Summer Beer Festival and other weekend possibilities

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Go Here. Drink Beer.
  • Go Here. Drink Beer.
Raise a pint in honor of craft beer this weekend. The third annual Summer Beer Festival goes from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday on Pennsylvania Avenue in front of McCoy's (4057 Pennsylvania). Sporting KC is the main sponsor of the event featuring 37 breweries and 96 different brews. Tickets for the festival cost $25 in advance or $30 at the door.

A lot of people will have the blues this weekend. Parkville's 16th annual River Jam is tonight and tomorrow at English Landing Park. The festival features plenty of fuel for you to dance to live jazz or blues or to make your way through the attached art show. Try to pace yourself because there will be funnel cakes, foot-long corn dogs, barbecue, kettle corn, fried pickles and a heap of pork tenderloins. Admission is free.

The Blue Springs Farmers Market has opened in that city's downtown. Located at the intersection of 11th Street and Main, the Blue Springs market sells everything from flip-flops to tomatoes. Fill out your dinner table with bread, jam, meat, coffee, fruits and vegetables. And you can pick up a treat for your pup - there are homemade dog biscuits, as well. The market is open Saturdays from 7 a.m. to noon.

Dads are usually easy to please, so don't overthink Father's Day. Take him to the The Classic Cup (301 West 47th Street) for brunch Sunday. The restaurant serves "mama's famous buttermilk griddle cakes," a solid eggs Benedict and a Thai chicken pizza. If you can't find something to eat here, you're not hungry. Brunch runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. You can make a reservation by calling 816-753-1840.


A Taste of Leawood
is Saturday from 7 to 10:30 p.m. at Leawood City Hall (4800 Town Center Drive). Your $70 ticket ($75 at the door) includes five drink samples, a souvenir wineglass, and food from two dozen area eateries.

What have you got on tap for the weekend?

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