If you're a local like me, there's a few things I bet you'll learn when you go. If you're visiting for the weekend or here on business during the week, I've picked out a few events that will make you see all the hoopla about Wichita.
Can't-miss events for locals
The Koch Industries Twilight Pops Concert and Capital Federal Fireworks
Is there anything better? I mean really? What's more "Wichita" than our amazing symphony performing outside followed by fireworks near the Keeper of the Plains?
The concert starts at 8:30 p.m. but you want to get there much earlier than that. Bring folding chairs, and definitely come early to hit up the food court near Century II. A few of my annual dishes include chicken on a stick, fresh cut fries and roasted corn.
The Eagle Medallion Hunt
If you think you know Wichita, this annual scavenger hunt will quickly prove you wrong. One year, I was in the basement of the Wichita Library counting paces convinced it was nearby. It was actually at Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum.
The moral of the story is you'll visit parks, Google historians and learn more about the city in a week than you've learned in the past five years. Remember, you're looking for an actual medallion. Please follow the rules by looking in public areas, and keep checking Kansas.com for daily clues.
I Bike Douglas Tour
Here's another opportunity to learn more about landmarks you probably pass every day. Starting at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 31, get on your cruiser with you camera in your backpack and peddle around Downtown. At the end of the tour will be your opportunity to make history as they attempt to set a world record for the longest line of Bicycles. Come on, Wichita. You can do it.
But maybe you're in town for a family reunion or convention? What can you get for a $5 button? It happens to be a lot.
Botanica's Butterfly Festival
If you're in town with kiddos, you definitely want to release a butterfly at one of Wichita's top things to do, Botanica. At 1 p.m. on June 1, the first 100 children will be able to release a live butterfly in the butterfly house. While you're there, don't miss the Downing Children's Garden. It appeals to all the senses, and there's nothing else like it in the Midwest.
Joan Jet & The Blackhearts
If you love rock and roll, sing it with Joan Jet on June 1. Taking the Kennedy Plaza Stage at 8:30 p.m., Joan Jet will rock the Air Capital of the World with her repertoire of top hits. If you have family with lawn chairs, you might want to bring them. Also don't miss the opportunity to walk along the Arkansas River and see ziplines fly across the water.
Looking for a Wichita souvenir? You'll find it at the Riverfest Marketplace happening at Douglas and Main from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 7. Peruse local businesses and products crafted by local artisans. And remember, be sure to stop by the food court one last time for another ear of corn.