It's Memorial Day Weekend, and we've got some great local events to fill your long break. If you're looking for things to do, check out these great options!
Elephants of the Zambezi River Valley Grand Opening at the Sedgwick County Zoo, May 27
It's a long-awaited weekend at the Sedgwick County Zoo. After years of development and planning, it's finally time to open the Reed Family Elephants of the Zambezi River Valley exhibit to the public. Head out to the zoo to welcome six new African elephants from Swaziland, and Stephanie, (who has called the zoo home for 42 years!) to their brand new exhibit! One of the largest exhibits in North America, it's truly a sight to see. A ribbon cutting ceremony will be held at 10 a.m., so don't miss out!
For an inside look at the new exhibit, click here.
Share the Love at Abode Venue, May 27
Share the Love at Abode this weekend, as the Share the Love event takes place on Friday from 7 p.m. until 10 p.m. The evening will feature Rudy Love Sr. as well as live music and a screening of a documentary entitled "The Love Story." In addition, the event highlights a silent auction, special guests, DJ Cristophilus, and a meet and greet with Rudy Love Sr.
Proceeds from the event will benefit the Historic Dunbar Theatre. Though Admission is free, donations at the door are suggested. the event will be held at the abode Venue, located at 1330 E. Douglas Ave.
Final Friday, May 27
Wichita's end of the month art crawl is back. Local restaurants, retail shops, art galleries and museums stay open later than usual and gladly welcome visitors. The event takes place downtown, in the artistic and cultural center of Wichita. Final Friday places a large emphasis on the integral role that art plays in Wichita as a community, and many local galleries use Final Friday as a time to debut new collections or as a closing reception for travelling exhibits
Hours will vary by location, but guests will find that most participating galleries, restaurants and shops are open between 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. All venues are free and open to the public, so you can enjoy an evening out at no cost. Many locations will feature one-of-a-king, handmade artworks that are available for purchase, however, so plan accordingly.
Follow the link below to check out where to go for this months Final Friday.
Moonlight Meadow Night Hike at Botanica, May 27
Explore the Botanica gardens like never before under the waning moon Friday May 27th from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. Enjoy a series of hikes to find nocturnal plants and creatures throughout the gardens or join in on a meadow game. Bring your appetite as we will be cooking supper over the fire. We will have a visit from our Native storytelling friend, Jan ‘Stargazer’ Brooks. She will share the stories of the skies from her ancestors. Be sure to bring camp chairs or a blanket to spread out. The grand finale, mouth watering melty S’mores. Bring the whole family for an evening to remember!
Children ages 3-12: $12, $10 members
Adults: $15, $13 members
June 3: Rane Date
For reservations, please contact Kelsey Webb at (316) 264-0448 ext. 117
Anniversary Celebration at Hopping Gnome Brewing Company
The Hopping Gnome will be celebrating its one year anniversary on Sunday May 29th. To commemorate the occasion they have a weekend full of events and new beers!
Continuing their anniversary week with a full day of new beers, local food, and music!
Chef Roberto Simmons will be here at noon for lunch on Saturday May 28th, while they tap a special firkin!
Hot-2-Trot Gourmet Hotdogs will be out for dinner at 6pm just in time for a 3-band line-up!
- On tap - 6pm
- Tom Page Trio - 7pm
- En Power & Light - 8pm
Celebration of the Fire Mural Installation at Douglas and Oliver, May 28
Saturday May 28, 2016 10:30 am - 12:00 pm head out to aspen plaza for coffee and donuts to celebrate the installation of the 'Fire' mural, by Josh Tripoli. Aspen Plaza is now home to this vibrant, layered mural. His mural entitled 'Earth' can be seen across the street at Watermark Books.
Four outdoor murals commissioned for the Douglas Design District have been completed and installed on the exteriors of popular business.
Dinosaurs in Motion Exhibit opening at Exploration Place, May 28
Science, art and innovation come together for Exploration Place’s newest national traveling exhibit, Dinosaurs in Motion. Focusing on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics), Dinosaurs in Motion highlights 14 fully interactive, life-size Dinosaur sculptures.
The dinosaurs are the work of artist John Payne, a trained metalsmith. Enchanted by the prehistoric creatures, Payne devoted his life to creating the metal kinetic representations of the dinosaurs. Payne created the sculptures by combining his knowledge of mechanical science and skill in artistic craftsmanship.
The exhibit, which is scheduled to open on Saturday, May 28, allows guests to manipulate the dinosaurs using lever and pulley systems, and even remote controls Guests will also get to make their own prehistoric, recycled creations.
The Dinosaurs in Motion exhibit will enhance the experience of Exploration Place visitors, remaining open during other museum events, offering a new dinosaur birthday party theme, summer camps workshops, adult evening event and more! These events are listed in detail below.
Steampunk Day at Cowtown, May 28
Saturday, May 28th, experience a more advanced and re-imagined 19th century at Cowtown's sixth annual Steampunk Day! With scenery that is reminiscent of a Jules Verne or H.G. Wells novel, this event is tons of fun!
Join hundreds of Wichita Steampunk fans on the streets of Cowtown. Come dressed in traditional 19th century fashion, but don't forget to accessorize steam punk style with mechanical gadgets, gears, goggles and other pre-modern technology!
Wichita Fellowship Club Golden Anniversary, May 30
The Wichita Fellowship Club is celebrating 50 years of community service to the Wichita community and surrounding area. Fun starts Friday night at 5:00 p.m. All recovery persons and recovery supporters welcome. No drugs or alcohol allowed on the premises. The Wichita Fellowship Club is a non-profit organization that provides community service for the suffering, chronic alcoholic and their family
Memorial Day Ceremonies and Observances
On Monday, the Veterans Memorial Park and several local cemeteries will host events in observance of Memorial Day.
At 11 a.m., Greenwood Cemetery an event will recognize those who fought in the wars in Afghanistan, Iran and Iraq. The event will be officiated by Byron Barrientez of 47th Street Church of Christ. Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Tornado Alley Young Marines will participate in the event, as will Brad Reed and Carol McDonald from Central Community Church.
Kansas Veterans Cemetery
At 10 a.m., the Kansas Veterans' Cemetery will begin it's service to commemorate Memorial Day. Ret. Chief Warrant Officer 3 Susan Weathers will be the event's featured speaker. Weathers is a graduate of Winfield High School, and she served in both Afghanistan and Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom. This event will also highlight a balloon release, in which each balloon released will contain the name of a Kansan who lost his or her life in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. The Winfield Municipal Band will provide live music, and there will be a flyover by the Confederate Air Force Jayhawk Wing. Seating is limited, so be sure to bring a lawn chair or two.
Lakeview Cemetery and Memorial Home
You can also observe Memorial Day at Lakeview Cemetery and Funeral Home. This event will features addresses by U.S. Representative Mike Pompeo and Chief Master Sgt. Jeremy Huggins from McConnell Air Force Base. Lakeview is located at 12100 E. 13th St., and the event begins at 10 a.m.
Resthaven Mortuary and Cemetery
Resthaven Mortuary and Cemetery will host speakers Col. Albert Miller, commander, 22nd Air Refueling Wing, McConnell Air Force Base, Kansas Senator Jerry Moran, and Wichita;s Mayor, Jeff Longwell. The Jayhawk Wing of the Commemorative Air Force will do a flyover.Th event is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. REsthaven is located at 11800 W. Kellogg.
Veterans' Memorial Park
Wichita's Veterans Memorial Park, will hold a service at 8 a.m. the event will highlight a presentation by Richard Lewallen, the manager of an anti-terrorism program for the Kansas Adjutant General’s Department. There will also be a flag raising, laying of wreaths at memorials and music. The Veterans Memorial Park is located at 339 N. Veterans Parkway.
A Memorial Day Ceremony will also he held at Waco Cemetery, David Kennedy, who is a VFW representative for the Robert J. Dole Veterans Administration Medical Center. will speak, and there will be a 21-gun salute after the service..Waco Cemetery is located between Broadway and Seneca, in the 400 block of West 95th Street South in Haysville. The ceremony will begin at 9 a.m.