Festival of Butterflies – Powell Gardens – 1609 N.W. U.S. Highway 50 – Kingsville 

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Tropical butterflies and moths from around the globe are being celebrated now through Aug. 8 at this 24th annual event. The attractions and activities are abundant, including a replica of the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve in Michoacán, Mexico, a caterpillar petting zoo, a native butterfly habitat, an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast bar, and a playground with giant milkweed and honeycomb climbers. Advanced tickets are encouraged. 

Parkville Days100 Main Street, Parkville

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The Main Street Parkville Association will host Parkville Days Aug. 20-22. The three-day downtown festival is packed with fun from arts and crafts, food, and a carnival to live music, end of summer sidewalk sales, a beer garden, a parade, and more. Admission is free.

Planet Comicon Kansas CityBartle Hall – 301 W. 13th Street, KC 

Comic book and pop culture fans will unite Aug. 20-22 in downtown KC. Planet Comicon Kansas City is the biggest convention of its kind in the Midwest. Celebrities, creators, and voice actors from popular movies and TV shows like Black Panther, Stranger Things, Supernatural, Star Trek, Arrow, Star Wars, and more will be available for meet and greets, autographs, and photo-ops. The event will also include exhibitors, cosplay activities, workshops, demos, tabletop gaming, and performances. 

The Truitt – 4320 Oak Street, KC

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A grand 1916 brick colonial mansion can be your home away from home with a stay at The Truitt. This new boutique hotel, located in the Country Club Plaza District, offers stylish and spacious accommodations with luxury amenities. Spend some time in the sunroom, the library, and the manicured gardens to soak up all the charm this historic dwelling has to offer. Guests are within walking distance of shopping and dining at the Country Club Plaza as well as world-class art at the Nelson-Atkins and Kemper museums. 

Sail Away Wine  – 309 Armour Road, North KC 

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Tour the world of wine without leaving KC at Sail Away, an innovative new bar. Upon arrival, patrons get a passport which allows them to explore 75 different wines using a self-serve system that dispenses small and large pours straight from the bottle. There’s also craft beer, spirits, and food, such as flatbreads, meat and cheese boards, salads, small plates, and desserts, to enjoy.