What to Expect When Attending the Annual Anime Festival in Wichita

Do you want to attend the 15th Annual Anime Festival of Wichita? It will be the Midwest premier event to take photos with and get autographs from amazing cosplayers, panelists, creators, and more. Plus, there will be tons of artists and vendors on hand for you to shop for souvenirs.

Spread out over three days, this huge event at the Hyatt Regency in Wichita, KS is sure to be a highlight for anime fans, self-professed geeks, and gamers. There will be tournaments for popular games like Yu-Gi-Oh, Smash Brothers, Rocket League, DBZ FighterZ, and more. And, don’t forget to check out the panels and cosplay fashion show. You may bump into your friends or make some new ones.

Attending the Anime Festival obviously means you’ll have to book a trip to Wichita. But there’s more to this city than its great anime fest. Aside from attending the annual anime festival, you can explore other activities and events that take place in the month of August. You’ll want to plan a one- or two-week trip so you can make room on your itinerary.

Wichita August 2019 Events

Make the most out of your Wichita vacation. This city is packed with plenty of summer activities and events. The key is to find an event that fits your needs. For example, let’s say you’re into arts and culture. You can Tour the Art Garden or enjoy a Night at the Museum, both events that take place in August.

Family-friendly events include Back to School Bash, CSB Taco Invitational, Family Fun Day, Final Friday, Hot Dawgs Pool Party, A Night at Hogwarts, Kansas Critters, and the Kansas Doll Show. If you’re into the outdoors, then you’ll love the Floatin’ on the River: Sunrise or Sunset Tour. Or, you can just rent a kayak to use on the river.

Adults will love the Adult Adventures that take place at the Sedgwick County Zoo; these events offer you some education while serving up sophisticated hors d’ouevres and cocktails. Other adult-friendly events include Beastly Beers at Sedgwick County Zoo, Food & Wine Pairing at Grace Hill Winery, Tipsy Tea Party at the Botanica Gardens, and Wine, Women & Shoes at the Drury Plaza Hotel.

What Else to Do

There are so many ways to enjoy Wichita, whether you’re traveling alone, with loved ones, or your friends. There are several ways to unwind and relax. For example, you can experience a luxury spa at the Bohemia Healing Spa or Healing Waters in Bradley Fair. Or, you can enjoy an incredible glass of wine at Grace Hill Winery or Jenny Dawn Cellars.

Maybe you’re the artsy type. You can literally paint the town red at Board & Brush, Paint the Towne, and Pinot’s Palette. You can create your masterpiece as you enjoy local wine or beer. Mark Arts also offers classes and workshops throughout the month.

If you appreciate art but don’t create it, then stop by the Wichita Art Museum to see some of the largest collections of art this country has to offer. You’ll see collections from Art, Image & Style as well as Georgia O’Keefe’s latest exhibition.

Where to Eat

A huge part of travel is finding the best places to eat. You’re going to need a nibble or a full-service meal in between those activities. From food trucks to fine dining, Wichita has it all. There over 1,200 restaurants in the city, including international fare, steaks, sweets, and more.

If you’re looking for local craft beer, then check out the Wicked Brew Tour that takes you to the coffee shops and fine breweries in the city. Other popular places to eat include The Hill Bar & Grill, 6S Steakhouse, Tin Lizard Bar & Grill, and Wine Dive. You can also enjoy a fresh cup of coffee at Elderslie Farm or ice cream at the Creamery.

How to Get Around Wichita

The Wichita transportation system is one of the easiest ways to get around. Inbound buses travel from early morning to late at night. Each bus ride will cost $1.75, which is an affordable alternative to car rental, ridesharing, and taxi service.

If you want a completely free option, then you’ll enjoy the Q-LINE trolley service. It’ll take you throughout the downtown area. It typically operates during the daytime and evening hours. You’ll have access to bars, hotels, restaurants, and venues throughout the Downtown Wichita area.

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