It goes without saying that Riverfest is occupying the vast majority of the social calendar in Wichita right now.
That doesn’t mean there aren’t other events planned that have nothing to do with Riverfest.
If you’re looking for fun in Wichita this weekend that doesn’t involve festival food, try some of these options:
En Power and Light CD Release
6 p.m. Fri., Abode Venue, 1330 E. Douglas
Local band En Power & Light will release its new album, “Come On Love,” with a special concert Friday evening at Abode Venue. The trio has a unique sound that blends folk, blues and soul. Wichita musician Tony Ngo will join the group for this special performance. All ages are welcome.
Wichita Chamber Chorale Cabaret
6:30 p.m. Fri., Prairie Pines, 4055 N. Tyler Road
The Wichita Chamber Chorale is hosting a fundraiser cabaret Friday night at Prairie Pines. Come see the chorus showcase its singers in solos, duets and as an ensemble. Includes food and drink, a house band and a silent auction. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., the band starts at 7 p.m. and the performances start at 7:30 p.m.
$25 general admission, $15 students. www.wichitachorale.com
‘Move – Beyond – Live On Tour’
7:30 p.m. Fri., Hartman Arena, 8151 N. Hartman Arena Drive, Park City
“Dancing With the Stars” alumni Derek and Julianne Hough return to Park City’s Hartman Arena for a performance Friday evening. The “Move – Beyond – Live On Tour” is an improvement on the duo’s 2014 show at Hartman Arena, which Wichita fans enjoyed.
Tech N9ne at the Cotillion
8 p.m. Fri., the Cotillion, 11120 W. Kellogg
Kansas City-born rapper and songwriter Tech N9ne will return to Wichita on Friday. Tech N9ne is a local favorite who first emerged as an influential rapper in the early 2000s. Rappers Krizz Kaliko, Stevie Stone, Lucid and Ces Cru will also perform. The show is for all ages.
2017 Restoration Ride and Car Show
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sat., Carpenter Place, 1501 N. Meridian
Who’s in the mood for a car show? This annual event brings car and motorcycle enthusiasts together for a day of fundraising for Carpenter Place. The car show starts at 10 a.m. at Carpenter Place, with a barbecue to follow. A motorcycle ride through Wichita follows, starting at 12:30 p.m.
$25 registration includes admission for one, drinks, T-shirt and lunch. Spectators welcome; can purchase lunch alone for $5. www.carpenterplace.org
Pampered Paws Puppy and Kitten Shower
2 to 4 p.m. Sat., Kansas Humane Society, 3313 N. Hillside
Have you been looking to adopt a dog or a cat? The Kansas Humane Society is putting on this special event Saturday to showcase adoptable cats and dogs, as well as provide information about fostering kittens and puppies. As the season for kittens and puppies approaches, the shelter is asking for donations of pet supplies – formula, animal baby bottles, litter pans, litter scoops, etc.
Donations welcome. www.kshumane.org
Andover Police and Fire Festival
6 to 8 p.m. Sat., Andover Central Park, 1607 E. Central, Andover
Celebrate with Andover police officers and firefighters Saturday evening for a night in Andover Central Park. There will be free hot dogs, hamburgers, pizza and more. You can see the department’s new fire trucks while you’re at it. Picnicking is encouraged.
Kansas High School Rodeo Association Finals
7 p.m. Sat., Kansas Star Arena, 777 Kansas Star Drive, Mulvane
Watch aspiring rodeo stars of high school age compete to be the best this weekend at the Kansas Star Arena. The finals will be Saturday evening, if you want to see the best of the best. If you want the full experience, come back for Cowboy Church at 9:30 a.m. Sunday in the arena.
Take Flight at Botanica
1 to 5 p.m. Sun., Botanica, 701 N. Amidon
OK, so this event has a bit of a Riverfest component to it. Botanica is officially opening its Butterfly House for the summer, and the first 100 people in line get to release a butterfly. People usually arrive at this shindig hours before it opens.
Without Riverfest button: $9 for nonmembers, $6 for members. With Riverfest button: $6 for everyone. www.botanica.org
A SculpTour Affair
4 to 7 p.m. Sun., Ulrich Museum of Art, 1845 Fairmount
Love sculpture? Sunday night offers you a prime opportunity to see Wichita State’s impressive outdoor sculpture collection while enjoying food from local restaurants and beverage distributors. There will be live music and a silent auction as well.