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Free WSU Open House Weekend

Wichita State University will be holding a free Open House weekend September 28-30, 2018. They’ll have three days of events, food, and fun for the whole community.

A highlight of the event will be visiting the new Braeburn Square, a 20-acre development with shopping, dining, and entertainment options.

You’ll also be able to participate in games, tour the campus, and enjoy live music and Shocker Athletics.

Most activities are free, but a few events do have fees. The cost of all events are very clearly marked on the open house schedule (see link below).

WSU Open House Weekend Activities

During the Open House, you’ll also be able to visit the Pizza Hut Museum, Ulrich Museum, Innovation Campus, and GoCreate – Wichita State University’s makerspace.

On Friday and Saturday, food trucks will be on the Square, and the new Shocker Store will celebrate its Grand Opening. Other Friday activities include a trivia contest (free, but pre-registration is required), a live performance from TRIBE, a cornhole tournament, and a play at the Metroplex (tickets are $10-$15).

On Saturday, watch WSU baseball scrimmage at Eck Stadium (free) at 11 a.m., enjoy free family-friendly art activities (described below), listen to a student jazz combo and a brass quintet, tour WSU, and go bowling ($2 to $15).

On Saturday and Sunday, the Shocker softball team will play at Wilkins Stadium. Admission to each game is $5 for the general public.

Family-Friendly Art Activities

The School of Art, Design, and Creative Industries will host three free events during the Open House weekend. These are great for both children and adults:

ADCI Chalk Art Invitational
Cost: FREE

  • 3–6 p.m. Sept. 28, McKnight Art Center, Wichita State University
  • 9 a.m.–12 p.m. Sept. 29, McKnight Art Center, Wichita State University

Middle and high school students will participate in a chalk art competition facilitated by the art education program in the School of Art, Design and Creative Industries. Email lori.santos@wichita.edu to register. Families and other community members are also invited to pick up a piece of chalk and make their mark in designated areas outside of McKnight Art Center and the Ulrich Museum of Art.

Iron Pour with the Wichita State Sculpture Guild
Cost: FREE

  • 12–4 p.m. Sept. 29, McKnight Art Center, Wichita State University

Sparks will fly! You’re invited to carve a block that will be cast with molten iron right in front of your eyes. Once it cools, you may take your unique creation home with you. This exciting event is appropriate for all ages and skill levels. Find us outside, on the sidewalk just north of the McKnight skybridges.

Open House WSU event: Steamroller Printing
Steamroller printing at WSU’s Open House event

Steamroller Printing with Tornado Alley Press
Cost: FREE to attend (prints will be available for sale)

  • 1–4 p.m. Sept. 29, McKnight Art Center, Wichita State University

Tornado Alley Press is making a big impression—literally! Watch a steamroller make prints by driving over large wooden blocks hand-carved by printmaking students in the School of Art, Design and Creative Industries. Completed prints will be available for sale, with all proceeds benefiting Tornado Alley Press, WSU’s printmaking guild. The steamroller will operate on the sidewalk between McKnight Art Center and Duerksen Fine Arts Center. Thanks to the City of Wichita for helping to make this event possible.

For More Information

View the full schedule and all WSU Open House events at wichita.edu/openhouse.

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