Cosmic kitties and craft beer fans are set to boldly “cat walk” this fall at the 3rd annual Caturday in the Crossroads Art District. The KC Pet Project fundraising bar crawl on Sunday, October 10th, 2021, occurs from noon to 4 pm. Early bird ticket prices are available through August 23rd for this cosmic-themed event with a feline focus.
Funds raised will support KC Pet Project’s stellar mission of providing food, vaccines, microchipping, and medical care for felines. The nonprofit will care for more than 6,000 cats this year. The goal is to eventually find a “fur-ever” home for these astronomically cool cats and kittens. Cosmic Caturday’s bar crawl will feature drink specials, opportunities to purchase raffle tickets for prizes, and a bag full of merchandise.
“We held our first annual Caturday event in 2019 with more than 500 attendees for our East Crossroads event,” says Tori Fugate, KC Pet Project’s chief communications officer. Last year during the pandemic, KC Pet Project hosted a Caturday House Party virtual event. Attendees took home cocktail kits to enjoy while watching a livestream of the event on the nonprofit’s Facebook page.
“In 2021, Caturday is back in orbit, and this time, we are boldly going beyond where any kitten has gone before,” Fugate says. “We’ll be blasting off to incredible interplanetary stops at 9 Bars for 9 Lives, including City Barrel, KC Wineworks, Torn Label Brewing Company, Boulevard Brewing Company, and more.”
“KC Pet Project is such a valuable asset to our city,” says James Stutsman, CEO and head brewer at City Barrel Brewing. “They do so much with so little and help so many animals find homes. They especially need our help now that the pandemic has affected so many pets over the last year. We’re excited that there is a fun opportunity for us to all have a beer and help save the kitties and puppies of Kansas City.”
“From Boulevard’s perspective, we are thrilled to be part of this event,” says Julie Weeks, vice-president of communications and culture at Boulevard Brewing Company. “We will be the featured brewery at iTap, and with the cosmic theme, participants can expect to see some fun Space Camper displays and beers on tap to enjoy.”
Weeks adds, “We are always happy to support events put on by KC Pet Project. Not only do they do exceptional work for animals in our community who deserve a second chance at finding their ‘furever’ home, but they also embrace what it means to do good work for Kansas City. Their events bring so many together for a good cause and always a great time.”
“We’re super excited at City Barrel to be a part of this event again,” says Stutsman. “The first year was so much fun. So many kind people came out to support such a great cause. We can’t wait to wear our cat ears again.”
KC Pet Project will monitor the impact that COVID-19 is having on the community leading up to the event. Fugate says, “Our hope is that we can continue on with an in-person event this fall.”
Pete Dulin is the founder and editor of kcaletrail.com. His most recent book is Expedition of Thirst: Exploring Breweries, Distilleries and Wineries Across Central Kansas and Missouri. Pete’s other books include Kansas City Beer: A History of Brewing in the Heartland (The History Press, American Palate series), KC Ale Trail (out of print), and Last Bite: 100 Simple Recipes from Kansas City’s Best Chefs and Cooks.