Thursday-Sunday, May 10-13, at Excelsior Springs
Why not escape into the past at Gatsby Days, where the Roaring ’20s come to life with live music, original poetry, art, vintage cars and fashions? Named for F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel “The Great Gatsby,” the annual spring festival will include parties such as Jazz at The Elms and Gin & Jazz: A Great Gatsby Affair, as well as the Broadway Stroll, the Vaudeville Revue and the 1920s “County Fair” Fashion Show. esculturalguild.com. $5-$20 for special events, others free.
Friday-Saturday, May 11-12, at Kansas Speedway
The first of NASCAR’s two annual visits to Kansas Speedway will bring the Camping World Truck Series for a 250-mile race at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 11, and the Monster Energy Cup Series (the former Sprint Cup, Nextel Cup and Winston Cup) for a 400-mile race at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 12. Practice and qualifying for both events will begin at 10:45 a.m. Friday. The Gin Blossoms will perform at 5:15 p.m. Saturday to get fans in the mood for the big race. 866-460-7223. Tickets are $29-$149 through kansasspeedway.com; children 12 and under free May 11.
Kansas City Ballet, “Peter Pan”
Opens 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 11, at Muriel Kauffman Theatre
The story might be familiar, but you haven’t seen the likes of this “Peter Pan.” With world premiere choreography by Kansas City Ballet artistic director Devon Carney and Carmon DeLeone’s score performed by the Kansas City Symphony, the classic family fantasy featuring the adventures of Peter Pan, Tinker Bell, the Darling children and Captain Hook truly comes to life. Runs through May 20. Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. 816-931-8993. Tickets are $34-$134 through kcballet.org.
The Color Run
8 a.m. Saturday, May 12, at Arrowhead Stadium
The course for this 5K is flat, but don’t expect to run a fast time. In fact, there are no official times and no winners in what is billed as “The Happiest 5K on the Planet” and as the largest running series in the world. Runners are showered with colored powder at stations along the course, then, after crossing the finish line, the real party begins with vendors, giveaways and items for purchase. Registration is $29.99-$34.99 at thecolorrun.com/locations/kansas-city.
LitUp Festival: Books and Art for the Next Generation
8:30 a.m. Saturday, May 12, at Mid-Continent Public Library-North Independence Branch
This literary event is geared for teens, but adults also are welcome. The 16 authors and illustrators who will be on hand will include Nnedi Okorafor, an award-winning novelist of African-based science fiction, and Maya Van Wagenen, who was 15 when she published a young adult novel that became a New York Times best-seller. In addition to talks, interviews and workshops, LitUp will feature a poetry slam. litupfestival.org. Free.
Asian Cultural Festival
10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, May 12, at Overland Park Convention Center
The Mid-America Asian Cultural Association will present a full day of activities, highlighted by a celebrity-filled opening ceremony and stage performances by Elvis tribute artist Bobby Simkins and Japanese drum group Three Trails Taiko. Also scheduled are a yo-yo contest, martial arts show, Chinese fashion show and dancers from India. Tickets are $8 through maacaweb.org; $10 at door; children under 16 free.
Sprint Family Fun Days
11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, May 12, at Power & Light District
“Capes and Crowns” will kick off the Power & Light District’s 2018 Sprint Family Fun Days, which are one-day themed festivals throughout the summer and fall. This one will feature costumed characters, a Castle Moon Bounce, Super Hero Bounce House and a trackless train. Kids will be able to have their photos taken with their favorite superhero or princess. powerandlightdistrict.com. Free.
7 p.m. Saturday, May 12, at Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland
She had done stand-up comedy and had roles in movies and TV shows for more than a decade, but Tiffany Haddish has exploded in popularity in the past year. She stole virtually every scene in the film “Girls Trip” and now is co-starring in the TBS sitcom “The Last O.G.” with Tracy Morgan. Haddish, who released her memoir, “The Last Black Unicorn,” in December, was named to Time magazine’s most recent 100 most influential people in the world. 816-283-9921. Tickets are $35-$55 through midlandkc.com.
8 p.m. Saturday, May 12, at Starlight Theatre
When Jon Stewart retired as host of Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show” in 2015, Trevor Noah was something of a surprise choice to replace him — unless you knew his entire story. Noah was born in South Africa, where he had several TV-hosting gigs, and he was the biggest comedian in Africa before joining “The Daily Show” as a contributor in 2014. He’s also done nine stand-up specials, most recently “Afraid of the Dark” on Netflix. 816-363-7827. Tickets are $35-$85 through kcstarlight.com.
Alan Cumming, “Legal Immigrant”
7 p.m. Sunday, May 13, at Helzberg Hall
Although many U.S. TV viewers might know him as Eli Gold on “The Good Wife,” Alan Cumming established his reputation as a stage performer. He won a Tony Award playing the emcee in “Cabaret,” and “Legal Immigrant” follows in that tradition. The cabaret show will feature selections from Stephen Sondheim, Edith Piaf, Cole Porter, Pink, Adele and the Proclaimers. Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. 816-994-7222. Tickets are $55.50-$95.50 through kauffmancenter.org.
Royals vs. Tampa Bay
6:05 p.m. Monday, May 14; 7:15 p.m. Tuesday, May 15; 1:15 p.m. Wednesday, May 16; at Kauffman Stadium
Now that the weather has warmed up and the team has shown at least some signs of life, perhaps the crowds will return after a major drop-off in attendance so far this season. The Rays aren’t the most exotic opponent — can you name even one of their players? — but the series will include a Price Chop Monday with $10 seats and a Student Night on Wednesday afternoon. 800-676-9257. Tickets are $10-$159 through mlb.com/royals.
7 p.m. Tuesday, May 15, at Karbank 1900 Building
This is a chance to see and hear one of the emerging American violinists of her generation. Laurel Gagnon, a native of New Hampshire who is the concertmaster of the ICM Chamber Orchestra at Park University, recently earned fourth prize at the Singapore International Violin Competition. She often substitutes with the Kansas City Symphony. 816-221-4488. Tickets are $10-$20 through 1900bldg.com.
Also this week
Classical music and dance
American Youth Ballet, “Alice in Wonderland, May 12-13, Polsky Theatre. americanyouthballet.org
“Here Comes the Sun,” Free Symphony Happy Hour, May 15, Kauffman Center. kcsymphony.org
“Radio Gals,” May 10-June 24, Chestnut Fine Arts Center. chestnutfinearts.com
Corey Holcomb, May 10-12, Kansas City Improv. improvkc.com
Music (rock, pop, jazz)
Bishop Briggs, May 10, The Truman. thetrumankc.com
Haim with Lizzo, May 10, Uptown. uptowntheater.com
Jason Aldean with Luke Combs and Lauren Alaina, May 10, Sprint Center. sprintcenter.com
The Breeders, May 11, The Truman. thetrumankc.com
Brian Culbertson, May 11, Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland. midlandkc.com
Chase Bryant, May 11, Granada. thegranada.com
Eli Young Band, May 11, Kanza Hall. oneblocksouthkc.com
Kelley Hunt, May 11, Folly. follytheater.org
Mavericks with Seth Walker, May 11-12, Knuckleheads. knuckleheadskc.com
Modest Mouse, May 11, Starlight. kcstarlight.com
Terry Clark, Pam Tillis and Suzy Bogguss, May 11, Ameristar. ameristar.com
Yo Gotti, May 11, Uptown. uptowntheater.com
The Music of The Beatles: Unplugged, May 12, Lawrence Arts Center. lawrenceartscenter.org
Central Standard, May 12, Folly. follytheater.org
Little Steven, May 12, Uptown. uptowntheater.com
Helmet, May 13, The Truman. thetrumankc.com
Insane Clown Posse, May 13, Granada. thegranada.com
Raul Malo, May 13, Knuckleheads. knuckleheadskc.com
Breaking Benjamin, May 15, Uptown. uptowntheater.com
Jimmy Eat World with The Hotelier and Microwave, May 15, The Truman. thetrumankc.com
We Came as Romans with Miss May I, May 15, Aftershock. aftershockshows.com
Lenexa Art Fair, May 12, Lenexa Civic Campus. lenexa.com
“Remembering Our Fallen,” May 11-12, Cabella’s. afwmf.org
Downtown Open Urban Golf Tournament, May 12, Washington Square Park. kcparks.org