What to do this weekend in Wichita: August 13-15
Summer is moving away, but it leaves a lot of live music in its wake. In addition to Melissa Etheridge’s concert at the Cotillion on Sunday, Wichita will be hosting many other live music events over the weekend as well as some food tasting opportunities: Steak and Garlic Salad, anyone?
Here’s a guide to some of the events taking place over the weekend that begins August 13th.
Punk invades the wave
7:30 p.m. Saturday, Wave, 650 E. Second St.
Punk bands Dropkick Murphys and Rancid have teamed up for a tour called “Boston to Berkeley II”, and it arrives at Wichita’s Wave on Saturday night. The two groups, who toured in 2017 with their original “Boston to Berkeley” tour, will perform at the open-air concert hall, 650 E. Second St., starting at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. General admission tickets are $ 45 in advance and VIP Pit tickets are $ 99. They are available at www.waveict.com.
Heatfest 21 at Kirby’s Beer Store
Friday through Sunday, Kirby’s Beer Store, 3227 E. 17th St. North
It’s hot out there, and it’ll get even hotter this weekend with a three-day local music festival called Heatfest 21. The event, which takes place Friday, Saturday and Sunday night at Kirby’s Beer Store, 3227 E 17th St. North, will feature six to eight local bands each evening, performing both indoors and outdoors on the patio. Among them: Rudy Love Jr. and The Cavves Friday; Dead Shows and Snowchild on Saturdays; and Pretend Friend and Old Man Creaky Bones on Sunday. Admission is free, but the money from the group’s tip buckets and auctions of merchandise will go directly to the artists.
The defeat of Cowtown
4 p.m. Saturday, Old Cowtown Museum, 1865 Museum Blvd.
Cowtown Throwdown is a concert scheduled for Saturday at the Old Cowtown Museum that will feature music from Pop and the Boys, Dustin Arbuckle and the Damnations and Mountain Deer Revival. The event will also include food from The Bomb BBQ and drinks from Shaken or Stirred bartending. (Food and drinks will cost extra.) The night, which will also include shootouts and saloon girl performances, will begin at 4 p.m. in Old Cowtown. Admission is $ 15, $ 10 for Cowtown members, and tickets are available by calling 316-350-3323 or on the event page at facebook.com/OldCowtownMuseum.
Summer concerts final
8 p.m. Friday, Hartman Arena parking lot, 8151 N. Hartman Arena Drive, Park City
Summer is coming to an end, as is the popular KEYN free concert series that takes place every year. The five-concert series finale, which kicked off in July, will be held Friday from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. in the Hartman Arena parking lot and will feature music by classic rock band King Midas. Food trucks Lost in the Sauce, The Bomb BBQ, Noble House Hawaiian, Neives’ Mexican Food Truck and Southeast Carryout will also be there to serve food. Participants must bring garden chairs as well as money to purchase food and drinks, alcoholic and non-alcoholic, which will be sold on site. They can bring coolers but not glass bottles or outside liquor. Coolers can be inspected at the door.
11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Walton’s Inc., 3639 N. Comotara
The annual Walton’s Steak Cookoff is scheduled for Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Walton’s Inc., a meat supply store at 3639 N. Comotara, and it will feature music, food trucks, $ 1 beer samples. and samples of steak, pulled pork, chicken, bratwurst, beef jerky and more. While they eat and enjoy adult drinks from bartender Shaken or Stirred, attendees will also be able to walk around and watch 75 steak teams from across the country compete for $ 10,000 in prizes. The event will also include a giveaway for a new charcoal barbecue, and people will be able to shoot at a target provided by Diamond Archery. Tickets cost $ 10 at the door and the event will raise funds for the Air Capital Flyers Special Olympics team.
Free Comic Day
Various comic book stores around Wichita on Saturday
Saturday is Free Comic Day, an annual event where comic book stores around the world offer free comics to people who visit their stores. The event, which has been held annually for the past 20 years, will be observed by several Wichita stores, including Wizards Asylum ICT at 1309 W. 31st St. South and Hero Haven at 1625 S. Rock Road. Prairie Dog Comics at 4800 W. Maple will not participate due to owner concerns about COVID-19 and the large number of children who usually attend the event. The store says it will do another event in the future.
Shop and food
11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Naftzger Park, 601 E. Douglas
Festive ICT is hosting another part of its Shop & Grub Sunday market at Naftzger Park, 601 E. Douglas. Merchants in and outside town will be at the market, which takes place on the third Sunday of each month through October, and they will sell items like vintage clothing, jewelry, art and more. Denise Neil of the Wichita Eagle will be there to sell copies of her new book, “Classic Restaurants of Wichita”, and she will have samples of Ken’s Klub Garlic Salad while supplies last. There will be food trucks as well as alcoholic drinks for sale. The market takes place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free and the event is open to all ages.