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■ Junior League of Wichita’s Taste of Wichita| October 5-10
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.
■ Samuel Adams Octoberfest Stein Hoisting | October 6
Join us for an awesome event at the west side Old Chicago that you definitely don’t want to miss! Cheers!
■ 1 Million Cups at Groover Labs | October 6
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.
■ Wild Lights at the Sedgwick County Zoo | October 6-10
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 7
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!
■ Taste of Wine Fall Festival | October 7
Wine tasting, hor d’oeuvres and pizza bites at YaYa’s EuroBistro from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
■ 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.
■ Boos and Brews | October 8
Come out to Cowtown for a night of ghosts, fun and brews. Food for sale from The Bomb BBQ, and a great selection of beers to buy from Central Standard Brewing. Wichita Paranormal Research Society (WPRS) will be on hand giving ghost tours throughout the town! Plus, catch a Victorian seance and try your hand at investigating for ghosts!
■ 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!
■ Derby Chamber Chili Cook-Off | October 9
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!
■ Mustard Roots Boutique Grand Opening| October 9
Check out the grand opening of the boutique at 8981 W. Central Avenue.
■ Family Jam Fest | October 9
A family-friendly, mini music festival for families with young children. The event will be complete with story-tellers, clowns/entertainers, musical acts, food trucks, and booths for local businesses and vendors…with closing act Koo Koo Kangaroo!! Guaranteed fun for all!! Have a great time while also learning about Child Start and the importance of quality, early childhood education for all children.
■ Wichita’s Littlest Heroes 3rd Annual Bravery Ball | October 9
Join WLH for a night of dinner, drinks, auctions, dancing and fun! Bravery Ball raises critical funds to support over 500 Kansas families with children battling life-threatening medical conditions. Join us and hear from the Hero families being impacted, and enjoy a special performance from Heroes and Hero Siblings. This is the party of the year, making it the annual gala you don’t want to miss!
■ 86th Annual Lebanese Dinner & Food Sale | October 9
IT’S BACK! (after a 2-year break) Join us October 9th and 10th for the RETURN of our 86th Annual “Big Dinner!” Due to Covid-19, we will be serving all of our dinners through the drive-through this year. We have an efficient system in place to make the line move quickly, so you can grab your food and go! Each meal features the menu and recipes chosen by our sitties (Arabic for grandmother) a 100 years ago.
■ Fall 2021 Parade of Homes | October 9
Welcome to the 2021 Fall Parade of Homes. A three-weekend event for everyone interested in homeownership.
■ Hoedown for Hope | October 9
A family friendly event where kids can meet horses, ride a pony, play barnyard games, & enjoy a hayrack ride. There will be food & music & more!
■ Pumpkins at the Park 2021 | October 9
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.
■ Bootanica | October 9
Join us at BOOtanica on October 9 for our favorite family-friendly fall event where you will get to tour our gardens. During BOOtanica the entire garden will be transformed into different stations with activities for children of all ages. Visit us for a day filled with all kinds of activities and experiences.
■ Historic Midtown Walking Tour | October 9-10
Promenade on Park Place. Experience 3 beautiful historic homes including Wey Manor in this chance to get inside homes built during Wichitas hey day. Tour these beautiful homes and support the historic midtown 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.
■ Mort’s Fall Fest| October 10
Come join us for all the fall festivities. Seasonal drinks, Octoberfest beers, live music, all day and free food from the grill.
■ 2021 Prairie Fire Marathon, Half Marathon, and 5K | October 10
Join us for our 12th running of the FALL PF Marathon, Half, and 5K! Enjoy a fast, flat, and Boston Qualifying course through the heart of Wichita, KS.
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)
Tuesday, October 5
■ Consligio & Co. @ Mort’s Martini Bar | 5 p.m.
■ Thor Bonner @ Mort’s Martini Bar | 8 p.m.
■ Frankie & The Witch Fingers w/ Sharon Hankees @ Barleycorn’s | 8 p.m.
■ Vandarth/Stacey Sears/Cece Censor @ Kirby’s Beer Store | 9 p.m.
Thursday, October 7
■ J. Michael @ 6S Steakhouse | 6 p.m.
■ Stack of Wax @ Old School Tap House | 6 p.m.
■ The Long Run @ Botanica | 7 p.m.
■ Perry, Martin & Alley @ The Artichoke | 7:30 p.m
■ Phil Bollig @ Augustino Brewing Company | 7 p.m
■ Stay Outside w/ Bottle Cap Daydream @ Brickyard | 8 p.m.
■ Just The Worm @ Mort’s Martini Bar | 8 p.m.
■ Incubus @ Wave | 9 p.m.
Friday, October 8
■ The New Times Bard @ Songbird Juice Co. | 4:30 p.m.
■ Patz @ 6S Steakhouse | 6 p.m.
■ Lisa Hittle Jazz Plus @ Larkspur | 7 p.m.
■ Glass Age w/ Josué Estrada Band, Diamanté, and DJ MAS @ Brickyard | 7 p.m.
■ Tommy Newport @ Wave | 7:30 p.m.
■ Tom Page Trio @ The Artichoke | 7:30 p.m
■ Lisa Hittle Jazz Plus @ Jenny Dawn Cellars | 7:30 p.m.
■ The Dirty Gentlemen @ Vorshay’s Cocktail Lounge | 9 p.m.
■ Jet City @ Jerry’s Bar & Grill | 9 p.m.
■ Dangie @ The Shamrock | 9 p.m.
Saturday, October 9
■ Heather Richardson @ The Rusty Nail | 10 a.m.
■ Ken White & Robyn Macy @ Grace Hill Winery | 1:30 p.m.
■ Lisa Hittle Jazz Plus @ Larkspur | 7 p.m.
■ TobyMac @ Intrust Bank Arena | 7 p.m.
■ Brass and Boujee @ Friends University | 7:30 p.m.
■ Pink Floyd Laser Spectacular @ Wave | 7:30 p.m.
■ The Steinbergs @ The Artichoke | 7:30 p.m
■ Read Southall Band @ The Cotillion | 7:30 p.m.
■ Eric Shumaker & Chris Shaw @ Jenny Dawn Cellars | 7:30 p.m.
■ Agenda @ Mortdecai’s Tavern & Eatery | 8 p.m.
■ Close To You @ Wichita Orpheum Theatre | 8 p.m.
■ Le Khoa @ Barleycorn’s | 8 p.m.
■ Molly Neely Trio @ Hopping Gnome Brewing | 8 p.m.
■ Stallion @ Vorshay’s Cocktail Lounge | 9 p.m.
■ For The Birds & Friends @ The Shamrock | 9 p.m.
■ Bryan Knowles @ The Rusty Nail | 9 p.m.
■ Pastor Mike and the Demon Slayer Blues Band @ The Hive | 9 p.m.
■ Kings Fo The Fallen @ Port of Wichita | 9 p.m.
■ Annie Up @ Jerry’s Bar & Grill | 9 p.m.
■ Sunshine The Bunny @ Cowboy Inn Saloon | 8:30 p.m.
■ John Smith @ The Humidor | 10 p.m.
Upcoming Noteworthy Concerts
■ 10/15 Dwight Yokum @ TempleLive | 7 p.m.
■ 10/15 Toby Keith @ Intrust Bank Arena | 7 p.m.
■ 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.
Around The Corner!
■ 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.
■ 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.
■ 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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