The Southwest X Central Street Fest & other weekend possibilities

weekend-080715The Southwest X Central Street Fest (2040 Central) is tonight from 6 to 10 p.m. There will be print exhibits, live music and dancing, as well as a traditional tea ceremony from D. Shattuck and the Lucky Baby Tea Co. The third year event in the Crossroads supports Imagine That! — a non-profit art studio that supports adults with development disabilities.

If you’ve ever lived in Lawrence, you’ve been to Sandbar Subs. If you haven’t, they’ve got a heck of an excuse tonight and Saturday. Their 7th annual Block Party (17 E 8th Street, Lawrence, Kansas) kicks off at 5 p.m. both days with a beer garden, live acts and a giant, inflatable shark slide (that’s not a typo). There’s a $5 cover for the party. If you’re in Lawrence or visiting, the Sunrise Project is hosting a pie and potluck auction on Saturday from 5 to 8 p.m. in Hobbs Park. They’ll have beer, heirloom tomato tastings and live music.

Things will get a little salty Friday night with The Pitch’s Margarita Wars. Sample 10 local margaritas and then vote for your favorite at the event tonight that begins at 6:30 p.m. in the Waldo Pavillion (7421 Broadway Street). Tickets are $25.

This is the kind of weather where you want a cold beer and some barbecue. Wabash BBQ (646 S Kansas City Avenue, Excelsior Springs, Missouri) hosts Four Fried Chicken & a Coke (the musical act) on Saturday from 7 to 11 p.m. in their outdoor Blues Garden. The barbecue joint located in an old train depot has solid barbecue and a pork tenderloin that is roughly the size of the state of Missouri (although still plenty tender).

Cool cars and iced coffee take center stage with Cars & Coffee — a monthly gathering of car/coffee enthusiasts in the parking lot by The Roasterie (1204 W 27th Street). Gearheads gather on the second Saturday of every month from 8 to 10 a.m.

How many food trucks could you eat at in one day? Find out at Summer Sundays in Merriam when nine food trucks gather at Merriam Marketplace (5740 Merriam Drive, Merriam, Kansas) from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. There’s live music, a bounce house, and food available for purchase this Sunday. Admission is free.

Chef Jasper J. Mirabile Jr. is bringing his tableside mozzarella gardenside. He’ll be demoing how to make fresh mozzarella in the Missouri Barn out at Powell Gardens (1609 NW U.S. Highway 50, Kingsville, Missouri) on Sunday from 2 to 3 p.m.

Jonathan Bender

Jonathan Bender is the founder of The Recommended Daily.

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