Another big weekend for outdoor events coming up…just about everyone visits the Plaza Art Fair, now in it’s 82cd year. However, there are two local happenings in our area on Saturday to note. Even if you don’t participate, be aware as there will be streets blocked off and traffic re-routed at two key areas of Brookside and Waldo.
Strutt Your Mutt, a benefit for Wayside Waifs, is Saturday Sept 21, starting at 8am. There are three ‘races’ — one 5K race with dogs, one without, and the traditional 3K walk. The center of the event is at 62cd Terrace and Brookside Plaza (near JULIAN, Foo’s Frozen Custard, etc), and the participants will be using Brookside Blvd from this area going north to 51st St and parts of Oak St. Expect traffic re-routing around Brookside Blvd. most of the morning. Brookside is a dog lover’s neighborhood, and this is a really fun day with music, contests and lots of folks just hanging out to people (and dog) watch!
(Between the Plaza Art Fair, Strutt Your Mutt and the Brookside Farmer’s Market traffic–plan to avoid Brookside Blvd on Saturday morning.)
Also on Saturday is the annual Waldo Fall Festival, at 75th St and Wornall (the parking lot near Aldi and CVS Pharmacy).
From 10am-5pm, you can enjoy live music, a dog show, pancake breakfast, kids’ activities (moonwalk, train) and the ever popular food trucks. If you have a story to tell about Waldo, sign up in advance to participate in the Waldo oral history project here. Wornall Road and 75th St. is always a very busy intersection, and it will be even more congested on Saturday. Avoid the traffic back ups by parking a few blocks away and walking to the festivities.
It’s going to be a beautiful Fall weekend in our neighborhood…enjoy!