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Weekend Possibilities | Fringe Fest, Shrek Pop-Up Bar and Harry Potter’s Birthday Edgy Entertainment Options

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Above image credit: KC Fringe Fest is back for another weekend of performances across area venues. (Courtesy | KC Fringe)
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KC Fringe Fest performances, a pop-up dedicated to everyone’s favorite ogre and all sorts of outdoor experiences are on the calendar for July’s final weekend.

Friday, July 29

6 p.m. Oklahoma City-based actor Rodney Brazil is bringing the Missouri debut of Meaningless to KC Fringe Festival and The Black Box, 1060 Union Ave. The one-man, one-act play questions the meaning of everything, exploring an unedited, ancient and uncensored version of the book of Ecclesiastes. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for kids.

6 – 11 p.m. Vignette’s Cocktail Bar, 2376 Armour Road, has officially been transformed into the swamp. Shrek The Bar, the latest immersive pop-up from the North Kansas City spot, will take guests into Shrek’s humble abode, Duloc, the dragon’s lair and Lord Farquad’s torture chamber. Donkey, Fiona, Shrek and fairytale creatures will be in the house, not to mention tasty themed drinks. Reservations are available. Tickets are $5. In the morning, we’re making waffles.

7 p.m. Howard’s Farm and Kitchen, 521 Wabash Ave., will host a garden picnic Friday evening with special musical guest Ensemble Iberica providing the tunes. In collaboration with Marimba Sol de Chiapas, the group will play music from Mexico and Colombia while audience members enjoy a picnic dining experience. Reservations are available starting at $75.

Saturday, July 30

11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Feeling corny? Yard games, train rides, live music, plenty to eat, a corn pile, corn crafts and the Corn Glean-a-thon make up the Sweet Corn Festival, happening Saturday at The National Agricultural Center & Hall of Fame, 630 N. 126th St. in Kansas City, Kansas. Proceeds benefit After the Harvest. Tickets are $1. 

Noon Led Zeppelin’s 1973 film The Song Remains the Same is showing this weekend at Screenland Armour, 408 Armour Road. The live concert footage filmed over three nights at Madison Square Garden captures the band at its height and includes backstage footage and more behind-the-scenes clips from the NYC run. Tickets are $12.

6 p.m. Area witches, wizards and fantastic beasts are in for a magical evening at ReRoll Tavern’s, 2368 Armour Road, a birthday party for “the boy who lived.” Harry Potter’s Birthday calls for trivia, costumes, Harry Potter board games, themed drinks, decor and, of course, a slice of Hagrid’s cake. The party is free to attend.

6:30 p.m. KC Fringe Fest continues Saturday with a performance of Premier by the Kansas City Dance Collective. The new works from local choreographers consist of four unique dance pieces of different themes to be performed for the festival, on stage at Kansas City Ballet Todd Bolender Center for Dance & Creativity, 500 W. Pershing Road. The show is rated PG. Tickets are $10.

Sunday, July 31

8 a.m. – 9 p.m. KantCon 2022 is coming to Overland Park Convention Center, 6000 College Blvd., for three full days of tabletop gaming galore. The convention will have space to join both buy-in and play-to-win games. While you’re there, check out dozens of vendors with games and collectibles on display, then take the chance to listen to guest speakers and chat with industry pros. Raffle prizes are in the cards. Sunday tickets are $20 at the door. Check online for more ticketing information, including weekend passes.

Noon – 2 p.m. Teachers and families are invited to celebrate the end of break and the upcoming school year at Main Event’s Summer Block Party, 11950 North Kansas City Road. The arcade and entertainment space featuring laser tag, an aerial obstacle course, bowling and more fun is kicking it up a notch with STEAM activation stations, face painting, balloon artists and community vendors for the back-to-school occasion. The Summer Block Party is free.

A Ninja Training Obstacle at Zip KC. (Courtesy | Zip KC)

10 a.m. Zip KC’s, 12829 Loring Road., Ninja Training Obstacle is up and ready for anyone looking for an outdoor adventure. If you think you have what it takes, sign up with a group to complete the course that includes hiking through rocky and wooded terrain, plus obstacles like balance beams, hurdles, teeter-totters and more. Don’t forget to wear solid shoes, bring a change of clothes, bug spray, sunscreen and a refillable water bottle. Tickets are $30. Reservations are required in advance.

Flatland contributor Clarence Dennis also is a social media manager for 90.9 The Bridge.

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