Searching for ideas on what to do in Wichita this week or what’s ahead? We got you covered with What’s Happening This Week In Wichita.
■ Final Friday Food Truck Rally | July 28
Where: Wichita Boathouse
Food Trucks, Booze Trucks, Ax Throwing, Live Music, Local Artists and More
■ Rally for Hope 2023 | July 29
Where: Chicken N Pickle
Join HopeNet Wichita as we rally for mental health and wellness at our 3rd Annual Rally for Hope Pickleball Tournament & Fundraiser. All funds raised go directly to client care and community mental health tools! We’ll see you Saturday, July 29, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Chicken N Pickle Wichita for a day of pickleball for cause. Tournament play starts promptly at 9 a.m. – arrive early to check-in and warm-up to rally!
■ The Hangover Brunch | July 30
A uniquely exquisite brunch experience! Brunch buffet, Mimosa’s, Una Vida Frozen Margaritas, Coffee, Fun trivia, good music and more!
BEST THINGS TO DO
■ Aftershocks TBT Quarterfinals | July 25
Where: Charles Koch Arena
The Aftershocks are one win away from heading to the semifinals in Philadelphia. GA Tickets are just $5 for Tuesdays game.
■ Wichita Wind Surge vs. Frisco | July 25 – 30
Where: Riverfront Stadium
■ 1 Million Cups | July 26
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.
■ Geeks Who Drink Trivia Night | July 26
Where: Headshots Arcade Bar & Grill
Modeled after pub quizzes in Ireland and the U.K., Geeks Who Drink is an authentic homegrown trivia quiz. It’s a great way to drink with friends, without burning brain cells. And it’s where useless knowledge means everything. Our quizzes cover everything from Hungary to The Hunger Games, from science to sports, from the Billboard Hot 100 to Better Call Saul. Each quiz consists of seven rounds of eight questions each, in a variety of formats, including audio and visual rounds. Teams can be up to six players, so bring your smartest friends (or some likable dummies)—or come solo. We can always help you join a team! No reservations needed, just show up! Winning teams get bar cash and other prizes, depending on the venue. Bonus questions sprinkled throughout the quiz will net you additional goodies. But mostly it’s about establishing your dominance—or at least pleasantly surprising yourself. You’re into that, right?
■ 2023 Brewmaster’s Dinner | July 27
The 2023 Brewmaster’s Dinner is the ultimate event for beer enthusiasts! Join us on Thursday, July 27th, 2023 at 6:00 PM in Wichita, KS at PourHouse ICT for a night of delicious food and craft beer. Our expert Brewmaster will be showcasing the latest creations, perfectly paired with a delectable multi-course dinner. You’ll have the opportunity to taste and learn about different beer styles, while enjoying the company of fellow beer lovers. Don’t miss out on this unique experience to indulge in the best beer and food Wichita has to offer. Book your spot now and get ready for a night to remember!
■ Zane Lamprey Comedy Tour | July 28
Where: Wichita Brewing Company Event Venue
Zane Lamprey • Wichita Brewing Company • Wichita, KS Before the show, catch Zane’s TENDER LOOKS stand-up special on Amazon Prime! Catch Zane Lamprey’s New THIRSTY! Stand-Up Comedy Tour! Join us for a night of stand-up and amazing craft beer!
■ Final Friday with Phlox: Circus Freaks | July 28
Where: Old Town Square
Fire will start around 8:30! The end time depends on a few factors! Come join us in Old Town Square around dusk to watch a dazzling and possibly dizzying display of FIRE, LED, and DANCE!! Our troupe specializes in all flow art including but not limited to: Poi, Hoops, Staves, Fans, and Fire Breathing!! This is a kid friendly event, but please keep an eye on the little ones. Just be cautious of them and keep them away from open flames and outside the LED perimeter!!
■ Adult Skate Night | July 28
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.
■ Hot Wheels Monster Trucks Live Glow Party | July 29-30
Where: Intrust Bank Arena
Hot Wheels Monster Trucks Live Glow Party is coming to Wichita for the first time ever! Fans of all ages will experience the thrill of watching their favorite Hot Wheels Monster Trucks in the DARK!
■ Tomato Fest at Kansas Grown! Farmers Market | July 29
Where: 21st & Ridge Road
It’s our biggest event of the year – TOMATO FEST!! Featuring food trucks with fried green tomatoes, Troubles the clown, chef demos, sampling & recipes, a tomato-growing contest, specials on ALL THINGS TOMATO, and much more – in addition to our regular farmers market!
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 | July 29
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.
■ Wichita Health Fest 2023 | July 29
Where: Hillside Christian Church
Join us for a full day of free health information and free health screenings encompasing the traditional model to a natural approach toward your health! 70+ vendors. Food trucks, food inside, music and entertainment! Lots of giveaways! Raffel prizes to be won throughout the event! Kid Zone area! Something for everyone of every age!
■ Barks, Brews, & Running Shoes .5K Beer Run | July 29
Where: Side Pockets
This is the kind of “RUN” that’s REALLY fun… it’s a 0.5k BEER RUN! (That’s right, 0.5k… that equals 1/3 Mile or 546 yards or 1,640 feet!) And you get rewarded at the end with beer! Participants also receive a limited edition Side Pockets “Barks, Brews & Running Shoes” 0.5k Beer Run T-Shirt, a Finisher’s Medal and 2 Drink Tickets for your choice of Montucky Cold Snacks Lager, Monster Beast Seltzer or Prime Rehydration drinks. Plus, there’s a good chance we may add a few more fun prizes and events. Stay tuned–more fun activities are coming!
■ Wichita Bridal Expo | July 29
Where: Century II
The Wichita Bridal Expo, which draws brides and grooms from all over the state of Kansas, features more than 100 wedding professionals and the biggest LIVE Wedding Fashion Stage Shows in Kansas. Meet this area’s top wedding professionals while enjoying tastings, decor, a variety of venues, photographers, DJ’s, beauty and more. Participants have the chance to win a $5,650 Grand Prize Package, additional special prizes, and Vendor prizes.
■ July Filipino Pinoy Market | July 29
Where: Hampton Inn & Suites Airport
Mark your calendar and save the date. We will have different kinds of Authentic Filipino Foods
■ Social Tap Two Year Anniversary | July 29
Where: Social Tap
Join us to celebrate our two year anniversary with $10 Wood Fired Pizzas, Drink Specials, Yard Games, and a Cornhole Tournament.
■ Christmas in July | July 29
Where: The Hudson
Its HOT out and we wanna chill out and have a Holly Jolly Time! Christmas in July Cocktail party is going to be LIT. Come out and have some fun with us as we celebrate making it half way through 2023.
■ Improv Show at Flying Pig Improv | July 29
Where: Flying Pig Improv
YOU give us suggestions and WE create a show for you. It’s a barrel of fun! Come see for yourself.
■ Summer Bash Pool Party | July 29
Where: Norton’s Brewing Co.
Aye, some of y’all are headed back to school or have kids headed back soon, so we’re throwing an end of summer rager in the beer garden! DeeJay Proof (Lawrence) will be providing the vibes on the ones and twos, and he’s epic! This is an event for the adults though-21+ to enter the garden after 8pm Wading pools to cool off in, summer cocktails and beer specials, beach balls and lots of fun shit! Join us for a night of dancing, frolicking, splashing, cocktails and beers under the stars!
■ Bearded Dragons Grand Opening | July 29
Where: Kansas State Fairgrounds Encampment Building
Our Grand opening will be on July 29th from 1pm – 5pm, at the Kansas State Fairgrounds Encampment Building. We will be offering free coaching sessions for kids, along with snacks and drinks. We will also be offering lots of prize give aways for people that come to support us and see what we have to offer.
■ Celebration of Peruvian Independence Day | July 29
Where: Gabby’s Peruvian Restaurant
Gabby’s Peruvian Restaurant will have a delicious Peruvian all-you-can-eat buffet on July 29th from 1:00 pm to 4:00. We’ll be joined by Iskay, a duo (Pedro Calderón from Peru and Amado Espinoza from Bolivia) visiting from Kansas City that plays traditional South American music from 2:00 to 3:00 pm, and a traditional Marinara dancer starting at 3:00 pm. We hope you can join us! $40 per person if a reservation is made on or before July 28th. $45 per person if a reservation is made on July 29th, or at the door without a reservation.
■ Gnome for the Holidays: Xmas in July | July 29 – 30
Where: Hopping Gnome Brewing Co.
We’re ready for some mid-year holiday cheer with our annual summer event…and we have so much more room for activities! Tapping an aged Nice Beard Barleywine…limited quantities available!
■ Food Trucks at Riverside Park | July 30
Where: Riverside Park
Join us this Sunday July 30, 2023 from 11am-2pm for Food Trucks at Riverside Park! Hot-2-Trot Gourmet Hotdogs, Noble House, U-Hungry, Face Stuffers, Roxie’s On The River, Ken N Barbies
■ I Heart Cookies – Bumblee/Optimus Prime Event | July 30
Where: Exploration Place
𝑶𝑷𝑻𝑰𝑴𝑼𝑺 𝑷𝑹𝑰𝑴𝑬 & 𝑩𝑼𝑴𝑩𝑳𝑬𝑩𝑬𝑬 will be joing our deep dish cookie truck as we make our first 𝗘𝗩𝗘𝗥 appearance in Wichita! To celebrate we are giving everyone a 𝗙𝗥𝗘𝗘 𝗖𝗮𝗻𝗱𝘆𝗯𝗮𝗿 𝗕𝗿𝗼𝘄𝗻𝗶𝗲 or 𝗙𝗥𝗘𝗘 𝗜𝗰𝗲 𝗖𝗿𝗲𝗮𝗺 with any cookie purchase!!! We will be at 𝗘𝘅𝗽𝗹𝗼𝗿𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗣𝗹𝗮𝗰𝗲 𝗳𝗿𝗼𝗺 𝟭𝟭:𝟬𝟬𝗮𝗺 𝘁𝗼 𝟲:𝟬𝟬𝗽𝗺 𝗼𝗻 𝗦𝘂𝗻𝗱𝗮𝘆, 𝗝𝘂𝗹𝘆 𝟯𝟬𝘁𝗵
■ Picking Up the Pieces: Transitioning Trauma | July 31
Where: Elevate Community Lab
Picking up the Pieces: Transitioning Trauma with Co-Teacher Janet Maurantonio Federico Broadway Auto Park in the Wichita Foundation Elevate Community Lab at 303 S. Broadway. This event is open to the public. Registration is $40, Badass Members get $5 off! After a pause of three years, The Finishing School for Modern Women in depth classes are back! Now we can once again gather to delve thoroughly into a single topic with the help of expert co-teachers, workbooks and badges.
AROUND THE CORNER
■ Walton’s BratFest 2023 | August 19
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
■ July 26-30 | Disney’s Beauty and the Beast
■ July 7-30 | The Flaming Idiots
Mosley Street Melodrama
■ Fresh Prince of Bel Plaine | July 21 – Sept 2
Prairie Pines Playhouse
■ You Haven’t Got A Clue| Hunch! | June 30 – July 29
■ July 6-29 | La Cage Aux Folles
Wichita Orpheum Theatre
■ July 26 | Boz Scaggs
■ August 11-12 | Bobby Bones
■ August 18 | Fortune Feimster
■ August 22 | Craig Ferguson
Did you know the food truck schedule is back? Check out this weekend’s list of food trucks right here!
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