Concerts and Events
Start with the biggest party on the prairie, Wichita Riverfest, the largest and longest running community event in the state. During nine days in June, nearly half a million people converge along the river for concerts, food, contests and fireworks.
Wichita has venues from tightly-packed bars like Barleycorn's and Kirby's to everything in between like Wave, The Cotillion, and Brickyard. For headliners and chart-toppers, head to INTRUST Bank Arena, a 15,000-seat indoor venue in the heart of downtown. Top artists Imagine Dragons, P!nk, Thomas Rhett, Paul McCartney and Blake Shelton have appeared here. The arena is also the home field for Wichita Thunder, the city’s minor league hockey team, and the site played host to the first- and second-round NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament last year (returning in 2021).
Sports fans find lots more to cheer, first and foremost for Wichita State University Shockers, along with teams from numerous other local universities, colleges and high schools. It’s also worth checking out Wichita Force football and the ICT Roller Girls.