The Best Things to Do in Wichita (Sept. 28-Oct. 3 Edition)

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The Popcorner 7th Anniversary | September 28-October 2
It’s our Birthday and we’re ready to celebrate with YOU! It’s hard to believe that we’ve been popping for seven years since we opened up in Andover. Join us this week with some amazing deals to help us celebrate. Thank you to our customers and staff, we owe the majority of our success to you.

1 Million Cups at Groover Labs | September 29
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.

Pickle Jam | September 30
The IMA Foundation’s annual Pickle Ball fundraising event – Pickle Jam – is back and better than ever! Teams and attendees can enjoy food, drinks and live music while watching their favorite pickle ball teams battle it out for a chance to earn bragging rights and raise money for Wichita nonprofits. New this year, Pickle Jam will also feature a recreational cornhole tournament.

Taste of Newton | September 30
Taste of Newton is BACK this year, and we are so excited to have a night filled with yummy food and a whole lot of fun! So, mark your calendars for September 30th, because from 6:00-9:00 pm you can come downtown and enjoy the flavors of Newton. There will be food trucks, as well as many community organizations who serve food to fundraise. So, when you come to Taste of Newton, you not only get to eat great food, but you give back to the community.

Chester’s Chophouse Patio Grand Opening | September 30
Their new patio will be unveiled via a grand opening celebration on Thursday, September 30 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. The grand opening is a ticketed event that cost $500 per person, which is a benefit for the Wichita Children’s Home.

Food Truck Thursdays at Exploration Place | September 30
Thursdays at Exploration Place just got more awesome! Mark your calendars for weekly Food Truck Thursday events continuing into the fall and winter. Chow down with Wichita’s best food trucks, join in on fun activities like trivia or themed events, then end your evening with the Keeper of the Plains 9 pm ring of fire lighting. While you’re here, bring the whole family to check out our exhibits at a discounted rate!

Wichita River Festival | September 30 – October 3
Wichita Riverfest started nearly 50 years ago as a way to celebrate and unify the community during Wichita’s Centennial. Now, the jam-packed, fun-filled event is the largest, longest-running, and most anticipated festival in the region. Normally a nine-day celebration, this year’s festival takes place over two extended weekends in an effort to keep attendees safe. The fall event will look more like the traditional Riverfest celebration with the return of the food court, headliner concerts, fireworks, the Sundown Parade and more.

McAlister’s Deli Grand Opening in Derby | October 1
McAlister’s Deli will open its doors in Derby, Kansas at 2425 North Rock Rd. Derby, KS 67037 at 10:00 a.m. And to celebrate the grand opening, the location will be giving away Free 30-Day Tea Passes to the first 50 guests who place a pick-up window order through the McAlister’s app or website. There will also be a performance at 9:30 a.m. on opening day by the Derby High School Drumline and activities like a Face Painter who will be at the restaurant from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Ahead of the grand opening, the Derby restaurant will host Donate to Dine benefitting Kansas Food Bank. Guests who make a donation to Kansas Food Bank will receive a complimentary meal on us. This will take place on Thursday, September 30 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.  

Fortune Feimster at the Orpheum | October 1
You can catch stand-up comedian, writer, and actor, Fortune Feimster, on the radio, on screens both big and small,

Fortune Feimster at the Orpheum | October 1
You can catch stand-up comedian, writer, and actor, Fortune Feimster, on the radio, on screens both big and small, and touring her stand-up across the nation. Fortune Feimster’s first one-hour special, SWEET & SALTY, is currently streaming on Netflix and was nominated for Best Comedy Special for the Critics’ Choice Awards.

Wichita State Delta Gamma Pancake Feed| October 1-2
$5 tickets for the annual pancake feed with proceeds to benefit Envision.

Wild Lights at the Sedgwick County Zoo Opening | October 1-3
Wild Lights will be open from 6 – 9 p.m. every Wednesday through Sunday. Roam the Zoo after dark, with your path illuminated by larger-than-life sculptures of all things WILD!

Goddard Fall Festival| October 1-3
The Goddard Fall Festival is an annual event held the first weekend in October and includes a carnival, games, vendors, great food and entertainment for all ages. The carnival and some games open Friday evening in Linear Park. The main events kick off with a parade Saturday morning along Main Street where most activities take place. The festival has been a long standing tradition of “festive fun” for the community. We hope you will join us for this year’s festival “The Roarin’ 20’s!”.

Vintage Market Days of Wichita| October 1-3
Vintage Market Days of Wichita is excited to host “Rustic Charm” October 1-3, 2021 at the Wichita Sports Forum. Join us for a special shopping experience, featuring over 90 of the best vendors from Kansas, as well as artisans and makers from all over the country! Each vendor will feature their choice of true vintage goods, antiques, original art, clothing, jewelry, handmade treasures, home décor, outdoor furnishings, consumable yummies, seasonal plantings, food trucks and so much more!

Junior League of Wichita’s Taste of Wichita| October 1-10
From October 1-10, 2021, enjoy ten days of fine dining options in Wichita that are sure to please and delight any palate. Try out a new restaurant or dine at your favorite spot and to help support the Junior League of Wichita. Order from the special TOW menus and 10% of proceeds goes back to the League.

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Fall Bazaar | October 2
Join us for our 36th Annual Fall Bazaar! More than 90 Vendors, Homemade Bierocks and Cinnamon Rolls, Freshly

1st Annual Multicultural Arts Festival | October 2
Wichita Kansas First Annual Multicultural Arts Festival we will have live music of all genres Comedy, Art Displays, Hip Hop ,RnB ,Food trucks etc

Run For The Poor and Oktoberfest Celebration | October 2
Celebrate the annual Oktoberfest held at Blessed Sacrament by running this traditional and festive 5K race. Run through the scenic and historic College Hill neighborhood and finish smack dab in the middle of the Oktoberfest celebration. Featuring live music, kids play area and of course, German Beer and Food. All runners receive choice of brat or hot dog and beer (21 and older).

Pumpkins at the Park 2021 | October 2
It’s back… and it’s better than ever. That’s right – Pumpkins at the Park, Wichita’s largest Halloween event, returns this year for a spooky good time for the entire family EVERY Saturday in October from 5:30 pm to 9:30 pm.

Derby Chamber Chili Cook-Off | October 2
Join us for a Chili Cook-Off where local Chamber member businesses will make their best chili and compete for your votes! Competitors will go all out to try to earn your vote for best chili and best business spirit!

Wichita Children’s Business Fair | October 2
This one-day Business Fair is a culmination of ideas and hard work from great young minds. Kids develop a brand, create a product or service, build a marketing strategy, and then open for customers at our one-day marketplace. Experience young minds marketing, selling, counting money and feeling accomplished!

The Dude Perfect Tour | October 2
The YouTube sensations Tyler Toney, Cody Jones, Garrett Hilbert, and twins Coby and Cory Cotton are hitting the road for their second live tour! Fans will experience the Dudes up close and personal when they bring the action right into the audience with crazy stunts, competitive battles, some of their most funny and embarrassing stories, outlandish stereotypes and several of their most popular segments from their award winning Overtime series.

Blood Orchard Vintage Market & Southside Food Truck Rally | October 2
Check out the Southside Food Truck Rally at reBorn Boutique & Marketplace from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Woofstock 2021 | October 2
Join us for the 25th Anniversary of Woofstock on Saturday, October 2 from 10 AM to 4 PM at the Sedgwick County Park. Gather with thousands of fellow pet owners and animal enthusiasts for Kansas Humane Society’s largest annual fundraising event and festival, “Woofstock”, which has become one of the largest events of its kind in the Midwest.

Clash At The Cotillion V: Flame On Game On | October 3
World Class Revolution Pro Wrestling! Clash At The Cotillion V: Flame On Game On featuring such stars as Matt Hardy, Sandman, and more.

‘Art & Ale’ Pop Up Market | October 3
Join us at our favorite show of the year! “Art & Ale” on Sunday, October 3rd! Come chill with us in downtown Wichita to shop your favorite makers with a TOP-NOTCH artist line up in a laid back, live music & beer filled setting!

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Tuesday, September 28
Jordan Summerville @ Mort’s Martini Bar | 5 p.m.
Patz @ Chicken N Pickle | 7 p.m.
William Flynn @ Mort’s Martini Bar | 8 p.m.

Wednesday, September 29
Ben Fuchs @ Chicken N Pickle | 7 p.m.
Lisa Hittle Jazz @ YaYa’s EuroBistro | 7 p.m.
Gibber Jabber @ The Artichoke | 7:30 p.m

Dangie @ Mort’s Martini Bar | 8 p.m.
Billy Strings @ Wave | 8:30 p.m.
Phil Bollig @ Cowboy Inn Saloon | 8:30 p.m.

Thursday, September 30
Andrew McMahon @ Wave | 5 p.m.
Flatland Cavalry @ Acura Stage at Kennedy Plaza | 5:15 p.m.
The New Time Bards @ Exploration Place | 5:30 p.m.
Whitney Means @ 6S Steakhouse | 6 p.m.
Harrison Steele @ Chicken N Pickle | 7 p.m.
Taylor Woll @ Augustino Brewing Company | 7 p.m
Casting Crowns @ Hartman Arena | 7 p.m.
Perry & Martin @ Mortdecai’s Tavern & Eatery | 7 p.m.
J. Michael @ The Artichoke | 7:30 p.m
Jazzy Soul Night @ Vorshay’s Cocktail Lounge | 8 p.m.

Friday, October 1
The Steel Woods @ Wave | 3 p.m.
Big Boi @ Acura Stage at Kennedy Plaza | 3:15 p.m.
The New Times Bard @ Songbird Juice Co. | 4:30 p.m.
Joe Emery and Steve Bixler @ Grace Hill Winery | 5 p.m.
Lisa Hittle Jazz Plus @ Larkspur | 7 p.m.
Lisa Hittle Jazz Plus @ Jenny Dawn Cellars | 7:30 p.m.
Kyle Killgore Acoustic Duo @ The Artichoke | 7:30 p.m.
A Band in Kansas w/ Estereomance @ Brickyard | 8 p.m.
Llew Brown Band @ YaYa’s EuroBistro | 8 p.m.
Sleepy Truckers @ The Shamrock | 9 p.m.
Fast Lane @ Jerry’s Bar & Grill | 9 p.m.

Saturday, October 2
Tequila Ridge @ Sedgwick County Park | 1 p.m.
Joe Stumpe @ Grace Hill Winery | 1:30 p.m.
Fitz & The Tantrums @ Acura Stage at Kennedy Plaza | 3 p.m.
Fiesta Del Rio @ Wave | 3 p.m.
Joe Emery and Steve Bixler @ Grace Hill Winery | 5 p.m.
Red Letter Days @ Barleycorn’s | 6:30 p.m.
Lisa Hittle Jazz Plus @ Larkspur | 7 p.m.
Kyle Rainer @ Wichita Union Stockyards | 7 p.m.
Wichita Yacht Club @ Vorshay’s Cocktail Lounge | 7 p.m.
Lisa Hittle Jazz Plus @ Jenny Dawn Cellars | 7:30 p.m.
Bad Reputation @ Mortdecai’s Tavern & Eatery | 8:30 p.m.
Hard Enough @ Barleycorn’s | 8:30 p.m.
Zachary Scott Kline Band @ Brickyard | 9 p.m.
Imagjjin @ The Shamrock | 9 p.m.
Agenda @ The Forge | 9 p.m.
Suite 68 @ Jerry’s Bar & Grill | 9 p.m.
Chronic Audio @ Port of Wichita | 9 p.m.
Just The Worm @ The Humidor | 9 p.m.
Kyle Killgore Band @ Madrocks | 9 p.m.

Sunday, October 3
Dustin & The Hay-Nations @ Acura Stage at Kennedy Plaza | 3 p.m.
Heavy Metal Meltdown @ Wave | 4:15 p.m.
JunkMale @ Chicken N Pickle | 6:30 p.m.

Upcoming Noteworthy Concerts
10/9 Brass and Boujee @ Friends University | 7:30 p.m.
10/15 Dwight Yokum @ TempleLive | 7 p.m.
10/15 Toby Keith @ Intrust Bank Arena | 7 p.m.

Around The Corner!

ICT Bloktoberfest | October 8
Our goal at the ICT BLOKTOBERFEST is to support the Wichita community while creating some great lasting memories. Whether that is some of the best, local, craft beer around, entrepreneurs who make a living through their food trucks, or bringing live music to you from local artists, we want to support the community.

Women’s Fair – Holiday 2021 | October 8-10
Wichita’s 1st Annual Women’s Fair HOLIDAY event! Back with all the fun and excitement that you’d expect at Women’s Fair but with a holiday shopping twist! Where all your holiday shopping needs are met under one roof. Bringing you the latest in fall & winter fashion trends, holiday cooking demonstrations and the best shopping!

Chisholm Trail Antique Gun Show | October 9-10
The Chisholm Trail Antique Gun Association Gun Show is back at Hartman Arena. Everything from rare antique weaponry to technology’s newest advances in hunting, gun storage, and guns will be available for enthusiasts all in one building.

The Park City Chill 2021 | October 15-17
Bumper to Bumper Auto Parts is proud to present “The Park City Chill” 2021! Kansas’ Largest Indoor Motorcycle Show is coming to Hartman Arena!

ICT Block Party | October 16
We designed this party for the whole city to come outside and prepare yourselves to hear nothing but the hits from DJ FOR THE WIN, Great food from ADIOS KITCHEN, merch market featuring, UM BRAND, TARC, ANTIMOSITY, CURRATED and SHADE LANE BOUTIQUE to name a few. We will also have a kids zone with face panting, side walk chalk and many happenings you will never forget.


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:

Seneca Bowl
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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1 thought on “The Best Things to Do in Wichita (Sept. 28-Oct. 3 Edition)”

  1. HeyEddy, filled out the form for Blessed Sacrament’s Oktoberfest Celebration with food from your favorite places along with our great home made sides.kraut balls are the best. Stage , bands, $3-4 German beers. Bloomin Idiots and Marshall Law start at 6. You would know a lot of past classmates. Great times. 18th annual. And the money goes to St Vincent DePaul for the poor.

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