Top 5 Things To Do This Weekend In Wichita

Published On: Oct 29 2013 10:07:41 AM CDT   Updated On: Oct 29 2013 05:05:25 PM CDT
Top 5 Things To Do This Weekend In Wichita

The first official day of fall is this Sunday. We know, where did summer go?! Kick-off the first weekend of Autumn with several fall favorites, including a few seasonal races, a fall fest, and a trip to a pumpkin patch.

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)      Walters’ Pumpkin Patch: ‘Where Fall Begins’

Time: Mon – Sat 10 AM – 7 PM, Sun 1 PM – 7 PM
Date: Sept. 21 – Oct. 31, 2013
Where: Carroll & Becky Walters, 10001 NW U.S. Highway 77, Burns
Cost: $10 Sun, $8 M – F, $25 Season Pass

Why you should go: Celebrate the beginning of fall with a trip to Walter’s Pumpkin Patch, which opens on Saturday, Sept. 21 and open daily 10 AM – 7 PM, except on Sundays 1 PM – 7 PM.  

Walters’ Pumpkin Patch offers activities for every family member to enjoy. Included in the general admission price is access to Walters’ corn maze, pumpkin patch, hayrides, giant jumping pillows, pumpkin cannon, pumpkin slingshot, zipline, human gerbil wheel, mining, barrel train, corn crib, tug of war, duck races, farm scene investigation, and more.

If you’re looking for more of a ‘fright’, come after dark to Walters’ Haunted Cannery where it's adults and teens only. This spooky activity opens October 4, and open on Friday and Saturday evenings. Snakes, loud noises, dark rooms, scary creatures, foggy hallways, spooky surprises, and more await you inside this haunted warehouse. Not recommended for those who are pregnant, prone to asthma attacks or seizures,  and anyone under 12 years of age.


2)      PACE Race

Time: 9:00 AM
Date: Saturday, September 21
Where:  West River Plaza, 2622 W. Central Ave., Wichita
Cost: $25 per person
Info: Register:

Why you should go: Race for a good cause this weekend by participating in the PACE Race 5K run/walk. This is the third year that Via Christi HOPE has put together this annual event, which was created out of inspiration of one of their participants’ rehabilitation efforts. The PACE Race encourages people to run or walk in honor of someone who is facing physical disabilities or have overcome them.

The race will begin and end at the West River Plaza @ 9 a.m. Participants can either run or walk in this 5K race along the river. After the race, participants are encouraged to come to the Bistro at Riverbend for a pancake feed. The pancake feed is included in the registration fee for race participants. For those not registered in the race, pancake feed tickets can be purchased for $3.00.


3)      Say What?! Comedy Improv

Time: Doors Open @ 7:30 PM, Show Begins @ 8:00 PM
Date: Saturday, September 21
Where: Empire House Live, 1865 Museum Blvd, Wichita
Cost: $10.00
Info: 316-350-3321

Why you should go:

In the mood for some laughter? Say What?! Improv is an improvisational comedy troupe that has been bringing comedy to Wichita for the past 11 years. The group’s 8 cast members bring together a high-energy comedy show that is reminiscent of the show, “Whose Line Is It Anyway?”

The show is intended for a mature audience of 16 years of age or older. Doors will open 30 minutes prior to the show (7:30 PM) and includes a cash bar.


4)      Midwest Beerfest

Date: Sept. 18, 20-21
Time: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Where: Century II Expo Hall, 225 W. Douglas Ave, Wichita
Cost: Adult - $40.00, Designated Driver - $15.00
Info: Call 316-682-5502 for reservations

Why you should go: The 13th Annual Midwest Beerfest is back and is bigger and better than ever! The 2013 beer festival features more than 350 handcrafted, imported and domestic brews – more than any other beer event in Wichita! Don’t drink beer? There will be plenty of non-alcoholic drinks as well.

Beginning on Friday, September 20, choose from three different venues for the festival’s ‘Beer & Food Lovers Beer Dinners.’ This year’s dinners will be served at the Wichita Marriott Hotel Double Tree by Hilton Wichita Airport, and Larkspur Bistro and Bar. Dinners begin at 7 p.m. and cost $55 per person.

The festival will continue on Saturday, September 21 with the Grand Tasting, located in Century II’s EXPO Hall. Participants will be allowed to sample several different kinds of high-end beers, while they bid on a ‘brew-lover’s’ silent auction. Tickets will get you a tasting mug, program guide and a key to the world of beers. The Grand Tasting will also include non-beer drinks, an array of beer-friendly food, a brew-lover’s Silent Auction with the opportunity to win lots of great prizes, and music. Tickets for the Grand Tasting are $40 (inclusive of convenience fee) and can be purchased at Century II’s WichitaTix box office, by calling (316) 219-4TIX or online at

Make sure to throw down an extra $5 for the popular “Midwest Wingfest” where you can sample a number of different wings prepared by local restaurants and chefs. The money raised will benefit the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals at Via Chrisiti Health.

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5)      Great Plains Fall Renaissance Festival 2013

Time: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM 
Date: Sat, Sept 21 – Sun, Sept 22
Where: Sedgwick County Park, 6501 W 21st Street North, Wichita
Cost: $1.00  - $5.00

Why you should go: The Age of Chivalry will come to life this weekend with the 2013 Fall Renaissance Festival in Wichita’s Sedgwick County Park.

The Fall Great Plains Renaissance Festival will continue to bring its yearly traditional entertainment, including the Medieval Olympics, jests and jousts, the Royal Gauntlets of Birds of Prey, belly dancers, medieval games, fire breathing daredevils, medieval music and vendors that will be selling everything medieval.

The entertainment line-up for the 2013 Fall Renaissance Festival includes:

  • Tribal Circus Wrapsody
  • Joust Evolution
  • Mother Nature
  • Highland Games Caber Toss
  • Didgeman & Scarlett
  • Smydgyn the singing pirates
  • The Saltire Pipers
  • Flamgra’ In Oolos
  • Gypsy dances from Amira Dance Production
  • Musical Blades
  • The Scallywags
  • Crazy Boy Coy
  • Kumpania Boleyn Romani
  • Royal Gauntlet Falconry
  • The Saltire Pipers
  • And Many More Dr. Dillinger’s Freaks & Floozies presents ‘Westward Ho’

Heads up: don’t forget to come dressed in your finest medieval attire!