What to do in Wichita this fall

Written by Amy Palser

Fall in Wichita means plenty of opportunities to eat, drink and be merry — and these outdoor events take advantage of pleasant temperatures and color-changing scenery. This month, enjoy food and beverages at one of the many festivals and museum events, or take the family on a traditional autumnal outing at one of the area’s pumpkin patches, haunted houses or corn mazes. Grab the calendar and start planning. There are plenty of things to see and do for folks ages 1 to 100.

Museums

Museum of World Treasures
Haunted Museum — Oct. 3, 6–8 p.m.
Enjoy a spooky night at the Museum of World Treasures for Flashlight Tours and a Mummy Hunt! Beer and wine provided. Visit worldtreasures.org.

Sedgwick County Zoo
Croctoberfest — Oct. 3, 6–9 p.m.
Support crocodile conservation while enjoying live music, food, craft beer and a silent auction at the zoo. Visit scz.org.

Great Plains Nature Center
Art on the Trail — Oct. 5, 11 a.m.–3 p.m.
Watch artists capture the landscape in real time as you walk the trails of Great Plains Nature Center, and complete some art projects of your own! Visit gpnc.org.

Botanica
Bootanica — Oct. 12, 11 a.m.–4 p.m.
Bonfire Night — Oct. 17, 6–8 p.m.
Botanica will transform the gardens into stations and activities for Bootanica, its biggest family friendly event of the year. Wear your costume for a haunted woods scavenger hunt, storybook characters, pumpkin decorating, music and theater performances and more. On Bonfire Night, be inspired by the beauty of a crisp fall evening in the gardens and enjoy live music around fire pits, as well as food, local brews and mulled wine. Visit botanica.org.

Tanganyika Wildlife Park
Pumpkins at the Park — Oct. 18-20, 25-27
Kids, teens and adults alike will enjoy this spectacular celebration at Tanganyika Wildlife Park, with artist-designed thematic stage shows, a waterfall light show, trick-or-treating, inflatables, a 3D maze, and an escape room. Teens will love the laser tag hunt and Cage Maze. Adults will love the spooky cocktails. Visit pumpkinsatthepark.com.

Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum
Torchlight Tour — Oct. 25, 6–9 p.m.
Celebrate all things mysterious and spooky by touring the museum in the dark. Flashlights will be provided as guests are guided through four floors of Wichita history, including a torchlight visit to the interior of the rarely seen Clock Tower. Visit wichitahistory.org.

Haunted Houses

Wicked Island, Wichita
Presented by Plant Kingdom and the City of Wichita, this haunted forest and escape room promise scares at O.J. Watson Park. Open Halloween and weekends through Nov. 2. Visit wickedwoodswichita.com.

The Haunted Cannery, El Dorado
This ultimate fun house located at Walter’s Pumpkin Patch is filled with horrifying music, clowns, chainsaws, zombies, spiders, vampires, werewolves and other horrific sights and sounds. Take the open-air hay wagon through the country darkness to the abandoned four-story grain elevator. Open weekends through Oct. 26. Visit hauntedcannery.com.

Field of Screams and Clown Town, Maize
This haunted attraction will take you on a fright-fest through towering sorghum fields, unruly forests, twisting trenches, terrifying tunnels and the horrifying Spurlock workshops. Live actors and special effects have turned this working farm into a Halloween wonderland. Open on Halloween and on weekends through Nov. 3. Visit scaryprairiepines.com.

Pumpkin Patches

Marietta Farm, Andover
While you’re hunting for the perfect pumpkin, spend some time in this outdoor playland’s corn pit, playground, and grass maze. The wagon ride, animals and inflatable bouncer will keep the kids entertained. Open daily through Oct. 31. Visit mariettafarm.com.

Applejack Pumpkin Patch, Augusta
Stock up on pumpkins and all the fall decorating essentials. The kids will have a blast with 30 activities, including a balance course, zipline, corn crib and pumpkin cannon. Grab fall favorites like caramel apples, kettle corn and even apple cider slushies. Open now through Oct. 31. Visit applejackpumpkinpatch.com.

Meadowlark Farm, Rose Hill
Pick your own apples and pumpkins at this farm in Rose Hill, or try some of the hard cider made by the Meadowlark team on site! Open Wednesdays through Sundays throughout the fall season. Visit themeadowlarkfarm.com.

Mr. Gourdman’s Pumpkin Patch, Derby
Located on a 15-acre lake at a working horse ranch, Mr. Gourdman’s has both pumpkin and gourd patches featuring varieties of all sizes, as well as a tunnel slide, corn maze, mulch mountain, giant sand box, campfire pit and canoes. Open weekends in October. Don’t miss the live entertainment Oct. 26! Visit wichitaspumpkinpatch.com.

Klausmeyer Dairy Farm and Pumpkin Patch, Clearwater
Pick a pumpkin straight from the vine at this dairy farm southwest of Wichita. Don’t miss glow-in-the-dark paintball, hay bale maze, dairy farm tour, pig races and more. Open weekends now through Nov. 2. Visit klausmeyerdairyfarms.com.

Walter's Farm Pumpkinfest, Burns
Just 30 minutes northeast of Wichita, you’ll find favorite fall activities plus a bag swing over the creek, paddle boats and a tree house. Open daily through Oct. 31. Visit thewaltersfarm.com.

Cedar Creek Farm and Pumpkin Patch, Maize
Wichita’s newest pumpkin patch features pony rides and a petting zoo full of fascinating animals like a friendly, furry Scottish Highland bull, miniature donkey and curly babydoll sheep. Instagram photos await! Open Tuesdays through Sundays through Oct. 31. Visit cedarcreekict.com.

Festivals

ICT Bloktoberfest, Wichita WaterWalk
When Oktoberfest and a Wichita Block Party meet, you get ICT Bloktoberfest, the city’s annual celebration of polka, food and brews. This two-day event will feature live music, wiener dog races, keg rolling, food trucks and — of course — a biergarten! The event is Oct. 4 and 5. Purchase tickets in advance at ictbloktoberfest.com.

Tallgrass Film Festival, downtown Wichita
Catch short and feature films from around the world at this year’s 17th annual Tallgrass Film Festival. The five-day event also features roundtables, filmmaker labs, VIP receptions and gala parties. It runs Oct. 16 to 20. Visit tallgrassfilmfest.com.

 
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