 18th St. Steppers Lounge: The Black Carpet experience will provide the chance to learn or practice two-stepping in a safe and fun environment, regardless of skill level. Food will be provided by Just Ask Catering. Be sure to dress to impress. Tickets are $12 in advance or $15 at the door. 

8 p.m. Acoustic punk outfit of the 1980s, the Violent Femmes will play alongside the Kansas City Symphony this weekend at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, 1601 Broadway Blvd. The collaboration will treat fans of the band to many Violent Femmes hits, accompanied by the symphony. A few tickets are still out there, starting at $88, plus tax and fees.

Sunday, Oct. 2

Noon – 4 p.m. West Bottoms lifestyle brand for artisan paper goods, vintage apparel and gifts Fetch, 1101 Mulberry St, is celebrating its fifth anniversary Sunday with a dance party. Shoppers can enjoy refreshments while grooving around the space, checking out goods by local makers. The five-year anniversary celebration is free to attend.

1 – 6 p.m. ¡Oktoberfiesta!, a benefit for the Mattie Rhodes Center, returns to Boulevard Brewing Company, 2501 Southwest Blvd, as calendars flip to fall months. The ninth edition of the Oktoberfest-Día de los Muertos crossover event will have food, games, drinks, music from Mariachi Estrella KC and Bob’s 47 Oktoberfest on tap. The biergarten is open to those 21 and older. A stein-holding competition kicks off at 3 p.m. 

2 p.m. The opening weekend of “Always, Patsy Cline” at Theatre in the Park, 7710 Renner Rd, comes to a close with Sunday’s matinee performance. Grab a ticket and enjoy many of the classics out of Cline’s repertoire, who is played by Krista Eyler. Fans of Cline’s music and those who enjoy an afternoon at the theater alike, should expect strong humor and emotion, some audience participation and the full true story of Cline’s correspondence and relationship with fan-turned-friend Louise Segar. Tickets start at $13.20.

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