The Best Things to Do in Wichita (August 17-22 Edition)

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■ Avenue Art Days Launch Party | August 17
The FREE, family-friendly festivities are on Tuesday, August 17th from 6:00-8:00p.m. at the I-135 underpass (just West of East High and South of Douglas) We’ll announce this year’s artists, serve up some delicious, local eats and drinks provided by Intrust Bank, auction some original, local artwork (generously donated by Harris & Co.) and feature some incredible live music from Craig Owens and Dale Black.

1 Million Cups at Groover Labs | August 18
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.

Lynn Avants at the Cowboy Inn Saloon | August 18
Go support one of The Neighborhood members, Lynn Avants, at the Cowboy Inn Saloon. Not only is he a local food blogger, he’s also a talented musician. Lynn will be playing an acoustic set from 8:30 to 11:30 p.m.

Food Truck Thursdays at Exploration Place | August 19
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.

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.

8th Annual Iron ChileHead | August 21
Join in the fun at Iron ChileHead on August 21, 2021 from Noon – 4 PM at Johnson’s Garden Center – 2707 W. 13th St. N. Each participating food truck and brewery creates menus and beers including Johnson’s roasted Hatch Green Chiles, which will be judged by local food and beer judges for the coveted Iron ChileHead trophy! Your vote counts in the People’s Choice Brewery Award, so come support your favorites!

The Rusted Rooster’s 3rd Anniversary Party | August 21
Come join us for this family friendly event to celebrate our 3rd anniversary! DETAILS: -BYOBeer in a cooler!! -Bring lawn chairs -Hamburgers, hot dogs, and snacks available for purchase -Espresso bar/drinks open for purchase -Live music from David Oakleaf starts around 7 p.m.

Filipino Pinoy Market at Hampton Inn Hotel | August 21
Authentic Filipino Food & Desserts, Clothing, Perfumes, Handmade Jewelries, and more! All at the Hampton Inn Hotel from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Sunflower Festival at Kansas Maze | August 21
Join us for our 4th annual Sunflower Festival at Kansas Maze! Scheduled to be open August 21 – Sept 11, these gorgeous fields will offer our guests over 20 acres of sunflowers to walk among and take tons of pictures with! Admission is just $7/person for ages 4 and up.

Burger Battle 2021 | August 21
The battle for best burger is back Food Truck Style. This year the event will be held at O.J. Watson Park. Visit for full details!

The Harlem Globetrotters | August 21
The World-Famous Harlem Globetrotters are bringing their newly reimagined Spread Game Tour to INTRUST Bank Arena on August 20! The Spread Game Tour is a basketball event like no other. Ankle-breaking moves, jaw-dropping swag, and rim-rattling dunks are only some of the thrill you can expect from this fully modernized show. Part streetball from the players who defined it, part interactive family entertainment, the new tour will show off the best of the Globetrotters in a dazzling exhibition of talent and game

August Food Truck Rally at Dutch’s Greenhouse | August 21
Come out and enjoy two local food trucks from sweets to amazing down home food. Both trucks have amazing food or drink and great prices. We will have the following trucks here that day: The Brown Box Bakery, Taters N Toppings, and The Shake Truck AKA Newlife Nutrition.

Wichita Flea Market | August 21 – 22
Come walk the aisles 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.

Rhea Lana’s of Greater Wichita | August 21 – 27
Upscale Resale for Savvy Families! Rhea Lana’s Children’s Consignment Event is Wichita’s largest Children’s Consignment Sale! Hundreds of Families come together to sell thousands of high quality, gently used children’s items for BARGAIN prices!

■ ICT Veg Fest | August 22
CM Goodies is presenting and hosting our first ICT Veg Fest for August 22nd at Blood Orchard. It will be a celebration of all things Vegan as well as earth friendly like repurposed items, upcycling, plants, oils, businesses that use vegan products for services they provide, arts of ALL kinds including dance to name a few.


Tuesday, August 17
Consiglio & Co. @ Mort’s Martini Bar | 5 p.m.
Patz @ Chicken N Pickle | 7 p.m.

Wednesday, August 18
Adam Capps @ Chicken N Pickle | 7 p.m.
Phil Bollig @ Augustino Brewing | 7 p.m.
Rudy Love Jr. @ The Artichoke | 7:30 p.m.
Black Stone Cherry @ TempleLive | 8 p.m.
Lisa Hittle Jazz @ YaYa’s EuroBistro | 8 p.m.
Lynn Avants @ The Cowboy Inn Saloon | 8:30 p.m.

Thursday, August 19
Whitnie Means @ Margarita’s Cantina | 5 p.m.
Patz @ Exploration Place | 5:30 p.m.
Stack of Wax @ Old School TapHouse | 6 p.m.
MJ12 @ Augustino Brewing | 7 p.m.
Rock n’ Rick @ Dockum | 7 p.m.
Perry & Martin @ Mortdecai’s | 7 p.m.
TAHRC Showcase #6 w/ Not Cops, Virgins, Concubine, Cricket Wand, Junior Retreat + Peters 1914 @ Brickyard | 8 p.m.

Friday, August 20
Sage Judd, Kyle Martin and Jason Whitmore @ Birney’s Snack Shop | 3 p.m.
The New Times Bard @ Songbird Juice Co. | 4:30 p.m.
The Old No. 5’s @ Brickyard | 6 p.m.
And Then There Were 2 @ Jenny Dawn Cellars | 6:30 p.m.
Kyle Killgore @ Old School TapHouse | 7 p.m.
The Classic Cowboys @ Mulvane City Park | 7 p.m.
Smells Like Nirvana @ The Cotillion | 7 p.m.
Lisa Hittle’s Jazz Plus @ Jenny Dawn Cellars | 7:30 p.m.
Candice and the Business Casual @ The Artichoke | 7:30 p.m.
Llew Brown Band @ YaYa’s EuroBistro | 8 p.m.
Rumblefish @ Mortdecai’s | 8:30 p.m.
Groove 42 @ Vorshay’s Cocktail Lounge | 9 p.m.
Lê Khoa & De Lê @ Peerless | 9 p.m.
Levee Town @ The Shamrock | 9 p.m.
Throes Of Rejection @ The Elbow Room | 9 p.m.
Zoetic Ether w/ special guest Sondera @ Barleycorn’s | 9 p.m.
Annie Up @ Jerry’s Bar & Grill | 9 p.m.

Saturday, August 21
Brian T. @ Mort’s Martini Bar | 12 p.m.
The Scandalnavians @ Mort’s Martini Bar | 3 p.m.
Wayne Long & Artheta Faye @ Meadowlark Farm | 5 p.m.
The Haymakers @ Brickyard | 6 p.m.
Harrison Steele @ Chicken N Pickle | 7 p.m.
Electric Six @ Naftzger Park | 7 p.m.
Jelly Roll @ Wave | 7 p.m.
David Oakleaf @ The Rusted Rooster | 7p.m.
Marty Haggard and Jason Boyd Band @ Wichita Union Stockyards | 7 p.m.
Jared Brown & The Misfits @ Old School TapHouse | 7 p.m.
Black Carl @ Enigma Night Club | 7 p.m.
Jamie Quick & Shoeshine Blue @ The Artichoke | 7:40 p.m.
Prairie Smoke @ The Rusty Nail | 8 p.m.
Cody Moore Band//Happy Sleepy Dead @ Kirby’s Beer Store | 8 p.m.
Sunshine The Bunny @ Mort’s Martini Bar | 8 p.m.
Brian T @ The Forge | 9 p.m.

The Source @ Margarita’s Cantina | 9 p.m.
Monterey Jack @ Brickyard | 9 p.m.
Stallion @ Vorshay’s Cocktail Lounge | 9 p.m.
Lady & The Tramps @ Shenanigans | 9 p.m.
The Echos @ Port of Wichita | 9 p.m.
A Band In Kansas @ Rock Island Live | 9 p.m.
Jehry Robinson @ Barleycorn’s | 9 p.m.
Mad City Cruisers with Phiya and Daikini @ The Shamrock | 9 p.m.
Dead Orchestra @ The Elbow Room | 9 p.m.
Bad Reputation @ The Hive | 9 p.m.
Dirty Gentlemen @ Jerry’s Bar & Grill | 9 p.m.

Sunday, August 22
No Signal and John Smith @ Walter’s Pumpkin Patch | 1 p.m.
The Astronauts @ Chicken N Pickle | 4 p.m.
House of Rock ICT @ Vorshay’s Cocktail Lounge | 4 p.m.
Injoy Fountain & Rudy Love Jr. @ Crowne Uptown Theater | 4 p.m.
Fastball w/ The Cavves and Hey Radio @ Wave | 7 p.m.
Year of October @ Kirby’s Beer Store | 8 p.m.

Around The Corner!

Heartspring’s Carefest | August 21
The event will be held August 27-28 on Heartspring’s campus in east Wichita. Enjoy community favorites including the CARE Walk and PedalFest bike rides, and make new memories at the 5K run, car show, art show, cook-off contest, cornhole tournament, and more!

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:

West Acres Bowling Center
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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