April — June Calendar of Events


April 2 Sculpture Dedication: Randy Regier, “The Celestial Mechanic,” 3:30 p.m. reveal; 5:30 p.m. artist talk, Ulrich Museum of Art, WSU,

April 4-7, 11-14 “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder,” Stage 9, Hutchinson,

April 5 Orfeo Tio featuring Leonid Shukaev, principal cellist of Wichita Symphony, 7 p.m., Birger Sandzen Memorial Gallery, Lindsborg,

April 5-May 18 “The Doctor is In,” Mosley Street Melodrama,

April 6  Season launch, Old Cowtown Museum, free admission, noon to 4 p.m., Old Cowtown Museum,

April 6 Murder in the Mine Interactive Dinner Theatre, 5 p.m., Strataca, Hutchinson,

April 6 El Dorado Half Marathon,

April 6, 13, 20 Tulips, Fairies and Forts, Botanica,

April 9 Ruth Moody Band, 7:30 p.m., Memorial Hall, Bethel College, North Newton,

April 9 Writing Now/Reading Now: Jericho Brown, 6:30 p.m. reading by WSU’s Distinguished Visiting Poet, Ulrich Museum of Art, WSU,

April 11 Recycled Percussion, 7:30 p.m., Hutchinson’s Historic Fox Theatre,

April 11 Party for the Planet, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sedgwick County Zoo,

April 11-21 138th Messiah Festival of the Arts, Lindsborg. Art exhibitions and music culminating with the performance of Handel’s “Messiah” at 3 p.m. on April 21,

April 12-May 5 “Avenue Q,” Roxy’s Downtown,

April 12-Aug. 11 “Kevin Mullins: Fire in the Paint Locker, A Thirty-Year Retrospective,” opening reception 5 to 8 p.m. April 12; lecture by David Butler at 2 p.m. April 14; and catalog launch June 22, Ulrich Museum of Art, WSU,

April 12-13 Kansas Mennonite Relief Sale, Hutchinson,

April 13  Wheat State Antique Truck Show, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Newell’s Travel Plaza, Newton.

April 13 ZOOrific EGGstravaganza, Rolling Hills Zoo, Salina,

April 13 Easter Bunny Train, Abilene & Smoky Valley Railroad, Abilene,

April 17 KMUW Literary Feast, 6 p.m., KMUW,

April 17 Church Ladies – “Rise up, O Men,” McPherson Opera House,

April 17-18 Kansas Governor’s One-Shot Turkey Hunt, El Dorado,

April 18 Howard E. Wooden Lecture: Lisa Small of Brooklyn Museum speaks on Georgia O’Keeffe, doors open 6 p.m., Wichita Art Museum,

April 19 Mini Makers: Time to Tinker, Exploration Place,

April 19 Popovich Comedy Pet Theater, McPherson Opera House,

April 20 Once Upon a Time, Old Cowtown Museum, $5 admission, Old Cowtown Museum,

April 20 Easter Eggstravaganza, Sedgwick County Zoo,

April 20 Eisenhower Easter Egg Roll, Eisenhower Presidential Library grounds, Abilene,

April 22  Earth Doctor, celebrate Earth Day, Exploration Place,

April 23 Sculpture Dedication: Elyn Zimmerman, “Font,” 3:30 p.m. reveal, 5:30 p.m. artist talk, Ulrich Museum of Art, WSU,

April 26 Apple Blossom Festival, 5 to 8 p.m., Newton Presbyterian Manor.

April 26 Jimmy Webb – The Glen Campbell Years, McPherson Opera House,

April 26 FUN: Future Now at the Ulrich, 4 p.m., introducing PechaKucha style presentations of campus-wide research: 3 Fridays, 4 presentations, 7 minutes each, Ulrich Museum of Art, WSU,

April 26-27 Wings and Wildlife Festival, Cheyenne Bottoms,

April 26-27 Kansas Storytelling Festival, Downs,

April 26-May 28 Photographs by Bob Benson with ceramics by Yusef Etudaiye, opening reception on Final Friday, Gallery 12,

April 27 Bizet’s “Carmen,” Wichita Grand Opera, 7 p.m., Century II,

April 27 Civil War, Old Cowtown Museum,

April 27 Family ArtVenture: Colors of a Kaleidoscope, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., explore and celebrate color, Wichita Art Museum,

April 27 Lindsborg in Bloom, 1960s celebration,

April 27-28 Tulip Festival with Kansas tourism tent, vendors, Wamego City Park,


May 2-5 Big Kansas Road Trip to Cheyenne, Sherman and Wallace counties,

May 3-4 Wings and Wetlands Birding Festival, Cheyenne Bottoms and Quivira National Wildlife Refuge, during peak spring migration,

May 4 Hutchinson Art Fair, Kansas State Fairgrounds,

May 4  Newton Downtown Car Show, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.,

May 4 Chisholm Trail Bike Ride, three route choices, begins and ends at Athletic Park, Newton,

May 4 McPherson College C.A.R.S. Club Show, McPherson,

May 4-5 Millfest, 1898 Smoky Valley Roller Mills operate, Old Mill Museum, Lindsborg,

May 4-5 Comic Con Episode III, Tony’s Pizza Event Center, Salina,

May 5 Cinco de Mayo Celebration, noon to 5 p.m., Sedgwick County Zoo,

May 10, 17, 24  RiverFlix, films begin at dusk, free, Exploration Place,

May 10 All School’s Day, parade, carnival, street dance, McPherson,

May 10-Sept. 19 Sean Kenney’s Nature Connects: Art with Lego Bricks, 18 sculptures comprising 46,000 Legos in the gardens, Botanica, Wichita,

May 11 A Night in Old Delano, 7 p.m. to midnight,

May 11-12 Friends of the Wichita Art Museum’s 60th Art & Book Fair, Wichita Art Museum,

May 12 Mother’s Day, mothers get in free with paid child admission, Sedgwick County Zoo,

May 12 Sculpture Dedication: Tom Otterness, “Shockers,” 3:30 p.m. reveal, 5 p.m. artist talk, Ulrich Museum of Art, WSU,

May 12 Mother’s Day, moms free with paid admission, Botanica,

May 14, 21, 28 Tuesdays on the Terrace, 6 to 8 p.m., Botanica,

May 15 KMUW Literary Feast, 6 p.m., KMUW,

May 15-19 “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical,” Century II,

May 17 Art Chatter, doors open 6 p.m., cash bar, creative types discuss variety of topics, Wichita Art Museum,

May 17-18 Abbyville Frontier Days Rodeo & BBQ, 620-727-4569.

May 18 Keeper of the Plains’ 45th birthday celebration, Indian Center, Wichita,

May 18-Sept. 2 Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Scientific discoveries shed light on the unexplainable, Exploration Place,

May 19 “Noah’s Flood,” by Wichita Grand Opera at McPherson Opera House,

May 23 “Noah’s Flood,” Wichita Grand Opera, 7 p.m., Century II,

May 24-July 13 “Gone with the Windwagon,” Mosley Street Melodrama,

May 24-Sept. 8 Dream with DaVinci, interactive exhibition, Flint Hills Discovery Center, Manhattan,

May 25 Family ArtVenture, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Wichita Art Museum,

May 25 Take Flight, Botanica,

May 25-26 Steampunk Day, Old Cowtown Museum,

May 30 Blooms, Brews and Bloody Marys, 6 p.m., Botanica,

May 30 Opera on the Lake, Wichita Grand Opera, Bradley Fair, free, 7 p.m.,

May 30 Downtown Arts Celebration, Carriage Factory Gallery, Newton,

May 31-June 25 Paintings by Diane Warta with ceramics by Gary Lincoln, opening reception on Final Friday, Gallery 12,


June 1 Storm the Dam Trail Marathon, El Dorado Lake,

June 1 Symphony at Sunset with Salina Symphony, Eisenhower Presidential Library grounds, Abilene,

June 1-30 “Love! Valour! Compassion!” Roxy’s Downtown,

June 4, 11, 18, 25 Tuesdays on the Terrace, 6 to 8 p.m., Botanica,

June 6 75th Anniversary of D-Day, Eisenhower Presidential Library, Abilene,

June 6-9 “How I Learned to Drive,” Stage 9, Hutchinson,

June 8 Indian Art Day: A celebration to open Micah Wesley’s exhibit and Indian Art Market, Indian Center, Wichita,

June 8 Wichita Children’s Theatre: “The Little Red Hen,” McPherson Opera House,

June 8-9  Newton Flower and Garden Tour, various locations,

June 9 Newton Mid-Kansas Symphony Orchestra summer concert, 4 p.m., Dyck Arboretum of the Plains, Hesston.

June 12-16 “Sound of Music,” Music Theatre Wichita, Century II,

June 15 Midsummer’s Festival, traditional Swedish games, music, dancing, Lindsborg,

June 15 Symphony in the Flint Hills, Chase County,

June 15, 22 Spring wildflower tours, Maxwell Wildlife Refuge, Canton, 620-628-4455.

June 16 Father’s Day Car Show, dads get in free with paid child admission, Sedgwick County Zoo,

June 20 Smallville Kansas Festival and Run/Walk, Hutchinson,

June 20-22 Main Street “Mainia,” special sales and activities at various businesses in downtown Newton.

June 21  Tunes + Tallgrass, live music at 7 p.m., film at 9 p.m., Wichita Art Museum,

June 22 Artist Studio Tour, Newton, 316-284-2749.

June 22-23 Smallville Con, Kansas State Fairgrounds, Hutchinson,

June 26-30 “An American in Paris,” Music Theatre Wichita, Century II,

June 28-29 Ape Awareness, Sedgwick County Zoo,

June 29 Celebrate America, Old Cowtown Museum,

June 30  A SculpTour Affair, 4 to 7 p.m., Ulrich Museum of Art, WSU,