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The BEST weekend of summer 2015 – Kansas City

It’s over 100 degrees outside and your local swimming pool is standing vacant. Do not fret my loves for while we have this heat wave making a splash in our awesome city you have many fun things to look forward to! FuninKC is promoting some of the biggest events of the summer and they are all happening this coming weekend: Fiery Stick 2.0, WeekEnder, Chipotle Cultivate Festival, the Kansas City Big Picnic and more. Grab something cold to drink in this ridiculous, but not out of character Kansas City summer heat and chill out for a moment while I share with you. Read on and plan your weekend with us at FuninKC. Cheers.

Friday, July 17th Fiery Stick Open 2.0

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Who: LiveKC/Girl Talk/you and all of your friends.

What: An evening of outdoor games on the lawn of one of KC’s most visual skyline features and a performance by the greatest mash ’em up artist of all time, Girl Talk.   (Uncontrollable dance moves are a promise.)

When: July 17th 5:00 – 11:00 PM

Where:  

National WWI  Museum lawn/Liberty Memorial (the giant phallic looking tower aka “Fiery Stick” downtown, KC)

100 West 26th Street, Kansas City MO 64108

Cost/Extra Details: Yes, you need a ticket. General admission costs $20 and includes access to all of the outdoor games, food/beer trucks, and losing your mind to Girl Talk’s performance. VIP admission is $75 and allows you access to the VIP Clubhouse with open bar, tasty menu options and the best view of Girl Talk on stage.

Why you need to go: Brush up on your outdoor game skills  and learn to play fair with bocce ball, croquet, oversized beer pong, ladder golf, giant jenga and more!  Take a chance at winning a million dollars instantly and pay off your student debt with the hole in one shoot out! Eat local food truck yummies and pay homage to beer while watching Girl Talk put his thing down, flip it and reverse it with splice and dice mash’ ems from his latest album, All Day.

Friday, July 17th  The Weekender at Crown Center

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Who:  Top local bands and your favorite food trucks, KC Artisans and craft vendors

What:  The Weekender is a new Friday festival being held at Crown Center Square!  Festivities include music from a featured local band as well as a movie screening under the stars.    This Friday come and see Rex Hobart & The Misery Boys rock out on stage and then chill with a showing of “Pitch Perfect” on the big screen.

When:  July 17th, Party starts around 5pm.  Musical performance will cue at 6pm and the film will start around 9pm.

Where:  Crown Center Square

Cost/Extra Details: Free Admission.  Food and alcoholic drink available for purchase.  Guests may not bring their own beverages.

Why you should go:  This event is suited for ALL audiences, so bring the family and friends for an evening of music, food and fun!  What better way to enjoy the KC skyline then to be immersed in it with a giant movie screen in the outdoors?   Bring your blanket or comfy chair and enjoy.

Saturday, July 18th Cultivate Festival: Food, Ideas & MUSIC

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Who:  Chipotle is joining forces with some of the most renowned chefs and creative bands in the country for a day of sharing ideas, food and music.  Come and eat happy, open up your brain to food sustainability and responsibility, and jam to live musical performances for a day of expanding your ideas and mindfulness….and maybe your waistline.

What:  Cultivate is a festival being thrown by the the powerhouse Mexican grill company Chipotle and its partners Izze and Tabasco.  Held in just three cities across the nation, Chipotle Cultivate is landing its central location in our own beloved city.  With Chipotle’s tagline “Whole or Nothing” the festival aims to promote the greatness of food, the sustainability and responsibility of creating great food, eating well, and then sharing and enhancing these ideas with music, chef demonstrations, food samples and more. This is a family friendly event.

When: Saturday, July 19th 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM

Where: Penn Valley Park located at 100 West 26th Kansas City, MO 64108

Cost/Extra Details: Entrance to this bad boy is free, but local food and drink vendors are making their eats and treats available for purchase including:  Little Freshie, The Roasterie, Boulevard, KC Bier Co, Schlafly Beer and the newbie Torn Label Brewing Company. Chipotle will be offering foods for purchase themselves so be prepared to sink your teeth into your choice of Sofritas Tacos, Chorizo Tostadas, Barbacoa and more!

Not enticing enough? Learn a free burrito by visiting all of the Chipotle Cultivate exhibits!  After receiving a stamp for each of the stops on your exhibit “passport”, you will receive a ticket from a Cultivate staff member to exchange for a free Chipotle burrito. Mmm..

In addition, Artisan and Tasting Halls will also provide samples for visitors to experience.  A Kidszone is also available for children to explore educational activities while having FUN at Chipotle Cultivate.

More on why you should go: As if the above information isn’t tempting enough, below is a list of chef and musical line ups to ease your decision making.  Famous chefs from the around the country will be giving live savory demonstrations on the Chefs’ Stage presented by Tabasco throughout the day and on the musical, prolific side, bands will perform music all day on the Izze Music Stage.

Chef demo line up:  Tim Love, Graham Elliot, Amanda Frietag, Lachlan Patterson & Bobby Stuckey, and Colby Gerrelts.

Live performances lineup: Portugal. The Man, St. Lucia, Smallpools, Betty Who, Max Frost and DJ Christopher Golub.

Sunday, July 19th  Kansas City’s Big Picnic

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Who: The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Modern Art and Kansas City Parks and Recreation

What: What the title indicates: a gigantic picnic on the lawn of the Nelson-Atkins Museum. Pack yo’ dinner, pack ‘yo blanket, pack yo’ dog and yo’ kids… just leave the grills, tents and stakes at home. Food trucks are available, lawn games, live musical performances, puppet shows and more. Family/dog friendly

When: Sunday, July 19th from 4-7pm.

Where: The Donald J. Hall Sculpture Park and Theis Park, i.e. the scenic lawn of the Nelson-Atkins Museum

4525 Oak Street, Kansas City, Missouri 64111

Cost/Extra Details: This event is free! Kansas Citians are invited for an evening of pigging out with all your family and friends within the sculptures and gardens of The Donald J. Hall Sculpture Park and Theis Park which are being combined to create one giant outdoor dining space.

Pay attention to these: Doggies need to be on a leash, doggie station by Wayside Waifs will be available.  Road closures on Emanuel Cleaver II Blvd. from Oak Street to Rockhill Road for the Big Picnic from 2-8 p.m.

Why you should go:

The park is beautiful and the event is also being held in honor of National Parks and Recreation Month. Celebrate a step further by riding your bicycle with a little help from BikeKC’s Bike Valet Service, offered in Southmoreland Park.

Participators will also have the experience to physically become a part of The Picnic Project, hear live music from the groups Victor and Penny and their Loose Change Orchestra, Dylan Bassett Percussion and Chad Abernathy, etc.  Participate in unique recreation stations, get your photo ops with giant food sculptures, No dinner with you? No problem, the following local food trucks will be available: Cajun Cabin, KC BBQ, Taco Republic, Prairie Fire Oven,
Wilma’s Good Food, Savannah Sweets, Good Dog 2 Go.

Enjoy the BEST weekend of summer 2015.  Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for updates on exciting events in Kansas City.

Looking for more fun?

We have tons of concerts, shows, happy hours and daily specials throughout the week.

Check out FuninKC.com and start planning!

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