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Weekend Roundup

Here’s what’s happening in Kansas City June 30 to July 4.

Fourth of July weekend is bursting with activities for the entire family. Whether you’re interested in art, music or theater, there’s an event for everyone.

Thursday

Festival on the Vine

Put on by Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey, Festival on the Vine kicks off Thursday at 8 p.m. with performances by the Owen/Cox Dance GroupWylliams Henry Dance Theater, City In Motion and the Störling Dance Theater. A reception follows the performance at Gem Theater, and tickets can be purchased here. The event continues Friday and Saturday with live performances, dancing, art and a First Friday block party.

Friday

First Fridays

Enjoy live entertainment, art exhibits and local food and drinks from 5 to 9 p.m. at First Fridays in the Crossroads Arts District. This month’s festivities include the Celebration of Art from Other Americas exhibit at the Belger Arts Center, the First Fridays Film Festival at Crown Center, and a chance to hop on the new KC Streetcar to tour more of downtown.

Bullets Over Broadway

Labeled by The New Yorker as “a fun machine,” this musical tells the story of one playwright’s desperate attempt to get his Broadway play on the big stage in the 1920s. The two-and-a-half-hour show at Starlight Theatre is written by Woody Allen and features choreography by Susan Stroman. Tickets to the show start at $12 and are available here.

Saturday

Booms and Blooms Festival

This all-day event at Powell Gardens allows visitors to take a stroll through summer blooms, sample food from the Heartland Harvest Garden or check out the Jurassic Garden Exhibit before a 7:30 p.m. performance by the Lee’s Summit Symphony. Guests can also bring their own food and drinks for a picnic before the fireworks display over the 12-acre lake. Admission is $12 for adults and $5 for children ages five to 12.

Monday

KC Riverfest

Take your Fourth of July plans to Berkley Riverfront Park for the annual fireworks show and celebration from 4 to 11 p.m. Two music stages will be set up for live entertainment, as well as bounce houses and crafts for kids and food and drink stations. Admission to the event is free, and details about parking and other regulations can be found here.

Overland Park Star Spangled Spectacular

Head on over to Corporate Woods for the “largest fireworks show in Kansas City” Monday. The Independence Day events start at 4 p.m., with plenty of activities for the whole family and live music until 11 p.m. The 25th annual fireworks show starts at 9:30. Click here for more information about the Star Spangled Spectacular.

City of Leawood Fireworks

From food to games and live music, enjoy all Leawood has to offer at their annual fireworks show at Leawood City Park. Admission is free, and beginning at 5:30 p.m., people of all ages can feast on food from a number of vendors and enjoy music from Flashback from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. The fireworks begin at 9:45 p.m. Admission is free.

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