If you're into anime, early 2000's boy bands, cars or live music, you're in for a great weekend in Wichita. Check out these local events!
Anime Festival of Wichita, July 8-10
Anime Festival of Wichita returns this year, allowing you a weekend of attending panels, collecting autographs, and buying merchandise.
This year, the festival will feature gaming tournaments, cosplay fashion shows, music video contests and more! Anime Fest begins at 5 p.m. on Friday, and will run until 8 p.m. that night. Saturday hours are 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. and Sunday hours are 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.
The event will be held at the Hyatt Regency, and admission packages range in price from $15 to $40. Tickets are available at the door or online. If you're looking for a new manga, some anime DVDs or other cool merchandise, stop by Anime fest this weekend!
Sunflower Dance Festival, July 8-10
The Sunflower Dance festival will take place this weekend, running from Friday through Sunday at Doubletree by Hilton Wichita Airport Conference Center. This is the biggest dance competition in the state of Kansas, and there are workshops for all ages. Whether you're fine-tuning you tango or trying for the first time, this is a great way to do it. Featuring workshops in Country, Ballroom, Latin and Swing dancing, you won't run out of options!
The event runs from 8 a.m. until 9:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Sunday.
Registration information is available here.
MY2K Tour at Hartman Arena, July 8
Do you remember the music that was popular in the year 2000? Well now you don't have to remember, you can relive it! This weekend, hear popular music from the late 90's and early 2000's performed live at the MY2K tour at Hartman Arena. This tour features big name artists from the start of the millennium, including 98 Degrees, O-Town, Dream, and Ryan Cabrera.
You'll feel young again as you enjoy nostalgic music from these artists of almost 20 years ago. You might even hear some old favorites you'd forgotten about.
The show begins at 8 p.m. on Friday, July 8. Ticket prices start at $25. Tickets are available for purchase here.
Automobilia, July 9
It's a great weekend to be a Wichita car enthusiast! The 22nd Automobilia Moonlight Car Show will take place in downtown Wichita on July 9. Running from 6 p.m. until midnight, this event invited you to "ooh" and "ah" over dozens of classic cars.
This is one of Wichita's biggest car shows, so you won't want to miss it. The event will feature live music, three different food courts, a swap meet, and more. It's totally free and open to the public, so come check it out.
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Bluegrass Blowout at Central Standard, July 9
Are you a fan of bluegrass? Are you a fan of beer? Id the answer to either of these questions is yes, you're in luck! On Saturday, July 9, Central Standard Brewing will host a Bluegrass Blowout.
Three different bluegrass bands will rock the house as you enjoy your beer. Fireside Collective will come all the way from North Carolina to play alongside two local bands, Cowskin Creek and Sizzle Biscuits. If you get hungry, Uno Mas will have tacos available for purchase.
The event runs from 4 p.m. until 11 p.m.
Details are available here.
Michael Engdahl at the Hopping Gnome, July 9
If you like beer, but you're not a fan of bluegrass, you aren't out of options. The Hopping Gnome will also feature live music this weekend.
Michael Engdahl, jazz guitarist and Wichita State Alumni will perform at 8 p.m. on July 9, so prepare to be dazzled. There's no cover charge for the event, so you can come in and enjoy your beer just like you always do, but this time there's live music to add to your experience.
The Hopping Gnome features free live music on most weekends. Check out the schedule for the rest of July and make plans to come back!
On July 15, the Gnome highlights a performance by On Tap at 7 p.m., and on July 30 The Route performs at 8 p.m.
Creative Play Day at the Sedgwick County Zoo, July 9
This afternoon of fun might go a little against the grain for some kids today.
Instead of relying on technology for entertainment, this event will encourage children to be creative and use their imaginations.
The event will take place in the Childrens' Farm. Creative Play Day will run from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. on Fridays during the month of July. Future dates are July 15, 22, and 29.
Registration is not required for this event, so come out and have fun!
Mid-Kansas Jewish Federation Summer Film Series: Frog and Toad, July 10
Bring the kids out to enjoy the classic tale of Frog and Toad at the Wichita Art Museum. This is a part of the Mid-Kansas Jewish Federation's 21st season of the summer film series.
Frog and Toad tells a tale of friendship, kindness, compassion, loyalty, and friends helping friends. This show is appropriate for children.
The event begins at2 p.m. and is free and open to the public.