Combine tasty barbeque, country music and improve comedy and you know it’s going to be a great weekend!

Read on for more information on this weekend’s picks for “Top 5 Things To Do In Wichita.” Make sure to also check out other Kansas events on KWCH’s Community Events Calendar: http://www.kwch.com/community

1)   20th Annual Sidewalk Sale

Time: 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Date: Friday, May 16 – Sunday, May 25
Where: The Fresh Market Stores
Cost: $2.00 Donations
Info: http://www.thefreshmarket.com/

Why you should go: The Fresh Market will celebrate their 20th anniversary of the “Hope Floats” Sidewalk Sale, starting Friday, May 16 through Sunday, May 18. The sale will take place from 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM daily to benefit JDRF, the leading global organization focused on funding type 1 (T1D) research.

During the event, all Fresh  Market stores will be selling hot dogs, root beer floats, and ice cream sundaes (regular & sugar free) for a donation of $2.00 each. 100% of the proceeds raised during this three-day sale will go directly to supporting JDRF and its research efforts.

2)   Wichita Ribfest

Date & Time:
11:00 AM – 11:00 PM – Friday, May 16
11:00 AM – 11:00 PM – Saturday, May 17
11:00 AM – 6:00 PM – Sunday, May 18
Where: INTRUST Bank Arena, 500 E. Waterman, Wichita
Cost: $5.00 wristband (gets you in all 3 days, does NOT include food & beverages) , Children 5 & under are FREE
Info: http://www.intrustbankarena.com/events.asp?id=11&pid=407&task=display&seldate=

Why you should go: Combine delicious barbequed ribs and live entertainment, and you get the 2014 Wichita Ribfest. The outdoor-festival will once again include three full days of award-winning barbeque and live entertainment, provided by national and local artists including Paramount, Dueling Pianos, Craig Campbell, Bryan Davis, Timmy Jonas, and more.

This year’s Ribfest includes six different rib vendors from around the nation. Guests can get into the event with a $5 wrist band (which  includes admission for all 3 days). Ticket price does NOT include food and beverage cost.

The event also includes a Ribfest Eating Contest, Classic Car Show, Petting Zoo, Kids Play Zone, Inflatables, and much more.

3)   Derby Kite Festival

Time: 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Date: Saturday, May 17
Where: High Park, 2801 E. James St., Derby
Cost: FREE
Info: www.derbyrec.com or 316-788-3781

Why you should go: Kites of all shapes and sizes will be soaring high in the sky this weekend at Derby’s 2nd Annual Kite Festival.

The day’s festivities will include the following: kite making, face painting, live music, a 1-Mile Fun Walk, professional kite flyers, disc golf, a candy drop from RC planes, multiple kite vendors, Bol races, and food vendors.

One of the goals of the Kite Festival is to get more people to spend time outdoors. Along with the various event activities, High Park also has play areas for children, biker and walker paths, and a pond for fishing.

4)   Brantley Gilbert

Time: 7:30 PM (Doors Open @ 6:30 PM)
Date: Saturday, May 17
Where: INTRUST Bank Arena, 500 E. Waterman, Wichita
Cost: $24.75 - $37.00
Info: http://www.intrustbankarena.com/events.asp?id=11&pid=568&task=display&seldate=

Why you should go: Country rocker, Brantley Gilbert, is bringing all new music and a new tour to INTRUST Bank Arena on Saturday, May 17. The singer’s 22-city LET IT RIDE TOUR will feature new material off his third studio album “Just as I Am,” which will be released on May 19, 2014

The concert also includes special performances by American country singers , Thomas Rhett and Eric Paslay. Tickets cost $37.00 or less and can be purchased online at: http://www.selectaseat.com/

5)   Mid-America Flea Market

Time: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Date: Sunday, May 18
Where: Kansas Coliseum, 1229 E. 85th St. North, Valley Center
Cost: Admission $1.00, Children 12 & Under are FREE
Info: http://www.midamericafleamarkets.com/wichita.nxg

Why you should go: Collectibles, antiques, memorabilia, vintage furniture, toys, books, jewelry, glassware – and probably any knickknack that you can think of, can be found at the Mid-America Flea Market.

The Mid-America Flea Market at the Kansas Coliseum is the largest indoor flea market in Kansas with more than 700 vendors. Every month, the event draws a crowd of 3,000, except for July and August when the event is closed. Just like the saying goes, ‘One man’s junk is another man’s treasure,’ which makes the flea market the perfect place to find hidden treasures.

6)   Museum Day

Time: 12 PM – 5 PM
Date: Sunday, May 18
Where: Wichita Art Museum, 1400 W. Museum Blvd., Wichita
Cost: FREE
Info: http://www.wichitaartmuseum.org/

Why you should go: Celebrate International Museum Day this Sunday, May 18, by spending the afternoon at the Wichita Art Museum. The museum will offer guests FREE admission in support of the national awareness day.

7)   Mike Birbiglia

Time: 7:30 PM
Date: Friday, May 16
Where:  The Orpheum Theatre, 200 N. Broadway, Wichita
Cost: $37.00 - $42.00
Info: http://www.wichitaorpheum.com/events/246/mike-birbiglia/

Why you should go: Stand-up comedian, Mike Birbiglia, is bringing his “Thank God for Jokes,” tour to Wichita’s Orpheum Theatre on Friday, May 16. 

The comedian has made more than 40 appearances on network television shows, including late-night talk shows with Jimmy Fallon, David Letterman, Craig Ferguson, Jimmy Kimmel, and Conan O’Brien.

Tickets are available online at Select-A-Seat.com and pricing for reserved seating is $42 Orchestra and Lower Balcony, $37 Upper Balcony.

8)   Great Plains Wood Carvers 47th Annual Show & Sale

Date & Time:
Sat, May 17 10:00 AM – 5:30 PM
Sun, May 18 – 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Where: Cessna Activity Center, 2744 S. George Washington Blvd., Wichita
Info: http://www.greatplainswoodcarvers.com/

Why you should go: The Great Plains Woodcarvers Show & Sale is an exciting wood carver's show, sale and competition that will take place at the Cessna Activity Center for 2-days. Woodcarvers from across the U.S. will come out to display their works of art, which will be for sale to the public.

On Sunday, the carvers will test their skills in a timed carving contest. Carvers will compete in a variety of categories, including human figures, animals, busts, caricatures and miniatures. Drawing tickets for three pieces of art will also be available. Winners will be announced on Sunday. 

The show will include commercial vendors, exhibits and a Sunday Brunch. A wide array of wood carving tools, supplies, and books will be available for anyone interested in learning wood-carving themselves.

9)   Victory in the Valley 23rd Annual East Meets West Walk/Run

Time: 7:00 AM
Date: Saturday, May 17
Where: 300 N. McLean, Wichita  
Info:http://www.victoryinthevalley.org/ or http://runwichita.org/race_calandar.php

Why you should go: Come encourage cancer patients, families and friends as they take on the 23rd Annual Victory in the Valley: East Meets West Walk/Run. For 23 years, Victory in the Valley has been raising money for cancer patients with this annual fundraiser, specifically helping cancer patients and families living in Wichita and throughout Kansas.

The 2014 Victory in the Valley will take place at Exploration Place on Saturday, May 17 at 7:00 AM. Each year, participants have the choice to either run or walk in the 5K Run (3.1 Mile), 2K Walk (1.2 Mile), Celebration Stroll (1/2 K, 0.3 Mile), and/or Kid’s Run (0.5  Mile, 12 & Under).

Online registration ends on Wednesday, May 14. To register and for more information, Click Here: http://www.victoryinthevalley.org/events.html

Victory in the Valley is a non-profit, cancer support organization, which began in 1983 which the mission to assist and encourage cancer patients and families. All net race proceeds will be used by Victory in the Valley to directly benefit cancer patients & families in Wichita & throughout Kansas. For more information on Victory in the Valley: www.victoryinthevalley.com