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Weekend Possibilities | Chiefs Training Camp, Garth Brooks and Botanical Brewfest

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Above image credit: Training camp returns to St. Joe, Missouri in 2021. (Courtesy | Kansas City Chiefs)

Live music from Garth Brooks and Tech N9ne, a ‘90s-themed bash and a big brewfest join NFL training camp and the Globetrotters for a busy weekend across Kansas City.

Friday, Aug. 6 

6 – 9 p.m. Good old-fashioned family fun in the form of lawn games and live music is planned for Guitars & Games in Barkley Square, 11565 Ash St. The Park Place space in Leawood will have giant Jenga, ladder toss and cornhole, plus live performances from local solo acts. If you work up an appetite, there are plenty of surrounding Park Place eating establishments to choose from. The event is free.

7 p.m. – 3 a.m. Hit the thrift store, or perhaps storage, for your best ‘90s attire. Anyone who dresses for the decade’s style accordingly will be granted free admission to Howl at The Moon’s ‘90s Weekend. The bar and dance club at KC Live! at Power and Light, 1334 Grand Blvd., will have drink specials, giveaways and ‘90s tunes spinning Friday and Saturday night. Do the “Macarena” for us.

Saturday, Aug. 7 

9 a.m. – Noon First-time photographers can learn the basic ins and outs of operating a camera at Saturday morning’s Beginners Photography Class, held at the National World War I Museum and Memorial, 2 Memorial Drive. Kansas City Photography Group instructor Tim Yeaglin will be on hand to teach rookie shutterbugs about shooting in manual, understanding the camera’s light meter and tips on exposure. Spots are limited. Reserve your seat for $69.

2 p.m. Every Saturday afternoon, the Museum at Prairie Fire, 5801 W. 135th St., offers an Animal Encounter experience in its Discovery Room. This week, visitors will be able to watch leopard geckos up close. Included in the price of admission to the museum, guests can observe the geckos hunt and feed on insects, and learn just what it takes to plan a leopard gecko menu. Museum admission is $5.

A leopard gecko at the Museum at Prairiefire (Museum at Prairiefire/Facebook)

4 p.m. Dozens of local and regional breweries, featured restaurants, live entertainment and more will turn the Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens, 8909 W. 179th St., into the place to be this weekend. A ticket to Botanical Brewfest covers all beer tastings and food. Attendees will get a souvenir tasting glass and be allowed to roam the garden’s grounds. Be sure to check online for a full list of participating brewers. Tickets are $85. All proceeds benefit the arboretum. You must be 21 years of age to attend.

7 p.m. He’s back. The Garth Brooks Stadium Tour comes to GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium, 1 Arrowhead Drive, Saturday night. The country music icon, who sold out nine straight concerts at the T-Mobile Center in 2007, returns to Kansas City for his first show onstage at the home of the Chiefs. The highly anticipated concert is sold out, but second-sale markets have a few floating around.

More than 74,500 tickets to see Garth Brooks at Arrowhead Stadium were purchased during the first day of ticket sales, selling out Saturday’s show in less than 24 hours. (garthbrooks.com)

9 p.m. – 3 a.m. He’s (also) back. Tickets are still available to see Tech N9ne’s rescheduled show at KC Live! at Power and Light, 1330 Grand Blvd. A selection of special guests will join the Kansas City rapper on stage, including King Iso, Joey Cool and Jehry Robinson. Previous ticket holders will be honored for the rescheduled show. If you need one, they start at $27. You must be 18 or older to attend.

Sunday, Aug. 8

9:15 a.m. The Kansas City Chiefs have returned to St. Joseph, Missouri, to fine tune things before the kickoff of the 2021 NFL season. Sunday’s Family Fun Day at Chiefs Training Camp on campus at Missouri Western Western University, 4525 Downs Drive, will give fans the opportunity to watch Patrick Mahomes and the squad scrimmage and run through individual drills up close. Between fun for the kids, food and a first look at the Super Bowl LV runner-ups, Sunday’s event is expected to sell out. Tickets are $5.

10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Burning Spider Stoke Co. is inviting the interested of any skill level to learn to longboard with its Stoke Clinic. The group will meet at the bottom of the hill at 3218 Gladstone Blvd. and provide boards and safety equipment to riders who don’t have gear of their own. Warm ups push off between 10 a.m. and noon. General instruction will take place in two sessions, starting at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., respectively. The Stoke Clinic is free.

2 p.m. The Harlem Globetrotters are headed to Independence, Missouri. Get tickets to Sunday’s Spread Game Tour, where the Globetrotters will dazzle fans in attendance at Cable Dahmer Arena, 19100 E. Valley View Pkwy., with streetball skills and in-game audience interaction. The modern take on the Globetrotters game offers enhanced access to players, meet and greets, court passes and more. Tickets start at $27

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