Kansas City International Dragon Boat Festival
Saturday, June 11, at Brush Creek
This event commemorates Qu Yuan, a patriotic poet from China’s Warring States Period (476-221 B.C.), with dragon boat races and cultural performances. The racing will be a real competition, with three rounds in a round-robin format determining the winning team. 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, June 11. Brush Creek on Country Club Plaza. dragonboatkc.org. Free.
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Friday, June 10-Sunday, June 12, at St. Dionysios Greek Orthodox Christian Church
The food alone is enough of a draw for the annual Greek Festival, but the music, dancing and shopping complete the package. Several dance troupes will perform, and there will be family dancing throughout each of the festival’s three days. And did we mention the Greek food? 5-10 p.m. Friday, June 10; 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, June 11; 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, June 12. St. Dionysios Greek Orthodox Christian Church, 8100 W. 95th St., Overland Park. 913-341-7373. stdionysios.org. Free.
Symphony in the Flint Hills
Saturday, June 11, in Chase County, Kan.
It’s a bit of a drive from Kansas City, but Symphony in the Flint Hills with the Kansas City Symphony is worth the effort. In addition to beautiful music in a beautiful setting, the day’s activities will include hikes, presentations and food. Gates open at noon, concert at 6:45 p.m. Saturday, June 11. South Clements Pasture, Chase County, Kan. 816-471-0400. symphonyintheflinthills.org. $50-$90.
Thursday, June 9, at Knuckleheads
Stephen King, a man who knows a thing or two about telling a compelling story, has suggested that “James McMurtry may be the truest, fiercest songwriter of his generation …” McMurtry compositions like “Choctaw Bingo,” a saga about a Midwestern family reunion, substantiate King’s claim. The accomplished husband-and-wife duo Amy LaVere and Will Sexton open the show.
▪ 8 p.m. Thursday, June 9. Knuckleheads. 816-483-1456. knuckleheadskc.com. $20 in advance.
Anthony Hamilton and Fantasia
Friday, June 10, at Starlight Theatre
The most illustrious grown-and-sexy R&B concert of the year features two outstanding vocalists who perform songs that address the concerns of romance-minded adults. Hamilton’s hits, including “Charlene” and “Amen,” are among the most soulful songs of the new millennium. Fantasia’s new single, “Sleeping With the One I Love,” is an arresting homage to Etta James.
▪ 8 p.m. Friday, June 10. Starlight Theatre. 816-363-7827. kcstarlight.com. $38 to $103 in advance.
Hall of Game Gala
Saturday, June 11, at Gem Theater
If you’re too young to remember Andre Dawson, Tim Raines, Tony Oliva and Orlando Cepeda, this will be your chance to learn about them. Those four will be the honorees as the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum and the Gem pay tribute to major league stars from the 1960s, ’70s, ’80s and ’90s. 7 p.m., Saturday, June 11. Gem Theater. 816-221-1920. nlbm.com. $60-$150.
KC Techno 7th Anniversary Party
Saturday, June 11, in the West Bottoms
A few negative connotations are associated with outdoor techno raves, but Saturday’s convivial dance party in the West Bottoms is likely to possess a healthy atmosphere. The seventh anniversary of the Kansas City Techno collective features performances by Amanda, Andrew Boie, Jonah Brotman, Josh C and Mr. Nuro.
▪ 1:30 p.m.-midnight Saturday, June 11. 1207 W. 11th St. in the West Bottoms. facebook.com/events/1138381209561330. The cover charge is $5.
West 18th Street Fashion Show: Wild Summer
Saturday, June 11, at 18th Street between Baltimore and Wyandotte streets
A wide range of designers will showcase their latest collections at this outdoor event. Tickets are sold for the front four rows; otherwise the show is free. In case of rain, the show will move indoors and only ticket holders will be allowed entry. 8 p.m. Saturday, June 11. 18th Street between Baltimore and Wyandotte streets. west18thstreetfashionshow.com. Free; spectator seats available, $30-$120.
Scottish Highland Games
Saturday, June 11, and Sunday, June 12, at E.H. Young Park
You don’t have to wear kilts to attend the Scottish Highland Games, but you definitely will see a lot of men running around in those Scottish skirts. Among the activities are athletic competitions, dancing, children’s games and whiskey tasting. There also will be live entertainment. 9 a.m. Saturday, June 11, and Sunday, June 12. E.H. Young Park. kcscottishgames.org. $10.