Top 5 Things To Do In Wichita This Weekend

Published On: Oct 29 2013 10:25:37 AM CDT   Updated On: Oct 29 2013 05:05:12 PM CDT
Top 5 Things To Do This Weekend In Wichita

You really can't go wrong with this weekend's picks. From daring plane stunts to mouth-watering chili, to pin-up girls and muscle cars, there's something fun for families, couples or friends this weekend. There are so many events in fact, that we added one extra thing to do to our list.

Read on for more information on Toto’s top 5 weekend picks. Make sure to also check out other Kansas events on FetchToto’s Events Calendar:


1)      Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure

Time: 6:45 AM Registration Opens
Date: Saturday, September 28
Where: Towne East Square
Cost: Donations

Why you should go: Bring your running shoes and a smile and join the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in raising money for breast cancer research and patient support programs. Susan G. Komen for the Cure is the most widely known, largest and best-funded breast cancer organizations in the U.S.

The event will take place on Saturday, September 28 at Towne East Mall. The fundraiser will include a competitive 5K race that starts at 7:45 a.m. and will be followed by a non-competitive 5K run/walk, family fun walk, and kid’s 50 yard dash.

INFO: KWCH for the Cure


2)      The Rumble

Time: 1:00 – 8:00 PM
Date: Saturday, September 28
Where: Commerce Street just south of the arena off Waterman.
Cost: FREE

Why you should go: The annual car show will feature traditional hot rods and 'kustom kulture' cars, along with motorcycles. This is a great event for the whole family, not to mention it’s FREE!

What you can expect to see at this year’s show: belly dancers, live music, burlesque, merchandise, and the 2013 Miss Rumble in Delano pin-up girl contest.

The car show is a traditional hot rods and classic car show only. If you try to enter your car and it does not meet the show’s requirements, you will not be allowed in. The show also has a new location on 508 S. Commerce St., just south of the INTRUST Bank Arena off Waterman. A complete list of rules can be found here:



3)      Wichita Flight Festival

Time: Sat. 10 AM – 6 PM, Sun 10 AM – 3 PM
Date: Sat, Sept 28 – Sun, Sept 29
Where:  Jabara Airport
Cost: $10 for Twilight Air Show & Concert

Why you should go: Celebrate Wichita’s rich aviation history by enjoying 2 full days of high-flying performances by talented aerial performers. The 2013 Wichita Flight Festival is bringing another impressive line-up for this year’s show, including performances by a: TORA TORA TORA, Firecat, Otto The Helicopter, Jet-Powered School Bus, Jet-Powered Snoopy Dog House, Hang Glider, and the World’s Smallest Runway.

On Saturday night, the original Eagles tribute Band, Hotel California, will perform. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased online at



4)      Wichita Wagonmasters Downtown Chili Cookoff

Date: Saturday, September 28
Time: Noon – 5:00 PM
Where: Downtown Wichita, 600 Block E. Douglas, Wichita
Cost: $5 Tasting Kit

Why you should go: Whoever has a hunger for mouth-watering, seasoned chili needs to stop by the public-tasting event in downtown Wichita. Judges have been selected from across the state so that no biased opinions will be formed during the judging process.

You can participate in this event too! Every year, dozens of teams come out to win the coveted cash winnings and other prizes. If you think you have what it takes to compete with the best chili cooks around, the entry fee is $50… which isn’t bad considering the grand champ will walk away with $1,000. Chili will be judged on 5 different categories: aroma, appearance, blend, texture, and overall taste.

If you just want to go there to eat the chili instead (which sounds good to me), there is a $5 fee for the public sampling option where the public can go around and sample each of the booths. After sampling each one, choose your favorite team for the People’s Choice award.  

For more information on this event, CLICK HERE.



5)      Harvey County United Way Chili

Time: 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM
Date: Saturday, September 28
Where: 601 Main, Newton
Cost: $5 in advance, $6 at the gate

Why you should go: Harvey County is hosting its 7th Annual ‘Chili Cook-Off’ on Saturday, September 28. For only $6 (or $5 if you pay in advance), your ticket will get you a tasty chili from every booth . Make sure to remember to bring a little cash so that you can place your vote for your favorite chili. Proceeds raised during this event will benefit the Harvey County United Way.



6)      Smithsonian Museum Day

Time: 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Date: Saturday, September 28
Where: Various Locations  
Cost: FREE

Why you should go: Get into your favorite local museums this Saturday,.. for FREE! Museum Day is a special national event that celebrates the spirit of Smithsonian Museums, where guests get in everyday for free. On this day only, participating museums will open their doors for no cost to anyone who presents a Museum Day Live! Ticket.

To get your Museum Day Live! Ticket, click on this link and enter your information. After completing the form, your ticket will be emailed to you. Your ticket must be printed and presented at the museum in order to receive your free admission. The ticket is good one person, plus +1 guest.

Below is a listing of Wichita museums participating in Museum Day:

  • Botanica, The Wichita Gardens
  • Museum of World Treasures
  • Old Cowtown Museum
  • The Kansas African American Museum
  • Ulrich Museum of Art
  • Wichita Art Museum
  • Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum