Plug Raytown into your GPS as the Festival of the Lost Township (62nd and Raytown Road) debuts on Saturday from 12 to 4 p.m. The craft beer festival, hosted by the Crane Brewing Company, will feature brews from Jolly Pumpkin, Crooked Stave and Boulevard’s Show Me Sour collaboration with Side Project. Tickets are $35. The VIP ticket package ($100), includes an extra hour and a killer chef lineup (Michael Corvino, Celina Tio, Ryan Brazeal, among them). We’re a sponsor of this beer festival. Come see us and share a brew.
Thou Mayest (419 E 18th Street) will introduce the second release in its Barrel Series today. This is green coffee that has been aged in Dark Horse Distillery bourbon barrels.
Blind Box BBQ (13214 W 62nd Terrace) opened on Thursday in Shawnee. The BBQ joint, named for the box that judges receive at barbecue competitions, features a cocktail list designed by Andrew Olsen, the Notorius P.I.G. (pictured above, a sandwich piled with pulled pork, house sausage, onion straws and mac n ‘cheese), housemade BBQ chips, fried mac n’ cheese bites, BBQ chicken nachos, and wood-fired salmon.
Dust off your green shirt — Kansas City Irish Fest returns to Crown Center Plaza today (5 to 11 p.m.) through Sunday (11 a.m. to 11 p.m.). The festival, now in its 13th year, features seven stages with musical and comedy acts. They’ve got whiskey tastings (including High Mark), as well as Boulevard beer tastings. They’ll have Irish fare, but they’ll also have Dippin Dots and Stroud’s. Tickets are $10 Friday and $12 on Saturday or Sunday. It’s $5 for kids ages three to 12. Get ready for a little bit of the Old West and a lot of fried foods.
The 43rd annual Santa Cali Gon Days Festival runs today through Monday in Independence, Missouri. There’s a carnival midway, a Kiss cover band, a root beer chugging contest (1 p.m. Sunday) and everything from Hawaiian ice to kettle corn. Admission is free.
When fall is around the corner, your body craves turkey legs and mead. Luckily, the Kansas City Renaissance Festival (633 N 130th Street, Bonner Springs, Kansas) returns this Saturday. This weekend, they’re open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. They’ve added a craft beer pub (if mead isn’t your thing), as well as a Queen’s tea (daily at 2 p.m.). Tickets are $17.95 for adults, $10.45 for children.