Best Things Happening This Weekend in Wichita (Oct. 20-22)

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FEATURED EVENTS

■ Wicked Pairings | Oct. 20
Where:
 Exploration Place
Join us for a night of mischief and fun as we take over the museum, blending sinister and sweet into a Halloween party like Wichita’s never seen. Wicked Pairings is a delightful celebration of drinks and desserts, exclusively for those 21 and over.

■ TsunamiCon 2023 | Oct. 20-22
Where:
 Wichita Holiday Inn
TsunamiCon is Wichita’s premiere tabletop gaming convention, presenting a variety of gaming opportunities and related geekery right here in America’s heartland. We gather annually in the great city of Wichita for a number of fun and exciting events throughout the weekend, including a variety of tabletop games and RPGs, featured events, demos, special guests, organized play, live entertainment, panels, contests, giveaways and more.

■ Gallery Place PALOOZA | Oct. 22
Where:
 Exploration Gallery Place / Kepper Gallery Place
Join Harvester Arts and Visiting Artist, @Aaron_Asis as we celebrate the launch of our new Gallery Place Project Art Hub – Keeper Gallery Place at the Mid-America All-Indian Museum. What’s going down at Gallery Place Palooza, you ask?! Remember Chain to River 2.0?! THAT – but – DOUBLE THE CREATIVE FUN with interactive art interventions taking place at and from TWO art hubs: Exploration Gallery Place at 300 N McLean Blvd & Keeper Gallery Place at 650 N Seneca St. There will be FREE creative fun for the entire family from noon to 4 p.m. – TRUST US – you don’t want to miss Wichita’s favorite art party along our most precious resource – the Arkansas River!

BEST THINGS TO DO

Wild Lights | Oct. 20-22
Where: Sedgwick County Zoo
Wild Lights is back with ALL NEW light displays and this year’s theme will leave you smiling like the Cheshire Cat. Wichita’s most unique fall event will return with larger-than-life Asian Lantern sculptures illuminating the Zoo with dazzling scenes of glowing wildlife, beautiful scenery, and Alice in Wonderland themed displays.

■ St. Paul’s Largest Indoor Garage Sale | Oct. 20-21
Where:
 St. Paul’s United Methodist Church
Our largest indoor garage sale ever! Thousands of items! We have everything you need and even items you don’t need! Kitchen items, clothes, shoes, linens, garden items, holiday, office, camping, books, DVDs, music CDs, floral pieces, framed pictures, silver pieces, lamps, and sporting goods and much more! Our kitchen will also be open starting at 11:00 am selling sloppy joes, soups and desserts. Did I mention we have thousands of items!

■ Karg Art Glass 20/40 Anniversary Bash | Oct. 20-21
Where: Karg Art
A three-day event celebrating the career of premier local glassblower Rollin Karg. Join us on October 19-21 to witness live demonstrations, meet Rollin and other local artists, and learn to blow glass yourself! This will include an evening event for adults with food and drink, as well as a family day with games and prizes for kids.

■ Fridays 5:30 at Applejack Pumpkin Patch (21+ and older only) | Oct. 20
Where: Applejack Pumpkin Patch
Enjoy an evening out at Applejack! We turn the patch into an adult playground just for you! Must be 21+ to enter. ID will be requested at the gate. No children or infants please. We will have a food truck, outdoor games, and live music. Visit Applejack Store for fall seasonal handmade and homemade items and decor. Pumpkins and gourds will be available for purchase. Admission is $10 per person, including a water bottle and bag of kettle corn. Food and wine are available at an additional cost.

■ Candy Crawl | Oct. 20
Where: Clapp Park
Wichita Park & Recreation is hoping you have a spooky good time this Halloween season at Candy Crawl at Clapp Park! The Candy Crawl will take place at Clapp Park on October 20 from 5-7pm. This is a free community event. This free family-friendly event encourages everyone to dress up, grab your candy bag or bucket, and come visit local law enforcement, emergency personnel, park & rec staff, and local businesses and organizations for candy and prizes.

■ Dinosaurs after Dark | Oct. 20-21
Where: 
Field Station: Dinosaurs
Dinosaurs After Dark returns October 20 & 21 with a new look – and it’s a Cretaceous Costume Party! For two nights only, your family can explore the darkened Field Station trails featuring spectral colors and supernatural activities perfect for the whole family. Costumes strongly encouraged.

■ Adult Skate Night | Oct. 20
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 | Oct. 20
Where: Flying Pig Improv
It’s not Halloween YET?! Kill (kill … kill …) some time with us at an improv show! The laughs will sneak up on you and you’ll keel over with laughter.

■ Bug-O-Rama | Oct. 21
Where: Sedgwick County Park
Welcome to the 14th Annual Event! This is the German Festival Wichita needs! Come out Friday afternoon for dry camping and a corn hole tournament! Then on Saturday enjoy the ONLY ALL German Car Show in the state of Kansas! Car show, vendors, swap meet, food trucks, corn hole tournament, weiner dog races, live bands, raffle area to win cool items and our big one… we are raffling off a 1974 Volksrod, that’s right! Drive off in a cool vdub at the end of the day!

■ Wichita Flea Market | Oct. 21-22
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?

■ Pumpkin Run | Oct. 21
Where: Wichita State University
Time to put some sneakers on and join us for a 5k on the beautiful Wichita State University campus! Pumpkin Run participants will receive an event T-SHIRT and a FINISHER MEDAL. AWARDS will be given to the top age group finishers and overall winners. Invite friends to run with you using your personalized link/code. When 5 or more friends have registered with your code, you will get $15 off your registration. That means that your registration is just $10!

■ 45th Annual Wichita Postcard Club Show | Oct. 21-22
Where: All Saints Catholic Church
25 dealers will be here to show their postcards and postcard supplies. History lovers will delight in attending this annual event. Postcards appeared in 1893. They depict every facet of life, from the farm to the city. Come flip through history as you look at the thousands of postcards offered. For 45 years people have come from all over the world to enjoy seeing all of these postcards and to look back in time at an earlier lifestyle.

■ Empty Bowls Wichita Chili Cook-off | Oct. 21
Where: Woolsey Hall, WSU Campus
Guests pay $25 at the door and select one of hundreds of bowls made by artists and community members. They then take their new-found bowl and sample dozens of chilis and soups, donated by local restaurant chefs and food industry partners. Once guests have enjoyed sharing this experience together, the concept is…an “Empty Bowl” is brought home to remind us of all the “Empty Bowls” in our community. This year proceeds from the Chili Cook-off go to support HumanKind Ministries and ICT Fridge.

■ Hay, Hooves and Halloween | Oct. 21-22
Where: 
Old Cowtown Museum
Enjoy a truly safe family trick or treating family Halloween at Old Cowtown! The Headless Horseman rides the streets, dancing, costumes, zombie cowboys, ghosts haunting the historic houses, and of course, lots of candy for the kids!

■ Airplane Trunk or Treat | Oct. 21
Where: 
Stearman Field Bar & Grill
Join us for a SPOOK-tacular evening of high-flying fun at Stearman Field Bar & Grill’s Airplane Trunk or Treat!

■ Haunted Stroll: Boo Bash Trail | Oct. 21
Where: 
Starwoods Outdoor Center
Join us for one night only at the Haunted Stroll Boo Bash Trail. Walk the mile-long outdoor trails with monsters and ghouls of all kinds, artfully decorated scare scenes and frightening special effects; all created by Girl Scout Spookmasters! Snacks, hot drinks and haunted amusement await your family. Recommended for fourth grade and up; it’s seriously spooky. Costumes encouraged!

■ Heat Mavericks Birthday Party | Oct. 21
Where: 
Local Flavor Restaurant
Come vibe with us as we launch another year of flavor-packed adventures with Heat Mavericks. We couldn’t have done it without YOU, so we’re inviting you to our ultimate birthday bash! Hot Sauce Menu: Spice up your evening with our exclusive hot sauce-inspired menu items that are guaranteed to tantalize your taste buds! Local Flavor will also have their full menu/bar items available for purchase. Giveaways: We’ve got some surprises lined up! You could be the lucky winner of some amazing prizes. Live Music: Get ready for the best part – our favorite local cover band, A Band In Kansas! They’ll transport you back to the era of flannel shirts, angsty lyrics, and unforgettable guitar riffs.

■ Pumpkins at the Park | Oct. 21
Where: 
Tanganyika Wildlife Park
We’re back with Pumpkins at the Park! That’s right – Pumpkins at the Park, Wichita’s largest Halloween event, returns this year for a spooky good time for the entire family EVERY Saturday in October, 6pm – 10pm! The nights in October are the 14th, 21st, and 28th.

Kansas Grown! Farmers Market | Oct. 21
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 | Oct. 21
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.

Label-Less: A New Musical | Oct. 21
Where: Century II
The label•less journey began in 2018 with a simple empathy exercise during a theater class held by Lea and Drew Lachey. They asked each student to anonymously write down a way that they had been discriminated against in their lives. Later that night when they got home they spread the small sheets of paper out on their kitchen counter and were quickly brought to tears. Each piece of paper told a different story ranging from sexism to racism to mental health to homophobia and more. Right then and there they decided to create a show that would give a voice to the youth of America. People who are struggling to make sense of the world and how they fit into it. The label•less movement is inspiring, and healing and gives us permission to live, love, and truly be label•less.

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of Wichita | Oct. 22
Where: Mid-America All-Indian Center
The American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer is a celebration of courage and hope, a movement uniting communities to end breast cancer as we know it, for everyone. For three decades, these non-competitive walks have collectively grown into the nation’s largest and most impactful breast cancer movement – providing a supportive community for courageous breast cancer survivors and metastatic breast cancer thrivers, caregivers, and families alike. The Making Strides of Wichita walk route starts and stops at the Keeper of the Plains and travels along the river. The event is free to attend and open to the public.

Owl-O-Ween | Oct. 22
Where: Central Riverside Park
Owl-O-Ween is a City Crew event, supported by Wichita Park and Recreation, that will start about 1:00 p.m. The daily feeding time program will still take place at 12 noon.

Riverside Music Together – 10-Year Anniversary Party | Oct. 22
Where: Wichita Art Museum
Come celebrate 10 years of Riverside Music Together in our community! We’ll sing, dance, drum, and make some beautiful Music Together! In addition to family music-making, we’ve invited our friends at Indigo Moo’d ice cream in Lindsborg, KS to bring their ice cream cart! And since we love plants, too, we’re happy to have the Plant Bus with Renata’s Garden there, as well!

Tees Fore Tots at TopGolf | October 22
Where: TopGolf
Calling all Kansans and Hadwin Family Foundation supporters everywhere! Join us for our new exciting event, Tees Fore Tots on October 22, 2023, at Topgolf in Wichita, Kansas where we will continue to raise funds to support our charitable endeavors. This fun night will be hosted by Adam and Jessica Hadwin with a range of activities including Topgolf, mini golf, an exclusive silent auction, food, beverages, and special guest DJ 4 The Win. You will also have the opportunity to go head-to-head against our very own, PGA Tour winner, Adam Hadwin in a beat the Pro challenge

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THIS WEEK’S FALL FESTIVALS

October 20 – 28
Neewollah

Where: Independence, KS
The Neewollah festival (Halloween spelled backwards) began in 1919 in an effort to provide positive activities for kids of all ages in place of typical Halloween pranks. Initially, the event centered on parades held morning, afternoon, and night on October. Events include a fun run/walk, BBQ & dessert cook-off, medallion hunt, musical and more.

October 20 – 22
Haysville Fall Festival

Where: Haysville, KS
The 3 day festival features a car show, food court, parade, beer garden, pumpkin decorating, arts and crafts booths, drawings and more.

October 21
Gypsum Fall Festival

Where: Gypsum, KS
Come out on October 21 from 9 a.m. to midnight for a fun filled day for the whole family! Some of the fun includes: Bounce houses, Corn hole, Food, Parade, Vendor fair, Costume contest, Live music, and more!


FAMILY-FRIENDLY HALLOWEEN EVENTS

10/20

10/21

10/22


AROUND THE CORNER

■ Final Friday Food Truck Rally and Art Show | Oct. 27
Where:
 Wichita Boathouse
This will be the last Final Friday Food Truck Rally of the season at the Wichita Boathouse.

■ 2023 Beer and Metal Fest | Oct. 27
Where:
 Nortons Brewing Company
Friday, October 27th, we transform our space into the scariest, heaviest, most rare Beer Festival around!

Wichita Asian Festival

■ 42nd Annual Wichita Asian Festival | Oct. 28
Where:
 Century II
Join us for the 42nd Annual Wichita Asian Festival! The event includes multiple cultural stage performances, food/drink/art vendors (for purchase), and of course the Miss Wichita Asian Festival Scholarship Pageant.

■ Rock The Timbers | Oct. 29
Where:
 Rustic Timbers
Join us Sunday, October 29th, at one of Sedgwick county’s hidden gem venues, Rustic Timbers, located just 3 miles south of Lake Afton, for the Rock the Timbers music festival benefiting the Midian Shriners! Are you looking for some family friendly fun and more? Look no further than our music festival! We’ve got amazing live music to keep you grooving all day long and plenty of food trucks to satisfy your cravings. Plus, you can shop till you drop with our awesome merchandise vendors! And don’t forget to bring the kids – they’ll love getting their faces painted and showing off their Halloween costumes in our contest. There will be an adult costume contest as well! Come on down and join the party! Merchandise Sales Proceeds Benefit Midian Shriners.


LIVE MUSIC

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PERFORMING ARTS

Century II Performing Arts Center
■ October 21 | Label-less
■ October 29 | Suite Tributes
■ November 4 | La Bohème
■ November 5 | Diwali Night 2023
■ November 9 | Salute to Veterans Ceremony

Crown Uptown Theatre
■ October 13-29 | Rocky Horror Show
■ October 27-28 | Wizard of Oz

Kechi Playhouse
 October 6-29 | Crossing Delancey

Mosley Street Melodrama
  September 15 – October 28 | Nightmare on Mosley Street

Prairie Pines Playhouse
■ November 17 – December 23 | Holiday Show 2023!

Roxy’s Downtown
 September 15 – November 4 | The Golden Girls

Wichita Orpheum Theatre
■ October 20 | The Black Jacket Symphony
■ October 21 | The Seeds
■ October 28 | Songfest 2023
■ November 1 | Emo Orchestra feat. Hawthorne Heights
■ November 3 | Steve Trevino Live
■ November 4 | Matt Matthews Live
■ November 5 | Theresa Caputo Live


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