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Weekend Possibilities | Royals Watch Party, KC’s New Virtual Reality Bar and Jewish Film Fest An August Weekend Awaits

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Above image credit: The Royals take on the White Sox in Friday evening's home opener. (Photo: Darron Cummings | AP)
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Are you not entertained?

Gone are the days of no sports, no patios and no live music. If you don’t feel like getting out, live music, along with performing arts and movie streams are available from events across the metro.

If you are headed out and about — perhaps to the bar — be sure to wear a mask.

Friday, July 31

4 – 6 p.m. Kansas City’s newest arcade bar is open in the River Market. Check out the Friday evening happy hour at Double Tap KC, 310 Oak St. Right next door to Strange Days Brewing Co., Double Tap is home to Kansas City’s largest collection of virtual reality games like “Beat Saber.” VR game lanes are available starting at $40 an hour for two headsets (2-6 players). On Fridays, fishbowls start at $13 with $5 refills.

6 p.m. The boys in blue are back at Kauffman Stadium Friday night for the home opener against the Chicago White Sox. If you have the empty baseball stadium blues, watch the game at the Kansas City Live! Block in the Power & Light District, 1300 Grand Blvd. With boosted sanitation measures and COVID-19 precautions in place, the Royals Watch Parties have ballpark food, cold beer and the next biggest screen away from “The K.”

8:30 – 10:30 p.m. The Kansas City performing arts collective Quixotic is set for a Pop Up Performance outside of Tom’s Town in the Crossroads, 1701 Main St. You can look forward to vertical wall dancers, fire artists and live music. The two-hour performance will also be live streamed. The event is free, though donations are welcome.

Saturday, Aug. 1

6 – 9 p.m. Somerset Wine & Cider Bar in Martin City, 311 W. 135th St., might be a good option for anyone looking for some low-key live music. Pick a pour or an award-winning cider and kick back in the micro-winery’s courtyard. Doors open at 5 p.m. Music from The KC All Stars starts at 6 p.m.

7 p.m. It wouldn’t be a Saturday night in Kansas City without a little rock and blues at Knuckleheads Saloon, 2715 Rochester Ave. Grab a ticket to celebrate local blues guitarist Brandon Miller’s recent album release as he takes the stage with special guest Danielle Nicole. The in-person show is also available via livestream. All tickets are $12.

Sunday, Aug. 2

7 a.m. – 2 p.m. Whether Sunday is your “cheat day” or you just want to top the weekend with a treat, hop out of bed and head to Blackhole Bakery, 5531 Troost Ave. Out of this world pastries, croissants, bagels and spreads go perfectly with fresh-brewed Maps Coffee. You just have to get there before it’s all gone. The good news is, you can call ahead to place an order.

9 – 10:30 a.m. Westport Yoga KC is offering a Sunday morning Immune Boost Workshop, available in the studio’s online classroom. A yoga medicine therapeutic expert will lead a class focused on detoxification and strengthening the body’s immune and circulatory systems. The session is $28. 

The 2020 Kansas City Jewish Film Festival is going virtual. Watch any or all of the 12 award-winning films from the comfort of your home by purchasing tickets online Aug. 2-19. The selection of national and international works will be made available daily and can be viewed for 48 hours. The festival kicks off with “Fiddler: Miracle of Miracles,” a look into the Fiddler on the Roof Broadway phenomenon in the 1960s. A full film festival pass is available for $120.

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