From year-round to seasonal events, Downtown is the preferred location for Wichita to celebrate throughout the year. A variety of events cater to the diverse interests of Wichita residents and many visitors from Kansas and throughout the regional area. 

Last Friday of Every Month

The monthly Final Friday art crawl is an opportunity to enjoy Downtown Wichita's cultural offerings. Final Friday is an evening in which galleries and art studios open their doors for special showings and receptions of local artists, all free to the public.The Q-Line trolley service transports art lovers to the concentration of venues in Downtown. View trolley route. The ride is free and allows attendees to park once and visit several galleries. View participating galleries and learn more about Final Friday.


Second Saturday of Every Month

Support local merchants, and save money on the second Saturday of every month. Simply purchase a re-usable 2nd Saturday shopping bag or keycard for $5 and receive discounts at any of the participating merchants located in the Douglas Design District, Delano, Downtown and Old Town. Check the 2nd Saturday website monthly to see where you can save!


Every Saturday of the Season (May 7, 2016 - Mid October) from 7am - Noon

The Old Town Farmers' Market (OTFM), a growers' market, is an exciting and bountiful place to buy your fresh fruits, vegetables, meats, cheeses, eggs and plants. The market is open from 7am to noon each Saturday, May 7, 2016 through mid October, in the Old Town Farm & Art Market Square located at 1st and Mosley. The market is a vital part of the community and a wonderful way to experience Old Town.


June 3 - 11, 2016

Regardless of what it’s been called over the years, Riverfest has always been about bringing people together. From the beginning, as part of the City’s Centennial celebration in 1970, the goal was to bring the entire community together, to build community pride and focus on Wichita’s beautiful natural resource, the Arkansas River. It is Wichita's biggest celebration and takes place every summer in Downtown. Riverfest has grown from a one-day event with an attendance of several thousand, to a nine-day event attracting over 400,000 participants from Wichita and across the State of Kansas. The festival is filled with eclectic music, delicious food, a grand parade, fun kids activities and more! For more information, visit the official Wichita Riverfest website.


Saturday, July 9, 2016 from 6pm - Midnight

Thousands of vintage automobiles and motorcycles, together with their owners and car enthusiasts from around the globe, converge in Downtown Wichita for a big party! Eight bands, three food courts, a model car contest, swap meet and merchandise vendor court offer revved up entertainment, all free to the public. In its 21st year, the event is one of Wichita's largest outdoor gatherings. Learn more about Automobilia.


Saturday, August 6, 2016 from 9am - 1pm

Watch local artists create stunning chalk art, design your own masterpiece, and experience live music at the FREE at the Youthville Chalk Art Festival in Old Town Square (2nd & Mead).

The Chalk ART Festival is an annual event held to raise awareness and support for Youthville. The festival aims to provide a fun event for people of all ages to experience art and community in an outdoor setting while supporting local and regional artists. The event is free and open to the public.


Saturday, September 24, 2016 - Public tasting begins at 12 noon

 In September, the 25+-year-old Wagonmasters Downtown Chili Cookoff brings out the zany and the serious competitors as over 50 teams and 9,000 spectators gather to regale the spicy concoction. The 600 block of Douglas Avenue is closed to create a street party atmosphere, complete with live music. As an official International Chili Society event, a variety of chili dishes are offered according to the society's entry criteria. For more information about this tasty event visit the Wichita Wagonmasters website.



October 12-16, 2016

The Tallgrass Film Festival, the largest independent film festival in the state of Kansas, is a hallmark of Wichita’s cultural landscape. Now entering its 14th year, the festival has become an internationally recognized, multi-day platform for world-class cinematic programming, while showcasing Wichita’s revitalized downtown area and many of its cultural attractions. The 14th annual Tallgrass Film Festival will feature more than 200 films from 35 countries around the world. For more information visit the Tallgrass Film Festival website.

Volunteer at Riverfest
Youthville Chalk Art Festival
Old Town Farmers Market 2013
Youthville Chalk ART Festival 2013
Old Town Farmers Market 2013
Old Town Farmers Market 2013
Youthville Chalk ART Festival 2013
Youthville Chalk ART Festival 2013
Youthville Chalk ART Festival 2013
I Bike Douglas - May 19, 2012
I Bike Douglas - May 19, 2012
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