Summer in Kansas City is here, and it’s bringing a fantastic mix of entertainment, food, and art events you won’t want to miss. Whether you’re into tacos, Disney music, or supporting local artists, there’s something for everyone this weekend!

Kick off your Friday evening at Zona Rosa with Festa Italiana. From 5-11 p.m., dive into a celebration filled with delicious local Italian food, captivating entertainment, an Italian motorsports show, and activities for the kids. Don’t miss Frank Cherrito’s performance and the thrilling meatball eating contest. Best of all, the festival is free, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting UNICO, an organization supporting scholarships for area high schoolers.

If you’re in the mood for a cozy outdoor cinema experience, head over to Electric Park in Lenexa at 9 p.m. for a screening of “Minions” under the stars. Bring your own snacks, lawn chairs, bug spray, and blankets. Not only is the movie free, but it’s also a dog-friendly event!

On Saturday, art lovers can explore the Prairie Village Art Show at The Shops of Prairie Village from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Featuring work from 100 local and national artists, this event promises to delight. Stick around for live music from local band Private Stock at 5 p.m. With over 15,000 visitors expected, it’s a lively way to spend your day, free of charge.

Later in the afternoon, from 2-4 p.m., immerse yourself in the magic of Disney. Kansas City Music Hall is celebrating 100 years of Disney with a free silent film presentation of “Plane Crazy,” complete with live accompaniment from organist John Ledwon. As a guest organist from Disney’s El Capitan Theater in Hollywood, Ledwon’s talent will elevate the classic Mickey Mouse cartoon experience.

Sunday finds the bold, authentic flavors of Cuba at Berkley Riverfront! From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., celebrate the grand opening of El Café Cubano with live music, local vendors, and, of course, coffee. If you’ve never had a cup of Cuban coffee, this is the perfect chance to try this distinctive treat.

Of course, we can’t forget the Tacos and Tequila Festival at Legends Field. Beginning at 2 p.m. on Saturday, enjoy performances by big names like T-Pain, Ashanti, and more. Alongside the music, there will be craft margarita bars, a chihuahua beauty pageant, and even Lucha Libre wrestling. General admission tickets start at $99, with VIP options available.

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