2015 Kansas City Nanobrew Festival & other weekend possibilities


Think of this as the coming attractions for Kansas City’s beer scene. The 2015 Kansas City Nanobrew Festival will be held in the West Bottoms this year on Saturday at 2 p.m. It’s the same spot where you could see Red Crow (opening in Spring Hill this summer), Big Rip, Cinder Block and Crane Brewing (Raytown this fall) before they were open. Check out the next crop of potential hometown breweries among the more than 150 beers to be sampled. [The Pitch had a good piece this week on the fest, as well]. The festival is in the parking lot of the former Golden Ox space, what will be the Stockyards Brewing Company. Admission is $30 and that includes a souvenir tasting glass along with tickets for food trucks.

Want to get to know the Volker neighborhood. Volkerfest is Saturday from 3 to 9 p.m. in Roanoke Park. They’ll be featuring live acts, local artists and eats — Artego Pizza and Anna’s Oven are part of the offerings. Volker Bicycles will be providing a free bike valet for those who ride over on two wheels.

Meet your local farmers. The Urban Grown Tour is Saturday (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.) and Sunday (12 to 5 p.m.). You can meet urban farmers, learn about the business of farming and score gardening tips on the self-guided tour. Cultivate Kansas City, the tour’s organizer, is also throwing a 10th anniversary birthday bash on Saturday from 5 to 9 p.m. on the field of the Westport Middle School. They’ll bring the birthday cake and some donated local brews — you bring your own picnic.

Food and 5k races are no longer mutually exclusive. There’s the PD Donut Dash (with Donut King donuts) on Saturday. It’s $35 to sign up on race day. There’s a FroYo 5k & 10K Saturday in front of the National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial, as well, with (you guessed it) frozen yogurt at the finish line.

There will be a lot of geek love, rightfully deserved geek love, at Union Station this weekend. The fifth annual Maker Faire Kansas City returns Saturday (10 a.m. to 6 p.m) and Sunday (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.).  You can geek out on robots, letterpress, filmmaking and food trucks (Monk’s Roast Beef, Detroit Coney, Street Wings, Scimeca’s Sausage and Twisted Asian, among them). Tickets are $14 for adults and $11 for kids (3-12).

Things get a little Cajun at City Market tonight. The Crawfish Festival, featuring performances from the Bon Ton Soul Accordion Band and the MGDs, is from 6 to 11 p.m. Jazz will be cooking up crawfish, gumbo, red beans and rice and jambalaya. The food, along with beer from Abita and Boulevard, will be for sale. Admission is $15.

Jonathan Bender

Jonathan Bender is the founder of The Recommended Daily.

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