If you're looking for a great way to spend your weekend right here in Wichita, we've got you covered. Check out these local events happening this weekend!
Garth Brooks, Dec. 3-6
On Dec. 3-6, Garth Brooks will play six shows in Wichita, breaking Intrust Bank Arena’s records for highest grossing show, most shows played, most sold out shows and most tickets sold.
Brooks also breaks his own ticket sales record from his 1997 performance at the Kansas Coliseum. This year, Brooks sold 65,000 tickets to his show at Intrust Bank Arena in less than an hour and has sold upwards of 78,000 in total.
Shop Derby, Dec. 4-6
On Dec. 4-6, residents and guests alike are invited to the annual the City of Derby's Shop Derby event.
Shop Derby encourages people to shop locally and support local businesses, and now in its third year, Shop Derby has more than 25 participating businesses. Shoppers will recieve a special discount or promotion at each participating business as well as a chance to enter to win door prizes valued at $25 or more.
This year's participating businesses include: Artistic Angles Custom Picture Framing, Bittersweet, Blue Dragon Books, The Butcher Shop Salon, Cactus Flower Imports, McDonald's Sewing & Vacuum, Chick-fil-A, Derby Jewelry, Derby Donut, Derby Mattress, Derby Antique Market, Drs. Branstetter & Sparks, Goodwill, Great Clips, Mary's Unique Floral & Gifts, Madison Avenue Salon, Mistletoe, Market Craft Fair, Musical Offerings, No Room at the Inn Nativity Displays/Cookie Walk, Pita Pit, Salon Brands, Silvery Coffee Shop, Stress Busters Therapeutic Massage, Vanya Designs & Custom Sewing, Wheat State Hobbies, Winterfest Arts & Crafts Bazaar and Wrap it With a Bow.
Mastermind Show at Holiday Inn East I-135, Dec. 4
For just $25 at the door or $20 online, see Wichita's newest and most extraordinary live evening show, the Mastermind! at 8 p.m. at the East I-35 Holiday Inn, Curtis the Mentalist performs stunts such as telling random audience members the names of whom they are thinking, controlling and predicting their actions and more! How can he possibly know all he knows about people? Can he read your mind? Witness the magic of the mind like never before! Tickets are available online here.
Dickens of a Christmas at Cowtown Dec, 4-5
Celebrate 40 years of Christmas at Cowtown. A ‘Currier and Ives’ type holiday comes alive. Enjoy hot chocolate or cider while you enjoy various musical and dance groups. Visit the individual buildings and catch vignettes from Charles Dickens classic "A Christmas Carol". This Friday and Saturday December 4th and 5th from 6-9pm.
$7.75 - Adults (18 to 61) ,$6.50 - Senior Citizens (62 and older) ,$6.00 - Youth (12 to 17) ,$5.50 - Children (5 to 11), No charge for children 4 and under and Old Cowtown Museum members.
We Fish You A Merry Christmas at Great Plains Nature Center, Dec. 4
On Friday, Dec. 4 from 6-8 p.m., Guests at the Great Plains Nature Center can enjoy crafts, games, snacks and music, as well as a 15% discount in the Owl's Nest Gift Shop! This special holiday event is free for all ages.
The Messiah Presented by Wichita Symphony Orchestra, Dec. 5-6
On Dec. 5 at 8 p.m. and Dec. 6 at 3 p.m., don't miss the Wichita Symphony Orchestra's production of Handel's "The Messiah" at Century II. Purchase tickets online here, or by phone at (316) 267-7658.
Meet Santa at Exploration Place, Dec. 5
Exploration Place guests can expect to see Santa Claus himself on Dec. 5, from 2-4 p.m. Santa will be meeting children in Exploration Place's main lobby. If you know what you want for Christmas, come out to Exploration Place and tell the jolly old man in person! Admission to meet Santa is free.
And, If you need to catch Santa a little earlier, he'll be making an appearance at Alef's Harley Davidson at 1 p.m., too!
American English at the Orpheum, Dec. 5
Beatles fans can enjoy a tribute to the Fab Four on Dec. 5 at the Orpheum as the American English perform. Take a journey through the Beatles' music career, beginning with the early years including Beatles favorites such as “Twist and Shout”, “She Loves You”, “I Want To Hold Your Hand”, and more. After this, follow American English through the psychedelic era of The Beatles, where every detail of the show is a colorful journey back in time. Hear songs from Sgt. Pepper's and Magical Mystery Tour. To finish out the show, guests can revisit hits from the The White Album, Let It Be, and Abbey Road. And what would a Beatles tribute be without the iconic “Hey Jude”, and “Let It Be”?
All songs performed by the American English are completely live, and do not use any tapes or backing tracks.
Reserved tickets for this event are $23 for balcony seating and $28 for orchestra seating.
Holiday Open House at the Wichita Art Museum, Dec. 6
The Wichita Art Museum will offer free admission all day on Dec. 6 for the Friends of the Wichita Art Museum Holiday Open house! Featuring holiday cookies and even some elves, the Holiday Open House is a Wichita tradition. The event also highlights visits with Santa, holiday carols performed by school choirs, and a special performance by the Kansas Dance Academy.
Care to Dance Christmas Ball at Holiday Inn, Dec. 6
The Care to Dance Christmas Ball will take place on the evening of Dec. 6. Located at the Holiday Inn East I-135, this event is open to the public. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. Dinner will be served, and the event will feature dance shows and social dancing.
Admission to the Care to Dance Christmas Ball is $35 for adults and $25 for kids ages 12 and under. Reservations are required.