The Best Things to Do in Wichita (November 16-21 Edition)

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BEST THINGS TO DO!

NJCAA DII Men’s and Women’s Soccer National Championships | November 15-20
Visit Wichita, Stryker Sports Complex and the Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference are teaming up to host the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division II Men’s and Women’s Soccer Championships, which will be held at Stryker, Nov. 15-20, 2021. 24 teams (12 men’s and 12 women’s) — all from outside of Kansas and across the country — will be competing in Wichita. This is the first time NJCAA has held both divisions (men’s and women’s) at the same time in the same destination.

Wichita State Men’s Basketball vs. Tarleton State | November 16
The college basketball season tips off with the season home opener. The Shockers hosts Jacksonville State at Koch Arena.

1 Million Cups at Groover Labs | November 17
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 | November 17-21
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 | November 18
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 p.m. ring of fire lighting. While you’re here, bring the whole family to check out our exhibits at a discounted rate!

Grand Opening of Illuminations at Botanica | November 18
The grand opening of Botanica’s Illuminations is November 18th through January 1st! Bring your whole family to experience the enchanted Christmas holiday display. Enjoy hot chocolate, snacks and light shows all at Botanica. Don’t miss out on the magic this season and buy your tickets today.

Joggers and Lagers | November 18
The Joggers & Lagers Ziggy Run will be a regular event every month on the 3rd Thursday of each month at 7pm. We will meet at Ziggys Pizza at Clifton Square and head out for a short run around beautiful College Hill Park and return to Ziggys for Pizza, Beer and Fun with our fellow running friends!

Local Makers Craft Show 2021 | November 18
First Annual Local Makers Craft Show hosted by H4 Creations! Located in Wichita, KS. Local small businesses selling hand crafted unique items. Now accepting vendor applications!

The 38th Annual Wreath Festival | November 18
The 38th Annual Wreath Festival will be Nov. 18-20 at the Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum, 11a.m. to 4 p.m. Enjoy holiday cheer, music, and a wonderful destination for holiday gift buying. Holiday shoppers are sure to be dazzled by an array of artful wreaths, decor items, baked goods, cards, books and unique gift items.

■ Adult Skate Night | November 19
Adult Skate Night takes place on Fridays at Carousel Skate Center from 11 p.m. to 2 p.m. Must be 21 with a valid ID. $10 includes skate rental. Beer and mixed drinks are available.

Flying Pig Improv Show | November 19
Big laughs in store at this evening of improv games and unscripted theater. Get in here! Seating is limited / no reservations / arrive early / $10

■ 2 Year Winery Anniversary Celebration | November 19
Join us to celebrate two years at our urban winery and enjoy our DJ, drink specials and giveaways.

■ 2021 Red Kettle Campaign Kick-Off | November 19
Join us as we officially kick off the 2021 Red Kettle Christmas Season, Friday November 19th at 4:00pm in Downtown Wichita, at Old Town Square. Experience the first donation of the season – the giant gold coin drops into the Giant Red Kettle from a WFD ladder truck. Enjoy hot chocolate/coffee along with Christmas music and a few surprises. You just never know what might pop out of that Giant Red Kettle!

Filipino Pinoy Market at Hampton Inn Hotel | November 20
Authentic Filipino Food & Desserts, Clothing, Perfumes, Handmade Jewelries, and more! All at the Hampton Inn Hotel from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Aida Stenholm’s 9th Business Anniversary | November 20
Join us to celebrate our 9th year of business. We could not have done it without local supports. Plan to stop by as Aida will have all of her customizable shoes on sale for $200. In addition, she will be introducing her new high rise moccasin shoe design. What a perfect way to get started on your holiday shopping and support our local community.

46th Annual Wichita Turkey Trot | November 20
Welcome to the 46th Annual Honeysuckle White Wichita Turkey Trot! We are so excited to welcome you all back to Wichita’s oldest running event. The 10 mile and 2 mile races return to Century II in 2021 along with all of your closest friends.

6th Annual St. Mary’s Derby Fall Craft Fair | November 20
6th Annual St. Mary’s Craft Fair. Featuring over 100 booths filled with a blend of handmade and direct sales companies. There will be a concessions stand and lunch. Beat the shopping crowds and get a jump start on Holiday shopping! Admission is $4 but keep and eye out for our BOGO coupon!

Fall Teatime at the Enchanted Mermaid | November 20
Come have tea with the Mermaids! Face paint, snacks, refreshments, mermaid story time, and a fall themed craft included. All tickets must be purchased in advance of 24 hours before the event either online, in store, or over the phone. No same day tickets will be sold.

Food Trucks for the Derby Food Bank | November 20
Come out to Derby North Middle School for our second annual Food Trucks for the Food Bank event! Enjoy some delicious treats from Funky Monkey Munchies and Brown Box Bakery to support the local food bank and Operation Holiday! We will also be accepting non-perishable food items, coats, unopened hygiene products, and cash donations at this event!

Wichita Flea Market | November 20-21
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.

Bradley Fair Tree Lighting | November 21
Gather in the plaza next to the lake for Bradley Fair’s tree lighting ceremony. Watch the shopping center’s Christmas tree and miles of crystal lights come to life. Immediately following the tree lighting, guests can enjoy horse-drawn carriage rides starting from the fountain at Bradley Fair Plaza. Activities happening from 1 to 10 p.m. Christmas tree lighting to take place from 5 to 6 p.m.

Chicken & Noodles Benefit Dinner | November 21
Delanos Diner is having a benefit dinner for Michael Grubb who is an employee there. He is battling kidney cancer. They will be serving chicken and noodles dinner for $8.99. 100% of proceeds will go directly to Michael.

Around The Corner!

EFC XV | November 27
Evolution Fighting Championship is headed back to Hartman Arena on November 27, and this time they’re bringing back the Veterans! Don’t miss Cody Carrillo, Chris Harris, Manny Meraz, and Brandon Phillips bring back the action to Hartman Arena!

Joe Rogan: The Sacred Clown Tour | December 3
A standup comedian for more than 25 years with an inquisitive and intense comedic style, Rogan’s sixth hour-long comedy special, Joe Rogan: Strange Times, premiered on Netflix in October 2018.

Rock’s Dugout Sportscard and Memoribilia Show | December 5
Selling and buying sportscards and sports memorabilia

Wichita State Basketball vs. K-State at Intrust Bank Arena | December 5

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SPORTS

Wichita State Men’s Basketball
Nov. 16 – 7 p.m. | vs Tartleton State
Nov. 19 – 9 p.m. | vs Arizona (at Las Vegas)
Nov. 21 – TBD | vs Michigan/UNLV (at Las Vegas)
Nov. 26 – 8 p.m. | at Missouri

Wichita State Women’s Basketball
■ Nov. 20 – 3 p.m. | at Northern Iowa
■ Nov. 23 – 6 p.m. | vs Prairie View A&M
■ Nov. 26 – 3:30 p.m. | vs Alcorn St
■ Nov. 29 – 6 p.m. | vs Northwestern St

Wichita State Volleyball
■ Nov. 19 – 7 p.m. | at Cincinnati
■ Nov. 21 – 7 p.m. | at East Carolina
■ Nov. 24 – 7 p.m. | vs SMU
■ Nov. 26 – Noon | vs Memphis

Wichita Thunder
■ Nov. 19 / 7:05 p.m. | at Tulsa Oilers
■ Nov. 20 / 7:05 p.m. | vs Tulsa Oilers
■ Nov. 24 / 7:05 p.m. | vs Rapid City Rush
■ Nov. 26 / 7:05 p.m. | at Tulsa Oilers

Wichita Wings
■ Dec. 18 | vs. Amarillo Bombers

Kansas High School State Football – Local Area Teams
■ Nov. 19 | Derby vs. Lawrence @ Derby
■ Nov. 19 | Kapaun Mount Carmel vs. Maize @ Wichita Heights
■ Nov. 19 | Buhler vs. Andover Central @ Buhler
■ Nov. 19 | Andale vs. Gypsum @ Gypsum

NJCAA DII Men’s and Women’s Soccer National Championships 
■ Nov. 15-20

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LIVE MUSIC

Tuesday, November 16
Consligio & Co. | Mort’s Martini Bar | 5 p.m.
Whitnie Means | Margarita’s Cantina | 5 p.m.
Patz | Chicken N Pickle | 5:45 p.m.
Sterling Gray | Mort’s Martini Bar | 8 p.m.

Wednesday, November 17
Ben Fuchs | Chicken N Pickle | 5:45 p.m.
Charlie Wilks | The Artichoke | 7:30 p.m
AJ Harvey | Mort’s Martini Bar | 8 p.m.

Thursday, November 18
Harrison Steele | Chicken N Pickle | 5:45 p.m.
Dangie | Mort’s Martini Bar | 8 p.m.
Gregory Alan Isakov | WAVE | 8 p.m.
SST | The Shamrock | 8 p.m.
InphamouZ (OH) • Hip Fasho • Zollins | Kirby’s Beer Store | 10 p.m.

Friday, November 19
The Grant & Pauly Experience | Mort’s Martini Bar | 4 p.m.
The New Time Bard | Songbird Juice Co. | 4:30 p.m.
Beau and Miki Jarvis | Larkspur | 7 p.m.
Sunshine The Bunny | The Artichoke | 7:30 p.m
Lisa Hittle Jazz Plus | Jenny Dawn Cellars | 7:30 p.m.
Old #5’s | Mort’s Martini Bar | 8 p.m.
Aaron Watson | The Cotillion | 8 p.m.
Like Before | Kirby’s Beer Store | 8:30 p.m.
Daikini / Cody Moore Band / The Localites | The Shamrock | 9 p.m.
Candice and the Business Casual | Vorshay’s Cocktail Lounge | 9 p.m.
Monterey Jack | Jerry’s Bar & Grill | 9 p.m.

Saturday, November 20
Brian T | Mort’s Martini Bar | Noon
Jordan Summerville | Mort’s Martini Bar | 3 p.m.
Lisa Hittle Jazz Plus | Larkspur | 7 p.m.
Cody Johnson| Hartman Arena | 7:30 p.m.
MJ12 | The Artichoke | 7:30 p.m
Kurt Aiken and Miguel Santana | Jenny Dawn Cellars | 7:30 p.m.
Geoff Tate | WAVE | 8 p.m.
David Holland Band | The Hive | 8 p.m.
Roadhouse Saints | Port of Wichita | 8 p.m.
Haymakers | Spauldings | 8 p.m.
AJ McCausland | Mort’s Martini Bar | 8 p.m.
Epic | Mortdecai’s Tavern & Eatery | 8:30 p.m.
Stimulus | Margarita’s Cantina | 9 p.m.
Mountain Deer Revival | The Shamrock | 9 p.m.
Stallion | Jerry’s Bar & Grill | 9 p.m.
Tequila Ridge | Vorshay’s Cocktail Lounge | 9 p.m.
Sleepy Truckers | The Rusty Nail | 9 p.m.
Mad City Cruisers | Barleycorn’s | 9 p.m.

Sunday, November 21
Sunshine The Bunny | Mort’s Martini Bar | 4 p.m.

Upcoming Noteworthy Concerts
■ 11/24 Adam Capps, Jason Callahan, Kyle Killgore, Amber Goldermann| Temple Live Wichita | 8 p.m.
11/27 Yung Joc & Lil Scrappy| The Cotillion | 8 p.m.
■ 12/3 Lilly B Moonflower Band | Central Standard Brewing | 8 p.m.
12/11 CeeLo Green | Kansas Star Casino | 8 p.m.
11/27 Eli Young Band| The Cotillion | 8 p.m.

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PERFORMING ARTS

Century II Performing Arts Center
Nov. 26-27 | Stomp (Broadway in Wichita)
Dec. 5 | Make It Mozart (Wichita Symphony Orchestra)
Dec. 10-12 | The Nutcracker (Ballet Wichita)
Dec. 14-16 | Summer: The Donna Summer Musical (Broadway in Wichita)
Dec. 15-18 | The Best Christmas Pageant Ever (Wichita Children’s Theatre & Dance Center)
Dec. 18-19 | The Nutcracker (Metropolitan Ballet Wichita)

Crown Uptown Theatre
Nov. 19 | Bucky Fowler & Southern Charm
Nov. 20-21 | Yellow Brick Road to Broadway is Back
Dec. 2-4 | Toyland
Dec. 3-5 | Inverno: The Great Holiday Circus

The Forum Theatre
Nov. 27-Dec. 19 | Cool Yule

Friends University Division of Fine Arts
■ Nov. 19-21 | Little Women
■ Dec. 3-4 | Christmas Candlelight
■ Jan. 21 | Toni Libhart Mallet Percussion Recital

Kechi Playhouse
Dec. 1-19 | A Tuna Christmas

The Looney Bin
Nov. 18-20 | Shaun Jones
Nov. 26-27 | Steve Kramer
Dec. 2-4 | Brent Terhune
Dec. 9-11 | Kevin Bozeman

Mosley Street Melodrama
Nov. 12-Dec. 25 | The Hallmork Channel Christmas Melodrama

Prairie Pines Playhouse
Nov. 19-Dec. 23 | Peril at the North Pole: Yule Die Laughing

Roxy’s Downtown
Nov. 18-Dec. 19 | Away in the Basement: a Church Basement Ladies Musical
Jan. 6-23 | Five Course Love

Wichita Center for Performing Arts
Dec. 3-5 | Short & Suite Nutcracker

Wichita Orpheum Theatre
Nov. 30 | Lindsey Sterling
Dec. 2 | Bob Saget
Dec. 9 | Zach Williams
Dec. 10 | John Crist

Wichita State School of Performing Arts
Nov. 18-21 | “Love’s Labor’s Lost”, by William Shakespeare
Feb. 24-26 | Wichita Contemporary Theatre Spring Dance Concert

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FAMILY FUN SERIES!

Seeking something to do with the family but can’t commit to a particular day? Browse our family fun series which highlights various family activities:

Axe To Grind
Berry Picking at Elderslie Farm
Bingo Casino
Bliss Climbing and Fitness
Botanica, The Wichita Garden
Carousel Skate Center
The Cosmosphere
Exploration Place
Karg Art
O.J. Watson Park
Old Cowtown Museum
Sedgwick County Park – Boundless Playground
Sedgwick County Zoo
Seneca Bowl
Splash Aqua Park
West Acres Bowling Center

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