Here are fourteen great things to do in KC this weekend, June 8-11, including: KC PrideFest and Parade, and performances from Luke Combs and Weezer.
Adapted from the beloved novel by Louisa May Alcott, Little Women is adapted for the stage by Kate Hamill and Directed by Darren Sextro. Hamill’s modern adaption follows the March sisters as they grow up to be brave, intelligent and imaginative young women.
May 24—June 11. Times vary. City Stage in Union Station.
Based on the beloved novel by Mary Rodgers and the hit Disney films, this new musical is a fun, contemporary twist on the story of a mother-daughter duo who get trapped in each others’ bodies. Freaky Friday is a funny and heartfelt story of a family learning self-acceptance and realizing their love for each other.
June 7-10. 8:30 pm. Shawnee Mission Park.
Deck the Hallmark Live
In 2018, three white guys watched a made-for-TV movie and decided everyone needed to hear their opinions on it. Half a decade later, they are still going strong watching and reviewing every cheesy Christmas movie they can find. Now, the guys from the Deck the Hallmark podcast are coming to KC to review a movie live for the podcast recording and audience Q&A. Who says you can’t celebrate Christmas in June?
June 8. 7 pm. recordBar.
Denver-based DJ Illenium has quickly made a name for himself in the world of dance music through catchy remixes and original productions. His innovative, immersive performances with live instruments and cutting-edge visuals have earned him spots at festivals like Lollapalooza and Coachella.
June 8. 8 pm. Azura Amphitheater.
To celebrate the halfway point to Christmas, Christmas Con is coming to OP for the first time. The weekend will be filled with favorite Christmas movie stars like host Jonathan Bennett from Mean Girls and Melissa Joan Hart from Sabrina: The Teenage Witch. Guests will have the chance to meet and greet Christmas movie stars and attend celebrity panels. There will also be a holiday market with gifts, authors, artists, and photo opps, including one with Summertime Santa.
June 9 – 11. Times vary. Overland Park Convention Center.
Kansas City PrideFest and Parade
Celebrate Pride Month with KC PrideFest, a three-day LGBTQ+ festival featuring a main stage with local acts like DJ RiTZ and KCTV5 news personality Daisha Jones, vendors, food trucks, a parade with a float competition and more, with Sunday being focused on family friendly entertainment and activities.
June 9 – 11. Times vary. Theis Park.
The Marquez Valdes-Scantling Charity Softball Game
Chiefs Wide Receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling is holding a charity softball game with familiar faces to benefit his Humble Beginnings Foundation, an organization that works to help economically disadvantaged people in the KC area. The game will pit the Chiefs’ offense against their defense, with favorites like Patrick Mahomes and Clyde Edwards-Helaire for a traditional softball game and home run derby.
June 9. 6:30 pm. Legends Field.
Colonial Gardens is offering a unique dining experience—with alpacas. This fun farm experience allows guests to enjoy an intimate brunch surrounded by apple trees in the orchard, along with the opportunity to meet the alpacas and learn about Colonial Gardens’ care for these special creatures. The picnic includes tailored brunch boxes for adults and children made with fresh items from Colonial’s garden, orchard and market, along with spectacular views of alpacas, of course.
Miles Swaminathan has been studying the piano since he was seven and the KC native has performed at the Kauffman Center. This one-hour house concert in a private Riverside residence will feature two KC premieres, as well as a performer meet and greet and a wine reception with light hors d’oeuvres.
June 10. 3:30 pm. Steinway Piano Gallery.
North Carolina native country music superstar Luke Combs is making a stop in KC on his arena world tour. Known for his classic country voice and original songwriting, he skyrocketed to fame in the last five years with romantic hits like “The Kind of Love We Make” and “When It Rains It Pours.”
June 10. 5:45 pm. GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium.
Comedian Taylor Tomlinson, who gained widespread fame through her stand-up specials with Netflix, is in KC for three almost-sold-out shows. In her Have It All tour, the comedian is touring the US, Australia and New Zealand, discussing heavier topics with sincerity, crassness and heart.
June 10, 7 & 9:30 pm; June 11, 7 pm. The Midland Theatre.
Second Saturdays in West Bottoms: An Immersive Digital Art Pop-Up
Digital Dreams KC Presents Second Saturdays in West Bottoms: An Immersive Digital Art Pop-Up. The inaugural Second Saturdays in West Bottoms event will feature various artists, including International Blue Chip artist PaperBuddha, as well as a laser light install from LazerLew. Artists will transform the space into an interactive digital playground where visitors engage with inventive art installations. The event will be headlined by KC native and DJ and composer Andrew Emil who will be performing live.
June 10. 7 pm. Fetch.
Weezer has remained enduringly popular the last thirty-plus years, with their pop-rock sound and catchy melodies making them a steadfast favorite among Gen Xers and millennials. This time around, they’re on their Indie Rock Road Trip tour in North America, coming to KC with another emo-rock legend of the same era, Modest Mouse.
June 11. 7 pm. Azura Amphitheater.
Pop-rock group Barenaked Ladies reached peak stardom in the nineties with hits like “One Week” and “If I Had $1,000,000.” In 2021, the band released their sixteenth album, Detour de Force. They return to KC on their “Last Summer on Earth” tour, with support from Semisonic and Del Amitri.
June 11. 7 pm. Starlight Theatre.