People will tell you the calendar is the way you know that a new season has arrived. But Kansas Citians understand that the true marker of seasons is when we fire up the grill and smoker in public (hearty folks are like the United States Post Office of yore, neither rain, nor sleet, nor snow, will stop them from creating a charcoal briquette chimney).
BBQ and Bluegrass comes to the Roeland Park Community Center (4850 Rosewood Drive, Roeland Park, Kansas) on Saturday from 6 to 9 p.m. At the event put on by the Citizens Fundraising Initiative for R Park, they’ll be serving a BBQ dinner (burnt ends, baked beans, potato salad) from RJ’s Bob-be-Que Shack (from 6 to 8 p.m.) along with Cinder Block Brewery’s beer and music by Minder’s Bluff Band. Tickets are $15 for adults and $8 for children three to 12 years old. Those same tickets are $20 and $10 at the door.
Stone Pillar Vineyard and Winery (11000 S Woodland Road, Olathe, Kansas) is holding a Party in the Pavilion. There’s live music from 12 to 10 p.m., along with barbecue for purchase from Smoke’N Babes BBQ. They’ll also be featuring their wine slushies — they’re exactly what you think. It’s $5 if you want to reserve a seat in the pavilion (free for wine club members).
Always wanted to know what you were missing on the Westside? Find out at The Westside Collection Tour — a self-guided walking tour through 14 shops and eateries in the neighborhood — on Saturday from 3 to 6 p.m. You start at The Calico Beard & Mercantile (818 W 17th Street) to get your map and goodie bag. Tickets are $20.
Every homebrewer dreams of opening a brewery some day. Dr. Hank Puls got the next best thing. He was the winner of 75th Street Brewery’s second annual homebrew contest. His brew, Battle of the Frontiers, a Saison with apricots is currently on tap at 520 W 75th Street.
The Kansas City Food Circle is offering another bite at the apple and the tomato with the second installment of their Eat Local & Organic Expo. The event features local farmers both selling produce, as well as information on gardening and community supported agriculture programs in the area. It’s from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Metropolitan Community College Penn Valley Gym.
Stop by a few continents Saturday at the 10th annual Wyandotte County Ethnic Festival. The celebration of different cultures runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Kansas City Kansas Community College Field House (7250 State Avenue, Kansas City, Kansas). There’s jazz, drumming, dancing and cuisine from West Africa, Colombia, and Peru. Admission is free.[Image via Flickr: Erik Forsberg]