What’s New and What To Do in Wichita (10/2/19)

Here’s your weekly highlight of what’s ahead in the community, things to do, what new places there are and a couple suggestions for fun and food.


Blocktoberfest 2019

This two day event takes place at the WaterWalk on Friday and Saturday. It’s a huge block party with a GIANT Biergarten (aka beer garden) as well as music, food, games, stein hoisting contest, pumpkin smashing, yard games, and so much more. Friday’s event cost $40 for a ticket while the area is free to roam on Saturday.

For more information check out their Facebook event.

Wichita State Basketball: Black & Yellow Scrimmages 

One of my favorite times of the year is just around the corner: College Basketball!

The Black and Yellow Scrimmage is your first look at the 2019-20 Wichita State Men’s and Women’s basketball teams during an intrasquad doubleheader in The Roundhouse. The event is Saturday from 11am to 1pm. Admission is FREE.

For more information check out their Facebook event.

Woofstock 2019 

The Kansas Humane Society’s largest annual fundraiser is Woofstock and it takes place Saturday. General admission is $10. Kids under 12 are free as are dogs. There will be a Woof Walk, live music, contests, a beer garden and food trucks. Check out activities like Ruff Races, a lure course, and live demos from the WPD’s K-9 Unit.

For more information, check out their website.

1st Annual Blood Orchard Pumpkin Fest

Taking place at the reBorn boutique and marketplace at 6346 S Broadway, it’s hosted by Blood Orchards. On Saturday from 9am to 3pm, they’ll have shopping for all things vintage, rustic, shabby-chic, handmade, homemade, and small business goods!

They’ll also be bringing their 1st annual Blood Orchard Pumpkin Fest with homegrown pumpkins from their farm. They will also have kids games, a straw bale male, trailer rides, and food trucks. The Trucks will be serving up pumpkin goodies as well! The event is free and open to the public.

For more information check out their Facebook event.

Sip and See 2019

The annual event takes place at the newly named John Bardo Center on the Innovation Campus at Wichita State on Friday from 5:30 to 7:30pm. The building, formerly named the Experiential Engineering Building, will be rededicated at 6:00 PM in Dr. Bardo’s honor.

There will also be a Wichita/WSU trivia contest, cornhole tournament by Wichita State University Campus Recreation, performance by the Shocker Sound Machine and more. This event is free and open to the public.

Food and beverage will be available for purchase from B.S. Sandwich Press, LoLo’s Crêpes, The Brown Box Bakery and Grace Hill Winery.

For more information check out their Facebook event.

County Fair at Cowtown

This event takes place at Cowtown on Saturday from 10am to 5pm. It’s your chance to witness the atmosphere of an 1870’s county fair. Come try your hand at the pie eating and tug of war, enjoy a vintage base ball game courtesy of the Cowtown Vintage Baseball team, take a stagecoach ride through town and more!

Regular admission rates apply: $9/adults, $8/seniors (ages 62+), $7/youth (ages 12-17), $6/kids (ages 5-11). Kids 4 and under and Cowtown members get in free!

For more information check out their Facebook event.

Derby Chamber Chili Cook-Off

The chili doesn’t stop. The Derby Chamber of Commerce is hosting a “No Rules” chili cook-off where member businesses will be competing. It takes place Saturday from 11am to 2pm at Madison Avenue Central Park. Tasting kits cost $5 per person.

For more information check out their Facebook event.

National Taco Day

Keep your eyes peeled. Friday is National Taco Day. That means a ton of deals right around the corner for the big foodie holiday.


Looking for a different place to dine this week that you may have never been to?

This week, I’d like to recommend Kababs over at 3101 N Rock Road. When it comes to Indian food, they really set the bar on quality and presentation. They have a weekly buffet that allows to venture out and try delicious food they may not be accustomed to.


Looking for something different to do this week?

Have you ever tried an escape room? It’s the ultimate friend, coworker or family bonding experience. You lock yourself in a room for about 60 minutes (shorter if you’re smarter) and try to solve puzzles to escape the room as fast as you can. For families, there’s a great little place called The Room in the Delano District at 617 W Douglas.

For families, it’s even better because children 10 and under are free with paying adults.


You may have never heard of this place but Dave & Busters is officially open for business as of Monday. The huge 30,000 entertainment complex is ready to go complete with a full sized bar that’s great for sporting events as well as 120+ arcade games.

Happy Dining,

Have an event you’d like to have considered for the What’s New and What To Do, please email us with details. We are always open to suggestions.



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