Keeper of the Plans

Free downtown music festival will rock Pop-Up Park next month

Final Fest Music and Arts Festival is a new event planned March 30 in the Pop-Up Urban Park downtown.
Final Fest Music and Arts Festival is a new event planned March 30 in the Pop-Up Urban Park downtown. Courtesy

You could possibly call it the first “pop-up” music festival in downtown Wichita.

Next month, a group of local music-and-art-lovers have organized what they’re calling Final Fest Music and Arts Festival, a free event set to coincide with March’s Final Friday.

The event – which will be held in the ICT Pop-Up Urban Park, 121 E. Douglas – will be open to all ages, featuring nine young local bands.

It’s scheduled to take place from 4:30-11 p.m. March 30.

Local bands scheduled on the bill include Finer Spirit, Old News, The Cavves, Milmine, Honeyblush, Ben Dipper, Ellie Green, After Judo and Banda Hispanica.

Xan Mattek, a sophomore musical theatre major at Wichita State University, is organizing Final Fest with two other WSU sophomores, Ryne Carballo and Joe Hagen.

After attending local shows for the last year, Mattek said the three students wanted to organize an easily-accessible music festival for all ages.

“Some places in Wichita that these bands are performing, you can’t reach anyone under 21, and you can’t reach a crowd that doesn’t go to bars or may not be exposed to the Wichita music scene,” Mattek said. “We thought that a Final Friday thing would be a really good idea. It’s an open place where people who are just walking down the street can go check it out.”

Local art will be on display during the festival as well, Mattek said. Artists scheduled to exhibit include Haley Ensz, Carter Bryant, Alex Muure, Tasha Wentling, Jaci Ignudo and Carlyn Walsh.

The Kamayan Truck, Kind Kravings and U-Hungry trucks will serve up food during the event as well.

Lights, sound equipment and a stage for Final Fest will be provided by TourBox, a local sound equipment company, Mattek said.

So far, more than 500 people have expressed interest in the event on Facebook, with another 80 saying they would be attending.

If the event goes well, Mattek said its organizers hope it won’t be the “final” fest they organize in the Pop-Up Park.

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Matt Riedl: 316-268-6660, @RiedlMatt