It’s the last blast of the Wichita Riverfest and pretty much the first weekend of summer weather-wise. Here are some things to do in the Wichita area on Saturday and Sunday, including some Riverfest highlights on Saturday. The cost for fest events is a $10 button, $3 for kids.
Hot-air balloon launch, around 6:30 a.m. Saturday, before the River Run at 7 a.m., WaterWalk area; www.wichitariverfest.com.
River Run, 10k at 7 a.m. Saturday, 2-mile walk at 8:30 a.m., 2-mile run at 9:30 a.m., Waterman and Main; $15 to $60.
Open Door Market Wichita Vendor Show, more than 55 vendors plus food, farmers market in parking lot, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Extension Education Center, 7001 W. 21st St.; free admission; www.wichitariverfest.com.
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Chinese arts and crafts for children in celebration of the opening of the Chinese Garden of Friendship, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Botanica; included in admission; botanica.org.
Beach Read Paperback Book Sale, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Wichita Public Library’s Central Library, 223 S. Main St.; 316-261-8500, www.wichita.lib.ks.us.
Opening of new children’s exhibit at Mid-America All-Indian Center: “Gentle Harvest: Every Sheep Gets a Haircut,” playful look at American-Indian weaving of rugs and baskets from the perspective of a sheep; opening includes children’s activities, two lambs to pet, weaving and spinning demonstrations, mini looms to try, 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Mid-America All-Indian Center, 650 N. Seneca. Half-price admission; free for children under 12; 316-350-3340, www.theindiancenter.org.
Wet Your Pallet raft race, 2 p.m. Saturday, launching from Douglas Avenue Bridge; www.wichitariverfest.com.
Fiesta Del Rio concert at Riverfest, 4 p.m. Saturday, Grupo Mojado playing at 9 p.m., stage in the WaterWalk area; www.wichitariverfest.com.
Les Gilliam, concert and supper, 5 p.m. Saturday, Prairie Rose Chuckwagon Supper, 15231 S.W. Parallel St. in Benton; $40; 316-778-2121, www.prairierosechuckwagon.com.
Hot-air balloon glow, 6 p.m. Saturday at Riverfest, WaterWalk area; www.wichitariverfest.com.
DJ Jazzy Jeff & Mayer Hawthorne concert at Riverfest, 7 p.m. Saturday (9 p.m. for Mayer Hawthorne), Kennedy Plaza in front of Century II; www.wichitariverfest.com.
Fireworks Finale at RiverFest, 10:30 p.m. Saturday over the Arkansas River; prime viewing from the riverbanks between Douglas and Lewis; www.wichitariverfest.com.
Tai Chi & Tea, lesson in tai chi followed by tea from the Spice Merchant in celebration of the opening of Botanica’s new Chinese garden, 1:30 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Lotus Hall at Botanica; included in admission; botanica.org.
Veterans’ Victory Garden dedication, including concert of patriotic music by the Winfield Municipal Band, garden talk, food for sale, 4 p.m. Sunday, Bartlett Arboretum in Belle Plaine (gates open at 3 p.m.); $5; www.bartlettarboretum.com.
Newton Mid-Kansas Symphony Orchestra Chamber Music 20th anniversary concert, including works by Brahms and Hanson, 4 p.m. Sunday, Trinity Heights United Methodist Church, 1200 Boyd Ave. in Newton; $12.50 to $15; 316-283-6410, nmkso.org.
Shakespeare in the Park, “As You Like It,” by the Wichita Shakespeare Company, 7 p.m. Sunday, Mulvane Main Street Park; free; donations accepted; bring lawn chairs or blankets and bug spray; www.wichitashakespearecompany.org. In the event of inclement weather, a message will be posted at 6 p.m. at 316-655-2017.
Ad Astra Singers, a-capella choral group, 7 p.m. Sunday, Kansas Aviation Museum, 3350 S. George Washington Blvd. Free; 316-683-9242; .
Senseney Music Community Band Concert, including patriotic songs, marches, show tunes, 7 p.m. Sunday, Covenant Presbyterian Church, 1750 N. Tyler Road. Free; 316-722-7613, senseneymusic.com.