Welcome to Wichita, where we love our makers. They are responsible for an impressive arts and culture scene throughout the city, offering variety in their works from bronze statues lining the streets of downtown to the largest mural in the world painted by a single artist.
Appreciation for art is fostered on the first Friday of every month in a First Friday (formerly Final Friday) celebration of creativity across Wichita, most vibrantly displayed in downtown Wichita. This art crawl is a unique opportunity for artists, local businesses and galleries to collaborate and offer an artistic experience for patrons in the heart of the city.
Galleries and businesses will stay open late (hours vary, but all participating locations will be open 7-9 p.m.) to allow patrons a special look at new exhibits, interactive displays or last-chance viewings. All galleries and exhibits are free to attend. Patrons can purchase art.
First Friday is the perfect evening to explore downtown Wichita’s restaurant and brewery scene. While you’re walking block to block to enjoy the different art displays, stop into some of our partners for a bite to eat, including establishments like River City Brewing Co., Reverie Coffee Roasters – Café at the Kiva, Aero Plains Brewing, Central Standard Brewing, Third Place Brewing, Fredos, and Hopping Gnome Brewing Company, Meddy’s Old Town & Leslie Coffee Co.
Many restaurants and breweries will have First Friday specials as well as new art on display each month. Some locations will also offer live music or entertainment. During the warmer months in Old Town Square, you can often catch fire breather performances with the group Phlox.
Don’t feel like walking all evening? Hop on the free, easy and convenient, free Q-line to ride your way throughout downtown Wichita. Find your route by downloading the myStop Mobile app. The weekend route runs from the Historic Delano District through College Hill (Seneca Street to Edgemoor Street) from 5 p.m.-1 a.m. on Friday and 10 a.m.-1 a.m. on Saturday. Routes run approximately every 10-15 minutes.
Interested in attending a First Friday Art Crawl in Wichita? Here are the remaining dates for 2019:
- September 6
- October 4
- November 1
- December 6
Keep an eye on the Visit Wichita calendar of events page for specific First Friday events as they pour in throughout the month. For a list of participating businesses, visit the First Friday ICT, where information will be updated at least one week prior to the event.