Fall means more than just the return of pumpkin spice lattes (and every other food you can imagine). It’s also a time for food, fun, and festivals. Here’s your to-do list of Wichita area events for September and October 2015.
Autumn and Art, Sept. 18-20
This annual outdoor art show is held at Bradley Fair shopping center at 21st and Rock. The free event includes food, live music, artist demonstrations, drinks, kids’ art activities, and the chance to view and purchase fine artworks by artists from across the country.
Location: 2000 N Rock Rd #160, Wichita Ks, 67206
Hours: Friday 6pm-9pm
Saturday & Sunday 10am-7pm
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For more details, visit: autumnandart.com
Wine Mosey at Old Cowtown Museum, Sept. 20
A wine tasting like no other, this annual fundraiser includes gunfight reenactments, stagecoach rides, antique bowling, and more. A barbecue dinner and will be served. Western or casual clothes and comfortable shoes are recommended.
Time: 4:00 – 8:00 pm
Cost: $50 per person.
To purchase tickets online, click here.
Valley Center Fall Festival, Sept. 25-26
Travel just a few minutes north of Wichita to enjoy carnival rides, a Saturday morning parade, concerts, food, crafts for sale, live music, a children’s festival, frog and turtle races, a fishing derby and washer tournament, and much more.
To see a full list of features, click here.
Wagonmaster's Downtown Chili Cookoff, Sept. 26
More than 70 teams will compete in this official International Chili Society competition. The 600 block of East Douglas will be blocked off, so you can enjoy the block party-like atmosphere while sampling chili and enjoying live music by Annie Up. Don’t forget to vote for your favorite team to help them win the People’s Choice Award.
9:00 am - Chili cooking starts
Noon - Public tasting begins
2:15 pm - Mr. Hot Stuff competition
2:30 pm - Ms. Chili Pepper contest
2:45 pm – Pepper eating contest
Cost: $5 for a tasting kit
For more information og the Cookoff, visit: www.wagonmasterschili.com
Full Moon Walk, Sept. 27
The Great Plains Nature Center hosts evening hikes under the full moon, without flashlights, so you can experience nature at night. There will also be a lunar eclipse during this month’s event.
Location: Chisholm Creek Park
Time: 8:30 pm
For further details, continue to: www.gpnc.org
Great Plains Renaissance Festival, Sept. 26-27
This is the fall version of the annual medieval festival. Enjoy entertainment such as pirates, knights, jousting, jugglers, musicians, dancers, and more. You can also purchase food, drinks, and crafts. Right now, you can save on gate admission as by buying your tickets online. On online purchases each adult ticket comes with a free kids (12&under) ticket, a $5 value.
Location: Sedgwick County Park
Time: 10 am – 6 pm both days.
Food Trucks at the Fountain, Sept. 27
The last Sunday of every month from spring through fall, some of the best food trucks in Wichita gather at the WaterWalk for a tasty festival. Bring the family and enjoy the atmosphere and live music while you eat.
10:00 am – Outdoor Yoga
11:30 am – 2:00 pm – Food is served
Admission is free; food prices vary
For more information, click here.
Ghost Stories of Historic Delano, Oct. 1
Ride the trolley from one of 3 stops to hear spooky stories about the area. Stops include Lawrence-Dumont Stadium, Amira’s Dance Productions, and the Downtown Senior Center. Appropriate for all ages.
Time: 6:00 – 9:00 pm
For further information, proceed to www.historicdelano.com.
Greater Andover Days, Oct. 1-4
This 4-day festival is held in Andover, just a few minutes east of Wichita. Enjoy a parade, 5K fun run, car show, ice cream social, concerts, fireworks, and much more. Carnival rides and games by Ottaway Amusements are available for an additional fee.
Cost: $3 button; ages 5 and under are free
Location: Most events are at Andover Central Park; Ride the shuttle from Andover Central High School
More information available at www.andoverks.com.
Midwest Beerfest, Oct. 3
Sample a selection of Kansas microbrews, as well as craft beers from around the world, all totaling more than 400 Beers!
Admission includes tasting mug, program guide, beer (of course) and non-beer drinks, food, music, and a silent auction benefiting a local children’s charity. The Midwest Wingfest wing cooking competition, and Food Truck Round-up will also be on site.
Location: Century II Expo Hall
Time: 4:00 – 7:00 pm
Cost: $40 per person for admission to grand tasting and silent auction; $15 for designated drivers
Must be 21, ID required
Beer & Food Lovers Beer Dinners will be held Friday, October 2, and tickets are $55 per person. Reservations must be made in advance, see Website for details.
For details, visit www.midwestbeerfest.com.
Museum of the Undead 3: Safe Zone, Oct. 2 and Oct. 9
A blending of zombie survival skills, science and fun. Enjoy music, food, drinks, a zombie dissection, practice your (marshmallow) shooting skills, find out if you’re immune to the zombie virus, games, and more.
Location: Exploration Place
Time: 7:00 – 11:00 pm
Cost: $15 in advance; Day of event is $20 members, $25 nonmembers; Includes one drink ticket
Dress code: Casual or apocalyptic
Open to adults 21 and over; cash bar available
For further information, click here.
Time Eddy Doctor Who Convention, Oct. 2-4
Calling all Whovians! Screen new and classic Doctor Who, meet some of the stars, join the cosplay contest, take a photo with the Tardis, participate in celebrity panel discussions and Q&A, and more. A “Key to Time” scavenger hunt is available for ages 13 and under.
Location: The Best Western North Wichita 915 E 53rd Street N, Wichita
Find out more at www.kansasdoctorwho.com
Bootanica, Oct. 10
This annual fundraiser for Botanica is a day filled with crafts, activities and games for the entire family. Previous years’ events have included pumpkin decorating, inflatables, carnival rides, live music, and visits from creepy crawly critters provided by the Sedgwick County Zoo and the Great Plains Nature Center.
Time: 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Cost: $6.00 for members, $8.00 for nonmembers, free for children 3 and under
for more details, click here.
Tallgrass Film Festival, Oct.14-18
A nationally-recognized independent film festival, this year’s event features 205 films that will be screened at various locations around Wichita. Special programs and opportunities are available for film students, and volunteers are needed. All-inclusive passes available, or individual tickets are $10. Some screenings are free, and discounts are available for students, seniors and military for the others.
Continue to www.tallgrassfilmfest.com for further information.
Pumpkins at the Park, October 16th-30th
Tanganyika Wildlife Park hosts Pumpkins at the park ,October 16th, 17th, 23rd, 24th & 30th from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM.
The park after dark is loaded with surprises, with just the right amount of fright. The best part is that all proceeds go to support our Winter Fund, helping us raise the nearly $600,000 it takes to support the animals in their care over the winter. Featuring a lighted pumpkin trail, an inflatable obstacle course, Halloween themed shows, and other fun family friendly activities.
Tanganyika Wildlife Park
1000 S. Hawkins Ln.
Goddard, KS 67052
October 16th, 17th, 23rd, 24th & 30th
6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Monkey Butt Poker Run, Oct. 17
A great fundraiser for The Sedgwick County Zoo, and a chance to get out and explore some beautiful Kansas scenery. Start the day with a pancake and sausage breakfast provided by Chris Cakes. Then, tour through cities such as Andale, Park City, Yoder, and Cheney, collecting cards to build your poker hand. Finish off the day with some great prizes back at the zoo.
Schedule: 8:00 am – Registration, check-in and breakfast ($5 for passengers)
10:00 am – Last bike out
2:00 pm – All bikes in
Location: Starts and ends at the Sedgwick County Zoo
Distance: About 100 miles total
Cost: $20 advance registration; $25 day of event. Passengers ride free. Includes t-shirt, one breakfast, and a poker card.
for details, click here.
Botanica's Ghoulish Gala, Oct. 23
Botanica's Ghoulish Gala is a signature Halloween event for adults, dedicated to raising funds for the restoration installation of Joyland's original 1949 Allen Herschel Merry-Go-Round, as well as the construction of a new building to house it. from 6:30 p.m. until midnight. Costumes are encouraged, and a costume contest will be held. The Gala also features hayrack rides pulled by two teams of Clydesdale horses, games, music, food, spooky drinks and more.
Time: 6:30p.m. - midnight
Cost: $50 $60 for nonmembers
To purchase tickets online, click here.
Night of the Living Zoo, Oct. 23-25
Halloween fun for the younger crowd happens after the zoo closes. Children can wear their costumes as they play games, collect candy, check out the creepy decorations, and more. Animal exhibits are not open during the event.
Location: Sedgwick County Zoo
Time: 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Cost: $7 in advance (online or at area QuikTrips) or $7 at the gate for members, $9 for nonmembers
Click here for more.
A Night of Hay, Hooves and Halloween, Oct. 25
Get a family-friendly taste of Halloween during this evening filled with games, trick-or-treating, dancing, and visits from some favorite characters. Costumes are welcome.
Location: Old Cowtown Museum
Time: 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Cost: $5.00 for all ages
To learn more, click here.
Rocky Horror Picture Show Midnight Showing, Oct. 30
Start Halloween off with the cult classic movie as you dance and sing along with a few hundred other rock/sci-fi fans.
Location: The Orpheum Theater
Time: 11:59 pm
Cost: $10 for ticket and participation kit
More information is available here.
Looking for corn mazes or pumpkin patches in the Wichita area? Check out our Fall Attraction Guide