Some days you just need to go whole hog. That’s the idea behind Pig & Pinot at Char Bar (4050 Pennsylvania Avenue) on Sunday from 3 to 7 p.m. They’ll be roasting whole hogs via four tasting stations (featuring everything from pig in a box with orange mojo to a smoked pork belly with house-cured bacon cassoulet) and serving up six different Pinot Noirs. Tickets are $50, which includes all the pig you can eat, six three-ounce pours of wine and yard games.
The 29th annual Lenexa Chili Challenge is tonight (6-10 p.m.) and tomorrow (10 a.m. to 3 p.m.) in Old Town Lenexa (Santa Fe Trail Drive and Pflumm Road). More than 200 teams are expected to compete in contests designed to crown the best chili, salsa and hot wings. There’s a hot pepper eating contest at 2:30 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free.
Prairiefire (5661 W 135th Street) is hosting an Oktoberfest Saturday from 12 to 5 p.m. There’s a bier garden, pie eating contest, petting zoo and professional pumpkin carvers. Admission is free. The Stone Pillar Vineyard & Winery (11000 S Woodland Road, Olathe, Kansas) hosts Hofftoberfest Saturday and Sunday from 12 to 6 p.m. They’ll have a pumpkin patch, hay rides, BBQ and wine.
The Red Crow Brewing Company is set to open Saturday in Spring Hill, Kansas. Read more here. The Kansas City Department of Recreation is celebrating Lock & Roll at the Old Red Bridge (4600 E 63rd Street Trafficway). They’ll be serving free water and gluten-free Red Bridge beer as folks can bring locks between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday to add to the collection on the bridge.
This is your last shot at turkey legs until Thanksgiving. The Kansas City Renaissance Festival closes up shop in Bonner Springs, Kansas, on Sunday. The weekend theme is the Pirates Ale Fest — so you’ve either been warned or you can be appropriately attired.
Bring napkins. Woodyard Bar-B-Que (3001 Merriam Lane, Kansas City, Kansas) is hosting the Strawberry Swing Indie Craft Fair’s Fall Pop-Up on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. They’ll have more than two dozen craft vendors, alongside beer, barbecue and coffee from Broadway’s Jonathan Cates.