I know we haven’t even celebrated Thanksgiving yet, but the holiday events are already hitting fast.
By the end of the weekend, Wichita’s first large, public Christmas tree will be lit — and some replicas of prehistoric dinosaurs will be all decked out for the season.
Looking for what to do in Wichita this weekend? Use this list to help inform your plans:
Holly Jolly Jurassic Holiday
5-9 p.m. Thurs.-Sun. until Dec. 23, Field Station: Dinosaurs, 2999 N. Rock Road, Derby
Derby’s dinosaur park is getting a bit of a makeover for the holiday season. During the “Holly Jolly Jurassic Holiday,” the life-size animatronic dinosaurs in the park will be decked out in Christmas theme. The park’s 44 dinosaurs will be posed wrapping gifts and decorating trees. The trails will be lit with Christmas lights, and holiday snacks and refreshments will be served.
Lindi Ortega at Wave
6 p.m. Fri., Wave, 650 E. 2nd Street
Lindi Ortega, a country/blues singer, will perform an “after-work” show early Friday evening at Wave. Ortega, who previously played at the Wichita Vortex Music Festival in 2017, brings the Dustbowl Revival with her. Ortega has opened for acts like Chris Stapleton, Dwight Yoakam and Kenny Rogers.
‘The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber’
7 p.m. Fri., Sat., Crown Uptown Theatre, 3207 E. Douglas
Twenty classic songs by composer Andrew Lloyd Webber will be performed by Wichita Grand Opera singers this weekend, in this concert production. A 12-piece orchestra will perform, as will dancers from Ballet Wichita and the Wichita Grand Opera’s Young Artists. Songs include “Memory,” “Music of the Night,” “Don’t Cry for Me, Argentina,” and more.
Kansas Dance Festival
7:30 p.m. Fri. and Sat., Wichita State University – Wilner Auditorium, 1845 Fairmount
This annual event showcases the best and newest in choreography and modern dance. During the festival performances, audience members will see original dance faculty choreography, guest artist works and choreography by other regional dance programs. Dancers from Kansas State University and the University of Missouri – Kansas City will perform on Friday night only. Dancers from Barton County Community College, Friends University, Regina Klenjoski Dance Company and Wichita State University will perform both nights. Wichita State students can request free tickets at www.wichita.edu/cfawsustudentticket.
‘Mamma Mia!’ at Newman
8 p.m. Fri., Sat., 2 p.m. Sun., Newman University — De Mattias Hall, 3100 W. McCormick Ave.
Catch the musical that re-injected ABBA into the popular consciousness this weekend at Newman University. The show, which has been adapted into a popular film — the sequel to which came out earlier this year — was nominated for multiple Tony Awards when it came out in 2002. It features the music of ABBA, including “Super Trouper,” “Dancing Queen,” “Lay Your Love on Me,” and of course, “Mamma Mia.”
$12 general admission, $10 seniors/military, $5 faculty/staff/non-Newman students.