LevelUP to Turn Parking Garage Into a Wichita Showcase
Wichitans can celebrate the city’s 148th birthday at an unexpected location: a downtown parking garage. LevelUP will turn the parking garage at 215 S Market into a "curated showcase of Wichita” on Saturday, July 21 from 2 to 11 p.m.
The entire garage will be transformed to celebrate the unique qualities of our city. Local artists, performers, and businesses will provide a variety of things to see and do as guests climb their way up to the rooftop DJ and great view of downtown Wichita. Activities on the way up include, but are not limited to:
- Live music
- Busking performers
- Yard games
- Activities for kids
- Local shopping
- Craft beer
- Food from your favorite local restaurants
- Interactive stations and exhibits
- Art Installations
- Creative Spaces
Each floor will have a special theme such as games, shopping, and food. You can experience them all as you head up to the rooftop dance party featuring downtown Wichita as the backdrop.
The event will take place in the former Macy's parking garage that was to be torn down for over three years before the city of Wichita decided to restore it instead. The work done received international recognition in the ACI (American Concrete Institute) Excellence in Concrete Construction Awards. The project was awarded first place in the repair and restoration category.
The two-spiral parking garage will be split in half for LevelUP. The party will take place in one spiral while the other spiral will be available for parking. You can also park by Century II or on Douglas and ride the QLine trolley for free to the party.
However, if you don’t want to mess with finding a place to park, you are welcome to ride your bike to the event. Bike valet service will be provided by Bike Walk Wichita.
LevelUP is supported by Up the Ambition, a grant from the Wichita Community Foundation that provided funding to create new uses for under-utilized public spaces. The idea was submitted by Austin Dugan, Jason Gregory, Katie Grover, Adam Hartke, Janelle King, Logan Pajunen, Destiny Pello, Jennifer White and Jenny Wiley.