Showing posts with label KC Events. Show all posts
Showing posts with label KC Events. Show all posts

Friday, March 4, 2011

Princess Diana Exhibit Opens Today at Union Station in Kansas City

At the same time her son will be getting married to Kate Middleton, Princess Diana's famous wedding dress will be on display right here in Kansas City. Diana: A Celebration opens today at Union Station near downtown Kansas City. The exhibit will run until June 12 and is open daily except for Mondays. On display will be photos and memorabilia from the Princess's life from childhood to wedding to her life after her marriage to Prince Charles.

There are more than 25 dresses worn by Diana in the exhibit, the most famous being her wedding dress that was seen by 750 million people worldwide on her wedding day. The gown requires a display case 25 feet long. Other items include Bernie Taupin's handwritten lyrics to "Goodbye England's Rose" and various tiaras and home movies.

This exhibit will be an important one in Union Station's 2011 financial year. Attendance of 60,000 plus would be break even for the show - a better showing could make for a financial windfall badly needed for the complex. The exhibit sold over 95,000 tickets in it's recent showing in Grand Rapids, MI - which was more than expected. After it's stay in Kansas City, the items will return to the Althorp Estate, Diana's ancestral home.

Prices range from $10 for Union Station Members to $23.50 for adults. Available at the door.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Kansas City Zoo Offering Free Admission To Kansas City Residents

Once again this year, The Kansas City Zoo will be offering free admission to Kansas City, MO residents for the entire month of October and November. The deal is good any day during normal business hours. You need to provide a photo identification, and proof of residency consisting of utility bill, credit card bill, or some other official correspondence. Normal hours are 9:30AM - 4:00PM on weekdays, and weekends the Zoo closes at 5:00PM.

For those of you who have not been to the Kansas City Zoo lately, they have made lots of improvements in the last several years. The most recent of which is the Polar Bear Passage - a state of the Art Polar Bear Exhibit that houses "Nikita", a three year old male. It has a large chilled water pool for swimming and observation areas from three angles. Pretty cool.

The Africa region of the Zoo is excellent also, in fact it was rated #1 in the country according to "America's Best Zoos 2008". The African Exhibit is 95 acres and represents animals from 5 countries. It includes quite a large family of Chimpanzees, a gorilla, an african plains exhibit that houses Zebras, Giraffes and others.

I highly recommend our city's zoo, if you like it, come back again - you can get an annual zoo membership for $79 - this incudes FREE admission for your whole family for an entire year. Normal admission prices are $11.50 for adults, and $8.50 for kids over 3. For other Kansas City Events and things to do click here.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Kansas Speedway Buzz and Other Weekend Events

It's race weekend here in Kansas City again. The Nationwide Series-Kansas Lottery 300-race takes place on Saturday, with the Sprint Cup -Price Chopper 400- Race on Sunday. Sunday's race is the third in the "Chase for the Cup" series of ten races that determines the winner of the Sprint Cup. This is the second NASCAR event weekend held at Kansas Speedway this season, but the only Sprint Cup race. Tickets are still available at the Kansas Speedway website here. Be sure to check out the Legends while you are out at the speedway this weekend.

Leawood City Park (106th & Lee Blvd)

Leawood will be holding their 1st Annual Fall Festival today (Friday October 1st) from 5:30pm - 8:00pm. This event is primarily for kids with inflatables, pumpkin painting, hayrides, cake walk, etc. Admission is Free, but a $5 wristband can be purchased per child for unlimited activities. A Screening of Ghostbusters on a 16X18 foot screen will take place at 8PM after the activities.

Louisburg Cider Mill (3 miles west of US 69 on K68 in Louisburg)

Another Family Event is the Cider Fest - Saturday and Sunday - 9AM-5PM. Pancake Breakfast in the Morning followed by Barbeque dinner in the afternoon. Moonwalk and Pony Rides for the Kids, Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze. There is a charge for the activities and food, but parking is free. For more information contact the Cider Mill at 913-837-5202.

16200 E Hwy 40, KCMO

From time to time, I like to highlight some of the more offbeat events around Kansas City. It doesn't get much more off-beat than the Kansas City Juggling Festival. Starting at 5PM on Friday, there will be continuous juggling until Sunday afternoon. Saturday afternoon many "World Records" will be attempted, with a public show and raffle on Saturday evening. Registration is $10 for jugglers, and $5 for non jugglers.

Thursday, September 30, 2010

American Royal Barbecue Fires Up Today

American Royal Barbecue Fires Up Today

The 31st Annual American Royal Barbecue starts Thursday and continues through this Sunday October 3rd. Known as the "World Series of Barbecue" the American Royal is the largest Barbecue competition in the world! There are over 500 contestants in several different categories including brisket, ribs, sauce, dessert and many others. The event is open to the public starting Friday. Tickets are $13 and kids under 5 are free.

Activities include live music - with all the local favorites - such as Blues artists Samantha Fish and Trampled Under Foot. Tribute bands to Lynard Skynard, Journey, and The Beatles will also perform. You can check out a schedule of Live entertainment here. Of course there will be a Kids Fun Fest Area with activities for the children including a petting zoo. you can sample Barbecue and have a couple of beers as well. A Texas Hold-em Tournament will also be held Saturday night at 7PM. A $65 donation is required to participate in the poker tournament, you can register here. And with no Chiefs game (or Missouri Tigers, not that they would be on TV anyway) this weekend, it will give you something to do on Saturday and Sunday.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Lee's Summit Oktoberfest and Other Weekend Events Around Kansas City

Lee's Summit Oktoberfest
Downtown Lee's Summit

It's that time of year again, cool breezes, beautiful Autumn days, and Oktoberfest! Lee's Summit, MO has one of the finest Oktoberfest celebrations in town. It takes place this weekend starting Friday night at 5Pm and runs until 11PM both Friday and Saturday. The festival opens at 9AM on Saturday. There will be three stages of live entertainment. The Main stage offers a variety of local rock and blues bands both days - the Community stage features local youth and dance acts - and the Children's stage will entertain the little ones with activities and shows geared to children. A full schedule of shows can be found here. And no Oktoberfest would be complete without Beer. Visit the Biergarten for your fix of authentic German Food, beer, and entertainment. Lederhosen optional! There will also be a carnival for all ages.
Fall Festivals
Liberty will be holding its annual Fall Festival this weekend in their downtown. Fun for all ages including a carnival, science fun, and a karaoke contest. Katie Horner will even be there
(at least she can't interrupt regularly scheduled programming from the Festival). A schedule of events can be found here.
Overland Park will also be holding their annual Fall Festival on Saturday from 9AM-5PM in downtown Overland Park. Free Children's entertainment, food booths, classic car show, and live entertainment will be on hand. The Santa Fe Trail Parade starts at 10AM one block west of Metcalf on 79th St. More information can be found here.
Waldo's Rockin' Block Party
75th and Wornall, Kansas City
A Family Fun bike ride will kick off the festivities in Waldo at 10AM. Events include Chalk Art and Laser Tag. Food and Live Music (of course) - and KC Wolf (from Noon-1PM). Disco Dick will be belting out all your favorite 70's hits at 6PM. Full schedule here.
Whatever your weekend has planned, the weather will be gorgeous, get our and enjoy yourselves before winter sets in.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Cigar Fest and Other Weekend Events Around Kansas City

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A Look at Weekend Events Around Kansas City

Saturday, September 18th from 2-10PM
Beaumont Club
4050 Pennsylvania, KCMO
Tickets are $55 at the door.

Admission includes 4 hand rolled cigars, 2 drink tickets, and a raffle chance - Raffle prizes include premium cigars, t-shirts, ashtrays. Hooters calender girl Brittney Fultz will be on hand. Music via live DJ, and Master cigar roller Abel Laura (son of Fidel Castro's former personal cigar roller) will be rolling cigars. Event is hosted by the Cigar Rights of America, an organization devoted to protecting the smoking rights of Americans.

Saturday September 18th 7PM
Starlight Theatre
4600 Starlight Rd, KCMO

Enjoy the sounds of Blue Eyed Soul at Starlight tonight. Boz Skaggs, Donald Fagan, and Michael McDonald will be performing. Boz Skaggs started his career with Steve Miller before striking out on his own with hits like "Lido Shuffle" and "Lowdown". Donald Fagan enjoyed a lengthy career as songwriter and lead singer of Steely Dan (I'd love to have those MUZAK royalties). Michael McDonald has played with the Doobie Brothers, Steely Dan, and had a very successful solo career with hits such as "I keep Forgettin'" and "You Belong to Me". Tickets still available ranging from $40-$126.

The Blue Room
18th and Vine, KCMO

Kansas City's own Jazz singers and all around entertainers will be performing Saturday night at The Blue Room in the 18th and Vine district - 8PM - admission is $10.

Midland Theatre
1228 Main St, KCMO

For the kiddos, Dora, Kai-lan, and all of their friends from Nick, Jr will perform live Saturday and Sunday. Three shows each day - buy your tickets here. Prices range from $15-$40. Kids as young as 2yrs old will enjoy this show.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Kansas City Greek Festival This Weekend

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For the 49th year, the Greek Food Festival will be held Saturday and Sunday in South Kansas City. It will take place at the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, 120th & Wornall. You can buy traditional Greek foods - there will be entertainment, food, and you can even take a tour of their beautiful church. Hours are: Saturday - Noon-10PM Sunday - Noon-6PM. You will spend in the neighborhood of $10 per person for food, but all proceeds benefit Harvesters.

Greek food consists of grilled meats, rice, pita bread, potatoes, salads, and wonderful pastries. For the less adventurous, there is the Gyro sandwich - which most people are familiar with - it consists of grilled seasoned meat on a pita with a tasty cucumber sauce. Greek pastries are excellent such as Baklava. Their desserts feature flaky pastry honey and walnuts, sometimes orange or other citrus flavorings. Carryout is available if you don't have time to stick around for the entertainment.

The young people of the church will entertain throughout the day and evening, performing traditional Greek dances. They will even teach you how to do them. There will be a moonwalk and games for the kiddos as well. Harvesters is great organization, so please stop by and have a bite to eat, especially if you have never had Greek food.

Friday, September 3, 2010

KC Irish Fest Kicks off Today at Crown Center

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Friday marks the beginning of this year's Irish Fest at Crown Center. This will be the Eighth year for the annual event. The fun starts at 5PM on Friday and continues through Sunday evening starting at 11AM on Sat & Sun. It runs until 11PM each night. There will be shops and food vendors, and of course green beer! Tickets are available at Hy-Vee or at the gate ($15 each, kids 12 & under, Free).

New for this year, Quixotic will perform on Saturday night at 9PM. They blend music, dance, and aerialists in their performance. I think of a Cirque de Soliel type of show (though I have never seen Quixotic). If you can't make it to the Irish Fest, there is live streaming available at the festival website. The Heritage stage has activities and classes relating to Irish Heritage. You can learn how to brew beer, dance the Riverdance, or how to play traditional Irish games. The Red Hot Chili Pipers are also new this year. The eight piece band plays something know as "bagrock" - Think Classic rock on the bagpipes - awesome! They won the British show When Will I Be Famous.

For the little ones, there is a children's area. The theme this year is Halloween - it was invented by the Irish you know. A kids' entertainment stage will run every day until evening as well with acts such as The Toe Jam Puppet Band and The Mad Scientist.


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