Weekend events in Kansas City: 5 fun things to do around town

The weather is expected to be near-perfect, and with it being an unofficial holiday weekend, there are plenty of events going on around the Kansas City metro.  Here are our top picks for the weekend of May 2-4.

Brookside Art Annual

Art! Art! Art! The popular Brookside Art Annual is back for the 29th year. Booths featuring more than 180 artists will be set up in the eclectic Brookside neighborhood starting Friday at 5 p.m. and will run until 5 p.m. Sunday. The Brookside Art Annual is one of the top 29 art shows in the country. And it’s free to attend. For more details and hours, click here.

National Free Comic Book Day

Comic book fans all across the metro can get their “geek” on this weekend during the National Free Comic Book Day on Saturday. And to celebrate, Elite Comics is hosting a big event at their location in Overland Park, Kan. The event, which runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., will have everything from costumed characters to nationally-known comics’ artists. The best part, you get a free comic book! For more information, click here.

Kansas City Derby Fest 2014

Why go all the way to Kentucky when you can celebrate the derby right here in Kansas City? It’s the Kansas City Derby Fest 2014, held on Saturday, at Marker’s Mark at the Power and Light District. Not only is it an excuse to wear those fashionable derby hats, but it also helps raise funds for a good cause. Proceeds from the event go to the University Of Kansas Alzheimer’s Disease Center. For more information, click here.

Don’t forget you can catch all the Kentucky Derby action right here on your 41 Action News station. So grab yourself a mint julep, sit back and relax. Coverage begins at 3 p.m.

Cinco de Mayo at Guadalupe Centers, Inc.

Monday is Cinco de Mayo, but many people will be celebrating all weekend long. The Guadalupe Centers, Inc. kicks off their celebration Friday night. It’s their 23rd annual fiesta of Mexican history and culture. The three-day event includes live music, a 5K, dancing, food and carnival rides. Tickets are $5 for adults; children 10 and under are free. For more information, click here.

Cinco de Mayo Chihuahua Parade

On Sunday, bring your four-legged friends down to participate in the 3rd annual Kansas City Chihuahua Parade. Organizers hope to set a world record with the "most dogs in costume parade." All dog breeds are welcome. Registration for the event opens at 10 a.m. Sunday, at Barney Allis Plaza, near 12th and Wyandotte, in KCMO.  The walk begins at noon. The event is free for humans, $5 for dogs. Proceeds benefit Great Plains SPCA. For more information, click here.

You can also catch the Kansas City Royals at home against the Detroit Tigers at Kauffman Stadium all weekend long, and Sporting Kansas City   against Columbus Crew on Sunday, at 3 p.m. at Sporting Park.

Wondering what the weather will be like this weekend? Get your weekend forecast here.

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