Published September 28th, 2023 at 11:00 AM3 minute read
The only thing scarier than “The Exorcist” showing Sunday night at Screenland Armour in North Kansas City might be ticket prices to get in the door to see Beyoncé at Arrowhead.
Other options as calendars turn to October include an NHL preseason game, haunted houses and George Lopez at the Uptown Theater.
6 – 10 p.m. Handcrafted steel and silk structures are going up around the Kansas City Zoo & Aquarium, 6800 Zoo Drive, this weekend for GloWild Around the World. The one-mile route through the zoo brought to life by 151 artists will light up the night and provide plenty of photo opportunities along the way. Tickets are available starting at $18 to $25.
7:30 p.m. Kansas City’s world-renowned haunted houses are open for scaring. Braving the West Bottoms haunts before October is probably the best way to beat long lines. The Beast, 1401 W. 13th St., brings visitors into the teeth of an open format haunted house, where it’s easy to get lost among lurking phantoms and ghouls. Tickets to The Beast are $35, plus tax and fees. Combo tickets to add the Edge of Hell and Macabre Cinema to the experience are available as well.
8 p.m. Tickets are still available for George Lopez Friday night at Uptown Theater, 3700 Broadway Blvd. The legendary actor and stand-up comedian’s “Alllriiiighhttt!” tour is reserved for those 18 and older with a valid ID. You can get in the door for $41.50, plus tax and fees. Doors open at 7 p.m.
11 a.m. – 9 p.m. Competitors from around the globe have made there way to Kansas City for this weekend’s American Royal World Series of Barbecue on the infield at Kansas Speedway, 400 Speedway Blvd. The world’s largest barbecue competition has live music and BBQ demos, plus a cocktail and beer garden, activities and games for everyone and (obviously) a ton of barbecue options. Single-day tickets are $23 for adults and $8 for children. Check out the weekend’s full list of events online.
10 a.m. Add to the wardrobe with the first-ever Westport Vintage Market, happening Saturday morning in the parking lot across from Wonderland Vintage, 306 Westport Road. Vendor booths will be set up with old-school threads, vintage vinyl, antique jewelry, home accessories and more. There will be snacks.
11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Library in the Park is set for Saturday afternoon in Huron Park, 625 Minnesota Ave. The Kansas City, Kansas, Public Library’s free, family-friendly event will have a mobile library in the park, activities for all ages, a conversation and book signings with featured author Chris Meggs, live music and a massive book sale, where attendees can walk away with a full bag of books for just $10.
5 – 10 p.m. There’s a Kansas City Current Watch Party happening Saturday evening, just down the road from the future home field of the team. Bar K, 501 Berkely Pkwy., is inviting soccer fans and their four-legged friends out to root on the Current as the squad heads to Washington D.C. to take on the Spirit. The game will be on multiple televisions and the bar will serve discounted Boulevard beer. Bar K is free for humans without a dog and $10 with a dog for non-members. Be sure to check out vaccination requirements online in advance.
6 p.m. The National Hockey League hasn’t had a team in Kansas City since the Scouts left town in 1976. While an NHL franchise isn’t coming to town anytime soon, the annual preseason game at Cable Dahmer Arena, 19100 E. Valley View Pkwy., is Saturday night and features a matchup the St. Louis Blues and Dallas Stars. Tickets to watch professional hockey on Kansas City ice are available starting at $65 plus tax and fees.
4 – 5:15 p.m. It’s hardly Halloween, but there’s nothing wrong with getting in the spooky spirit. The Wornall Majors House Museums is starting the season with Kid’s Ghost Tours at Alexander Majors House and Barn, 8201 State Line Road. The tours by kids, for kids are designed to be spooky rather than really scary and will include information on the house’s history with a few creepy stories. There will be Halloween activities in front of the museum throughout the afternoon. Tours leave every 15 minutes.Tickets are $10.
6:30 p.m. Perhaps the opposite of a kid’s ghost tour, Screenland Armour, 408 Armour Road, is celebrating the 50th anniversary of “The Exorcist” (1973) with a Sunday night screening of the film to kick off “Shocktober” at the North Kansas City theater. Considered one of the scariest horror films ever made, “The Exorcist,” directed by William Friedkin, is the story of a possessed little girl and her mother’s effort to expel the demon through an exorcism by two Catholic priests. The movie is rated ‘R.’ Tickets are $13.
8 p.m. Come Sunday, take a break from any Taylor Swift-Travis Kelce talk. Beyoncé is coming to town. The Renaissance Tour will make its final stop at Arrowhead Stadium, 1 Arrowhead Drive, Sunday night and resale tickets are out there if you are willing to pay. Parking lots open at 5:30 p.m. Parking passes must be purchased in advance.
Clarence Dennis is audience and digital content strategist with Flatland.