It's Friday, and that means that the countdown to the weekend is on. If you're looking for something to do this weekend, check out these local events.
Annual Wreath Festival and Luncheon at Wichita Sedgwick County Historical Museum, Nov. 19-20
on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m., The Wichita Sedgwick County Historical Museum hosts the Annual Wreath Festival and Luncheon. Featuring special exhibits, music, baked goods and all kinds of holiday gifts, the festival has something for everyone! The luncheon will be held from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m.
Luncheon tickets are available for $15, and the museum requests that groups of 6 or more make reservations for the luncheon. To make a reservation for your group, call the Museum at 265-9314.
Emerald City Steampunk Expo at the Drury Plaza Hotel Broadview, Nov. 20-22
The Emerald City Steampunk Expo celebrates steampunk culture all weekend long. Head to the Drury Plaza Hotel Broadview for three days of gaming, comedy, concerts, cosplay, demonstrations, LARPing, stage shows and more. Catch a performance by hypnotist Dr. Zero, or if mystery is more your speed, stop by the murder mystery meet up. The calendar is jam packed with cool things to do at Emerald City Steampunk Expo, from fashion shows to fire shows, the Emerald City's got it all! Featuring music by Frenchy and the Punk, you won't want to miss out!
Late Nite Catechism at the Orpheum, Nov. 20
Don't miss Late Nite Catechism at the Orpheum on Friday. Beginning at 8 p.m., Late Nite Catechism takes its audience back to school, as a Sister leads her students' (the audience members) adult catechism course. Students with correct answers to the Sister's questions are rewarded with laminated saint cards and glow in the dark rosaries. Audience members will be reminded of their days in the classroom as the Sister's mood changes abruptly from warm and encouraging to angry and scolding.
Reserved Tickets to Late Nite Catechism are $32 for Balcony seating, and $35 for Orchestra seating.
Wichita Thunder vs. Allen Americans at Intrust Bank Arena, Nov. 20
On Friday at 7 p.m., cheer on the Wichita Thunder as they play the Allen Americans at Intrust Bank Arena. Friday is Movember Night, which means it will be benefiting Men's Health Awareness. Movember Night is presented by Freddy's Frozen Custard and Steakburgers as well as Get A Move On.
Ticket Prices for this event range from $11- $34.
Carriage Rides in Bradley Fair, Oldtown, Nov. 21-Dec. 19
Christmastime carriage rides are a big part of Wichita's culture. Both Bradley Fair and Oldtown will begin offering their annual free carriage rides on Saturday.
Bradley Fair- Starting this Saturday, Bradley fair guests can enjoy free carriage rides from 6-10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday evenings now through Christmas. Carriage rides originate at the fountain.
Oldtown- If you're looking for a ride earlier in the afternoon, swing by Oldtown. Oldtown offers free carriage rides from noon to 4 p.m. every Saturday from this weekend through Dec. 19. Rides begin in front of the Oldtown Warren Theatre.
Tree Lighting at Bradley Fair, Nov. 21
Also in Bradley Fair this Saturday, don't miss out on the 13th annual Christmas tree lighting! Beginning at 5:30 p.m., this event launches the Bradley Fair Christmas season. Featuring Christmas carols performed by the Collegiate Madrigal Choir and a visit from one of Santa's reindeer, Bradley Fair will be full of Christmas cheer! Susan Peters, news anchor for KAKE-TV 10, will host the tree lighting ceremony. Photos with Santa will be available with a donation to Ronald McDonald House Charities of Wichita.
Holidays in Delano, Nov. 21
Holidays in Delano offers an afternoon of shopping in the historic Delano District with great deals, and the event supports the Kansas Food Bank. Bring the kids to take pictures with Santa, make Christmas ornaments and enjoy s'mores. Stick around to watch the lighting of the Clock Tower after sundown. Those presenting non-perishable food donations will receive special offers and discounts from participating retailers.
Donations can be made at the following locations on Saturday:
American Diabetes Association 608 West Douglas
Bungalow 26 613 West Douglas
The Monarch 579 West Douglas
SweetCheeks 722 West Douglas
Lemony Snicket's the Composer is Dead at Century II, Nov. 21
When the composer is found to be dead, the musicians quickly become suspects in the case. Accusations are made, but will we ever discover who is responsible? The whodunnit features words by Lemony Snicket, author of the children's book series "A Series of Unfortunate Events."
The first Family Concert of the season, The Composer is Dead begins at 4 p.m. in the Century II Concert Hall. The performance will be Narrated by Wichita Music Theatre's very own Wayne Bryan.
Adult tickets for the event are priced at $15, and tickets for children ages 3-12 are $15.
LeeAnn Rimes at the Kansas Star, Nov. 21
At 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, LeeAnn Rimes performs at the Kansas Star Casino. LeeAnn Rimes is a winner 12 Billboard Music Awards, three Academy of Country Music Awards, and two GRAMMY Awards. She was the youngest person to win a GRAMMY Award and also the first country artist to win the GRAMMY Best New Artist.
Tickets for this event start at $49.
WSU Computer Science and Engineering Showcase at Exploration Place, Nov. 21
On Saturday, Nov. 21, guests visiting Wichita's Exploration Place can view and enjoy the final projects of several of Wichita State University's Computer Science and Engineering students. The students' projects will be on display in the museum from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. The Computer Science and Engineering Showcase is included in general museum admission, and is free to members.
Holiday Open House at the Wichita Art Museum Store, Nov. 21
On Saturday, Nov. 21, swing by the Wichita Art Museum Store for some great deals on artisanal holiday gifts. That's right! From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., members receive a 25% one-day-only discount on non-consignment items, so don't miss out! The Wichita Art Museum will also offer Hot cider and tasty treats while you shop for fabulous jewelry, crafts, gifts, and books all on sale today for the season!
Toy Train Club Displays at Exploration Place, Nov. 21-22
Come out to Exploration Place this weekend as model train enthusiasts form the Wichita Toy Train Club display and discuss their model train collections. The train collections will be on display on Saturday, Nov. 21 from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., and on Sunday, Nov. 22 from noon until 5 p.m.
Kids can also meet Santa in Exploration Place’s main lobby this weekend. Santa will be present this Saturday from 10 a.m. until noon, and will return again from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 5.
An Evening for Julie: The Great American Trailer Park Christmas Musical at Roxy's, Nov. 22
Come out to Roxy's Downtown this Sunday for An Evening for Julie: The Great American Trailer Park Christmas Musical. This event is a musical, benefit, fundraiser and auction all rolled into one! A live and a silent auction will lead into the benefit musical performance. All proceeds will go to Julie Dombo's recovery. Julie sustained serious injuries when she was shot multiple times in an attempted robbery on August 11th. During her recovery a quadruple limb amputation was necessary. She has recently been moved to a rehabilitation hospital, where she continues on her road to recovery. Celebrate Julie's unbreakable spirit and determination at 8 p.m. at Roxy's Downtown on Sunday.
Tickets are $75 in Advance and $85 on the day of the show.
Julie's family has put together a video to promote the event. Click here to view.