A week goes by fast, doesn’t it? Here is a new look ahead at free and cheap events and things to do in Wichita, KS this week.
You’ll find plenty to do “on the cheap” for both kids and adults here at Wichita on the Cheap. What follows is a list of events we know of in a day-by-day list, including things like arts and entertainment, family or kids’ activities, food deals and more.
But each week we add new content, and not all of it is about “events,” so if you don’t already, be sure to sign up for our daily e-newsletter to keep up with the latest deals, discounts/freebies, and free and cheap fun things to do in Wichita, KS. You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter, but you won’t see all the updates.
Reminder: Double-Check Before You Head Out!We’re as excited as you are when we find a great event or deal! But remember -- events can change. Bargains can sell out. Weather can be unpredictable. The location nearest you may decide not to participate. And many venues reserve the right to change prices and hours without notice. Please double-check with the source to make sure an event is still happening or a deal is still good before you go.
Here’s what’s happening in the next 7 days:
Make sure to click on each link for details, because some events require pre-registration.
Tuesday, March 28, 2023
Wednesday, March 29, 2023
Thursday, March 30, 2023
Friday, March 31, 2023
Saturday, April 1, 2023
Sunday, April 2, 2023
Monday, April 3, 2023
We have a whole week’s worth of free and cheap fun in this list, and we’re adding to it all the time so if you have a tip about a deal or event that should be on our calendar, please let us know!
Looking for more FREE and low-cost things to do? You’ll find more listings on our Wichita on the Cheap Events Calendar, which you can view by day or by month. It’s a great guide to What to Do in Wichita every day of the week!
Or you might like these articles:
- Free Museum Days in Wichita
- Readers’ Favorite Coffee Shops
- $5 lunches in Wichita
- Daily Restaurant Specials
- Happy Hours
- Birthday Freebies!
- Live music!
- Things for Teens to Do
- Free & cheap fitness classes
More related links:
The BEST Free Things to Do in Wichita, KS
$5 movies at the Blvd Theatre in Town West on Mondays.
William A. Stofer says
You didn’t mention Wichita Festival Of The Arts, 10:00-4:00 May 7th Riverside Park. over 100 vendors -performers-Music-food and activities for children. A Park and Recreation and William A. Stofer event!
Moriah Beck says
Register NOW for the Expanding Your Horizons Conference hosted by Wichita State University which is scheduled for April 23, 2022! This one-day event introduces middle school girls to a variety of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) areas.
Attendees will meet STEM role models, participate in hands-on activities, and learn more about careers in those fields.
Registration fee of just $15 includes interactive track workshops, lunch, t-shirts, and a WSU bag!
Mark Arts is doing a free family event called Arts Together: Art Speaks celebrating the Chinese New Year on Saturday, January 8 from 10 am to noon. More info on their website: https://markartsks.com/arttogether/
I got the info from the newsletter
Oh that sounds awesome. Thank you Din!
Teal Cove NEIGHBORHOOD GARAGE SALE
(37th Street between Rock Road and Woodlawn
just south of Bel Aire
Northeast Wichita 67226)
Thank you Carolyn!
Thursday, Friday, Saturday
June 7, 8, 9
Thank you, Heather! I’ve added it to our Citywide and Neighborhood Garage Sale list!
Jill Weidenbener says
Thanks for letting us know about so many great activities. Just wanted to give a heads up to parents who might not look closely, the free skate is only for two specific sessions. Thanks again for your work.
Good point. The skating sessions are Friday evenings and Sunday afternoons. (I’ll go back to the article and make that extra clear.) Thanks, Jill!
CE Denlinger says
What are some things for next week May 15-18? I have family coming from Illinois. They live near Chicago. We know about the zoo (not cheap, but great). Other ideas?
My favorite place to start is always with the Top 5 FREE Things to Do in Wichita, which were all recommended by readers! You can see that here: https://wichitaonthecheap.com/the-top-5-free-things-to-do-in-wichita-kansas/
Some things that are not on that list but are always free (and neat!) are the City Arts Gallery in Old Town and the Wichita Boathouse Kansas Sports Hall of Fame. The HOF at the Boathouse is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays only. CityArts is open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday 9-5, Sat 9-3, and closed Sunday.
Another fun thing you can do any day of the week is scout out the murals in the Douglas Design District. Many of these are by fun local businesses that your visitors might enjoy. (Donut Whole is one example.) I’ve written more about the murals here (scroll down the page near the bottom): https://wichitaonthecheap.com/walking-trails-wichita/
I also like to stroll through the downtown portion of Douglas and show off our bronze sculptures. If you’re free for lunch, make your first stop the PopUp Park! This article tells you a little more about it. Food trucks are parked there daily from 11 a.m. until at least 1 p.m., I believe.
Reflection Square Park is less than a block east of the popup park, so be sure to walk over. In it you’ll find a sculpture commemorating the Dockum Drugstore sit-in, which was one of the first – but lesser known – events during the Equal Rights Movement. It stands on the spot where the Dockum Drugstore once was.
And Sente Games & Refreshments (just across the street) is a great place to stop and get coffee.
While you’re in the area, you might just want to hop the free Q-Line Trolley, which runs through downtown during lunch hour. Here’s where I’ve written about the Q-Line. (It’s free.) The Delano/Old Town route runs from 11 a.m. to 1:30 a.m. Monday through Friday from Old Town to Delano.
If you stop in Delano, be sure to visit Milkfloat for homemade dessert!
Other cool anytime attractions are the Nifty Nut House, the Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum ($5), and … well, there are so many! Here’s an old article with info about some of Wichita’s attractions and how to save money at each.
If your friends like old arcade games, pinball, or board games, Wichita has some fun spots!
Places to Play Pinball
Sente Games & Refreshments
Cheap movie nights next week are $5 Tuesday at the new AMC Theater (you have to join their free loyalty program to get the deal), $5 Wednesday at the Warren Old Town (which is also near CityArts), and the classic movie at the Wichita Orpheum Theater on Thursday night ($7). And the Starlite Drive-in is open on Friday night while they’re in town! It’s only $13 for the whole carload, and not many cities have drive-in theaters any more.
Also on Friday night (May 18), Exploration Place is hosting a free outdoor movie night on the plaza. It’s bound to be packed, but admission to walk through the exhibits is discounted on that night. Here’s more info: https://wichitaonthecheap.com/free-outdoor-movie-night-series-exploration-place/
I hope that gives you some fun things to do and see in Wichita while your guests are in town! I’m sure I’ve forgotten some things. 🙂 Oh – don’t forget to go see the Troll when you’re down by the Keeper!
Janeen Bezona says
The link you have for Palace Theatre is going to a bogus site. I think this is the link you’d want now for the Regal site:
Oh gosh. Thanks, Vaughn. They must have just changed it, because it was still working a few weeks ago. The new link seems to be https://www.regmovies.com/theaters/warren-palace-8/C00893918480 (with that long string of numbers on the end). Appreciate you pointing it out!
Janet Brumbaugh says
Hi Carolyn, I am wondering if you publish information about programs that are offered by non-profits? I am a member of Wichita NAMI and we have an annual Mental Illness Awareness Program and Candlelight Ceremony the first Sunday evening in October at 7:00 pm. It is a play entitled “Laughter is Sacred Space”, held at Newman University and it is free. We would love to have a huge crowd join us that evening as we reflect on the awareness of mental illness.
Hi Janet. Yes, we share lots of events from non-profits! If you’ll go to https://wichitaonthecheap.com/submit-your-deal it will tell you how to submit and what information to include.
Beth Green says
Thank you for this app! It’s absolutely great…. and especially if you have kids/grandkids. I have done more in the past two months in Wichita than the whole last year thanks to your app.
I’m so glad to hear it, Beth! That’s why I do what I do! 🙂
Leta Wortman says
I love this app I just discovered it and found a lot of things that I can do with my grandchildren for free or minimum amount of money and they enjoy everything I wish I would have found this before now it’s a great app and great things to do
I’m so glad you found us! Thanks for taking the time to comment, Leta!