It's the weekend, and we know you're ready to have some fun. If you're looking for things to do, check out these events happening right here in Wichita.
Wichita Sport Show the the Kansas Coliseum, Feb. 18-20
Women's Fair at Century II, Feb. 19-21
Ladies, if you have absolutely no interest in attending the Sport Show with your husbands, you're in luck! The Women’s Fair returns to Century II this weekend, so if you're more into fashion than football, head downtown to check it out! This unique shopping event will highlight the newest styles and latest trends in clothing, jewelry, cosmetics, fragrances, home décor, gourmet foods, wine tastings and much more. Guests will even have several opportunities to win prizes, shopping sprees and getaways! This year, the Women’s Fair will highlight 25 stage presentations, including a few new fashion shows and demonstrations. This is an event you won't want to miss!
The fair will run from noon until 8 p.m. on Friday, Saturday from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. Tickets are $8.75 for adults, $7.75 for seniors, $5.75 for children of ages 6-12, and free for children 5 and under.
Spazmatics at Kansas Star Casino, Feb. 19-20
Catch the New Wave Cover Band Spazmatics this Friday and Saturday night at the Kansas Star Casino. The show begins at 8 p.m. on both nights, and will be held in the Shark Bar Showroom. The best part? Both shows are totally free. Stop by and hear popular New Wave hits from groups like Tears For Fears, New Order, Eurythmics and more!
Cessna Coin and Stamp Show, Feb. 20-21
The annual Cessna Coin and Stamp Show returns once again. Presented by the Wichita Stamp Club, the event will feature dealers from Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas, and Colorado in addition to the in-state dealers. With collections boasting coins and stamps from all over the globe, you're sure to see some great finds! A youth booth will be present, and will teach children how to begin their very own stamp collections. The Coin and Stamp Show will be held in the Cessna Activity center, and will rum from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. on both days. The event is free and open to the public, so stop by and check it out!
Wichita Thunder Hockey vs. Idaho Steelheads at Intrust Bank Arena, Feb. 20 and 21
On Saturday night at 7 p.m., come support the Wichita Thunder as they take on the Idaho Steelheads at Intrust Bank Arena. Saturday will allow for an evening with the ARC and Annual Cops vs. Fire Game. It's a specialty jersey night, so you won't want to miss out! On Sunday, the doors open at 4 p.m and the game begins at 5 p.m. as the Thunder once again face the Steelheads.
Ticket Prices for Wichita Thunder hockey games range from $11- $34, and discounts are available for seniors, military and youth.
Barry Manilow at Intrust Bank Arena, Feb. 19
Grammy, Tony, and Emmy Award-winning singer/songwriter Barry Manilow Stops at Wichita's Intrust Bank Arena for his ONE LAST TIME! tour. The show begins at 7:30 p.m. on Friday night. Manilow's career picked up when his hit song “Mandy,” reached the top of the charts in 1975. this tour is commemorative of that year, with ticket prices starting at just $19.75 with fees included. Over the past 40 years, Manilow has been known for his hits like "Copacabana," and "Can't Smile Without You."
Elements: Air at Indian Center, Feb. 20
Elements: Air is an installment of a Mid-American All Indian Center exhibit which will last two years and feature a different element biannually. This exhibit will allow guests to learn about all four elements of the circle of life (or the medicine wheel.) The exhibit opens this weekend, and will highlight stories, crafts and a presentation on birds that will include a live raptor! The event runs from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Saturday, and the bird show will be held from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. admission is $3.50 for ages 13 and up, and free for ages 12 and under who are accompanied by an adult.
World Champion Pork Class at All Things BBQ, Feb. 20
This Saturday from 2 p.m. until 4:30 p.m., All Things BBQ hosts a World Champion Pork Class. For just $45 per person, the class will let you to learn the secrets that have earned first place in the pork category at the 2010 Jack Daniels World Championship Invitational BBQ. Andy, who took home the title, will teach guests the methods he uses to prepare the perfect pork. If you want to improve your BBQ skills just in time for grilling season, reserve a spot at All Things BBQ's World Champion Pork Class. Availability is limited, so reserve your spot now!
Engineering Expo at Century II, Feb. 20
The Engineering Expo provides hands-on learning activities to children in grades kindergarten through 8. Presented by the Wichita division of the Society for Women Engineers and by Spirit Aerosystems, the free event will demonstrate how engineering can be related to the world around us. Additional free workshops will be available for children in grades 6-8, but online pre-registration is required. All participants in the Engineering Expo must have a parent or guardian present.
The event will be held at Century II from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Further details can be found here.
Academy Award Short Film Festival at the Orpheum, Feb. 20
For the 30th year, the Wichita Public Library will host a screening of Academy Award short films, and it's totally free and open to the public. This year, the Film Festival has five nominees each in three different categories: documentaries, live action and animated. Nominated documentaries include Body Team 12, Chau, beyond the lines, Claude Lanzmann: Spectres of the Shoah, A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness, and Last Day of Freedom. Nominated for Live action are Ave Maria, Day One, Everything Will Be Okay (Alles Wird Gut), Shok, and Stutter. Animated nominees are Bear Story, Prologue, Sanjay’s Super Team, We Can’t Live Without Cosmos, and World of Tomorrow.
The Orpheum will open its doors at 9:30 a.m. for this event.
American Romantic at Wichita Symphony Orchestra, Feb. 20
Featuring music by Tchaikovsky, and Mozart, American composer Howard Hanson’s “Romantic” Symphony is sure to impress. The Wichita Symphony Orchestra will perform American Romantic at Century II at 8 p.m. on Saturday. Ticket prices range from $19 to $57, and additional discounts will be given to students, seniors, and military. The event will feature Wendy Warner on the cello and Thomas Wilkins as the guest conductor. Fans of Mozart's Symphony No. 35, “Haffner”, Tchaikovsky's Rococo Variations and Pezzo Capriccioso and Hanson's Symphony No. 2, “The Romantic” will be thrilled by these numbers as they are performed in the show.
Art for the Heart Art Auction at Abode Venue, Feb. 21
Abode Venue hosts a free Art Auction from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Sunday night. All ages are welcome to attend the event, which will feature guest artist Jenny Wenzel. The Auction will feature original works created by special needs children at Young Life Capernaum. The event's proceeds will go to benefit the program. A silent auction will allow guests to bid on abstract art and watercolors created by the Capernaum kids with help from their leaders, and Jenny Wenzel.
Wichita Vortex 50th Anniversary at Ulrich Museum of Art, Feb. 21
50 years after poet Allen Ginsberg's trip through Wichita, his poem Wichita Vortex Sutra is being recognized with an anniversary celebration at WSU's Ulrich Museum of Art. Ginsberg's Wichita visit lasted three weeks, and its significance will be recognized in a discussion panel during the event. The Event also highlights a reading of Wichita Vortex Sutra.
The anniversary celebration begins at 1 p.m. and will be held at the Ulrich Museum of Art on Sunday, Feb. 21. Admission to the event is free.