It's time to start making weekend plans, and this time you've got a lot of options! Movies, car shows, musicals, rock climbing, this weekend has it all. Check out some great local events below!
The Music Man at Century II, April 29-May 1
This weekend, catch a performance of Music Theatre for Young People's The Music Man! The show chronicles Harold Hill, who arrives in River City, Iowa as the new boy's band director. Hill is a con man, and his plan is to collect money from the citizens in River City and skip town before they discover that they've been cheated. You'll hear notable songs from the soundtrack, such as "Ya Got Trouble," "Seventy Six Trombones" "Marian the Librarian" and more!
Ticket prices vary, starting at $12. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 2:30 p.m. on Sunday.
Final Friday Art Crawl, April 29
It's another Wichita Final Friday weekend, so get ready to get out and enjoy some local artwork! It could be pretty rainy, so bring your umbrella to stay dry as you travel between participating venues! This month, Final Friday highlights 26 participating locations, like Hopping Gnome Brewing Company, Tessera Fine Art Gallery, The Orpheum and many more. You'll be able to enjoy downtown's restaurants, coffee shops and salons in addition to the participating art galleries!
Learn more about Wichita's Final Friday here.
Herb and Dorothy at the Orpheum, April 29
Orpheum guests can enjoy free admission and free popcorn for the special screening of Herb and Dorothy. Presented by ArtDOG 2016 in partnership with the Wichita Art Museum and the Ulrich Museum, the screening will begin at 5:30 p.m. with doors opening at 5 p.m.
Megumi Sasaki's Herb and Dorothy tells the true story of a librarian and a postal worker who, together, built a world-class art collection. Follow Herbert Vogel and Dorothy Vogel, as they manage to create what is one of history's most important contemporary art collections. Using very modest means, the two are eventually able to achieve great success in collecting art. The film received the Golden Starfish Award for the Best Documentary Film and Audience Award from the 2008 Hamptons International Film Festival, Audience Awards from the 2008 SILVERDOCS Film Festival and the 2009 Philadelphia Cinefest, and The Palm Springs International Film Festival named HERB & DOROTHY one of their “Best of Fest” films in 2009.
Donations will be accepted, and a cash bar and concessions will be available.
8th Annual Wichita St. Baldrick's Pub Crawl & Brave the Shave, April 30
Come out to the 8th Annual Wichita St. Baldrick's Pub Crawl & Brave the Shave event to help raise money for childhood cancer research. The pub crawl will begin at 2 p.m. on Saturday at Emerson Biggins, and will conclude at Joes Oldtown. The crawl will highlight stops at Heroes Oldtown, Stepps Cocktails & Ales, too. Enjoy food, fun and prizes at this unique event. At 6 p.m., Joe's Oldtown Bar and Grill will host head shaving for those who are brave enough to stand with children who are fighting cancer.
And, for just $20 per entry ticket, Joe's will host a gun raffle at 10 p.m. Official Pub Crawl T-shirts will be available for $15, and all proceeds go to help fund childhood cancer research.
Tour De Cure at Spirit AeroSystems, April 30
Come celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Tour de Cure. Riders in the Tour de Cure have raised more than $250,000 to help cure diabetes since the program's inception in 1991. Now you can help to advance the Tour de Cure's mission and ultimate goal to cure diabetes once and for all! You can participate in the cycling event for a small registration fee of $15. Both riders and spectators can look forward to a day that's filled with energy and excitement. Join riders of all levels as they raise critical funds for diabetes research, advocacy and education in support of the American Diabetes Association.
Times for this event vary. More information is available here.
ABBAcadabra at Wichita Symphony Orchestra, April 30
Take a Chance on The Wichita Symphony Orchestra's presentation of ABBAcadabra. The ultimate ABBA tribute show, ABBAcadabra features some of ABBA's greatest hits and elaborate costumes. This show will take you back to an age of bell bottoms and disco balls!
Table seating close to the stage is available for $60-$70 per seat, and each table can seat as many as eight people. If you don't want to order food here, you're welcome to pack and bring your own dinner and beverage or order in from the Hyatt. Those bringing their own meal must also bring servingware as it will not be provided.
DJ Carbon Presents: Refresh at Abode, April 30
Keep it classy this weekend with DJ Carbon's Refresh at Abode. Break out your swanky clothes for a night out that's a notch above the rest. Enjoy an elegant venue with posh decor at this classy affair. The event will feature cocktails, music, dancing and a classy dress code, so you'll finally have a place to wear your finest. Cocktail hour will run from 8- 10 p.m., and the event lasts until 1 a.m. allowing for hours of fun! The event will feature a special guest bartender, Dave Jewett from Gianni Bacci's. All guests must be 21 or older to enter. Advance tickets are available for $10, and tickets will also be available at the door for $15. If you'r ready fr a night out that isn't like the rest, check out Refresh.
Mayday Mayhem Bouldering Comp at Bliss, May 1
It's officially May, and Bliss Bouldering and Climbing Complex is kicking it off the right way. Teaming up with Wichita State University's Climbing Club, Bliss presents its first competition! All age levels and skill levels are welcome to compete. The competition will highlight a category for youth (ages 12 and under) and three adult categories: recreational, intermediate and advanced. Later in the evening, don't miss out on the raffle! All proceeds will go to the Adaptive Climbing program for those with disabilities.
Registration is $30 for members and $ 45 for nonmembers. Spectators are welcome to come and watch. Admission is $10. Day passes in top-rope room during the competition will be available for $15.
Benefit Car Show at the Mid-American All Indian Center, May 1
The Mid-American All Indian Center shifts its focus from Indian History to automobile History on May 1 as it hosts the 5th annual Benefit Car Show! The Car show will feature a impressive variety of vintage cars, trucks and motorcycles, compliments of car enthusiasts from the Indian Center and throughout the community. The event is free and open to the public. During the show, guests may also visit the children's activity area, Indian Center Museum and outdoor Plains Indians Encampment exhibit.
The event will be held from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the Mid-America All-Indian Center. During the event, the Mid-American All Indian Center will offer a special admission price of $2. All proceeds will benefit the museum's programs to educate new generations about and preserve the heritage of the American Indian.
Cinco De Mayo Celebration at Sedgwick County Zoo, May 1
Begin your month with an early Cinco de Mayo celebration at the Sedgwick County Zoo! Come spend the afternoon with the animals while you enjoy extra special festivities like like presentations by exhibitors, authentic Mexican food, live music and more! The event will highlight music by DJ Sabor, Pedro and Escorpion, Reyes del sabor , Güerita and Escorpion, Reunion norteña, and Energia norteña.
The event will be held on Sunday, May 1 from 12 p.m. until 5 p.m. so you've got plenty of time to explore the zoo and enjoy the party! Regular admission prices apply, and members get in for free with membership card and a photo ID.
Steel Wheels at the Orpheum, May 1
Americana favorites the Steel Wheels will perform at 4 p.m. on Sunday, May 1 at the Orpheum Theatre. Renowned for their chemistry and energy on stage, The Steel Wheels cluster tightly around a single microphone to present audiences with crystal clear four part harmonies. You'll hear Trent Wagler's unmistakable tenor complimented by Eric Brubaker's fiddle, Brian Dickel's upright bass and Jay Lapp on the mandolin and guitars. The band offers a live performance that's unlike any other.
Tickets to The Steel Wheels Live at 4 p.m. on Sunday, May 1 are priced at $29 and are available through Select-A-Seat. Reserved tickets are priced at $29 and can be purchased at www.selectaseat.com, 855.755.7328 and INTRUST Bank Arena Box Office.
SALSA Charity Benefit at Public at the Brickyard, May 1
Public at the Brickyard highlights the annual SALSA Charity Benefit this Sunday from 5:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. For just $75, guests can enjoy food and drinks, music, a photobooth, and more. It's sure to be a great time!
The best part is that the proceeds will benefit the Wichita Area Sexual Assault Center, so It's a party with a purpose. To get out and have fun while supporting a cause, stop by Public at the Brickyard this Sunday night for the SALSA charity benefit!
More information is available here.
Prairie Fire Half Marathon, May 1
This weekend's Prairie Fire Spring Race Series event will feature two events, a half marathon and a 5k race. The course for the half marathon will take runners across the Friends University campus, Through Wichita's historic Delano District, by the river and through Riverside. The new and exciting race is sponsored by Via Christi Health.
The Prairie Fire Spring Race Series event will be held on May 1 at the Wichita WaterWalk. Registration fees range from &75-$120, and the event will begin at 7:30 a.m.
Registration details are available here.