Top 5 Things To Do This Weekend In Wichita

Published On: Dec 24 2013 12:39:31 PM CST   Updated On: Oct 29 2013 05:05:50 PM CDT
Top 5 Things To Do This Weekend In Wichita

Get your holiday shopping done early or enjoy an evening tasting high quality wines. There are also two activities designed for children and one wild party just for adults.

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)    1st Annya’ll Redneck Wine Tastin’

Time: 7 PM – 10 PM
Date: Friday, October 11
Where: Kansas Aviation Museum
Cost: $35 at the door, $30 in advance

Why you should go: Wine lovers get ready for the Kansas Aviation Museum’s 1st Annya’ll Redneck Wine Tastin’. Enjoy an evening of tasting high quality wines paired with some enjoyable hors d’oeuvres, all while inside the museum’s great historic terminal. Since this is a ‘Redneck’ event, feel free to come dressed in camo attire!



2)    ConAir 2013

Time: 8AM – 4 PM
Date: Saturday, October 12
Where: Kansas Aviation Museum, 3350 South George Washington Blvd., Wichita  
Cost: $6.95 - $8.95 (FREE Children 3 & Under)

Why you should go: If you’re into life-size aircraft or have an interest in plastic airplane models, the Kansas Aviation Museum is where you need to be this weekend! Also, this year’s ConAir will be celebrating The 60th Anniversary of Korea: The Forgotten War 1953 – 2013.

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ConAir 2013 will have hundreds of high quality plastic models displayed throughout the museum and competing against each other for different categorical awards. Plastic models will include aircraft, armor, automobile, diorama, figure, sci-fi, ship, and spacecraft.

In addition to the plastic models competition, children under 12 can build and bring home their very own FREE model of a Revell F-14 TomCat, Camaro car kit or an FY-117 stealth fighter – which the museum volunteers will help build.

Schedule of Events:

7:00 AM to 8:00 AM Vendor Setup

8:00 AM to 4:00 PM Museum, Show & Contest, Vendor Room Open

8:00 AM to 12:00 PM Contest Registration

9:30 AM to 2:30 PM Special Events, Make & Take and Modeling Demonstrations

12:30 PM to 3:00 PM Judging (Contest Area remains Open)

3:30 PM Awards Ceremony Begins

4:00 PM Show & Contest, Vendor Room Closes



3)    Encounters Convention

Time: Schedule:  
Date: Friday, October 11 – Sunday, October 13
Where:  915 E. 53rd St. N., Wichita
Cost: $12 - $20 ($29.50 Full Weekend Pass)

Why you should go: The Annual 2013 Encounters Convention is a three-day multi-genre convention that caters to fans of Science Fiction, Horror, Fantasy, Steampunk, Comic Books, Games and Anime.

The convention is fun for all ages and features a variety of events and festivities, including a 24-hour gaming room, multi-genre panels, an artist’s alley, fashion show, Friday night mixer, and tea parties.

Don’t forget to come watch the convention’s Costume Contest which will include characters of all genres (anime, Sci-Fi movies, manga, comics, video games, steampunk, horror, etc.). Costumes must be made by the contest participants and should not go beyond a PG-13 rating. For a complete list of contest guidelines and regulations, CLICK HERE:



4)    ArtAID 2013

Time: Doors Open @ 7 PM, Show @ 8 PM
Date: Saturday, October 12
Where: The Cotillion, 11120 W. Kellogg Dr., Wichita
Cost: $65.00 in advance, $75.00 @ the door
Info: 316-722-4201

Why you should go: Get ready to party at this year’s ArtAID. The annual fundraiser will be held at The Cotillion, which will feature a ‘Hair and Fashion Show like no other.’

If you’re not familiar with ArtAID, it’s an annual event which combines a night of live and silent auctions on donated artwork, spectacular live performances and a dance-infused fashion show. You can also expect to see acrobats, musicians, clothing designers, models, actors, national dancers, amazing artwork and more.

ArtAid was created over 20 years ago to raise money for people living with AIDS/HIV in the Wichita community. The fundraiser has successfully raised over 2 million dollars for the cause throughout the years.  



5)    10th Annual Holiday Galleria

Date & Times:
7 PM – 10 PM - Thursday, October 10
10 AM – 4:30 PM - Friday, October 11
9 AM – 5 PM - Saturday, October 12
10 AM – 4 PM - Sunday, October 13
Where: Century II Expo Hall
Cost: $10 General Admission
Info: 316-682-7473

Why you should go: Attention all shoppers: the 10th Annual Holiday Galleria is coming to Century II this weekend. Start your holiday shopping by coming to this upscale shopping event. Here you will find unique accessories, apparel, beauty and bath products, children’s clothing and toys, food and beverages, holiday décor, home décor, jewelry, and much more from over 120 regional and national merchants.

The objective of the 2013 Holiday Galleria is to raise money to fulfill Junior League of Wichita, Inc.’s mission of building a better community. The Junior League of Wichita is a non-profit made up of women who are committed to building a better community, developing the potential of women, and promoting volunteerism.



6)    BOOtanica

Time: 11 AM – 4 PM
Date: Saturday, October 12
Where: Botanica, 701 Amidon St., Wichita
Cost: $7.00 , $5.00 for Members
Info: 316-264-0448

Why you should go: Celebrate Halloween by taking the family out to BOOtanica this Saturday. The special fall festival is held at Wichita’s Botanica Gardens and offers a list of fun activities, including decorating a trick or treat bag, getting your face painted, or creating a glowing ghost.

While you’re there, don’t forget to enjoy the wonders of nature in the beautiful garden settings. Costumes are optional, but having fun is mandatory.