Searching for ideas on what to do in Wichita this weekend? Looking to plan ahead for something in the future? We got you covered with Best Things Happening This Weekend In Wichita.
■ Kansas Rail Fest | September 16
Where: Great Plains Transportation Museum
Featuring music, food, vendors, raffles, rides, scavenger hunts, activities for young and old, and of course – TRAINS! This year we will have a special locomotive display from the Kansas & Oklahoma Railroad with a demonstration. For more info see ksrailfest.org.
■ Kansas Sneaker Fest | September 16
Where: Charles Koch Arena
Kansas Sneaker Fest is Wichita’s very own sneaker convention. A unique marketplace for sneaker enthusiasts to buy, sell, and trade sneakers amongst each other. The event features vendors selling and displaying the latest and most sought after sneakers, highly coveted vintage clothing, streetwear brands and accessories. Other activities include a a free throw competition where attendees face off for a chance to win a slew of prizes. Attendees also have the opportunity to win a pair of highly coveted sneakers by supporting the sock drive which benefits local shelters in the Wich
■ Shop & Grub | September 17
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.
BEST THINGS TO DO
■ Kansas State Fair | September 15-17
Where: Kansas State Fairgrounds
■ ICT Mother Firkin Pop-Up | September 15-17
Where: Hopping Gnome Brewing Co.
Our gnomie Johnny Freedom will be popping up with his rad ICTMF apparel line. Tapping a Blood Orange ICT IPA firkin. This is the first firkin tapping at the Gnew Gnome…it’s about firkin time am I right?! Special edition collaboration tees & tanks available only at this event. Limited quantities, don’t miss it!
■ Wichita Wind Surge vs. Midland | September 15-17
Where: Wichita Riverfront Stadium
■ 51st Annual Walnut Valley Festival | September 15-17
Where: Winfield, KS
Still the third week-end in September, in Winfield, Kansas, at the Winfield Fairgrounds, the Walnut Valley Festival has long prided itself on being educational as well as enjoyable, but most of all, the Festival is a homecoming. And a homecoming not just because of the music and how folks act, but a coming home to a place in the soul and the heart with a spirit of celebration.
■ Autumn & Art | September 15-17
Where: Bradley Fair
Art lovers rejoice. Come celebrate the creative spirit of our community at Kansas’ premier boutique alfresco fine art show.
■ Ballet In the Park: “Thumbelina, A Fairy’s Tale” | September 15
Where: Naftzger Park
■ Wichita Shakespeare Company Presents A Taste of Shakespeare | September 15
Where: Central Riverside Park
The Wichita Shakespeare Company is proud to present “A Taste of Shakespeare: Celebrating 25 Years of Wichita Shakespeare Company”, directed by Ben Blankley. The Wichita Shakespeare Company (WSC) closes its 2023 Shakespeare-in-the-Park series with “A Taste of Shakespeare: Celebrating 25 Years of Wichita Shakespeare Company.”
■ ICT Yoga Fest 2023 | September 15-16
Where: Wichita Boathouse
This two day, indoor/outdoor festival held at the Wichita Boathouse will feature all styles and aspects of yoga with classes, workshops, and activities for every kind of yogi taught by teachers from all over the surrounding area! Our indoor Festival Marketplace will be full of local merchants, artisans, and vendors so be prepared to shop!
■ Coronation Ceremony for Miss USA Latina and WindSurge game | September 15
Where: Riverfront Stadium
The last game of the season and a celebration of Hispanic Heritage month at the Wind Surge (Tumba Vacas). What a better way to end the season. By showcasing and highlighting the most incredible, one of a kind occurrence that no one is talking about. Wichita won for the first time the National crown for Miss USA Latina. Melany Imbrecht, first won the crown of Miss Kansas Latina on September,2021. Wichita taking the crown! Then Wichita took the crown at National competition on August 6,2023. She is now representing the USA at the International Miss America Latina de Mundo pageant this October 2023 in the Dominican Republic. Let’s show our support, and bring awareness of this great accomplishment.
■ Adult Skate Night | September 15
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.
■ Improv Show at Flying Pig Improv | September 15-16
Where: Flying Pig Improv
September is FULL of fun / funny / unexpected / one-of-a-kind improv shows at Flying Pig Improv!
■ Parkrun at Exploration Place | September 16
Where: Exploration Place
Join in on a free, fun and friendly weekly 5k community event. Walk, jog, run, volunteer or spectate – it’s up to you! Exploration Place parkruns are fun, free events organized by volunteers for the benefit of everyone. Join us on Festival Plaza (park at Exploration Place and then follow the signs). The path goes along the river, over the Keeper bridge and back to the museum. We highly encourage all levels of walkers and runners. parkrun is for everyone!!
■ Wichita Flea Market | September 16-17
Where: Wichita Sports Forum
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?
■ Cosmosphere Celebrates Museum Day | September 16
Where: The Cosmosphere
The Cosmosphere is celebrating Museum Day! As part of the celebration, visitors can receive free admission to the Hall of Space Museum on Saturday, September 16 from 9 AM to 7 PM. Get your ticket online or mention “Museum Day” at the box office. Visitors must provide their email address in order to receive free admission.
■ Walters Pumpkin Patch – 2023 Pumpkinfest Opening Day! | September 16
Where: Walters Pumpkin Patch
Get ready for PumpkinFest 2023! Join us for a day of fall delight with you-pick pumpkins, attractions, and all the fall fun you’ve been craving! Come embrace the season’s magic at Walter’s Farm
■ Kansas Grown! Farmers Market | September 16
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 | September 16
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.
■ ICT Bee Fest | September 16
Where: Mid-America All-Indian Center
Grassland Groupies is excited to announce Wichita’s first annual ICT Bee Fest! Celebrate the pollinators and plants of Kansas’s first Bee City with us at the Mid-America All-Indian Museum. Collect Kansas wildflower seeds, build a bee hotel, and learn how to start a native garden to help protect these important insects in your own backyard, school, or work. Local growers and vendors will be selling native plants to help you bring a piece of the prairie home.
■ Latinfest at Old Town | September 16
Where: Old Town
“Latin Fest ICT” is a unique, cultural festival, celebrating diversity during Hispanic Heritage Month. This 5th annual city-wide event is free admission and open to the public. There will be presentations, exhibitions, games, live performances, and authentic Latino food and merchandise vendors. Plus a diverse array of other performance groups, live bands, and much more. You won’t want to miss this unique showcase of Latin music and dance. We are excited to share this day of culture with you!
■ Fall Days at Chateau | September 16
Where: Chateau Gifts & Flower Preservation
You won’t want to miss this opportunity to shop with & support local women owned businesses! Yahya Aura & Chateau Gifts teamed up to bring a day full of fun shopping with all women owned businesses. Join us along with Fashionably Great, Sunflower Closet, Forever Golden & Co, Hungry Bunny Donuts, Santa Cecilia Jewelry, Mindful Crotchet Co, Aetheric Design, Monigold Vintage, & Gigi’s Cookies. There will be complimentary drinks (alcoholic & nonalcoholic), fall shopping from clothing to Halloween decorations to sweet treats, & all the good vibes- this is going to be a blast!!
■ Raza Fest 2023 | September 16
Where: Coleman Lot
Celebrating Mexican Independence Day. Los Mendoza will be performing as well as other local bands, folkloric dancers. La chica raza, food trucks, vendors, informational booths
■ Burgers and Beer | September 16
Where: Genesis Sports Complex
Join us Saturday, September 16th for Burgers & Beer from 4pm to 9pm! Free burgers and beer, music, games, bounce house, and a World Record attempt fireworks display! Invite your friends, and bring the kids! You won’t want to miss it!
■ Taste and Tour | September 16
Join us for the Taste and Tour Food Festival! We will be featuring a variety of international foods. There will be different types of cuisine that are Asian, Latin, and American inspired! Take your taste buds on a tour across the world here in Wichita. Buy tickets online now or at the door.
■ Feline Fusion – A Fundraiser for Friends of Felines KS | September 16
Where: Woodland UM Church
Join the Wichita dance community as we come out to support Friends of Felines KS in their mission to improve the life of community cats. Performers from around the city will amaze you with their grace (or shenanigans) all to raise funds for this noble effort!
■ Show & Shine | September 17
Where: Central Riverside Park
It’s that time again! The Riversiders Car Group weekly show and shine @ Central Riverside Park. It’ll be at the crossroads of Nims and Murdock across from the parking lot. Bring your lawn chairs and come on down to show off your ride and hangout with other casual car enthusiasts. Hope to see you there!
■ Open Streets ICT | September 17
Where: Downtown Wichita
Enjoy a day of biking, fun physical activities, music, dancing, and much more! All Wichitans are invited to get active and socialize at the five major activity hubs situated every mile along the four-mile stretch. Open Streets ICT brings Wichitans of all ages together for an active, fun, community building afternoon in Wichita’s historic Delano District all the way down to the College Hill area.Visitors will be able to cruise along Douglas Ave.on bikes, skateboards, or walk and stop at activity hubs, shop businesses on the route, and visit food and street vendors while listening to music. Please remember no motorized vehicles of any kind are allowed. Hubs will be located at West Douglas, Kennedy Plaza, Naftzger Park, East High School and College Hill.
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■ Wichita Wind Surge vs. Midland | September 12-17
Where: Wichita Riverfront Stadium
■ Crave Culinary Festival | September 19-23
Where: Mark Arts
This five-day festival features an artistic fusion of food and friends benefiting Mark Arts. A variety of culinary and libation workshops will be held Tuesday through Friday evenings featuring local and national culinary experts. The festival culminates on Saturday, Sept. 23 with a Foodie Fair where guests can enjoy a keynote talk by food blogger Wichita by EB and sample food from local chefs and restaurants.
■ Drone Light Festival | September 21-23
Where: Exploration Place
Wichita’s drone light show returns as a festival to Exploration Place on September 21-23, 2023! The festival will provide breathtaking views of 300 synchronized drones (100 more than last year!), fully choreographed with music. We are planning some exciting enhancements to the experience, including new custom drone formations, floating Chinese water lanterns, projections on the Exploration Place buildings and a concert lit by more than 2,000 candles.
■ Greater Andover Days 2023 | September 28-October 1
Where: Andover Central Park
Greater Andover Days is held in Andover on September 28 – October 1. Join us for food trucks, live entertainment, children’s activities, yard games, car show, jeep night, art show, corn hole tournament, golf tournament, bingo, pickleball tournament. parade, fireworks, and the list goes on! Buttons and wristbands are on sale now – September 28 for $3 at a variety of locations including Andover Public Library, Andover City Hall, South Central Mental Health, Dillons in Andover, Andover State Bank, Andover Area Chamber of Commerce, K. Westphal Jewelers, Andover Senior Center. A portion of the proceeds benefit the Andover Senior Center.
Century II Performing Arts Center
■ September 16 | Joh Crist
■ September 19-24 | SIX: The Musical
■ Snow Night | September 8 – October 1
Mosley Street Melodrama
■ Nightmare on Mosley Street | September 15 – October 28
Prairie Pines Playhouse
■ Holiday Show 2023! | November 17 – December 23
■ September 15 – November 4 | The Golden Girls
Wichita Orpheum Theatre
■ September 15 | Caroline Campbell
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