More than 400 million vacation days will go unused this year, according to the U.S. Travel Association. If you’re reading this, there’s hope that you won’t be among the sad statistic of 40 percent of American workers who leave paid time off on the table.
You might be reading this blog post because you’ve seen or heard our advertising campaign playing on multiple platforms. Our ads showcase the variety of things to do in Wichita this summer with the goal of inspiring a visit to our city. We also hope the campaign encourages locals to get out to explore in their backyard, plan a staycation or invite out-of-town friends and families to Wichita.
Wichita has so much to do year-round: 52 weeks of live music, college and professional sports, a lively performing arts community, attractions, museums, festivals and more. One look at our calendar of events and it’s easy to see how visitor spending in Wichita last year topped $1 billion for the second straight year, generating $95.7 million in taxes and supporting more than 12,500 jobs.
Ready to do more than read about what there is to do in Wichita? Here are some uniquely Wichita options to consider for the upcoming month:
Riverfest: Wichita’s largest annual event
Wichita knows how to throw a party and you won’t want to miss the food, concerts, activities and fireworks of our largest annual event: Riverfest, June 3-11. It’s also one of the most affordable and family-friendly events in the Midwest: nine days and more than 100 events are included in the button price of $10 for adults, $3 for ages 6-12, free for kids 5 and younger. The 45th edition of Riverfest features incredible concert headliners across genres: The Roots, Violent Femmes, Elle King, Naughty by Nature, A Thousand Horses, Brothers Osborne, Tasha Cobbs and Reel Big Fish.
New elephant exhibit at Sedgwick County Zoo
Among the Sedgwick County Zoo’s nearly 400 different species, none have been more popular over the years than the African elephants. On May 27, the zoo is opening the Reed Family Elephants of the Zambezi River Valley exhibit, home to long-time resident Stephanie along with six new elephants from Swaziland. The $10.6 million exhibit features the world’s largest elephant pool at 550,000 gallons and puts you into the elephants’ habitat with nearly 360-degree views.
Pro golfers tee it up at Air Capital Classic
If you love golf, you need to be at the Crestview Country Club June 23-26 when the PGA TOUR and the Web.com professional golfers play in the 27th annual Air Capital Classic. Alums from this event comprised almost 25 percent of the 2016 Masters Tournament field. A nominal fee allows you to get up close to the pros on this Web.com Tour stop or splurge on a pass to the Air Cap’s famous Coors Light Corner, with VIP chalets and a festive atmosphere at the 17th green.
Chihuly works highlighted at Wichita Art Museum
The Wichita Art Museum boasts two large-scale works by American glass sculptor Dale Chihuly in its permanent collection and now will present Chihuly Drawings May 21-Sept. 11. The exhibition features more than 35 years of drawings from the internationally recognized artist’s career, with work in pencil, charcoal and acrylic.
Dinosaurs at Exploration Place
Catch the traveling exhibit “Dinosaurs in Motion,” opening May 28, at Exploration Place. Go on an apprentice’s journey to learn about art, science and innovation that ends in a journeyman’s workshop. Control as many as 14 magnificent, fully interactive, recycled metal dinosaur sculptures with exposed mechanics inspired by actual fossils.
Hot Rod Power Tour stops at Kansas Pavilions
The largest road trip in the world – several thousand cars traveling to seven cities over seven days – stops in Wichita on June 16 to bring to life the pages of Hot Rod Magazine. The Hot Rod Power Tour is free for spectators, so come out to the Kansas Pavilions to see all makes and models of hot rods, street rods, custom trucks, muscle cars and performance machines of every vintage. There will also be vendor displays showcasing products and offering expert advice, autograph sessions with motorsports celebrities, along with plenty of entertainment and activities.
Visit our website for a full listing of attractions and upcoming events or download the free Visit Wichita mobile app available for Apple or Android smartphones and tablets.