Spend the last weekend of July enjoying a Bridal Expo, watching a hit musical, or shopping unique handcrafted items.

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)   Century II Wichita Bridal Expo

Date & Time:
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM – Saturday, July 26
12:00 PM – 4:00 PM – Sunday, July 27
Where: Century II Exhibition Hall, 225 W. Douglas, Wichita
Cost: $8 at the door, $11 for a 2-day pass
Info: http://www.wichitabridalshow.com/

Why you should go: This is without a doubt the place to be this weekend for all brides to be!

The 11th Annual Bridal Expo is Wichita’s premier wedding expo, featuring over 250 vendor booths with experts who can help you pick out the perfect wedding cake, food and drink provider, bridal gown, venue, photographer, florist, DJ, videographer, décor, and much more.

Inside the expo, you’ll be able to sample a wide variety of food, beverages, cakes and desserts from local restaurants.

A fashion show will also include the latest trends in wedding gowns, bridesmaid and flower girl dresses, and tuxedos from some of Wichita’s most popular bridal stores.

This “one stop shop” for upcoming weddings also provides a great place for anyone planning a special occasion, such as an anniversary, birthday, or graduation.

Those who attend the event can also sign up for a drawing of several different prizes, including a $10,000 wedding package by Corporate Caterers, a Las Vega Trip for 2 by Air Capital, 8 Day 7 Night Carnival Cruise, and $1,350 outdoor wedding ceremony at Tanganyika Wildlife Park.

For more information on this event, CLICK HERE.

2)   Catch Me If You Can

Date & Time:
8:00 PM - Wednesday, July 23
8:00 PM – Thursday, July 24
8:00 PM – Friday, July 25
2:00 PM & 8:00 PM – Saturday, July 26
2:00 PM & 7:00 PM - Sunday, July 27
Where: Century II, 225 W. Douglas
Cost: $24.00 - $62.00, Purchase tickets online: https://www.choicesecure03.net/mainapp/eventschedule.aspx?Clientid=MTW
Info: http://www.mtwichita.org/home

Why you should go:

The high-flying, splashy musical "Catch Me If You Can," will run Wednesday through Sunday at Century II. The musical is based on a true story and the hit Hollywood film starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hanks, which tells the story of Frank W. Abagnale, Jr., a teenager who runs away from home in search of the glamorous life by successfully posing as a pilot, a doctor and a lawyer.

There are seven performances to choose from, running Wednesday, July 16, through Sunday, July 20. Tickets can be purchased online here: http://www.mtwichita.org/home

3)   Craftapalooza and Fabulous Vintage Market

Time: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Date: Saturday, July 26
Where:  Century II Convention Hall
Cost: $3.00; Children 12 & Under are FREE
Info: http://www.montagefestivals.com/

Why you should go: If you enjoy crafting or appreciate unique items, then this one day shopping ‘extravaganza’ is definitely the event for you to check out this weekend. Enjoy one full day of browsing one-of-a-kind items that you won’t be able to find in any retail shop.

Craftpalooza will feature a wide range of items that include repurposed items, vintage antiques, bling and glam boutique items, arts & crafts, trendy clothing, handmade items, bedazzled jewelry, unique treasures, glamorous home décor, and much more.

4)   CityArts’ 10th Birthday

Date & Time:
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM – Friday, July 25
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM – Saturday, July 26
Where: CityArts
Cost: Friday FREE, $50 Saturday
Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/640639312686018/

Why you should go: Help celebrate CityArts’ 10th birthday by with a full weekend of activities during the “CityArts Xtravaganza.”

The birthday extravaganza will begin on Friday, July 25, FREE activities for the general public to enjoy. Activities will include the 6th Annual Sculpture WalkAbout unveiling, an art-themed scavenger hunt around Old Town, art demonstrations, and of course… birthday cake! The event takes place at CityArts from 6 PM to 9 PM.

On Saturday, July 26, the CityArts’ birthday extravanganza will continue with a fundraising gala which will treat guests to “Taste of Downtown” food stations,  art demonstrations, a silent and live auction, and wine in keepsake glasses. A limited amount of gala tickets are available for $50 per ticket, which can be purchased online at WichitaTix.com or at the door.

The money raised during the event will go towards supporting the CityArts scholarship fund, which focuses on making art classes more accessible to everyone despite financial status. CityArts is located at 334 N. Mead.

5)   Final Friday

Date: Friday, July 25
Where: Various Venues, list here: http://downtownwichita.org/have_fun-first_final_friday.php
Cost: Price Varies
Info: http://downtownwichita.org/have_fun-first_final_friday.php

Why you should go: It’s the last Friday of the month, which means that July’s ‘Final Friday’ will be celebrated in downtown Wichita. If you’ve never heard of Final Friday, it’s a monthly event that celebrates the local arts and culture in Wichita. Every last Friday of the month, area art galleries, retail shops, museums and restaurants stay open late to welcome visitors.

Art galleries usually use the day to unveil new artwork or as a closing reception for a show. Since many of the Final Friday art galleries are close together, visitors can view several galleries all in one evening. Art shows aren’t the only things to see while out on Final Friday. You can also listen to live music at many downtown restaurants or participate in other unique Final Friday activities.

All Final Friday venues are free and open to the public. There is also a free Q-line trolley service that will transport art lovers to the Downtown venues. The trolley ride allows attendees to park once and visit as many Final Friday galleries/events as they wish.

6)   Aladdin

Time: Doors open at 11:00 a.m., buffet is at 11:15 a.m. and the show starts at 12:30 p.m.  
Date: Runs every Friday and Saturday through August 9
Where: Crown Uptown Dinner Theatre, 3207 E. Douglas, Wichita
Cost: $15.00 per person
Info: http://www.crownuptown.com/

Why you should go: Come see your favorite characters from the hit animated Disney movie perform live at Crown Uptown. Aladdin, Jasmine, the Genie and the rest of the Aladdin gang will all be present as the children’s theatre recreate the classic story full of magic, song and dance, magic carpet rides, and mayhem.

Tickets cost $15 per person and include lunch fare:  chicken nuggets, macaroni and cheese, hot dogs, French fries, applesauce and a cookie. Lunch begins at 11:15 AM prior to the shows.

7)   Summer Concert Series 2014

Time: 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Date: Fridays through August 15
Where:  WaterWalk, 515 S. Main
Cost: FREE
Info: http://www.keyn.com/Summer-Concert-Series-2014/19215326

Why you should go: Every Friday evening until August 15th the Wichita WaterWalk will host the annual Summer Concert Series. The summer event has become a favorite tradition for many Wichitans and offers a place where they can listen and dance to music on beautiful summer nights.

The FREE concerts will take place in the WaterWalk Commons, where food and drinks will be available for purchase. Concerts start at 8:00 PM. For the full concert schedule, check below:

Upcoming Shows:

  • Friday, July 25 – Crosstown Traffic
  • Friday, August 1 – Annie Up
  • Friday, August 8 – The Funtones
  • Friday, August 15 – Across The Pond, Rockin’ Horse & Carson Mac