What’s New and What To Do in Wichita (10/23/19)

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.


39th Annual Wichita Asian Festival

One of my favorite events of the year, the 39th Annual Wichita Asian Festival has performing arts, a pageant, food vendors and arts & crafts representing so many different Asian cultures. Best of all the event is free to attend and takes place Saturday.

For more information check out their Facebook event.

A Taste of Derby: 150th Birthday Bash

Head over to Derby for an evening of food, fun and auction at Derby’s 150th Birthday Bash. Sample food from local restaurants and caterers, bid on silent and live auction items and enjoy music, cash bars, a photo booth and birthday themed surprises throughout the evening. Tickets are $40 per person for general admission. This event takes place Thursday from 6 – 10pm.

For more information check out their Facebook event.

Gnomefest: A Craft Beer Dinner by Siena Tuscan Steakhouse

Siena Tuscan Steakhouse and Hopping Gnome Brewing Company are teaming up for an evening of craft beer and a four course meal. Each course is paired with a different brew. The dinner takes place Thursday and tickets are $54 a piece.

For more information check out their Facebook event.

Whiskey Dicks Oktoberfest

October is NOT over yet. Come out to Whiskey Dicks for guten friends, guten music, guten food, guten bier and guten times. The event takes place October 24th from 7pm to 11pm. They’ll have a live polka band, food such as numburger bratwurst, kraut and hot and sweet mustardsand hot German potato salad. They’ll also be serving sauerbraten which is a German pot roast and for an appetizer we have pretzels with bier cheese. On top of that they’ll have several German style biers served in 35oz steins and a stein hoisting competition

For more information check out their Facebook event.

Pumpkins at the Park

Pumpkins at the Park is the largest, family-friendly Halloween event in the Wichita area with activities for kids, teens and adults at Tanganikya Wildlife Park! The Park will be filled with a thematic waterfall light show, special Halloween characters and costumes, a 3D maze, a cage maze, escape rooms, inflatables, zombies, laser tag and adult beverages. This celebration also offers fun and safe trick-or-treat candy stations, hayrides, free mini pumpkins and crafts.

The event runs Friday, Saturday and Sunday starting at 6pm. Tickets are $15 for 3+ and $7 for 2 and under.

For more information check out their Facebook event.

Family Fall Festival

Head over to OJ Watson Park for a morning of fun. Decorate pumpkins, enjoy a hayrack ride through scenic Watson Park and eat delicious s’mores alongside a campfire! This Family Fall Festival event is Oct. 26, starting at 10:45am.

For more information check out their Facebook event.

Hay, Hooves and Halloween!

On Saturday and Sunday starting at 2pm, Old Cowtown Museum is having their Hay, Hooves and Halloween event.

The Headless Horseman rides the streets, zombie cowboys fight it out in an undead gunfight, ghosts haunt the historic houses, and of course, there’s candy! Members get in free otherwise admission is $5.

For more information check out their Facebook event.

40 Year Anniversary Kickoff Celebration Brunch

Latour is celebrating 40 years in Wichita with a big brunch at Two Olives on Rock Road on Sunday from 10am to 3pm.

Brunch will feature chef stations representing Latour’s history of restaurants, including current properties Bagatelle Bakery, Two Olives, Olive Tree Catering, and Muse Cafe. There will also be chef stations with dishes from past restaurants, including Piccadilly Grill, Café Chantilly, Chelsea’s Bar & Grill, and Olive Tree Bistro. Customers can even vote on dishes to bring back on Two Olive’s and Olive Tree’s Facebook throughout the month of October.

It’s $26 for adults, $23 for seniors, and $10 for children ages 5-12. Children 4 and younger eat free.

For more information check out their Facebook event.

26th Annual Chicken Noodle Dinner & Quilt Auction

This event features a delicious chicken noodle dinner, bake sale, country store, silent auction and a live auction. Tickets for the dinner are available at the church, 330 N. Broadway, 316-267-6244. The meal prepared by the United Methodist Women is always a favorite, so get your tickets now (adults: $10, children: $7.50). Doors open at 5:00 p.m., Dinner is served at 6:00 p.m. and the live auction begins at 7:00 p.m.

For more information check out their Facebook event.

Food Trucks at the Fountain

As if this event needs an explanation. Head over to the WaterWalk on Sunday from 11am to 2pm for the October food truck event.

For more information check out their Facebook event.


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

This week let’s talk about one of the lesser discussed Chinese restaurants in town. Ah-So Oriental Restaurant. It’s a quaint little gem at Oliver and Lincoln that has been serving delicious Chinese food for many years.


Saltgrass Steak House just opened in Wichita. It’s located at 2624 Greenwich Road. The restaurant serves steaks, seafood, burgers, salads and more on their menu. Expect a review on this place soon.

Happy Dining,

Have an event in Wichita 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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