Boulevardia & other weekend possibilities


Boulevardia returns to the West Bottoms tonight (5 to 11 p.m.) for its second year and runs through Sunday (11 a.m. to 5 p.m.). There’s music and crafts and local goods, but we’re going to take a moment talking beer, spirits and food.

On Saturday, you can attend a small bites beer and food pairing class with chef Celina Tio (12:30 to 1:10 p.m. on the Meat & Greet Stage) or on the other end of the spectrum Farmland is holding a bacon eating contest at 2:45 p.m. Saturday. Sunday, there’s a craft spirits and cocktails area from 1 to 4 p.m. on the mid-level of the 12th Street Bridge. Don’t sleep on Letherbee Distillers — which produces craft botanical spirits out of Chicago — and KOVAL gin, also out of the Windy City. General Admission tickets are $15 and are still available.

Light bikes? German beer? The Pitch’s Off The Wall rooftop series at the Kansas City Central Library (14 West 10th Street) continues tonight with Tron. The movie starts around 8:45 p.m. and KC Bier Co. will be serving free brews.

The Kearney Farmers Market (plug 100 E Washington into your GPS) kicks off its season Saturday. It will run every Saturday from 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. through October 17.

Fiesta Kansas City, put on by the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Greater Kansas City, is the next three days at the Crown Center plaza. There are two stages with live acts, a margarita cove and eats from Carniceria y Tortilleria San Antonio, El Camino Real, and Paleterias Tropicana (righteous popsicles) for the event now in its 16th year. Admission is free until 4 p.m. After that it’s $10 or $20 for a three-day pass. Kids 12 and under are free if they’re accompanied by someone with a paid admission.

You’ll have to take a car, but the days of the covered wagon take center stage with the 43rd annual Edgerton Frontier Days today and tomorrow. There’s a carnival, frog and turtle races (you’ve got to bring your own frog or turtle), a beer garden and ice cream social in Edgerton, Kansas.

The Parkville River Jam is tonight (5:30 to 11 p.m.) and tomorrow (1:30 to 11 p.m.). The 20th annual jazz and blues fest at English Landing Park (8701 Clark Avenue, Parkville, Missouri) lets you munch on kettle corn and corn dogs while listening to a host of live acts. Admission is free.

If you’ve been meaning to learn more about wine in Missouri, you’ll have your shot this weekend. The 9th annual Excelsior Springs Wine Festival is Saturday in East Valley Park from 12 to 9 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door (if you’re not drinking, there’s a $5 admission ticket, as well).

Jonathan Bender

Jonathan Bender is the founder of The Recommended Daily.

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