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 the Best Things Happening This Weekend In Wichita.
■ Cooking for a Cause | Nov. 4
Where: TempleLive Wichita
The Pando Initiative is proud to host the 7th Annual Cooking for a Cause on Saturday, November 4, 2023 at a new location- TempleLive Wichita. Don’t miss this unforgettable experience to expand your palette by sampling signature dishes, tasty bites and delicious desserts. Guests will enjoy exclusive tastings created by 50 local amateur chefs as they compete for top chef honors! Event includes unlimited tastings, signature cocktails, music and silent and live auctions to bid on trips, memorable experiences and more. All proceeds from Cooking for a Cause will support The Pando Initiative, ensuring every student in our community graduates, ready for their next stage. Your commitment will connect 20,000 students with the resources they need to engage in their education, thrive in school and in life!
■ 5th Annual Taste of Greece Wichita | Nov. 4
Where: Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church
We are excited to announce that the “Taste of Greece 2023” will be held on November 4, 2023. Orders can be picked up from 11-3pm at the church.
BEST THINGS TO DO
■ Wild Lights | Nov. 3-5
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.
■ 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.
The intoxicating sights, sounds, smells, and tastes of the holidays are awaiting you. Featuring Food Artisans, Farms, Ranches, Artists, Handmade Artisans, Live Music and Entertainment in an atmosphere unique to Wichita. We invite you to a holiday shopping experience, like no other. Open 10am-2pm on the first three Saturdays in November and December at Farm & Art Market Plaza. Surrounded by brick-lined streets and native limestone-accented buildings dating back to the 1800s, we couldn’t ask for a more classic holiday Market setting through Autumn.
■ 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
■ 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.
■ The Dive – Beach bar’s one year in business! Celebration | Nov. 4
Where: The Dive Beach Bar
Mark your calendars for this event! Celebrate with us for our one year anniversary! Join us at The Dive Beach Bar as we celebrate our one-year anniversary in the heart of Kansas!
■ 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.
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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.
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 3 | Steve Trevino Live
■ November 4 | Matt Matthews Live
■ November 5 | Theresa Caputo Live
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