Wichita Riverfest *June 1st – June 9th 2018

Its Riverfest time!  Join your family and friends for all of the fun Events that Riverfest has to offer!

Riverfest has many fun Events including the Sundown Parade, Twilights Pop Concert and Opening Nights Fireworks on Friday, June 1st, the Riverfest Classic Car Show June 8th – 9th, and daily Concerts at 3 Venues!   Be sure and stop by the Food Court for all kinds of delicious food!

Each day of the Festival brings many Events that the entire family will enjoy! For a full list of Events and Activities, visit their Day Calendar.

Be sure and download the Mobile app for the Riverfest, its called “Wichita Riverfest 2018” and it’s available for iPhone and Android.

Artwork Credit – Joe Worley

Be sure and buy a Riverfest Button to get into all the Concerts and most Events free for all 9 days!  Adult Riverfest Buttons are just $10, Children Riverfest Buttons: 6-12 years are $5 and Children 5 and younger get into the Events for Free.  You can purchase buttons at the festival gates or at some area retail locations.

Artwork Credit – Joe Worley


Artwork Credit – Joe Worley

 This photo was the Best of Show winner of the Riverfest 2017 Photo Contest – taken by Debbie Greene.

Photo Credit – Debbie Greene
 For more details on the Wichita Riverfest, visit their website at  wichitariverfest.com


Artwork Credit – Joe Worley




Wichita Riverfest *June 2nd – June 10th 2017

Don’t miss all the great events happening at Wichita Riverfest!   June 2nd – June 10th 2017

9 days of fun!

The Wichita Riverfest has something for everyone!   Some of the Riverfest Events include: Concerts, Paddle Boats, Cajun Food Fest, Wagonmasters River Tours, Food Court and more!

A Riverfest Button is needed for admission to the Activities –  Adults: $10, Children 6-12: $5,  Children 5 and younger: Free.  Purchase your Riverfest Buttons at the Festival Gates or at Wichita Area QuikTrip and Dillons locations.

Visit the Wichita Riverfest Day Calendar link for a list of Daily Activities

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Graphic Credit – Wichita Riverfest

As part of the Riverfest Events, The Blacktop Nationals are inside Century II’s Expo, Convention and Exhibition Halls beginning Friday, June 9 through Saturday, June 10.  Visit here for more info!

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Download the Riverfest 2017 Mobile App for Iphone and Android phones – click here for more info!

For more information and updates visit Wichita Riverfest website,  Facebook @wichitariverfest,  Twitter @Riverfest and Instagram @wichitariverfest

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Wichita Riverfest *June 3rd – 11th

The 2016 Wichita Riverfest starts this Friday, June 3rd with events happening daily through Saturday, June 11th.  There is something for everyone including outdoor activities, concerts, festival food, fireworks, and so much more!

Your ‘ticket’ to all of the concerts and most events free for all 9 days is your Riverfest button: 

Adults: $10 ♦   Children (6-12): $3 ♦   Children (5 and younger): FREE

Adult Button 2016
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Child Button 2016
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Click here for the Daily Event Links that show all the events happening each day!

The Blacktop Nationals will be featured this year during Riverfest!  Presented by Midwest Ford Dealers, Blacktop Nationals is celebrating its 7th annual show in downtown Wichita. This event will take place June 9th -11th in Century II Expo Hall and the surrounding area.

Blacktop Nationals
Graphic Courtesy – Wichita Riverfest


Graphic Courtesy – Wichita Riverfest

For more information visit Wichita Riverfest  Online

Twitter @Riverfest

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Friends of The Wichita Public Library ‘Summer Paperback Book Sale’ *June 6th 11 am – 5 pm

Book Sale June 6 2015

The Friends of the Wichita Public Library will host a “Paperback Book Sale”, Saturday June 6th, in conjunction with the Wichita Riverfest.

Central Library (West Patio) | 223 S. Main St, Wichita KS 67202 | 11:00 am to 5:00 pm

  Book prices for this event:  25¢ per book or 5 paperbacks for $1

The Friends of the Library take pride in the high quality books they offer in many genres.

For more information about this Book Sale or the Friends of the Wichita Public Library, visit wichitalibraryfriends.org or call (316) 261-8500.

Proceeds from book sales support programs and services at our public libraries.

Follow The Friends of the Wichita Public Library: Facebook ♦ Twitter 

Final Friday Events – Wichita, KS *May 29th

With the start of Riverfest and all of the Final Friday Events on May 29th, there is something for everyone!

Art Galleries, Museums, Retail Shops and Restaurants stay open late on the last Friday of the month,  hours vary between Galleries but most are open between the hours of  7 pm and 9 pm.

For more information on the Wichita Downtown Final Friday Events, visit http://www.downtownwichita.org

Delano Barbecue Company to host Wilfried Fathi and ‘Slingshot’

Final Friday May 29th at Delano Barbeque Company

Photo Credit - Delano Barbeque Company
Photo Credit – Delano Barbeque Company

Fine art inspired by the myths and the ancient dynasties of Persia along with the people and history of Germany will pair up with the historic Delano District and hearty American Barbecue for Final Friday in May as Wilfried Fathi brings his Visionary Paintings and work to Delano Barbecue Company. Titled “Slingshot,” Fathi hopes this latest exhibit will help to bring more artists and enjoyment of the arts to Delano.

“And the trolley,” he said, with a laugh. “We need the trolley back in Delano for Final Fridays!”

As a college art instructor, Fathi regularly gets to experiment with different media, styles and techniques, many of which will be on display Friday at the barbecue restaurant, located at 710 W. Douglas. The art piece featured on the Final Friday posters, for example, is a multi-layered work titled “Rostam” (32in X 24in) crafted in acrylic, gouache, charcoal, soft pastel, and his own gesso of table and Kosher salt on canvas. This piece (which Fathi plans to bring to the exhibit) features a layer of careful stencil work in both positive and negative imagery, a frieze of charcoal and depicts tributes being delivered to Persopolis. Other pieces are acrylic on hardboard, scratchboard, and various papers. Out of his large and diverse collection, available to view online at www.facebook.com/WAArtStudio, Fathi said he plans to select at least eight pieces for display.

Don’t expect to see a multitude of landscapes or portraits only at this exhibit. As an instructor, Fathi teaches painting and drawing to students and is always immersed in a variety of styles and techniques – and thus inspired by them and their variety.

“I am eclectic. I do not want to do the same thing over and over – only landscapes, for example. On one hand, it can help an artist develop a recognizable style but on the other but on the other? I refuse to be repetitive.”

Just his background could easily keep Fathi from becoming bored as an artist. American, German and Persian influence and culture all combine to direct the artistic vision of the artist who earned his MFA (Master of Fine Art) in Printmaking, Painting and Sculpture from Wichita State University.

“My art is influenced by the cultures in which I grew up, German and Persian and the one in which I live: America,” he said. Fathi grew up surrounded by the traditions of Persian art in Tehran, where he attended a German school. Outside of school, his eye was caught by western art, however, it was the craftsmen of his home city and their carpets, silver, copper and  “all the Persian crafts had a major influence on me. Not that I wouldn’t have been eclectic anyway!”

Another contribution to his eclectic style was a Russian thread seller he encountered in the Tehran bazaar, and would visit after school. He was a classically-trained painter and took commissions from local dignitaries and art-lovers. “You know, I never saw him sell any thread, but commissions? There were many, many orders and commissions for his paintings.”

Delano Barbecue Company owners Michelle and Jon Suddeth hold a strong belief that businesses should give back to their communities. Each Final Friday, the artist selects a charity for 10% of the restaurants proceeds for the night to benefit. Fathi has selected the Parkinson’s Association of the Plains.

Michelle, a graphic artist herself, always strives to keep Final Friday events kid friendly to help encourage early enjoyment and appreciation of the arts. “Our awesome S’mores Bar will be out, kids of all ages love it,” she said. “This Final Friday is family friendly, so grab the kids and come see some great artwork by our friend Wilfried.”

For further information, please contact Michelle Suddeth at ( 316 ) 260-4950

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Wichita Riverfest *May 29th – June 6th 2015

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Wichita Riverfest ~ May 29th – June 6th

Opening day activities on Friday, May 29th, include the Sundown Parade, Twilight Pops Concert and Opening Nights Fireworks!

The Schedule of Events includes something for everyone!

Your Riverfest button is your admission ticket to 9 days of fun:

Adult button ~ $10  |  Child’s button ~ $3  |  Purchase at Dillions, QuikTrip, and other retail locations

Many Wichita museums & attractions, including Botanica, Exploration Place, and the Wichita Art Museum are offering discounts on admission (with your Riverfest button) between May 29th – June 6th.

Follow Wichita Riverfest on Twitter and Facebook

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