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■ Open Streets ICT: WSU & Shocker Neighborhood | April 16
Where: 17th Street from Oliver to Grove
Join us this Spring for Open Streets ICT – WSU in Shocker Neighborhood! This FREE neighborhood community-building event will take place along 17th Street, just south of Wichita State University and will host a full day of physical activity, food trucks, music and fun! Two miles of 17th Street will be closed to traffic from Oliver to Grove and open for biking, walking, running, food, and more! There will be a route south on Yale connecting you to Fairmount Park and a route north on Volutsia connecting you to Atwater Neighborhood Resource Center where additional activities are being held. Cruise along the along the 2-mile stretch on 17th Street and stop at participating shops, businesses and food vendors along the route.
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■ Red Carpet Affair | April 14
In partnership with Big Read 2023, this murder mystery is sure to thrill and delight! Shady Oaks Assisted Living is a comforting and holistic residency for a colorful cast of senior citizens, but when a string of nurses are found dead, all of whom claimed to have seen a shadow haunting the halls, the residents are left alone and must uncover what happened before the killer strikes again. Will you check in to Shady Oaks and solve the crime before time runs out? Dinner and prizes provided. Registration required and opens on March 20 at 9 a.m.
■ The Shadow at Shady Oaks: A Big Read Murder Mystery | April 14
Where: Derby Public Library
For the first time, Disney On Ice invites families to step inside the magical adventures of Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Frozen, the #1 Animated feature of all time, and Disney Animation’s Encanto, the 2022 Academy Award®, BAFTA®, and Golden Globe® Award winner for Best Animated Feature, as they come to life like never before.
■ Adult Skate Night | April 14
Where: Carousel Skate Center
Join us for Adult Night every Friday! Must be 21 with a Valid ID. $10 Cover (skates included). Beer & mixed drinks available. Check out our feature at what to expect here.
■ Wichita Wind Surge Home Games | April 14-16
Where: Riverfront Stadium
■ The Great Plains Renaissance & Scottish Festival | April 15-16
Where: Sedgwick County Park
Hail and well met! Join us for the Annual Spring Great Plains Renaissance Festival, April 15th & 16th, 2023. There’ll be jousts and jests, knights and knaves, bagpipes and blacksmiths, fire breathers, pirates, fairies, and more! Come one, come all to the Great Plains Renaissance Festival! HUZZAH!
■ “Illusion of Choice” Magic Show | April 14
Where: Flying Pig Improve
Psychological Illusionist Heather Jay returns to Flying Pig Improv in Wichita, KS for a one-of-a-kind mentalism show that will leave you mesmerized.
■ Old Town Farm & Art Market | April 15
Where: 835 E. 1st St.
Weekly destination for thousands of area residents and a must-see for visitors to the city. Wichita’s downtown Farm & Art Market since 1991! – Food, Arts, Artisan Goods, Live Music, Street Entertainers, and so much more.
■ 21st & Ridge Farmers Market | April 15
Where: 21st & Ridge Road
Enjoy over 100 local vendors supplying the market with delicious fruits, vegetables, meats, farm fresh eggs, hand harvested honey, baked goods, jams, jellies, salsas, fresh cut flowers, pet treats, unique artisan crafts, and more. Experience a true taste of local visiting with friendly growers, producers and artisans. Live music, cooking demonstrations, sample tastings, food trucks and local favorite Troubles the Clown are just some of the many features to see at our farmers’ market!
■ Tulip Festival | April 15
Celebrate spring at Botanica with our annual Tulip Festival! Bring out the whole family or come with a group of friends to enjoy the vibrant colors of a spring garden! Tulip Fest takes place on the first three Saturdays in April with events and activities perfect for both kids and adults. This beautiful kick-off to spring features over 70,000 tulips with over 87 varieties, 30 of which have never been grown at Botanica before. It’s a sight that shouldn’t be missed!
■ Paramount East Antique Mall Outdoor Vintage Flea Market | April 15
Where: Paramount West Antique Mall
Paramount Antique Mall Outdoor Vintage Flea Market Booths set up outside the store with antiques, vintage goods, collectibles, glassware, primitives, advertising, industrial, jewelry, tools, furniture and so much more!! Open 8 am – 3 pm. 316-722-0500
■ SHiNE Dance Fitnes at Naftzger Park | April 15
Where: Naftzger Park
Dance with us for free at Naftzger Park! SHiNE Dance Fitness is a full-body workout with choreography rooted in jazz, hip-hop and ballet and set to great music. With a combination of toning and cardio, you’ll come away from class feeling fantastic! No experience required. Recommended for ages 8 and up. Those under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Visit Shine Dance Fitness of Wichita on Facebook for updates and more dance opportunities.
■ Annual School’s Out Powwow | April 15
Where: Mid-American All-Indian Museum
Join us for Wichita Public Schools Title VI Native American Indian Education Programs Annual School’s Out Powwow. Come support Native American students in our community who will be participating and have helped organize this event.
■ Festival of Dankness | April 15
Where: Wichita Brewing Company Production Facility
We’re assembling 20+ Brewery friends from across NORTH AMERICA to highlight IPAs! Yes you read that right there will be 20+ IPAs with friends from Key West to Canada and all in between!
■ Saturday Night Smoker Fights | April 15
Where: Animal House FC
Weather permitting, we will try to have outdoor seating as well this go around. Get here early and get a seat. Follow the page for more information or follow the discussion. Come out and see some local KS fighters prepare for careers in MMA and Muay Thai.
■ Potted Potter – The Unauthorized Harry Experience | April 15-16
Where: Orpheum Theatre
Playing to sold out houses all over the world, the Olivier Award-nominated Potted Potter – The Unauthorized Harry Experience – A Parody by Dan and Jeff takes on the ultimate challenge of condensing all seven Harry Potter books into seventy hilarious minutes. Even if you don’t know the difference between a horcrux and a Hufflepuff, Potted Potter will make you roar with laughter.
■ Stain & Stem Wooden Sign Making Class | April 16
Where: Grace Hill Winery
Grey and Shannon from Stepp Design & Decor will walk us through the process of distressing your sign, staining with a color of your choice, and applying and painting the stencil design. No artistic ability needed!
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■ Shop & Grub | April 23
Where: Exploration Place Festival Plaza
Shop & Grub is a monthly outdoor market featuring various vendors selling vintage clothing, art, jewelry, accessories, home goods, wine, delicious food, and more. Free Admission for All Ages.
■ Midwest Winefest | April 27-29
Where: Old Town
The Midwest Winefest is celebrating 27 years in 2022! Funds raised from Midwest WinefestSM have totaled more than $5 million which directly go to support the Guadalupe Health Foundation and in turn are used to support their primary beneficiary, Guadalupe Clinic.
■ ICT Brunch Fest | April 29
Where: OJ Watson Park
Enjoy brunch bites from local restaurants, caterers, and food trucks.
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Century II Performing Arts Center
■ April 15-16 | Stage One Regional Dance Competition
■ April 22 | An Evening with the Yellowjackets
■ May 11-13 | Chicken Little
Crown Uptown Theatre
■ April 14-15 | Goldilocks & the Three Bears
■ No Upcoming Events
Newman University Theatre Department
■ No Upcoming Events
The Loony Bin
■ April 13-15 | Tom Thakkar
■ April 20-22 | Alex Elkin
■ April 27-29 | Landry
■ May 4-6 | Quinn Patterson
Mosley Street Melodrama
■ March 31-May 13 | Hard Times at Mary Dingles Mercantile
Prairie Pines Playhouse
■ No Upcoming Shows
■ April 6-29 | Ride The Cyclone
Wichita Orpheum Theatre
■ April 15-16 | Potted Potter
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