1 Live Action Oregon Trail – 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at the National Frontier Trails Museum, 318 W. Pacific Ave. Back for a second year after last year's “Party Like it's 1845” weekend, this event is hosted by the Jackson County Historical Society. There will be 10 stops along the way with games, trivia and relay races. Teams will pack their wagon, “hunt” wild game and much more. The team with the most points wins, and there will also be a prize for best-dressed team. Children are welcome (recommended at least age 8), but teams must have at least one adult. Cost is $30 for a team of four. Tickets are available in advance at liveactionoregontrail.eventbrite.com.
2 Cherry Blossom Festival – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. This annual event hosted by the Japanese Sister City Commission has been moved the Independence Uptown Market, 211 W. Truman Road. The festival features Japanese arts, crafts and food, highlighting the sister city friendship between Independence and Higashimurayama. All proceeds go toward the student exchange program.
3 Uptown Garden Faire – 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Independence Uptown Market, 211 W. Truman Road. This garden market with exhibitors includes an Arbor Day and Tree City USA celebration. There will be hypertufa demonstrations as well as concrete leaf-making and fairy gardens, plus special guest Smokey Bear. For vendor information call 816-325-7843.
4 Jazz show – The Blue Springs Jazz Show is 7:30 p.m. Friday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the high school auditorium, 2000 N.W. Ashton Drive, Blue Springs. Featuring the Wildcat Jazz Ensemble, which recently performed in Washington, D.C. Special guests include Harrisonville high school and middle school on Friday, Blue Springs middle school jazz bands on Sunday and the Blue Springs High School Jazz Lab Band both days. Admission is $5, though Blue Springs High School students and staff and military and first responders are free.
5 Smokin' In the Creek – Sugar Creek's barbecue contest is this weekend at the Mike Onka Memorial Building, 11520 Putnam St. There will be a free concert at 7 p.m. (shuttle parking beginning at 4 p.m. from Sterling Avenue and Elizabeth Street) and food vendors. Visitors are welcome to bring a cooler and chairs. Saturday will be the judging, which is closed to the public. The grand champion will automatically advance to the American Royal later this year and have a chance to compete in the Jack Daniel's World Championship Invitational in Lynchburg, Tennessee.