It's technically not summer unless you have a beer in hand. Celebrate the season with the Summer Beer Festival, 5-9 p.m. Saturday, on Pennsylvania Avenue between McCoy's Public House and Kelly's Westport Inn. The Westport festival, which benefits AIDS Walk KC, includes more than 20 breweries (Founders Brewing Co., Nebraska Brewing Co., and Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. among them). Tickets cost $25 in advance, $30 at the door.
The finest events might just be BYOLC: Bring your own lawn chair. That's the case at the 15th annual Bluesfest Friday and Saturday, at Oak Grove Park (76th St. and N. Troost in Gladstone). Chow down on "Saucy Buns," barbecue brisket sandwiches, kettle corn and more. The park opens at 5 p.m. Friday and 1 p.m. Saturday - the live acts start an hour later. Music on Friday night includes the Nace Brothers. Magic Slim & the Teardrops close out the festival on Saturday. Admission is free, and parking costs $5. Coolers are welcome, but only nonalcoholic drinks can be inside them.
Kansas Citians are waking up to the idea that a leisurely brunch is a worthwhile way to wile away a weekend. The Boot Ristorante (415 Westport Rd.) just launched a new brunch. In addition to standard eggs and French toast are lemon ricotta pancakes for the adventurous set, an oyster mushroom frittata and a brunch pizza with sausage, pepperoni, cherry peppers, mozzarella and soft scrambled eggs. Each meal comes with a free bellini, mimosa, bloody mary, coffee or soda. Brunch is offered 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
The 10th annual Waldo Crawldo is Saturday. The pub crawl has grown to a dozen bars this year. Admission is $5 at bars, $7 online and $10 if you show up for the 3 p.m. start.
What have you got on tap for the weekend?