It's the weekend, so get ready to celebrate with these great events.
Winter Jam at Intrust Bank Arena, March 11
Winter Jam 2016 makes its way to Wichita's Intrust Bank Arena on March 11. The multi-artist tour co-headlines musical duo for KING & COUNTRY and singer/songwriter Matthew West, both of which are GRAMMY award winners. Several other well-known artists will appear on Winter Jam tour, such as Sidewalk Prophets, Crowder, NewSong, RED, and Lauren Daigle. The tour will also feature evangelist Tony Nolan.
Winter Jam begins at 6:45 p.m. on March 11 at Intrust Bank Arena. Admission is $10 at the door, and advance tickets will not be needed.
Lyle Lovett and Robert Earl Keen at the Orpheum, March 11
Four-time Grammy award winning music artist Lyle Lovett will perform with Robert Earl Keen at Wichita's Orpheum Theatre on March 11. Throughout his career, Lovett has released 14 albums. Known for highlighting elements of blues, country, folk, gospel, jazz, and swing in his music, Lovett is also a winner of an Americana Music Association’s inaugural Trailblazer Award. Lovett is has been very successful in the music industry. Robert Earl Keen is a legend in Americana music, with memorable songs like "The Road Goes On Forever," "Feelin' Good Again," "I Gotta Go" and many more, Keen is very widely recognized. Keen has released over a dozen records.
Art Chatter at Wichita Art Museum, March 11
The Wichita Art Museum’s Art Chatter is a great way to spend your Friday night! Featuring an open mic, with a happy hour feeling, the presents a lineup of local artists, designers and musicians who are ready to talk about their ideas and get some feedback. Head to the Wichita Art museum and tell them what you think! Featured presenters are artist Bob Burdette, choral conductor Shawn Chastain, artist Matthew Hilyard, printmaker Humberto Saenz, graphic designer Meghan Smith, and singer/songwriter Joe Stumpe. This event features artists of all types, so there will be a lot to discuss. The event runs from 6-9 p.m. on March 11. A cash bar reception will be held at 6 pm., the program begins at 6:45 p.m., and guests are free to mingle at 8 p.m. Admission is free to members or $10 at the door for nonmembers.
Leadbelly at the Kansas African American Museum , March 11
Catch a screening of 1976’s Leadbelly at the Kansas African American Museum this weekend. The film, written by Ernest Kinoy and directed by Gordon Parks, chronicles the life of folk singer Huddie William Ledbetter (who was known as “Lead Belly”). The film follows Lead Belly as he travels through life, from a Texas chain-gangs to a performance at Carnegie Hall.
The screening will be held at the Kansas African American Museum on Friday, March 11. The film will begin at 7 p.m.
Disco Night at Bliss Bouldering and Climbing Complex, March 11
Visit Bliss Bouldering and Climbing Complex this Friday for Disco Night! That's right, you can get your groove on as you climb. Bliss will features disco hits and festive lights to make sure your climbing experience is far out! If you've got a membership and climbing gear, then you're all set! If not, all you need is a regular day pass. The facility offers equipment rentals.
Bilss Bouldering and Climbing Complex's Disco night runs from 8 p.m. until 10 p.m. on March 11, and it's going to be groovy.
Halfgrass at Abode Venue, March 12
Abode Venue hosts the Halfgrass bluegrass festival in honor of Craig Ainsworth on March 12. The festival will highlight performances by the Dewayn Brothers, Colonels, Fast Food Junkies, Tyler Gregory, Sugar Britches, Signal Ridge, AJ Gaither, The Bus Company, Old Fangled, 80 Proof Engine, Sun and Stone, Lily Francis Dooman, Saint Cecilia's Jubilee, Tornado Rose, Hipbilly, DJ Carbon and more! The doors will open at 11:30 a.m. and the show begins at noon. Don't miss out on Abode's Halfgrass bluegrass festival. Cost to attend is $20 at the door.
John Mueller's Winter Dance Party at the Kansas Star Casino, March 12
John Mueller's Winter Dance party takes a step back in time. Don't miss the live, official and authentic recreation of the Big Bopper, Buddy Holly, and Ritchie Valens final tour. The only show that is endorsed by Holly, Valens, and Richardson estates, this show is sure to impress. Mueller will play two show of Winter Dance Party at the Kansas Star Casino on March 12, beginning at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Ticket prices for John Mueller's Winter Dance Party begin at $20.
St. Patrick's Day Parade in Delano, March 12
It's your lucky day! The 10th annual St. Patrick's Day Parade in Wichita's historic Delano district is this Saturday, March 12th! Deck yourself out in green, grab the kids and come join in the fun! The parade begins at noon. There will be floats, candy and lots of fun! Be sure to bring a little green to spend as some Delano restaurants will feature traditional Irish dishes, like the Shamrock Lounge, highlighting Irish Breakfast Casserole, Potatoes O'Brien, and more at 9 a.m. Slow-cooked Beef and Guinness Stew over mashed potatoes will also be on the Shamrock's menu after the parade. Don't forget to pick up a St. Patrick's Day parade while you're there!
Season Opening at Tanganyika Wildlife Park, March 12
Celebrate with Tanganyika Wildlife Park as it kicks off it's 8th season on March 12! Tanganyika offers a variety of unique interactive experiences, such as giraffe feeding Austrailian parrot feeding, a walk through kangaroo exhibit. And more. The current children’s zoo allows guests to feed bunnies, tortoises and guinea pigs. Tanganyika is also home to one of the only lemur feeding islands in the country. The park will be open from 10:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. daily from March 12 through the 20 in observance of spring break. Admission is $16.99 for adults and $11.99 for children ages three to 11.
Virtuosic Tchaikovsky at Wichita Symphony Orchestra, March 12-13
Music of the Era at Old Cowtown Museum, March 13
Part of Old Cowtown Museum’s lecture series Music of the Era, this Sunday, March 13, will focus on Christian Hymns from the Victorian Era. Learn about the motivation for the pieces, as well as the social contexts under which they were written. Learn why the production of music made for worship, mourning and celebration increased so much during this time, and even hear some of the hymns!
The event runs from 2-3 p.m. and will be held at Old Cowtown Museum in the visitor center. The event is free to attend.