Hit the city pools, celebrate margaritas, catch a rock show
Memorial Day weekend isn’t just about boats, camping, and barbecues. Several events are still going on around Wichita, including the annual Margaritas & Mojitos party and several plays and concerts. And on Monday, all local swimming pools, wading pools and water parks will open.
Here are some of the things you can do this weekend in between typical Memorial Day stuff:
Opening of swimming pools
Monday, all City of Wichita pools, YMCA wading pools and water parks
Memorial Day weekend always means it’s time for local pools to reopen for the season, and on Monday, city pools and YMCA water parks will do just that. The city’s six pools — Aley, College Hill, Harvest, McAfee, Minisa and Orchard — will be open from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday. Daily admission to city pools is $3 for children or adults or $15 for families of eight, including one adult. Season passes are also available. Check www.wichita.gov/ParkandRec/Aquatics/ for the hours of each of the local pools. The City of Wichita plans to have its 12 wading pools all open by Monday, and they will operate daily from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Andover branches – will open for the season from Saturday. Their hours of operation will be 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 1 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday through August 5. After that, they will be open weekends only until September 4.
Margaritas & Mojitos
6-10 p.m. Friday, OJ Watson Park Seasons Venue, 3022 S Mclean Blvd.
FestiveICT, the group responsible for Wichita Taco Fest, is hosting its fourth annual Margaritas & Mojitos event from 6-10 p.m. Friday at the OJ Watson Park Seasons Venue. Ticket holders will be able to sample handcrafted margaritas and mojitos from local establishments like Jumbo’s Beef & Brew, Red Robin, Douglas Social and more. They’ll also get bites of food from places like Doma and Los Compadres Mexican Grill. Entrants and judges will choose the best margarita and mojito, and the evening will feature music from DJ Marcobiotics. Tickets include drinks and food and are $70 per person at www.festiveict.com/margaritas-mojitos-tickets
Wichita Pride Kick Off
6-10 p.m. Saturday, Kirby’s Beer Store, 3227 E. 17th St. North
Wichita Pride is about to begin a month-long celebration and will begin with a Pride Kickoff Concert from 6-10 p.m. Saturday at Kirby’s Beer Store. The concert, which will feature The Cavves, Keo & Them, Junior Retreat and more, will offer free food, including vegan and non-vegan dishes, for its duration. Wichita Pride Festival activities will continue throughout June and will include a Unity March on June 11, a skate party on June 22, a swim party on June 23, and a parade and festival on June 25. . For details on all Wichita Pride Festival activities, visit wichitapride.org/events/
Crown Uptown Theater, 3207 E. Douglas
The Crown Uptown Theater will host a concert titled “A Jazz Night Out: Time Machine” on Saturday featuring Robert Banks & Positive Production – winners of Best Live Band in Oklahoma City – as well as Vearl Tolbert, Cara Black and Nick Solomon. Tickets include a catered dinner of barbecue chicken and pulled pork, green beans and cheese potatoes. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the show is at 7 p.m. Tickets are $50-$65 at www.crownuptown.com
“No weddings and funerals”
Friday through July 8, Mosley Street Melodrama, 234 N. Mosley
Mosley Street Melodrama in the Old Town has just launched a new production called ‘No Weddings & a Funeral’, written by Tom Frye. The show tells the wacky story of Thelma and Louise, two sisters whose lives change when they learn they have inherited 500 acres of prime Derby property. The show opens on Fridays and runs Fridays and Saturdays until June 10, then Friday through Sunday until July 8. Friday and Saturday shows are at 6 p.m. and Sunday shows are at 10:30 a.m. Assigned seat tickets are $39 for dinner and a show is $29. for show only. Standard seats are $35 for dinner and a show, $25 for the show only. Buy tickets at www.mosleystreet.com/shows
Buckcherry in concert
8:00 p.m. Sunday, Wave, 650 E. Second
Buckcherry, the California rock band known for songs like “Sorry” and “Too Drunk…,” will perform with opening act Dusty Grant at 8 p.m. Sunday at Wave, the downtown concert venue near Second St. and St. Francis. The band still includes original vocalist Josh Todd. Tickets for the show are $35 and are available at waveict.com
Meet the boss
6-7 p.m. Thursday, Mid-America All-Indian Museum, 650 N. Seneca
On Thursday, the Mid-America All Indian Center will feature a talk by chef Pyet DeSpain, who was named the winner of Gordon Ramsey’s Fox show “Next Level Chef” last year. The conductor, who is Prairie Band Potawatomi, will talk about his journey from Kansas City, Kansas to becoming a top private conductor in Los Angeles. Admission to the event, which lasts from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., is free.
Latest concert announcements
Here’s a look at recent additions to the Wichita concert schedule:
The travel guideJune 1, Wave, tickets on sale at waveict.com
Shamar AllenJune 28, Wave, tickets on sale at waveict.com
Hellzapoppin: Circus Show 2023July 23, TempleLive, tickets on sale at wichita.templelive.com
black joe lewisAugust 5, Wave, tickets on sale at waveict.com
Oak Revival TreatedAugust 12, Cotillion, tickets on sale at 10 a.m. Friday at thecotillion.com
The Dave Matthews Tribute BandAugust 21, Wave, tickets on sale at waveict.com
The Ozzy Osbourne ExperienceOctober 19, Cotillion, tickets on sale at 10 a.m. Friday at thecotillion.com