Some may choose to express how small a world it truly is with animatronic singing dolls, but the smart crowd throws a festival where you can take bites of Thai and Norwegian food just a few hundred yards from each other. The 35th annual Ethnic Enrichment Festival (Swope Park — Meyer Boulevard and Swope Parkway) kicks off tonight from 6 to 10 p.m., continues from 12 to 10 p.m. Saturday and wraps up Sunday (12 to 6 p.m.). There will be folk dancers, live music (a schedule is here), crafts and food (full menu is here) from around the globe. Tickets are $3 for adults (12 and under are free) and the parking is free.
75th Street Brewery is holding a Summer Beer Fest Saturday from 2 to 6 p.m. in their outdoor space, The Alley, to kick off their 21st anniversary celebration. The beer festival — including Crane Brewing Company, Cinder Block, Big Rip, Rock & Run and the KC Bier Company — promises “unlimited beer,” and benefits Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Kansas City. Tickets (which have to be purchased in advance) are $30 ($25 for Mug Club members). VIP tickets (entry is at 1 p.m.) are $40. Call 816-523-4677 to reserve tickets.
Think you can hit two beer festivals in one day? UNICO holds its sixth annual Microbrew Festival at Zona Rosa (98640 North Dixson Avenue, Courtyard Area) Saturday from 4 to 9 p.m. There will be more than 60 beers on hand (High Noon Saloon, Flying Monkey, Tallgrass, Free State, Weston among them). Tickets, which include a commemorative tasting glass, are $30 at the door (they’ll be available starting at 3:30 p.m. tomorrow).
Missed On A Stick last night? Don’t worry. You can still get a bite (or 17) of fair food. The Missouri State Fair (2503 W 16th Street, Sedalia) runs through Sunday.
Food trucks for you, bounce house for the kids. Here’s your Sunday plans. The City of Merriam is sponsoring a Summer Sunday at Merriam Marketplace (5701 Merriam Drive) from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. with nine food trucks in attendance (Brock Hops, Cajun Cabin, CoffeeCakeKC, Crave of KC, Indios Carbonsitos, Monk’s Roast Beef, Prairie Fire Oven, Smokin’ Fresh Streetside BBQ, and Street Wings). The event is also a benefit for Flags 4 Freedom.
The Blue Moose Bar & Grill (4160 W 71sth Street) in Prairie Village is closed while it’s getting a facelift. They’re adding a new seating layout, new decor and installing a garage door that opens to the patio. It reopens Monday.[Images via Flickr: almond cookies by Andrea Nguyen, turkey leg by JulieCorsi]