You’re off for Memorial Day and find yourself with an unprecedented amount of free time, yet there’s seemingly nothing going on.
If you’re the type of person who wants to do more than just lounge around all day grilling out – not that there’s anything wrong with that – I’ve got the list for you.
Here’s some highlights for each day this weekend.
Check my blog at www.kansas.com/keeper for more events for each day this weekend.
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▪ Final Friday, various galleries across town
Of course, this Friday is Final Friday, which means Wichita’s art galleries will keep their doors open late for the monthly gallery crawl. It’s always a free event, so if you haven’t been before, now’s a perfect opportunity to see what all the hubbub is about. A couple of galleries to recommend this month: CityArts, Fisch Haus, The Fiber Studio, Front Row Parking, Gallery Alley (616 E. Douglas) and – though it’s not a gallery, per se – Picasso’s Pizzeria.
▪ Headshots Last Call Party: 9 a.m. Fri. through 2 a.m. Sat., Headshots Bar and Grill, 6140 E. 21st St.
Friday is the last day of business for Headshots Bar and Grill at its current location, 6140 E. 21st St. The bar recently signed a deal to move across the street to a larger location in Brittany Center. The bar, known for providing video-game systems and televisions to patrons, promises everything will be on special throughout the day.
▪ Children’s Farms Festival, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Sedgwick County Zoo, 5555 Zoo Blvd.
Meet and learn about heritage breeds in the Children’s Farms, including various varieties of goats. Animal encounters at the top of the hour, generally. Regular zoo admission applies.
▪ Movie in the Alley, 7:30 p.m., Gallery Alley, 616 E. Douglas
Liv+Work and J. Andrew will host Movie in the Alley, a new series of outdoor film screenings on the last Saturday of every month. This Saturday, “The Breakfast Club” will be screened. The event is free, but reservations are required and may be made on Eventbrite. Liv+Work will host an after-party with light eats and drinks at its location in Eaton Place.
▪ University of Notre Dame Folk Choir, 7 p.m., St. Peter the Apostle, 11000 W. Southwest Blvd.
The University of Notre Dame Folk Choir is in town for its 2017 tour, and the group is putting on a concert Saturday evening. Admission is a free-will offering. The choir has 60 singers and performs mainly liturgical music.
▪ Food Trucks at the Fountain, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., WaterWalk
If you’re looking for lunch from a food truck this Sunday, the WaterWalk is the place to be. Food Trucks at the Fountain will feature about 20 local food trucks, as well as a 90-minute donation-based yoga session starting at 10 a.m. at Main and Waterman. Live music will be provided by the Erin Alan Project.
▪ Memorial Day Cookout, noon-4 p.m., Aero Plains Brewing, 117 N. Handley
Who doesn’t love free food? Aero Plains is grilling hamburgers and hotdogs on Sunday for free, while they last. The brewery will also have lawn games set up, including giant Jenga and corn hole. There will also be a free yoga class offered at 11 a.m. Sunday.
▪ Get Your Rear in Gear, 6-9 p.m., Old Town Farm and Market Square, First and Mosley
If you’re looking for a way to get some exercise this weekend, why not try the Get Your Rear in Gear run? There will be a timed 5K, a 5K walk and a 1-mile fun run Sunday evening in Old Town. Registration is $15-$35 on the day of the race. The course generally runs along First Street and the Arkansas River.
▪ Memorial Day Concert, 2 p.m., Botanica, 701 N. Amidon
Looking to get out in the gardens this Memorial Day? If you go to Botanica, which is open during normal business hours on Monday, you’ll be in for a treat. The Delano Wind Ensemble will perform a patriotic concert in observance of Memorial Day at 2 p.m. Regular admission applies.
▪ Swim at a Wichita pool
Wichita-area public pools open on Memorial Day, so get out and catch some sun while you can. Almost all of Wichita’s pools remain open for the 2017 season, except for McAdams Park’s pool. Admission to all public pools (Aley, Boston, College Hill, Evergreen, Harvest, Linwood, Minisa and Orchard) is $3 for adults and $2 for ages 17 and under. A family rate of $8 covers admission for six people, one of whom must be an adult.
▪ Wichita Wingnuts baseball, 7:05 p.m., Lawrence-Dumont Stadium, 300 Sycamore
What better way to end your Memorial Day than with good, old-fashioned American baseball? The Wingnuts are taking on the Salina Stockade at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium on Monday. Tickets are $8-$15 day of game, $6-$13 in advance at www.selectaseat.com, 855-755-7328 or in person at the stadium’s box office.