Boulevardia kicks off tonight in the West Bottoms. There are still general admission tickets available — and a few giveaways floating around for limited Taps & Tastes experience Saturday [check Twitter for #boulevardia]. There’s a bacon-eating contest, port barrel-aged MILF from Mothers Brewing Co. (12 to 2 p.m. Sunday), and a Sunday afternoon devoted to craft distillers (1 to 3 p.m. on the mid-level of the 12th Street Bridge). The Boulevard Brewing Company is hoping to make the music, food and beer festival an annual tradition. Tickets are $15 for a day pass.
The 8th annual Juneteenth Parade and Celebration is set for tonight and tomorrow at Big Eleven Lake (5033 State Avenue, Kansas City, Kansas). Live music starts at 6 p.m. tonight and the parade (beginning at 7th and Quindaro) kicks things off Saturday at 10 a.m. There’s a car show and barbecue and greens competition Saturday, as well. The event is free.
The Parkville River Jam is tonight (5:30 to 11 p.m.) and tomorrow (12 to 11 p.m.) at English Landing Park (8701 Clarkville, Parkville, Missouri). Munch on kettle corn, funnel cakes, corn dogs and the rest of the state fair universe while listening to live jazz and blues. Admission is free.
Work on your Scottish and taste a bit of Scotch at the Kansas City Scottish Highland Games, which run today through Sunday at E.H. Young Park on NW Argosy Parkway in Riverside, Missouri. Check out dancing, kilt demonstrations and whiskey tasting (four sessions between 1:30 and 4 p.m. on Saturday). Admission is $10 per day or $25 for a three-day pass.
Get a Taste of Leawood on Saturday. The event at Leawood City Hall (4800 Town Center Drive) is from 7 to 10:30 p.m. Munch on food from 22 restaurants, including Room 39, Rye, La Bodega and 801 Chophouse. Tickets are $70 in advance or $75 at the door and include five drink tickets, souvenir wine glass and gift bag.
Saturday is Dairy Day at Deanna Rose Children’s Farmstead (13800 Switzer, Oveland Park) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Here’s your chance to milk a cow, churn some butter and generally be inundated with dairy. Farmstead admission is $2.
The Kansas City Library opens Apron Strings: Ties to the Past, on Saturday. The new exhibit (which will be on display through Sunday, August 10,) at the Central Library (14 W 10th Street) looks at the evolution of the apron over the past century.
Garozzo’s Ristorante’s location in Olathe (13505 S Mur-Len Road) will close for good this Sunday. The Kansas City Star broke the news earlier this week that the eatery was shuttering after more than six years of operation because of a lack of sales. This is your last crack at chicken spiedini and baked clams in Olathe.