It's a big weekend in Wichita! With chili, beer, races, art, music and more, there's something for everyone to enjoy!
Race for the Cure at WaterWalk Plaza, September 24
Start your weekend right by joining in the fight against breast cancer! The Race For the Cure returns to Wichita's WaterWalk Plaza this Saturday morning. The race site opens at 6:45 a.m., so wake up bright and early to help raise funds and awareness for those affected by breast cancer.
The Race For the Cure highlights a 10K relay challenge, a 10K run, a 5K walk/run, a one-mile family fun walk and a kids’ dash. With a fundraising goal of $300,000, the event has just passed the halfway mark, with nearly $180,000.
You can get involved by registering online. Participants can register as an individual, join a team or form a new team. Fees associated with registration vary based on selection. 100% of the net proceeds of the Race For the Cure benefit the mission of the Komen Organzation.
Keeper of the Crux Bouldering Competition at Bliss, September 24
Bliss Bouldering & Climbing Complex hosts its second climbing competition this weekend! The Keeper of the Crux welcomes all ages and skill levels, so anyone can participate! Running from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m., the event highlights competitions in a variety of categories, including children's' ages 10 and under, children's' ages 11-15, and adult (16 and older) recreational, intermediate and advanced.
Registration prices vary by participation and range from $10-$45. Register online.
Art on the Trail at Great Plains Nature Center, September 24
Fall is the perfect time to get out and enjoy the great outdoors! This weekend, you can combine the natural beauty of the season with artistic beauty! The Great Plains Nature Center's 13th annual Art on the Trail will take place on Saturday, September 24 at the GPNC from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m.
At this event, you can expect to see artists with easels along the trails in Chisholm Creek part painting the nature around them.
Kids can enjoy craft activities put on by GPNC staff. The event is free and open to the public.
Thunder 25th Anniversary Fan Fest at Intrust Bank Arena, September 24
Celebrate 25 years of the Wichita Thunder at Fan Fest! The event will be held at Intrust Bank Arena from 11 a.m. until 1:30 p.m.
Guests can participate in a corn hole contest, jump on inflatables, take selfies at a social media station and more. Head Coach Malcolm Cameron will be around to meet and mingle with fans, too!
A VIP hour (reserved for season ticket holders)will kick off the event from 11 a.m. to noon. Food and beverages will be served during this time. The general public is invited from noon to 1:30 p.m.
Art Garden Anniversary Party and Fall Opening Party at Wichita Art Museum,September 24
The Art Garden at the Wichita Art Museum is officially one year old! Show your support for the museum at the anniversary party and fall opening event in September 24!
Running from 5 p.m. until 10 p.m., the event turns the museum into one big indoor/outdoor fall party! Witness the opening of the "Shiny, Sticky, Smooth: Pop Art and the Senses From the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzerand his Family Foundation" collection, and have a great time!
The event is free and open to the public.
Wichita Wagonmasters Downtown Chili Cookoff on Douglas, September 24
It's that time of year again, and we're ready for some chili! The Wichita Wagonmasters Downtown Chili Cookoff returns this weekend. Beginning at 11:30 a.m., the event boasts a competition to find the best chili in town! With nearly 70 teams competing, the stakes are high.
Nearly $9,000 will be given away in prizes, for categories such as People's Choice, No Beans, Best Salsa and more. And you certainly won't want to miss the Mr. Hot Stuff, Miss Chili Pepper contests or the chili pepper eating contest!
Head down to the 600 block of E. Douglas between 11:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. to check it out. Tasting kits are priced at $5.
The Anonymous People at the Orpheum, September 24
The Orpheum Theatre hosts a screening of "The Anonymous People" on September 34 at 7 p.m.
The feature documentary focuses on Americans living in long term recovery from alcohol and other drug addictions. Told through the faces and voices on some of the 23 million Americans living in this state, the moving film shows how these individuals strive to help others in similar situations.
The event is free for the public to attend.
AmberFest 2016 at Lawrence Dumont Stadium, September 24
Are you a beer-lover? Wichita's AmberFest features 150 different beers to taste and food trucks to provide meals to pair it with. Throw in some Music from DJ Carbon, games and contests, and you've got a great party!
The event will run from noon until 3 p.m. at Lawrence Dumont Stadium. Attendees must be 21 years of age or older. Admission is priced at $50 per person.
Great Plains Renaissance Festival at Sedgwick County Park, September 24-25
Sedgwick County Park takes a step back in time this weekend, as it hosts the Great Plains Renaissance Festival. From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, grab your lords and ladies and check it out! admission is priced at $12 for adults and at $5 for kids.
Oktoberfest - Party on the Plaza at Newman, September 24
This weekend is overflowing with beer events! If you're not done drinking after AmberFest, head (but don't drive!) to Newman University's Oktoberfest from 4:30 p.m. until 9 p.m.
Featuring authentic German food, drink and entertainment, it's a cultural experience! Proceeds from the event go towards student scholarships. Admission is $100 per person and $1,000 per table of eight.
Festival of the Monarch at Botanica, September 25
Have you ever wondered what it's like to be a butterfly? Botanica's Festival of the Monarch allows guests the opportunity to learn about the migration patterns of Monarchs!
From 1 p.m. until 4 p.m., come out to the gardens for special games and activities focused of the life of butterflies! A "migration" will take guests to "Mexico" for a fiesta!
Children will also have the opportunity to watch a wild monarch being tagged. Once tagged the children will receive information on how track their monarch while it migrates from Kansas to Mexico. Don't forget to wear your wings to this event!
Admission is $7 and $3 for members.