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Weekend Possibilities | Boo at the Zoo, Sporting KC and a Rescue Dog Show

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Above image credit: Sporting KC will take on the Colorado Rapids this Saturday in front of a socially distant crowd. (Contributed | Sporting Kansas City)

A virtual rescue dog show, Boo at the Zoo, and a Sporting KC home match against the Colorado Rapids highlight a full slate of fall fun for the weekend ahead of Halloween.

Friday, Oct. 23

7:30 p.m. Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art’s October Movie Night Series continues with a screening of “Hocus Pocus.” Bring chairs, blankets, or mats to the Kemper’s parking lot, 4420 Warwick Blvd., for a socially distant viewing experience. There’ll be food trucks on site for the hungry ahead of the film. Register your group of up to six people by emailing programs@kemperart.org. Space is limited.

Saturday, Oct. 24

10 a.m. – 5:15 p.m. Grab the whole family and head over to Rochester Brewing & Roasting Company, 2129 Washington St., for Saturday’s Pumpkin Carving Party. Each reserved table will include two Rochester beverages, a pumpkin and carving tools. Up to three additional pumpkins can be purchased. Rochester’s full beer and coffee menus will be available for purchase as well. Each $20 ticket reserves a table for up to six people.

10:15 a.m. – 5 p.m. Boo at the Zoo is back at the Kansas City Zoo, 6800 Zoo Drive, with social distancing measures in place. Don’t worry, the safe trick-or-treating experience alongside the zoo’s exhibits will feature the same amount of treats, only with fewer stations. Be sure to hang around to see your favorite zoo animals get their pumpkin treats, too. Treat bags are provided. Be sure to wear a costume! Ticket prices vary.

7:30 p.m. Get your soccer fill before Sporting Kansas City’s season comes to a close in early November. You can catch the squad taking on the Colorado Rapids in their penultimate home match of the season Saturday night at Children’s Mercy Park, 1 Sporting Way, Kansas City, Kansas. The crowd will be at limited capacity and masks are required. Tickets start at $30.

8:30 p.m. The British invasion is headed for Knuckleheads Saloon, 2715 Rochester Ave. Get tickets to see Beatles vs. Stones: A Musical Showdown, featuring cover bands Abbey Road and Satisfaction. The bands will go back and forth, “dueling” with all-time classics, before a joint encore. Tickets to the one-of-a-kind night of music start at $28.50.

Sunday, Oct. 25

Best in Show raffle prizes
Best in Show raffle prizes (Courtesy | GPSPCA/Facebook)

10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Day trippers might check out Gary’s Fall Festival, now underway at Gary’s Berries, 5991 17th St., Grantville, Kansas. The festival includes more than 30 activities including a corn maze and pumpkin patch, pig races, a corn pit, tire pyramid, weekly fireworks and more. Sunday’s activities will include a musical performance from Janet Rockwell starting at 6 p.m. Tickets are $14.95 online and $16.95 at the gate.

11 a.m. Block off Sunday morning for the Best in Show Rescue Dog Show and Brunch, presented by Great Plains SPCA. The virtual event hosted by DJ Ashton Martin will feature time for brunch, a silent auction, raffle and a presentation of pups voted Best Ears, Best Smile, Best Outfit, Goofiest, Most Mutty and Sweetest Senior. The event is free, though registration is required.

7:30 p.m. If you’re missing live theater, Sunday’s ”Our Black Death” live stream by the Unicorn Theater should fill the void. Part of the In-Progress New Play Reading Series, “Our Black Death” is a dark comedy that tells the story of two mid-1300s English peasants. A talkback with the playwright and director will follow immediately after the reading. The live stream is free.

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