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Weekend Possibilities | Tour de Bier, Halloween Haunt at Worlds of Fun and a ‘Hocus Pocus’ Pop-Up Boo!

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Above image credit: Cyclists ride in the Tour de Bier. (Courtesy | BikeWalkKC)
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Have some fear, the weekend is here.

Halloween Haunt at Worlds of Fun and the Sanderson Sisters and Spirits Pop-Up kick off the spooky season. Less terrifying options include Fiesta Hispana and Tour de Bier, among others.

Friday, Sept. 16

1:30 p.m. The National Art & Soul Experience Festival is underway on campus at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, 5100 Cherry St. The second day of the ASX Fest offers a full Friday schedule of personal and professional development sessions, guest speakers, plus arts and tech industry-centric experiences open to anyone. Tickets are $55 for all sessions or $20 per session.

4 p.m. – 1 a.m. Apparition alchemists are serving up spooky cocktails at the Sanderson Sisters and Spirits Pop-Up Friday night in Shawnee, 4601 Shawnee Drive. The “Hocus Pocus” party in conjunction with Apparition and Vignettes Bar will take guests into the Sanderson Witchcraft Museum, where themed drinks and snacks by The Homesteader Cafe are on the menu. Reservations are not required, but are recommended. It’s $5 per person.

6 p.m. – 12 a.m. Halloween Haunt descends upon Worlds of Fun, 4545 Worlds of Fun Ave., Friday evening, offering a terrifying and thrilling night at the park. The fall staple at Worlds of Fun will have immersive mazes, scare zones and spooky shows, plus all of the thrill rides above dense fog, where more than 400 monsters lurk below. Tickets start at $39.99.

Saturday, Sept. 17

8 a.m. Kansas City’s biggest one-day cycling event is back and starts bright and early Saturday morning at Berkley Riverfront Park, 1298 River Front Drive. Sign up for Tour de Bier to raise money and ride along with fellow beer lovers in the name of a good cause. Proceeds from the ride featuring local breweries will go to Head for the Cure and BikeWalkKC, supporting better local walking and biking infrastructure and brain tumor research. The ride is $65 and includes samples and snacks, two drink tickets, a t-shirt, after party invite, lunch and more.

11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Shatto Milk Co. is celebrating 19 years with a Family Day at the Farm, 9406 N. Highway 33. Guests can tour the farm, pet baby calves, check out the cheese cave, sample Shatto products and more. Family Day is free.

Noon – 11 p.m. Fiesta Hispana is back at Barney Allis Plaza, 12th and Central streets, this weekend. The completely free cultural celebration features plenty of food, arts and crafts, community resource booths, vendors and a full schedule of live entertainment. Saturday starts with Mariachi Fuego and wraps up with headliners The Latin Breed featuring Jay Perez and a set from DJ Jalapeño.

8 p.m. Unicorn Theatre’s production of “Toni Stone” makes its debut Saturday evening in Midtown, 3828 Main St. Grab tickets and watch as director Brad Shaw and his cast bring the story of the first woman to play professional baseball in the Negro Leagues to the stage, exploring themes of race, gender and what it takes to achieve a dream. Tickets start at $47, plus fees.

Sunday, Sept. 18

Noon The first-ever East Crossroads Field Day is set for Sunday afternoon. Eight unique bar games await competitors across eight stops on the bar crawl. Teams of four can pick up a pass, scorecard and map for $40 and meet at any of the participating establishments. Teams will have access to drink deals at each spot, plus the chance to win free drink tokens throughout the day. There will be a prize for the best-dressed team and individual. You must be 21 or older to play along.

11:30 a.m. Singer-songwriter Paul Thorn wraps up his three-day run at Knuckleheads, 2715 Rochester Ave., Sunday morning. A storyteller at heart, the Tupelo, Mississippi, artist will provide the backtrack to a late morning brunch at the East Bottoms venue. Tickets are $75.

Noon – 1:30 p.m. Pop-Up Science: Marvelous Monarchs at the KU National History Museum, 1345 Jayhawk Blvd., is a free, family-friendly experience on campus at the University of Kansas. Stop by to learn about monarch butterflies and observe an experiment that models how the butterflies use thermal air masses to travel long distances.

Clarence Dennis is audience and digital content strategist with Flatland.

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