Wichita offers a wide variety of activities this weekend, from the highly anticipated annual church dinner to a motocross event to a saxophone concert. Here’s a look at some of the weekend’s most promising entertainment options:
Celebrate Kansas Day
Saturday, 10:00am – 1:00pm, Great Plains Nature Center, 6232 E. 29th St.
Celebrate Kansas Day this weekend at the Great Plains Nature Center with a self-guided event scheduled Saturday from 10am to 1pm. (Kansas Day is actually Sunday.) It will happen inside downtown and include exhibits and activities that pay homage to Kansas’ symbols and history. Activities will include Kansas trivia and crafts. Admission is free.
Chicken noodle weekend
11am-6pm Saturday, St. Paul United Methodist Church, 1356 N. Broadway
The 2023 installment of the Long Chicken Noodle Dinner at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 1356 N. Broadway, takes place this weekend. The event, now in its 76th year, is from 11am to 6pm on Saturdays and for the second year in a row meals will be served only to drive-through customers. People will stay in their cars to order their $12 meals, which include a large serving of house-made chicken and noodles, mashed potatoes and gravy, fresh coleslaw, and dessert. People can pay on the spot with cash, check, or credit card, or get tickets in advance by calling the church office at 316-267-3263. A la carte items will also be available.
Homage to Nirvana
7:30pm Saturday, The Cotillion 11120 W. Kellogg
Smells Like Nirvana, a tribute band performing songs from Nirvana albums Nevermind, In Utero, Bleach and more, will be at The Cotillion on Saturday for a concert at 7.30pm. The show doors will open at 7pm and the opening acts will be Dead Original and For The Birds. Tickets are $17 at thecotillion.com
The Outlaws of Arenacross
7:00 PM Friday and Saturday, Hartman Arena, 8151 N. Hartman Arena Drive
Arenacross Outlaws will fill Hartman Arena this weekend with lasers, fireworks, motorcycles and lots of dirt. The event takes place Friday and Saturday and begins at 7:00 p.m. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Tickets are $26 for adults, $21 for children 3 to 12, and free for children 2 and under.
5:30 pm Sunday, Wichita Art Museum, 1400 Museum Blvd.
The Chamber Music Society of Wichita Concert Series continues Sunday at the Wichita Art Museum with the Ancia Saxophone Quartet. The show begins at 5:30 pm in the museum’s Great Hall and costs $25 for WAM members, $30 for members of the public at cmswichita.org/concerts. Starts at 5.30pm, although a pre-concert talk starts at 5pm. The event will include an ATM.
Josh Meloy at The Wave
8:00 PM Saturday, Wave, 650 E. Second St.
Oklahoma native Josh Meloy will be at Wichita’s Wave on Saturday for a concert at 7pm. Meloy, a country singer, is best known for songs like “Met the Devil in Oklahoma” and “You Here Tonight.” Doors open at 6pm, then opening act Blaine Bailey will warm up the crowd. Tickets are $15 at waveict.com