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How to spend your summer staycation: The Pitch's 2011 Summer Guide



Old Shawnee Days
June 2–5
Shawnee Town
11501 West 57th Street

A local favorite, Old Shawnee Days has activities and entertainment for the entire family during this annual summer event. These include live music, a carnival, games, crafts, food, a pie and baking contest, and a parade. See the website for more information.

A Day in the Park
10 a.m.–4 p.m. Saturday, June 4

In conjunction with National Trails Day and the annual free-fishing weekend, visit Shawnee Mission, Heritage or Kill Creek park for a day of celebrating the community's trails, parks and recreational spaces. Enjoy games, special activities, free beach admission, and free pedal-boat and canoe rentals. Call 913-831-3355 or see the website for more details.

Festa Italiana
June 3–5
Zona Rosa
8640 North Dixson Avenue

Celebrate all things Italian with delicious Italian food, a beer garden, a chef cook-off, live music and dancers, and vendors. See for a complete schedule and more information.

Show Me Pride Week
May 30–June 5

Named by The Advocate in 2008 as one of the top Pride festivals in the nation, Show Me Pride aims to educate and celebrate diversity. A week of events ends with the 33rd annual Pride Festival Saturday, June 4–Sunday, June 5. See for a schedule and more details.

KC Scottish Highland Games & Celtic Festival
June 10–12
E.H. Young Park
Interstate 635 and Highway 69, in Riverside

"Come be a Scot, even if you're not," the event flier says, and enjoy world-class bagpiping, Highland dancing and athletic competitions, as well as authentic Scottish food, Celtic music and children's games. See for tickets, directions and more details.

Sunday, June 12
The Country Club Plaza

The 24th annual Dog-N-Jog is for people and pooches and raises funds for the Humane Society of Greater Kansas City. The two-mile run, one-mile run and one-mile walk begin at the intersection of Central and Ward Parkway, with hosts Gary Lezak of KSHB Channel 41 and his weather dog, Stormy; KFKF's Debbie­ Erikson; and Q104's TJ McEntire. Don't miss out on exercise, pet caricatures, a costume contest, prizes and more. Register for $25 in advance or for $35 at 7 a.m. on race day. See or call 913-596-1000, ext. 115.

West 18th Street Fashion Show
Saturday, June 11
West 18th Street in the Crossroads District

"Summer in Spain," the show's 11th annual incarnation, features the collections of a select group of local and national designers. Hosts include many West 18th Street merchants, including Birdies Panties and Swim Boutique. The event begins at 8 p.m. on West 18th Street between Wyandotte and Baltimore. General admission is free, but a guaranteed seat costs $35. A VIP ticket costs $100 and provides front-row seating, a swag bag and a pre-show party at Cocoon Gallery at the Arts Incubator. For designer profiles and more information, see

Kansas City Chalk & Walk Festival
June 18–19
Crown Center Square
2450 Grand

For one weekend, empty squares of sidewalk at Crown Center Square (2450 Grand) are transformed into works of art. In addition to street painters, the free event features street performers, entertainment and hands-on activities. See for more information.

Dragon Boat Festival
10 a.m.–4 p.m. Saturday, June 25
The Country Club Plaza

The seventh annual Dragon Boat Festival on the Country Club Plaza is an entertaining cultural experience that also raises money to support literacy in Kansas City, Missouri's sister city, Xi'an, China. Colorful dragon boats race along Brush Creek, and the day includes live music, art activities and food.

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