Fall of 2016 will be a season to remember. Jam-packed with fun and festive events, this season will offer Wichitans lots of opportunities to get out and enjoy the crisp, cool weather! Check out these 2016 fall events.
Full Moon Walk at Great Plains Nature Center, Starting September 16
Have you ever wanted to hike through Chisholm Creek Park by the glow of a full moon? Well now you can! The Great Plains Nature Center offers just that! You'll be able to experience nocturnal nature without the aid of a flashlight on this 45 minute hike! Families with older children are welcome to attend. The event will be held at the following times:
Friday, September 16, 8 p.m.
Saturday, October 15, 7 p.m.
Monday, November 14, 6 p.m.
RSVPs are requested, and should be sent to Rachel@gpnc.org.
Autumn and Art at Bradley Fair, September 16-18
The seventh annual Autumn and Art will bring 100 artist to Wichita, showcasing works in 14 different media. Autumn and art will take place on Bradley Fair Parkway on September 16-18.
The event is free to attend, so come stroll through Bradley Fair and peruse the works of artists from all over the country. Pieces will be available for purchase, and many Bradley Fair restaurants will offer culinary arts.
The event will run 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, September 16, from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. on Saturday, September 17, and from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Sunday, September 18. Learn more here.
Wine Mosey at Old Cowtown Museum, September 18
Cowtown will host the 8th annual Wine Mosey at the museum on September 18. From 4 p.m. until 8 p.m., guests will have the opportunity to taste a variety of both red and white wines and enjoy a ride in an old-fashioned stagecoach. A barbecue dinner and hors d'oeuvres will be provided by the Wagonmasters. Gunfight reenactments live music, antique bowling and a live auction will offer guests a variety of entertainment options. Proceeds from the event will benefit the museum.
Tickets are priced at $50 per person. Tickets are available to purchase in person, by phone at (316) 303-8100, or online.
Wagonmasters Downtown Chili Cookoff, September 24
Withstanding tests of both time and taste, the Wagonmasters host another Downtown Chili Cookoff this tear! On September 24, more than 70 teams will compete to win the International Chili Society competition.
Taking place in the 600 block of east Douglas, the event's block party environment boasts live music by Annie Up and lots of chili to taste. Have a favorite? Cast your vote for the People's Choice Award!
Learn more about this event here.
Great Plains Renaissance Festival, September 24 and 25
Take a step back in time with this annual medieval festival. The two-day event highlights entertainment like pirates, knights, jousting, jugglers, musicians, dancers, and more. Food, drinks, and crafts will be available for purchase.
Tickets can be purchased at a discounted rate online, offering $3.50 off the general admission price. Each adult ticket purchased online also comes with a free children's ticket, an additional $5 value.
The event will be held at Sedgwick County Park on September 24 and 25, running from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. both days.
Ghost Stories of Historic Delano, October 6
One of the oldest districts in Wichita, Delano is bound to have a few good ol' ghost stories!
On October 6, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., guests are invited to participate in a self-guided tour through Delano, listening to the area's best ghost stories.
The tour includes stops at Lawrence Dumont Stadium, Downtown Senior Center, Amira Dance Productions, and the Delano BBQ company.
BOOtanica at Botanica, October 8
Join in on the fun at Botanica's spookiest celebration of the year, BOOtanica! The family-friendly event will be held at Botanica on Oct. 8, from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. Bring the kids out to see the entire garden filled with a variety of different stations featuring activities for children of all ages.
The event boasts games, art projects, live animals and more! See into the future with the help of a fortune teller, or learn a little from the Bug Lady, and representatives from Exploration Place, and the Sedgwick County Zoo. There will be live music, demonstrations and more.
General Admission is priced at $8 for the public and $6 for members.
Tallgrass Film Festival, October 12-16
The largest independent film festival in the state of Kansas, the Tallgrass Film Festival will take place October 12-16. Now in its 14th year, the event features the showcased works or filmmakers worldwide. In 2015, the festival boasted 203 films from 35 countries, and over 85 filmmakers from all over North America.
Tallgrass was named one of MovieMaker Magazine's "Top 50 Festivals Worth the Entry Fee" in 2015, and Flavorwire named the Wichita festival one of the "Best Under The Radar Film Festivals" in North America.
The event will highlight premiere parties, screenings and galas at various locations around Wichita. Learn more here.
Museum of the Undead 4: The institute of Undead Research at Exploration Place, October 14
Exploration place takes Halloween themed fun to the next level with Museum of the Undead. Returning for the fourth year in a row, the event's theme is The Institute of Undead Research. On Friday October 14 from 7 p.m. until 11 p.m., it's up to you to find a cure for the zombie virus! Can you do it? There's only one way to find out!
Tickets are $15 in advance and on the day of the event, prices jump to $20 for members and $25 for nonmenbers. Tickets include one drink ticket and access to all museum exhibits. This event is for ages 21 and over. Click here or call 316.660.0620 to reserve tickets.
Monkey Butt Poker Run at the Sedgwick County Zoo, October 15
The Monkey Butt Poker Run returns to the zoo this year, so get ready to ride! Taking place on October 15, it's going to be a wild ride! The day begins with an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast at 8 a.m. It's free for participants and just $5 for passengers. the 100-mile bike ride begins at 10 a.m., and includes stops at Alefs Harley-Davidson in Park City; the Andale City Park; The Second Table Café in Yoder; a quaint location in Cheney and, of course, the Zoo! participants will work to build the best poker hand as they ride, and prizes will be awarded.
Registration is priced at $20 in advance, and $25 on the day of the event. Registration includes one poker card, t-shirt, and breakfast for one. Learn more here.
Pumpkins at the Park at Tanganyika Wildlife Park, October 21-22, 28-29
Another of Wichita's Signature Halloween events, Tanganyika's Pumpkins at the Park will be held on October 21,22,28 and 29 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. This event offers something for everyone in the family!
Children will enjoy trick-or-treating through the park, a funny science show with Dr. Frank N. Stein and more! Teens can test their skills in a creepy cage maze, and try to survive in a zombie laser experience! The Witches Brew will have drinks for adults.
Admission for the event is priced at $12.
Third Annual Spooky Science at Exploration Place, October 22-23
Young children can get in on the Halloween fun at Exploration place, too! This year boasts the third annual Spooky Science, where kids can explore, learn, and get in on the holiday spirit! Ooey, gooey experiments will make children feel like they're working ir Dr. Frankenstein's lab! Costumes are encouraged.
The event will be held at Exploration Place on October 22 and 23. More information to come.
Night of the Living Zoo at Sedgwick County Zoo, October 28, 29, 30
Enjoy a night of not-so-scary fun with your ghouls and goblins at the Zoo's Night of the Living Zoo! From 6:30-8:30 p.m. on October 28, 29 and 30, guests can participate in a variety of Halloween-themed activities throughout the zoo.
Take a stroll down Jack-o-lantern Lane, visit Dracula and fortune tellers, and more. Grab some goodies as you stroll through Candy Land, but don't forget to say Trick or Treat!
Costumes are welcome, so come dressed for a night of spooky Halloween fun! Some animals might even be out in outdoor exhibits.
Advance tickets can be purchased online and at area Quiktrip stores starting September 1. Tickets are priced at $7 for Zoo members and $9 for nonmembers. Children 2 and under do not need a ticket.
A Night of Hay, Hooves and Halloween at Old Cowtown Museum, October 29-30
If you're anxious to put on your costume, you're in luck! Suit up in you spookiest outfit early this year, as you head to Old Cowtown Museum's Night of Hay, Hooves and Halloween. The event will take place on Oct. 29-30, allowing children a chance to trick-or-treat before Halloween!
There will be lots of dancing, and special appearances by favorite storybook characters like the headless horseman! Play games and score goodies at stations set up throughout the museum grounds. While you're there, don't forget to go pumpkin bowling, ride a few carnival games, and see a zombie gunfight on Main Street!
The event will run from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m., and tickets are priced at $5 per person for all ages.