Plus, The Drunken Worm is officially closed.
 
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40º | Rain/snow mix | 98% chance of rain |
Sunrise: 7:37 a.m. | Sunset: 5:12 p.m.

 
Plan Ahead: Hispanic Heritage Month
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We sure do love this place. | Photo by @mikedayphotography
Hispanic Heritage Month is Friday, Sept. 15-Sunday, Oct. 15, spotlighting the histories, cultures, and contributions of Hispanic Americans with roots in Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, Central America, and South America.

Sept. 15 is the date when five Latin American countries declared independence from Spain in 1821 — Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. Mexican Independence Day is Sept. 16, while Chile’s is Sept. 18.

Today, we’re diving into local ways to celebrate:

Fiesta Hispana | Friday, Sept. 15 - Sunday, Sept. 17 | Times vary | 1220 Wyandotte St., KCMO | Free | Kick off Hispanic Heritage Month at this celebration comprised of 75+ vendor booths.

Folklore 2023 | Thursday, Sept. 21 | 5-8 p.m. | 1828 Walnut St., KCMO | Free | Enjoy food, drinks, and music with the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Fresco Marketing, and Wells Fargo. Bonus: Find out details on the The Folklore grant program which gives 10 small businesses $10,000 grants.

Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration | Wednesday, Oct. 4 | 6-8 p.m. | 8788 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park, KS | Free | Celebrate the Hispanic and Latinx communities across Johnson County at this free + family-friendly event.

2023 Chicano Arts Festival | Saturday, Oct. 7 | 11 a.m.-5 p.m. | 14th Street and Liberty Street, KCMO | Free entry | Join the Latino Foundation for the Arts in honoring Chicano culture with art, food + drink, music, and break dancers.

Viva Los Reales | Friday, Sept. 15 | 7:10 p.m. | Kauffman Stadium | $22 | Watch the Royals take on the Houston Astros during Hispanic Heritage Night. Plus, receive a Hispanic heritage inspired Royals hat with your ticket.
 
 
Events
 
Thursday, Sept. 14
  • Chickenbone Slim & The Biscuits | Thursday, Sept. 14 | 8 p.m. | Knuckleheads Kansas City, 2715 Rochester St., Kansas City, MO | $12 | Listen to this sound that mixes blues with West Coast swing, rockabilly, and roots rock.
Friday, Sept. 15
  • Tyler Rich at PBR Big Sky | Friday, Sept. 15 | 6 p.m. | KC Live! | $20 | Jam out with country artist Tyler Rich.
  • 75 Year Celebration | Friday, Sept. 15-Sunday, Sept. 17 | Times vary | Unity Temple on the Plaza, 707 W. 47th St., Kansas City, MO | Free | Celebrate 75 years of the Unity Temple on the Plaza’s rich history with family-friendly activities.
Saturday, Sept. 16
  • 18th Annual Lawson Roberts Butterfly Festival | Saturday, Sept. 16 | 10 a.m.-12 p.m. | Mr. & Mrs. F.L. Schlagle Library, 4051 West Dr., Kansas City, KS | Free | Grab a net and hunt for butterflies with other activities like crafts and face painting.
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News Notes
 
Opening
  • You’re invited. Hemma Hemma, a new eatery concept in Waldo, is hosting a soft-opening housewarming party on Thursday, Sept. 21. Celebrate the bodega opening with coffee + pastries at 7122 Wornall Rd.
Seasonal
  • ‘Tis the season. The KC Pumpkin Patch in Olathe (13875 S. Gardner Rd.) officially opens on Saturday, Sept. 23. The family-friendly experience is on 40+ acres of land with plenty of pumpkins to pick and activities for everyone.
Closed
  • The Drunken Worm is officially closed after nearly a decade of operation. The W. 39th St. spot was known for its delicious food + neighborhood-focused atmosphere. The reason for its permanent closure has not been announced at this time. (The Pitch)
Biz
  • You Say Tomato, a staple KC breakfast and lunch spot, has officially closed its dining room. Instead, it will now offer catering exclusively. This biz will still operate out of its current location at 2801 Holmes St., KCMO. (Kansas City Star)
Sports
  • Rep your favorite team and kick off the 2023 football season at Blade & Timber. Enjoy craft cocktails, tasty lumbersnacks + watch your team dominate the gridiron. Bonus: Get 15% off your reservation every Sunday for the rest of football season when you wear your team’s jersey.*
Giveaway
  • Looking to step up your wellness game, Kansas City? You’re in luck. We’re partnering with Mission Farms to give one lucky winner $200 to spend at any wellness business in the shopping center. Head over to our Instagram (@thekctoday) to enter now through Thursday, Sept. 21 at midnight.*
 
 
Drink
 
🍷 Your favorite local wineries
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Save a glass for us, please. | Photo by Amigoni Urban Winery
Last week, we asked KCtoday readers which local winery is their favorite. After 160+ responses, here’s how the results poured out:

The No. 4 most mentioned local winery goes to Walnut Creek Winery. Voters’ No. 3 favorite is Holy-Field Vineyard & Winery. Tied for No. 2 we had Somerset Ridge Winery and KC Wine Co.

Drum roll, please. The No. 1 spot mentioned goes to the West Bottom’s Amigoni Urban Winery.

Bonus: We also asked readers about their favorite types of wine and the results are juicy:
  • Red wine | 66%
  • White wine | 15%
  • Rosé | 11.8%
  • Dessert wine | 5.5%
Did we miss one of your favorite spots? Chime in and let us know what your favorite local winery is.
 
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The Wrap
 
City Editor Bella Rainey poses on a rooftop overlooking Kansas City, KCtoday. Today’s edition by:
Bella Rainey
From the editor
I love how passionate Kansas Citians are about the new Royals stadium location.

In case you were wondering, our audience is still favoring the East Village location after replies came flooding in yesterday.
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