Old Shawnee Days
6-10 p.m. Thursday-Friday, June 1-2; 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, June 3; 11:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, June 4; at Shawnee Town 1929
One of the area’s oldest town fairs and Shawnee’s biggest annual event will kick off the summer festival season. In addition to a parade Saturday morning and four days of carnival rides, there also will be three nights of music, highlighted by State Line Drive on Thursday, Noe Palma and tribute bands on Friday and Night Ranger on Saturday. Mentalist Devin Henderson will perform twice both Saturday and Sunday. oldshawneedays.org. Free. Carnival games and rides extra.
Downtown Days Festival
Noon-10 p.m. Friday, June 2; 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Saturday, June 3; 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Sunday, June 4; at Downtown Lee’s Summit
Music will be a major focus of this three-day event. Friday night will feature a bill capped by Four Fried Chickens and a Coke, and Saturday’s daylong entertainment will conclude with Kansas City’s favorite Irish rockers, The Elders. Other attractions will include arts and crafts, a carnival, food vendors, a kids area and the Sports & Autograph Booth. downtownls.org/event/downtown-days-festival-2017. Free except for carnival games and rides.
Hospital Hill Run
5K at 7 p.m. Friday, June 2; 10K and half-marathon at 7 a.m. Saturday, June 3; at Crown Center
The Hospital Hill Run has been around since 1974, and remains one of the area’s premier running events, now spanning two days with three race distances. A special challenge called the Hospital Hill Re-Run is for people who run the 5K Friday night and either the 10K or half-marathon Saturday morning. hospitalhillrun.com. 5K, $40; 10K, $60; half-marathon, $85.
Royals vs. Cleveland
7:15 p.m. Friday, June 2, and 1:15 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, June 3-4, at Kauffman Stadium
Less than two weeks after his wife, Jamie, gave birth to their third child (a girl), Alex Gordon will celebrate the arrival of another little Gordon — this one of the bobblehead variety. Saturday’s game with the defending American League champion Indians will be Alex Gordon bobblehead day. Maybe the little guy will inspire the Royals left fielder to swat his way out of his prolonged hitting slump. Also, vs. Houston, 7:15 p.m. Monday-Thursday, June 5-8. 800-676-9257. kansascity.royals.mlb.com. $19-$250.
Kansas City Symphony, “Ax Plays Mozart and Strauss’ ‘Merry Pranks’ ”
8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, June 2-3, and 2 p.m. Sunday, June 4, at Helzberg Hall
Piano legend Emanuel Ax, who has won seven Grammy Awards, will join the Symphony and conductor Michael Stern to perform Mozart’s Piano Concertos No. 16 and No. 19, as well as Strauss’ “Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks.” Mozart’s No. 19 was played at the coronation of the Holy Roman Emperor Leopold II in 1790. Kauffman Center. 816-471-0400. kcsymphony.org. $23-$80.
6 p.m.-midnight Friday, June 2; noon-midnight Saturday, June 3; noon-7 p.m. Sunday, June 4; at Berkley Riverfront Park
Come for the music and stay for the volleyball … and the health checkups, pet adoptions, food, vendors, games and other fun activities. The musical headliners will include DJ Citizen Jane and Material Girl (Friday), Betty Who and Well Strung (Saturday) and David Hernandez and Frenchie Davis (Sunday). The LGBTQIA Youth Hang Out will be open noon-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. gaypridekc.org. $10.
Prairie Village Art Show
5-8 p.m. Friday, June 2; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, June 3; 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, June 4; at Village Shopping Center
About 100 exhibitors are expected for this three-day event, which will include visual fine arts and crafts as well as literary, performing and children’s interactive arts. There also will be two stages for entertainment, highlighted by the Michael Beers Band at 7 p.m. Friday and Private Stock at 7 p.m. Saturday, plus a Chris Cakes pancake breakfast 8:30-10:30 a.m. Saturday. prairievillageshops.com. Free.
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
8 p.m. Friday, June 2, at Sprint Center
This is the 40th Anniversary Tour for the Gainesville, Fla., rock band, but Tom Petty and fellow members Mike Campbell and Benmont Tench have performed together even longer, having started in 1970 as the band Mudcrutch. The Heartbreakers, known for hits such as “Free Fallin’,” “American Girl” and “Don’t Do Me Like That,” will be joined on the bill by rocker Joe Walsh. 816-949-7000. sprintcenter.com. $49.50-$145.
“Disney’s The Little Mermaid”
Opens 8 p.m. Saturday, June 3, at Starlight Theatre
One hundred and eighty years after Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale was published and 27 years after the release of Disney’s animated film, the romantic story of the mermaid Princess Ariel still captures the hearts of audience members, young and old alike. The stage musical, which ran on Broadway in 2008-2009, features the Academy Award-winning song “Under the Sea.” Runs through June 11. 816-363-7827. kcstarlight.com. $15-$142.
Latino Arts Festival
1-8 p.m. Saturday, June 3, at Downtown Kansas City, Kan.
The works of local, regional and national Latino artists will be on display amid an abundance of other activities. A parade will begin at noon, the Fiesta Mexicana Folkloric Dance Group will perform at 3 p.m., and a lowrider car show will run throughout the day. Food trucks, vendor tents and a kids zone will be other highlights. latinoartsfestival.com. Free.
“ ‘Paw Patrol’ Live: Race to the Rescue!”
10 a.m., 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Saturday, June 3, and 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Sunday, June 4, at Music Hall
What could be cuter than a bunch of rescue dogs who come to the rescue of humans? That’s the premise of the Nickelodeon show “Paw Patrol,” which will come to life onstage as Marshall, Chase, Skye, Rubble, Rocky, Zuma and Everest help save the day at the Great Adventure Bay Race. In the process, the pups will share many lessons for all ages. pawpatrollive.com. $20-$62.
Noon Saturday, June 3, at Kansas Speedway
The rock festival that debuted in 1992 at Smithville Lake enters a new era with its move from mid-May to Memorial Day weekend and from Liberty Memorial to the roomier confines of Kansas Speedway. It will feature two main stages, both set up in front of the main grandstand, rather than a main stage and a secondary stage. Among the headliners will be Godsmack, Sammy Hagar, Halestorm and Collective Soul. rockfestkc.com. $69.50
6:30 p.m. Saturday, June 3, at Kansas City Public Library-Plaza Branch
The former senior adviser to President Bill Clinton will appear for “Lincoln: Wrestling With His Angel, 1849-1856,” the second volume in his biography “The Political Life of Abraham Lincoln.” This book chronicles the years before Lincoln became president, when he returned to Illinois to practice law after his single term in the U.S. House. 816-701-3400. kclibrary.org. Free.
Sporting Kansas City vs. Minnesota
4 p.m. Saturday, June 3, at Children’s Mercy Park
If these teams play to form, the home fans will leave happy. Sporting is 5-0-1 at Children’s Mercy Park this season, outscoring its opponents 13-2 in those games while rising to the top of Major League Soccer’s Western Conference. Minnesota United, meanwhile, is 0-4-2 on the road, and in its first 12 games overall it had surrendered 30 goals, by far the most in MLS. However, Sporting lost 2-0 at Minnesota on May 7. 913-387-3400. sportingkc.com. $42-$69.
Also this week
Classical music and dance
Bach Aria Soloists, “The Adventures of Don Quixote,” June 3, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. bachariasoloists.com
Kansas City Symphony, “Classics Uncorked: The Architecture of Music,” June 7, Kauffman Center. kcsymphony.org
“Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike,” June 1-11, City Theatre of Independence. citytheatreofindependence.org
“Rumors,” June 2-18, Barn Players. thebarnplayers.org
“Spamalot,” June 2-10, Shawnee Mission Park. theatreinthepark.org
“Xanadu,” Music Theatre of Kansas City, June 3-4, Goppert Theatre. mtkc.org
“Fear Not,” CEW Productions, June 4, Folly. follytheater.org
Capone, June 1-4, Kansas City Improv. improvkc.com
Jimmie Walker, June 1-3, Stanford’s Comedy Club. stanfordscomedyclub.com
Music (Rock, pop, jazz)
Marian Hill, June 2, Kansas City Live! powerandlightdistrict.com
Paul Thorn, June 2-4, Knuckleheads. knuckleheadskc.com
Travis Tritt, June 2, Ameristar. ameristar.com
Jason Boland & The Stragglers with Shooter Jennings, Cole Porter Band, Mountain Deer Revival, June 3, CrossroadsKC. crossroadskc.com
Future, June 4, Sprint Center. sprintcenter.com
Tech N9ne with Krizz Kaliko, Stevie Stone, Ces Cru and more, June 4, Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland. midlandkc.com
Festa Italiana, June 2-4, Zona Rosa. zonarosa.com
Jazzoo, June 2, Kansas City Zoo. kansascityzoo.org
Miami County Antique Tractor and Gas Engine Show, June 2-4, Louisburg. micoantiquetractorassoc.com
SummerFest, June 2, Memorial Park, Belton. belton.org
Hollis Fest, June 3, Hollis Renewal Center. holliscenter.org/hollisfest.html
Party on the Prairie, June 3, Jerry Smith Park. kcparks.org/event/party-on-the-prairie
Strawberry Festival, June 3, Vaile Victorian Mansion. vailemansion.org
Rose Show and Day, June 3-4, Laura Conyers Smith Rose Garden in Loose Park. kansascityrosesociety.org/2017-rose-show--day.html
Stems Plein Air Art Fair, June 4, Overland Park Arboretum and Botanical Gardens. stemspleinair.com/art-fair-info
Zeb Hogan, ecologist and photographer, June 6, Kauffman Center. kauffmancenter.org
Kansas City T-Bones vs. Wichita, June 4-7. CommunityAmerica Ballpark. tbonesbaseball.com