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BEST THINGS TO DO!
■ Crave Culinary Festival | September 21-25
Get ready to satisfy your hunger for connection. Let’s gather and champion the arts! You’ll enjoy an artistic fusion of food and friends benefiting Mark Arts. A variety of culinary and drink workshops will be held Tuesday through Friday evenings featuring local and national culinary experts. On Saturday Mark Arts will host the Foodie fair featuring a keynote talk from visiting Chef Kiki Louya followed by talks from some of Wichita’s food and hospitality professionals as well as samples from local chefs.
■ Wichita Wind Surge in the Playoffs | September 21-26
■ 1 Million Cups at Groover Labs | September 22
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 | September 23
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!
■ NewSpring in the Park | September 23
Gather with us at the Capitol Federal Amphitheater in Andover Central Park for this free outdoor event! Family fun starts at 5 p.m. with food trucks, a petting zoo, face-painting, carriage and wagon rides, and more. Then at 6:30 p.m., our concert featuring the NewSpring Kansas Worship team begins.
■ Wine & Dine-osaur | September 23
Join us for music, appetizers and drinks with the extinct during our first annual Wine & Dine-osaur event! Enjoy an exclusive look at Field Station: Dinosaurs after hours as you wander – wine in hand – through the world of prehistoric predators and plant eaters.
■ Final Friday at Brick & Mortar | September 24
Final Friday Art Show & PaRtY with Xclusive Events! FREE for all ages to attend… Over 25 local artists and vendors will be set up inside and outside. Booze Trucks * Several Food Trucks * Yard Games Live Music with BIG FAT FUN from 7-10. Soooooo many door prizes will be up for grabs!
■ LW Clapp Annual Cleanup | September 25
Join us as we celebrate and honor the work of LW Clapp, our City’s third city manager and the man who gave us some of our best parks in Wichita and developed our parks system. This annual event falls on the Saturday nearest LW Clapp’s birthday. Cleanup includes the park grounds and the creek that runs through it.
■ 15th Annual Newton Chili Cook Off | September 25
Join us for the 15th Annual Chili Cook-Off fundraiser hosted by Harvey County United Way! Taste chili from over 20 local businesses, schools, nonprofits and more. You can even bring your spare change to cast your vote for your favorite.
■ 27th Annual Wichita Train Show | September 25-26
Our 27th Annual train show and swap meet will be September 25th and 26th 2021. Admission is $7 for both days. Every paid admission gets a chance to win one of two Lionel starter sets.
■ August Artisan Market at The COOP | September 25
Join The COOP for their outdoor market featuring local goods, fresh food & beverages, games, and live music!
■ Wichita Wagonmasters Downtown Chili Cook-off | September 25
It is time… CHILI TIME! Come join us for the biggest one day party in the City of Wichita! September 25th, High Noon, at Douglas and St. Francis all around the newly renovated Naftzger Park!
■ Kansas Flavor Fall Fest Salsa Competition | September 25
Summer Garden Salsa Competition Prizes for Winners! $10 Entry Fee. Registration is at 117 S Park Ave Valley Center from 11AM-12PM Judges will be sampling from 1PM-2PM
■ Sway Ballroom 4th Anniversary Dance Party | September 25
We have a lovey event with several live dance performances from instructors and students alike lined-up to celebrate our 4th anniversary! We will also have snacks and beverages available, and general dancing to fantastic music throughout the evening!
■ Great Plains Renaissance & Scottish Fall Festival | September 25
Come one, come all to the 21st Annual Great Plains Renaissance & Scottish Festival! There’ll be jests and jousts, aerial acrobatics, falconry and fire breathing daredevils, bagpipes and belly dancers, singing pirates, The Wichita Highland Games, Celtic music, kings and queens, Vikings and vagabonds, Kansas Authors Pavilion/renaissance in reading, fairies and fairy tales, fantastic artists, marvelous merchants and much, much more!
■ Theresa Caputo at the Orpheum | September 25
Theresa Caputo, from TLC’s hit show, Long Island Medium, will appear live and share personal stories about her life and explain how her gift works. She will deliver healing messages to audience members and give people comfort knowing that their loved ones who passed are still with them, just in a different way. “The Experience” brings Theresa face-to-face with her fans, as she lets spirit guide her through the audience.
■ Wichita Pride Festival | September 25-26
Join us in celebrating Pride 2021 this year at Century II! We will start with a drag show on Saturday night, and continue with a parade and celebration on Sunday the 26th. We will be featuring local entertainers, artists, food trucks, and vendors. Email us at [email protected] or message us to learn how to get more involved!
■ Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story at the Orpheum | September 26
Forget feel good, Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story is FEEL GREAT! Experience the drama, passion and excitement as a cast of phenomenally talented actors and musicians tell Buddy Holly’s story, from his meteoric rise to fame, to his final legendary performance at The Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa. Featuring two terrific hours of the greatest songs ever written, including That’ll Be The Day, Oh Boy, Rave On, La Bamba, Chantilly Lace, Johnny B. Goode, Raining In My Heart, Everyday, Shout and many many more, this show is just Peggy Sue-perb!
■ YoshFest at the Shamrock | September 26
Yoshfest is a day of music put together in the memory of our good friend, Josh Brooks, who everyone knew as Yosh. He was a larger-than-life hippie who lived for live music, festivals, friends + good times. YoshFest is our Tribute to Yosh.
■ Mug Club Stein Hoist at Hopping Gnome | September 26
Calling all Mug Club members! Bring your mug, fill it with beer, and enter the stein hoist competition! This is for current Mug Club Members, and the prize is a 2022 mug! We’ll do one for men and one for women…hope you can make it! Competition starts at 1pm!
■ Food Truck at the Fountains | September 26
Food Trucks at The Fountain is here and will take place THE LAST SUNDAY OF THE MONTH through October! Please join us at Wichita WaterWalk for a Sunday afternoon of Food Trucks, Live Music, & Community.
Wednesday, September 22
■ Runaway Grooms @ Brickyard | 6 p.m.
■ Adam Capps @ Chicken N Pickle | 7 p.m.
■ Twin Tribes @ The Elbow Room | 7 p.m.
■ Jim Kent @ The Artichoke | 7:30 p.m
■ Lisa Hittle Jazz @ YaYa’s EuroBistro | 7:30 p.m.
■ Kansas @ Wave | 7:30 p.m.
■ Consiglio & Co. @ Mort’s Martini Bar | 8 p.m.
■ Jason Callahan @ Cowboy Inn Saloon | 8:30 p.m.
Thursday, September 23
■ Steel Skarecrow @ Exploration Place | 5:30 p.m.
■ J. Michael @ 6S Steakhouse | 6 p.m.
■ John Depew @ College Hill Park | 6:45 p.m.
■ Harrison Steele @ Chicken N Pickle | 7 p.m.
■ Everclear – Living Colour – Hoobastank – Wheatus @ Wave | 7 p.m.
■ Bill Bloomer @ The Artichoke | 7:30 p.m
■ Pastor Mike and the Demon Slayer Blues Band @ Augustino Brewing Company | 7:30 p.m
■ Cavves, Yasmin Nur & Special Guest @ Brickyard | 8 p.m.
■ The Problem Kid Tour @ Kirby’s Beer Store | 8 p.m.
Friday, September 24
■ The New Times Bard @ Songbird Juice Co. | 4:30 p.m.
■ Maya Mikity @ Cocoa Dolce Downtown | 4:30 p.m.
■ DJ Carbon & Rudy Love Jr. @ Brickyard | 6 p.m.
■ Jeren Francois, Blaine Martin, Miguel Santana, Kevin Rutschman @ Napoli Italian Eatery | 6:30 p.m
■ Shakey Graves Was Here @ Wave | 6 p.m.
■ Perry, Martin & Alley @ Old School Tap House | 6 p.m.
■ Big Fat Fun @ Brick & Mortar | 6 p.m.
■ Patz @ 6S Steakhouse | 6 p.m.
■ Stull Hill Revival @ Mort’s Martini Bar | 7 p.m.
■ Jake Conway, Sage Judd, Olivia Massey, Dave Consligio @ Larkspur | 7 p.m.
■ Dangie @ Champs | 7 p.m.
■ Pastor Mike and the Demon Slayer Blues Band @ The Artichoke | 7:30 p.m
■ Lisa Hittle’s Jazz Plus @ Jenny Dawn Cellars | 7:30 p.m.
■ Tech N9ne @ The Cotillion | 8 p.m.
■ Sloan Moon / Cody Moore Band / Messy Frets @ The Shamrock | 9 p.m.
■ Across The Pond @ Jerry’s Bar & Grill | 9 p.m.
■ Zoetic Ether @ Barleycorn’s | 9 p.m.
Saturday, September 25
■ Lisa Hittle & Eric Shumaker @ Grace Hill Winery | 1:30 p.m.
■ Fine Swine Fest: A Tribute to Kenny Ballinger @ The Cotillion | 3 p.m.
■ JJ, Walter, and Payton @ Old School Tap House | 4 p.m.
■ Randall King @ Wichita Union Stockyards | 5 p.m.
■ Jeren Francois, Sage Judd, Renea Abdallah, Dave Consligio @ Larkspur | 7 p.m.
■ Air Supply @ Kansas Star Casino | 7:30 p.m.
■ Jake Conway and Micah White @ Jenny Dawn Cellars | 7:30 p.m.
■ Billy Ray Carr @ Snug Harbor | 8 p.m.
■ 51 Junction @ Brickyard | 8 p.m.
■ MJ12 @ Hopping Gnome Brewing Company | 8 p.m.
■ The Dirty Gentlemen @ Mortdecai’s Tavern & Eatery | 8:30 p.m.
■ Pastor Mike and the Demon Slayer Blues Band @ Cowboy Inn Saloon | 9 p.m.
■ Lonesome Stranger @ The Shamrock | 9 p.m.
■ Chronic Audio @ Jerry’s Bar & Grill | 9 p.m.
■ Tumbao @ Barleycorn’s | 10 p.m.
Upcoming Noteworthy Concerts
■ 9/27 Kevin Gates @ Wave | 8 p.m.
■ 10/1 Big Boi @ RiverFest (Acura Stage on Kennedy Plaza) | TBD
■ 10/15 Dwight Yokum @ TempleLive | 7 p.m.
■ 10/15 Toby Keith @ Intrust Bank Arena | 7 p.m.
Around The Corner!
■ 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.
■ 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.
■ 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.
■ 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.
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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