Coming 2016: Things Wichitans Can Look Forward To
A New Year brings a lot of new things to Wichita! Check out these attractions and events coming in 2016!
Classic Film Series
Coming to the Orpheum Theatre in 2016, don't miss the Classic Film Series! The series will feature one film per month for all of 2016. The Movies and dates are as follows:
Fargo | Jan. 21.
Labyrinth | Feb. 18.
Harold and Maude | Mar. 17.
Thelma and Louise | April 21.
Pretty in Pink | May 19.
The Hustler | June 16.
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly | July 21.
Taxi Driver | Aug. 18.
A Streetcar Named Desire | Sept. 15.
Carrie | Oct. 20.
The Royal Tenenbaums | Nov. 17.
It's a Wonderful Life | Dec. 15.
Each film in the Classic Film Series begins at 7 p.m. on the third Thursday of the month. Tickets are $5 each.
Angelo's Italian Restaurant
Angelo's Italian Restaurant is scheduled to reopen in the first few weeks of 2016. The Wichita favorite closed in 2006, and after a nine year hiatus, Wichitans are more than ready for its return. The restaurant will be located at 5321 E. Central. A Facebook group called "Bring Back Angelo's To Wichita!" has already garnered the support of nearly 2,900 people and continues to grow. Owner Jack Fasciano, son of the original Angelo's owners, regularly posts updates regarding the restaurant's progress in the group.
Disney on Ice: Treasure Trove
Disney On Ice comes to Intrust Bank Arena on March 3-6! This magical medley spans the years from the fSnow White and the Seven Dwarfs to Tangled, the first animated film to the 50th! This year's show, Treasure Trove, is filled with adventure. Journey through your Disney animated features. Battle Pirates with Peter Pan, visit the Pride Lands with Simbaa, and even take a trip to Wonderland!
Tickets are available online, by phone at (855) 755-SEAT, and in person at the INTRUST Bank Arena Box Office , as well as a few select Dillons locations.Ticket Prices range from $11-60. Show times are as follows:
Mar. 3-4 at 7 p.m.; Mar. 5 at 11 a.m., 3 p.m., 7 p.m.; and Mar. 6 at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m.
A Night With Janis Joplin
On Mar. 16, the Orpheum Theatre boasts A Night With Janis Joplin. The critically acclaimed musical celebrates Joplin and her biggest influences, like Aretha Franklin, Etta James and more. The show features hit songs like “Cry Baby,” “Me and Bobby McGee,” “Mercedes Benz,” “Piece of My Heart,” and “Summertime.” A Night With Janis Joplin, written and directed by Randy Johnson, features Tony Award nominee Mary Bridget Davies.
Tickets are $45 each for Upper Balcony, $50 each for Lower Balcony, and $55 each Orchestra.
Fall Out Boy
Fall Out Boy Comes to Intrust Bank Arena on Mar. 22 with special guests AWOLNATION and PVRIS. Fall Out Boy released AMERICAN BEAUTY/AMERICAN PSYCHO on Jan. 20, 2015. The album debuted at no. 1 on Billboard's Top 200 and reached no. 1 on iTunes in over 22 countries. With current hits like "Uma Thurman," "Immortals," and "Centuries," Fall Out Boy has become one of rock music's biggest selling bands. AWOLNATION's most popular single , the multi-platinum hit “Sail,” is the second longest charting song in the Billboard Hot 100's history of 55 years.
The show begins at 7 p.m., and ticket prices range from $29.50-$69.50.
Pink Floyd Experience
The Pink Floyd Experience comes to the Orpheum at 7:30 p.m. on Mar. 22. The Pink Floyd Experience is described as a full-on sensory assault celebrating the innovation, music and themes that Pink Floyd brought to its fans all over the world. Featuring six musicians, plane crashes, interpretive videos, the flying pig and the bulb man, this performance is in keeping with tradition! This spectacular show features lights designed by world class lighting designers, and an incomparable sound system, which allows you to hear your favorite Pink Floyd hits like “Money,” “Wish You Were Here,” and “Comfortably Numb” like you've never heard them before. Tickets are $32.50 for all seating levels.
Romeo and Juliet
Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet comes to the Wichita Grand Opera on April 23 at 7 p.m. The Russian National Ballet Theatre presents the full-length ballet in one act restaged by Elena Radchenko with original choreography by Marius Petipa. Featuring music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, the performance chronicles the lives of Rome and Juliet, lovers from two feuding families.
Blue Man Group
Presented by Theatre League, the Blue Man Group comes to Century II on April 26-27. The Blue Man Group combines elements of music, comedy, and technology in its shows to allow the audience an experience that is entirely unique. This show will be no different! As a part of the group's first U.S. Theatrical tour, you won't want to miss it! The show begins at 7:30 p. m. Ticket prices begin at $40.
If you couldn't get enough of Beerfest in 2015, you're in luck! Midwest Beerfest is coming early in 2016! Being held in the Spring this year, the 16th annual Midwest Beerfest kicks off on May 20 and runs through the 21. The event will be held at Century II's Expo Hall. Check the Midwest Beerfest website for further details.
Journey and the Doobie Brothers
The “SAN FRANCISCO FEST 2016” tour featuring Journey and the Doobie Brothers will be at Intrust Bank Arena on May 23 at 7 p.m. Bringing together two of the iconic groups that helped define the "San Francisco Sound," the tour marks the first time that drummer Steve Smith has played with Journey since 1998. Smith is being welcomed back into the group by current members Neal Schon (founding member and lead guitarist), Ross Valory (original member and bassist), Jonathan Cain (longtime member keyboardist) and Arnel Pineda (lead singer.)
The Doobie Brothers’ Tom Johnston (founding member and vocals/guitar), Patrick Simmons (founding member and vocals/guitar), and longtime member John McFee (guitars/strings/vocals) add Little Feat co-founder, Bill Payne, to their band for the 2016 tour.
Tickets will be available for purchase online, by phone at (855) 755-SEAT or in person at the Arena's Box Office. Tickets may also be purchased at select Dillon's locations. Ticket prices range from $39.50 to $99.50.
Dinosaurs In Motion
Coming to Exploration Place on May 28, don't miss the Dinosaurs in Motion travelling exhibit at Exploration Place! This exhibit allows guests to control 14 fully interactive dinosaur sculptures made with recycled metals and with exposed mechanics. These cool creatures were inspired by actual fossils. Exhibit guests are also able to go on an apprentice’s journey in which they will learn about science, art and innovation! Further details are still pending, but when they're published, the will be listed on the Exploration Place Website.
Elephants of the Zambezi River Valley
Memorial Day weekend will be the official opening of the Elephants of the Zambezi River Valley exhibit at the Segwick County Zoo. According to the zoo's website, the exhibit was made possible by the contributions of nearly 700 donors! These donations have made Wichita the (soon-to-be) home to the third largest elephant exhibit in the country, encompassing over five acres of both indoor and outdoor space.
Riverfest is a Wichita tradition filled with fun, games, concerts and more! The 2016 Wichita Riverfest will be held from June third until June eleventh. Details pending.
Little Lion Ice Cream
Little Lion Ice Cream is set to open some time in 2016. Created by Ian and Jubillee Miller, the ice cream shop is named for the couple's daughter, Florence, who was a fierce lion cub from the start! The Millers have dreamed of owning their own business for years, and after creating a variety of homemade Ice cream flavors and being met with great excitement from all who tried it, they decided that an ice cream shop was the perfect fit. Little Lion Ice Cream hopes to source its ingredients as locally as possible, using only the best quality available. The shop will highlight a few mainstay menu items as well as a rotating seasonal section and at least one vegan option. Though a location is yet to be determined, the Millers are focusing on nailing all of the details that will ensure a great experience, and they hope that Little Lion will offer a beautiful space where people can come together. Little Lion posts regular updates and special tasting opportunities to their website and social media.