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Weekend Possibilities | Mother’s Day, Beer Fest and the Lenexa Art Fair Here's To You, Mom

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Above image credit: The Lenexa Art Fair is planned for Saturday afternoon at the Lenexa Public Market. (Courtesy | Lenexa Art Fair)
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Whether it’s creating a handmade gift or having mimosas, the weekend is full of ways to celebrate Mother’s Day. There’s also improv, Heritage Days in the West Bottoms and plenty of beer coming to Arrowhead.

Friday, May 10

5 – 8 p.m. All moms are invited to the Mother’s Day Weekend Charcuterie Pop-up at Transport Brewery, 131 E. Main St., in Gardner, Kansas. The brewery is teaming up with The Salty Cravings and White Tail Winery and Vineyard to serve pre-made charcuterie boxes, in addition to wine for non-beer drinkers. A mini box is $10. The big box is $50.

6 – 8 p.m. If you are still in need of something special for mom, Creative Culture, 5235 W. 116th Place in Leawood, will host a Mother’s Day Recipe Box Workshop Friday evening. Participants will decorate and customize a wooden recipe box and recipe cards to keep those sacred family recipes safe for years to come. All materials are provided. The workshop is family-friendly and open to anyone over the age of 5. Tickets are $45 per person, plus tax and fees.

7:30 – 9 p.m. Crusty Mustard Improv is bringing the laughs to The Blackbox, 1060 Union Ave., Friday night. One of the premiere improv groups in Kansas City, Crusty Mustard is a tight-knit group of friends who have built on-stage chemistry for over a decade. The troupe has been named The Pitch’s “Best Improv Group” for three consecutive years. Tickets are $15 online in advance and $20 at the door.

8:30 p.m. Los Lobos with Making Movies at Ameristar Casino Grand Pavilion, 3200 Ameristar Drive, may very well be the best live music bet to start the weekend. Los Lobos’ Grammy Award-winning music has been treating audiences for 50 years, dating back to their early days in East Los Angeles. Kansas City psychedelic Panamanian alt rockers Making Movies will open. Tickets are available for $45, plus taxes and fees.

Saturday, May 11

10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Strawberry Swing’s Spring Swing will be set up Saturday as a part of the West Bottoms Heritage Days celebrations in The Liberty Courtyard, 1377 Hickory St. The pop-up makers fair will bring over 75 local and regional artists and makers to the space for a full day of shopping. Sounds like a great option for last-minute mom shopping. There’s also live music, food trucks and lawn games for all ages. There is no admission fee.

10 a.m. – 7 p.m. The Lenexa Art Fair is Saturday at the Lenexa Public Market, 8750 Penrose Lane. The one-day juried fair features about 50 artists from the region, who will have their work on display and available for purchase. Along with artist booths, fair goers can enjoy live jazz on multiple stages, food trucks, Lenexa Public Market vendors and local wine, craft beer and spirits tasting. The Lenexa Art Fair is free to attend.

11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Saturday is World Migratory Bird Day and Linda Hall Library, 5109 Cherry St., is celebrating with Eat Like a Bird! The hands-on interactive program designed for kids ages 5-13 will demonstrate how bird beaks adapted to different foods and environments by using mock beaks to try and fill a “bird stomach” and take kids on a scavenger hunt through the library’s “Chained to the Sky” exhibit. Finally, the group will examine how humans could one day eat like birds. At 12:45 p.m., library staffer Matt Reaves will eat a few human-grade dried insects. He’s willing to share! The event is free. Registration is required.

7 – 10 p.m. KC Summer Beer Fest will be a party in Patrick Mahomes’ house Saturday night at Arrowhead Stadium, 1 Arrowhead Drive. Featuring over 60 breweries and 150 different brews, beer lovers will have the rare chance to hang out on the field, under the lights and enjoy unlimited sampling. Many of Kansas City’s most popular food trucks will be parked in the lot if you’re hungry. General admission is $50. An early-entrance ticket is $65. A $90 VIP pass will grant access to a locker room and player lounge tour, exclusive beers, plus early entry. You must be 21 to attend.

Sunday, May 12

10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. River Market Antiques, 115 W. 5th St., is once again celebrating Mother’s Day with a Plant Giveaway. After shopping through four floors of antique, vintage and collectable treasures, all mothers will go home with a free plant with any purchase.

Noon – 8 p.m. North Kansas City’s Cinder Block Brewery, 110 18th Ave., will raise a glass to all the moms with a Mother’s Day Mimosa Bar Sunday. The DIY setup will have juices and garnishes to choose from, all you have to do is buy a glass of sparkling wine. Cinder Block will have champagne cider slushies and donuts on the menu as well. There is no cover.

Clarence Dennis is audience and digital content strategist with Flatland.

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