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■ Bach & Brews, Classical Revolution ICT | Nov. 2
Where: Tor Brewing
Classical music in a brewery? What could be better?! Listen to local classical musicians while enjoying delicious smashburgers and craft beer at Tor Brewing, November 2, 7:00-8:30 PM. This family-friendly event is free. Tips encouraged.
BEST THINGS TO DO
■ Scholfield Honda Trunk-or-Treat | Oct. 31
Where: Scholfield Honda West
The tradition continues! Scholfield Honda West invites you to our annual trunk-or-treat including Kona Ice and face painting ON Halloween night, from 5:30 to 7:00pm at the corner of West Central and Tyler.
■ 1 Million Cups | Nov. 1
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.
■ Wild Lights | Nov. 1-5
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.
■ Adventures in Accidental Entrepreneurship | Nov. 1
Where: Larkspur | Bistro & Bar
Tickets are now on sale for the November WPC Luncheon, Adventures in Accidental Entrepreneurship with the Jill D. Miller, headmistress of the Finishing School for Modern Women, proprietress of the Badass Women of Wichita Alliance, author, business consultant and WOMAN YOU SHOULD KNOW! Go to https://www.wichitaprofessionalcommunicators.com/events/ to reserve Jill will regale us with an excerpt from the two and a half hour long keynote session that she delivered at the 2023 National Federation of Press Women Conference in Cincinnati, Ohio. This fun, interactive workshop will offer a sample of practical tips to embrace change and develop your personal brand and secrets for negotiating your worth.
■ Geeks Who Drink Trivia Night | Nov. 1
Where: Headshots 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 come solo. We can always help you join a team! No reservations needed! Winning teams get bar cash and other prizes.
■ Wichita’s Funniest Person Contest | Nov. 1
Where: Vorshay’s Cocktail Lounge
Come see Wichita’s best local talent as they compete to be crowned Wichita’s Funniest Person. Preliminary rounds at Vorshay’s Cocktail Lounge. Want to compete? Sign up at 7pm day of show!
■ Wichita State Womens BBall vs. Missouri Southern State | Nov. 1
Where: Charles Koch Arena
■ Emo Orchestra featuring Hawthorne Heights | Nov. 1
Where: Orpheum Theatre
For emo music lovers and orchestra aficionados alike, Emo Orchestra is a new live experience that brings some of the most beloved emo songs of your youth to the theater stage with a full orchestra arrangement. Along with special guest Hawthorne Heights, the orchestra will elevate songs from bands such as Taking Back Sunday, My Chemical Romance, and Dashboard Confessional in a way never done before. Emo Orchestra is a perfectly designed tribute to the music that shaped emo fans.
■ November First Friday | The Color Walls | Nov. 3
Where: Mulberry Art Gallery
Join us for our November First Friday opening of The Color Walls: Peeling Back the Layers. This exhibition is a showcase of works by artists Alan Garrett (Loudkicks Photography) and Brittany Stewart (Belove Artistry) and will show through the month of November. The Color Walls is an exhibit of vulnerable unique moments of expression. Peeling back the layers to the root of ourselves, with the perspective of emotions we share in our own unique way.
■ First Friday Pop Up at Revolutsia | Nov. 3
Revolutsia is a growing collection of shops, small businesses, restaurants and bars made of stacked shipping containers! The space is super rad, for indoor and outdoor community gathering and create event engagement. Located at Central & Volutsia near Downtown Wichita. Exclusively, just for the night, Haute Handmade Market will pop up with over a dozen makers featured outside each store front! Add this stop on your First Friday art crawl and shop your favorite makers with a TOP-NOTCH artist line up in a laid back setting with music, food and drinks … both indoors and outdoors!
■ First Fridays Under the Stars | Nov. 3
Where: Old Cowtown Museum
Come out to Old Cowtown for First Fridays Under the Stars! Stop by and visit the Saloon and Empire House to check out mini-melodramas and more! Admission is just $7/person. Cowtown members and military get in free. Come see us in the old west, where the past is present!
■ Adult Skate Night | Nov. 3
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.
■ Church of the Magdalen Bazaar | Nov. 4
Where: Church of the Magdalen
Join us from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, November 4, 2023 at the Church of the Magdalen for our 49th Annual Magdalen Bazaar. This is THE arts and crafts festival you do not want to miss! Over 100 vendors, delicious food, freshly baked goods, and fabulous raffle prizes – including a beautifully handmade quilt.
■ Kansas Grown! Farmers Market | Nov. 4
Where: Kansas Grown Farmers Market (West side and Derby)
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!
■ Walk Like MADD | Nov. 4
Where: Sedgwick County Park
Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) is hosting a “Walk Like MADD” event on 11/4/23 at the Sedgwick County Park. Family friendly event suitable for all ages (and pets). Live music, food trucks, photo booth, prize raffles, silent auctions, opportunity to meet & greet with many first responders, all while supporting a great cause of bringing awareness to the dangers of impaired driving and supporting the victims of drunk and drugged driving crashes. $25 to register (t-shirt included). Sponsorship opportunities available.
■ OCD Gamechangers | Nov. 3
Where: The Art Park
OCD Gamechangers is a nonprofit creating community by traveling the globe and bringing individuals with OCD together! Join us for our first ever Kansas Community Event for individuals with OCD, families, and OCD therapists! The event will feature four speakers with OCD lived experience. The goal of OCD Gamechangers community events are to bring individuals together who live with OCD, families, and therapists to create community and help individuals feel less alone.
■ Gingerbread Village @ Exploration Place | Nov. 4-5
Where: Exploration Place
Imagine living in a house made of gingerbread adorned with candy. How would you design it? What candy and colors would you include? Gingerbread Village is your opportunity to bring that vision to life! Join us for a delightful holiday tradition that will spark your creativity and warm your hearts. Each ticket includes a gingerbread house kit, dedicated time to build and decorate your sweet structure and museum admission to visit the exhibits.
■ Dia de los Muertos – Wichita 2023 | Nov. 4
Where: Nomar International Market
Come celebrate our event in honor of Dia de los Muertos! We’re hosting this event to invite Kansas and share Día de los Muertos and what it is all about. Will have traditional Mexican dances, vendors of all kind, live music, festivities, contests, food and more! Saturday October NOVEMBER 4 th from 11 am to 10pm Learn about our amazing Traditions culture. Dia de los Muertos is a tradition of memories of our passed loved ones. Enjoy our Traditional altars our silent walk in loving memory of our family and friends. Let’s celebrate life!
■ Old Town Farm & Art Market | Nov. 4
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 Block Party Special Holiday Edition | Nov. 4
Join us for the fall into winter, special holiday session. The unbearably hot days are behind us, so now it’s time to put a outside party in front of us!!! We’re doing it again! Join us as we bring back the days when a party outside was the best vibe!!! ️First 1000 to RSVP are FREE Saturday November 4th 3pm to 11pm at WAVE, right in the heart of the city.
■ Santa Arrives at Cabela’s | Nov. 4
Bring your family to Cabela’s Christmas parade as Santa returns to open his Santa’s Wonderland! Santa will be riding in on his decked out boat with his elves. After you greet Santa, come into the store for crafts, activities, and more! Please Note: Santa’s Wonderland experience will open in the store the following morning.
■ Cigars & Bourbon on the Roof | Nov. 4
Where: The Hudson
Cigars and bourbon have been at the heart of American audacity for generations. From gunslingers in the early days of the Wild West to executives who clang their crystal rocks glasses in a boardroom toast, a billowing cigar and a stiff whiskey are meant for one another. The Hudson St. Francis will be hosting an evening on the rooftop patio with a menu of quality cigars and crafted bourbon. Ticket will include the 2 cigars, 4 bottle offerings and light appetizers. Immerse yourself in a curated experience as we have paired the natural sweetness of elevated bourbon to the smokey spice of a great
■ Chef Collective #10 | Nov. 4
Where: Odd Fellow Hall
Our Chef Collective is back! Because it is our 10th one, we decided to go big and do something very special for our supportive people in Wichita. Soulayphet Schwader is a chef and co-owner of Khe-Yo, a Laotian restaurant located in Tribeca, New York City . Schwader was born in Laos and immigrated to Wichita, Kansas with his mother and siblings as a refugee when he was young He started working as a cook in a restaurant and later attended the New Orleans Culinary Institute. After working in several restaurants, he moved to New York City and opened Khe-Yo with Iron Chef Marc Forgione in 2013. The name “Khe-Yo” means “green” in Laotian. Schwader’s cooking style is inspired by traditional Laotian cuisine with modern touches The name “Kamayan” means “to eat with your hands” in Tagalog, the national language of the Philippines. The truck was opened by Chef Alan Albarracin Jr. in the summer of 2015 and quickly became known for its flavorful pork and sticky rice. Graduated Scottsdale Culinary Institute in Arizona 2000. Internship in New York with Todd English’s restaurant Olives at the W hotel in Union Square and worked alongside chef Phet and Patricia Yo at AZ in New York. Started catering in 2013 and launched the Kamayan truck in 2015-2018.
■ AEW Collision | Nov. 4
Where: Intrust Bank Arena
AEW will make it’s Wichita, Kansas debut with AEW Collision Live on TNT at INTRUST Bank Arena on Saturday, November 4!
■ Wichita Grand Opera: La Boheme | Nov. 4
Where: Century II
Join Wichita Grand Opera for an unforgettable night with Giacomo Puccini’s masterpiece, La Bohème. Set in the romantic backdrop of 1830s Paris, this timeless tale follows the lives of four struggling artists who find love, camaraderie, and heartbreak amidst the vibrant bohemian scene. From the cozy garret where they share dreams and laughter to the bustling Café Momus, where passions ignite, and the heart-wrenching moments in the shadow of the Barrière d’Enfer, “La Bohème” weaves a powerful narrative of love and loss, all set to Puccini’s mesmerizing music. Don’t miss the chance to experience this iconic opera filled with emotion and drama; it will be an evening of unforgettable performances, stunning sets, and beautiful arias that will touch your heart and leave you spellbound.
■ Matt Mathews Live | Nov. 4
Where: Orpheum Theatre
TikTok’s most fabulous farmer Matt Mathews brings the “When That Thang Get Ta Thang’n” comedy tour to Wichita! Celebrated online for his relatability and situational humor, Mathews has amassed over 3 million followers on TikTok and over 1 million followers on Instagram. A key component to Mathews’ internet fame is his ability to create consistently engaging content, such as his viral Instagram series Confessions with Matt, where he responds to messages from followers who reveal their deepest, darkest secrets – as well as his sidesplitting farm chores videos that show Mathews reluctantly performing daily tasks around his farm and playfully scorning his animals whenever they misbehave.
■ Sunday Sip & Shop | Nov. 5
Where: Alzavino Wine Tavern
It’s our fall-themed Sunday Sip & Shop! Come out and support various local vendors while sipping on incredible wine, bubbles and mimosas.
■ Bark For Life of Sedgwick County | Nov. 5
Where: Naftzger Park
Bark For Life is an American Cancer Society fundraising event that honors canine companions and their unconditional love. All money raised goes directly to the American Cancer Society for cancer research and for the benefit of human cancer patients. Bark For Life is a fun-filled day that starts with a non-competitive dog walk, and continues with demonstrations, activities, games, and entertainment. Our Bark For Life event honors the life-long contribution of canine caregivers. It presents an opportunity for people to be empowered through their canine companion partnerships and to contribute to the fight against cancer.
■ CAI Diwali 2023 | Nov. 5
Where: Century II
Come Together as a community to celebrate Diwali, the festival of lights! Cultural Association of India (CAI) – Wichita presents the celebratory “Diwali Night-2023” on November 5th (Sunday). The venue for the festivity is Mary Jean Teall Hall at the Century II Performing Arts & Convention Center for the food and performances respectively. We hereby proudly invite you to join us and enjoy a Indian Cuisine Dinner Buffet filled with a mouthwatering list of Indian special delicacies, and of course, a complete stage shows with engaging performances from Music, Dance and fun-filled skit teams.
■ Central Stand Up: Showdown | Nov. 5
Where: Central Standard Brewing
In this one night only event, 12 comics will duke it out for a cash prize and to be named the Central Stand Up Champion. This will be a fast paced show with a bracket inspired format. There will be four divisions, all named after some Central Standard favorites (The Wizard of Hops division, The Red Cicada division, The Girlfriend division and The Lazor Fog Light Show). Each division will see 3 comics compete to be the winner. The winners will be decided by crowd response. Once the four division winners have been named, they will meet in one final round to crown the first ever Central Stand Up Champ.
Halloween Family-Friendly Events
- Trunk-or-Treat at Andover Central Park
1607 E. Central Ave, Andover | 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.
- Salem Sisters at Andover Trunk or Treat
1607 E. Central Ave | 4 p.m.
- Malloween Trick or Treating at Towne East
7700 E Kellogg Dr. | 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.
- Safe Halloween at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church
123 N. Andover Road, Andover | 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.
- Mulvane Safe Treat Night in Downtown Mulvane
Downtown Mulvane | 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.
- Creepy Cosmic Bowling at Shocker Sports Grill & Lanes
1845 Fairmount Street | 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.
- Party Rockin Halloween Bash
630 N. Robin Road | 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.
- Trunk or Treat/Family Fun Night at Derby Church of the Nazarene
840 N. Woodlawn Blvd, Derby | 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
- Scholfield Honda Trunk-or-Treat
8880 W. Central | 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.
- Trunk or Treat at Faith Renewal Church
2000 N. Maize Road | 530 p.m. – 7 p.m.
- Trunk-or-Treat at Don Hattan West
7800 W. Kellogg Dr | 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
- Trunk-or-Treat at Don Hattan Derby
2518 N. Rock Road, Derby | 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
- Trunk-or-Treat at Don Hattan Chevrolet
6000 N. Hattan Dr., Park City | 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
ADULTS HALLOWEEN EVENTS
- Halloween Spectacular at Crosswinds Casino
7750 Wild West Dr., Park City | 3 p.m.
- Creepy Cosmic Bowling at Shocker Sports Grill & Lanes
1845 Fairmount Street | 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.
- Rain Halloween Bash
518 E. Douglas | Starts at 9 p.m.
- Halloween at Kirby’s Beer Store
3227 E. 17th St. | Starts at 9 p.m.
AROUND THE CORNER
■ Wichita State Mens BBall vs. Lipscomb | Nov. 6
Where: Charles Koch Arena
■ Cirque Du Soleil Corteo | Nov. 9-12
Where: Intrust Bank Arena
Corteo, which means “cortege” in Italian, is a joyous procession, a festive parade imagined by a clown. The show brings together the passion of the actor with the grace and power of the acrobat to plunge the audience into a theatrical world of fun, comedy and spontaneity situated in a mysterious space between heaven and earth. 6sThe clown pictures his own funeral taking place in a carnival atmosphere, watched over by quietly caring angels. Juxtaposing the large with the small, the ridiculous with the tragic and the magic of perfection with the charm of imperfection, the show highlights the strength and fragility of the clown, as well as his wisdom and kindness, to illustrate the portion of humanity that is within each of us. The music, by turns lyrical and playful, carries Corteo through a timeless celebration in which illusion teases reality.
Visit this week and the schedule for the weeks ahead at our Live Music Calendar.
Century II Performing Arts Center
■ November 4 | La Bohème
■ November 5 | Diwali Night 2023
■ November 9 | Salute to Veterans Ceremony
Crown Uptown Theatre
■ November 18 | Steve Hofstetter
Mosley Street Melodrama
■ Nov. 10 – Dec. 23. | Derbysville: Town of Misfit Toys
Prairie Pines Playhouse
■ November 17 – December 23 | Holiday Show 2023!
■ September 15 – November 4 | The Golden Girls
Wichita Orpheum Theatre
■ November 1 | Emo Orchestra feat. Hawthorne Heights
■ November 3 | Steve Trevino Live
■ November 4 | Matt Matthews Live
■ November 5 | Theresa Caputo Live
Did you know the food truck schedule is back? Check out this weekend’s list of food trucks right here!
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