That sound you hear is the sound of bacon sizzling. Bacon Fest 2011 is back in Waldo from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, August 27, at 74th Street and Wornall. The annual fundraiser for the Rehabilitation Institute of Kansas City features live music, beer and yes, plenty of bacon served up cold, hot and for dessert by local restaurants. The events this year include a bacon-recipe contest and a bacon-eating contest, each of which costs $10 to enter. Tickets cost $45 and include food, drinks and a commemorative cup.
You don’t get many shots at a lobster dinner overlooking the sunset downtown, so don’t miss KC Lobsterfest Saturday from 4:30 to 10:30 p.m. The second annual event is a benefit for Children’s Mercy Hospitals and Clinics and is set at the rooftop park above the Cosentino's Market (13th Street and Main). Tickets cost $100 for either a lobster or a steak dinner (surf and turf will run you $140). The tickets also include your drinks and live music by the Shanks.
With football season coming up, it’s time to elevate your game in the backyard. The Culinary Center of Kansas City is offering Smoking 101: The Art of Smokology Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Chef Richard McPeake and Bruce Campbell are teaming up to provide you with all the tips you need, from meat and wood selection to recipes for burnt ends and smoked crimini mushrooms. The class costs $70.
Tap into your animal instincts at Art Unleashed 2011 tonight at Hale Arena from 7 to 10 p.m. The benefit for the Humane Society of Greater Kansas City features original pet-themed artwork and complimentary appetizers.