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Everything Irish and knights in shining armor

(Wichita, Kan.) - Spring is right around the corner, and Wichita is getting ready to take the fun outside.

Erin go Bragh! Celebrate St. Patrick's Day and all things Irish in the historic Delano district! There will be music and entertainment all day long, and everyone will be wearing the green. Feast on traditional Irish foods including the corned beef and cabbage dinner at the Shamrock Lounge. Kids will love the St. Patrick's Day party in Delano. Historicdelano.com.

Enjoy the return of spring during Tulips, Fairies & Friends at Botanica, The Wichita Gardens. This is the second year for the event that was created to help Botanica celebrate its 25th anniversary. This year marks the beginning of the Fairy House Competition, where the public is invited to build their own fairy house for a chance to win one of several prizes. A host of performers, activities and crafts are happening 10 a.m.-4 p.m every Saturday from March 23 to April 13. For more information, contact Kristin Marlett, kmarlett@botanica.org, or 316.264.0448.

Fearless knights, fair maidens, falconers and magicians will fill Sedgwick County Park for the Great Plains Fall Renaissance Festival, April 20-21. The festival creates a medieval village complete with re-enactors who take visitors on a time trip to the days of chivalry! There will be six event stages along with artisans and vendors. Contact Richard Cathey, eaglesrealm@swbell.net, or 316.253.3392.

Take a closer look at Wichita and you'll find culture, entertainment and all-American hospitality. Visit gowichita.com to find out what's going on now in Wichita.

For more information, contact Ken Vandruff, Go Wichita director of communications, kvandruff@gowichita.com or 316.660.6305.