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. 

Automobilia Moonlight Car Show & Street Party

July 12, 2014

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 19th year the event is one of Wichita's largest outdoor gatherings. Learn more about Automobilia.

Old Town Farmer's Market

May 3 - October 11 - Saturdays from 7:00am - 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 7 a.m. to noon each Saturday, May 3 through October 11, 2014, 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.

Youthville Chalk Art Festival

August 2, 2014

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

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.

Final Fridays 

Last Friday of Every Month

Final Friday brings regular opportunities 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 Qline 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. Learn more about Final Friday

Second Saturday

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 and tag 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!

Wagonmaster's Downtown Chili Cookoff

September 27, 2014 - Public tasting starts at noon

In September, the 25+-year-old Wagonmasters Downtown Chili Cookoff brings out the zany and the serious competitors as over 50 teams and 8,000 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.

 

Tallgrass Film Festival

October 15-19, 2014

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 11th 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 10th annual Tallgrass Film Festival screened nearly 190 films from 30 countries around the world, including 2 World Premieres and 1 U.S. Premiere. For more information visit the Tallgrass Film Festival Website.

Wichita Ribfest

May 16 - 18, 2014

In it's third year, Ribfest is a weekend-long outdoor festival featuring award-winning BBQ vendors from around the country and live music. Ribfest is a three day event with a Cornhole Tournament, Classic Car Show, Home Depot Kid's Workshop and more. Vendors include Mobile GameDen, Pat's Funnel Cakes & Concessions, Old Home Rootbeer, Black Sheep Kettle Corn, The Nut Place, Granny's Lemonade, and lots of BBQ! This is a family friendly weekend and a lot of fun!  Learn more about Ribfest.

 

Riverfest

May 30 - June 7, 2014

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 275,000 participants from Wichita and across the State of Kansas. For more information visit the official Wichita Riverfest 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
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I Bike Douglas - May 19, 2012
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