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What’s on the calendar for Wichita events in 2013?

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013, at 1:51 p.m.
  • Updated Friday, Jan. 4, 2013, at 9:34 a.m.

You could count on your memory to get you to all the fun events Wichita has to offer this year.

Or you could count on your calendar, which you can fill in using this guide.

The following list offers the dates and contact information for most of the big events happening in Wichita this year, including the Midwest Beerfest, the Wichita River Festival and Woofstock.

January

Wichita Bridal Expo: Jan. 12-13 at Century II Expo Hall. www.wichitabridalshow.com

Starbird-Devlin Rod and Custom Car Show: Jan 18-20 at Century II. www.starbirddevlin.com

February

Home Show 2013: Feb. 7-10, Century II. http://www.wabahome.com

Equifest of Kansas: Feb. 8-10, Kansas Pavilions. www.equifestofks.com

Women’s Fair: Gathering of vendors, exhibitors and speakers that appeal to women. Feb. 15-17, Century II. www.womensfair.com

March

Outdoor Living and Landscape Show: Garden-themed exhibits and vendors, March 1-3, Century II Expo Hall

April

Kansas Grown Farmers Market: Opens April 6, Extension Center. www.kansasgrownfarmersmarket.com

“Gridiron 2013:” Satirical stage show starring members of local media spoofing the news. April 11-13, Orpheum Theatre, 316-268-6327

Midwest Winefest: Old Town Walkabout, dinners and grand tasting. April 18-20, Century II Exhibition Hall. www.midwestwinefest.com

Great Plains Spring Renaissance Festival: Celebration of all things medieval and giant turkey legs, April 20-21, Sedgwick County Park. www.greatplainsrenfest.com

May

Old Town Farmers Market: Opens May 4, First Street & Mosley. www.oldtownfarmersmarket.com/

Art & Book Fair: May 11-12, Century II. http://wichitaartmuseum.org/artBookFair.html

Wichita River Festival: May 31-June 8, downtown Wichita. www.wichitariverfestival.com

June

Symphony in the Flint Hills: June 15. Tickets to this popular event, which will take place near Florence, usually sell out in a matter of hours. Tickets go on sale in March. www.symphonyintheflinthills.org

Music Theatre of Wichita: Season starts with "Monty Python’s Spamalot" on June 12 in Century II’s Concert Hall. www.musictheatreofwichita.org

July

Celebrate America concert and fireworks: July 4, Bradley Fair. www.bradleyfair.com

Anime Festival: Hyatt Regency, July 12-14, www.afwcon.org

Drums Across Kansas, July 16, venue to be announced www.drumsacrosskansas.com

September

Kansas State Fair: Sept. 6-15, Hutchinson. www.kansasstatefair.com

Zoobilee: Fundraiser with lots of food, drink and music, Sept. 7, Sedgwick County Zoo. www.scz.org

Autumn & Art: Sept. 13-15, www.autumnandart.com

Midwest Beerfest: Beer-tasting event, Sept. 20-21 Century II Expo Hall, www.midwestbeerfest.com

Wagonmasters Chili Cookoff: Competitive cooking and eating event. Sept. 28, downtown Wichita. www.wagonmasterschili.com

Walnut Valley Festival: Sept. 18-22, 918 Main Street, Winfield www.wvfest.com

Great Plains Fall Renaissance Festival: Sept. 21-22, Sedgwick County Park. www.greatplainsrenfest.com

Wichita Flight Festival: Sept. 28-29, Jabara Festival. www.wichitaflightfestival.com

October

Woofstock: Celebration of dogs, Oct. 5, Sedgwick County Park. www.kshumane.org/woofstock.html

Holiday Galleria: Holiday shopping event, Oct. 10-13, Century II Expo Hall

Tallgrass Film Festival: Independent film screenings and parties, Oct. 16-20, various sites in Wichita. www.tallgrassfilmfest.com

Night of the Living Zoo: Kids trick-or-treating event at Sedgwick County Zoo, Oct. 25-27, www.scz.org

Trick-or-Treat Street: Trick-or-treat event for kids, Oct. 25-27, Wichita Children’s Theatre and Dance Center, 201 Lulu. www.wctdc.com

November

Christmas tree lighting: November 23, Bradley Fair. www.bradleyfair.com

December

Mayor’s tree lighting/Night with Santa: Dec. 3, Kennedy Plaza/Century II.

Illuminations: Glowing garden event at Botanica, Dec. 1-30. www.botanica.org

“The Nutcracker:” Presented by Friends University, Dec. 13-15, Dec. 20-21. www.friends.edu

“The Nutcracker:” Presented by Ballet Wichita, Dec. 14-15, Century II. www.balletwichita.com

Contributing: Ryan Wright of the Eagle

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