First Fridays always offer up a little extra. The nacho cheese will once again flow at the Boulevard Drive-In (1051 Merriam Lane, Kansas City, Kansas). Tonight, tomorrow and Sunday, they’re showing Fast & The Furious 7 and American Sniper. The gates open at 6:30 p.m. (7 p.m. on Sunday) and the first show, F&F7, is 8:05 p./m. It’s $10 for adults, kids under 11 years old get in free. And remember, it’s cash only.
The Boulevard Brewing Company will have its Tasting Room open from 5 to 8 p.m. tonight with $5 flights, $4 pours (12 ounces), cans of the new Heavy Lifting IPA for sale on the patio (beginning at 5 p.m.) and food from Figgy’s Franks. Proceeds from the sales of Heavy Lifting will benefit the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Kansas City.
You can get a sneak preview of the Columbus Park Ramen Shop when Happy Gillis’ chef and co-owner Josh Eans hosts a pop-up ramen and craft beer dinner Friday at Tapcade from 6 to 8 p.m.
The kettle corn is coming, people, because we’re right on the edge of festival season. The Taste of Shawnee is Saturday from 3 to 7 p.m. in Shawnee Town (11600 Johnson Drive). There will be food from Big Bam’s Burgers, Yardhogs BBQ, and Pine & Bamboo Garden, among others. They’ll also be selling beer and wine. There’s live entertainment throughout the day and you can get a photo with Sluggerrr, the Kansas City Royals’ mascot, between 4 and 5 p.m. Tickets are $5 and those include five tasting samples (more are available for purchase). The event is a benefit for End Polio Now, the Circle of Hope NICU Foundation and the Shawnee Rotary Club Foundation.
Boat drinks are really a thing here in our landlocked universe. But patio drinks, those are definitely a thing. Zocalo Mexican Cuisine & Tequileria (620 W 48th Street) is celebrating the arrival of spring with a party Saturday from 11 a.m. until nightfall (around 8 p.m.). They’ll have $3 street tacos, $4 Patron shots and $6 patron margaritas. Guitarist Brett Blakemore will perform from 2 to 5 p.m.
Here’s a chance to enjoy yourself and do a little good. The Savory Saturday Food Truck Rally, a benefit for Made to Serve, is Saturday at Chipman Commons (214 NE Chipman Road, Lee’s Summit) from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Grab food from Brock Hops, Mr. Doggity’s BBQ and Wilma’s Real Good Food, before snagging a seat in the New Beginnings Church, where they’ll be broadcasting the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament.[Image via Flickr: _jon_williams]