Kansas City Irish Fest celebrates its 10th anniversary this year starting tonight. Irish Fest runs through Sunday. The festivities at Crown Center Square include plenty of entertainment, loads of traditional Irish food (the Old Bag of Nails Pub and Hamish Kitchen deserve a visit) and two different tastings: Irish whiskey ($15 in advance, $20 at the gate) and a Boulevard Smokestack Series tasting ($10 for four samples). A single-day ticket costs $10 in advance or $15 at the gate, while a weekend pass is $25.
Do we need to say anything other than fried dough? Santa-Cali-Gon Days celebrates its 40th anniversary over the weekend with a festival from Friday, August 31, through Monday, September 3. Cotton candy and corn dogs are on the menu at the fair, which will also have a Budweiser beer garden and a wine garden.
Raise a turkey leg and clink together your mead glasses — the Kansas City Renaissance Festival (628 North 126th Street) is back. The annual celebration of medieval madness starts Saturday and runs through Sunday, October 14. It features jousting, feasts, and plenty of beer tents as well. Tickets cost $16.95 for adults and $9.95 for children aged 5 to 12, with a season pass starting at $79.95.
It’s been a tough year for crops, but even a drought can’t stop the Liberty Corn Maze (17607 N.E. 52nd St.). Bring a snack (they also sell soda, chips and candy) because it will take you awhile to wind your way through the 1,000-square-foot maze, which is open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, August 31-October 28. Tickets cost $10 for adults and $8 for children aged 5-13 (children 4 and younger get in free).
What have you got on tap for the weekend?