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■ Luminesce | May 12 – 14
Where: Exploration Place
Join us for Luminesce, a candlelight concert in the Dome. This multisensory musical experience features classic sci-fi and fantasy film scores performed by a live string quartet under stunning visuals on Exploration Place’s massive 65-foot dome amid thousands of flickering candles. Enjoy music from Star Trek, Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, Jurassic Park, Tron, Doctor Who, Pan’s Labyrinth, Stranger Things and more. Luminesce is truly a feast for the senses, combining the power of live music with a sea of candlelight and the magic of science fiction. Don’t miss this unforgettable experience!
■ Tacos & Tequila Wichita 2023 | May 13
Where: Wichita Boathouse
Tacos and Tequila is one of Wichita’s most anticipated festivals. Join us at the Wichita Boathouse for a day of entertainment, games, food, tequilas, and an assortment of other drinks. Food and drinks will be for sale by local vendors, no ticket is required. Kick off summer with Great tacos and treats – Tequila, beer, spirits, and non-alcoholic drinks – DJ – Games for everyone – Mariachi and live music – Cultural activities and art.
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■ “Illusion of Choice” A Mind-Reading Magic Show with Mentalist Heather Jay | May 12
Where: Flying Pig Improv
Looking for an unforgettable experience that will leave you questioning reality? Look no further than “Illusion of Choice,” starring the incredible Mentalist Heather Jay! With mind-reading and hypnosis like you’ve never seen before, Heather Jay will have you wondering whether you truly have control over your own thoughts and actions.
■ Adult Skate Night | May 12
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.
■ Paramount East Antique Mall Outdoor Vintage Flea Market | May 13
Where: Paramount East Antique Mall (Augusta)
Vendors will have booths set up outside the store filled with vintage goods, antiques, collectibles, furniture, jewelry, rusty junk, industrial, farmhouse and so much more! Open 8 am – 3 pm 316-775-3999
■ Wichita Flea Market | May 13
Where: Riverfront Stadium
We’re a local family bringing a monthly Flea Market to the Wichita area. There will be vendor booths of all types to rummage through at the Wichita Flea Market. What treasures will you find?
■ Sunflower Boogiedown | May 13
Where: Central Standard Brewing
Sunflower Boogiedown is BACK! Our all-day block party with Free State Beer has always been one of our favorite days. This go round will not dissapoint.. live music, new beer tappings, and dancing in the street will keep you smiling ear to ear.
■ One Mother of a Party – Clifton Collective turns 5! | May 13 14
Where: Clifton Collective
Join us for One Mother of a Party at Clifton Collective! This May marks our 5th Birthday as a brick & mortar and we couldn’t be more excited to celebrate with a great group of pop-ups in the square!
■ Old Town Farm & Art Market | May 13
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 | May 13
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!
■ Tornado Bait Party | May 13
Where: Shamrock Lounge
Come celebrate Roots Music & BBQ with us at our annual Tornado Bait Party! We do this event as a thank you to our customers, so all music shows are free! Festivities start at 6pm with the Shamrock’s former owner, Dave Stough visiting to do Wes Race’s “Tornado Bait” poem/spoken word. Then the talented Lyn Avants will do a short set. Next up we’ll have the Haymakers do what they do so well. Short break then we’ll wrap the music up with the amazing VibroKings. Plus, all day long we’ll have delicious BBQ for sale out of the Little House on the patio. Come test your fate at Tornado Bait!
■ Applejack Spring Wine Walk 2023 | May 13
Where: Applejack Pumpkin Patch
We’re turning Applejack Pumpkin Patch into an adult playground on May 13, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. complete with wine, live music, and food! Must be 21 or older to attend. ID will be requested at the gate. Kansas’s own Grace Hill Winery will have 6 stations set up around the pumpkin patch where you will have your choice of sweet and dry wines to try alongside artfully paired Grazing Plains Farm cheeses. Patch activities like the giant slide, Applejack store, and touring the Kansas prairie. Concessions will be made available. We will have live music from Candice and the Business Casual.
■ Wichita’s IMPROV Show LIVE | May 13
Where: Flying Pig Improv
The troupe at Flying Pig Improv performs a completely IMPROVISED evening of entertainment every time they hit the stage! They use suggestions from the audience (that’s YOU) to create a ONE-OF-A-KIND experience with twists, turns, laughs, screams, and occasionally, even tears. Bring your friends! This is a great place to take a date, celebrate a birthday, or impress your out-of-town guests.
■ Josh Wolf Live | May 13
Where: TempleLive Wichita
Josh Wolf is a comedian, actor and NY Times Bestselling author best known for his work as a round table guest and writer on E!’s “Chelsea Lately” and “After Lately.” He has become one of the most sought after personalities in comedy, headlining stand up comedy tours across the nation. Wolf grew up in Amherst, Massachusetts and began performing stand up at 15 years old. After moving to Los Angeles in his mid 20s, Josh landed a talent deal with 20thCentury Fox and series deals with ABC and NBC. These deals were based on his real-life story of having a relationship with a woman who had two kids prior to meeting him and then having another with Josh and waking up one day to tell him she had no desire to be a mother; leaving Josh who was approx. 24 years old to figure how to raise three toddlers alone all the while trying to forge a career as a standup comedian.
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■ Shop & Grub | May 21
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.
■ Margaritas and Mojitos | May 26
Where: OJ Watson Park
Margaritas and Mojitos is a unique tasting event that features different local establishments in the Wichita Locale serving up handcrafted Margaritas and Mojitos for a chance to win Wichita’s best Margarita or Mojito. Attendees and Judges vote on the best Margarita and Mojito and the establishments with the most votes in each category will receive an award for 1st or 2nd place Best Margarita and Best Mojito (People’s Choice and Judges choice). Limited Tickets available! Your ticket grants you admission into the event.
■ Wichita Sky Kings Fan Fest | May 28
Where: Charles Koch Arena
Wichita Skykings first annual Fan Fest is happening May 28th and we got some MAJOR celebrities coming! Shocker Alumn and former NBA player, Ron Baker. Nashville & Netflix’s Outer Banks star, Charles Esten. KU alum and NBA player, Devonte’ Graham. KU alum Tyshawn Taylor. NBA star, Jose Alvarado. And more! Come get some autographs, take some photos, and watch your Sky Kings cruise into the playoffs! Let’s celebrate the first annual Fan Fest! Tickets are TOTALLY free. Doors open at 2pm. Meet and greet is 2.5 hours after the game. Tip off is at 3pm.
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■ May 13-14 | Talent on Parade Wichita Regional Dance Competition
■ May 25-26 | Barber of Seville
■ June 6-18 | Hamilton
■ June 16-18 | Jurassic Quest
Crown Uptown Theatre
■ May 11-13 | Chicken Little
■ No Upcoming Events
Newman University Theatre Department
■ No Upcoming Events
The Loony Bin
■ May 11-13 | Carmen Morales
■ May 18-20 | Rick Izquieta
■ May 25-27 | Heath Harrison
■ June 1- 3 | Trixx
Mosley Street Melodrama
■ March 31-May 13 | Hard Times at Mary Dingles Mercantile
Prairie Pines Playhouse
■ No Upcoming Shows
■ May 13 | Give ‘Em Hell, Harry
■ May 18-June 3 | Kiss of the Spider woman
■ June 15-17, 22-25 | Unnecessary Farce
Wichita Orpheum Theatre
■ May 13 | Midwest R&B Fest
■ June 8 | Brit Floyd – 50 Years of Dark Side
■ June 14 | Cesar Lozano
■ June 17 | George Michael Reborn Starring Robert Bartko
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