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Weekend Possibilities | Outdoor Live Music, Black is Beautiful Beer and Crossroads Cars Let's Be Careful Out There

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Above image credit: WeekEnder Series at Crown Center Square. (Contributed | Crown Center)
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Local live music, taproom events and a few activities for the kids are on deck as Kansas City enters the dog days of summer with masks up and social distancing in mind.

Remember, wear a face covering where necessary and keep Comeback KC’s tips in mind if you’re venturing out.

Friday, July 10

6 – 9 p.m. The WeekEnder Series returns to Crown Center Square, 2450 Grand Blvd., Friday night with music from local cover band The Zeros. There will be plenty of space to spread out and enjoy tunes and food truck treats on the lawn with your own blankets and chairs. Alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase for those 21 and up. The event is free.

7 p.m. recordBar and West Bottoms restaurant Voltaire are teaming up for two nights of live local music to kick off the Lemonad(e) Park Outdoor Concert Series at the northwest corner of 17th and Wyoming streets. The opening weekend features two nights of music from Men of Men, The Whiffs, Wick & The Tricks and D.J. Stevie Cruz. Group tickets for four are available for $140 at reserved socially distant picnic tables. Standing room single tickets are $20. Each show’s capacity is limited to 100 people.

East Forty Brewing in Blue Springs, 1201 W. Main St., is starting the weekend with the special release of their Black is Beautiful beer and a bit of live music from Austin Reed. The brewery put a spin on its imperial stout recipe with cocoa nibs, cinnamon, and dried chile peppers for their version of the collaborative brew started by Weathered Souls Brewing Co. in Austin, Texas, designed to shed light on the injustices that people of color face daily. Proceeds will benefit Campaign Zero.

Saturday, July 11

10 – 11:30 a.m. Shawnee Town Hall, 11600 Johnson Drive, is welcoming aspiring ukester youth to come out for Ukulele 101, a beginners workshop for children age 10 or under. Ukulele provided, the kids will learn the basics when it comes to the instrument’s history, strumming, tuning and more. The class fee is $5. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

1:30 – 2:30 p.m. If you’ve elevated your kitchen skillset stuck indoors, there’s no reason to stop now. The Culinary Center of Kansas City is offering an online live Cheese-Making Workshop for even the most novice cooks. Instructor Dr. Lisa Sharpe Elles will lead the whey when it comes to the science in cheese making, along with a simple at-home cheese recipe and shopping list. Registration is $15.

7 – 9 p.m. The taproom at Limitless Brewing in Lenexa, 9765 Widmer Road, is open again, but the live music is around back. Bring your own lawn chair, pick from eight beers on tap and plant yourself in the brewery’s back yard for a live set from the Amarugia Ridge Runners. Limitless also has a range of beers available to-go.

Sunday, July 12

9 – 11 a.m. If it’s time for the kids to get out and stretch the legs, Sky Zone in Shawnee, 6495 Quivira Road, is getting in the holiday spirit for Christmas in July with the Grinch. The trampoline park is opening its doors to children under the age of 7 for a series of festive activities and story time. Tickets are $12.99. Parents and grandparents can get in free to watch.

A classic yellow truck at Crossroads Cars in 2019.
A classic yellow truck at Crossroads Cars in 2019. (Courtesy | Crossroads Cars)

11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Car enthusiasts are coming together in the heart of Kansas City for Crossroads Cars 2020 at 300 W. 19th St., across four parking lots in the arts district. The event is free to anyone who wants to show their own ride or just cruise around the lot and connect with other car lovers. Keep that foot off the gas, though, burnouts are strictly prohibited.

Correction: An earlier version of this story misspelled Wick & The Tricks.

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