Now that school has started, our thoughts begin to turn to fall and the return of cooler weather, boots, sweaters, and of course, pumpkin spice everything. This time of year, the calendar is also filled with great community events – so many that it can be hard to keep track of them all. Here are a few ideas if you’re looking for things to do in September:
September 3 – 5
ICT Fest – A three-day music festival featuring 45 local, regional and nationally-known bands. Now in its 11th year, this year’s event will be held at El Vaquero, located at Central and Cleveland in Wichita. Funky Monkey Munchies food truck will be serving unique Asian and Mexican dishes.
Bob Struble Memorial Golf Tournament – Bob Struble served as a Riverfest volunteer and many years. This year’s tournament proceeds will be donated in Bob’s memory to Victory in the Valley and the Hope Funds for Cancer Research.
September 11 – 20
Kansas State Fair – Includes the typical offerings of fried foods and midway rides, as well as a pedal pull, beard and mustache competition, and concerts by Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, Sam Hunt, and a show by Gabriel Iglesias. There are lots of events every day, so be sure to check the schedule and complete entertainment list to plan your visit.
Zoobilee – The Sedgwick County Zoo’s big annual fundraiser features food and drinks, live music, live and silent auctions, animal adoptions, and much more. This event is held rain or shine, and part of your ticket purchase is tax deductible.
Wichita Honeybee Festival – The family-friendly event at the Great Plains Nature Center includes a showing of the film “Vanishing of the Bees”, crafts and games for kids, honey tasting, and viewing and learning about different types of bees and how you can have them in your own back yard.
September 18 – 20
Autumn & Art – The free annual outdoor art show and sale is held near the lake at Bradley Fair. Enjoy live music, food, drinks, hands-on art activities for kids, a youth gallery, and shopping for fine artworks by 100 artists from all over the U.S.
Wine Mosey at Old Cowtown Museum – This fundraiser benefiting the museum will feature a wine tasting, stagecoach rides, barbecue dinner, hors d’oeuvres, live entertainment, gunfight reenactments, and antique bowling. Dress in casual or Western clothes and wear comfortable shoes.
September 25 & 26
Valley Center Fall Festival – This annual event includes carnival rides, a parade on Saturday morning, carnival food, crafts for sale, live music, a washer tournament, frog and turtle races, a kids’ festival, and a fishing derby.
Wagonmaster’s Downtown Chili Cookoff – Coldwell Banker Plaza Real Estate will be competing in this fun event again this year. Take a stroll down Douglas, sample chili, vote for your favorite (hopefully ours!), and enjoy live entertainment from Annie Up. In addition to the public tasting, there will also be a pepper eating contest, and Mr. Hot Stuff and Ms. Chili Pepper competitions.
September 26 & 27
Great Plains Renaissance Festival – The fall festival features the same medieval entertainment as the spring show, such as knights, pirates, jugglers, dancers, jousting, musicians and more. Held at Sedgwick County Park, the event also features food, drinks, crafts and other products for sale.
Food Trucks at the Fountain – Enjoy live music, a selection of Wichita’s best food trucks, and even a Yoga class at the WaterWalk on the last Sunday of each month. Outdoor Yoga begins at 10 am, and food will be served from 11:30 am – 2:00 pm.
September is a BIG month for road races in Wichita, from 5Ks to half marathons, and there’s usually something every weekend for runners and walkers alike. Check out the complete list on RunWichita.com.
Find even more things to do in Wichita on the 360Wichita.com event calendar.