The Boulevard Brewing Company (2501 Southwest Boulevard) will tap Collaboration No. 5 — a tropical pale ale made with Cigar City Brewing —- today at 4 p.m. in its tap room. There are bright fruit notes in the nose and it’s that little bit of sunshine that you need after what happened at Arrowhead last night and the drizzle this morning.
Urban Provisions General Store hosts a third Friday block party tonight with its East Bottoms Bazaar from 6 to 9 p.m. tonight. It’s basically a vintage van party with sweet rides and goods from Easy Tiger Cards, Thou Mayest Coffee Roasters and Blue Collar Antiques. Joe West will be in neighboring Pigwich serving up Japanese style street food.
Arty Gras is set for 7 p.m. tomorrow at Danny’s Big Easy (1601 East 18th Street). The third annual charity event will benefit Bikers Against Child Abuse KCMO Chapter. For $35, you get a Cajun buffet, a drink ticket for a Hurricane and live music by Ernest James Zydeco.
The 17th annual Taste of Leawood is Saturday from 7 to 10:30 p.m. at Town Center Plaza (5000 W 119th Street, Leawood, Kansas). There will be dishes from 30 restaurants, including La Bodega, Rye, Sushi House and Blue Chip Cookies. Tickets, which include three drink tickets, are $55.
Door to Door Organics is holding its third annual Taste of Local on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at The Ritz Charles (9000 W 137th Street, Overland Park, Kansas). Sample food from local producers. The event is free.
The NKC Pint Path is a series of beer specials from noon to midnight Saturday in North Kansas City. Beer-centric places will be hosting specials downtown in the event sponsored by BikeWalkKC. Go for the “Prairie Special.” From 12 to 4 p.m. Grain to Glass (1611 Swift Avenue) is only asking for $5 for a Prairie Artisan Ale brew and a slice of Green Dirt Farm’s Tomme cheese.
Local art takes center stage at the UNplaza Art Fair on Saturday (10 a.m. to 6 p.m.) and Sunday (12 to 5 p.m.). The outdoor gallery for the event put on by Peaceworks is at the All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church (4501 Walnut Street). Admission is free.
Roll out the barrels. KC Bier Co hosts its second annual Oktoberfest Saturday (11 a.m. to 10 p.m.) and Sunday (12 to 9 p.m.). There’s stein holding competition and lederhosen competition. And plenty of new beers — like the Festbier (a golden lager) and an Oktoberfest that will be tapped from a wooden keg at 12 p.m. Saturday.