Published March 2nd, 2023 at 11:00 AM3 minute read
The first weekend of March has offerings from an after-hours coffee shop party to a Sporting Kansas City watch party, with all sorts of art, food and drinks in between.
2 – 9 p.m. PH Coffee After Dark, 2200 Lexington Ave., opens for business while the sun is still up and continues through the afternoon and evening with drinks, art, music and more. Call it quits in time for the coffee shop’s extended happy hour from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. before a free wine tasting with Pinnacle Imports, an art show with local creator Holly Bastin and live music from Joliet4. PH Coffee After Dark is free to attend.
5 – 8 p.m. Kansas City Artists Coalition, 3200 Gillham Road, will host a First Friday Opening Reception, featuring works from Jessica Lambert and Adrienne Walker Hoard. Check out the pieces across multiple mediums and be sure to catch the discussion portion of the reception featuring both artists at 6 p.m. The event is free.
7 – 10 p.m. The Wild & Scenic Film Festival returns to Liberty Hall, 644 Massachusetts St., in Lawrence, Kansas, Friday night. Benefitting Friends of The Kaw and the Kansas Riverkeeper Program, the one-night fest will screen eight short films focused on wildlife conservation and activism. A full list of featured projects is available online. Tickets are $20 and are available online in advance and at the door.
10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Consider Union Station, 30 W. Pershing Road, “libation station” once again this weekend as Uncorked: KC Wine Fest takes over the Grand Hall space following last week’s beer extravaganza. A general admission ticket grants access to one of two sessions between 2 p.m. and 9 p.m., where more than 100 different wines, champagnes and other beverages will be available for tasting. An early entry ticketing option is available for anyone interested in an extra hour of fun, plus exclusive small-group tastings. There will be food trucks and a DJ spinning tunes all afternoon. General admission tickets are $62.89. Early entry is $78.71.
11 a.m. – 11 p.m. River Bluff Brewing, 201 Main St., is celebrating one year in business at its River Market location Saturday. Party plans include live music from Whiskey Marsh Band, two commemorative glasses available for purchase and the launch of the breweries’ “Mug Club.” There is no cover fee.
1 – 3 p.m. There’s a Bicycle Swap and Shop set for Saturday afternoon at North Kansas City’s Velo Garage and Tap House, 1403 Swift St. Whether you have old parts laying around or want to tune up your ride ahead of spring, Velo is sending an open invitation for cycling enthusiasts to bring a table, chairs and the goods to set up and sell or trade in the beer garden. There is no booth fee.
7:30 p.m. One football season ends, another one begins. Sporting KC will take on the Colorado Rapids in the second match of the 2023 campaign Saturday night, following a 1-0 loss to Portland Monday evening. Join fellow SKC supporters to cheer on the squad at No Other Pub, 1370 Grand Blvd., where anyone in Sporting gear will get 50% off select appetizers and drink specials start an hour before kick. Watching the hometown team at No Other Pub is free.
8 p.m. Co-headliners Katy Guillen & The Drive and Frogpond will play a hometown show Saturday night at Knuckleheads Saloon, 2715 Rochester Ave. With support from fellow Kansas City alt rocker Kat King, the two bands stop in the East Bottoms as part of their “Pretty Good For A Grrrl Tour” around the Midwest. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15.
8 a.m. – 2 p.m. Get up and grab breakfast (or lunch) from District Biskuits, 504 Armour Road. The new North Kansas City fast-casual spot was born as a pop-up in 2017 and now offers a full menu of neighborhood inspired sandwiches on handcrafted biscuits, plus mac and cheese, hashes, all sorts of sides, shakes and more. Advanced online ordering is available to avoid the line.
8 p.m. Reserve your spot for GHOST: A Parody-for-Charity Reading Sunday night at The Black Box, 1060 Union Ave. This time around, the staged comedy reading series will take on the 1990 film “Ghost,” with money raised going to MOCSA. The performance is PG-13. There is no admission fee. Donations are appreciated.
Clarence Dennis is audience and digital content strategist with Flatland.