Here are eleven great things to do in KC this weekend, April 13-16, including: a horror-themed film festival, Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain and Dawes at Liberty Hall.
Panic Fest 2023
The festival features over one-hundred films, along with special guest filmmakers and special events like after parties and cocktails at Rewind VHS Bar and Dive. Panic Fest continues as a hybrid festival, with programming in-person and virtually. The new Dracula horror-comedy film Renfield, starring Nicolas Cage as The Prince of Darkness, kicks off the eleventh annual Panic Fest.
April 13—19, in-person. April 14—23, virtual fest. Times vary. Screenland Armour.
The American Royal Hunter/Jumper Horse Show
This event brings together the best riders and horses from across the country in a tradition that has lasted over one-hundred-and-fifteen years, showcasing the trust between equine athletes and their horses. During the event, riders and horses navigate a series of Olympic-style competitions to win prizes and awards. Horses will also be judged based on their appearance, form and expertise, including performances and jumps.
April 13—16. Times vary. The American Royal Center.
Stand up comedian and actor Lil Duval isn’t a household name yet, but he is recognizable, especially among millennials, after successful runs on MTV shows like Guy Code and Hip Hop Squares. After a slew of cameos on Mike Epps’ comedy films, Lil Duval is back on tour, bringing his classic comedy/parody songs.
April 14–16. Times vary. Improv Comedy Club.
The Music of Richard Rodgers
The Kansas City Symphony presents a celebration of the music by composer Richard Rodgers. Rodgers and his songwriting partner Lorenz Hart were responsible for some of the biggest musicals of Broadway and Hollywood in the first half of the twentieth century. Broadway’s original Mary Poppins, singer Ashley Brown, brings the music of the prolific composer to life for the stage.
April 14–April 16. Times vary. Kauffman Theatre.
Parade of Hearts Reveal Kickoff Event
The Parade of Hearts presents an advance public viewing of all forty of the 2023 season hearts in one location. This event includes meet and greets with “heartists” to hear the inspiration behind their unique designs as well as live music from DJs, concessions, family-friendly entertainment, color your own paper mini-heart activity and shopping.
April 15. 10 am – 4 pm. American Royal Hale Arena Upper Exhibit Hall.
15th Annual Wyandotte County Ethnic Festival
In the spirit of inclusiveness and education, the Wyandotte County Ethnic Festival returns in this two-day event for the whole family, with more than fifty organizations and ethnicities coming together to celebrate with music, dancing, traditional food, and educational speakers.
April 15. 11 am – 5:30 pm. April 16.12-5 pm. KCK Community College Technical Education Center Multi-Purpose Room.
Rhapsody in “2” with the M2 Duo
The Charlotte House Series welcomes KC M2 Duo partners Nick May and Maya Tuylieva in their Series debut. Performing for audiences since 2018 across the country, including performances at Carnegie Hall, the duo currently collaborates with a diverse range of modern composers, regularly premiering new compositions for saxophone and piano.
April 15. 3:30 pm. A private Riverside residence in North Kansas City (guests will be emailed the address).
Atlanta-based Southern rock band Blackberry Smoke has been on the scene for over two decades, evolving from a rough-edged club act to an arena-ready rock ‘n’ roll powerhouse. Performing over two-hundred and fifty shows a year, they’re making a stop in P&L, presented by Coors Light.
April 15. 8 pm. KC Live!
Chicago-based multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter NNAMDÏ is coming to KC for his newest album, Please Have a Seat. NNAMDÏ has been a mainstay in the indie-community for years, where he was named a Chicagoan of the year in 2020 by the Tribune, even touring with Wilco.
April 15. 8 pm. The Bottleneck.
George Hinchliffe’s Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain
The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain has become somewhat of a worldwide phenomenon since they began over thirty-five years ago. When they began, the general public opinion was that an orchestra consisting entirely of various ukuleles was a strange concept. But performers had grown tired of the same conventions and instead formed the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain, which combined elements of old-fashioned sound with a new performance style.
April 15. 8 pm. Yardley Hall.
An Evening With Dawes
L.A.-based folk rock band Dawes has been on the scene for about a decade, following suit with other folksy radio-hit makers of the same time, like Mumford and Sons and the Avett Brothers, focusing on melodic vocals and soft guitar riffs.
April 16. 8 pm. Liberty Hall.