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■ Shocker Madness | October 12
Shocker Madness will include slam dunk and three-point shooting contests along with a pair of intrasquad scrimmages. In addition, the men will receive their 2021 American Athletic Conference championship rings. This free event begins at 6:00 p.m. Doors open at 5:00.
■ 1 Million Cups at Groover Labs | October 13
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.
■ Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular | October 13-16
Join us for Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular on October 13-16! Enjoy everything there is to love about fall while strolling through our gardens for four fun-filled nights. Throughout the gardens, we will have over 1,000 uniquely carved pumpkins lit up for everyone to see, which have been carved by volunteer groups and individuals in the Wichita community.
■ Wild Lights at the Sedgwick County Zoo | October 13-17
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! Read our feature here.
■ Food Truck Thursdays at Exploration Place | October 14
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!
■ Bands & BBQ for the Basics | October 15
Please join us for a fun evening! BBQ Dinner, Drinks and Live Music benefitting Giving the Basics Wichita! Dress is jean casual. Our mission at Giving the Basics Wichita is to bring dignity, health and opportunity to struggling children and adults through the distribution of hygiene products. Check us out at givingthebasics.org/wichita.
■ 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!
■ Pumpkins at the Park 2021 | October 16
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. Regular pass tickets are $20 for ages 3+. Super pass tickets are $35 for ages 3+ and allows for 30-minute ealry check in, fast pass for rides and reserved seating for the stage show.
■ 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.
■ Filipino Pinoy Market at Hampton Inn Hotel | October 16
Authentic Filipino Food & Desserts, Clothing, Perfumes, Handmade Jewelries, and more! All at the Hampton Inn Hotel from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
■ Augustino Brewing 4th Anniversary Party | October 16
Save the Date to Help us celebrate another years of flowing beers! Here’s the basics (addition details coming soon): Deals: – $2 off all beers on tap & Wichita Car Bombs – 25% off featured cocktails Live Music (1-10:30p): Kyle Killgore, John Smith, Just Tori, MJ12. Bags for a Cure Cornhole Tournament, St. Baldrick’s Foundation Stein Hoist Competition and more.
■ Magdalen Parish Festival 2021 | October 16
Join us on Saturday, October 16, for an evening of food, fun, and fellowship with our parish community. We’ll kick off the evening with Mass at 4:30pm and continue with our Second Annual Chili Cook-Off, dinner, drinks, dessert food trucks, face painting, a photo booth, live music from Roadhouse Saints, and FIREWORKS to end the night!
■ ICT Block Party| October 16
We are inviting you to attend a free event, from 4pm to 10pm at Naftzger Park 601 E Douglas Ave, Wichita ks, right in the heart of the city. 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 TRAVIESOS and Big Bs BEEF TRUCK, merch market. We will also have a kids zone with face panting, side walk chalk and many happenings you will never forget.
■ Bel Aire Fall Festival | October 16
Vendor Fair, Kids Activities, Food Vendors, Car Show and Live Music!
■ Spektrum Fall Party 2021 | October 16
We are throwing a Fall Party! October 16th from 5-9PM, behind Spektrum Muzik. Shop for art, music, vintage clothing, and food from local vendors behind our shop + some fall themed surprises.
■ Halloween Huckaboo | October 16
Grab the kids and head to High Park for a FREE fall festival experience! There will be: Games, Bounce Houses, Costume contests, A zombie hunting range, Hay rack rides, Pumpkin slingshots, Caramel apple making, A pumpkin patch, Animal hoppers, Shelled corn pit, DJ and more!
■ MoonStone’s 10 Year Anniversary | October 16
Join us in celebrating 10 wonderful years building spiritual community! Tarot Readings, Wire Wrapping, Raffle Drawing, Door Prizes, and so much more! Remember to keep your eye out for our Daily Discounts beginning October 5th!
■ Bug-O-Rama | October 16
Bug-O-Rama ICT Show is a fundraiser/car show for the Shriners Hospital for Children Transportation Fund. The ONLY ALL Volkswagen car event in Kansas in Wichita,KS.
■ Wichita Flea Market | October 16-17
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.
■ Midwest Supershow 2021 | October 17
Wheel your way over to the Century II Performing Arts and Convention Center in downtown Wichita, KS for an automobile-lover’s dream. On Sunday, October 17th, 2021 over 300 exotic, luxury cars will be on display for attendees to peruse. Don’t miss this awesome event!
■ Shop & Grub | October 17
Located at Naftzger Park starting at 11 a.m. The event features 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. Admission will be free.
HAUNTED HOUSES + HALLOWEEN
■ Apparition Dracula | Every Thurs., Fri., Sat.
We are proud to announce that APPARITION returns every Thursday, Friday & Saturday! Headshots Bar & Grill shall be hosting APPARITION: DRACULA. Featuring a one of a kind creepy cocktail menu created by the mad apothecaries who brought you Apparition: Haunted Mansion, Masquerade, Madness Before Christmas, and Better Watch Out, we cordially invite you to cross the threshold and enter into the forbidding Gothic manor of the Count himself, and enjoy drinks typically forbidden for the living.
■ Field of Screams | Every Fri. and Sat.
On your walk through the Field of Screams and Clown Town, you will experience the haunted grounds of the Spurlock family and see first-hand where the infamous vigilante murders took place. Your walk will take you through towering sorghum fields, unruly forests, dark twisting trenches, terrifying tunnels, and the horrifying Spurlock workshops where the most unspeakable acts were carried out. Tickets range between $17-15.
■ Forrest of Terror | Every Fri. and Sat.
Located at 5059 North Ridge Road Wichita, KS, this is one of the newer options in town. Admission is $18 per person.
■ Haunted Cannery | Every Fri. and Sat.
An experience that will haunt you forever! Located at Walter’s Pumpkin Patch. Take a covered hay wagon ride through the country darkness under thousands of stars far away from city lights past the pumpkin patch and cornfields…Caution while crossing the low-water bridge, as danger lurks around every turn. Once inside, trek cautiously through the abandoned 4-story canning elevator and trodden mental wards while the sites and sounds seize your very soul! General admission is $20 while VIP is $40.
■ Warehouse of Terrors | Every Sat.
WAREHOUSE of TERRORS is a haunted attraction near Wichita KS. Just a short drive southwest of Wichita along Highway K-42 you will find the abandoned Suppesville Furniture Store building in Milton, KS. Admission is $30.
■ Wicked Island at OJ Watson Park | Every Fri. and Sat.
Wicked Island, the haunted attraction at Watson Park is back for another wicked season! The haunted Island is brought to you by Planet Kingdom and Wichita Park & Recreation. Look forward to an ever changing treacherous walk-through a wooded island where nightmares become a reality. Plan ahead and purchase tickets online at wickedwoodswichita.com for timed admission or visit the concession building at Watson Park to buy general admission tickets. General Admission: Adults $20 Children $15. Timed Tickets: Adults $25 Children $20.
■ Zombie Paintball and Barn of Fear | Every Fri. and Sat.
Take a ride on a hayrack tailer that is loaded with paintball guns and ammo so you can shoot at live zombies that will be chasing towards your trailer as you drive through the haunted pasture! $10 per 100 paintballs.
■ Applejack Pumpkin Patch – 10007 SW Indianola Rd, Augusta, KS
$10 per person (2 and under are free)
■ Cedar Creek Farm & Pumpkin Patch – 6100 N 119th St. W, Maize, KS
$12 per person (2 and under are free)
■ Klausmeyer Dairy Farm & Pumpkin Patch – 8134 S. 119th St W, Clearwater, KS
Pumpkin Patch Admission: $8/person for 3 and up
Corn Maze Admission: $6/person for 3 and up
Pumpkin Patch and Maze Combo Admission: $13/person for 3 and up
■ Marietta Farm – 6100 N 119th St. W, Maize, KS
$7 per person Monday – Thursday (2 and under are free)
$8 per person Friday – Saturday (2 and under are free)
■ Meadowlark Farm – 11249 SW 160th St. Rose Hill, KS
$2 per person (12 and under are free)
■ Mr. Gourdman’s Pumpkin Patch – 3750 S. Dusty Rd Derby, KS
$7 per person (3 and under are free)
■ P & M Pumpkin Ranch – 311 16th Ave Moundridge, KS
$11 per person (2 and under are free)
■ Walter’s Pumpkin Patch – 10001 NW US Highway 77, Burns, KS
$13 per person Wednesday – Friday (2 and under are free)
$20 per person Saturday – Sunday (2 and under are free)
Wednesday, October 13
■ Lisa Hittle Jazz @ YaYa’s EuroBistro | 7 p.m.
■ Laura Burkholder @ Vorshay’s Cocktail Lounge | 7 p.m.
■ Candice & The Business Casual @ Mort’s Martini Bar | 8 p.m.
■ Glen Shipman @ Cowboy Inn Saloon | 8:30 p.m.
Thursday, October 14
■ Whitnie Means @ 6S Steakhouse | 6 p.m.
■ And Then There Were 2 @ Jenny Dawn Cellars | 6 p.m.
■ Gojira @ The Cotillion | 7 p.m.
■ Champagne Drip w/ Mize @ Wave | 7:30 p.m.
■ John Hutchison & Kirk Sorensen @ The Artichoke | 7:30 p.m
■ Thomas Benne @ Augustino Brewing Company | 7 p.m
■ CombatXCarl w/ Modeling and Crusoe @ Brickyard | 8 p.m.
Friday, October 15
■ Patz @ Mort’s Martini Bar | 4 p.m.
■ The New Times Bard @ Songbird Juice Co. | 4:30 p.m.
■ Harrison Steele @ 6S Steakhouse | 6 p.m.
■ Mountain Deer Revival & Lucky People @ Murfin Stables | 6 p.m.
■ Chronic Audio @ Capitol Federal Amphitheater | 6 p.m.
■ Lisa Hittle Jazz Plus @ Larkspur | 7 p.m.
■ Dwight Yokum @ TempleLive | 7 p.m.
■ Toby Keith @ Intrust Bank Arena | 7 p.m.
■ Lisa Hittle Jazz Plus @ Jenny Dawn Cellars | 7:30 p.m.
■ Patz @ The Artichoke | 7:30 p.m
■ Mammoth WVH @ The Cotillion | 8 p.m.
■ Texas Hill @ Capitol Federal Amphitheater | 8 p.m.
■ AJ McCausland @ Mort’s Martini Bar | 8 p.m.
■ Peters1914 • The Credentials • Sharon Hankees @ Kirby’s Beer Store | 8 p.m.
■ Uche and Crash @ Brickyard | 9 p.m.
■ The Plains @ Vorshay’s Cocktail Lounge | 9 p.m.
■ SST @ Jerry’s Bar & Grill | 9 p.m.
■ FrizzBerry Jam Sontia Soul Happy Sleepy Dead @ The Shamrock | 9 p.m.
■ Nick McEwen @ Madrocks | 9 p.m.
Saturday, October 16
■ Brian T @ Mort’s Martini Bar | 12 p.m.
■ Kyle Killgore, John Smith, Just Tori, MJ12 @ Augustino Brewing Co. | 1 p.m.
■ Matt Bauer @ Mort’s Martini Bar | 12 p.m.
■ Eric Shumaker & Jake Conway @ Grace Hill Winery | 5 p.m.
■ Shamrock MiniFest vol 3 @ The Shamrock | 6 p.m.
■ Lisa Hittle Jazz Plus @ Larkspur | 7 p.m.
■ Lady & The Tramps @ Hartman Arena | 7:30 p.m.
■ Eric Shumaker & Jake Conway @ Jenny Dawn Cellars | 7:30 p.m.
■ Sleepy Truckers @ The Artichoke | 7:30 p.m
■ Stimulus @ Mort’s Martini Bar | 8 p.m.
■ Hardwood Cherry @ Mortdecai’s Tavern & Eatery | 8:30 p.m.
■ Kyle Killgore @ The Rusty Nail | 9 p.m.
■ Air City Rock @ Jerry’s Bar & Grill | 9 p.m.
■ Dangie @ The Hive | 9 p.m.
■ Nostalgia @ Vorshay’s Cocktail Lounge | 9 p.m.
■ SST @ Shenanigans | 9 p.m.
■ The Source @ Port of Wichita | 9 p.m.
Upcoming Noteworthy Concerts
■ 10/18 Stone Temple Pilots @ The Cotillion | 8 p.m.
■ 10/23 Jamie Richards @ Wichita Union Stockyards | 7 p.m.
■ 10/31 Theory of a Deadman @ The Cotillion | 8 p.m.
■ 11/8 Lil Baby and Friends @ Intrust Bank Arena | 7:30 p.m.
■ 11/20 Cody Johnson @ Hartman Arena | 7:30 p.m.
Around The Corner!
■ The 19th Annual Tallgrass Film Festival | October 20-24
Bringing independent film to the heartland. The 19th Annual Tallgrass Film festival takes place on October 20-24 (in person) plus virtual October 24-29 2021. Get all of the details at tallgrassfilm.org.
■ WWE Smackdown | October 22
Friday Night SmackDown is coming home to Wichita! For one night only, see your favorite SmackDown Superstars under one roof. SmackDown Universal Champion Roman Reigns, SmackDown Women’s Champion Bianca Belair, Rey & Dominik Mysterio, and many more.
■ Bare Knuckle Fight Night: Rickels vs Lane | October 23
David “Caveman” Rickels is headed back to Hartman Arena for Bare Knuckle Fight Night on Saturday, October 23rd! Watch Caveman and Lane face off head-to-head in a revolutionary circular four-rope ring, designed to encourage fast-paced and exciting bouts!
■ Wichita Asian Festival | October 23
The Wichita Asian Festival is back for its 40th year! Proudly presented by the Wichita Asian Association, this annual festival showcases cultural performances, culinary arts and artisanal crafts. Attendees can enjoy a variety of cultural and artistic events from more than 15 Asian countries, including diverse stage performances highlighting a variety of Asian culture. There will be over 50 vendor booths with Asian food and a variety of arts items, and a Kid’s Corner with an assortment of Asian children’s activities.
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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