Best Things Happening This Weekend in Wichita (May 17-19)

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Wichita Asian Night Market

■ Wichita Asian Night Market | May 18
Where:
 Riverfront Stadium
Experience the vibrant flavors, sights, and sounds of Asia at the Wichita Asian Night Market! Indulge in mouthwatering food, shop for unique crafts, and immerse yourself in live performances followed by a fireworks display under the stars! The Asian Night Market is inspired by the late night markets of Asia, where people come together to enjoy the many local eats, drinks, and arts of Asian cuisine. This is a family friendly event. Join us for an unforgettable evening of food, fun, and cultural celebration as we commemorate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month (APAHM)!

■ Party for the People – 50th Anniversary Keeper of the Plains Dedication | May 18
Where:
 Mid-America All-Indian Museum
On May 18, 2024, a 50th anniversary of the Keeper dedication, “Party for the People,” will be hosted by the Bosin Society along City of Wichita-Government, Sedgwick County Government, Evergy and a few other sponsors. They will host a free family-friendly celebration centered around a powwow, Native performances, free museum admission, Native youth and adult art exhibits, food trucks, outdoor games and activities for kids and ending with fireworks. Five months and counting! Don’t miss this event, recognizing the dedication of Wichita’s most iconic landmark!

■ Shop & Grub | May 19
Where:
 Exploration Place Festival Plaza
Shop & Grub is our monthly market featuring a unique variety of vendors selling vintage clothing, jewelry, accessories, home goods, wine, delicious food and more.

BEST THINGS TO DO

■ Symphony in the Gardens | May 17
Where: Botanica
Botanica the Wichita Gardens and the Wichita Symphony present Symphony in the Gardens: a magical evening of food, drink, and music, surrounded by the beauty of Botanica. Join us on Friday, May 17th, 2024 at 6pm. Symphony in the Gardens is a feast for the senses: hear the Wichita Symphony, see the lush gardens of Botanica, and taste heavy hors d’oeuvres and drinks throughout the evening. Stroll through Botanica’s beautiful gardens as you enjoy live music provided by musicians of the Wichita Symphony stationed throughout for this progressive-style concert.

■ 2024 RiverCity Tattoo & LifeStyle Expo | May 17-19
Where: Century II
2024 RiverCity Tattoo & LifeStyle Expo is Kansas’ 1st Tattoo Event of this size in almost 20 years! Along with nearly 50 different tattoo artists for live tattooing, there will also be a wide variety of vendor booths showcasing products of fun & culture like you’ve never experienced before. Completely professional & proper, they are bringing something Kansas has never gotten to enjoy like this before. Will you be there to enjoy?

■ Josh Gates Live! | May 17
Where: Orpheum Theatre
Join explorer, talk show host, and author Josh Gates from Discovery Channel’s smash-hit series, Expedition Unknown and Josh Gates Tonight for an evening of adventure! Josh will take viewers around the world and off-the-map with stories from his greatest expeditions and insights into the world’s greatest mysteries. From hilarious misadventures to thrilling moments of discovery, Josh keeps audiences on the edge of their seats.

Amber Waves Tasting Tour

■ 10th Annual Amber Waves Tasting Tour | May 17
Where: Historic Delano District
Unique shops in the Historic Delano District open just for Amber Waves participants. At each location, shop, sample craft beer from LDF, taste seltzers, wines or cocktails, and enjoy delicious food from various local restaurants at each location. Live music at the beer garden. If that isn’t enough, purchase the premium VIP Ticket for EARLY ACCESS at 6 pm to the Tasting Tour, AND enjoy the exclusive VIP Lounge at All Things BBQ for additional beer tastings and Q&A with a special guest!

■ Adult Skate Night | May 17
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.

■ Six Wichita Stories of Aviation (A McIlwaine Speaker Series Talk) | May 18-19
Where: 
Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum
Over two days, Edward Phillips will discuss aviation stories set right here in the Air Capital including- E.M. Laird, Stearman Airplanes–A Legend In Their Own Time, The Women’s Air Derby of 1929, The Cessna CR-Series Racers, The Saga of PK-SAM, and “Superfortress.”

■ Erik Satie’s “Vexations” | May 18
Where: Various locations
In a Kansas premiere, Friends University Fine Arts will host a performance of the enigmatic avant-garde composition “Vexations” by Erik Satie. Written in 1893 but not published until 1949, Satie’s “Vexations” consists of four presentations of a theme which must be repeated 840 times in a single performance! Various sites in Wichita will host the marathon performance between 9 a.m. – 4 p.m;
CityArts | 9 a.m.- 1 p.m.
Exploration Place | 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Wichita Art Museum | 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Sedgwick County Zoo | 11 a.m – 3 p.m.
Mark Arts | 12 – 4 p.m.

St. Mary Orthodox Christian Church Mediterranean Festival

■ St Mary Mediterranean Festival | May 18
Where: St. Mary Orthodox Christian Church
For 90 years, St. Mary Orthodox Christian Church has celebrated its Mediterranean heritage through public dinners and bake sales. This has been an essential and continuous part of our parish life and outreach since our founding, and each May we look forward to continuing that tradition with our annual Mediterranean Festival.

■ Guitar Center Lessons Open House | May 18
Where: 
Guitar Center
Come join us at Guitar Center on May 18th from 11AM-1PM for our Lessons Open House! We will be giving free Youth and Adult group guitar lessons and private trial lessons! If you don’t own a guitar, one can be provided to you during the course of the group and trial lesson. Join in on the fun and receive free goodies and a discount if you sign up for lessons!

■ MakeICT Spring Market | May 18
Where: 
MakeICT
Join us at MakeICT for a Spring market featuring local artists and vendors sharing their handmade wares! Its the perfect way to support small businesses and artisans!

■ Improv Show at Flying Pig Improv | May 18
Where: Flying Pig Improv
The pig misses your face. Get in here for a super fun evening of laughs and head scratches. You give us suggestions and we give you a show that no one has ever seen before!

■ Ball Crawl 2024 | May 18
Where: 
Old Town
It’s pub crawl time! Beauties and Beasts is excited to host the return of our Annual Ball Crawl to benefit spay and neuter services within our rescue, which serves the greater Wichita, KS area.

■ 21st & Ridge Farmer’s Market | May 18
Where: 
7001 W. 21st. St.
Warmer days and sunshine are reminding us that Spring is right around the corner! Come visit our outdoor weekly market for a variety of produce, eggs, meats, baked goods, pet treats, art and much more!

■ Old Town Farm & Art Market | May 18
Where: 
Old Town Wichita
A weekly destination for thousands of area residents and a must-see for visitors to the city. Old Town Farm & Art Market is a charming community gathering place situated in the heart of Kansas, where locals and visitors alike come together to celebrate a rich tapestry of art, agriculture, and culture.

■ Nine Years of Hopping Gnome Beers | May 18
Where: Hopping Gnome Brewing Co.
We are ready to celebrate 9 years of being open, 90’s style! We will have food and music throughout the day, along with some new fun anniversary merchandise!

■ Grand Reopening of Cloverfields Dispensary ICT | May 18
Where: 
2001 East Central Avenue

■ Punchline and Pints at The Shop | May 18
Where: 
The Shop (Derby)
Come join us for a night of laughs and drinks at the WitchAtomic Collective’s monthly comedy show at The Shop!

■ South Side Bar Crawl | May 18
Where: 
Driftwood Lounge
Party bus will be looping through 3 south side bars all night. Admission includes bus ride and t shirt. Driftwood Lounge, Bourbon Street, and BCs Bar and Grill.

■ Art & Ale Pop Up Market & Anniversary | May 19
Where: 
Rock Island Live
Join us at our Summer Kick-Off “Art & Ale” on Sunday, May 19th! It’s time for that fresh air market season, it’s our anniversary AND word is: this is your favorite market of the year!

■ Central Stand Up: The Naturals | May 19
Where: 
Central Standard Brewing
Central Stand Up is back for May! This time, we’re importing some laughs from Ar-Kansas along with some awesome local talent. Featuring Alonzo Ross, Gabe Shively and Chris Winslow from Wichita, with Miss Meike (Germany/Joplin, Mo), and headliner Stetson Banks (Fayetteville, AR). Food available from Big B’s Beef. All at Central Standard Brewing! Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door. Tix available now at CSU9.EVENTBRITE.COM

■ Karaoke Mid Century Style | May 19
Where: 
Holiday Bowl
Karaoke in the coolest bowling alley in the country. For the next 4 weeks you can show of your mad vocal skillz or just embarrass your friends over an a barrel aged Old Fashioned or $5 Draft Warbeard.

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AROUND THE CORNER

ICT Veg Fest

■ ICT Veg Fest | May 18
Where:
 Sunflour Cafe & Collective
This will be our 4th year for ICT Veg Fest, a free event that showcases over 40 local small businesses to shop from. As well as amazing food vendors highlighting Wichita’s vegan food scene. Even if your not vegan this event is a must attend there will be something for everyone.

■ Final Friday Food & Booze Truck Rally | May 31
Where: Wichita Boathouse


Sports

Wichita Wind Surge (Home Games)
■ May 21-26 | vs. San Antonio
■ May 28-June 2 | vs. Springfield
■ June 11-16 | vs. Midland

Wichita Sky Kings (Home Games)
■ May 17 – 7pm | vs. Potawatomi Fire

Wichita Wizards (Home Games)
■ May 18 | vs. Ft. Riley
■ May 19 | vs. Tinker AFB
■ June 1 | vs. Ct. KS Twisters
■ June 15 | vs. Oklahoma Kings
■ June 22 | Playoffs
■ June 29-30 | Final Four


LIVE MUSIC

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PERFORMING ARTS

Century II Performing Arts Center
■ May 18 | Raeann’s Fancy Footwork 30th Annual Spring Recital
■ May 22-26 | Gypsy

Crown Uptown Theatre
June 15 | Niko Moon

Mosley Street Melodrama
 May 24 – July 6 | Reno County 911

Prairie Pines Playhouse
TBD

Roxy’s Downtown
 May 16 – June 8 | Legally Blonde

Wichita Orpheum Theatre
■ May 17 | Josh Gates Live
■ May 11 | Pete Davidson Live
■ June 4 | Brit Floyd
■ June 7 | Randy Travis: The More Life Tour
■ June 21 | Brad Williams Live


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Wichita Food Trucks

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