Get ready to shop for artwork and enjoy art-inspired activities at one of the biggest open-air Wichita art events of the year and one of the area’s largest juried fine arts shows, Autumn & Art, presented by Fidelity Bank and hosted by Wichita Festivals, Inc.
From Sept. 17-19 on the Bradley Fair Parkway, you can view and purchase original art in a variety of media while enjoying entertainment and art-inspired family fun. Here’s what to expect at the 12th annual Autumn & Art.
- Art-themed activities and games for all ages are available throughout the parkway, including free make-it-take-it projects for kids with educators from Mark Arts.
- This world-class alfresco art gallery is free to explore but you’ll want to bring money for shopping and beverages.
- Plenty of convenient parking is available in the Bradley Fair parking lots.
After happening virtually in 2020, the event is returning to in-person this year. The annual fall arts tradition, presented by Fidelity Bank, will feature local, regional and national artists from 15 states, including 22 from Kansas. Original works will be available in 11 artistic media: jewelry, painting, glass, fiber, ceramics, photography, woodwork and more.
Artists are invited to sell their work at the show after evaluation by a panel of expert jurors, competing for cash awards totaling $7,000. Painter Sharon Sudduth of Enid, Okla., known for her large-scale floral works, has been selected as the Evergy Featured Artist for Autumn & Art 2021.
Wine, beer and soft drinks will be available to enjoy as you stroll the parkway and shop for the latest addition to your art collection. “The Art of Bloody Marys” will give attendees the chance to create a savory masterpiece at a build-your-own bar from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday and Sunday.
Art-themed family fun on Saturday and Sunday will include a variety of free, hands-on art activities at Artie’s Art Studio, courtesy of Mark Arts. Artie’s Masterpiece Games give youngsters a chance to have fun while learning about classic artworks.
The event is open to the public 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.
Autumn & Art organizers are able to keep the event free with the help of local business sponsors as well as patrons, individuals who pay $140 per person to support the event. Patrons receive perks throughout the weekend, from reserved parking to complimentary beverages.
Activities patrons can enjoy at the opening-night party:
- Indulge in gourmet food from Bella Luna, Newport Grill and YaYa’s EuroBistro
- Sip on specialty wine and spirits
- Take in the sweet sounds of live jazz with the William Flynn Trio
- Enjoy patron gifts and more
Purchase your pass online now or call 316.267.2817 to make reservations. You can also visit Bradley Fair Guest Services at 2000 N Rock Road (next to Williams-Sonoma) to buy your pass, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday.
Autumn & Art is one of 15-plus festivals and events happening this fall in Wichita. Get details on all the fall fun in Wichita.