With Wichita's 146th birthday party and a screening of the "Lost Theaters of Wichita" this weekend, you'll have a chance to brush up on Wichita's history. You can also enjoy local live music, sports and more. Check out this weekend's events below.
Chef Roberto at the Hopping Gnome, July 22
Nothing says "weekend" like a cold beer and a great meal, and you'll find both at the Hopping Gnome!
On Friday, July 22, form 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Personal Chef Roberto Simmons will be at the Gnome, serving up his delectable gourmet sliders.
Try a Carnitas slider with tomatillo salsa, a Korean beef slider with kimchi pico de gallo, or a Cuban slider with artisan bacon! If you're up for the challenge, you can even try pairing your sliders with your favorite beers!
What a Racket or Singin' on the Plain Melodrama at Cowtown, July 22-24
In this Cowtown melodrama, Carrie Okie and her Grammy live on a farm in Trouble Cliff. Major Lee Flatt, the saloon owner is about to go bankrupt, and he is very interested when the town drunk tells him of a mysterious buried treasure.
Shows will be held in Cowtown's Empire House, and will begin at 7 p.m. on Friday night, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturday, and 2 p.m. on Sunday.
Tickets are priced at $10 per person for adults and $8 per person for ages 12 and under.
Wichita Wingnuts vs. Joplin Blasters at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium, July 22-24
Come out and Support Wichita's professional baseball team, the Wichita Wingnuts, as they take the field against the Joplin blasters this weekend. With games at 7 p.m. on both Friday and Saturday and a game at 1 p.m. on Sunday, there are several opportunities to spend a day at the stadium.
Wingnuts games offer affordable family fun, with ticket prices ranging from $6-$13. Grab your tickets and head to Lawrence-Dumont Stadium for a great time!
Tickets are available online and can be purchased here.
Jeff Nease at The Loony Bin, July 22-23
Comedian Jeff Nease began his comedy career in 1987. He has since opened for The Temptations, Naji, Jim Carrey, Tim Allen, Ellen DeGeneres and more. Now, Nease is one of the most sought after comedians for cruise lines like Royal Caribbean and others. He also spent 14 years performing in Las Vegas.
Catch Jeff Nease in Wichita this weekend, as he will perform at the Loony Bin with shows on both Friday and Saturday beginning at 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. Tickets are priced at $12.
Family ArtVenture at the Wichita Art Museum, July 23
This Weekend, the Wichita Art Museum's Family ArtVenture will explore design and construction using wheels! Guests will build and even race their very own set of wheels Pinewood Derby style! Celebrate auto races and Jesse Alexander: The Golden Age of Motorsport at this event that's fun for the whole family!
Family ArtVenture will run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on July 23 at the Wichita Art Museum, and admission is free!
Annie Up at Blarney Stone Pub, July 23
Wichita's well known, high-energy cover band, Annie Up, will perform live at Blarney Stone this Saturday. All six members of the group sing lead vocals during a standard show, offering a variety of musical styles per performance!
Annie Up began eight years ago, and the group members have performed all over the Midwest and beyond.
Catch Annie Up at Blarney Stone from 9 p.m. on July 23. The show runs until 1 a.m., and there's no cover charge, so come on out!
"Lost Theaters of Wichita" at the Orpheum, July 23
In 1922, Wichita saw the opening of both the Miller Theater and the Orpheum Theatre. These elaborately designed theaters were palatial in appearance, each with ornate moldings and architecture. Wichitans spent several nights a week at the theaters, but by the 1970's, they had lost interest. The Miller Theater was demolished, and the Orpheum was shut down. KPTS's Jim Grawe's film, "Lost Theaters of Wichita" looks further into these theaters and the piece of Wichita History that died with the Miller Theater. The Orpheum, which reopened later, will host a premiere screening of the film on July 23 at 8 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m. and tickets are $10 per person.
Read more about "Lost Theaters of Wichita" here.
Wichita Birthday Party at the Wichita Sedgwick County Historical Museum, July 23
For the fifth year in a row, the Wichita Sedgwick County Historical Museum will host a birthday party for Wichita, this year commemorating its 146th! Wichita was founded on July 21, 1870. The Celebration will be held on July 23, from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. at the Wichita Sedgwick County Historical Museum.
Free admission will be available to those presenting a birthday card, and cards will be placed on display at the museum! Guests are invited to explore the museum's exhibits and learn about the early days of our city. Read more about this event here.
Yoga at the Old Town Farmer's Market, July 23
Yoga fans are in luck! The Old Town Farmer's Market will offer free yoga from 8:30 a.m. until 9:15 a.m. on Saturday, July 23. Participants should meet on the porch on the south side of Old Town Square, and are encouraged to bring their own yoga mats and bottled water. The class is for all levels, so whether you're brand new or very practiced, you'll fit right in!
When the class is over, participants can enjoy all the fresh produce, hand-crafted products, flowers, food and beverages at the market!