Heart of America Shakespeare Festival TUESDAY
There was a bit of drama preceding last year’s event — a lack of money threatened to derail it before last-minute donations came through — but it’s back to mark its 20th year in Kansas City. In honor of the festival’s anniversary, this year’s schedule includes rotating productions of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and “Antony and Cleopatra.” As always, the festival is free to the public, but you can reserve seats close to the stage for $25, and chairs are available for rent. Go to kcshakes.org for a complete list of showtimes or to make a donation.
Parkville Jazz, Blues and Fine Arts River Jam
FRIDAY AND SATURDAY
After extensive flooding wreaked havoc last year, Parkville’s English Landing Park rebounds this year with the 17th annual event, which features two days of music, art and food. The Coyote Bill Boogie Band, Gerald Dunn and Davina & The Vagabonds are among the nine national, regional and local bands scheduled to perform. Plus, the work of more than 40 artists will be for sale throughout the weekend. Festivities run from 5:30-11 p.m. Friday and noon-11 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free. Go to parkvilleriverjam.com for more information.
Sporting KC vs. Toronto FC
Sporting KC might have cooled a bit following a 7-0 start to the season, but Kansas City’s top sports team is still among Major League Soccer’s best squads. Peter Vermes’ team enters Saturday’s game with Toronto FC at Livestrong Sporting Park in XXXX place in the legaue’s Eastern Conference and with a good chance to climb in the rankings against a (X-XX Toronto team. The match represents Sporting KC’s last home game before hitting the road for games against Seattle and Philadelphia. Tickets are $20-$67 at sportingkc.com.
City of Fountains Bicycle Tour
This annual bicycle tour takes riders through some of the area’s most historic locales. Particpants will pass through the Country Club Plaza, Liberty Memorial and the Kansas City Mueseum, and drinks and fruit will be provided along the way. There are 9-, 17-, 22-, 31- and 39-mile courses available, followed by a post-ride party at Washington Square Park featuring food from La Bodega, beer from Boulevard Brewing Company and live music from the Good Sam Band. Early registration is $35-$40 at sportkc.org. Day-of admission is $45.