Get excited! The 86th Annual Plaza Art Fair, a weekend-long event, celebrates art, culture, music and food at the local and national level. The fair runs from Friday, Sept. 22 through Sunday, Sept. 24, and spans nine city blocks, offering plenty of sights, sounds, and flavors for the roughly 250,000 attendees the festival attracts.
This year, Country Club Plaza will play host to 240 local and national artists. While you can expect paintings, drawings and sculpture, you can also find plenty of photography, fashion, jewelry, ceramics and metal work throughout the sea of booths.. Our tip: Stop by booth 501, featuring contemporary painter Jamie Perry’s abstract paintings and minimalist landscapes.
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More than twenty of the Plaza’s restaurants will showcase their menus at booths. We’re especially excited about some guests that are new to the scene: Rye and Hogshead. Rye pays homage to the traditional Midwestern comfort food that chefs Megan and Colby Garrelts grew up loving, and is already well-known for their Leawood location. Anticipating its Plaza grand opening in November, Rye will have a booth for patrons to grab signature items like truffle bacon popcorn and BBQ rub-dusted pork rinds. Hogshead, which also expects to open its doors on the Plaza this November, aims to create a rustic, chef-driven menu that pays special attention to locally sourced ingredients and barrel-aged cocktails. The booth will serve draft beer, bacon cheeseburgers and fried bourbon peach pie demonstrating the restaurant’s “creative American cuisine.”
The Plaza Art Fair features more than fifty local musicians across three stages, and will kick off at 5 p.m. on Friday evening. For the best in local music, head over to the Ink Live! Stage near the intersection of Ward Parkway and Pennsylvania Avenue. Dancing is highly encouraged but not required.
For more information about The 86th Annual Plaza Art Fair please visit plazaartfair.com.