1. Grain Valley Fair – 4 p.m. to midnight Friday and 11 a.m to 11:30 p.m. Saturday at Armstrong Park and around the Community Center off Main Street. The fair includes dozens of food, craft and non-profit group booths, a carnival and beer garden as well as a parade at noon Saturday. The parade begins at Grain Valley High School, heading east on Eagles Parkway, north on Main Street/Route AA, west on Walnut Street. and south on East Kirby Road before ending back at the high school. Saturday also has a 5K walk/run at 8 a.m. and bands performing on the main stage starting at 2 p.m., with a fireworks show at 9:30 p.m.
2. Nelson-Atkins Art Museum – A new, free exhibit, “Golden Prospects: California Gold Rush Daguerreotypes,” opens Friday at the museum, 4525 Oak St., Kansas City, and runs through most of January. The gold rush was the first broadly significant event in American history documented with much depth by photography. Daguerreotype was an early photographic process in the 1840s and 1850s
3. Hummingbird Festival – 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, George Owens Nature Park, 1601 S. Speck Road. Ruby-throated hummingbirds flock to George Owens Nature Park during migration, attracted to the variety of native flowers and more than 50 hummingbird feeders. Join staff and watch a hummingbird bander in action, a migration game and a walk among the feeders. Call 816-325-7115 for more details. Note: Hummingbird feeders will stay up through October while the birds are migrating.
4. Build Your Own Franchise – A program for ages 6 and older about Chiefs founder Lamar Hunt, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., Saturday at the Midwest Genealogy Center, 3440 S. Lee's Summit Road, Independence. When the National Football League refused to sell him a franchise, Lamar Hunt founded the American Football League in 1960. Learn Hunt's story and then design your own football franchise from the mascot and uniforms to playing field and cheerleaders. The program is free, but register online at mymcpl.org.
5. Family archery – Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center, 1401 N.W. Park Road, Blue Springs, is hosting two sessions of its Outdoor Skills: Family Archery course Saturday. Sessions are at 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m., and for families with children ages 8-older. Parents and children learn archery basics together, including proper stance to shoot more consistently and accurately. Registration by Friday required. Go to: nature.mdc.gov/discover-nature/places/burr-oak-wood-ca and click on “Area events.” The program is presented at the Aylward Educational Pond near the nature center.