Weekend Possibilities | Tour de Bier, Halloween Haunt at Worlds of Fun and a ‘Hocus Pocus’ pop-up

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Image credit above: cyclists ride in the Tour de Bier. (Courtesy | BikeWalkKC)

Have a little fear, the weekend is here.

Halloween Haunt at Worlds of Fun and the Sanderson Sisters and Spirits pop-up kick off spooky season. Less terrifying options include Fiesta Hispana and Tour de Bier, among others.

Friday September 16

1:30 p.m. The National Art & Soul Experience Festival is underway on the campus of the University of Missouri-Kansas City, 5100 Cherry St. The second day of ASX Fest offers a full Friday schedule of personal and professional development sessions, guest speakers, and industry-focused arts and technology experiences open to everyone. Tickets are $55 for all sessions or $20 per session.

4:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m. Apparition alchemists serve spooky cocktails at the Pop-up Sanderson Sisters and Spirits Friday night at Shawnee, 4601 Shawnee Drive. The “Hocus Pocus” party in conjunction with Apparition Bar and Vignettes will take guests to the Sanderson Museum of Witchcraft, where Homesteader Cafe themed drinks and snacks are on the menu. Reservations are not required, but are recommended. It’s $5 per person.

6:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m. Halloween Haunt Comes Down On worlds of pleasure, 4545 Worlds of Fun Ave., Friday night, offering a terrifying and thrilling night at the park. Fall’s staple at Worlds of Fun will feature immersive mazes, spooky areas and spooky shows, plus all the thrill rides above dense fog, where more than 400 monsters lurk below . Tickets start at $39.99.

Saturday September 17

8am Kansas City’s biggest one-day cycling event is back and begins early Saturday morning at Berkley Waterfront Park, 1298 River Front Drive. Sign up for the Tour de Bier to raise funds and ride with other beer lovers for a good cause. Proceeds from the ride featuring local breweries will go to Head for the Cure and BikeWalkKC, supporting better local walking and biking infrastructure and brain tumor research. The ride costs $65 and includes samples and snacks, two drink tickets, a t-shirt, an after-party invite, lunch and more.

11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Shatto Milk Co. celebrates 19 years with a family day at the farm, 9406 N. Highway 33. Guests can tour the farm, pet the baby calves, visit the cheese cellar, sample Shatto products and more. Family day is free.

Noon – 11 p.m. Fiesta Hispana is back at Barney Allis Square, 12th and Central streets, this weekend. The completely free cultural celebration features plenty of food, arts and crafts, community resource booths, vendors, and a full schedule of live entertainment. Saturday begins with Mariachi Fuego and ends with headliners The Latin Breed with Jay Perez and a set by DJ Jalapeño.

8 p.m. Unicorn Theater production of “Toni Stone” debuts Saturday night at Midtown, 3828 Main St. Grab tickets and watch director Brad Shaw and his cast tell the story of the first woman to play professional baseball in the black leagues on stage , exploring themes of race, gender and what it takes to achieve a dream. Tickets start at $47, plus fees.

Sunday September 18

Midday The very first Country Day at the Eastern Crossroads is set for Sunday afternoon. Eight unique bar games await contestants across eight pub crawl stops. Teams of four can purchase a pass, score card and map for $40 and meet at any of the participating locations. Teams will have access to drink offers at each location, as well as the chance to win free drink tokens throughout the day. There will be a prize for the best dressed and individual team. You must be 21 or older to play the game.

11:30 a.m. Singer-songwriter Paul Thorn concludes his three-day run at Knucklesheads, 2715 Rochester Ave., Sunday morning. A storyteller at heart, the Tupelo, Mississippi artist will provide the back track for a late morning brunch at the East Bottoms venue. Tickets are $75.

Noon – 1:30 p.m. Pop-Up Science: Wonderful Monarchs in KU National History Museum, 1345, boul. Jayhawk, is a free, family-friendly experience on the University of Kansas campus. Stop to learn more about monarch butterflies and watch an experiment that models how butterflies use thermal air masses to travel long distances.

Clarence Dennis is Audience and Digital Content Strategist at Flatland.

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