Weekend events in Kansas City: 5 fun things to do around town this Mother's Day weekend

It’s Mother’s Day weekend, and what better way to spend time with the most important woman in your life than to spend it in our beautiful city? As always, there’s plenty to do around the Kansas City metro. Here are our top picks for the weekend of May 9-11.

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series

On your mark. Get Set. GO! A day out at Kansas Speedway is a perfect way to spend this weekend. The two-day event kicks off Friday, when the gates open at 9 a.m. There are events happening throughout the day, however the main event starts around 7:30 p.m. with the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.   And on Saturday, see the first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race under the lights at Kansas Speedway -- all starting around 6:30 p.m. Parking is free and fans are allowed to bring in a soft-sided cooler filled with their favorite food and drink. Click here to purchase tickets, and click here for more race day information.

Inaugural Lenexa Art Fair

About 50 local artists will have booths set up to display and sell their artwork in Central Green Park at Lenexa City Center on Saturday for the Inaugural Lenexa Art Fair. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Bonus: there is a wine and craft beer tasting happening from 4 to 8 p.m. Admission to the art fair is free; tasting admission is $20 for 10 tasting tickets. For more information, click here.

 Jackson County Historic Truman Courthouse Time Capsule

From Ugg boots to an X-Box One, there were plenty of must-have items that marked some significance in our lives throughout 2013. To commemorate the year, Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders, along with Mayor Eileen Weir and former Mayor Don Reimal, will hold a special ceremony to load and lock a time capsule, which will remain locked for 80 years. Be a part of history this Saturday as they seal the time capsule from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Jackson County Historic Truman Courthouse.

National Train Day Celebrations

On Saturday, celebrate National Train Day with fun for the whole family. From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. enjoy a free train ride, live music, face painting and more at Frank Vaydik Park. Or learn more about the history of trains with Amtrak during the 7th annual National Train Day celebration at Kansas City Union Station from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information this event, click here.

13th Annual Village Crawfish Festival

Did you know there is a Secret Order of Crawdaddies in Prairie Village? It’s true, and they’re hosting their 13 Annual Village Crawfish Festival this Saturday from 6 to 11 p.m. at St. Pius X. 1,000 pounds of live crawfish has been flown in from Louisiana and crews are working hard to smoke 1,000 pounds of pork for the  big event. All proceeds go to Head Start of Shawnee Mission. For more festival information, click here.

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

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