They say “A dog is one of the remaining reasons why some people can be persuaded to go for a walk.” That theory is put to the test at the inaugural Downtown Dog Day, which kicks off with a one-mile walk that begins at the Farmers Market Pavilion and loops down Santa Fe. Live music accompanies the gathering, as do doggy bags packed with treats and special offers. Judges hand out prizes for the best-dressed pooches. The event benefits the Great Plains SPCA, a KC-based animal welfare organization.9 a.m., April 5. Downtown Overland Park, 79th St. Santa Fe Dr. downtown op.org. Free. April 6 KiteFest
“Let’s go fly a kite/Up to the highest height.” KiteFest 2014 launches this month, with each Sunday dedicated to kiting, kite-making and kite-flying. Week one focuses on creating an ecofriendly kite — participants can bring their own reusable materials or utilize those at the arboretum. A different theme occurs each week. Two levels of flying fields are available. Hotdogs are provided by NY Dawg Pound.Noon-5 p.m., April 6. Overland Park Arboretum Botanical Gardens, 8909 W 179 St. opabg.org. Free for FOTA members; $3 for non-members. April 9 Jana Kramer
Best known for her role of Alex Dupre on the CW show “One Tree Hill,” Jana Kramer has comfortably made the transition to country singer after the series ended in 2012. The Detroit native released her self-titled debut the same year, featuring the hit single “Why Ya Wanna.” This earned her a coveted ACM award for Top New Female Artist. She spent last year opening for Blake Shelton, and now she’s headlining venues with her sweet country sound. Nashville artists Austin Webb and Canaan Smith open the show.7 p.m., April 9. One Block South, 7300 W. 119th St. oneblocksouthkc.com. $12. April 12 Easter Bunny Hide and Seek
Families can hunt more than just eggs filled with goodies hidden by the Easter Bunny. They can actually find the Easter Bunny himself! Participants are asked to meet at Shelter 1 to grab lunch and the first clue. The quest leads to various locations in the park, each with its own followup clue. First to solve the mystery and reach the final destination will win the grand prize. (There, the rabbit is also available for pictures.)Noon-2 p.m., April 12. Shawnee Mission Park, 7900 Renner Rd. www.jcprd.com. The event is $10 per person or $27 per family of four or less. April 25 and 26 Diavolo
The Los Angeles-based Diavolo troupe compares their dance performances to live abstract paintings. These 14 dancers offer a collision of ballet, acrobatics, gymnastics and martial arts, and their sets incorporate skate ramps, half-pipes and other technological marvels. This year’s shows features two dazzling works: “Transit Space” and “Fluid Infinities.” A post-show talk back follows the performance.8 p.m., April 25 and 26. The Carlsen Center’s Yardley Hall, Johnson County Community College. jccc.edu. $15-$40.