16 things to do this Memorial Day weekend in the Wichita area (May 23-25)

The annual Memorial Day commemoration begins at 11 a.m. Monday at Resthaven Mortuary and Cemetery.
The annual Memorial Day commemoration begins at 11 a.m. Monday at Resthaven Mortuary and Cemetery. File photo

It’s Memorial Day weekend, and there are lots of things to do in the Wichita area over the next three days, indoors as well as outdoors. Since it looks like another rainy weekend, check on the status of outdoor events and possible contingency plans before heading out. Here are some of the things going on:

Hostapalooza, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Extension Education Center, 21st and Ridge Road; free admission; wichitahostasociety.org.

Tropics jungle re-opening at the Sedgwick County Zoo, 10 a.m. Saturday (zoo open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily), 5555 W. Zoo Blvd.; included in zoo admission: $8.95 ages 3 to 11, $13.95 ages 12 to 61, 11.95 for seniors; scz.org.

“Goose Bumps: The Science of Fear,” opening weekend of traveling exhibition, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Monday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Exploration Place, 300 N. McLean Blvd.; included in admission: $9.50 ages 12 to 64, $8 ages 65 and up, $6 ages 3 to 11, free for ages 2 and under; 316-660-0600, exploration.org. Plus Fearbuster Challenge, special weekend activities, on Saturday and Sunday, included in admission.

Bike Blitz, make bike accessories for kids, plus a screening of “Pee Wee Herman’s Playhouse,” 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, 1400 W. Museum Blvd.; free; www.wichitaartmuseum.org.

The Goons concert at Cheney Lake, cover band that’s family-friendly, 7 p.m. Saturday inside the East Shore entrance, at the East Side Pavilion (next to Snyder’s Marina), Cheney State Park, 16000 N.E. 50th in Cheney; free with $5 vehicle permit; 316-542-3664. Concert will be rescheduled if weather is rainy.

Sioux City Bandits at Wichita Force indoor football, 7:05 p.m. Saturday, Intrust Bank Arena, 500 E. Waterman St.; $10 to $25; intrustbankarena.com, 316-440-9000.

Food Trucks at the Fountain, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, 515 S. Main; yoga class at 10 a.m. at Main and Waterman streets; free admission.

Iris show of late-season iris sponsored by Wichita Area Iris Club, 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Botanica, 701 N. Amidon; free admission to show; admission charged to go into the gardens, open 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday; botanica.org.

Quebe Sisters concert, 4 p.m. Sunday (gates open at 3 p.m.), Bartlett Arboretum in Belle Plaine; $10, free for children; www.bartlettarboretum.com. In case of rain, the concert will move to the United Methodist Church at 124 E. 10th Ave. in Belle Plaine.

“The Beams Are Creaking,” Douglas Adams’ drama about Lutheran pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s heroic opposition to Hitler, presented by the Guild Hall Players, 7 p.m. Sunday, St. James Episcopal Church, 3750 E. Douglas; $12, $10 students; 316-683-5686.

E-40 concert with Stevie Stone, Necessary, Cool Nutz, Buckhead, Bo Pessi and Lyrical Massacre, 7:30 p.m. Sunday, the Cotillion, 11120 W. Kellogg; $21.50 in advance, $25 day of the show, www.thecotillion.com, 316-722-4201.

Memorial Day program at Veterans Memorial Park, 8 a.m. Monday, 339 N. Veterans Parkway. Includes a flag raising and presentation by Troy Houtman, director of Wichita’s Park and Recreation and an Army veteran from Desert Storm, plus a tour of the park with veterans on hand.

Memorial Day program at Lakeview Cemetery and Funeral Home, 10 a.m. Monday, 12100 E. 13th St. Guest speaker Chief Master Sgt. Nicole Wilson from McConnell Air Force Base, vocal performance by Zachery Dziadul.

Memorial Day program at Greenwood Cemetery, 11 a.m. Monday, 6231 W. 47th St. South. This year’s observance honors those who fought in the Vietnam War, with minister Byron Barrientez from 47th Street Church of Christ, the Tornado Alley Young Marines and Carol McDonald and Brad Reed from Central Community Church.

Memorial Day program at Resthaven Mortuary & Cemetery, 11 a.m., Monday, 11800 W. Kellogg. Events include a flyover by the Jayhawk Wing of the Commemorative Air Force and speeches by U.S. Rep. Mike Pompeo, Wichita Mayor Jeff Longwell and Col. Albert Miller from McConnell Air Force Base.

Delano Wind Ensemble concert, 1 p.m. Monday, Botanica, 701 N. Amidon; gardens open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Memorial Day; included in admission: $7 for ages 13 to 61, $5 ages 3 to 12, $6 ages 62 and up, free for ages 2 and under and for military with ID and their families; botanica.org.

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