August is right around the corner! With the school year about to begin and the hotter weather coming to a close, this week’s extensive list of upcoming Kansas City events brings an occasion for every interest!
Kansas City Events (July 30- August 6)
Kansas City Young Audiences production of Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Jr.
July 31, 7-8:30 PM
Any Disney lovers in the house? Come out and bring the little ones to support the young performers of Kansas City as they stage a junior version of The Little Mermaid. Thirty student singers, dancers, and actors put their spin on the classic tale. With only $5 tickets and free admission for children under five, it’s a fun and inexpensive way to keep the performing arts alive in Kansas City. Call 816.531.4022 to purchase tickets; visit the The Kansas City Young Audiences for additional information.
Crown Center’s WeekEnder & The Wizard of Oz
August 1; event begins at 5 pm, live music at 6, outdoor movie at 9
Shrug off the workweek at Crown Center this Friday with live music, an assortment of food trucks, Kansas City vendors, and a night under the stars and city lights with an outdoor showing of The Wizard of Oz. The event is free to the public and is open to the whole family. For a list of scheduled food trucks and vendors, visit Crown Center.
Downtown Sidewalk Sale
August 1, 5-8 PM; August 2, 10 AM-6 PM; August 3, Noon-6 PM
Celebrate Missouri’s tax-free weekend at Kansas City’s Downtown Sidewalk Sale. Stationed off 14th and Main and throughout the Power & Light District, you can save up to 60 percent off clothing and products from the garment district, Zafar Boutique, and an assortment of other Main Street shops. Don’t miss out on the great Kansas City deals! Shop Local, Shop Downtown!
2014 Festival of Butterflies
August 1-10, 9 AM-6 PM
Kansas City’s annual Festival of Butterflies returns this year for its 18th anniversary at Powell Gardens. Learn about monarch butterflies, take part in a caterpillar hunt, a catch-and-release with butterfly netting, and dress up for the costume parade and caterpillar float (11 AM daily). In addition, there’s face painting, flowerpot painting, and the chance to create your own butterfly wings. While the festival runs during daylight hours, there are also two chances to enjoy Powell Gardens at twilight: August 2, 7-9 PM; Family Night, An Evening with the Butterflies, August 9, 7-10 PM; An Evening Escape, Monarchs & Mojitos (perfect date night for those 21 and older!) Visit Powell Gardens for information on pricing and tips for visiting with kids.
A Night Full of Laughs at Fountain City Sketch Comedy
August 2, 9, 16, 10-11 PM
The Kansas City Improv Company debuts its brand-new sketch comedy hour, written and performed by some of the best comedic talent Kansas City has to offer. The 17+ show will be held at the new Kick Comedy Theatre off Pennsylvania Avenue, and is sure to have you rolling in your seats. The show will be offered for three Saturdays, but after that, it’s over. Don’t miss out on this exclusive comedy hour! Visit Kansas City Comedy for additional shows and ticket prices.
R.E.A.D. to a Dog Program at Olathe Public Library
August 2, 1:30-2:30 PM
Does your child have a favorite book he or she loves to read? Boost your child’s reading confidence and get a kick-start for school by joining Kansas City Pets for Life at the Indian Creek Branch Library this Saturday. Share your love for animals and watch your child read aloud to one of their many service dogs. This free event is limited and is available on a first-come-first serve basis, so come early. You don’t want your child to miss out on Reading to a Dog!
Kansas City Events Featured Restaurant of the Week: Cafe des Amis
112 Main St, Parkville, Missouri
Whatever you may call it (charming, casual, warm, romantic), you’ll remember your unique dining experience at Café Des Amis. Magnifique! With tree-lined wooden decks wrapping the restaurant, vintage streetlights illuminating diners, and upstairs location overlooking the picturesque town of Parkville, you’ll think you’re having a meal in a French bistro. The progressive and traditional French cuisine, coupled with friendly service and wonderful atmosphere, will have you trying dishes that taste as good as they sound: St Jacques fraicheur (North Atlantic scallops), Magret de canard (Moulard duck), and Feuillete de ris de veau (pan-seared veal sweetbread) just to name a few. With over sixty wines to complement your meal and the most authentic French desserts this side of the Atlantic, you just might find yourself ooh la laa’d!
Dani’s Order Suggestions:
Drink: Ask for the signature champagne and strawberry cocktail
Appetizer: Affinage de fromages de France, assortment of four imported cheeses
Salad: Salade de chevre chaud, warm goat cheese served over baby greens
Entrée: Filet de boeuf Bordelais, 8-oz vintage center cut beef filet, served with mushrooms Malasa sauce
Dessert: Mousse au chocolat au Brownie, dark chocolate mousse over a walnut brownie
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