150 Ways to Celebrate
Use this list of 150 ways to show some birthday love and reconnect, rediscover and (safely) explore Wichita. Most exclusive birthday offers and events have passed, but there are plenty of additional ways to continue celebrating and supporting Wichita.
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Participate in the Wichita Regional Chamber of Commerce’s annual #WichitaFlagSummerTravelContest! Take the Wichita Flag with you as you safely explore Wichita this summer, snap a photo, and post it on Instagram. You could be the winner of new Wichita Flag swag! Visit ilovewichita.org for official rules.
See free animal exhibits at the Kansas Wildlife Exhibit in Riverside Park. While you’re there, make sure to find Stonehenge, Jr. It sits in Central Riverside Park and offers an astronomical way to track the sun’s location by aligning the stones at sunrise, sunset, noon on the first day of each of the four seasons.
Take the Veteran’s Memorial Walk along the east side of the Arkansas River right to the Veteran's Memorial Park and witness for yourself this beautiful and unique collection. The tour takes about 1-2 hours to complete.
Whether you prefer mountain biking, gravel grinding, or riding your bicycle among the bustle of the city or the solitude of a rail-trail, you’ll find a place to bicycle in Wichita on more than 100 miles of bicycle paths, lanes and other facilities.
Play fetch with Fido at one of Wichita’s off-leash dog parks. Chisholm Creek Pet Resort Pup Park is just outside Wichita and requires a membership. The amenities might be worth the price tag for you and your pup, especially if you’re a city-dweller with little yard space.
Visit the site of the first successful student led sit-in in the country, the Dockum Sit-in of 1958. the summer of 1958, two dozen students from Wichita staged what would become the first successful student-led lunch counter sit-in of the Civil Rights movement. In 1998, a bronze sculpture was built about a block from the original Dockum Drugstore (next to Ambassador Hotel Autograph Collection, a speakeasy-style bar located in basement) to commemorate the sit-in, and the students were honored at a 50th anniversary ceremony in 2008. The sculpture is set up in Chester I. Lewis Reflection Square Park.
A newly-remodeled community gathering space, Naftger Park in downtown Wichita is a great place to sit and relax or grab a bite to eat and have a picnic. Concerts will be scheduled in the park’s pavilion.
Grab lunch from a food truck at the ICT Pop-Up Urban Park. This community gathering spot is home to lunchtime food trucks, games, activities, places to sit, free Wi-Fi and an active space for the community to come together.
Go on a historic tour of Wichita and visit must-see moments for exploring our city’s history and heritage. Did you know Delano used to be its own town? Did you know the first electric guitar was played in Wichita? From cattle drives to aircraft manufacturing, Wichita has a fascinating history – one that even Wichitans may not know!
Tour Wichita’s distinct districts like historic Delano and Old Town. Each of Wichita unique districts in the city’s core offer unique attractions, museums, shopping and dining experiences you won’t want to miss.
The Keeper of the Plains is the most iconic sculpture in Wichita, the Keeper of the Plains towers 44-feet above the point where the Big and Little Arkansas Rivers meet in downtown Wichita. Wichitan and Native American artist Blackbear Bosin created the Keeper, which was erected back in 1974 to keep a watchful eye on the city. Be sure to catch the Ring of Fire ceremony as the pots are lit for 15 minutes each night, as weather permits. Be part of this piece of history and learn about the culture still alive in downtown Wichita!
Around the magnificent Keeper of the Plains lies a hidden treasure. Grab a group of friends and look for the Wichita troll. It showed up in May 2007 and has been hiding inside a huge grate right by the Arkansas River ever since. And while you're at it, check out other great urban art throughout Wichita.
Take a tour of Wichita murals and see if you can spot the 120+ we've mapped. Start in the Douglas Design District, a 3-mile stretch with more than 300 locally-owned businesses with an emphasis on design. Then swing by Wichita's North End, which has recently seen an increase in awesome mural and art projects, most of which were part of the the Horizontes Project. Here, you'll find the largest mural in the world painted by a single artist (GLeo, a female muralist from Colombia), and Dunbar Theatre, a theatre that originally opened in 1941 in the heart of Wichita’s African-American community.
As the region's source for modern and contemporary art, the Ulrich Museum of Art at Wichita State University connects viewers with artists and artworks that reflect our world today. While not open at this time, the Joan Miró mural on the south side of the museum has been called “the best mural in Kansas” by Parade Magazine. Plus, the museum is surrounded by an amazing outdoor sculpture garden, which you can explore via the easy-to-use Ulrich app.
WAVE is carefully bringing live local music back to their outdoor stage. The venue has opened their outdoor space and newly-built balcony for table service and brunch/lunch and dinner from Adios Nachoria.
The Sedgwick County Zoo is the seventh-largest zoo in the U.S. and the state’s most-visited outdoor attraction. The zoo is home to more than 3,000 animals of nearly 400 species. See orangutans, chimpanzees, gorillas, tigers, penguins and the Elephants of the Zambezi River Valley, the third-largest elephant exhibit in the country. On Tuesdays, enjoy $3 admission during their Twilight Tuesdays. Tickets must be reserved in advance, and you can visit from 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
One of the most popular exhibits at Tanganyika Wildlife Park, you will be able to hand feed ring-tailed lemurs. The animals love to eat Craisins and will often put on a show for those offering treats. Tanganyika specializes in wildly different animal encounters, like the lemur feeding, in addition to viewing the animals.
Field Station: Dinosaurs is a one-of-a-kind, prehistoric experience featuring over 40 life-sized, moving and realistic dinosaurs that’s thrilling, educational and fun! Minutes south of Wichita, your expedition includes 10-acres of walking trails next to dinosaurs.
Splash Aqua Park is unique water park experience brings a series of inflatable slides, runways, jumping pillows, trampolines, bouncers, swings, jumps, ladders and even stand-up paddleboards to a 27-acre lake. From Memorial Day weekend through the end of September, guests can enjoy the uniqueness of this inflatable water playground for ages 5 and up. Admission starts at $15/hour. Connect with them on Facebook for special deals and savings.
Rock River Rapids in Derby has a lap pool, zero-depth pool, children’s water play area, the 600-foot-long lazy river as well as diving boards, aqua climbing walls and four feature waterslides. It’s the perfect way to cool off this summer!
Make an online reservation with SUPWichita to stand-up paddleboard (SUP) along the Arkansas River (Noon to 3 p.m. on Saturdays under the Kellogg bridge downtown) and at O.J. Watson Park. Hours are 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday and 1 to 6:30 p.m. on Sunday. They also offer additional reservations on weekdays for groups of 5 or more.
Let the dirt fly at Bar2Bar MX Park, an off-road motorcycle racing open to the public four to five times each month for training, practice and recreation. The track attracts riders throughout the region because it's one of only a few in the Midwest built with loose, sandy loam and it is Kansas' only American Motorcyclist Association (AMA)-sanctioned track.
Wichita is also home to Jeeps Motorcycle Club Inc., the oldest, continuously active motorcycle-oriented association in our area and has 80 acres of riding fun on seven tracks.
Wichita is among a dwindling number of cities which still offers its lucky families the casual, relaxing experience of watching double and triple feature movies under the stars. Starlite Drive-In features a variety of shows throughout the summer and even has an online store to purchase the coolest Starlite gear.
If traditional golf is your game, the city of Wichita's five public golf courses annually log 200,000 rounds of quality, affordable golf. Golfweek Magazine ranks Auburn Hills among the top five municipal courses in Kansas. Flint Hills National Golf Club, near Andover, has hosted the USGA Senior Championship and USGA Women's Championship.
Whether you visit All Star Adventures on the east side or All Star Sports on the west side, you’ll find acres of fun for all ages. Each location offers specific attractions so be sure to check out their websites to find miniature golf, go-karts, laser tag, climbing wall, bumper boats, batting cages, driving range, arcade and Wichita’s only amusement park rides.
Chicken N Pickle is an indoor/outdoor venue offering not only pickleball and food, but also lawn games like battleship or cornhole. With 10 pickleball courts, two bocce ball courts, four shuffleboard courts and a game room with table tennis and televisions, you'll want to stay all day. Enjoy their $5 menu from 9 p.m. until close EVERY Monday-Friday (rooftop only). The menu features Boulevard Wheat, KC Pils, Fling Cocktails and House-Made Sangria and a variety of appetizers including Tostadas, Loaded Tots, Deviled Eggs, Fried Pickles, and Mexican Meatballs! Plus, you can enjoy early happy hour every weekday from 3 to 6 p.m. anywhere on the property.
Combining the thrill of flying with sightseeing’s picturesque panoramas, DWTA Helicopters offers several tour options to choose from. Flights depart from DWTA's hangar at the Wichita Dwight D Eisenhower Airport, and can accommodate up to three passengers aboard the safe confines of a FAA-certified chopper. As DWTA's seasoned pilot guides the copter around the popular attractions Wichita has to offer- along the downtown winding Arkansas River, past the Keeper of the Plains, over the Old Town entertainment district and around the Sedgwick County zoo- passengers experience a spectacular view of the city aboard their own private helicopter.
Treat yourself to a staycation at an upscale Wichita hotel. If you want to enjoy a relaxing stay with a restaurant on-site, consider full-service hotels like the Ambassador Hotel Wichita and Wichita Marriott. At the Ambassador, you’ll be pampered with elegant custom furnishings, plush robes, gourmet room service and impeccable dining at Siena Tuscan Steakhouse Restaurant. At Wichita Marriott, enjoy newly-remodeled guest rooms, plush bedding and fine dining options at The Great Room and Fireside Grille.
Enjoy hundreds of arcade games plus bowling and billiards at Dave & Buster’s. Plus, this American restaurant serves everything from wings to mouth-watering steaks, so you won’t go hungry!
For bowling, a full arcade, go-karts and an escape room, head to the The Alley Indoor Entertainment. This popular entertainment venue also houses The Original AJ’s Sports Grill, serving up delicious slices of pizza and more.
With 48 lanes, Northrock Lanes is the largest bowling center in Kansas. They are a participating member of Kids Bowl Free, where you can register your kids to receive two free games of bowling each day of the Kids Bowl Free program all summer long.
West Acres Bowl offers 36 lanes at its bowling complex and Cosmic Bowling Friday and Saturday evenings. They also have a variety of leagues and summer youth bowling programs.
Throw some axes at Blade & Timber in the historic Delano District. Book online to guarantee a lane and a time to visit. Not sure when you will go? Purchase a gift card online and visit when it’s convenient.
Show off your family’s creativity for an hour of fun, teamwork and excitement as you find clues and solve puzzles to escape one of the challenging rooms at The Room – Wichita.
Book a class for a wood sign-making experience at Board & Brush. Use the code JUNE26 through the month of June to take $20 off!
Paint the Towne provides everything you need to create your own masterpiece. All ages are welcome in this guided painting experience and outside food and beverages can be brought in. Adults, BYOB. They have a variety of upcoming classes, which you can find here.
Bliss Climbing and Fitness is a full-service indoor rock climbing gym featuring a 38-foot top-rope and lead climbing wall, auto-belays, 15-foot bouldering wall, training room, yoga and cardio. You’ll find novice to advanced routes. At this time, they are open to members and punch-card holders only. Reservations are required and no more than 40 reservations can be made per time block.
The Wichita Ice Center is a great place to enjoy leisure skating during public skate sessions or learning to play hockey, figure skate or speed skate.
Check out Range 54, a modern indoor shooting facility offering climate-controlled shooting bays with turning targets for a fun, safe shooting experience
Expel some energy at Wichita Sports Forum/Aviate. This trampoline park offers 20,000 square feet of foam pits, obstacle courses, flying trapeze and other aerial fun.
Urban Air Trampoline Park is a 30,000-square-foot indoor trampoline park and family fun center in west Wichita. They have foam pits, dunking zones and more, as well as specific areas for younger kids.
Mama.Film offers opportunities to view films to unite nurturers of all kinds, to ignite conversation and to reflect upon our shared human experience. They have a variety of independent films and podcasts available to screen in their virtual multi-screen theater.
Peruse for books, gifts and more at Watermark Books & Café. From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Saturday, they are offering curbside pickup. Watermark Café features a wide variety of daily pastry specials, including scones, cakes, muffins, cookies, bars, and more, as well as a soup of the day. Dine in or call ahead and order something to go! Another great option for avid readers in Wichita is the Wichita Public Library. Currently, public library locations are open with limited in-person services. The first hour of operation Monday-Saturday at each location will be reserved for vulnerable populations. Enjoy Holds pickup, service offering curbside, drive-up window, and inside Library locations with staff assistance. Book-A-Librarian technology help is also available by appointment only at the Advanced Learning Library.
Explore Museums & More
Wichita Art Museum is one of the largest art museums in Kansas and houses popular works by Dale Chihuly, Mary Cassatt, Edward Hopper, John Steuart Curry, Winslow Homer and Charles M. Russell. Patrons can look at many of the exhibits for free each Saturday.
CityArts houses an exhibition gallery and gift boutique featuring works by local and regional artists. By appointment only for now, youth and adult art classes are also available, including a new digital-arts studio.
See hand-blown glass sculptures, sinks, lights, paperweights, and vessels at Infinity Art Glass. Glassblowing demonstrations and tours by appointment.
Watch hand-blown art glass in a picturesque cedar and stone building at Karg Art Glass. Then, browse through the gift gallery and find unique wonderful gifts in all mediums. Glassblowers can be watched in action at no charge 8:30 a.m. to Noon Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday and 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Saturday.
Get to know the first black Oscar Winner Hattie McDaniel and other famous Wichitans at The Kansas African American Museum. Currently in the main gallery, you’ll find Shades of Strength and Beauty. This exhibition celebrates Kansas Women of Color and will be on display through Sept. 5.
View the largest public collection of work by artist Blackbear Bosin, creator of the Keeper of the Plains, at the Mid-American All-Indian Center.
In the heart of downtown, the Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum is located in the original 1890 City Hall with its 170-foot tall clock tower. With four floors of special and long-term exhibits examining Wichita and Sedgwick County’s rich history and cultural heritage, the museum’s collection of 70,000 artifacts includes a Wichita-built 1916 Jones VI automobile, a full-scale Victorian home interior and many other exhibits embodying the area’s vibrant history from its settlement in the 1860s to today.
There are two buildings in Wichita designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, the Corbin Center on WSU’s campus and the Allen House in College Hill, which operates as a museum to show Wright’s prairie house style, which emphasized horizontal lines, earth tones and a continuous blending of interiors and exteriors. USA Today named it one of the top 10 Wright home tours due to its restored condition and the amount of original furnishings. The home features more than 30 pieces of original furniture designed by Wright and an even larger collection of the Allens’ art and personal furnishings. The museum offers regular tours several days a week to the public. Prices are $10 to $40 for tours ranging from 90 minutes to three hours. See above for the next Moonlight Tour and Grand Tours.
Wichita is a city of entrepreneurship. Visit the Original Pizza Hut Museum to learn how Pizza Hut got its start – right here in Wichita!
Parked along the picturesque Arkansas River, Exploration Place inspires the next generation of Wichita scientists and engineers. The interactive museum is celebrating its 20th year, and emphasizes aviation, Kansas geography and hosts traveling exhibits that showcase the importance of math and science in the world around us. They plan to reopen July 4 with safety protocols in place.
At Great Plains Transportation Museum, discover a display of railroad transportation equipment and trackage located in the upper level, north of historic Union Station. Always free, the museum is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday year-round, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday (April-October) and by appointment.
Housed in the original Wichita Municipal Airport Terminal Building, the Kansas Aviation Museum chronicles the growth and development of general aviation in Kansas and displays a growing collection of aircraft and aviation related artifacts.
Get a glimpse of Wichita’s aviation heritage with Doc, one of only two airworthy Boeing B-29 Superfortress aircraft left in the world. Doc is one of 1,644 B-29 Superfortress manufactured in Wichita during World War II, and was found in 1987 in the Mojave Desert. He has been restored to flying condition in Wichita and when isn't in the air, it's on display at the new B-29 Doc Hangar & Education Center.
Check out the wonder of outer space at the Lake Afton Public Observatory. Here you can discover the universe through a telescope or visit several hands-on astronomy exhibits.
The Smithsonian-affiliated Kansas Cosmosphere & Space Center features one of the most significant collections of U.S. and Russian space artifacts in the world, second only to the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum. Visitors take a journey from Earth to the Moon and beyond through a combination of the Hall of Space Museum, Carey Digital Dome Theater, planetarium and live rocket demonstration shows.
Of 16 salt mines in the U.S., the Hutchinson Salt Company mine is the only one that has a museum that allows the public to go into an active salt mine. Called Strataca, this attraction is one of the 8 Wonders of Kansas and takes visitors 650 feet underground. You’ll see artifacts and displays describing the mining industry, short videos showing technology advancements and a display of several original movie costumes being preserved in the climate-controlled mine. There are also two rides that take you deeper into the tunnels.
Shop & Pamper Yourself
Kansas Grown Farmers Market has its market at three different locations around town: the west side on Saturdays from 7 a.m. to Noon at the Sedgwick County Extension Office, downtown on Wednesdays from 3 to 6 p.m. at Union Station, and in Derby on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to Noon at Madison Avenue Central Park. Several vendors are waiting a few more weeks before they return to the markets but are providing access to their products online.
Serving thousands of area residents weekly and featuring more than 100 vendor companies throughout the year, Old Town Farmer’s Market brings fresh food, handmade goods and fun to Wichita. The Market is located at the Farm and Art Plaza in front of The Museum of World Treasures at 1st and Mosley and operates 7 a.m. to Noon Saturday mornings through August.
Farm-fresh products are just a click away through the Funky Fresh Famer’s Market, which offers fresh produce, meat, eggs, bread, coffee, soap and other items that WAVE employees and others will deliver in a 15-mile radius of the downtown venue every Wednesday and Saturday. People can also call from their cars, share their order numbers, and workers will bring their items to them. This service is ongoing and will become a traditional Sunday farmer's market at WAVE once it is safe for people to gather again.
From colorful sidewalks and storefronts, to a scenic open-air Plaza with lakeside view, you can enjoy the outdoor shopping center at Bradley Fair at Wilson Estates. The appealing blend of 53 stores and restaurants offer a unique shopping, dining and entertainment experience.
Explore Revolutsia, a unique shipping container community located just east of the Douglas Design District. The area offers awesome places to shop like Azteka’s Boutique, Vortex Souvenir and Calabar Market. Guests can also pick up something tasty to eat at Prost, Boards, Little Lion Ice Cream and Taco Locale.
Union Station is an integral part of Wichita's history and is surrounded by a variety of restaurants, shops, housing, businesses and city attractions like the Great Plains Transportation Museum and Jenny Dawn Cellars.
Wichita's largest outdoor shopping center, New Market Square, is home to many nationally popular retailers and restaurants, as well as local favorites. Enjoy convenient storefront parking with main street ambiance.
Bungalow 26 is a boutique selling bath, body and home goods in the Historic Delano District. Owner Kelsey Metzinger stocks her store with goods made by herself and other local artisans, as well as national and European brands like Capri Blue, Tocca and Tea Forte. The shop also has a mini-shop of men’s grooming products.
Cocoa Dolce Chocolates has perfected the concept of the sweet lounge, a place where people can connect with chocolate or connect with each other over chocolate. There’s one at each of their three Wichita spaces: Bradley Fair location in east Wichita, New Market Square location in west Wichita and their Old Town location. A trip to the Cocoa Dolce Old Town facility is like nothing else in the region; it’s a front-row seat to a chocolate factory. There is a wall of floor to ceiling windows that looks into the production kitchen responsible for making 10,000 pounds of chocolate treats every year.
Not just an antique store, Generations Antiques & Artisans brings together crafty people across Wichita to sell handmade products of all types. From upcycled, recycled and rare creations, customers will find hidden treasures for even the toughest person to buy for. Don’t miss out on the store’s corner filled with flag swag!
Hatman Jack is one of the few full-service hatters left in the country, and his Hatman Jack’s Wichita Hat Works is the place to get fitted in the perfect hat, from a top hat to a 10-gallon Stetson.
Hundred Acre Floral is a design studio specializing in fresh flower designs, weddings and special events. When you join the Hundred Acre Floral's Fresh Flowers Club, you can get a bouquet of beautiful fresh flowers delivered to you monthly for $55 per month; $149 for three months and $295 for six months.
At The Nifty Nut House, countless shelves are filled with 4,500 delightful items featuring classic and modern candies, nuts and snacks and sugar-free treats. See why Food Network's Alton Brown called it "a national treasure."
Three locations means more chances to find that perfect item for that special someone! Find vintage items tucked away at Paramount Antique Mall, Paramount East Antique Mall and Paramount Marketplace. Each delivers an impressive collection of old and new collectibles, furniture, trinkets, antiques and so much more!
The Spice Merchant & Company is Wichita’s original gourmet coffee roaster. The family owned business offers hundreds of choices in coffee, teas, spices and specialty foods. You’ll also find kitchen accessories in the large store.
The Workroom is one of the top places to pick up Wichita-centric goods, including merchandise featuring the city’s flag, local art and artisan accessories. There’s also a sewing room for home textiles including custom drapery, bedding, pillows, headboards and ottomans.
Uniquities Home is a unique shop in Old Town where you can choose unique items to decorate your home.
Looking for work from local artisans? Urban Interiors is a charming boutique featuring unique furniture, art, lighting and home décor.
Shop local – right from your couch! Some local shops like Zeep (pronounced z-ayp) haven’t opened their doors back up yet, but you can get all of their great products online and have them shipped to your door.
A. Jay Health & Wellness is focused on helping Wichitans feel their best through therapeutic massage, meditation, homeopathy and a variety of other services. Refer a friend and for every two you send in, you will receive 30 minutes free added on to your massage appointment. Their grand opening is July 7 from 4-7 p.m. and they'll have product samples, chair massages, free food, drinks, snowcones, a silent auction, and more.
Located in the historic Delano District, Bohemia Healing Spa uses natural and holistic methods of treatment, specializing in therapeutic massage, facials, waxing, indulgent health wraps and men’s services.
Besides providing amazing colour, precision haircuts, and extensions, Colour t-Hairy-apy is the first oxygen bar in Wichita. Wildly popular in Las Vegas and other larger cities, Oxygen Bars provide relaxation and fun with many flavor choices.
Eat & Drink
Nearly as diverse as the city’s restaurant scene, Wichita food trucks serve up offerings and flavors from all over the world. Plus, they’re easy to find throughout the city. You’ll find food trucks like The Flying Stove parked outside businesses and breweries nearly every day of the week. The best way to track a food truck is through its social media accounts, where you’ll find menus and schedules.
In the heart of downtown, The Artichoke Sandwich Bar is a sandwich restaurant by day and a bar by night. They have a celebrated menu of sandwiches, including what they call the Famous #8, “the most popular sandwich in Wichita!” It’s made with turkey, bacon, Swiss & cream cheeses, lettuce and tomato, grilled on an onion hoagie and topped with Italian dressing and Parmesan.
Head down to Public at the Brickyard. Located in the bottom floor of a restored warehouse, Public serves unique, fresh, local menu items, including brisket tacos, margherita pizza, pot pie, shrimp n’ grits and more!
The Pumphouse is a former gas station that now offers great food, 16 beers on tap, 30 televisions and an amazing atmosphere in Old Town.
Watch aircraft take off and land as you enjoy delicious food at Stearman Field Bar & Grill less than half an hour outside Wichita. The most unique experience at Stearman, though, has nothing to do with their food. Schedule time to take flight in a 1940 Stearman open cockpit bi-plane!
NuWay Crumbly Burgers is a Wichita original, featuring crumbly burgers, root beer and homemade onion rings. Pull up a seat at the original at 1416 W. Douglas Avenue in the historic Delano District.
Just 15 minutes outside the largest city in Kansas, you’ll feel immersed in country life on Elderslie Farm. From the friendly welcome by mom and baby goats to the genuine hospitality extended by the Elder family and their team, the most authentic farm-to-table experience in Wichita has now become a farm-to-scoop destination, too. Experience the creamery, the Bramble Café and elegant dinners.
The Donut Whole offers 40+ varieties of rich, moist cake donuts in delicious flavors such as root beer float, maple bacon, fluffernutter, sunshine citrus crunch and so many more. Every batch of donuts is made from scratch using fresh, locally-sourced ingredients with a fun, modern twist.
Cool off with a soda or ice cream made the old-fashioned way, from brown cows, green rivers and egg creams to banana splits, malts and floats at Old Mill Tasty Shop in downtown Wichita. They’ve been in business since 1932 and showcase one of the most complete vintage fountains still in use. It has the back bar, mirror, brass rail and a marble counter that seats nine.
Churn & Burn makes ice cream (churn) from scratch and pour locally roasted coffee (burn). They serve both individually but their namesake drink that combines the two is their best-seller. A Churn & Burn is made by pouring a shot of freshly steamed espresso into their liquid cream base (vanilla with your choice of syrups and mix-ins) then freezing the combination in 30 to 40 seconds using liquid nitrogen. This creamy treat is a one-of-a-kind experience!
This local shop prides itself on ethically purchased and direct trade coffee and creates made-to-order specialty drinks just the way you like them. As a place for all people, Ecclesia Coffee & Community wants to bring people together under a common love: coffee!
Bringing together coffee, college kids and the community, Fairmount Coffee Co. is located near the Wichita State University campus. From classic brews to signature beverages, this Wichita coffee shop prides itself on its impressive selection of local specialty drinks, breakfast and lunch options and smoothies.
It’s the coffee shop with custom Wichita wallpaper, this gem sits tucked away in the Historic Delano District. With food and delicious specialty drinks, Leslie Coffee Co. offers unique flavors for any palate.
As you tour Wichita coffee shops, stop into ethically sourced Kookaburra Coffee for espresso, coffee or cortado samplers. Kookaburra Coffee also offers a mobile coffee trailer and will bring their handcrafted coffees to you.
Little Lion Café makes ice cream, coffee, waffles and other treats from scratch using ingredients sourced from local farms. They pride themselves on exploring new flavors and ways of challenging the status quo. When it comes to specialty drinks Little Lion offers MADCAP coffee in just about every fashion imaginable from espressos to cappuccinos to lattes.
Il Primo Espresso Coffee is Wichita’s oldest coffee shop only serving Kansas roasts. From unique cold brew flavors to classics like lattes, the Americano and mochas, Il Primo offers a premier selection of locally sourced coffee.
Reverie Roasters and Founders Bakery is the only full-service specialty coffee roaster, bar and bakery in Wichita. With handcrafted coffee and artsy specialty drinks, Reverie has created quite the following when it comes to the local coffee scene.
Central Standard Brewing produces a wide range of styles including seasonal, Belgian, IPA, Barrel Aged, Sour and Wild/Brett Beers. Currently, you can browse and place order from their online shop and pick it up curbside. They have a variety of flavors available to pair perfectly with summer.
When you visit Hopping Gnome Brewing Company, you’ll not only see plenty of fun gnome décor, but you’ll also feel surrounded by friends. Sample unique, local brews like the Douglas Avenue Pale Ale, Sepia Amber Ale and The Earl of ESB (an English-Style Pale Ale). Visit their taproom or take home a growler!
PourHouse by Walnut River Brewing Company in Wichita's Old Town district offers a dozen beers on tap, all brewed in El Dorado Kansas at Walnut River Brewing Company. Don’t forget the pretzel bites and Warbeard queso!
A Wichita tradition since 1993, River City Brewing Co.’s refreshing handcrafted ales and palette pleasing recipes have been satisfying locals for years. They keep 16 handcrafted ales on tap, and their menu reflects Kansas' heritage with the inclusion of Kansas beef, great pastas, seafood and more.
Sweet Allie B’s Limestone Beer Co. is a neighborhood restaurant and brewery passionate about great food and German and Belgian style beer. Mix tasty sandwiches with handmade sides like pasta and broccoli salads, and come back on the weekend for brunch.
Wichita Brewing Co. & Pizzeria (east and west) makes great hand-crafted beers and quality wood fired pizzas. It's that simple. Both have cozy outdoor patios. They have weekly drink specials and happy hour with $5 select appetizers, $2.50 flagship beers and 1/2 price wells.
Cana Wine & Cocktails, located in Wichita’s historic Petroleum building provides a classy atmosphere with modern flair. Known for its trendy décor and modish cocktails, Cana is the perfect place to “un-wined” after work with a glass of bubbly.
Jenny Dawn Cellars is a local, urban winery owned by Jennifer McDonald, the first African-American winemaker in the state of Kansas, that has picked up numerous awards for her unique flavors. Most recently, Jenny won the 2019 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition best-of-class award for wines in the $39-$46.90 category.
Grace Hill Winery is a full-service vineyard and winery, complete with patio and event center, free tastings and tours, and hands-on grape harvest experiences. The winery is open for tastings by appointment only. The tasting room will be open for sales and the outdoor areas will be open as well. Outdoor seating is spaced to ensure proper social distancing while enjoying a glass or bottle of wine with no appointment necessary.
Hit the streets of Wichita and experience great local coffee and beer as you embark on your Wicked Brew Tour. Unfortunately, the official 2020 Tour will not be taking place, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get warmed up for the fifth year of this popular event in 2021.
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Get your tickets now to catch the 2020 Air Capital Bacon, Bourbon and Brews Festival on Sept. 19 at Hartman Arena.
Presenting National tours of Broadway Musicals, the American Theatre Guild offers Wichita and surrounding areas a taste of culture unlike any city in the Midwest. Join the prepaid waiting list to become a new season member.
World-class opera performances are brought to the Wichita community through the Wichita Grand Opera. As one of only a few options in the region, Wichita Grand Opera provides a unique cultural experience for visitors in the Midwest. Make plans now to attend their next performance, Candide on Oct. 15.
Wichita Thunder Hockey is the city’s longest running professional sports team, and provides a family-friendly, fun atmosphere at each game. When they return to the ice Oct. 16, be sure to check out an action-packed game. Season tickets are on sale now!
From upbeat favorites of today to modern renderings of classical compositions, Wichita Symphony Orchestra brings a variety of world-class performances to the Wichita community. The symphony touts the biggest band in Wichita with the largest array of musical talent. If you want to experience the magic of the Symphony throughout the year, season tickets are the best value, saving you up to 15% off the cost of your single tickets. You also get the best seats available, reserving them before single tickets go on sale to the public.
Music Theatre Wichita self-produces five Broadway-scale musical productions each summer, using a unique mixture of top-flight professionals from Broadway and Hollywood working hand-in-hand with talented Midwesterners. This summer’s productions have been postponed and will be moved to a new date in 2021, they're currently offering Spotlight Society memberships. Members receive an array of benefits, including online content this summer and into the fall, as well as access, discounts and sometimes free passes to in-person events once they can be planned safely.