Fri., Aug. 31, 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Sat., Sept. 1, 10 a.m.-11 p.m., Sun., Sept. 2, 10 a.m.-11 p.m. and Mon., Sept. 3, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 2012
If you've forgotten that Labor Day weekend is when Santa-Cali-Gon goes down, then you aren't very Kansas City. The Independence festival has been poppin' off since 1973, with concerts, a huge crafts fair, a carnival, a midway, and some of the best people watching. But if fried gator on a stick, hordes of goth teens, and a watermelon-seed-spitting contest aren't up your alley, may we suggest the Electric Theatre Vintage Arcade? Located in the party room at Square Pizza on Independence Square (208 West Maple Avenue, 816-388-9660), the golden-era video-game gallery lets you play all the Dig Dug, Tron, Punchout and Crystal Castles your thumbs can take (with tickets ranging from $5 to $20). Open today through Monday, it also offers an air-conditioned respite from the old-fashioned festival fun outside. See electrictheatrearcade.com for more information.