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20 fun things to do in the Wichita area this weekend (May 7-8, 2016)

Farmers markets and Herb Day will be among the places people will be able to smell the thyme this weekend.
Farmers markets and Herb Day will be among the places people will be able to smell the thyme this weekend. File photo

It’s the first full weekend of May, and what a full weekend it is, what with Mother’s Day on Sunday and all. Wichita and environs will be hopping with events. Here are some of the things going on in the area on Saturday and Sunday.

Herb Day, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Sedgwick County Extension Center, 7001 W. 21st St.; free; sedgwick.ksu.edu.

Opening of Old Town Farmers Market, 7 a.m. to noon Saturday, First and Mosley; www.oldtownfarmersmarket.com.

Vintage Market Days, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Kansas Pavilions, 1229 E. 85th St. North; $5, children under 12 get in free; vintagemarketdays.com/Market/wichita/home.

Electric-guitar symposium and exhibit, starts at 9 a.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. Sunday, Sedgwick County Historical Museum, 204 S. Main; $25 single session, $150 full symposium package; 316-265-9314, wichitahistory.org.

Art & Book Fair, including food trucks and entertainment indoors and out, last weekend for Gordon Parks photo exhibit, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Wichita Art Museum, 1400 W. Museum Blvd.; free; 316-268-4921, wichitaartmuseum.org.

Outdoor Kansas Kids Day, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Great Plains Nature Center, 6232 E. 29th St. North; free; lunch $2; 316-683-5499, www.gpnc.org.

“Discover the Dinosaurs” exhibit, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Century II Expo Hall, 225 W. Douglas; children $24, general admission $20, seniors $16.50; 316-267-7658, www.wichitatix.com.

Spring Art Fair, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Wichita Center for the Arts, 9112 E. Central; free; www.wcfta.com, 316-634-2787.

Kansas Sampler Festival, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Island Park at the north end of Main Street in Winfield; $5, $3 children ages 7 to 12, free for kids 6 and under; www.kansassampler.org.

Last weekend for “Guitar: The Instrument That Rocked the World,” 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Exploration Place, 300 N. McLean Blvd.; included in admission; 316-660-0600, www.exploration.org.

Fountains at WaterWalk open for the season, noon, 8, 9 and 10 p.m. Sunday (and Thursday through Sunday thereafter as long as winds are less than 15 mph), 605 S. Wichita.

“Oklahoma” sing-along and pie auction, 2 p.m. Saturday, Crown Uptown, 3207 E. Douglas; $10; 316-265-3107.

String Break music festival, shows start at 2 p.m. Saturday, Hinz Farm, 11336 NW 150th St., 14 miles east of Newton; $25 in advance, $30 at the gate; stringbreak.net.

Air Capital Beer & Bacon Festival, 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Hartman Arena, 8151 N. Hartman Arena Drive, Park City; must be 21; $30 in advance, $35 day of event; $60 VIP; www.hartmanarena.com.

Jill Cohn, 8 p.m. Saturday, Mead’s Corner, 430 E. Douglas; free; 316-201-1900, jillcohn.com.

“Mister Roberts” comedy by Wichita Scottish Rite Signature Theatre, 8 p.m. Saturday and 7 p.m. Sunday (also 8 p.m. May 13), 332 E. First St.; $10 to $18; www.selectaseat.com.

Mother’s Day at the zoo, moms get in free to the Sedgwick County Zoo when accompanied by a paying child or another paid admission if child is 2 or younger, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday; Chris Cakes brunch for $5 between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.; 5555 Zoo Blvd.; 316-660-9453, www.scz.org.

Moms get in free to Botanica, plus music, food, flower shows and daylily and book sales, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, 701 N. Amidon; regular admission will be charged for other non-members; botanica.org.

11th Annual World Bazaar, hosted by the Islamic Society of Wichita Sister Committee, noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, Muslim Community Center, 6655 E. 34th St. North; free admission; 316-682-5479.

“Who We Were and What We Wore: A Century of Gardens, Music and Fashion,” fashion show featuring 80 models with live music and commentary by Bonnie Bing, 4 p.m. Sunday, Bartlett Arboretum, 301 N. Line St. in Belle Plaine; $10, children free; bring a chair or blanket; in case of inclement weather, event will be May 15; check bartlettarboretum.com for updates.

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