What to do in Wichita the weekend before Thanksgiving?

The annual Bradley Fair Christmas Tree Lighting is part of Wichita's holiday tradition.

The annual Bradley Fair Christmas Tree Lighting is part of Wichita’s holiday tradition.

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Wichita’s calendar is full of fun ahead of Thanksgiving and other events this weekend.

Here’s a look at some of the fun events happening across town this weekend and into next week.

Reba at a concert

7:30 p.m. Saturday, Interbank Arena, 500H. Waterman

Country music legend Reba McEntire will be in Wichita on Saturday for a concert with opening act Terry Clark. Tickets are limited to the show, at 7:30 p.m. at Intrust Bank Arena. Tickets are available at selectaseat.com, by calling 316-755-7328 or in person at the Select-a-Seat outlet inside Intrust Bank Arena.

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Delores Huerta, who co-founded the United Farm Workers Union with Cesar Chavez, will appear Saturday night at an event called “CC Boyd,” a fundraiser for the Dolores Huerta Foundation, which promotes community organizing and social justice. The event will include live entertainment, appetizers from Connie’s Mexico Café, and a panel discussion on civic engagement with Huerta, Sedgwick County Commissioner Sarah Lopez, and former Kansas Secretary of Labor and legislator Delia Garcia. It’s from 6-9 p.m. at Exploration Place, 300 N. McLean, Wichita. Tickets are $15 and available online or at the door.

Wreath Festival

11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Wichita Sedgwick County Historical Museum, 204 S. Main

The Wichita Sedgwick County Historical Museum’s annual wreath festival returns for its 39th year this weekend. The event, which kicked off Thursday and runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday, will see gorgeous wreaths, Christmas decor items, baked goods, cards, books, and gifts on sale. Submission is free. For more information, visit wichitahistory.org.

Vaseval of trees

Fri-Tuesday, November 25-27, Midian Shrine Center, 130 North Topeka

Another annual holiday event – Medin Temple Feztival Shrine of Trees – is back for its eighth edition and will run from Friday to Tuesday and November 25-27. The event will take place at the Midian Mausoleum Center and will display decorated and placed trees. It will also provide attendees with a chance to win tree shows complete with gifts. Lottery tickets are $1 each. Visitors can also take selfies with Santa, visit the Snowflake Café for lunch and dinner, and shop from vendors. Tickets are $5, free for children 10 and under. Hours of operation 9am-7pm Fridays, 9am-8pm Saturdays; 11 AM to 3 PM on Sundays and 5 to 8 PM on Mondays and Tuesdays.

Annual car lights

Thursday – December. 27, 2919 W. Second St.

Recharge the family after Thanksgiving dinner and head to the annual lights at Ability Point, formerly The Arc’s Lights, which opens Thanksgiving night. It’s a drive-thru display at 2919 W. Second St. Made up of over 1.5 million lights, it features a rainbow tunnel, a nativity scene, and a fire-breathing dragon. It will also feature some new shows for 2022. Hours beginning Thursday are 5:30-9pm Sunday-Thursday and 5:30-10pm Fridays and Saturdays through December 27th. (Open until 11pm on Christmas Eve). It’s $10 a carload at local QuikTrip stores, and cash at the door is also accepted. Tickets are on sale online at https://app.etXXXXXXry.com/onlineforms/TheARCofSedgwickCounty/TheLightsAdmission.html

Bradley Fair Tree Lighting

6 p.m. on Sunday, 21st and rock

The holidays begin in earnest at Bradley Fair, the retail complex of 21st and Rock, with a tree-lighting ceremony on Sunday. The day’s activities will include free horse-drawn carriage rides from 2-10pm, pictures of Santa from 5-7pm, live music from 5pm, face painting, hot cocoa and more. The actual tree lighting will happen at 6 p.m. After that, the Holiday Stroll Series will run at the center from 2-7 p.m. Sunday through December 18th. For more information, visit bradleyfair.com/events

Shop & Grub Holiday Edition

11am-4pm Sunday, Exploration Place Festival Plaza, 300 N McLean

Shop & Grub’s final market of the season – Holiday Premium – will happen from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday in Exploration Place’s outdoor Festival Plaza. Its hours are 11am-4pm, and it will include holiday merchandise, food and drink, and more. Some vendors will give out free coffee and cinnamon rolls to the first 50 people at the market, and there will also be music by Marcobiotics.

Weekend flea market

9am-5pm Saturday and 10am-4pm Sunday, Farha Sports Center, South YMCA

Holiday shopping alert: It’s also the Wichita Flea Market weekend at the South Wichita YMCA’s Joy Sports Center. The market operates from 9 am to 5 pm on Saturday and from 10 am to 4 pm on Sunday. This month’s market will feature over 200 vendor booths, a pumpkin scavenger hunt with cash prize, an appearance by Olaf from “Frozen” from 11 a.m. to noon on Saturdays and by Santa Claus from noon to 1 p.m. noon until 1 p.m. on Sundays, and Mickey Mouse Christmas will be in attendance from 11 a.m. until noon on Sundays. Admission is $3 or $5 for a two-day ticket. Children 12 years old and under stay for free.

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