Wichita’s Drone Light Festival returns to Exploration Place on Sept. 21-23, 2023. The show will provide breathtaking views of 300 synchronized drones (100 more than last year), fully choreographed with music.

There are exciting enhancements to the experience, including new custom drone formations, floating Chinese water lanterns, projections on the Exploration Place buildings and a concert lit by more than 2,000 candles.  Organizers are expanding the festival an extra night because of its popularity last year.

Drone light shows are performed by swarms of lighted drones arranged into aerial formations.  Almost any image can be created in the sky by a computer program that turns graphics into flight commands and communicates them to the drones.  The lights are animated and choreographed with music to create a mesmerizing and powerful experience.

The gates will open at 6 p.m. and organizers encourage you to come early! The drone light show begins at 9 p.m.   On the grounds, there will be live music, demonstrations, games, local vendors, food, drink and other entertainment.  It’s also a great opportunity to explore Exploration Place, which is fully included in your admission to the event.

Individual tickets are $12 per member and $15 for nonmembers. You can purchase a carload pass which includes parking and admission for up to nine guests for $50 for members and $60 for nonmembers. For more information on purchasing tickets click here.

In the event of cancelation or delay, announcements will be made as soon as possible via email, social media and using the sitewide PA system. Please make sure you are on-site 60 minutes before the show's start time in case there is a last-minute weather change.

​In the unlikely event of complete cancellation, the rain date is Sunday, Sept. 24. The show will be held unless Exploration Place makes the decision to cancel due to wind, lightning, or other unsafe conditions.


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