It's finally warming up outside, and we're ready to get out and enjoy the weather! Spring officially starts on March 20, but the season's events are already in full swing! If you're looking for things to do, check out all of these Spring events happening in Wichita.
Midian Shrine Circus at Intrust Bank Arena, April 22-24
Highlighting a new provider and a new venue, the 78th annual Midian Shrine Circus brings seven shows to Intrust Bank Arena. Shows are scheduled for Friday at 11:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.; Saturday at 10:00 a.m., 2:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.; and Sunday at 1:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.
Tickets are available online at selectaseat.com, by phone at (855) 755-SEAT or in person at the INTRUST Bank Arena Box Office and the Midian Shrine Office.
Midwest Winefest , April 21-23
The Midwest Winefest celebrates 21 years in 2016! The annual Winefest fundraiser has raised more than $4 million dollars over the years, which has directly supported the Guadalupe Health Foundation, and in turn, Guadalupe Clinic.
This year, Midwest Winefest runs from April 21 to 23. The event kicks off on Thursday, April 21 with the Oldtown Walkabout, where guests can enjoy food and wine samples as they stroll through Oldtown. On Friday April 22,Winefest boasts Wine dinners at three locations: DoubleTree by Hilton Wichita Airport, The Wichita Marriott Hotel, and Two Olives. Wine dinners will begin at 7 p.m. On Saturday, the event wraps up with a wine tasting featuring over 300 wines, a silent live auction, and delicious gourmet foods.
Ticket sales begin March 14.
2016 MDA Muscle Walk at Sedgwick County Park, April 23
Bring friends and family to MDA Muscle Walk of Wichita at Sedgwick County Park April 23rd . The dollars raised help fuel the Muscular Distorphy Association's effort to find research breakthroughs across diseases; to care for kids and adults from day one; and to empower families in hometowns across America with services and support. Proceeds from the walk will benefit more than 500 families in western and central Kansas using MDA support and services to truly live life unlimited.
The walk is April 23rd from 10:00am-1:30 PM at Sedgewick Cuunty Park. You'll need to register yourself or your team before hand following the link below. Registration is free and donations are welcome.
Romeo and Juliet, Carmen at Wichita Grand Opera, April 23
The Wichita Grand Opera kicks off the 2016 season with a double bill featuring two unforgettable ballets performed by the world-renowned “Russian National Ballet. The first performance will be Shakespeare's classic love story, Romeo and Juliet. This will be followed by Bizet's Carmen, reimagined by Russian composer Rodion Shchedrin, with Latin-inspired choreography by Alberto Alonso.
The shows will be held at Century II on April 23 from 7-9:30 p.m. Tickets range in price from $37-$85, and are available through Select A Seat.
Kansas Steak Championship at All Things BBQ, April 23
Stop by All Things BBQ on April 23 for the First Annual Kansas Steak Championship! This event is sanctioned by the Steak Cookoff Association. Featuring teams from all over the area, the Kansas Steak Championship offers over $3,000 in prizes to the winners.
In addition to the contest itself, the event will include a hot wing eating contest, live music, a play area for kids, and even more! The event is free and open to the public, so visit All Things BBQ between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. on April 23 and check it out!
Puscifer at the Orpheum, April 26
The Frontman of both Tool and A Perfect Circle, James Keenan released his debut album as Puscifer in 2007. A remixed version of the same album came out a year later, and last year the album Money $hot was released. Now the Money $hot tour is headed to Wichita! Catch Puscifer's performance at the Orpheum Theatre on April 26 at 7:30 p.m.
Blue Man Group at Century II, April 26-27
Music, comedy and technology come together to bring a great experience at performances by the Blue Man Group! Blue Man Group performances are totally unique, and now Wichitans can experience the thrills of the Blue Man Group performance. Part of the groups first U.S. Theatrical tour, Century II will hold a performances on April 26 and 27 at 7:30 p.m. Ticket Prices start at $40.
Classic Cars for Kids Gala presented by Wichita Children's Home at Century II, April 28
The Wichita Children's Home hosts the 6th annual Classic Cars for Kids Gala on April 28 from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. at Century II. The event will highlight hors d'oeuvres, an open bar, fun and music all in addition to Wichita's most beautiful collection of classic cars. The cost to attend is $100 per person, and proceeds will benefit the mission of the Wichita Children's Home.
The Wichita Children's Home was the city's first orphanage that served to "support and care for destitute and homeless children." Currently, the Children's Home offers the only emergency, temporary, residential care for children in our community. The Home is open 24/7 and serves children from birth to 22 years of age in foster homes or in the shelter.
More information on the Wichita Children's home is available here.
ABBAcadabra at Wichita Symphony Orchestra, April 30
Mid-American All Indian Center Benefit Car Show May 1st
The Benefit Car Show displays and impressive array of vintage cars and motorcycles, compliments of car enthusiasts from the Indian Center and throughout the community. It is free and open to the public. During the show, guests may also visit the children's activity area, Indian Center Museum and outdoor Plains Indians Encampment exhibit with life-size tipi.
The Car show is Sun, May 1, 10am – 4pm FREE to the public at the Mid-America All-Indian Center, 650 N Seneca St, Wichita, KS 67203. Special admission price for the museum is $2.00.
All proceeds will go on to benefit programming to educate new generations about and preserve the heritage of the American Indian.
Shen Yun at Century II, May 3-4
The Internationally-Acclaimed SHEN YUN has been deemed world-class," "a grand masterpiece," and "a show everyone must see at least once in their life," by well known celebrities, artists and critics, and now it's coming to Wichita! Performing twice at Century II, SHEN YUN highlights over 100 world-class artists, a full, live orchestra, animated background scenery, and more than 500 hand-made costumes. Enjoy music that combines Western musical orchestration with traditional Chinese instruments.
The shows begin at 7:30 p.m. on May 3 and 4 at Century II's Concert Hall. Tickets are Available for $68-$128.
Dave Matthews Band at Intrust Bank Arena, May 11
Celebrate with the Dave Matthews Band as they kick off their 25th anniversary tour right here in Wichita! Beginning their 2016 North American tour at Intrust Bank Arena on May 11, the Dave Matthews band will play two full sets. Selling over $20 million tickets and upwards of 38 million CDs and DVDs combined, the Dave Matthews Band has been very successful. They're also the first group in history to have six studio albums in a row debut at number one.
The show will begin at 7 p.m. on May 11. Tickets are priced at $45 and $75.
Luke Bryan at Intrust Bank Arena, May 13
Luke Bryan comes back to Wichita for his Kill the Lights Tour on May 13. The tour also features performances from guests Little Big Town and Dustin Lynch.
Luke Bryan is an American Country Music Artist. He began his career in the mid 2000's, and he has since been the recipient of multiple awards from the Academy of Country Music, Billboard, and the American Music Awards.
The concert will be held at Intrust Bank Arena on May 13 at 7:30 p.m. Ticket prices range from $39.75 to $74.75.
Real American Country Fest at Cowtown, May 14-15
Head to Old Cowtown Museum to experience a Real American Country Fest on May 14 and 15! The two day concert will highlight performances from Mark Chesnutt on Saturday and Joe Diffie on Sunday. The Country Fest will also highlight a car show, Chuckwagon Feed Demos, pony rides, petting farm, pig races, farm equipment, gospel sing-a-longs, and music from Red Dirt and Bluegrass music bands.
Admission is $20 per day for adults, and children ages 12 and under are free.
Bruce Hornsby and the Noisemakers at the Orpheum, May 17
Bruce Hornsby won a Grammy for Best New Artist and launched one of contemporary music’s most diverse careers almost three decades ago. Today, he still makes music with his long-time band, the noisemakers. In addition to working with his band, Hornsby's music is largely collaborative, having worked previously with artists such as Bob Dylan, Don Henley, the Grateful Dead, Spike Lee, Ricky Skaggs, Ornette Coleman, Bela Fleck, Bonnie Raitt, Pat Metheny, and Robbie Robertson.
The show begins at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, May 17, and ticket sales begin at 10 a.m. on Friday, March 11 through Select-A-Seat. Tickets are priced at $45 for upper balcony seating, $50 for lower balcony seating and $55 for orchestra seating.
Midwest Beerfest May 20th & 21st
The American Institute of Wine and Food's Wichita chapter presents the 16th Annual Midwest Beerfest. Come taste hundreds of different beers from all over the globe.
The official 2016 event itinerary hasn't been released yet however, last years festivities included the Grand Tasting which has over 400 beers, competitions, Midwest Wingfest, and local food trucks. Also back this year are the beer dinners at various venues around town. Tickets will be on sale at wichitatix.com at a later date.
Dates, Times, and locations:
Friday, May 20: Three awesome Beer Dinners, 7 p.m., venues around town.
Saturday, May 21: The Grand Tasting, 1-4 p.m., Century II Expo Hall, $45
Pirates of Penzance at Wichita Grand Opera, May 21
The Wichita Grand Opera presents the Pirates of Penzance on Friday, May 20 at Bradley Fair. You'll experience beautiful opera and hilarious comedic moments in this production from Gilbert and Sullivan. The show is described on the Wichita Grand Opera website as "a farce of a merry band of sentimental pirates, dim-witted young lovers, and an eccentric Major-General." The show is known for the widely popular number, "I Am The Very Model of a Modern Major-General."
The Show will be performed at 8 p.m. on Wichita's premier floating amphitheatre at Bradley Fair. Ticket prices range from $37 to $85.
Journey and the Doobie Brothers at intrust Bank Arena, May 23
Journey and the Doobie Brothers come to Intrust Bank Arena on May 23 for the San Francisco Fest 2016 tour.
One of the most popular rock bands in American history, Journey has created many of modern music's best hits, like Any Way You Want It,” “Faithfully,” "Lovin, Touchin', Squeezin’," "Who's Crying Now," “Wheel In The Sky,” "Open Arms," “Separate Ways,” and the iconic “Don’t Stop Believin’,” and many more.
Delivering Rock and Roll for over four decades, the Doobie Brothers have sold more than 48 million albums. The pair have won four GRAMMY Awards and are best known for their number one hits like “Black Water” (1974) and “What a Fool Believes” (1979).
The concert is scheduled for 7 p.m. on May 23 at Intrust Bank Arena. Ticket prices range from $39.50-$99.50.