Published May 13th, 2021 at 11:00 AM
Two nights of The Mavericks, plus Jurassic Quest’s Drive Thru at Arrowhead Stadium and Kearney’s Strawberry Festival make for a May weekend chock-full of fun.
9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Art for the Animals, a fundraiser for Great Plains ASPCA, is now on display at Buttonwood Art Space, 3013 Main St. The gallery is full of pieces featuring animals of all species. Be sure to reserve a 45-minute gallery visit online. If you just can’t walk away without that puppy portrait, 50% of the proceeds go straight to Great Plains ASPCA. The rest goes to the artist.
11 a.m. – 8 p.m. Dinosaurs are taking the place of “Cheetah” and “The Walrus,” starting this weekend at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium, 1 Arrowhead Drive. Get tickets for Jurassic Quest’s Drive Thru in the stadium parking lot, which will be home to more than 70 life-size animatronic prehistoric dinos through the end of the month. The drive-thru features an informative audio guide to provide you with background information on the Cretaceous, Jurassic and Triassic Period beasts. Don’t worry, you’ll still be able to hear the roars. Tickets are $49 per vehicle.
10 p.m. Tickets are still available for two nights of The Mavericks Live & Unplugged at Knuckleheads Saloon, 2715 Rochester Ave. The country-Latin rock and rollers come to town for four acoustic shows over two nights at the East Bottoms venue. The 7 p.m. shows on Friday and Saturday have already sold out, but tickets are still available for the late sets. Tickets start at $42.50. Those under the age of 21 must be accompanied by an adult.
11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Get off the couch, if only briefly, for The Underachiever’s Run Saturday in the Crossroads, 1707 Locust St.. KC Crew and Parlor KCMO are teaming up to put on the 0.5K dash from the food hall to Grinders, which is … just around the corner. The race starts with a pizza party and ends with champagne and donuts. Registration for the run is $45.05.
1 – 3 p.m. The Doggie Fashion Show + Party at Garage Door Apparel Co., 5817 Johnson Drive, will be one of the cutest options when it comes to what to do this weekend. Feel free to bring your four-legged friends for their shot at the runway starting at 1 p.m. After that, make sure to check out Garage Door’s summer collection and hang around for pup cups courtesy of Ad Astra Market. Who knows, maybe you’ll make a new friend? Adoptable rescue dogs will be on site from Unleashed Pet Rescue and Randi’s Rockin Dachshund Rescue. The event is free.
6 – 9 p.m. In a similar vein as the Underachiever’s Run, Saturday night’s Crossroads Wine Walk should provide an equally enjoyable, though perhaps a bit classier, outdoor opportunity in the Kansas City arts district. With pairings planned at three stops throughout the Crossroads, wine walkers can move at their own pace, starting at Oak and Steel, 120 W. 17th St. The Pairing and Buffalo State Pizza are tasting venues as well, so make sure to leave room for appetizers. Tickets are $20. You must be 21 years of age to attend.
9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Fun Farm in Kearney, Missouri, 650 N. Jefferson St., is open, ready for business and inviting families to this weekend’s Strawberry Festival. Activities on the farm include access to farm animals, plenty of space to play, a jump pillow, shopping, a Tipsy Cow Shack for the adults and more. Tickets are $5. Children under the age of 2 are free.
10 a.m. – 3 p.m. The National WWI Museum and Memorial has plans to host its annual Living The Great War event this weekend in conjunction with the centennial commemoration of World War I. The free event on the memorial’s southeast lawn, 2 Memorial Drive, features Living History Volunteer Corps and other World War I living historians who will share knowledge and points on artifacts in a camp-style outdoor setting.
Noon – 5 p.m. If you have plant clippings to spare, a surplus of seeds, too many pots, or simply not enough plants, swing by Manheim Gardens, 4229 Forest Ave., for Sunday’s Spring Fling 2021. The nonprofit community garden’s annual get together will provide gardeners at all levels the chance to swap plants, pots, tips and tricks. There’ll be an open mic, food trucks, plus arts and crafts for the little ones. The event is free to attend.