When you step off the pavement and onto the dirt streets at Old Cowtown Museum, you’re transported back in time to Wichita KS of the 1870s. Anytime you visit, you’ll have the chance to explore the museum’s 10,000-piece permanent collection that spans authentic textiles, furnishings, furniture, tools and art spread throughout the 54 historic buildings (27 are original structures that were relocated here). But what makes this a truly special Wichita attraction is that it’s a living history museum that allows guests to immerse themselves in the sights, sounds and activities common to a typical Midwestern cattle town.

There’s no better time to meet and interact with costumed interpreters re-enacting the traditions and lifestyles of Wichitans in the days of the Chisholm Trail than during Old Cowtown Museum’s special events. Here’s what’s on the schedule the remainder of 2018:

Sept. 7 – The Roaring 20s

This is a special event for ages 21 and over and changes Cowtown’s setting from the 1870s to the 1920s. Enjoy a speakeasy atmosphere with antique cars lining the streets. There will be antique cars to ride in, 1920s movies playing, live music and food and drinks to purchase. Admission is $10 per person and the event runs 7 p.m. to midnight.

Sept. 16 – Wine Mosey

The 10th annual Wine Mosey is a fundraiser to benefit Historic Wichita Cowtown, Inc. Enjoy stagecoach rides, gunfights, saloon girls, food, wine tastings and live and silent auctions. Tickets are $75 per person and include food and drinks from 4 to 8 p.m. 

Sept. 23 – Vintage Baseball: Cowtown Championship

Come watch two rival teams, the Red Stockings and the Bulldozers, play for the championship in an 1860 rules match. Free admission to Cowtown this day.

Oct. 6 – County Fair

Included in regular admission to Cowtown, this themed day recreates an 1870s county fair with games, activities and re-enactments.

Oct. 6 – Kansas State Festival: Vintage Baseball Tournament

Included in regular admission to Cowtown, Kansas vintage baseball clubs will be participating in a day full of 1860 matches.

Oct. 27-28 – Hay, Hooves and Halloween

Don’t miss Cowtown’s biggest children’s event of the year! All ages are welcome to come in costume from 2 to 8 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday to trick or treat and enjoy fun and spooky activities. The Headless Horseman rides the streets, ghosts haunt the historic houses plus there's candy, face painting, saloon girls, zombie gunfights and more. This event costs $5 per person.

Nov. 10 – Age of the Gunfighter

Included in regular admission to Cowtown, this themed day welcomes groups from all over the region to take part in gunfight re-enactments, which run continuously throughout the day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. There’s also great food and plenty of family friendly activities.

Dec. 7-8, 14-15 – Victorian Christmas

Included in regular admission to Cowtown, this themed event brings a Victorian Christmas to Wichita from 6 to 9 p.m. each evening. This 1800s Christmas includes carolers in the lamp-lit street, Santa Claus and Father Christmas, Victorian dancers, saloon girls, period decorations, wagon rides, crafts, cookies, hot chocolate and more.

Dec. 8 and 15 – Breakfast with Santa

This annual event sells out quickly so make sure to buy your ticket early. Have breakfast with Santa at Old Cowtown Museum. Children can make crafts, hear a story and have their photo taken with Santa! Breakfast with Santa is 9 to 11 a.m., cost TBD.


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