The summer jazz concerts at Bradley Fair are among our favorite events of the year, and the best part is that they’re completely free!
This summer’s Bradley Fair Jazz Concert series begins June 6. (Actually, the June 6 concert just got canceled due to expected bad weather. )
Bring the kids, good friends, and a lawn chair or blanket and prepare to enjoy some lovely Thursday evenings in June.
These free summer concerts are great for the whole family. If you want to be close to the band, you can arrive early and set your chair up in the plaza/courtyard area next to Newport Grill.
But my favorite spot is on the lawn by the lake behind the shopping center. There is a spacious grassy area that’s great for spreading out a little bit, and the sound carries very well over the water.
It’s a great time to get together with friends and family. The kids can watch the ducks and the white egret, which often lands on the edge of the lake to dive for fish.
Some evenings it’s a little hot until after the sun has set, so you may want to bring a bottle of water and some spending money for ice cream.
Soft drinks, wine, and cocktails will also be available to purchase at the concerts.
The last concert of the summer series has, in the past, included fourth of July fireworks. These are always amazing – you’ll love them. It’s a very artistic fireworks show, with sprays and plumes of crackling stars falling from the skies. If you haven’t been to them, make a point to get in on the Independence Day holiday fun this year!
The Bradley Fair shopping center is at Rock Road and 21st Street East in Wichita.
The free outdoor jazz concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. You can set up your lawn chair on the Plaza as early as 6 a.m. the day of the concert.
Here is the lineup and the scheduled dates for this summer according to the Bradley Fair website:
(Event schedules are always subject to change, which is why we include the link so you can double-check.)
- June 6, Oli Silk [Canceled because of bad weather]
- June 13, Joseph Vincelli
- June 20, Brian Simpson
- June 27, Denny Jiosa
- July 4, Grace Kelly (this is the concert followed by Celebrate America, a spectacular fireworks display)