Big Slick Celebrity Poker Tournament
Friday and Saturday
Kansas City’s Kings of Comedy, Rob Riggle, Paul Rudd and Jason Sudeikis, return to their hometown once again to host the Big Slick Celebrity Poker Tournament and Party. Jon Hamm from “Mad Men” and Eric Stonestreet from “Modern Family” are some of the other celebs expected to attend. The weekend begins with a celebrity Wiffle Ball tournament at Kauffman Stadium on Friday, and Saturday has the sold-out poker tournament (10:30 a.m. at Harrah’s North Kansas City) and the celebrity party and auction (8:15 p.m. at the Midland). The event benefits Children’s Mercy Hospitals & Clinics. bigslickkc.org.
Friday through Sunday
This annual celebration of Hispanic culture marks its 13th year in Kansas City. Crown Center Plaza is packed with authentic cuisine, street vendors and two stages of live entertainment, featuring the music of Pablo Montero and Banda Machos. The festival runs from 5 to 11 p.m. Friday, noon to 11 p.m. Saturday and noon to 10 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free before 4 p.m.; $5 after. Three-day passes are available for $12 at the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Greater Kansas City. Go to fiestakansascity.com for more information.
Kansas City Gay & Lesbian Film Festival
Friday through Thursday, June 28
The weeklong festival features 20 films. On opening night, the Tivoli Cinemas will feature the films “Vito,” about gay rights activist Vito Russo, and “Wish Me Away,” a documentary about Chely Wright’s life as an openly gay country music star. The event’s preview party kicks off at 7 p.m. Thursday with a screening of “Sordid Lives.” Individual screenings vary in price, but an all-access pass is available for $100. A complete schedule is available at kcgayfilmfest.com.
KC Royals vs. St. Louis Cardinals
Friday through Sunday
The Royals might not be playoff bound this season (they were 29-36 through Monday), but that doesn’t make the teams’ rivalry any less notable. The Albert Pujols-less Cardinals followed last season’s World Series title with an equally impressive start this spring, though they’ve plateaued a bit recently. They’re 34-33 but boast one of baseball’s top lineups, led in part by former Royal Carlos Beltran. The Royals, meanwhile, will look to continue climbing out of their early hole, which included a 3-14 start to the season. Single-game tickets start at $20 at kcroyals.com.