Two of Wichita’s most anticipated annual events — the Wichita Wagonmasters Downtown Chili Cookoff and Woofstock — both are on for Saturday. And they’re not the only fun events happening in and around Wichita this weekend and into next week.
Here’s a look at some entertainment options available as September transitions into October:
Wagonmasters Chili Cookoff
Noon Saturday, Douglas and St. Francis
The annual Wichita Wagonmasters Downtown Chili Cookoff returns on Saturday and will fill the 500 block of East Douglas, which is right by Naftzger Park, near Douglas and St. Francis, with around 80 teams passing out samples of chili and competing to see whose is best. The tasting starts at noon, and people who buy $5 tasting kits can then travel from booth to booth trying chili. The cookoff will also have live music from local band Epic, a pepper-eating contest and a 50/50 raffle, where the winner will take 50% of the pot and the other 50% will be donated to charity. Organizers advise attendees to arrive as close to noon as possible so they can taste the chili before booths start running out. For more information, visit www.wagonmasters.org/chili-cookoff
10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Sedgwick County Park, 6501 W. 21st St.
Dogs and their humans are invited to participate in the annual Woofstock festival put on each fall in Sedgwick County Park by the Kansas Humane Society. The event, which will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, will feature dog-friendly vendors, activities, races, a dog costume contest and more. Human attendees can enjoy live music, a beer garden and food trucks. VIP admission is $25 and includes a T-shirt, tote bag and doggy bandanna. General admission is $10, and children 11 and under get in free. Tickets are available at the gates or at kshumane.org/woofstock.
Monophonics at Wave
7 p.m. Saturday, Wave, 650 E. Second St.
Monophonics, a band featuring Kelly Finnigan — the son of the late Wichita musician Mike Finnigan — are headliners on the Sage Motel Tour, which hits Wave on Saturday and also includes GA-20 and Kendra Morris. Doors for the show open at 6 p.m. and the music starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $30 at waveict.com
Boos and Brews at Cowtown
7 p.m. to midnight Friday, Old Cowtown Museum, 1865 Museum Blvd.
Old Cowtown Museum’s Boos and Brews event will kick off the Halloween season on Friday. It will last from 7 p.m. to midnight and include ghost tours throughout the museum by the Wichita Paranormal Research Society plus a Victorian seance. Food from The Bomb BBQ and beer from Central Standard will be for sale. Admission is $15 a person, free for Cowtown members. Attendees must be 18 years or older to enter and 21 or older to drink.
Greater Andover Days
Friday through Sunday, Central Park, 1807 E. Central, Andover
The 55th Greater Andover Days, which happen Friday through Sunday in Andover, this year will operate with the theme “Stand with Andover,” which is meant to show support to those in the community affected by the tornado that hit the city in April. The event is a family-friendly festival that will include food trucks, live music, a golf tournament, pickleball, a carnival, fireworks and more. The festival is from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday, and from 7:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Sunday. Most events happen at Andover’s Central Park. Buttons are available for $5 at locations across Andover or at Central Park during the event. For button locations and a full schedule of events, visit www.andoverks.com/GAD
‘The Fox Sisters’ at Wichita State
7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Welsbacher Theatre, WSU Hughes Metroplex, 5015 E. 29th St. North.
Wichita State University’s new Musical Theatre Incubator Program — which is designed to help develop new musicals and lets students work directly with the authors — launches this weekend with the debut of a new musical called “The Fox Sisters” by Anthony De Angelis. The show will be directed by new WSU musical theater faculty member Richard Biever and tells the story of two sisters who persuade the world they can speak to the dead. Shows will be at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Welsbacher Theatre in the WSU Hughes Metroplex. Tickets are $10. WSU students get one free ticket.
Logan Mize at Botanica
7 p.m. Thursday, Botanica, 701 Amidon
Country artist and Kansas native Logan Mize will perform a concert on Thursday on Botanica’s Grand Lawn. Some of Mize’s most popular songs include “Better Off Gone,” “Grew Apart” and “Somebody to Thank.” Doors for the concert will open at 6 p.m., and opening act Mountain Deer Revival will go on at 7 p.m. Mize will take the stage at 8 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own chairs. Tickets are $45, $40 for Botanica members and must be purchased in advance at botanica.org/logan-mize/.
Concerts announced this week
Wichita’s many music venues have been busy booking shows lately. Here’s a look at the most recent additions made to Wichita’s concert calendar:
Jackyl, Oct. 20, TempleLive tickets on sale at ticketmaster.com
Me Like Bees, Nov. 12, TempleLive tickets on sale at ticketmaster.com
Katy Guillen & The Drive, Dec. 18, Wave, tickets on sale at waveict.com
Paramount: 80s Rock Night, Dec. 31, Cotillion, tickets on sale at thecotillion.com
Subtronics, March 1, Cotillion, tickets on sale at 10 a.m. Friday at thecotillion.com