A new brunch is like the moment when an angel gets its wings — it’s too beautiful to keep to ourselves. Voltaire (1617 Genessee Street) adds brunch service this Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The West Bottoms restaurant will have mimosas, micheladas and a house bloody mary, as well as the Whisker Licker (made with curacao, lemon, wheat beer and an egg white). The food side shows it is a Small World After All with asiago-buttermilk biscuits and gravy, Swedish pancakes, Korean Ramen and Pozole Rojo con Huevo (braised pork, hominy, chiles, fried egg, cilantro, radish and avocado and crispy tortilla strips).
The City Market Crawfish Festival is tonight with the doors opening at 6 p.m. Dine on Cajun food from Beignet (red beans and rice, crawfish etouffee and beignets) and listen to live music from Blue Orleans and the Bon Ton Soul Accordian Band. Parking is $5. Tickets are $15 (any food you buy is extra). You can pay with a credit card in advance online, but it’s cash only at the door.
Dine on the Vine brings a different food truck each day of the week to 17th Terrace between Vine and Highland. Today, at 11 a.m., you can go get Mad Jack’s On Wheels (the food truck offshoot of the fish fry spot on Troost) with seating at the pavilion behind the American Jazz Museum and Negro Leagues Baseball Museum.
It’s the second month for Cars, Motorcycles & Coffee at The Roasterie (1204 W 27th Street). Driving enthusiasts of the two and four-wheel variety are invited to bring their sweet rides to the parking lot at 27th and Holly for coffee and conversation from 8 to 10 a.m. Saturday.
The Sprint Family Fun Series (offered the second Saturday of every month through October) continues with an Ice Cream Social from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on 14th Street between Main and Walnut in the Power & Light District. The free event will have moonwalks, carnival games, face painting. Tickets can be purchased for the carnival games and the proceeds benefit Children’s Mercy Hospital’s Trauma Services. Parking is $2 at the KC Live! and Main Street garage.
The US Bank Great Midwest Balloon Fest at Kansas Speedway is today through Sunday. There will be hot air balloons, a barbecue contest, pie and doughnut eating contests on Friday, and chef demonstrations (Jasper J. Mirabile Jr., Shanita McAfee, and Cody Hogan, among them) on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. It’s a bit of a food carnival masquerading as a balloon festival. Tickets are $16.50 for adults (15 and older) and $8.50 for children (4 to 14).