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■ Shop & Grub Night Market | June 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.
■ Twilight Tour 2023 | June 24
Where: Tanganyika Wildlife Park
Drinks, sunset, and animal experiences who can’t experience anywhere else in the world. You won’t want to miss Wichita’s best VIP animal experience. Twilight Tour is our annual Tanganyika Wildlife Park fundraisers behind the scenes viewings local appetizers, beer, wine samples and more. We don’t receive any government funding or subsidies, and are closed over the winter. Because of this, funds raised at Twilight Tour ensure we can continue to provide exemplary care for the animals along with the Park’s future expansions. All funds raised at the event go directly to our 501C3. We will have opportunities for once in a lifetime experiences, custom animal art, silent auction, and more!
BEST THINGS TO DO
■ Wichita Wind Surge vs. Arkansas | June 21-25
Where: Riverfront Stadium
■ Shockers Under The Stars: Super Mario Bros | June 21
Where: Wichita State University
The Office of Engagement is kicking off summer by hosting the 3rd annual Shockers Under the Stars community summer movie. This summer we will be screening Super Mario Bros a film centered around teamwork, conquering fear, and believing in yourself. You will be able to decorate and create a flag representing your neighborhood (we will be making one for Shocker Neighborhood) before the movie. There will also be youth vendors, and a couple food trucks. If you design a flag you can bring it back with you to our outdoor movie in the fall to celebrate Good Neighbor Week and be entered for a prize.
■ 1 Million Cups | June 21
Where: Groover Labs
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.
■ Planetarium Show: The Dark Side of the Moon | June 22
Where: Exploration Place
Embark on a cosmic odyssey in celebration of Pink Floyd’s 50th anniversary of The Dark Side of the Moon planetarium show in The Dome. Journey through a cosmic realm that pays tribute to Pink Floyd’s enduring legacy. Vibrant colors and mesmerizing animations synchronize with the timeless tracks, immersive visuals and powerful emotions evoked by this legendary album. This is the only large-screen film endorsed by the band itself. Don’t miss this special opportunity to celebrate Pink Floyd’s musical masterpiece in an unforgettable setting.
■ Cookies On Tap | June 22
Where: Wichita Boathouse
Cookies on Tap is a community event to bring Wichita-area adult residents together over cookies and craft brews in support of Girl Scouts. The event pairs Girl Scout cookies with craft brews from local brewers, and provides participants with a sample of each pairing and one full pour of their choice in a special edition take-home glass.
■ Tropical Escape Cookout | June 22
Where: Chicken N Pickle
Join us at the Tiki Shack for a cookout! We will be serving up a Shrimp Boil, Cilantro Lime Rice with Pineapple, Hawaiian Pulled Pork Sliders and a Mango Spinach Salad.
■ Wichita Chicksella Summerfest 2023 | June 22
Where: Central Standard Brewing
The ultimate Summerfest party for Wichita Chicks 18+ Door prizes, live music, food & networking with positive, like-minded women. Chicks in Charge is coming to Wichita, KS! Grab your girlfriends and make plans to attend our meet & greet mixer for boss Chicks at Central Standard Brewing in Wichita, KS. Celebrate summer and female friendships and learn more about Chicks in Charge! Featuring apps & pizza (you may purchase your own beverages), live music at 7pm, door prizes, and chances to meet other successful women in the Wichita area. Meet Amy Lamb, who will be leading the Wichita Chapter.
■ The Greatest Showman Singalong | June 22
Where: Exploration Place
Embark on an unforgettable cinematic adventure with the timeless songs that have captured hearts across the globe. Feel the thrill as you sing every word, dance along with the film’s choreography and embrace the excitement of The Greatest Showman alongside fellow enthusiasts. Kemper Theater will be used to its full potential, with several surprises in store for during the film. Join us as we sing, dance, are awed with a live performance from a local idol and immerse ourselves in the sights and sounds being played out on screen. This really is the greatest show! Live Performance by McKayla Stacey: From Andover to Hollywood, and everywhere in between, McKayla Stacey is a star. Many will recognize McKayla from her audition on American Idol season 21, which earned her a golden ticket, but this local music sensation has been belting it out on stage in Wichita for years.
■ Carnival at Field Station: Dinosaurs | June 22-24
Where: Field Station: Dinosaurs
oin us at Field Station: Dinosaurs June 22 – 24th for a variety of carnival rides, games and concessions located in our parking lot. This carnival runs each night 6:00 – 10:00p after the Field Station has closed.
■ IMOMSOHARD: Ladies’ Night! | June 22
Where: Wichita Orpheum Theatre
IMOMSOHARD began as a popular web-series by real-life best friends, comedians, and moms Kristin and Jen, sparking an online community of 2 million followers. The videos have received nearly 300 million views worldwide in just 5 years. The phenomenon created by Kristin Hensley and Jen Smedley has since been nabbed for development by Warner Brothers TV. The comedians have sold-out two national tours, written a New York Times Best Selling autobiographical book and children’s book with Harper Collins, began hosting a top comedy podcast, landed branded deals with Fortune 100 companies, and taped a standup comedy special for Amazon Prime Video, launching the network’s first standup comedy platform. Kristin Hensley and Jen Smedley are based in Los Angeles and can often be found selling pizza slices for the PTA or working as parking enforcement at school drop off.
■ Adult Skate Night | June 23
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.
■ O’Malley’s 14th Anniversary Party | June 23-25
Where: O’Malley’s Irish Pub
Join us for 3 fabulous nights of fun! Friday June 23: 1/2 Price Liquor All Night 1/2 Price Pizza All Night. Karaoke Starts @ 7PM
■ Anime Festival of Wichita | June 23-25
Where: Hyatt Regency Wichita
Cosplayers unite for the biggest cosplay competition in Wichita. Competitors will battle it out for the title of “Best in Show,” while patrons will enjoy vendors, panel discussions and displays to celebrate a common love for comics, video games and anime characters.Experience the Anime Festival Wichita at the Hyatt Regency Hotel with special guests including voice actors, writers, and producers.
■ 9th Annual Midwest Facial Hair Showdown | June 24
Where: Emerson Biggins West
Facial Hair Competition for charity
■ Cowboys & Cocktails | June 24
Where: Old Cowtown Museum
Come join us for a night of yummy food, delicious cocktails, and cowboy-themed fun as we raise money for a good cause! Featuring local vendors – Newport Grill, Forge ICT, Georges French Bistro, First Man Brewery, Good Company Taps & Spirits, Sippy’s Mobile Bar, & Little Busters. Entertainment will be going all night long and include gunfights, wagon rides, a whip artist, gun spinner, saloon girls and more. This is a brand new fundraiser for the museum that promises to be a great time! Ages 21+
■ Kansas Grown! Farmers Market | June 24
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!
■ Old Town Farm & Art Market | June 24
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.
■ Smoker Fights | June 24
Where: Animal House FC
If you’re wanting to sponsor, participate or just spectate, please message us. This way we can get you into the right group for the participants… This will be a packed house June 24th. Spread the word. If you come late, you might not make it inside. 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.
■ Wichita Pride | June 24-25
Where: Century II
Wichita Prides’ theme this year is ‘Looking Back Moving Forward’; they want to celebrate all the work that has been done in years past but also look to the future as they expand Wichita Pride to a year-round celebration.
■ Transcendence | June 24
Where: Miller Concert Hall at WSU
Experience the transformative power of music in our first summer concert, Transcendence. Join us as we embark on a journey of hope, loss, and ultimately triumph, with a program featuring some of the most beautiful and thought-provoking works of contemporary wind ensemble music.
■ Wichita Flea Market | June 24-25
Where: Kansas Star Casino
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?
AROUND THE CORNER
■ Final Friday Food Truck Rally | June 30
Where: Wichita Boathouse
Food Trucks, Booze Trucks, Ax Throwing, Live Music, Local Artists and More
■ Walton’s BratFest 2023 | June 30
Where: Walton’s (3639 N. Comotara)
Please join us for our 2nd annual Walton’s BratFest, a fundraiser for the Air Capital Flyers Special Olympics Kansas program. BratFest is a family-friendly event where a $15 entry donation gains you access to mouthwatering bratwurst samples provided by Walton’s, as well as flavors from different processors from in and around the state! Try some tasty samples, grab some shaved ice from Funky Monkeys and a cool beverage from the Shaken or Stirred mobile bar before you check out all the different activities, games, and raffles from local vendors and conservation groups such as BHA, Pass it on Outdoor Mentors, Ducks Unlimited, Pheasants Forever, and NWTF!
Visit this week and the schedule for the weeks ahead at our Live Music Calendar.
Century II Performing Arts Center
■ June 24-25 | Wichita Pride
Crown Uptown Theatre
■ June 22-24 | Little Red Hen
■ July 13-15 | Hansel & Gretel
■ June 2-25 | Pantimonium
The Loony Bin
■ June 22-24 | Ralphie Roberts
■ June 29-July 1 | Steven Briggs
■ July 6-8 | Triple Feature
■ July 13-15 | Steven Rogers
Mosley Street Melodrama
■ May 26 – July 8 | No Weddings & A Funeral
Prairie Pines Playhouse
■ No Upcoming Shows
■ June 15-17, 22-25 | Unnecessary Farce
Wichita Orpheum Theatre
■ June 22 | #IMOMSOHARD
■ July 26 | Boz Scaggs
Did you know the food truck schedule is back? Check out this weekend’s list of food trucks right here!
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