1 Wine and Brew Walk – 6-9 p.m. Friday on the Independence Square. Stroll the historic district while sampling local and regional wine, brews and spirits. General admission advance tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at check-in. Tickets for the VIP Experience (cocktail, appetizers and live music starting at 5 p.m.) are $40, with a limited number available. At check-in, guests receive a wristband, souvenir wine glass, wine tote and list of pour locations. Guests must be 21 years old show ID at check-in, which is at 113 W. Lexington Ave. (street level of Courthouse Exchange restaurant). After the event, stay and enjoy music on the patio at Courthouse Exchange. For more information, call the Independence Square Association at 816-461-0065.
2 Harry's Hometown Carnival – Thursday through Saturday outside the Silverstein Eye Centers Arena, presented by the city of Independence. The carnival runs 6-10 p.m. Thursday and Friday and noon-10 p.m. Saturday, with rides for all ages. Admission is free, and $20 wristbands allow you to ride both kids and adult rides.
3 Silver screen on the sand – 9-11 p.m., Friday, Longview Lake Beach, 11101 Raytown Road, Kansas City. Load the kids in the car and head to the beach for evening viewing of the movie “Mary Poppins Returns” on the giant inflatable screen. Sponsored by 99.7 The Point and Jackson County Parks & Recreation. Cost is $5 per car, and bring blankets and lawn chairs for seating.. No pets are outside food allowed, but concessions are available. Gates open at 7:30 p.m., and the movie starts at dusk (approximately 9 p.m.)
4 Crawdad Derby – 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday a Hill Park, 2201 S. Maywood Ave., Independence. Race crawdads that you pick from a bucket of “thoroughbreds” and cheer yours to the finish line. Participants will also have a chance to catch crawdads from Rock Creek. All equipment and bait supplied. Dress for the weather and bring a water bottle. Call 816-325-7115 for more information.
5 Marshals, Thugs and Outlaws in Jackson County – A presentation by local historian and author David Jackson, 2-3 p.m. Saturday at the Mid-Continent Public Library Blue Springs North Branch, 850 NW Hunter Drive, Blue Springs. Hear the tales of the officials and outlaws – the famous and not so famous -- who lived, worked, and passed through the doors of the 1859 Jail, Marshal's Home and Museum in downtown Independence. Free, but registration is required at mymcpl.org.