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Weekend Possibilities | Disc Golf Tournament, Crossroads Music Fest and Vanilla Ice at ‘The K’ So Much Fun, So Little Time

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Music festivals, multiple celebrations of the arts and brunch with food writer Liz Cook are on the table in August’s final weekend.

Friday, Aug. 26

8 a.m. – 9 p.m. One of the nation’s largest disc golf tournaments is underway across multiple courses in and around Kansas City. The 40th Annual Kansas City Wide Open includes competitions for both amateurs and professionals in multiple age groups and styles of competition. Participating courses include Water Works Park, Rosedale Park, Shawnee Park, Stocksdale Park and LaBenite Disc Golf Course. Check the full schedule of events online for details on divisions and registration.

10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Hands-on art activities and entertainment are on the docket for Friday’s Deaf Cultural Festival at Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, 4525 Oak St. Deaf comedian Levi Anderson will be in the house. Guests will also be able to check out storytelling and poetry sessions, create their own sketchbooks and more. ASL interpretation, voice interpretation and live captioning will be provided. The event is free.

5 – 12:30 a.m. The Kaw River Roots Festival brings national and local acts to multiple stages this weekend, both indoors and outdoors at Abe and Jakes Landing in Lawrence, Kansas, 8 E. 6th St. Fans of roots, bluegrass and Americana music can catch sets from Leftover Salmon, The Infamous Stringdusters, Jon Stickley Trio and more. Single-day tickets are $50. Two-day passes are $85.

Saturday, Aug. 27

9 a.m. – Noon Seed Saving for the Resilient Grower is a workshop led by Nancy Kost of The Buffalo Seed Co. and Blair Thedinger of First Seed Farm happening Saturday morning. Attendees can expect lessons on the importance of saving seeds and strategy surrounding the practice. Registration for the event at First Seed Farm, 448 Shawnee Road in Kansas City, Kansas, is $10.

Noon – 12:30 a.m. Local music is in the spotlight Saturday throughout the West Bottoms. The 18th Annual KKFI Crossroads Music Festival features 25 local acts, including Olivia Fox, The Black Creatures, Ivory Blue and True Lions to name a few. Festival passes are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. Check the full stage schedule online.

6:10 p.m. The Kansas City Royals will turn back the clock following Saturday night’s game at Kauffman Stadium, 1 Royal Way, against the Padres. A ticket to the game grants access to the postgame I Love The  ‘90s Concert featuring live sets from Vanilla Ice, Blackstreet, Color Me Badd and Treach. Tickets to the game are available starting at $14, plus tax and fees. A pass to get on the field for the concert is an additional $25.

7:30 p.m. Screenland Armour, 408 Armour Road, and Boulevard Brewing Co. will show “William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet” (1996) as part of the Backyard Movies series at the North Kansas City theater. A $5 ticket will earn you a spot in front of the big screen under the stars, just be sure to bring your own chair. No outside food or drink is allowed, other than water. Concessions will be available.

Sunday, Aug. 28

9:30 a.m. There’s a Sunday morning brunch option in Reveille: Brunch and WWI at the National World War I Museum and Memorial Museum Cafe, 2 Memorial Drive. Join for drinks, light brunch items and a conversation with food writer Liz Cook on the history of the cherished mid-morning meal, “Paris of the Plains” cafes of the 1920s and how “hangover cure” foods came to be. Tickets are $15 for non-members. Members get in for $10.

1 – 3 p.m. How well do you know the gang at Dunder Mifflin Paper Co.? “The Office” Trivia Sunday afternoon at Sail Away Wine, 309 Armour Road, will put TV knowledge to the test for fans of the NBC comedy. Grab a group of friends and show up, there’s no registration fee required.

3 – 5 p.m. Charlotte Street Foundation, 3333 Wyoming St., and Hi-Fi House out of Omaha, Nebraska, are bringing a Listening Party to Kansas City. The dedicated space for social listening will feature 10-minute blocks of music curated by local artists of multiple disciplines, plus a bit of time for attendees to spin a track or two. The party is free to attend. Masks are required indoors.

Clarence Dennis is audience and digital content strategist with Flatland.

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