13 things to do in KC this weekend, September 8-11

The Chiefs’ season kickoff in a big game against the Cardinals, one of the city’s biggest arts festivals and one of country music’s biggest stars at T-Mobile Center constitute a great autumn weekend. (Oh, and there are also gyroscopes.)

Kansas City Jazz Orchestra/Courtesy Photo

Riff generation

The Kansas City Jazz Orchestra kicks off its fall season with Riff Generation, an improvisational show — meaning this performance, and those to follow in the first few weeks of October and November, are each unique in their own right. The show takes place at the Medallion Theater in the Plexpod Westport, which means it will be easy to make it a night out on 29th Street.

September 9. 7 p.m. Plexpod Westport.

Art Westport

One of the region’s largest art festivals, Art Westport draws thirty thousand people to the streets of the city’s oldest quarter each year, where they can admire or buy regional artists selected by a jury.

September 9 from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. September 10 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday, September 11 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

greek party

The 60th annual Greek Festival celebrates Greek culture and cuisine. There are traditional Greek dances, an Orthodox church service, church tours, and Greek culinary specialties like gyros, souvlaki, and baklava.

September 9-11. Greek Orthodox Church of the Annunciation. greekfoodfest.org.

Celebrate the Ameri’kana Music and Arts Festival

This family event is a free block party during the day and a paid concert at Grinders at night. It features national, local and youth artists, including Making Movies and Los Lobos, to celebrate Black, Indigenous, immigrant and Latino heroes in American music.

September 10. Grinders. fetamerikana.com.

Johnson County Old Settlers Festival

Keep Johnson County’s oldest traditions alive at the Old Settlers Festival. Explore Olathe’s history dating back to 1898, or simply go to the free concerts. While retaining some common elements of a county festival, such as carnival rides and food vendors, Old Settlers also hosts an ice cream party, flower show, and “gabfest” for community members. to sit down and discuss its past, present and future. .

September 8-10. Downtown Olathe, johnsoncountyoldsettlers.com.

KC Symphony: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince in Concert

The magic of Harry Potter’s sixth year comes to life at the KC Symphony with big-screen projections of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince accompanied by the transformative music of our own world-class symphony orchestra. And who knows? Before you can say Felix Felicis, you might realize that the music was always the best part.

September 7-11. Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.

Luke Bryan

country superstar and american idol Judge Luke Bryan has been making music for twenty years, writing and singing country hits about beautiful women and equally beautiful pickup trucks. Country girls, get ready to shake it for him.

September 8, 7 p.m. T-Mobile Center.

jesse james festival

This multi-day, multi-weekend event in Kearney celebrates the small Missouri town’s motley rebel history with a parade, carnival, fishing tournament, “farm magic show”, festival dances, a rodeo with “mutton cutting” for the children, demolition derby and, one way or another, more.

September 9-10 and 16-18. Kearney. jessejamesfestival.com.

twenty one pilots

Columbus, Ohio, “rap rock” duo Twenty One Pilots have been launching drum-heavy melodic radio hits over the past decade. Don’t get “stressed out” – there are still tickets available for their nationwide The Icy Tour.

September 9, 8 p.m. T-Mobile Center.


One of the most iconic boy bands of the ’90s, brothers with long blonde hair and nearly identical baby faces, Hanson has been riding the “MMMBop” gravy train for decades. Now they founded The Hanson Brothers Beer Co. in their hometown of Tulsa and occasionally tour to inspire a new generation of boy band fans.

September 10, 8 p.m. Downtown.

Chiefs vs. Cardinals

The Chiefs’ first game of the season pits them against the oldest and most cursed team in the NFL, the Arizona Cardinals, another team with an MVP-caliber QB who saw his playoff hopes playoffs wiped out earlier than expected last year. Patrick Mahomes visits Kyler Murray in Glendale for this anticipated game. If you want a game day vibe, head to the Power and Light district, where the game will be shown on the biggest giant screen in town at KC Live!

September 11, 3:25 p.m. Free, all public.

KC Auto Show

After two years in the blocks, the KC Auto Show returns this weekend. Electric vehicles are getting a lot of attention this year as the show features an electric vehicle experience, featuring several brands that offer indoor rides. For those who will be sipping shale forever, the Kansas City Automotive Museum will also feature classic and vintage vehicles.

September 8-11. 10am-10pm Thursday, Friday and Saturday and 10am-6pm Sunday. Bartle room.

Lenexa Spinach Festival

Believe it or not, Lenexa was once known as the spinach capital of the world. Today, Popeye would surely be disappointed, unless he arrived at the town’s annual celebration of history.

Lenexa earned the label “thanks to a truly incredible spinach harvest during the Great Depression during times of drought”, according to Susanne Neely, the face behind the festival for ten years. The caption says that a “Chicago buyer came to the Kansas City market looking for quality spinach” and was so “thrilled” to find the quality product available at Lenexa that he bought as many. that he could make it grow, rebounding their economy.

Popeye and Olive Oyl make an appearance, dressing the world’s largest spinach salad, served in a bowl “the size of a kiddie pool”. Festival-goers compete in spinach recipe competitions, the dessert inviting particularly innovative creations. Rock jumps, balloon artists, pedicabs and face painting create a classic fall festival atmosphere.

September 10. 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Sar-Ko-Par Trail Park, 87th Street Parkway and Lackman Road. Free. lenexa.com.

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