Shrine Circus? Check. Parade? Check. Steak? Check. Jousting? Check. This weekend's got everything on the list. If you're looking for something to do, take a look at the events below!
Midwest Winefest, April 22-23
This year marks the 26th year of Midwest Winefest in Wichita! The more than $4 million dollars have been raised by Winefest over the years, and those funds have directly supported the Guadalupe Health Foundation, and in turn, Guadalupe Clinic.
This year, Midwest Winefest runs from April 21 to 23. The event technically began on Thursday, but don't worry. More Midwest Winefest events await you this weekend! Check out the wine dinner options available on Friday at one of three Wichita locations! DoubleTree by Hilton Wichita Airport, The Wichita Marriott Hotel, and Two Olives will each host a special Wine dinner, featuring multiple courses and expertly paired wines. Each of the dinners is held in conjunction with Midwest Winefest, and will begin at 7 p.m. On Saturday, wrap up your Winefest experience with the grand tasting! Winefest saves the best for last with this event, as it allows guests to taste more than 300 wines. This event also highlights a silent live auction and delicious gourmet foods. The Grand Tasting will be held at Century II and tickets are priced at $66 per person. Buy them online here.
New Car Show at Scholfield Honda, April 22
If you're looking for an exciting Friday afternoon, head to Scholfield Honda's Earth Day Celebration! The new car show event is totally free to attend and it's family-friendly, so you can feel free to bring the kids! Guests will be able to enjoy food and beverages, as well as appearances from Curtis the Mentalist and Honda enthusiast and YouTube personality, HondaPro Jason! Visitors will also be able to play with furry friends, as Tanganyika Wildlife Park will bring exotic animals to join in on the fun!
IF that's not enough, the entire lineup of updated 2016 Honda models will be available for viewing, so come out and celebrate! The event runs from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m.
Midian Shrine Circus at Intrust Bank Arena, April 22-24
The Midian Shrine Circus returns for its 78th annual performance, this time operating under a new provider and performing in a new venue! The Circus that Wichitans know and love will perform at Intrust Bank Arena for the first time this year, offering seven different shows.
That's right, seven! With performances beginning at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. on Friday; 10 a.m., 2:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturday and at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Sunday, this show can accommodate almost any schedule!
General admission tickets are available for $15 for a dults and $5 for children. Prices will increase by $2 per ticket the day of the event, and upgraded seating options are available at an additional cost.
Tickets are available online, by phone at (855) 755-SEAT or in person at the INTRUST Bank Arena Box Office and the Midian Shrine Office.
Romeo and Juliet and Carmen at Century II, April 23
I's finall1 The Wichita Grand Opera begins its 2016 season this weekend with a double bill featuring performances of two iconic ballets performed by the world-renowned Russian National Ballet. Shakespeare's classic love story, Romeo and Juliet, is scheduled to be performed first. It will be followed by a performance of Bizet's Carmen, as it has been reimagined by Russian composer Rodion Shchedrin. The performance will also highlight Latin-inspired choreography by Alberto Alonso.
The season opening event will take place 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.
Creature Camp Out at Sedgwick County Zoo, April 23
Have you ever had so much fun at the zoo that you wanted to stay all night? Well now you can! At the Sedgwick County Zoo's Creature Camp Out, guests can enjoy a dinner, a guided tour, an animal encounter, a bedtime snack and a variety of activities! What animals stay awake when everyone else goes to sleep? There's only one way to find out! In the morning, guests will be provided a continental breakfast and a tram ride around the zoo! This year's Creature Camp Out theme is Green and Growing, so come ready to learn about plants!
The Camp Out will begin at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 23, and run until 9:30 a.m. the following morning. Guests should plan to attend the entire event, and should bring their own sleeping bags and tents. All participants must be at least five years of age, and those under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
Creature Camp Outs cost $30 per person for members and $35 per person for nonmembers. Creature Camp Out shirts will be available for $10, plus tax, each for those that camp out with us. Space is limited, so register now.
Kansas Steak Championship at All Things BBQ, April 23
It's the beginning of grilling season, and there's no better place to get into the spirit than All Things BBQ. Stop by on April 23 to bear witness to the First Annual Kansas Steak Championship! Sanctioned by the Steak Cookoff Association, this event will featuring teams from all over the area competing to make the best steak. The Kansas Steak Championship will offer over $3,000 in prizes to the winners, so the steaks are high!
The Kansas Steak Championship will also feature a hot wing eating contest, live music, and more. A play area will be available for kids so bring the family and join the fun! The event is free and open to the public, so visit All Things BBQ between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Saturday to check it out!
MDA Muscle Walk at Sedgwick County Park, April 23
If you're looking for a fun way to benefit a good cause, head to Sedgwick County Park for the MDA Muscle Walk! Bring your friends and family on April 23rd for an opportunity to get active and help the Muscular Dystrophy Association as it fuels its efforts to find breakthrough research, to provide care for both kids and adults, and to empower the families across America with a variety of services and support systems. Proceeds from the MDA Muscle Walk will benefit over 500 families in central and western Kansas who are currently using MDA support and services to truly live life unlimited.
The walk will begin at 10 a.m. and conclude at 1:30 p.m. at Sedgwick County Park. Teams and individuals should register online prior to the event Registration is free and donations are welcome.
Wichita Wingnuts Community Benefit featuring the Band Perry at Lawrence Dumont Stadium, April 23
Kachina Exhibit Opening at the Mid-American All Indian Center, April 23
The Mid-American All Indian Center opens a new exhibit this weekend! Titled, Kachina: We are the Spirit, the exhibit will focus on the Kachina dolls. These dolls are the physical representation of Kachina spirits, which serve as a link between the human and the spirit world. Kachina dolls were created by the Hopi people to teach children about the spirits, but the dolls are now made by many tribes and are favored by tourists. The exhibit will feature different types of dolls and detail their specific purposes, both to the Hopi people and others.
The exhibit opening will be held on Saturday, April 23, from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. A special admission of $3.50 will be available for adults, and children ages 12 and under get in for free when accompanied by a paid adult!
Parade to Support Local Law Enforcement in Downtown, April 23
Show your support for law enforcement in Wichita and the surrounding area at the parade on Saturday! From 10:30 a.m. until 1 p.m., the streets of downtown Wichita will be lined with people, showing appreciation to our Police officers. The parade is sponsored by the Fraternal Order of Police, Wichita Lodge 5. Local establishments like schools, businesses, churches, and other establishments are involved with the event, and some local law enforcement officers will participate, too! Come out and enjoy the festivities! The parade will begin at 500 N. Main Street, and it begins at 12 p.m. Don't miss out on the pre-parade activities along the route!
Parade of Homes, April 23-24
The 2016 Spring Parade of Homes wraps up this weekend. Featuring 112 brand new homes, the Parade highlights properties ranging from $100,000 to more than $1.5 million in price. This is the last weekend to walk through the homes and admire the work of the area’s best builders, so enjoy it while you can!
Homes featured in the Parade are located in desirable neighborhoods throughout Wichita and surrounding communities like Andover, Bel Aire, Derby, El Dorado, Goddard, Kechi, Mulvane, Rose Hill and Valley Center. Featured homes will be open from 12 p.m. until 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, and a real estate agent will be presen to provide listing details on each property.
To see a list of featured homes, you can pick up a Parade of Homes Magazine most of the area’s grocery stores, or you can view it online at wabahome.com.
Great Plains Renaissance Festival at Sedgwick County Park, April 23-24
Take a step back in time and go medieval at the Great Plains Renaissance Festivalthis weekend! On April 23rd & 24th, Sedgwick County Park hosts will host the event that's fun for the whole family.
Full of jousts, jests, pirates, fairies, knights, knaves and more, this is an event you won't want to miss out on! This year, Admission includes access to the Wichita Highland Games, so come check it out! Tickets can be purchased online. Check it out here!