Keeper of the Plans

10 fun things to do in Wichita this weekend (May 4-6)

The city-sponsored “Come Fly a Kite” event included brightly-colored kites on Saturday.
The city-sponsored “Come Fly a Kite” event included brightly-colored kites on Saturday. The Wichita Eagle

Happy first weekend of May, everyone.

We made it through the stormy weather of this week and are onto another weekend, sure to be packed with fun.

If you're looking to get out on the town this weekend, here are a few suggestions for you:

Mediterranean Festival

6-10 p.m. Fri., noon-8 p.m. Sat., St. Mary's Orthodox Christian Church, 344 S. Martinson

Love baklawa, grape leaves, hummus and all sorts of Mediterranean food? This annual dinner this weekend may be just the treat for you. There will be a party known as a "hafli" Friday evening from 6-10 p.m. at St. Mary Orthodox Christian Church, followed by a dinner and sale all day Saturday. A full menu can be found at

Bring money for food and drinks., 316-264-1576

Vintage Market Days at Hartman Arena

10 a.m.-5 p.m. Fri., Sat., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sun., Hartman Arena, 8151 N. Hartman Arena Drive, Park City

Looking for a unique new piece for your living room? Try Vintage Market Days, an upscale indoor/outdoor market featuring art, antiques, clothing, home décor and more. There will also be jewelry, plants and food for purchase.

$5. Children 12 and under free.

Greatest Show on Ice

7 p.m. Fri., Sat., 2 p.m. Sun., Wichita Ice Center, 505 W. Maple

If you love ice skating, the Wichita Ice Center has a special event planned this weekend, its first annual spring skating showcase. Team USA skater Jordan Moeller, as well as local ice skating talent, will perform.

$15 at the door., 316-337-9199

Come Fly a Kite

2 p.m. Sat., Chapin Dog Park, 2400 E. MacArthur

The Wichita Park & Recreation Department is sponsoring this free event along with Wings of the Wind Kites and Toys. Learn how to fly a kite from instructors at the shop and watch professional kite-flying demonstrations. Kites will be available on-site for $5 and up, or you can bring your own.


Kite enthusiasts turn out for the city-sponsored "Come Fly a Kite" event at Chapin Park in Wichita. (Video by Beccy Tanner / The Wichita Eagle)

What a Wonderful World: A Tribute to Louis Armstrong

8 p.m. Sat.., Century II, 225 W. Douglas

Trumpeter Byron Stripling is coming to Wichita for a tribute concert to Louis Armstrong, in conjunction with the Wichita Symphony Orchestra. Stripling, an accomplished jazz vocalist, will perform classic songs including “What a Wonderful World,” “Ragtime Blues,” “Sweet Georgia Brown” and more.

$45-$80., 316-267-7658

13th Annual World Bazaar

noon-6 p.m. Sun., Islamic Society of Wichita, 6655 E. 34th Street

The Islamic Society of Wichita is hosting its 13th annual World Bazaar, featuring vendors selling crafts, food, art and more. Henna artists will be on hand as well as face painters.

Free admission.

Cinco de Mayo festivities

Saturday, various places around Wichita

This Saturday is Cinco de Mayo, meaning there are lots of festivities planned in the Wichita area. While you party, remember to be respectful of the culture. For a full list of Cinco de Mayo events planned in Wichita, click here.

Admission varies.

Ice Cream Social at Historical Museum

1-5 p.m. Sat., Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum, 204 S. Main

The Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum is hosting an ice cream social this Saturday in Heritage Square – newly fenced off to help protect the “Heritage Woman” statue recently reinstalled in the park. Authors of new books from the Wichita State University History Department will be on hand to autograph copies.

$2 adults, free for children., 316-265-9314

Friends Outdoor Band Concert

2-4 p.m. Sun., Friends University, 2100 W. University

To help close out the school year (and celebrate the nice weather), the Friends University Concert Band will perform an outdoor concert with the Senseney Music Community Band at the university Sunday afternoon. The show is a benefit for Youth Horizons; the organization’s Earnest Alexander will perform a solo with the bands. It will take place on the south lawn of the Riney Fine Arts Center, on the east edge of Friends’ campus.

Donations accepted., 316-295-5677

Dustin Arbuckle & Friends at Riverside Park

4-6 p.m. Sun., 921 N. Wiley

The latest concert in the Sunflower Sessions free concert series in Central Riverside Park will feature Dustin Arbuckle & Friends. Guests are asked to bring lawn chairs and a $10 suggested contribution for musicians and to defray the cost of sound equipment. Ten percent of donations will be given to the Wichita Parks Non Profit Foundation.

Free ($10 suggested donation).