Weekend possibilities | Music Festivals, Fiesta Hispana and Spinach Festival in Lenexa

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Image credit above: DJ Lektrik, a local DJ playing Dancefestopia in 2017 (Contribution | Image Maker Productions)

Can’t wait for the Kansas City Chiefs to open the 2021 NFL season against the Cleveland Browns on Sunday?

Football fans can relax and pass the time with a number of live music and cultural festivals taking place the weekend before kickoff.

Friday September 10

9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. It is the migration season. You can join the movement this weekend at George Owens Natural Park Hummingbird Festival, 1601 S. Peck Road. As ruby-throated hummingbirds pass through the area, the Independence, Missouri green space will increase its feeders to 50, increasing the chance for you to see the delicate creatures up close. George Owens will have experts on hand to answer any questions about the species, as well as activities for the kids. The festival is free.

4 p.m. – 11 p.m. Want to party? See you at this weekend’s Grain Valley Fair, which takes place Friday and Saturday at Blue Springs, 715 W. Main St. The two-day program of events features numerous concerts, rides, baby contests. , reptile shows, dozens of vendor stands, food trucks and more. The festival is free.

Dancefestopia Emerald City, a five-day electronic music festival, is underway at the grounds of the Wildwood Outdoor Education Center at La Cygne, Kansas, 7095 W. 399th St. The festival features performances by over 150 artists on four stages. Headliners include Griz, Zeds Dead, and Rezz. The three-day weekend music and camping passes remain available for $ 265.

Saturday September 11

9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Did you know that Lenexa, Kansas was once considered the “Spinach Capital of the World?” »On Saturday Lenexa Epinard Festival in Sar-Ko-Par Trails Park, 87th Street and Lackman Road, plans to honor its leafy history and some with all-day arts and crafts activities, food, live music and an opportunity to meet a herd of goats tasked with eliminating species invasive Sar-Ko-Par trails Park stream corridor. There’s also a spinach recipe contest, craft vendors, and the festival’s big show, the world’s largest spinach salad. The spinach party is free.

12 p.m. Р10 p.m. The Fiesta Hispana is back on the field of Barney Allis Square, 1220 Wyandotte Street, this Saturday for a celebration at the start of Hispanic Heritage Month. Created to promote the cultural, educational and economic development of the Hispanic community, Fiesta Hispana will have over 75 booths featuring resources, lessons on Hispanic heritage and cultural traditions, the arts and, of course, food. All this, plus Sunday music from Mexican band Norte̱o, Los Cadetes De Linares. The Fiesta Hispana is free.

1 p.m. – 9 p.m. Local and regional talent will take the stage at four different venues for the Crossroads Music Fest 2021. The one-day festival features 30 acts, including The Freedom Affair, Deshica Rage with Jessica Paige & Kadesh Flow, Arquesta Del SolSoul and Danny Cox, to name a few. Look for the music programs of the recently moved fully outdoor festival Lemonade to park, Stockyards Brewing Co., MOD Gallery and Parlor. Festival passes cost $ 25 in advance or $ 30 at the door of a venue.

3 p.m. Kansas City’s newest country music festival arrives on the shores of Longview Lake, 11101 Raytown Road. Get tickets to Shake The Lake to see sets from headliners Dustin Lynch and Chris Janson, but that’s not all. Shake the Lake will have an interactive playground, line dance stage, and pop-ups from local restaurants. General admission tickets are $ 49. A VIP ticket that gives access to the swimming beach and seats on the stage is $ 119.

Sunday September 12

11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Kansas City-area artists from multiple disciplines will showcase their work this weekend Westport Art, 4500 Pennsylvania Ave. The three-day, regionally-focused, open-air art festival will feature works from over 150 jewelry makers, photographers, painters, multimedia artists, carpenters and more. Art Westport is free to attend.

1 p.m. – 5 p.m. J. Rieger & Co. Distillery, 2700 Guinotte Ave., invites We Got It Covered to their joint East Bottoms for the revival of food service meal prep. We Got It Covered will have representatives, including a certified nutritionist, on hand to discuss dietary needs and fitness goals, while providing tasty samples of the meal prep menu. There will be music and a cash bar. The information and tasting session is free.

13:25 The Chiefs open the 2021 season Sunday afternoon at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium against the Cleveland Browns. A rematch of last year’s Division playoff game, the opener is set to be an exciting start to the NFL season. If you don’t go to the game, KC live! At Power & Light District Gameday: The Ultimate Game Experience, 13th Street and Grand Boulevard, is a solid second option. The big-screen game, tailgate games, pre-game food and drink specials, and in-game entertainment could have the downtown area as football-enthusiastic as the Arrowhead stands. . Doors open two hours before kick-off. Free entry.

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