Westport Beer Festival & other weekend possibilities

weekend-061215Beer festival season is in full swing and so your glass should never run empty. The fifth annual Westport Beer Festival (4057 Pennsylvania) is Saturday from 5 to 9 p.m. in front of McCoy’s Public House. It’s nearly three dozen breweries (Jolly Pumpkin, North Coast & Pretty Things, among them) with more than 80 beers. Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 on the day of the event.

The Independence Square Association is hosting its 5th annual Wine & Brew Walk on the Square tonight from 6 to 9 p.m. The fundraiser for the Historic Independence Square features samples from local wineries (Adam Puchta, Albonee Vineyards, & St. James Winery among them) and breweries. Check in is at the Exchange Event Space (113 W. Lexington, Independence, Missouri) and tickets are $25.

Worlds of Fun is holding its All American Barbecue & Brew Festival this Saturday and Sunday (and next weekend as well). Worlds of Fun provides the ‘cue and KC Bier Company, Tallgrass Brewing Company, New Belgium Craft Beer, Summit Brewing Company, Torn Label Brewery, and Public House Brewing Company will each be bringing four beers. You can buy a park admission and ticket for $59.99, a $25 event ticket or pay $5 as you go to get two craft beer and barbecue samples.

Beer is just like any other food group. Grinders Stonewall (10240 Pflumm Road, Lenexa, Kansas) is featuring Founders Kentucky Breakfast Stout during brunch this Sunday. They’ll tap the keg at 10 a.m.

Grape leaves, chicken souvlaki, gyros and baklava. It’s all these and more (think dancing, shopping, and all the pita) at the St. Dionysios Greek Festival (8100 W 95th Street, Overland Park, Kansas) that begins tonight (5 to 10 p.m.) and runs through Sunday (11 a.m. to 8 p.m.).

The Kansas City Scottish Highland Games & Celtic Festival (1001 Argosy Parkway, Riverside, Missouri) are Saturday (9 a.m. to 8 p.m.) and Sunday (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.). Watch feats of strength, listen to bagpipes, don a kilt and enjoy a whiskey tasting. Admission is $10 for adults (kids 12 years old and under are free).

With sunshine comes street fairs. Browne’s Irish Street Faire (3300 Pennsylvania Avenue) is Saturday from 3 to 11 p.m. There is a bounce house, face painting and funnel cakes for the kids while adults can tuck into a Reuben sandwich, Jameson whiskey (they’ll also be sampling 2 Gingers Whiskey) and a funnel cake. Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door (kids 12 and under are free).

Jonathan Bender

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