Johnson County Old Settlers
Thursday-Saturday, Sept. 8-10, at Downtown Olathe
Old Settlers Day, a tradition that began in 1898, features arts and crafts, an ice cream social, a flower show, live music and a carnival. But the centerpiece is what organizers say is the largest parade in Kansas with about 160 entries and 65,000-75,000 people attending. It will start at 10 a.m. Saturday at Kansas Avenue and Loula Street. Noon-10 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 8; 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday, Sept. 9; 9 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10. Multiple venues, Downtown Olathe. johnsoncountyoldsettlers.com. Free; daily carnival wristband $25.
“Picasso at the Lapine Agile”
Opens Thursday, Sept. 8, at Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre
So, what would happen if Albert Einstein and Pablo Picasso had gotten together at a bar in Paris when both men were young and not yet famous? Steve Martin, better known as a comedian and comic actor, answered that question with this play he wrote in 1993. Needless to say, there are plenty of laughs. 7:30 Thursday, Sept. 8 (through Sept. 24). Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre. 816-569-3226. metkc.org. $15-$49.
Friday-Sunday, Sept. 9-11, at Westport District
Original art, jewelry and fine arts will be on display and for sale over three days in a show highlighting artists from the Kansas City area. This will be the 37th version of Art Westport, which also provides plenty of opportunities for shopping, dining and drinking. Participating artists must live within an 80-mile radius of downtown. 1-9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 9; 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 11. Westport District. artwestport.info. Free.
“Bridge Builder” by Siah Armajani
Opens Friday, Sept. 9, at Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
Iranian-born, Minneapolis-based artist Siah Armajani’s mixed-media work “Kansas City No. 1” was donated to the Kemper Museum two years ago and is the centerpiece of this new exhibition. Armajani, who designed the Olympic cauldron for the 1996 Summer Games in Atlanta, has used the structure and concept of bridges as a major theme in his works. Opening reception, 5-7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 9; runs through Jan. 22. Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art. 816-753-5784. kemperart.org. Free.
Opens Friday, Sept. 9, at Spencer Theatre
Kansas City Repertory Theatre will present the story of Eva Peron, put to music by Andrew Lloyd Webber with lyrics by Tim Rice. Peron, known as Evita, was a model and actress who went on to become the first lady of Argentina and had a powerful influence on politics and society. The show became one of the favorite musicals of the late 20th century; Madonna played the title role in the 1996 movie version. 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 9 (through Oct. 2). Spencer Theatre. 816-235-2700. kcrep.org. $25-$69.
Kansas City Symphony, “The Music of Led Zeppelin”
Friday, Sept. 9, at Kauffman Center
The music of Jimmy Page and Robert Plant will be front and center during a tribute to the legendary English band from the 1970s. With assistance from a rock band, vocalist Randy Jackson and a light show, the Kansas City Symphony will perform hits including “Whole Lotta Love,” “Heartbreaker” and “Stairway to Heaven.” 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 9. Helzberg Hall, Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. 816-471-0400. kcsymphony.org. $40-$95.
Dance in the Park
Saturday, Sept. 10, at Roanoke Park
The 18th annual celebration will showcase local companies of genres ranging from ballet, tango, swing, salsa and jazz to modern, hip-hop, break dance, capoeira and aerial dance. Cultural dance performances will include Middle Eastern, Indian, Irish, Scottish, Samoan, Spanish, Mexican and West African. 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10. Roanoke Park. 816-474-4444. cityinmotion.org or kcparks.org. Free.
Independence Uncorked Wine Festival
Saturday, Sept. 10, at Bingham-Waggoner Estate
The grounds of the 1852 Bingham-Waggoner Estate in Independence will provide the setting for a festival featuring tastings of more than 20 Missouri wineries. Visitors will find booths with art and food, and there will be classes as well as live music. 1-6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10. Bingham-Waggoner Estate. independenceuncorked.com. $25-$35.
KC Beer Fest
Saturday, Sept. 10, at Power & Light District
Left Hand and Tallgrass, 4Hands and 2nd Shift, Empyrean and Elysian, Goose Island and Ballast Point — these are just a few of the more than 150 craft beers and keg tappings expected to be available at the Beer Fest. Presented by the Flying Saucer Draught Emporium, the event is spread over two blocks and also will feature live music and food trucks. VIP ticket holders can enter an hour early for first crack at the brews. 3-6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10. Power & Light District. 816-842-1045. kc-beerfest.com. $35-$70.
Shakespeare in the Parking Lot: “Twelfth Night”
Opens Saturday, Sept. 10, at Alcott Arts Center
Playgoers can enjoy a Shakespearean comedy and help two good causes, the Center of Hope Food Pantry and the Arts Center itself. The play, which will be performed on the South Campus Lawn, tells the story of twins separated because of a shipwreck and the ensuing romantic interludes. 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10 (through Sept. 18). Alcott Arts Center. 913-233-2787. alcottartscenter.org. $5 plus food donation for local pantry.
Chiefs vs. San Diego
Sunday, Sept. 11, at Arrowhead Stadium
Finally, the regular season is here. After the long off-season, summer practices and four exhibition games, it’s easy to forget the Chiefs are still riding a 10-game regular-season winning streak. That stretch includes two victories over the Chargers by a combined 43-6. Noon Sunday, Sept. 11. Arrowhead Stadium. 816-920-9300. chiefs.com. $45-$315.
Tegan and Sara
Tuesday, Sept. 13, at Midland
Tegan and Sara Quin are 35-year-old identical twins from Calgary who began playing guitars and writing songs at age 15. They released their first album in 1999 and have since produced eight studio albums, including “Love You to Death” this year. With music that bridges the pop and indie worlds, they have played numerous festivals and have toured with the likes of the Killers, Neil Young and the Black Keys. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 13. Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland. 816-283-9921. midlandkc.com. $30.50-$36.