Whether you’re in Overland Park for an adults’ weekend and need a date night, or, if you have loaded all the kids up and road-tripped to Overland Park and are in need of a free Friday night activity, be sure to head to Downtown Overland Park. Local Life 3rd Fridays is the perfect activity!
On the third Friday of every month (yup, even in the winter!), the locally-owned shops and restaurants of #DowntownOP keep their doors open late for you to check out everything from live music and gallery openings to spa treatments and sales.
With around 30 participating businesses, it can be hard to know where to start. The best way to tackle the event is to hit the sidewalk and explore. Here are a few of our 3rd Friday favorites:
There’s nothing wrong with dessert before dinner on a Friday night! Make a visit to The Upper Crust to create your own mix of incredible pie flavors with a pie flight. Pick three slices off the Local Life 3rd Friday menu (including Chocolate Chip Cookie Pie, Nutella Cream or Caramel Apple). Pro tip: throw a scoop of ice cream on top and pair the whole thing with a glass of wine.
Walk off your pie while you update your wardrobe at Downtown OP’s locally-owned retail shops. Find artfully curated clothing options at shops like Ensemble, home goods and accessories at The General Store & Co., then add some OP pride to your wardrobe by stopping by DesignHaus’ pop-up shop, WareHaus.
Visit with featured artists, listen to live music or explore ground-breaking exhibitions at Images Art Gallery and the InterUrban ArtHouse. Images, a member-run gallery, features over 30 local artists who specialize in everything from photography and painting to sculpting (including polymer clay bow ties!). At InterUrban ArtHouse, you can visit more than 20 working artist studios while checking out their rotation of thought-provoking exhibitions.
Don’t be surprised to find live music set up on the sidewalks around the neighborhood or, in some cases, right inside the stores! Pair live music with your latte at Homer’s Coffee House; a visit to the Aubrey Vineyards tasting room and retail store inside Vinyl Renaissance & Audio almost always comes with live music just a few feet away. And for the ultimate in live music, wine, beer and spirit tastings with a side of chef-prepared dish samples, the Culinary Center of Kansas City is a Local Life 3rd Friday must!
Stick around Downtown OP after exploring for dinner and drinks. Try a one-of-a-kind beer flight at Brew Lab, chef-prepared specials at Ambrosia Café, a slice as big as your face at Papa Keno’s Pizzeria or the Fabulous $5 Friday drink specials at The Other Place.
Follow Local Life 3rd Friday on Facebook for updates on each month’s events; you’ll find live music under the clock tower in the warmer months and specialty-themed events like Dog’s Night Out (May) and the Mayor’s Tree Lighting (November). Local Life 3rd Friday happens on the third Friday of every month from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.