Food, fun and fine art

Autumn & Art

Photos courtesy of Wichita Festivals, Inc.

The annual Autumn & Art festival at Bradley Fair returns Sept. 15-17. This festival has become a favorite fall tradition for many in the area, as it combines people’s love of the changing season with their love of food, fun and fine art.

Festival fun Sept. 15-17

The festival takes place Friday, Sept. 15, 6-9 p.m.; Saturday, Sept. 16, 10 a.m.–7 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 17, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Autumn & Art, presented by Fidelity Bank, is free and open to the public. This year the fine arts festival will include 98 artists from 22 different states, for a total of 108 booths lining the beautiful Bradley Fair parkway behind the lake.

"We are excited to bring this fun and accessible fine art event to Wichita for the eighth year," said Teri Mott, director of marketing and communication at Wichita Festivals, Inc. "It is our mission as a not-for-profit organization to bring the citizens of Wichita together to celebrate our community. Autumn & Art is a wonderful way to enjoy fine and performing arts in a lovely setting, with something for every age and interest."

Patron party

The popular Patron Party will be Friday, Sept. 15. Patron’s tickets include gourmet food, wine, live entertainment, reserved parking and a silent auction. For a complete list of Patron’s perks or to purchase tickets, go to

New this year!

Entertainment, including live music, dance, theater, and art demonstrations, will be presented throughout the weekend. New this year — "Inuksuit," a modern music work by John Luther Adams which has been described as "the ultimate environmental piece" by the New York Times, will be performed at 11 a.m. Sunday morning. The 40-minute work is scored for 9 to 99 percussionists and was written to be played outdoors. Organizers are well on their way to recruiting 99 college and high school student and faculty percussionists to perform this unique symphony for the first time in Kansas.

Children’s activities

Other activities include kids’ programming. Artie’s Art Studio, sponsored by Mark Arts, will include make-it-and-take-it art projects kids can create on site. Artie’s Clubhouse (Sunday only) is an art gallery where artwork will be for sale for a kid’s budget and Artie’s Masterpiece Games, where famous artwork has been made into creative, fun games for kids to play. The whole family can partake in the fun of a paddle boat ride on Bradley Fair Lake for just $5.

For more information on the festival or to purchase Patron’s tickets, go to

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