After a stormy week, it’s time to get out and enjoy yourself this weekend.
This is a particularly packed weekend for events in Wichita, and I’m not able to get all of the good ones in one list.
I’ve tried to compile my top 10, however, so take a look if you’re planning your weekend:
Screening of ‘Hardliner’ at Fisch Haus
7:30 p.m. Fri., Fisch Haus, 524 S. Commerce
R.G. Miller labored in relative obscurity for years until recently. The independent filmmaker, known for creating low-budget but technically sound internet art films, is hosting a screening of his latest film, “Hardliner,” at the Fisch Haus on Friday. All donations will go toward RG Studios. The first few people to attend will get promotional T-shirts.
By donation. www.fischhaus.com
Huey Lewis and the News
7:30 p.m. Fri., Kansas Star Arena, 777 Kansas Star Drive, Mulvane
Huey Lewis and the News, who rose to popularity in the 1980s and early ’90s, are coming to the Kansas Star Arena on Friday. The tickets that are still available are $55. The band, which enjoys significant popularity to this day, is known for its 1983 album “Sports” and its song “The Power of Love,” featured in “Back to the Future.”
Bobby Bones at the Orpheum
8 p.m. Fri., Sat., Orpheum Theatre, 200 N. Broadway
Are you ready for the return of Bobby Bones? He sure is. The popular radio-show host is bringing back his Funny and Alone Stand-Up Comedy Tour to the Orpheum this weekend, and tickets are still available. Two of his shows here years ago were the fastest-selling in the Orpheum’s history, so clearly Wichita’s got a lot of love for Bobby.
Walk With Wildlife
9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sat., Great Plains Nature Center, 6232 E. 29th St. North
Spend the early part of your day Saturday at the Great Plains Nature Center for lots of fun in the sun. More than 50 species of native Kansas wildlife will be out and about, available for up-close and personal observation. Knowledgeable assistants will be on hand at every animal station to answer questions. All admission donations go toward field trips and educational programs at the nature center.
$2 donation. www.gpnc.org
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sat., Sedgwick County Park, 6300 W. 13th St.
First off, these are Volkswagen Beetles we’re talking about, not bugs that crawl around on leaves and such. This event has an impressive 1,300 people interested in it on Facebook, with more than 300 already confirming their attendance – so this is no small car show, figuratively speaking. There will be awards, food trucks, music, door prizes, a silent auction, vendors and more. Donations accepted for Shriners Hospitals for Children of North America and the Q Foundation for Kids.
Free admission (donations accepted).
Derby Kite Festival
1 to 4 p.m. Sat., High Park Soccer Fields, 2801 James, Derby
Do you love kids, or kites? Do your kids love kites? Do you fall somewhere in between? If so, then you’re in luck – the fifth annual Derby Kite Festival is scheduled for this Saturday. It’s a casual afternoon of fun in the park, and even if you don’t have a kite, they will be given to the first 350 people in attendance.
‘Hall of Heroes’ opening at Exploration Place
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sat., Exploration Place, 300 N. McLean Blvd.
I was pleasantly surprised by Exploration Place’s new “Hall of Heroes” traveling exhibit when I saw it earlier this week, and I think you’ll find it refreshing as well. “Hall of Heroes” is a blend of science and science-fiction, and more importantly, it’s just a lot of fun to walk through. It’s full of interactive stations, and, for comic-book fans, there are lots of little Easter eggs to find, as well as a plethora of memorabilia to check out.
Regular admission applies – adults, $9.50; ages 65 and older, $8; ages 3-11, $6; ages 2 and under free. www.exploration.org
Midwest Beer Fest
1 to 4 p.m. Sat., Century II, 225 W. Douglas
Beer fans, this is the event for you. This year’s Midwest Beer Fest is Saturday afternoon – and the brews will be flowing. The Grand Tasting is scheduled from 1 to 4 p.m., as well as a silent auction, food truck roundup, and the Midwest Wingfest. Beer and wings? What’s more to want?
$45 general admission. $15 designated drivers. www.midwestbeerfest.com
George Lopez and D.L. Hughley
8 p.m. Sat., Intrust Bank Arena, 500 E. Waterman
Popular comedians George Lopez and D.L. Hughley are coming to Intrust Bank Arena this Saturday. You may have seen them on TV, but have you ever seen them live? Or, for that matter, together in one show? Tickets are still readily available – so don’t think it’s too late.
Free admission day at Cowtown
Noon to 5 p.m. Sun., Old Cowtown Museum, 1865 W. Museum Blvd.
Old Cowtown Museum recently received a donation from Wichita real estate broker Colby Sandlian to grant free admission on Sundays through October, so why not take advantage of that this weekend? Take in all the sights, sounds and smells of Cowtown, while having a little more cash to splurge on sarsaparillas at the saloon.