The Great Lenexa BBQ Battle and other weekend possibilities

A new Kansas BBQ champion will be crowned this weekend.

A new Kansas BBQ champion will be crowned this weekend.

The Great Lenexa BBQ Battle (which counts as the Kansas State Championship) kicks off tonight at Sar-Ko-Par Trails Park (14915 W 87th Parkway, Lenexa). There’s food samples, live music and cooking demonstrations from Mike and Christine Peters — the hosts of the Great American Cookout Tour. Admission is $5 tonight (4:30 to 11 p.m.) and free on Saturday (9 a.m. to 3 p.m.).

Your own bad decisions? Not so funny. The late night wrong turns of somebody else? Hilarious. The Kick Comedy Theater presents Drunken Personal History — storytellers reliving their worst alcohol-fueled moments with re-enactments courtesy of the members of the KC Improv Company. The show is Saturday in the theater in the basement of the Westport Coffee House (4010 Pennsylvania Avenue). The stories start at 10 p.m. and tickets are $8 ($5 for students).

The fourth annual Maker Faire Kansas City is Saturday (10 a.m. to 6 p.m.) and Sunday (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.) at Union Station. You can see customized hot rods, robotics gear, and crafts of all kinds before grabbing a bite from a food truck and watching Eepybird drop mentos into a lot of two-liter bottles of Diet Coke (shows both days at 3 p.m.). Tickets are $12 for a day pass or $19.50 for both days.

The area’s best garden party is Saturday. The seventh annual Stems, a garden soiree that benefits the Deanna Rose Children’s Farmstead and the Overland Park Arboretum and Botanical Gardens, is from 7 to 11 p.m. Sip wine out of a hand-painted commemorative wine glass as you walk through the arboretum sampling food from 22 restaurants and caterers. Tickets are $120.

On Saturday, Brookside Wine & Spirits (600 E 63rd Street) hosts its second annual Brookside Block Party. The festival in their parking lot is from 12 to 5 p.m. There’s beer and wine tasting as well as Spanish tapas and crepes from the El Tenedor food truck. Tickets are $10.

In donut news, Dunkin’ Donuts opened Wednesday at 1225 NW 7 Highway in Blue Springs, Missouri. Medium iced coffees and iced teas are currently only 99 cents.

After four decades behind the bar at The American (200 E 25th Street), Willie Grandison is retiring. The iconic bartender will have his last call on Tuesday, July 1. So this is the final weekend to sit and sip a classic cocktail from a classy barman. If you don’t know about Grandison, The Pitch did a nice job this week of covering his career, as well as Paige Unger, the mixologist that will be behind the bar going forward.

What are you doing this weekend?

[Image via Flickr: Mshipp]

Jonathan Bender

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