From harvest festivals to Halloween-inspired events, Wichita has fantastic fall fun for the whole family. With cultural experiences like the Wichita Asian Festival and the Great Plains Renaissance and Scottish Festival, to the always-creative Autumn & Art and Tallgrass Film Festival, Wichita offers activities for all ages. Satisfy your taste buds with some of the best chili in America at the Wichita Wagonmaster’s Downtown Chili Cookoff, or take the kids trick-or-treating at one of the city’s Halloween events. Head to an after-hours party at the Sedgwick County Zoo as you discover nocturnal animals and play Halloween-themed games. Just west of Wichita, you can walk through a spooky Tanganyika Wildlife Park as zombies and monsters lurk in the darkness. Don’t worry, the event is family-friendly.
We can’t promise a whole trip packed with mounds of fresh, white snow, but we can promise a winter wonderland full of horse-drawn carriage rides, Christmas trees and one of the best Christmas light shows in the region. Don’t miss your chance to ride around Bradley Fair in a horse-drawn carriage or take a stroll to see 1 million lights at Botanica Wichita’s Illuminations. Stop by Century II Concert Hall for an opera performance or enjoy the sounds of the Wichita Symphony Orchestra. Bring the family together at the Wichita Ice Center where beginner, intermediate and expert ice skaters work to hone their skills. Learn to skate for the first time or hit the ice for figure skating, speed skating and hockey. After that, head to Bliss Bouldering and Climbing Complex to try your hand at the massive rock walls. All levels of skill are welcome. Sports fans can also enjoy Wichita State basketball or Thunder Hockey. Check out other winter/holiday festivities here.
When the days warm a bit, you’ll get a chance to explore the great outdoors in near-perfect weather. Spring is a great time to rent a bicycle from the Bike Share ICT program and experience one of the many trails around the city. If you’d rather walk to explore downtown, the last Friday of the month brings a taste of art. Galleries and businesses open up for Final Friday so the public can come together to appreciate local artists. While you’re downtown, make sure your phone is handy so you can snap your own photos of the many murals while on an urban art tour. In April, catch the Wichita Jazz Festival to celebrate one of the oldest genres of music in the world.
How about some fun in the sun during your trip to Wichita? With school out for the summer, Wichita becomes a premier vacation spot with a multitude of family-friendly activities. Head to downtown Wichita for the city’s largest and longest-running festival, Riverfest. This nine-day extravaganza brings together silly events like the cardboard regatta, where people build cardboard boats and try to make them float in the Arkansas River. You can also catch live concerts featuring major headliners or try the famous Chicken on a Stick. The Grub & Groove Festival showcases local and national R&B singers and a collection of food truck options. It’s the perfect combination of both live entertainment and delectable dishes. In July, one of the largest car shows, Automobilia Car Show and Street Party, brings more than 100,000 people and about 1,000 classic, custom and modern vehicles.