Enjoy Some Fine Food and Drinks at ICT Bloktoberfest!

Burt Macklin

Celebrate the spirit of Oktoberfest in style with a trip to Wichita’s Bloktoberfest. This two-day event brings the community together in a way that blends the best parts of Oktoberfest with a traditional Wichita block party. A visit to this event is the perfect way to experience the vibe and the people of Wichita during the beautiful fall season. If you’re going to be in town this October, here is everything that you need to know about this fun event and this laid-back Midwestern gem of a city.


Downtown Wichita is going to be transformed into a massive block party in celebration of Oktoberfest. This year’s event will be held on Friday, October 4 and Saturday, October 5. The party kicks off at 4 PM on Friday and will start up again on Saturday at 10 AM. Bloktoberfest will be held at WaterWalk Plaza.

Admission is free and guests will enjoy live music, a wide variety of food and drink options, a costume contest, the Wichita Burger Battle, Wiener Dog Olympics, a hot dog eating contest, carnival games for the kids, and a Biergarten. This event is both child- and dog-friendly, making it the perfect festival for the entire family. What are you waiting for? Pull out the lederhosen and get ready to party!


When looking for hotels in Wichita, KS, you’ve got plenty of good options. The Hyatt Regency Wichita is one popular choice. This upscale hotel is located just a few blocks from WaterWalk Plaza, making it the perfect place to call home when attending Bloktoberfest. at the end of the day in the heated indoor pool or in one of the two whirlpools. The on-site bar & restaurant boasts casual farm to table dining in a trendy atmosphere. Ambassador Hotel Wichita, Autograph Collection is another trendy downtown hotel. With a speakeasy-style bar called Dockum and 24-hour room service, you’ll get great service in style.


Shopping and dining enthusiasts will appreciate all of the offerings of nearby Old Town Wichita. This charming and historic neighborhood is a great place to connect with locals and soak up the vibe of the city. The Wichita Art Museum features a vast collection of American art with a special emphasis on the heritage of the Great Plains region. If you are traveling with children, be sure to check out the popular Sedgwick County Zoo. This local favorite is home to over 3,000 animals and a variety of exhibits that will put you up and close with a myriad of creatures.


You certainly will not go hungry during your visit to Wichita. For some of the area’s best steaks and seafood, head over to Newport Grill. A hopping happy hour also makes this a great place to start your night out on the town. Begin your day at the Doo-Dah Diner for a true Wichita experience. This iconic diner is conveniently located in the downtown area, making it a good place to hit up before going to Bloktoberfest. The made-from-scratch menu features specialties such as crab cake benedict, chicken fried steak, biscuits and gravy, and a variety of sandwiches and salads. You will appreciate the friendly service as well as the generous portion sizes.

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Billy and Akaisha Kaderli retired two decades ago at the age of 38 and began traveling the world. As recognized retirement experts and internationally published authors on topics of finance and world travel, they have been interviewed about retirement issues by The Wall Street Journal, Kiplinger's Personal Finance Magazine, The Motley Fool Rule Your Retirement newsletter, nationally syndicated radio talk shows and countless newspapers and TV shows nationally and worldwide. They wrote the popular books The Adventurer's Guide to Early Retirement and Your Retirement Dream IS Possible.
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