Keeper of the Plans

10 fun things to do in Wichita this weekend (June 29-July 1)

Third Place Brewing at 630 E Douglas Ave. (May 18, 2018)
Third Place Brewing at 630 E Douglas Ave. (May 18, 2018) The Wichita Eagle

Another weekend is here and, technically, we've made it to the halfway point of the year.

I hope the first half of your 2018 was fulfilling and fun.

Why don't you get a head start on the second half of the year and get out for a fun time this weekend?

Here's a list of fun things to do this weekend:

Final Friday

Friday evening, various galleries throughout Wichita

June is coming to a close, which once again means it's time for Final Friday. The monthly gallery crawl throughout Wichita brings art lovers together for a social event. For a full list of Final Friday events, visit


Following a year and a half of planning and six months of physical labor, Logan Pajunen will open a gallery and art collective at the former Metro-Boulevard Alternative High School this week for Final Friday.

'Guys and Dolls' at MTW

8 p.m. Fri.-Sat.; 2 p.m. Sat.-Sun.; and 7 p.m. Sun., Century II, 225 W. Douglas

After 22 years, Music Theatre Wichita has revived the classic musical "Guys and Dolls." I saw the production on Wednesday and can vouch for its quality. If you'd like to read a review of the show before going, see here. MTW events are always a social event — you never know who you'll run into.

$34-$69 for evening performances, $32-$66 for matinees., 316-265-3107

Bobby Bones at Barnes & Noble

6 p.m. Fri., Barnes & Noble, 1920 N. Rock

This signing, which was originally to take place at Watermark Books & Cafe, is on at Barnes & Noble in Bradley Fair tonight. Join radio sensation and New York Times bestseller Bobby Bones for a signing event for his new book “Fail Until You Don’t: Fight.Grind. Repeat.” Bones, host of the hit morning program “The Bobby Bones Show,”tells his personal story in the book, one that critics say is as inspirational as it is humorous.

Customers who purchase “Fail Until You Don’t” will receive priority access to the signing line.

March for Unity and Pride

10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Sat., The Monarch, 579 W. Douglas

Wichita Pride will start its second annual Equality March for Unity and Pride at The Monarch on Saturday. The event will also include a rock hunt for young attendees. Free Pride hand flags will be given to the first 1,000 attendees. Attendees are also encouraged to bring their own signs showcasing what they’re marching for. The parade starts at 11 a.m. at the clock tower in Delano and will continue west to Seneca Street, east on Douglas to Broadway and then back to The Monarch. The route is two miles. Parking is available at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium, 300 S. Sycamore.


Celebrate America at Cowtown

10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat., Old Cowtown Museum, 1865 W. Museum Blvd.

Celebrate Independence Day a little early this year with Old Cowtown Museum. The museum will be open with vintage baseball, saloon girls, carnival games, as well as the annual crowning of the King and Queen of Cowtown. There will also be hot dogs, hamburgers and a beer garden.

Regular admission applies. $9 adults, $8 seniors 62+, $7 youth (12-17), $6 kids (5-11)., 316-350-3323

ICT Brewery Pub Crawl

noon-8 p.m. Sat., various breweries in downtown Wichita

Third Place Brewing is hosting its second-annual ICT Brewery Pub Crawl on Saturday. Tickets to participate include one pint of beer at participating breweries, as well as a pub crawl T-shirt. Participating breweries include Third Place Brewing, Hopping Gnome Brewing Company, Central Standard Brewing, Aero Plains Brewing, Limestone Beer Company, River City Brewing Company, Wichita Brewing Company (East), Augustino Brewing Compan and Norton's Brewing Company. Check-in is from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at Norton's Brewing Company.

$61.50 plus tax.

We show you inside the ten breweries making beer in Wichita.

'American Graffiti' screening and car show at Orpheum

Car show 4 p.m. Sat., movie at 7 p.m. Sat., Wichita Orpheum Theatre, 200 N. Broadway

The Orpheum is hosting a 45th anniversary screening of the film "American Graffiti" on Saturday, as well as a car show on First Street between Topeka and Broadway. There will also be food trucks, a bar, games and more on scene. The film will be screened starting at 7 p.m.

$10., 316-263-0884

Bring It On Home blues concert

6-9 p.m. Sat., Kansas African-American Museum, 601 N. Water

Celebrate the history and legacy of the blues during the Bring It On Home blues concert at the African American Museum on Saturday. There will be photographs and interactive displays to view during the opening reception, followed by performances by several local blues artists. The evening also includes a catered barbecue dinner.

$35. Tickets available at the museum’s gift shop or by calling 316-262-7651

Grand Funk Railroad at Kansas Star

7:30 p.m. Sat., Kansas Star Arena, 777 Kansas Star Drive, Mulvane

They’re coming to our town to help us party it down. Grand Funk Railroad, the Flint, Michigan,rock band that’s been playing since 1969, is coming to the Kansas Star Casino on Saturday. The group, which has 10 platinum records and has sold more than 25million records worldwide, aims to attract a new generation of fans in addition to the die-hards.

Tickets starting at $25.

Nora Jane Struthers at Bartlett Arboretum

4 p.m. Sun., Bartlett Arboretum, 301 N. Line Street, Belle Plaine

Americana songwriter Nora Jane Struthers and her band The Party Line will perform as part of the Treehouse Concert Series at Belle Plain’s Bartlett Arboretum on Sunday.Concertgoers can pack a picnic or purchase a barbecue meal or food from the Luciano’s or Little Lion Ice Cream food trucks. Doors open at 3 p.m.

$10 at the gate., 620-488-3451

Down to the Wire film showcase

7 p.m. Sun., Wichita Orpheum Theatre, 200 N. Broadway

Down to the Wire is a 24-hour film race where teams of local filmmakers attempt to create a film entirely in 24 hours. The top 10 films, as judged by a panel of experts, will be shown at the Orpheum on Sunday night. The race is co-sponsored by the Tallgrass Film Association and CreativeRush.

$20 at the door. $15 in advance at

Contributing: Andrew Linnabary of the Eagle