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.
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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
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
Outdoor Living and Landscape Show: Garden-themed exhibits and vendors, March 1-3, Century II Expo Hall
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
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
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
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
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
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
Christmas tree lighting: November 23, Bradley Fair. www.bradleyfair.com
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