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Weekend Possibilities | Percheron, Cannafest and Art Course

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Above image credit: The skyline view from Percheron's rooftop patio. (Contributed | Percheron)
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It’s officially patio season in Kansas City, but that’s not the only form of outdoor fun in the works this weekend. Pick from KC Cannafest, Bar K Beer Fest or Art Course 2023 if you are in need of some positive vibes and sunshine. 

Friday, April 14 

Noon – 5 p.m. Friday marks the Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony of the Amelia Earhart Hangar Museum in Atchison, Kansas, 16701 286th Road. The new space honoring the life and legacy of Earhart, an Atchison native and the first woman to make a solo flight across the Atlantic Ocean, will feature interactive STEM exhibits, information on Earhart’s trailblazing career as a pilot and Kansas roots, plus the world’s last Lockheed Electra 10-E airplane that is identical to the plane Earhart made her final flight in. Tickets to the museum are $15 for adults and $8 for children. 

Noon – 11 p.m. The 3rd Annual KC Cannafest is on the calendar for Friday and Saturday in the heart of Kansas City, 206 E. 20th St. The two-day celebration of all things cannabis will feature industry experts, product makers, speakers and live performances. The schedule includes a Women in Cannabis panel, rosin pressing demonstration, giveaways and a 4:20 “smokesesh” Saturday evening. Single-day tickets are $25. Be sure to check out all ticket options for weekend passes and medical marijuana patient discounts. 

4 p.m. Crossroads Hotel rooftop bar Percheron, 2101 Central Ave., opens Friday. Celebrate the start of patio season with a bite to eat, cocktail and skyline views above the Crossroads. House sangria, a selection of coastal wines, specialty cocktails and local brews are on the menu. Hungry? Pick from pork belly lettuce wraps, bay scallop ceviche or kofta skewers. Guests of all ages are welcome until 8 p.m. Percheron is reserved for those 21 and older 8 p.m. to close.  

Saturday, April 15 

10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Head to American Royal Center, 1701 American Royal Court, Saturday for the first look at the 2023 Parade of Hearts projects all in one place before they are distributed around the metro. The Hearts Reveal Kickoff Event will give you the chance to chat with participating artists about their projects and the inspiration behind each heart design. DJs will be on hand spinning tunes and there will be food, plus activities for the entire family. Tickets are $5. Children under the age of 2 get in for free. 

11 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. The Wyandotte County Ethnic Festival returns to Kansas City Kansas Community College, 6565 State Ave., this weekend. The two-day festival with more than 50 culture booths celebrates the rich history of Wyandotte County, sharing traditions from the Wyandot and Delaware Nations, the Quindaro Underground Railroad, Hispanic community and Strawberry Hill’s European influence and more. Attendees can look forward to seven different ethnic food booths. The Ethnic Festival is free to attend. Food booths accept cash only. 

Noon – 3 p.m. Local and national craft breweries will descend upon Berkley Riverfront for Bar K Beer Fest 2023, 501 Berkley Pkwy. Dogs can enjoy unlimited playtime in Bar K’s dog park space, while humans will be able to sample more than 40 selections from 15 different beer and seltzer makers. Live music will be provided by Jake Reno. Guests will get a souvenir cup and goodie bag. Non-member general admission tickets are $50. Be sure to check online for all ticket price options.

The award-winning Panic Fest is back this weekend in-person at North Kansas City’s Screenland Armour, 408 Armour Road, and online with virtual viewing options. The horror, sci-fi and thriller film festival will screen more than 60 full length and short films Thursday, April 13, through Wednesday, April 19. Hybrid passes are $205 plus fees. Virtual passes are $135, plus fees. If you want to catch individual screenings, tickets are $14. Check out the full schedule of screenings, live podcast recordings and filmmaker conversations online ahead of time. 

Sunday, April 16 

9 a.m. – 3 p.m. The first-ever Gladstone Record Fair is Sunday at the Gladstone Community Center, 6901 N. Holmes St. Whether you are looking to add to the collection or just mingle with fellow vinyl heads, the fair plans for vendors offering plenty of selections across genres. Tickets are $5 at the door. Kids under 10 get in for free. 

10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Art Course 2023 is open for business outside of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, 4525 Oak St. The nine-hole miniature golf course inspired by works from museum exhibits and designed by a professional artist takes mini-putters through the Donald J. Hall Sculpture Park and is complete with a terrace snack bar for post-round refreshments. Tickets to play are $18 for non-member adults and $12 for children ages 4 to 12. 

Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. (Courtesy | Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art)

2 – 4:30 p.m. Brews and Bonsai at Red Sash Brewery, 406 E. 18th St., is a collaborative effort between Red Sash, Double Shift Brewing and BlackRoot Farms that will treat guests to a brief history of the bonsai tree, demonstrations on pruning, wiring and general care. The first beer is on the house, and you’ll get to take a bonsai tree home with you. Tickets are $40.

Clarence Dennis is audience and digital content strategist with Flatland.

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