Published February 16th, 2023 at 11:00 AM
It’s a big weekend for fans of “The Boss.”
Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band take the stage at T-Mobile Center Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. Alternatives include a “Stranger Things”-themed party in Atchison and a Mardi Gras bash at The Peculiar Winery.
Noon – 1 p.m. The Science Matters Lunch & Learn: Building The World’s First Destination Railroad Bridge event Friday at the Kansas City Public Library’s Central Library, 14 W. 10th St., will provide an update on the Rock Island Bridge project. Plans call for the former railroad bridge to be converted into a recreation and entertainment space, where visitors will be able to enjoy a drink and bite to eat over the Kansas River. If you can’t make it in person, there is a virtual option. A Zoom link is included with registration. The event is free.
6 p.m. ImPulse Art Gallery, 1007 Armour Road, is hosting a Charlie Parker Suite Art Talk Friday evening. The celebration of Black history and one of the most famous Kansas Citians will give artist Michael Brantley the mic to talk about his large-scale paintings of Charlie “Bird” Parker and you will have the chance to ask questions in a follow-up Q&A session. The talk is free to attend. Donations are recommended.
6 – 8 p.m. Spend Friday evening in the “Upside Down” at The Artist Box’s, 407 Commercial St., Stranger Things-Themed Party. The trip to Atchison should be worth it for fans of the popular Netflix series. Organizers have planned for a few Stranger Things-themed art projects to choose from, plus pop-up vendors with merchandise inspired by the show. There will be light refreshments and episodes streaming in the background. The party is open to all ages. Tickets are $5.
10:30 – 4:30 p.m. Tower-Con 2023 is set for Saturday at Union Hill’s Tower Tavern, 401 E. 31st St. The “micro-con” is open to anyone into comic books and collectibles and looking for a laid-back setting to connect with fellow enthusiasts or add to the collection, perhaps over a burger and beer. There is no entry fee, but the group is collecting donations for Lotus Care House. Each $5 donation is one raffle entry for the chance to win a prize at the end of the day.
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. For the first time, KC Love at Union Station, 30 W. Pershing Road, will bring over 100 vendors to the historic space for a full day of shopping, supporting local businesses and spreading the love in Kansas City. You can look forward to a cash bar for those 21 and older, activities for the kids and special guests including the KC Current Teal Mobile, the chance to win “Love Bucks” to spend at the show and much more. Check out the full list of participating vendors online in advance. Tickets are $8.
Noon – 5 p.m. Rochester Brewing and Roasting Co. is partnering with The Upper Crust Bakery for a Pie Pairing event at the Crossroads Rochester location, 2129 Washington St. A $15 ticket to the event is good for a flight of four pie samples paired with your choice of four different beers or coffees.
Noon – 8:30 p.m. Celebrate Mardi Gras with a day trip to The Peculiar Winery, 20709 Harper Road. The winery will have New Orleans jazz over the speakers, King Cakes from Peculiar’s Flytte Eatery, chicken and sausage gumbo plus the fixings, and, of course, plenty to drink. Tickets are $12.
7:30 p.m. “The Boss” is back in town and second-sale tickets are still floating around for anyone interested in Saturday night’s Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band show at T-Mobile Center, 1407 Grand Blvd. The 2023 tour is the first Springsteen tour with the E Street band since 2017. Ticket prices vary.
Noon – 5 p.m. Cut some of the stress surrounding the big day and check out the Kansas City Engaged Wedding Show at Overland Park Convention Center, 6000 College Blvd. Sunday’s show will have more than 120 area wedding professionals on hand, plus live fashion shows throughout the day, talks surrounding décor, catering, dresses, prizes, giveaways, special deals and so much more. Admission is $12.
7 p.m. Take the chance to wrap up the weekend with some laughs and grab a ticket to Royal Comedy 2023 at Music Hall Kansas City, 301 W. 13th St., to see performances from comedians Sommore, Bruce Bruce, Lavell Crawford, and Joe Clair. The tour stops in Kansas City for one night only. Tickets are available starting at $61, plus taxes and fees.
Clarence Dennis is audience and digital content strategist with Flatland.