What to do in Wichita this weekend

Botanica celebrates bees and butterflies with a weekend event called Summer Buzz.

Botanica celebrates bees and butterflies with a weekend event called Summer Buzz.

The Wichita Eagle

Wichita has plenty of activities this weekend for those willing to work up a sweat, including an exciting event at the Botanica. Here’s a look at some fun things happening around town this weekend:

Summer Buzz at Botanica

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Botanica, 701 Amidon

Botanica will be buzzing with an event called Summer Buzz this weekend. Designed to celebrate bees and butterflies, it will include crafts, games, food trucks, face painting, music and more. Visitors can visit an educational station at The Butterfly Hatchery where they can hold and interact with live caterpillars, and R&J Bee Rescue will demonstrate Botanica’s new beehive, host a honey tasting, and offer various other apiary activities. Flow Foundry will also be on site with a portable air trapeze for guests to try out. Summer Buzz takes place at the Botanica on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Tickets are $12 for adults, $9 for children and members, and must be purchased in advance at botanica.org.

Anime Festival

Friday through Sunday, Hyatt Regency Wichita, 400 W. Waterman

The Anime Festival of Wichita returns this weekend, featuring multiple cosplay competitions, skits, and more. The festival will also feature special guests like martial arts instructor Andrew McGhee and DragonBall Z voice actor Mark “KidWok” Britten. The festival is a three-day event beginning at 5 p.m. on Friday and continuing at the Hyatt Regency Hotel on Saturday and Sunday. Visit afwcon.org for more information and ticket details.

WAM opening

Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Wichita Art Museum, 1400 W. Museum Blvd.

All in Time, a new exhibition by artist Beth Lipman, opens this weekend at the Wichita Art Museum. The exhibition features glass still lifes dealing with the themes of life, creation, decay and death, and the museum will celebrate its opening on Saturday from 11am to 3pm. There, the Great Plains Nature Center will highlight the prairie grasses of the Flint Hills that influenced Lipman’s Living History sculpture installation, and the event will also include family art creation and a performance of Pop and the Boys. Admission to the opening day is free.

Pride parade and picnic

10 am Saturday, parade starts in Old Town Square

Wichita Pride celebrates Pride Month this weekend with a unity march and family picnic. The unity march in support of LGBTQ+ rights begins Saturday at 10 a.m. at Old Town Square, 353 N. Mead. Participants march to Naftzger Park, 601 E. Douglas Ave., for a family picnic with burgers, hot dogs, and fun activities for kids. Admission is a $7 button, which is good for all Wichita Pride events for the rest of the year.

Patton Oswalt comedy

Saturday, 7 p.m., Orpheum Theater, 200 N. Broadway

Comedian and actor Patton Oswalt is bringing his stand-up comedy tour Who’s Ready to Laugh? to Wichita Saturday. Oswalt is best known for his Emmy- and Grammy-nominated Netflix special I Love Everything, as well as guest appearances on popular shows like Parks and Recreation and Young Adult. Admission is at 6 p.m., the show starts at 7 p.m. in the Orpheum Theater. Tickets range from $49 to $69 and are available at selectaseat.com, by phone at 316-755-7328, or in person at the Select-A-Seat box office in the Intrust Bank Arena.

Kechi Fair

Saturday, Kechi Park, 442 N. Oliver

The 37th Annual Kechi Fair takes place this weekend and includes an ice cream party, face painting, turtle races, an egg toss, street dance and more. Mass begins Saturday at 4:00 p.m. at Kechi Park, 442 N. Oliver. The Prairie Smoke Band will lead the street dance, which will take place in the F&H parking lot from 8pm to 11pm. Several kechi companies will also be hosting events and specials, including Karg Art Glass, which is hosting its annual Ridiculous Glass Sale from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Junk In the Trunk, which is hosting an outdoor market with more than 50 booths. A $5 wristband is required for entry to the street dance and can be purchased at the gate.

Chimpanzee & Salsa

12-5 p.m. Sunday, Sedgwick County Zoo, 5555 W. Zoo Blvd.

The annual Chimps & Salsa Mexican Food Fest returns to the Sedgwick County Zoo on Sunday. It runs from noon to 5 p.m. and features Mexican food vendors including La Hacienda, Tacos tj 664 and more lined up in the food plaza. The event also includes live music from Boyz of Kumbia and other acts, free t-shirts for the first 200 attendees, and children’s activities like pinatas and face painting. Regular zoo admission applies.

Concerts announced this week

Wichita’s many music venues have been busy booking shows this week. Here’s a look at the additions to Wichita’s concert schedule:

Austin MeadeJuly 13, Wave, tickets available at waveict.com

Silversun pickup August 14, TempleLive, tickets on sale at ticketmaster.com

Shamar AllenAugust 26, Wave, tickets available at waveict.com

Million Dollar Quartet9 September, Stiefel Theatre, Salina, Friday noon ticket sales, boottheatre.org

I rule18 Sept, Wave, tickets available Friday 10am, waveict.com

Judas priestNovember 12, Hartman Arena, tickets available on Friday at ticketmaster.com

William Clark GreenDecember 3, TempleLive, tickets on sale Friday 10am at ticketmaster.com

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