The 29th Annual Kansas Bluegrass Association Winter Bluegrass Festival
February 16th – 17th 2018
Marriott Hotel ~ 9100 Corporate Hills Drive, Wichita, Ks 67207
Bands include national touring groups Audie Blaylock and Redline, Sister Sadie, Monroe Crossing, and local bands Driven, KBA Treblemakers, Pop & the Boys, and Pastense. Other activities include vocal & instrument workshops, vendors, youth showcase, jamming all over the hotel (including a beginner slow jam on Friday afternoon!)
The Graphic below shows more information including Ticket Prices, Show Times and more!
Come for the day, afternoon, evening or the whole weekend! Go to www.kansasbluegrass.org and easily book your room online. A link is provided on the main and events pages. Bluegrass rate is $99 a night (2/15-2/17). Or call the Marriott directly at 316-651-0333. Be sure to request the bluegrass rate.
TheCars for Charities Rod & Custom Car Show has become a “A Wichita Tradition Since 1957”! The show first started in 1957 by car builder Darryl Starbird. In 2011, the show was purchased by a new local ownership group, Cars for Charities Co. a 501(c)(3) organization and turned the car show into a charity event.
The 12-member board for Cars for Charities Co. voted unanimously to change the name of the show this year to the Cars for Charities Rod & Custom Car Show. “As a board, after celebrating the Starbird-Devlin name with our 60th anniversary event, we felt it was the perfect time to change our name to more accurately reflect who we are and what our mission is with the show” comments Tim Devlin. “We purchased this show and continue to run it because of our commitment to serve this community. We feel changing the name to Cars for Charities allows us to tell our story and hopefully encourage even more people to come out and support not only our show but our two great local charities.”
2018 will be the 61st consecutive year this show has been held in Wichita!
January 19th, 20th and 21st 2018 ~ Century ll Convention Center, Wichita, Ks
Celebrating their 60th year in 2017, the annual Starbird-Devlin Rod & Customs Charities Car Show, had another banner year for attendance and fundraising. In 2017 the show raised $100,000 for their two local charities. Proceeds from the show were distributed equally to Starkey Foundation and The Arc of Sedgwick County – each receiving $50,000 donations as a result of the show and its fundraising efforts.
This is a Fun Event for the entire Family! Ticket prices are: Adults $12, Kids 12 years old – 17 years old $6, and Children 11 and younger are Free!
Friday, January 19th 2018 ~ Noon to 9 p.m
Saturday, January 20th 2018 ~ 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Sunday, January 21st 2018 ~ 10 a.m. to 5 p.m
Dont miss the Free Kids Zone with Model Car Make & Take, Face Painting, games and more! ~ The Free Kids Zone is Located in the Exhibition Hall Balcony ~ click here for more info!
Friday, January 19, 2018 ~ Free Kids Zone Open From 5:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M.
Saturday, January 20, 2018 ~ Free Kids Zone Open From 12:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M.
Sunday, January 21, 2018 ~ Free Kids Zone Open From 12:00 P.M. until 3:00 P.M.
Dont miss this Annual Event! Fun for the whole family!
For more information, visit the Cars for Charities Rod & Custom Car Show Website
Illuminations Christmas Light Display at Botanica ~ 701 N. Amidon, Wichita, Ks
November 24th – December 31st 2017. Illuminations is open seven days a week (excluding Christmas Eve and Christmas Day) 5:30pm-8:30pm
Tickets prices are: $10 adults, $7 members, $7 children
With more than one million lights, Botanica invites the community to tour themed gardens, hear live music and visit with Santa.
Illuminations transforms each garden area into a different themed holiday display or uniquely lit botanical setting. Every night, Santa visits and takes pictures with the children, and be sure and visit the Candy Cane Lane!
The Children’s Garden brings smiles to young and old with lit monster trees, fairy lights in the musical maze and fun holiday creatures lighting up every corner. Live carolers and music groups will be on hand to entertain everyone.
Hot chocolate, s’mores, dinner and more are sold throughout the gardens and, on the weekends, an adult hot toddy bar is available as well.
Along with your favorite holiday traditions, don’t forget to check the latest additions at Illuminations!
Watch the Main Meadow show and the beautiful Butterfly Garden is being overtaken with large and small butterflies.
Make sure you checkout the new strobe tree in the Children’s Garden Meadow, and stop by the funky tree to play a game of I-spy!
Last but not least, find Botanica’s Elf on the Shelf, Eddie, as he travels through the gardens to a new location each night, overseeing this unique holiday experience only at Botanica!
During Illuminations, additional parking and shuttle service will be available to make your arrival and departure as convenient as possible. Park in the south parking lot across from the Wichita Art Museum on Museum Blvd where shuttles will pick up passengers. Shuttles begin at 5:30pm and will make final pick ups from Botanica’s south gate at 9:15pm. The shuttle will be running every night! Botanica will also be offering another parking option located just west of Cowtown at the south gate and comfortably within walking distance.
New Year’s Fireworks
Join us for our New Year’s Celebration and last night of Illuminations. December 31st the fireworks will go off at 8pm.
Visit The Arc’s Lights with your family and friends this Holiday Season!
The Arc’s Lights are open November 23rd and every evening through December 28th, 2017
This is the 21st year for The Arc’s Lights(renamed from The Arc’s Lights on St Paul in 2015). It is The Arc of Sedgwick County’s largest fundraising event to support programs and services for nearly 4,000 individuals with developmental disabilities.
Drive thru over 1 million lights among hundreds of displays in this magical wonderland! Load the family in the car because everyone gets in for a $10 admission per vehicle on Fridays and Saturdays. Donations are appreciated every night. The reason is clear – to help provide programs that improve the lives of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Enter The Arc’s Lights from the intersection of Douglas and St. Paul St. The route goes north on St. Paul and then winds through the grounds of The Arc and the Independent Living Resource Center.
“Last year was our most successful year ever for this premier fundraising event for The Arc. We expect this year to continue to grow. This year’s exhibit is truly amazing. We have new displays alongside our traditional favorites. All funds raised will be used to help us provide qualify affordable programs to improve the lives of persons in our community living with developmental disabilities,” shared Kevin Fish, Executive Director.
Santa will be available for photos on the following dates and times in The Arc building
November 24th – 26th: 5:30 PM to 9:00 PM and Dec. 1st – 3rd: 5:30 PM to 9:00 PM Take a photo with your own camera. People will guide you where to park when you enter the driveway. Donations are appreciated.
Opening Night: Thanksgiving – 5:30 to 9:00 pm 1st Responders & Military Honored with free admission opening weekend November 23rd-26th
Thank you, Deborah Gdisis of Ameriprise, for sponsoring this weekend for our Heroes
$10 Admission Nights – Fridays & Saturdays – 5:30 to 10:00 pm Pre-purchase admission for $8 at any Wichita QT location
Donation Nights – Sundays through Thursdays – 5:30 to 9:00 pm
Sundays through Thursdays: 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
(Extended to 10 p.m. on Dec 18, 19, 20, 21)
Fridays and Saturdays: 5:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Christmas Eve: 5:30 pm to 11:30 p.m.
For more information, visit The Arc of Sedgwick County’s website
The Annual Holiday Open House is a collaborative event among Carriage Factory Art Gallery, Harvey County Historical Museum, Kauffman Museum, Warkentin House and Bethel College Women’s Association. Admission is free for all of the venues, with most offering free refreshments and activities.
As a special treat this year, the Goerz House, 2512 College Drive, North Newton, will be included as an event venue. Normally closed as a private residence, this Bethel College landmark will be the host site for the Bethel College Women’s Association’s open house. The home is on the National Register of Historic Places and is now the residence for the college president and his family. The women’s association will offer handmade crafts and gifts for sale, candy by the pound, baked goods and music by Bethel College Academy of Performing arts and Bethel College students.
Visitors to Kauffman Museum, located at 27th and Main streets in North Newton, can enjoy the museum and refreshments as well as an afternoon organ concert. Included in the museum’s exhibits is the special exhibit “Voices of Conscience: Peace Witness in the Great War.”
Carriage Factory Art Gallery, 128 E. Sixth St. in Newton, will feature special music and family art activities. Art and other items will be for sale throughout the gallery, including special displays in the gift shop and on the mezzanine. Children’s make-and-take art activities and a book signing with children’s author Bill Bush will be offered from 10 a.m. to noon, and the NUTS ukulele group also will perform from 10 a.m. to noon. “Artists at Work” demonstrations will be held from noon to 4 p.m. and an artist studio sale will be open all day.
The Harvey County Historical Museum, 203 N. Main St. in Newton, invites visitors to enjoy refreshments and view the final weekend of the special exhibit “Purposeful Stitches: Community Quilts” exhibit. The Coke Santa, a tradition at the museum, will also greet visitors.
The Warkentin House, 211 E. First St. in Newton, offers peppernuts and Mrs. Warkentin’s Russian tea while visitors can explore the Victorian home decorated to its holiday finest by local volunteers. Children and youth from the Home School Association of Newton and friends will share their vocal and instrumental talents throughout the day while visitors enjoy tours of this historic landmark.
All “Five Places of Christmas” sites are open from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Dec. 2nd and offer free admission, refreshments and activities to share the holidays with the community. If you have questions, please contact Melody Spurney at the Newton Convention & Visitors Bureau at (316) 284-3642 or email@example.com or any of the “Five Places” venues.
More Holiday Events in Newton!
The 30th annual Holiday Bazaarwill be held from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.Saturday, November 18th at the Newton Recreation Center, 415 N. Poplar. The annual market features beautiful handmade items from regional craft vendors. Admission is free. Drawings for door prizes donated by craft vendors will be held throughout the day.
The Hesston Bethel Performing Arts Series will offer its annual Christmas program with the Mirari Brass Quintet, an engaging and eclectic group, which brings a spirit of joyful collaboration and innovation to music spanning many centuries and genres in a celebration of Christmas. The performance will begin at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 1st at Hesston Mennonite Church at Hesston College. Tickets are available online at Hesston-bethel.org.
The Newton Lions Club sponsors the annual Parade of Lights. All of the participating floats in this classic Christmas parade are illuminated. Newton visitors and residents are invited to watch the parade, beginning at 6:30 p.m.Thursday, Dec. 7th. The route follows Main Street in the historic downtown business district. Admission is free. The public is also invited to the Newton Area Chamber of Commerce at Fifth and Main streets from 4:30-6:30 p.m.Dec. 7th for a free community open house. Following the parade, spectators can shop many downtown stores that will stay open late.
Bethel College jazz musicians will present their holiday concert at 8 a.m. Dec. 8th in Krehbiel Auditorium in the Luyken Fine Arts Center at Bethel College in North Newton.
Suzuki & Strings, affiliated with Bethel College Academy of Performing Arts, will perform its Sounds of the Season concert at 6 p.m. Dec. 16th at Bethel College Mennonite Church.
Linda Fern Johnson will lead a workshop entitled “Fused Glass Christmas Ornaments” from 10 a.m. to noonDec. 16th at Carriage Factory Gallery, 128 E. Sixth St., in downtown Newton. Cost is $40 and includes materials. To reserve a space, call 316-284-2894 Ext. 2749.