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April 15, 2015

Top 10 Spring Attractions in Wichita

By Tim Brunson, Ambassadors Action Team Volunteer

Meg Foreman - YPW Program & Marketing Manager


  • Great Plains Renaissance Festival (April 18-19, 10am-6pm) – Jousting knights, roast turkey legs, and the start of the Wichita Highland Games on Friday evening! What more could your medieval heart desire? Magicians & musical artists from the bygone era will entertain all guests, whether they’re dressed up like a peasant or not. Tickets start at $8.50 for one day or $15 for the weekend.
    Website (6501 W. 21st Street N)


  • Wichita Blues Crawl (April 26, 5pm-8pm) – Come visit seven different local venues on Sunday April 26 to get your blues on! The venues include Morts, Brickyard, Loft 150, Heroes, and more – just $10 gets you a wristband which includes admission to all 7 venues featuring blues musical artists from right here in Wichita, as well as an after party from 8pm-10pm.
    Website (various Old Town locations)


  • Karg Art Gallery (all spring/summer long) – Currently running the Works of Faith Show through May 22, this best-kept secret of the Wichita area features blown glass artists creating colorful, silicon-borne masterpieces. Located just north of Wichita in Kechi, drop in on a spring Saturday morning from 8:30am-11am to watch the glassblowers in action (for free)!
    Website (111 N Oliver, Kechi)


  • Starlite Drive-In Theatre (weekends starting in April thru all summer long) – A blast from the past, and still a great way to watch a film. If you’ve never been to a drive-in before, you may never go back to an indoor one! (Well, at least not until winter rolls around again.) Come experience the nostalgic Starlite now open on Fridays & Saturdays after sundown. And bring as many friends as you can because it’s $13 per carload! For 3 movies, you can’t beat that deal!
    Website (3900 S. Hydraulic, Wichita)


  • Mother’s Day at Botanica (May 10, 11am-5pm) – Got a mom? Will she be in Wichita on Mother’s Day? Do you even remember Mother’s Day is coming up? No matter what, get thee to the Wichita Gardens (aka Botanica) on May 10 to win major brownie points with tu madre and enjoy the beautiful landscapes, live music ensembles, and what’s even better? Moms get in free all day long! Non-mothers pay $5 admission.
    Website (701 N Amidon Street)


  • Indie at the Orpheum (May 10, 3pm) – The May installment of the Tallgrass Film Festival presents “Seymour: An Introduction” on Sunday, May 10. This independent film was selected for the Toronto, Telluride, and New York Film Festivals, and will be shown in the historic Orpheum Theatre in downtown Wichita.
    Website (200 N Broadway)


  • Amber Waves Beer Walk & Tasting Tour (May 15, 6pm-9pm) – Come “Lift a Glass & Lend a Hand” in the Delano district for a great event that offers participants the chance to sample craft beers & enjoy live music on an awesome Friday night. Tickets are $50 and can be purchased online (see link below). Proceeds from this event will benefit people with intellectual disabilities supported by Starkey Inc., a local non-profit located in the Delano district.
    Website (924 W Douglas Ave)


  • Wichita Wingnuts Baseball (starting May 26 thru the summer) – Experience America’s Pastime at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium while watching the Wingnuts defend their American Association championship. Promotional schedule will be released soon, so keep an eye out for when there will be a post-game fireworks show or other prizes. The first regular season game is May 26.
    Website (300 S. Sycamore St)


  • Wichita River Festival (May 29-June 6) – Locally known as “RiverFest,” you won’t want to miss out on the countless events, food options, art displays, amusement rides, & musical guests like the Village People (June 3), DJ Jazzy Jeff (June 6), & Flogging Molly (June 5), to name a few. The Festival kicks off on May 29, and you get admission to all events with a RiverFest button on sale for $5 before May 8, then $10 per adult after.
    Website (downtown Wichita)


  • Tanganyika Wildlife Park (Open Friday-Sunday now, extended schedule starts in May) – Ever held a lorikeet? Fed a giraffe? Ridden a camel? Walked with a kangaroo? Me either! Check out this most unique refuge of endangered & exotic animals in Kansas, just west of Wichita in Goddard, and experience a zoo unlike any other. Go now, before the summer crowds & blazing heat arrive!
    Website (1000 S Hawkins Lane, Goddard)


So there you have it, folks. Spring has sprung, and it’s time to get out there and enjoy all Wichita has to offer. Be sure to schedule around any and all tornadic activity though; I’d hate for you & a lorikeet to fly off to Oz together. We’d miss you. A lot.

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