Happy mid-November, all.
As the holidays swiftly approach, it’s time to start making plans.
Most of the holiday events in town start ramping up next week – I’ll have a (very lengthy) all-inclusive holiday calendar in the Eagle this Sunday, and online following.
Until then, use this guide to help plan your weekend:
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All weekend, around Wichita
There are a whole host of Veterans Day events planned in Wichita, the largest of which being the annual Veterans Day parade on Saturday morning. For a full listing of Veterans Day events, click here. Also, if you’re looking for restaurant freebies and other food specials for veterans, click here.
Feztival of Trees
11 a.m.-7 p.m. Fri., 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Sat., noon-4 p.m. Sun., Midian Shrine Center, 130 N. Topeka
If you’re already feeling in the Christmas spirit, this is one of the first major Christmas-themed events going on in town. This third annual event features lots of decorated trees – and a chance for you to buy one, if you’re so inclined. There will be more than 40 decorated trees there, some of which will be raffled off and others will be auctioned.
$5 per person, free for kids 10 and under. $1 raffle tickets to win a decorated tree. www.midianshrine.org/feztival-of-trees
8-11 p.m. Fri., Sat., Fisch Haus, 524 S. Commerce
The KNOB Festival is an annual music festival that pushes the limits of experimental music. Every year, the festival brings in all sorts of eclectic artists that make for a truly unique event. If you’ve never been, I’d recommend it at least once.
$5 suggested donation. www.fischhaus.com
Air Capital Comic Con
10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun., Century II, 225 W. Douglas
With two days full of talks by artists and writers, and cosplay and games, this is Wichita’s premier comic book convention. Special guests include Greg Smallwood, the artist for Marvel’s Moon Knight comic and Kevin Nowlan, a comic book artist who has worked for Marvel and DC. Attendees will have the chance to participate in interactive games, compete in costume contests, hear from various authors and engage with others in the community who share an interest in comics. All ages welcome.
$8 general admission on Sat., $6 general admission on Sun., $5 for ages 13-18 both days. Children 12 and under free both days. Veteran’s discount available on Saturday. www.wichitatix.com, 316-303-8100
For years, Wichita-area families have created one-of-a-kind gingerbread houses at Assistance League of Wichita's annual fundraiser, Gingerbread Village. McClatchy
10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sat., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun., Exploration Place, 300 N. McLean Blvd.
This annual gingerbread house-building event has become a tradition for many Wichita families. My colleague Denise Neil wrote about her family’s history with Gingerbread Village last week, an article which you should read. Plan to spend a few hours building the perfect gingerbread house with your kids. Proceeds from this event go to the Assistance League of Wichita.
From Kansas to ‘La La Land’: A Concert with Angela Parrish
7 p.m. Sat., Plymouth Congregational Church, 202 N. Clifton
Angela Parrish, the Newton native who rose to popularity as a featured soloist in “La La Land,” will be performing as part of the Plymouth Fine Arts Series on Saturday night. It’s been a whirlwind year for Parrish, who has contributed to Super Bowl commercials and performed at awards ceremonies this past year. To read more about Parrish, read this article I wrote last week on her.
Holiday Wright Style
2-5 p.m. Sun., Allen-Lambe House, 255 N. Roosevelt
Turn back time to 1918 for a day during this annual holiday open house. In addition to touring the Frank Lloyd Wright home, which is decorated for the holiday season with decorations of the era, you’ll also be able to enjoy live music as well as refreshments on the terrace while watching an exhibition of Tai Chi on the garden lawn by certified instructor, Al Fleming. The Gilded Garage Gift Shop will be open for holiday shopping and includes limited edition Frank Lloyd Wright items.
$30 non-members, $20 members. www.flwrightwichita.org
5-7 p.m. Sun., Harvester Arts, 215 N. Washington
For those unaware of ICT Soup, it’s a great way to potentially get funding for your creative project. The idea: everyone arrives at Harvester Arts and gathers around bowls of hot soup, purchased for a donation. Creatives pitch ideas for projects to the group while they eat, and guests get to vote on which project they think is most deserving of money. Then, the winner gets a check for the money that was donated for the bowls of soup.
$10 and $5 donations accepted. www.ictsoup.wixsite.com
Fur Ball at Abode Venue
6-9 p.m. Sun., Abode Venue, 1330 E. Douglas
This second-annual event is a fundraiser for Beauties and Beasts, an eleventh-hour rescue organization for dogs. Your admission grants you a buffet dinner, cocktails, access to silent and live auctions, live music from Jenny Wood and the Watchers, a wine pull, raffles and more.
Cuffs vs Axes Charity Boxing Classic
7 p.m. Sat., Wichita Sports Forum, 2668 N. Greenwich
This 15-bout card on Veterans Day is a fundraiser for The Honore Adversis Foundation and The Wichita Firefighters Charitable Fund. If you’ve always wanted to watch firefighters duke it out with police officers, this is the event for you. The event will open with a special video message from injured officer Brian Arterburn.
Contributing: Hannah Tobias of The Eagle