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The Underachiever’s Run, Heart of America Hot Dog Festival, And Other Weekend Possibilities

The Underachiever's Run Logo showing pizza and donuts
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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 9

6 p.m. – 9 a.m. Take your tyke to the Kansas City Zoo for Slumber Down Under, an overnight adventure that includes ‘Marsupial Madness’ themed activities, educational encounters with animal ambassadors, a night hike, and a continental breakfast. Participants must be at least six years of age and be accompanied by an adult. Don’t forget your tent! Tickets are $40.

7:30 p.m. Join our friends over at 90.9 The Bridge for Yonder Mountain String Band live at Crossroads KC. As the group’s devoted fanbase calls them, ‘Yonder’ has redefined bluegrass music over their 20-year career with improvisational rock & roll flavors. They’re still at it following their latest release, “Love. Ain’t Love.” Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Swing by recently-opened Pokesan (1513 Grand Blvd. in the Crossroads) on your way to the show for a build-your-own Poke bowl. Choose from miso soup, crab leg salad, or seaweed salad as a side. Bowls start at $10.75.

9 p.m. – 3 a.m. If you aren’t feeling ‘grass in the Crossroads or a night on the Outback, then perhaps a taste of West Africa will do? Jambo Grill (9922 Holmes Rd.) is hosting KC’s celebration of Ivory Coast’s Independence Day. The party will be serving good food, music and drinks into early Saturday morning.

Saturday August 10 

Rise, shine and stop by Energizing 39th (910 W. 39th St.), a new low-sugar, high-protein smoothie and special tea spot right next to Q39. The health-conscious eatery made its debut with a grand opening last weekend. 

Noon – 5 p.m. Make your way to Westport for The Underachiever’s Run, a 0.5K (1,640 ft.) run through the historic Kansas City bar and restaurant scene that is so short you may not even break a sweat. Fuel up beforehand with a pizza party at Kelly’s Westport Inn (500 Westport Rd.) and cool down with champagne and donuts. The $35 ticket will get you a race bib, slice of pizza, a Hurts donut, glass of champagne, fanny pack, and participant’s medal koozie.

2 – 11 p.m. The Negro Leagues Baseball Museum will host The Heart of America Hot Dog Festival in the 18th & Vine district. The NLBM fundraising event celebrates baseball and the history of the Negro Leagues with music, fun and games and of course, hot dogs. Tickets start at $35. Music starts at 3 p.m, with R&B legends War headlining at approximately 9:45.

Contributed: Negro Leagues Baseball Museum

7:00 p.m. If you can’t be at Arrowhead Stadium for the Chiefs’ first preseason game of the season (the guy on the cereal box will likely only play the opening drive), then you should be on a mission from God. Head to Alamo Drafthouse for The Blues Brothers Beer Dinner, where attendees will be treated to a screening of the 1980 classic comedy, along with a custom three-course meal served with a flight of Lagunitas options paired to taste. Tickets are $50.

Sunday August 11

10:30 a.m. Go with the flow at Sunday morning’s poolside yoga session atop The Fontaine Hotel (901 W. 48th Place). Join yoga instructor and fitness leader Mara Olney for the hour-long session, followed by a dip in the pool or brunch at The Parker. The session is $15. Bring your own mat.

6 – 8 p.m. The City of Blue Springs’ Music in the Park Summer Concert Series continues Sunday evening at Rotary Park at Railroad Lake (600 NW Vesper, Blue Springs) with a live performance from country music band Hudson Drive. The event is free and concessions will be available but feel free to make it a picnic affair.

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