Celebrate Bastille Day and other weekend possibilities


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The mussels with sweet corn, cilantro and coconut curry at the WCB.
  • Westport Cafe and Bar
  • The mussels with sweet corn, cilantro and coconut curry at the WCB.
The Westport Cafe and Bar (419 Westport Road) is in the midst of a four-day celebration in honor of Bastille Day that culminates with a party on Sunday. The Westport restaurant has a three-course prix fixe dinner for the next three days. So you could find yourself ordering black truffle pasta, seared diver scallops and an espresso pot de creme.

The Sunday party has an extended happy hour, which begins at 4 p.m., and features $3 beers, $5 wines, three kinds of mussels for $5, a $10 plate of steak and pommes frites, along with Bastille Day Punch (a floral mix of strawberries, peaches, lavender and vodka).

You don't have to run with the bulls to get a little excitement. Instead, take part in San Fermin's Running of the Bull-e-Vard Pub Crawl along Southwest Boulevard and in the Crossroads, on Saturday. The event starts at 1 p.m. at La Bodega, with the crawl beginning an hour later and a live concert at 7 p.m. at Grinders. Tickets cost $12 at participating restaurants, $15 online and $20 on the day of the event.

The key to enjoying an art show is to have a glass of wine in your hand. That's not a problem at the Second Sunday Art and Wine Show at the Wine Barn Winery & Vineyard (2850 N. 119th St., Kansas City, Kansas), from 12 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Peruse local artists' works and sample sweet, semisweet and dry wines. Admission is free, but the wine and art are not.

The Kinsfolk's Soul Food Festival comes to E.H. Young Riverfront Park (1001 Argosy Parkway) Saturday at 4 p.m. Gladys Knight takes the stage as part of a stacked soul lineup, but the big attraction might just be the eats: Lufti's Fried Fish, Mad Jack's on Troost, Danny's Big Easy, Niecie's and the M&M Bakery will all be on hand. Tickets are $35.

Get in touch with your farming roots, or grow some new ones, at the Tractor Daze & Touch-a-Truck in Blue Springs on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event put on by the National Agricultural Center and Hall of Fame includes diary milking, a tractor pull and a petting zoo. Tickets are $6.

What have you got on tap for the weekend?


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