18 things to do in the Wichita area this weekend (June 6-7)

People enter the new Chinese Garden of Friendship at Botanica during its grand opening Thursday.
People enter the new Chinese Garden of Friendship at Botanica during its grand opening Thursday. The Wichita Eagle

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.

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.

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