I know that sometimes when the weekend arrives you just don’t know what to do with yourself. You want to relax and enjoy your time, but you also want to feel like you spent that free time wisely and somewhat productively. Never fear-I have the perfect weekend guide for you. April’s Final Weekend is seriously a doozy. It is a weekend of events: displays of culinary prowess, live musical entertainment, earth appreciation, and a bridal extravaganza. Now, I don’t want you to feel overwhelmed. The point of a Final Weekend is to rejoice in all the amazing opportunities Lawrence has to offer while feeling completely laid back. No need to check your watch every ten minutes to make sure you get to the next scheduled activity on time. If that second glass of wine is calling to you, then let it! If you find yourself utterly enamored with a piece of art, then stay and stand a while. This weekend is about finding an event that excites you and letting it take you away.
Friday night offers an array of activities, as every Final Friday does. There are plenty of exhibits scattered throughout, like Final Friday with Nathan Emery at Ondori Noodle and Here Comes The Sun at Aimee’s Coffeehouse. The Percolator is hosting a Final Friday Silent Auction to raise money for a shed that doesn’t leak, and Crystal’s Spot is hosting an open mic for poetry and more. The Lawrence Arts Center is going to unveil an exhibit you do not want to miss: the annual USD 497 Public School show featuring work from students kindergarten through twelfth grade. The exhibit aims to showcase the importance of fine arts education in public school and amazing art being made.
If you’re interested in beer or the outdoors, you can check out Free State’s Trails That Connect Us Open House from 5:00-8:00pm. Free State is hosting an open house at their Eastside Brewery on the Burroughs Trail and encouraging people to walk or bike the surrounding trails. What would an open house at a brewery be without beer, food, and music? You know you don’t want to miss the food and drink. There will also be activities to help educate the public about the local trails, as well as organizations that are focused on nature and want to help you to be, too. It is an incredible opportunity to see the brewery and learn about the local environment and how you can be an active part of it!
Van Go’s 8th Annual Culinary Hearts Dinner falls on this Friday eve and will begin at 6:30pm. The evening with be a celebration of earth’s abundance in honor of Earth Day and will include cocktail hour, a four-course meal prepared by Merchants Pub & Plate, and live music by Calvin Arsenia. The night is sure to be a delight of culinary excellence, fine atmosphere, and wonderful company. The proceeds from the evening will go towards Van Go’s Go Healthy initiative, which provides training and education on healthy lifestyles.
If you are feeling inspired by what you learned at Free State’s open house the night before, then you may want to join the Nature Conservancy, Friends of the Kaw, and East Lawrence Neighborhood Association in cleaning up the Kansas River! The clean-up starts at 9:00am Saturday morning.
Since April is Earth month, why not spend the afternoon enjoying the great outdoors? Lawrence offers wonderful green spaces to play, run, and relax. Sometimes, you’ll find a rousing game of frisbee or even a community event. If you stop by Watson Park from 3:00pm-7:00pm, you can enjoy the 9th Annual Rockin’ Red Music Fest. The event is a fundraiser for Lawrence Community Nursery School and will have live music, food trucks, local beer and wine, and a silent auction. If you are wandering through, stop by! If you are looking for some idyllic peace and quiet, then a spot under the trees at South Park may be the place for you. End the day with dinner at a local bistro. Or maybe you’d like to try Lawrence Beer Co, and see how they stack up against the Free State brew you had last night! And if you are here for Sunday’s activities, then you’ll want to get a good night’s sleep.