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BEST THINGS TO DO!
■ National S’Mores Day | August 10
Celebrate National S’mores Day with the Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland at 360 Lexington Road! This is a free come-and-go family event with hot dogs, and of course, s’mores!
■ 1 Million Cups at Groover Labs | August 11
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 | August 12
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.
■ Michael Harrison Live | August 12
You can hear his album on Sirius XM, he’s been a new face on Just for Laughs comedy festival in Montreal, he’s been on MTV’s “Video on trial”, Bravo’s “Queer as Folk”, NBC’s “The Bridge”. Michael has written and produced several short films and most recently has his hilarious short film, “Where’s My White Privilege?” That just premiered at the Just For Laughs comedy festival and is premiering at other festivals around the country.
■ 87th NBC World Series | August 4 – 14
NBC World Series takes place from August 4th – 8th at Hobart-Detter Stadium in Hutchinson. Everything then moves over to Riverfront Stadium from Monday, August 9th – 14th.
■ Goddard National Night Out | August 13
Come out and join the Goddard Police Department, Goddard Chamber of Commerce as well as other law enforcement agencies local businesses and organizations for the annual Goddard National Night Out. Some of the highlights include a helicopter landing, a display of many emergency vehicles, a dunk tank, live music from The 99, and much more! In addition, a number of local businesses will be on hand with fun activities and FREE Hamburgers, Hot Dogs, Watermelon and Water!
■ Unity in Sound Experience | August 13
Take a journey into sound, connecting breath and movement with music. You will experience asana, pranayama, and meditation all guided by sounds of nature as well as traditional and modern instruments. Each sound is customized to the movements of the body, breath and mind for a complete sound immersion meant to move the soul. Afterwards, enjoy a complimentary adult beverage at the Xclusive bar during our social hour.
■ Dexter Dennis Merchandise Launch and Autograph Signing | August 14
Wichita State basketball player Dexter Dennis will be at Chicken N Pickle on Saturday, August 14 from 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. He will be there selling his own merchandise, signing items and taking pictures.
■ Free Comic Book Day | August 14
As the name implies, Free Comic Book Day is a single day when participating comic book specialty shops across North America and around the world give away comic books absolutely free to anyone who comes into their shops. You can get free comics at such places like Wizards Asylum, Hero Haven and Prairie Dog Comics.
■ Back to School Bash at Towne West | August 14
Bring the family and meet up with friends. Enjoy jumpies, food, games, prizes and more. This is a FREE community event! Join us at Towne West on Saturday, Aug 14th from 11am-2pm.
■ Pop Up Markets 316 @ TWB | August 14
Enjoy a variety of local artists/producers/entrepreneurs from right here in the ICT area. Here at Pop Up Markets 316 we have an abundance mindset. We are here to support locals. By locals, we mean everyone in the ICT or surrounding areas! Admission is Free.
■ Community Event at Evidence Church | August 14
You won’t want to miss this HUGE Community Event! Food Trucks, Rock Climbing Wall, Bounce Houses, Water slides and more! We are bringing everything but the kitchen sink! We will be giving away prizes all day!
■ 2021 Shocker Volleyball Dinner & Auction | August 14
Join Head Coach Chris Lamb and the 2021 Wichita State Volleyball team for a night of food and fun at Charles Koch Arena (Aetna Multi-Purpose Facility). Tickets are $40/person and are available by calling 316-978-3267 or can be purchased online at GoShockers.com/tickets. All proceeds benefit the Wichita State University volleyball program.
■ Walton’s 2021 Steak Cookoff | August 14
Come on down to Walton’s to watch 75 teams compete in a Steak Cookoff Association competition to see who cooks the ultimate steak! Walton’s Steak Cookoff event will once again be raising money for the “Air Capital Flyers” For a $10 ticket, customers will have access to mouthwatering samples from some of our local vendors such as Bash Brothers BBQ, Chile Slingers, and Noble Salts. Customers will also have the chance to try two of Wichita’s favorite food trucks, The Flying Stove and the Underdog Food Truck for unique & delicious foods.
■ The Workroom’s 2nd Saturday Artisan Market | August 14
■ KS Collective Pop Culture Expo | August 14 – 15
Come one come all to the KS Collective Pop Culture Expo brought to you by Mopar’s Discount toys and games and Sector 7G Comics toys and Gaming. The Show will be located at 1040 w Pawnee inside The Gathering Place behind CD Tradepost August 14th and 15th 10am to 6pm. They have multiple vendors and artists signed up.
■ Bag It: Is Your Life Too Plastic | August 15
The Wichita Single Use Plastic Bag Task Force is hosting a showing of Bag It: Is Your Life Too Plastic at Evergy Pavilion at Naftzger Park. This event is open to all and includes FREE reusable bags from Dillons after the film!
■ Shop & Grub | August 15
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.
■ IndiaFest | August 15
Please join us for IndiaFest 2021 at The Lodge at Central Park, 607 E Central Ave, Andover, KS 67002. There will be stalls of Indian food, clothing, and crafts (for purchase). CAI is planning on some outdoor games which families can enjoy. There is a play area for kids. We will present Trophies and Medals to 2021 Cricket Tournament winners and participants. A Photo booth service will be available for nice family pictures on awesome backgrounds.
Wednesday, August 11
■ Brian T. @ Mort’s Martini Bar | 5 p.m.
■ The Jennifer Byers Project @ Dockum | 7 p.m.
■ Ben Fuchs @ Chicken N Pickle | 7 p.m.
■ LOCASH @ Wave | 7 p.m.
■ John Unplugged @ Augustino Brewing | 7 p.m.
■ Jim McCann @ The Artichoke | 7:30 p.m.
■ Will Simmer @ Mort’s Martini Bar | 8 p.m.
■ The March Divide @ Kirby’s Beer Store | 11 p.m.
Thursday, August 12
■ Joe Emery @ Mort’s Martini Bar | 5 p.m.
■ J. Michael @ Margarita’s Cantina | 5 p.m.
■ Annie Up @ Exploration Place | 5:30 p.m.
■ Bruce Huss @ Old School TapHouse | 6:30 p.m.
■ Harrison Steele @ Chicken N Pickle | 7 p.m.
■ William Clark Green @ Wave | 7 p.m.
■ Perry & Martin @ Mortdecai’s | 7 p.m.
■ Jacob Reavis @ The Artichoke | 7:30 p.m.
■ The Avett Brothers @ Hartman Arena | 8 p.m.
■ Fly By Night @ Mort’s Martini Bar | 8 p.m.
■ CHEW – Vision Quest – Swamp Unicorn @ Kirby’s Beer Store | 8 p.m.
■ High Plains Drifter, Yogi Bogi, Keo & Them @ Brickyard | 8 p.m.
Friday, August 13
■ The Grant & Pauly Experience @ Mort’s Martini Bar | 4 p.m.
■ The New Times Bard @ Songbird Juice Co. | 4:30 p.m.
■ Kody Watson @ Cocoa Dolce Downtown | 4:30 p.m.
■ The 99 @ Linear Park Goddard | 6 p.m.
■ And Then There Were 2 @ Jenny Dawn Cellars | 6 p.m.
■ Lucky People w/ Blake Ellis @ Brickyard | 6 p.m.
■ Sunny Sweeney @ Wave | 7 p.m.
■ Keo & Them, Daikini, The New Imperialism, Milkwave, The Cavves, Rudy Love Jr. @ Kirby’s Beer Store | 7 p.m.
■ JunkMale @ Old School TapHouse | 7 p.m.
■ Cynthia Rausch @ Hurricane Sports Grill | 7 p.m.
■ BFE @ The Artichoke | 7:30 p.m.
■ Lisa Hittle’s Jazz Plus @ Jenny Dawn Cellars | 7:30 p.m.
■ Stull Hill Revival @ Mort’s Martini Bar | 8 p.m.
■ Tom Foolery @ Mortdecai’s | 8 p.m.
■ King Midas @ Hartman Arena | 8 p.m.
■ Henry Walker & The Regents @ Vorshay’s Cocktail Lounge | 9 p.m.
■ Vibro Kings @ The Shamrock | 9 p.m.
■ The Lighthouse Project @ Spauldings | 9 p.m.
Saturday, August 14
■ Craig Owens and Dale Black, Tom Page Trio, and Dustin Arbuckle @ Birney’s Snack Shop | 10 a.m.
■ Brian T. @ Mort’s Martini Bar | 12 p.m.
■ The Scandalnavians @ Mort’s Martini Bar | 3 p.m.
■ Pop & The Boys, Dustin Arbuckle & The Damnations, and Mountain Deer Revival @ Old Cowtown Museum | 4 p.m.
■ Brooke Blanch Band @ Meadowlark Farm | 5 p.m.
■ Joseph Neville & Andrew Holmes @ Brickyard | 6 p.m.
■ Uche and The Crash @ Brickyard | 7 p.m.
■ Christopher Dale @ The Backyard | 7 p.m.
■ PM&A @ Old School TapHouse | 7 p.m.
■ Not Cops, Concubine, Witch Cradle, Snowchild, Dead Shoes @ Kirby’s Beer Store | 7 p.m.
■ Dropkick Murphys and Rancid @ Wave | 7:30 p.m.
■ Ben Fuchs @ The Artichoke | 7:30 p.m.
■ Candice & The Business Casual @ Mort’s Martini Bar | 8 p.m.
■ Chronic Audio @ The Rusty Nail | 8 p.m.
■ Externus, Konstricted, Viral Genocide, Hollow Age, and Synapse @ The Forge | 8 p.m.
■ Vinyl Ritchie @ Mortdecai’s | 8:30 p.m.
■ Epic @ Margarita’s Cantina | 9 p.m.
■ One Stone / For The Birds @ The Shamrock | 9 p.m.
■ The Echos @ Wichita Union Stockyards | 9 p.m.
■ Justin Wells & Adam Lee @ The Elbow Room | 9 p.m.
■ Tequila Ridge @ The Hive | 9 p.m.
■ The Astronauts @ Jerry’s Bar & Grill | 9 p.m.
Sunday, August 15
■ Rock Academy Concert @ Brickyard | 2 p.m.
■ Joe Stumpe @ Old School TapHouse | 3 p.m.
■ Sister Sarah Tree @ Chicken N Pickle | 4 p.m.
■ Katilyn Meyer, Maria Elena, Brook Blanche, Ghost Town Strays, Pretend Friend, Old Man Creaky Bones @ Kirby’s Beer Store | 6:40 p.m.
■ Mellisa Etheridge @ The Cotillion | 8 p.m.
Around The Corner!
■ Pando Initiative: 100 Men Who Cook | August 21
The Pando Initiative’s largest fundraiser, 100 Men Who Cook directly provides resources and programs for PandoKids in Wichita, Haysville and Derby schools.
■ Zoobilee | September 11
It’s the 50th birthday celebration for the Sedgwick County Zoo. Zoobilee is known to many as Wichita’s wildest FUN-raiser! Musical entertainment and wild animals greet you as you arrive at the Zoo’s biggest annual fundraiser.
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:
■ Splash Aqua Park
■ Old Cowtown Museum
■ Sedgwick County Zoo
■ Axe To Grind
■ 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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