Labor Day Weekend has come and gone. We're into the second weekend of September and we have LOTS of things to do in and around Wichita. Thanks to Visit Wichita for everything they do to keep us entertained in Wichita. Here's a list of things to do in Wichita (and beyond) this weekend.
KANSAS STATE FAIR
SEPT. 8-17, 2017
Time: Varies Admission: Varies
Location: Kansas State Fairgrounds, 2000 N. Poplar, Hutchinson, KS 67502
The Kansas State Fair kicks off this weekend in Hutchinson. It's the largest single event in the State, the Fair annually attracts approximately 350,000 people from all 105 Kansas counties and several other states.
The Fair offers tremendous opportunities for commerce with over 1,000 commercial vendor locations; for competition, with close to 30,000 entries in various competitive exhibit departments; for education, through its Kansas' Largest Classroom field trip program; and for entertainment with strolling and stage entertainment in addition to the national acts performing at the Nex-Tech Wireless Grandstand. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION!
DERBY BBQ FESTIVAL
SEPT. 8-9, 2017
Time: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Admission: Free
Location: High Park, 2801 E. James St., Derby, KS 67037
Don’t miss the 7th annual Derby BBQ Festival with new events for the whole family. Watch the Kid’s Q contest where youngsters go head-to-head to make the best burgers and grilled chicken. Also new this year, the Derby Police vs. Derby Fire hot dog eating contest will have you cheering on local first responders. Get in on the action with a $5 BBQ tasting ticket. Visitors will also enjoy live music, food trucks and a beer garden.
STARLINER CUSTOM CAR SHOW
SEPT. 8-9, 2017
Time: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Admission: Free, car show is in the parking lot; regular museum admission applies for entry into the museum
Location: Kansas Aviation Museum, 3350 George Washington Blvd., Wichita, KS 67210
The starliner is set up for the pure Kustom and Hot Rod enthusiasts that have a passion for Pre-64 Vehicles.
SEPT. 8-10, 2017
Time: Starts 6 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 8, 2017 Admission: One Day $12; Weekend $20
Location: Harvester Arts, 215 Washington N., Wichita, KS 67202
For a huge live music experience, head to Harvester Arts in downtown Wichita where more than 30 bands will be playing all types of music ranging from electronic to hip-hop. ICT Fest brings together various artists to foster creativity and a love of music within the community.
SEPT. 9, 2017
Time: 6 p.m. - 12 a.m. Admission: $150
Location: Sedgwick County Zoo, 5555 Zoo Blvd., Wichita, KS 67212
Musical entertainment and wild animals will greet you as you arrive for this annual fundraiser. Bring your appetites for delicious delicacies from our community’s favorite restaurants. Bid on hundreds of items in the Zoo’s one-of-a-kind Silent Auction! Participate in our Live Auction! Adopt the gorillas, penguins or tigers; there are many more from which to choose! Dance the night away to the rhythm of several bands performing throughout the Zoo! Adult beverages will be served at this Signature Zoo Event so please be prepared to show a valid driver’s license. Plan to join the fun! CLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS!
PAINT & SIP PARTY
SEPT. 9, 2017
Time: 2-4 p.m. Admission: $35
Location: Kansas African American Museum, 601 N. Water, Wichita, KS 67203
Awake your creative side with a side of wine at The Kansas African American Museum’s Paint and Sip Party. Local artists will guide you as you paint your own masterpiece. As you paint, get inspiration from the traditional African art at the museum or create something new. Light refreshments will be provided.
RITUAL & DESIRE: CONTEMPORARY ART GLASS (LAST WEEKEND)
THROUGH SEPT. 10, 2017
Time: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Admission: $7 adults; $5 seniors
Location: Wichita Art Museum, 1400 W. Museum Blvd., Wichita, KS 67203
This is your last opportunity to see this gorgeous display of glasswork reminiscent of Baroque European artwork of the 17th and 18th centuries. Catch this one-of-a-kind exhibit inviting reflection on issues of transience and permanence before it closes the evening of Sept. 10.
Go to the Visit Wichita website for a complete list of Wichita events.