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Amazing Experiences Await
The economic, financial, and workforce case for the Greater Wichita region is strong. What may be more surprising — to both businesses and talent alike — is the equally compelling case for the outstanding cultural and entertainment amenities available to residents. The Greater Wichita region offers an amazing quality of life for individuals of all ages and interests. Take a closer look at the region’s performing arts, concerts, festivals, and family-friendly activities.
Vibrant Arts and Culture
Wichita’s arts and culture scene doesn’t just exist — it’s embraced, lived and celebrated by a diverse group of residents. You’ll find bankers next to tattoo artists at the same event, show, museum or concert. Wichita’s arts scene is one of the engines of the city’s urban redevelopment and continues to rev the community’s originality vibe.
Located just east of downtown, the Douglas Design District contains more than 60 murals that bring color and attention to the area. You'll find an abundance of sculptures by local artists throughout the urban core, too. Wichita is also home to the largest outdoor mural per the Guinness Book of World Records.
From traditional to contemporary, our art galleries, museums and breathtaking gardens are sure to delight any visitor or resident. With more than 50 museums and art galleries in Wichita alone, there’s plenty to explore. Find a complete listing of museums and galleries at Visit Wichita.
Gallery Alley transformed an underutilized alley into a vibrant public space. Experience life-size sculptures by local artists, listen to the sweet sounds of local musicians, or leisurely enjoy your lunch on the outdoor dining furniture at this unique space in the heart of Wichita.
The First Friday gallery crawl is a unique opportunity for thousands of students, families, and art lovers to engage with local art each month at various locations in downtown Wichita and throughout the city. Guests have the opportunity to view creative art spaces and purchase one-of-a-kind artwork directly from artists.
Stellar Performing Arts
Wichita boasts a professional music theater, opera, symphony and ballet, as well as dozens of cinematic and performance theatres that stand ready to impress with independent films, old favorites or new drama.
Wichita Symphony Orchestra
The Wichita Symphony Orchestra is the largest and most active performing arts organization in the state, nationally recognized for its artistic level and the community support it receives. The orchestra annually presents eight classic concerts in its Masterworks series, in addition to modern Pops concerts, family concerts, and free, citywide performances.
Music Theatre Wichita
Each summer, Music Theatre Wichita presents five Broadway-caliber musicals. Favorites such as Beauty and the Beast are performed by a mix of top-flight professionals from Broadway and Hollywood working hand-in-hand with talented Midwesterners.
Wichita Grand Opera
Experience inspirational productions of fully-staged operas and gala concerts during the Wichita Grand Opera season. Enjoy Opera on the Lake at Bradley Fair in May, a free event at the outdoor shopping plaza for the entire community to enjoy.
A Diverse Line Up of Concerts, Festivals & Events
Wichita’s event scene is a mix of hyper-local hip and general-audience attractions. The city boasts nationally recognized seasonal festivals, a downtown arena hosting top-level acts, a steady schedule of sporting events, and niche venues of all varieties — from comedy clubs to coffee houses. And, if you find a niche, this is the kind of place where someone steps up to fill the gap and create yet another signature specialty for the area to enjoy.
The biggest party on the prairie, Wichita Riverfest, the largest and longest-running community event in the state. During nine days in June, nearly half a million people converge along the river for concerts, food, contests and fireworks.
Tallgrass Film Festival
The "stubbornly independent" Tallgrass Film Festival has been ranked as one of the top 25 coolest festivals in the world, attracting international film makers, directors and aficionados. Locals purchase festival-long passes to enjoy the barrage of showings throughout venues in downtown Wichita.
Welcoming Family Friendly Entertainment
Greater Wichita is a great place to raise a family because of its dynamic mix of family-friendly events, attractions, and opportunities. From parks and playgrounds to hands-on museums and exhibits, a world of wonder and lifelong learning is a purposeful part of the Wichita experience.
This river city, established along the confluence of the Arkansas and Little Arkansas Rivers, is the ideal setting for bike and walking trails, kayaking, and paddle boating. Wichita’s 144 public parks and 100+ miles of bike paths join area lakes, golf courses, and outdoor attractions for four seasons full of fun. Runners participate in races almost every weekend of the year, including a Boston-qualifying marathon in the fall.
Keeper of the Plains Plaza
Visit this 44-foot steel sculpture of an American Indian created by Wichitan and Native American artist Blackbear Bosin. Erected in 1974, the landmark is now surrounded by a park plaza and features the “Ring of Fire,” burning nightly for 15 minutes. Two pedestrian suspension bridges on either side of the Keeper create ideal walks and bike rides through the heart of the city.
Sedgwick County Zoo
The number one outdoor tourist attraction in Kansas, Sedgwick County Zoo is nationally and internationally known for conservation programs and breeding of rare and endangered animals. The Zoo houses 3,000 animals of 400 different species. Key exhibits include the Downing Gorilla Forest, Cessna Penguin Cove, Koch Orangutan & Chimpanzee Habitat, Slawson Family Tiger Trek and the Reed Family Elephants of the Zambezi River Valley, the only elephant exhibit in the world to feature boat rides.
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