The Best Things to Do in Wichita (July 13-18 Edition)

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Free Dog Food Giveaway | July 13
The Kansas Humane Society is handing out free dog food on Tuesday, July 13 at the Kansas Humane Society. No registration or proof of income needed. While supplies last from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Wichita Wind Surge vs. Tulsa Drillers | July 13 – 18

1 Million Cups at Groover Labs | July 14
1 Million Cups is a free, weekly national program designed to educate, engage, and connect entrepreneurs. Every Wednesday morning at 8:45 a.m., one or two early-stage startups present their companies to a diverse audience of their peers, mentors, educators, and advisors.

Food Truck Thursdays at Exploration Place | July 15
Food Truck Thursdays takes place every Thursday at Exploration Place. Different food trucks will be on hand every Thursday. Grab a drink from the bar, jam out to live music, play games, and more all while you enjoy our scenic view of the Keeper of the Plains. Plus, bring the whole family to check out their exhibits. The event is free for EP members. Guest rates run $15 in advance or $20 per car at the gate.

5th Annual Sparkle and Shine Ladies Night Out Gala | July 15
Located at Brick & Mortar Venue, this Ladies Night Out Gala will be what you’re needing…a night out with your gal pals! The 5th annual Sparkle and Shine promises to give you and your friends a great night with local boutiques fashion show; jewelry pairings; silent auction; wine pull; on-site pampering services; vendors, appetizers and a cash bar.

Night at the Fountains | July 16
Stop by for another Friday Night At The Fountains at the beautiful WaterWalk! They will have all your favorite ICT food trucks and a DJ spinning some tunes! Come support your local trucks and have some great community time.

2021 TBT Tournament: The Aftershocks | July 16 – 20
The AfterShocks will once again play in The Basketball Tournament (TBT), a 64-team, $1 million winner-take-all event. The regional takes place at the Roundhouse where the Wichita State’s alumni team will serve as the featured team.

Fred VanVleet’s FVV Shop Pop-Up | July 16
One of the greatest Shockers of all time, Fred VanVleet, makes his return to Wichita. VanVleet and his FVV Shop will be in town on Friday at Koch Arena from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. This will be one of the first chances to see VanVleet in Wichita in a while and buy some of his merchandise. He will also be at the AfterShocks game as well.

65th Annual Hutchinson Grand Nationals | July 17
The annual tradition which is the 65th annual Hutch Grand Nationals kicks off with NCRA 305’s, Super Stocks, AAA-Rookie-Sport Mods-IMCA type modifieds all in competition.

Chef’s Collective Dinner Theatre | July 17
Only 60 people may attend this event at Odd Fellow Hall. Chef Bill Crites and Chef Weston Townsley are creating a one-time exclusive five-course meal complimented by Mixologist Cody Lonergan who hand selected wines, spirits, beers, and cocktails to pair with each course. There will be a Jazzy Quartet playing during dinner to keep the evening alive. After Dinner there will be a one-hour concert performed by Sage Judd.

Fert’s Taco Tour | July 17
One of my compadres in the local food scene, Fert the Foodie, is hosting a taco tour. He has set up a route of local taco establishments that people can join him to try different places around town. You don’t have to follow his exact route, you can go to whichever ones in whatever order you would like. Who knows, I may even make an appearance at one of the stops.

July Food Truck Rally at Dutch’s Greenhouse | July 17
Come out and enjoy two local food trucks from sweets to amazing down home food while you’re shopping for some plants. Both trucks have amazing food or drink and great prices.

Beach Bash at El Dorado Lake | July 17
Summer just got a little better! Join El Dorado State Park & Experience El Dorado for an afternoon of fun in the sun! Swimming, music, food trucks, sand castle contests and so much more! Bring your friends, floaties and sunscreen and relax the day away on the beach! The party starts at 1pm at Walnut River Swim Beach at El Dorado State Park.

MASL Playoffs: Wichita Wings | July 17 – 18

Wichita Flea Market | July 17 – 18
Come celebrate “Christmas in July” at the Kansas Star Casino Arena and shop small through the 200+ booths that include antiques, crafts, vintage items, collectibles, primitives, reclaimed items, comics, artwork, jewelry, toys, and so much more in this monthly flea market operated by a local Wichita Family. Please visit their website at for more information.

Shop & Grub ICT at Naftzger Park | July 18
Fresh New Monthly Market Every 3rd Sunday; starting Jun-Oct. Naftzger Park at Douglas & St. Francis Downtown Wichita. Featuring local and out of town merchants selling things like vintage clothing, art, jewelry, food items and more. There will be food trucks and alcohol will be served. All Age Event Admission will be free.


Tuesday, July 13
Consiglio & Co. 
@ Mort’s Martini Bar | 5 p.m.
Patz @ Chicken N Pickle | 7 p.m.

Wednesday, July 14
Ben Fuchs @ Chicken N Pickle | 7 p.m.
Glen Shipman @ The Cowboy Inn Saloon | 8:30 p.m.

Thursday, July 15
J. Michael 
@ Margarita’s Cantina | 5 p.m.
Perry & Martin
 @ Mortdecai’s | 7 p.m.
Dangie @ Augustino Brewing | 7 p.m.
Most Amazing Sounds featuring Local Talent @ Vorshay’s Cocktail Lounge | 7 p.m.
Cody Jinks & Whitney Morgan 
@ WAVE | 8 p.m.
Living Ghost, HXXS, Marrice Anthony + Shvkxir, Nothing Special, Danny Echo @ Brickyard | 8 p.m.
Jack West @ Kirby’s Beer Store

Friday, July 16
The Grant & Pauly Experience @ Mort’s Martini Bar | 4 p.m.
Candice & The Business Casual @ Spaulding’s Food & Drink | 5 p.m.
Arbuckle, Hardin, & Day @ The Shamrock | 6 p.m.
Lisa Hittle’s Jazz Plus @ Jenny Dawn Cellars | 7:30 p.m.
Jeremy Spring @ The Artichoke | 7:30 p.m.
Keeper of the Plains Band @ Heroes | 7:30 p.m.
Gary Allen @ The Cotillion | 8 p.m.
Annie Up @ Hartman Arena | 8 p.m.
Dirty Red & The Soul Shakers @ Mort’s Martini Bar | 8 p.m.
The 99 @ Pumphouse | 8 p.m.
DJ John Solis
@ Mortdecai’s | 9 p.m.
Blaggards @ Barleycorn’s | 9 p.m.
DJ Panda and Ace @ Margarita’s Cantina | 9 p.m.
Kyle Killgore Band @ Salt City Brewing Company | 9 p.m.
Sunshine Trucking w/ Milkwave @ Brickyard | 9 p.m.
SST @ Jerry’s Bar & Grill | 9 p.m.
Come Groove 42 @ Vorshay’s Cocktail Lounge | 9 p.m.
OA, IGK & Dom @ The Shamrock | 9 p.m.

Saturday, July 17
The NightTrain Trio @ Birney’s Snack Shop | 1 p.m.
WSU Jazz Quartet @ Old School TapHouse | 3 p.m.
The Steinbergs @ Cocoa Dolce Downtown | 4:30 p.m.
Just Tori Music 
@ Meadowlark Farms | 5 p.m.
The New Times Bards @ Brickyard | 6 p.m.
Trey Lewis 
@ WAVE | 7 p.m.
Harrison Steele @ Chicken N Pickle | 7 p.m.
■ Robin & Charlie @ The Artichoke | 7 p.m.
Keeper of the Plains Band @ The Rusty Nail | 7 p.m.
BSO Tour w/ Stoner Jordan @ Barleycorn’s | 7 p.m.
The Banned @ Naftzger Park | 7 p.m.
Dusty Grant & Aether Unplugged @ The Shamrock | 8 p.m.
The Giant Thriller, Dead Shoes & Sloppy But Lucky @ Kirby’s Beer Store | 8 p.m.
David Holland Band 
@ Mortdecai’s | 8:30 p.m.
The Source @ Margarita’s Cantina | 9 p.m.
Chronic Audio @ Jerry’s | 9 p.m.
Stallion @ Vorshay’s Cocktail Lounge | 9 p.m.
The Green Country Irate w/Odds Against & Reform in Ruin @ The Elbow Room | 9:30 p.m.
Lucky People @ Brickyard | 10 p.m.
Flashpoint @ The Shamrock | 10 p.m.

Sunday, July 18
Aaron Kamm & the One Drops @ WAVE | 7 p.m.
Anti-Mortem, Scattered Hamlet, and The Green Country Irate @ The Elbow Room | 8 p.m.
Kaitlyn Meyer / Zac Crow & The No Shows @ Kirby’s Beer Store

Around The Corner!

Margaritas & Mojitos | July 23
Margaritas and Mojitos is a unique tasting event that features 10 different local establishments in the Wichita Locale serving up unique handcrafted Margaritas and Mojitos for a chance to win Wichita’s best margarita and mojito.


Looking for something to do with the family but can’t commit to a particular day? Browse our family fun series which highlights various family activities:

O.J. Watson Park
Sedgwick County Park – Boundless Playground
Berry Picking at Elderslie Farm
Bingo Casino
Carousel Skate Center
Botanica, The Wichita Garden
Exploration Place
Bliss Climbing and Fitness
The Cosmosphere

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