Great Times Start Downtown. Downtown is Wichita's favorite place to go for great art, local flavor, vibrant nightlife and active adventures.
Whether you're looking for a daytrip, trying to eat local, updating your wardrobe, or spending quality time with friends, Downtown offers exciting options.
Foodies: Make a day of sampling local craft breweries, exploring the diverse flavors offered from food trucks often parked out front. Swing by the nearest coffee shop for an espresso or tea.
Shoppers: Spend an afternoon browsing antique shops and boutiques for one-of-a-kind clothing, gifts and collectibles.
Visual explorers: Visit the many historical sites, public sculptures, galleries and special-interest museums throughout Downtown.
Entertainers: Gather friends to explore the evening scene, with colorful bars, restaurants and venues for cocktails, dinner, live music and theater.
By offering support and championing strategic improvements in infrastructure, the leadership of Downtown Wichita has always supported a diverse offering of amusements and cultural amenities. Wichita's favorites include: River Festival, the Old Town Farm and Art Market, Tallgrass Film Festival, Wagonmasters Chili Cookoff, Automobilia, and Final Friday art gallery crawls.
The Final Friday gallery crawl is a unique opportunity for thousands of students, families and art lovers to engage with local art each month. Connecting galleries and arts events through the free Q-Line trolley service, Downtown Wichita helped launch this an art-inspired trek through the city's core, making it convenient for attendees. This grassroots event continues to thrive because of the collective vision and collaboration of galleries and artists.
Events like these continue to grow, welcoming thousands of locals and visitors Downtown to relax, connect, and explore the possibilities.
Thrive at the City's Center. With vibrant cultural experiences and diverse professional opportunities, walkable amenities and easy access to either side of town, Downtown Wichita offers a unique pace and perspective within the city.
Historic architecture shoulders up alongside new development, the Arkansas River threads through scenes of commerce and leisure, seasonal festivals and markets activate public spaces—living Downtown is an opportunity to welcome these and more on your doorstep.
From minimal studios to luxury condos, family style apartments and historic warehouse lofts, whether your style is luxe or contemporary, adventurous or traditional—Downtown has a great space to live your best life. Industrious professionals can unwind with car-free commutes and accessible nightlife. Empty nesters right-sizing to explore the opportunities of the city center, or families striking out after a different pace, will enjoy river trails, shops, museums and cultural resources for the whole family.
There's a strong sense of community among those who consider themselves Downtowners, and a sense of excitement among those who are just catching on to what it's all about. Just ask any of the more than 2,200 Downtown neighbors who are daily breathing life into the city's most historic business district—there's always something new to explore Downtown.
Cost - $23 million. The Spaghetti Works project is a key connector between Old Town and INTRUST Bank Arena and is poised to be an anchor development - as outlined in Project Downtown: The Master Plan for Wichita. Plans are underway to renovate the historic Spaghetti Works building into 41 unique residential units in addition to the construction of new Class A office and retail space on the neighboring surface parking lot. Tenants of the new development will be able to enjoy a rooftop deck at this distinctive new property. This mixed-use development is also a catalyst for the redesign of the adjacent Naftzger Park.
Naftgzer Park is a one-acre park located at the southeast corner of Douglas and St. Francis. A key connector between Old Town and INTRUST Bank Arena, plans to redevelop Naftzger Park and the adjacent property are underway. Internationally renowned landscape architect SWA Balsley has presented plans that redesign the park to incorporate open space for events, a dog run, gardens, multiple seating options, and more. Plans for the redesign were derived based on community input and were approved by Wichita City Council. Construction could begin as early as summer 2018.