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13 things to do in the Wichita area this weekend (May 16-17)

Oskar Blues out of Colorado will be among the breweries represented at Saturday's Wichita Craft Beer & Food Fest
Oskar Blues out of Colorado will be among the breweries represented at Saturday's Wichita Craft Beer & Food Fest Courtesy photo

It’s mortar boards off to graduates this weekend. Apart from all the graduation ceremonies and parties, there’s plenty going on in the Wichita area. Here are some of the things to do Saturday and Sunday; you might check on the status of events before heading out if it’s rainy Saturday.

O.K. (Outdoor Kansas) Kids Day at O.J. Watson Park, kayaking, archery, fishing clinics, woodworking, the park’s rides and train free, miniature golf, bouncy house, water-safety demonstrations, free hot dogs and T-shirts while supplies last, 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, O.J. Watson Park, 3022 S. McLean Blvd.; free; 316-529-9940.

Support Local Law Enforcement Community Parade, noon Saturday, beginning at Central and Main and proceeding down Main to First Street; children’s activities including face-painting and displays of emergency vehicles before the parade at 11 a.m. on Second and Third streets off Main; free.

Derby Kite Festival, kite making, candy drop from remote-control planes at 2:30 p.m., face painting, live music, 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, High Park, 2801 E. James in Derby; free; www.derbyrec.com.

Wichita Craft Beer & Food Fest, 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, The Monarch, 579 W. Douglas; $30, eventbrite.com.

“Blues in the Night,” Tony-nominated Broadway musical presented by Forum Theatre Co., 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, Wichita Scottish Rite Masonic Center, 332 E. First St.; $23 matinee, $25 evening, $15 optional dinner before evening performance, www.forumwichita.com, 316-618-0444.

Talk about Maj. Gen. John Sedgwick, for whom Sedgwick County is named, by Ken Spurgeon, 2 p.m. Saturday, Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum; included in museum admission: $5, $2 for children under 12 years.

Nepal benefit concert, including Bollywood-style singers and a jazz quartet, 3 p.m. Saturday, East High School, 2301 E. Douglas; $5.

Salina Bombers at Wichita Force indoor football, 7:05 p.m. Saturday, Intrust Bank Arena, 500 E. Waterman St.; $10 to $25; intrustbankarena.com, 316-440-9000.

“A Dancing Garden” dance performances by Rogers Ballet students and Friends University ballet majors, 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, Sebits Auditorium in the Riney Fine Arts Center on the Friends campus; free.

Comedian Louie Anderson, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Kansas Star Event Center, Mulvane; $20 to $40, open to ages 21 and older; www.ticketmaster.com.

Chris Botti, 8 p.m. Saturday, Orpheum, 200 N. Broadway; $49.50 to $69.50, selectaseat.com, 1-855-755-7328.

Say What?! Improv, 8 p.m. Saturday, Old Cowtown Museum, 1865 Museum Blvd. $10; 316-219-1871.

Flea Market, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Kansas Pavilions, 1229 E. 85th St.; $1 admission; 620-663-5626, www.midamericafleamarkets.com.

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