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A Free Farewell to Summer, the 40th Ethnic Enrichment Festival, And Other Weekend Possibilities

A woman and child check out the National Toy and Miniature Museum. Say farewell to summer at the National Museum of Toys and Miniatures | Contributed: National Museum of T/m
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There are about 48 hours between leaving work on Friday and the time you start thinking about work once again on Sunday night. Weekend Possibilities is your roadmap for food, drinks and fun for the perfect Kansas City weekend.

Friday August 16

6 – 10 p.m. Billed to ensure you feel the beat of the world smack dab in the Heartland, the 40th Annual Ethnic Enrichment Festival (EEF) is set to take over Swope Park (Meyer Blvd. & Swope Pkwy.) all weekend long. Be sure to check the EEF schedule for the slated traditional food, music, and dance celebrating over 60 cultures across the globe. Tickets are $5 for adults. Children 12 and under are FREE. 

7:15 p.m. It’s Beatles Night at the K, as the Royals welcome the Mets to town for interleague play this weekend. The series kicks off with $1 hotdogs and peanuts on ‘Buck Night.’ And be sure to stay for fireworks after the game, set to the Beatles to celebrate 55 years since John, Paul, George and Ringo played at old Municipal Stadium. The promotions don’t stop there, as theme tickets are available that’ll land music lovers a Beatles mug. 

8:00 p.m. If you have tickets to see Ben Folds and the Violent Femmes, you may have just enough time to grab a bite at the EEF before heading over to Starlight Theatre (4600 Starlight Rd.). Alt-rocker group Violent Femmes will kick things off at 8:00 p.m., with Folds to follow. Tickets are still on sale, going from $35 to $115.

Saturday August 17

10 a.m. – 4 p.m. There’s a big day planned at The National Museum of Toys and Miniatures (5235 Oak St.). The museum’s annual Farewell to Summer Free Day will include a brand-new scavenger hunt, as well as a craft workshop with a spy theme to bid summer break goodbye. 

Noon – 10 p.m. Calling all Kansas City foodies! Make your way over to Crown Center (2450 Grand Blvd.) for KC Taste 2019. The food and music festival will feature more than 30 local restaurants serving up tastings of their top dishes. Pick up 10 tasting tickets for $20. Children aged 12 and under are FREE.

However, if authentic Mexican food sounds like it’ll do the trick, Cafecito Lindo is now open in Lenexa (12219 W 87th St.). Chef Gerardo Espinosa, a Mexico City native is whipping up breakfast, lunch, dinner, sweets, and treats in the style of what his mother cooked. Make sure to check out the Cafe de Olla (cinnamon coffee), Horchata iced coffee, Chicken Mole Croissant  and Empanadas de Crema. 

8 p.m. Pack chairs, a blanket and a snack for the City of Lenexa’s Movies in the Park series showing of Pixar’s “WALL-E”. The fun at Electric Park (95th Street and Loiret Blvds.) gets going with live music from the Kansas City Latin Jazz All-Stars and lawn games. The movie starts at dusk.

Sunday August 18

Noon – 2 p.m. Join host Genewa Stanwyck at Hamburger Mary’s Bar & Grill (3700 Broadway Blvd. #110 in Midtown) for Mary’s Fabulous Drag Brunch. Be sure to arrive early as bacon, eggs, bloody marys, bottomless mimosas, and Kansas City’s famous drag draws a big crowd. Doors open at 11 a.m. There’s a $2.99 show fee placed on each order.

3 – 6 p.m. How about a beer and some live roots music to wrap up your mid-August Sunday? Stockyards Brewing Co.’s (1600 Genessee St., next to The Golden Ox) Sunday Service has you covered. The weekly live music series welcomes ‘The Matchsellers’ to town, a humorous stage show that’s rooted in bluegrass and sure to please. Give the Stockyards’ Black IPA a try, it pairs well with bluegrass.

7 – 9 p.m. Complaining about going back to work? Want some cheese with that wine? The Better Cheddar (604 West 48th St.) is hosting Cheese & Cocktails, a tasting of multiple cheeses and wine, with other accompaniments. Tickets are $50.

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