The Weston Irish Festival returns for its 15th year this weekend. There’s Irish stew and bangers and plenty of ale, stouts and lagers as the festival is hosted by the Weston Brewing Company. They’ll bring in 17 acts over three days that should draw close to 10,000 people. Tickets for Friday night (5 p.m. to 12 a.m.) are $5 online and $10 at the gate. It’s $10 and $15 for Saturday (11 to 12 a.m.) and Sunday (12 to 10 p.m.).
St. Peter’s Meyer Fest is a new two-day festival in Brookside (main entrance is at the intersection of E Meyer Boulevard and Charlotte). There will be a bike parade led by the Shatto Milk Company (who just released pumpkin spice egg nog) and a coterie of food trucks (Taco Republic, Carmen’s Bites, Plantain District). Tickets are $20 in advance and include one drink ticket.
Delve into Japanese culture and cuisine at the Greater Kansas City Japan Festival on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. The fest, at Johnson County Community College, includes folk songs and dancing, as well as bento boxes, a market with Japanese snacks and food from Kaiyo, Nara, Siki and Sama Zama. Tickets are $10 online or $12 the day of the festival. Children, ages 5 to 13, get in for $6 in advance, $8 at the gate. Student tickets are $8 (in advance) and $10 (gate).
Booktoberfest is tonight from 7 to 10 p.m. It’s a series of mini brewery tours with sampling (Kansas City Bier Company, Cinder Block Brewery, Crane Brewing Co. and the Rock & Run Brewery & Pub are all participating) inside the central branch of the Kansas City Public Library. Tickets are $35 or two for $50 and the proceeds benefit the Young Friends of the Kansas City Public Library. You can start checking in at 6:30 p.m.
It’s the final weekend for the Kansas City Renaissance Festival in Bonner Springs, Kansas. Get your turkey legs and mead fix (or mac n’ cheese in a bread bowl or deep-fried Oreos or just some steak on a stick) through Columbus Day on Monday, October 13.
Step back in time with the Shoal Creek Living History Museum’s Harvest Festival (7000 Northeast Barry Road) on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. There’s 19th-century re-enactors, kettle corn, and horse-drawn wagon rides. Admission is $5.
It’s grey and drizzly, which is definitely chili weather. The Lee’s Summit Sunrise Rotary Club is holding ChiliFest, which kicks off with a concert tonight at 7 p.m. (along with beer and food trucks in downtown Lee’s Summit) and chili cooking tomorrow (beginning at 12 p.m.). Get a taste of chili, wings and salsa for $5 Saturday.
Pie Hole is holding PieFest, a free street festival, this Saturday from 4 to 7 p.m. at 58th and Holmes. Check out our profile to learn more about the new food truck that sells Aussie Meat Pies.[Scott egg image via Flickr: Simon Doggett, Turkey leg image via Flickr: midiman]