With the Labor Day weekend behind us, now we jump into what I call ‘festival season’ here in Kansas CIty. Besides the over-the-top fun of the Renaissance Festival , this weekend brings us Art Westport, the Greek Fest and the famous Waldo Crawldo, plus a run that will tie up traffic on Sunday in the downtown/Crown Center area. Below are the details:
Art Westport – Friday (5-9pm), Saturday (10-9pm), Sunday (11-5pm)
This is the 34th year for Art Westport, an art fair exclusive to Kansas City artists–which makes the art more affordable (for me!) compared to the Plaza Art Fair. Be prepared to park along a side street and walk to the booths, lined up along Westport Road west of Broadway.
Falldo Waldo Crawldo – Saturday 6pm-midnight
A benefit for the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, the Falldo Waldo Crawldo is a wild night of bar hopping and crazy costumes, centered around the 75th and Wornall area of Waldo. There are drink specials, really good prizes (tickets to the Mumford and Sons concert, a mountain bike, Royals and Chiefs tickets) and all the participating bars are within walking distance of the 75th and Wornall corner. Save a few bucks and get a ticket in advance for $7, or pay $10 night of the event. And watch for wobbly pedestrians in this area Saturday night.
Prairie Village Jazz Festival – Saturday 3-11pm
Don’t look to the website for details on this festival–it still states ‘more information coming soon’. It’s a free event, held at Harmon Park, 7700 Mission Road from 3-11pm with headliner Bobby Watson. Always crowded–get their early and bring your own lawn chairs!
GreekFest – Friday (6-10pm), Saturday (noon-10pm), Sunday (noon-6pm)
The Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church sponsors this festival, now in its 52nd year. Located at the church at 120th and Wornall, there’s plenty of tasty Greek food and pastries, entertainment, and fun for the kids. The Greeks know how to have a good time–this is a happy and lively event!
I’m also mentioning the Broadway Bridge Run because it will cause traffic delays on Sunday. This event is actually three races: a 5 and 10K, plus a half marathon. It starts in the City Market area, goes around the downtown airport, and travels south using Main and Walnut to the Liberty Memorial area. Be aware of road closures if you will be in this area on Sunday.
Temperatures this weekend are forecast for the mid-upper 90s, with lots of sunshine–so don’t put away sunscreen and shorts just yet if you plan to visit these outdoor events!