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Next Best Thing is a new, limited-run commentary from KMUW. Every other Wednesday, KMUW's Jordan Kirtley will take a look at ways we can stay connected from a far via virtual events and outdoor activities.

Next Best Thing: Not-So-Typical October

A typical October in Wichita is jam-packed with festivals, fairs and events. Although things are quite different this time, there's still plenty to do outside and online, and some venues are beginning to reopen for in-person events, with certain restrictions in place. 

The Wichita Symphony has teamed up with Wichita Park & Recreation to present Playing Across Parks. The half-hour concerts take place this Saturday at six parks across Wichita. The times and locations are at wichitasymphony.org.

There you'll also see that beginning Oct. 24, the symphony will return to in-person concerts at Century II Concert Hall. New guidelines are in place, and the performances will be offered via video-on-demand for anyone not comfortable with attending in person. Click here to see the schedule.

Woofstock, the Kansas Humane Society's annual fundraiser, also looks different this year. Walk a couple of miles for the Virtual Woof Walk this Friday and join the drive-through event at Sedgwick County Park on Saturday. Click here for details.

Mama.film microcinema reopens today with capacity capped at 10 people. Two of the three showtimes for RBG—the Oscar-nominated documentary on Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg—are already sold out, but some remain for the Oct. 8 screening. Click here for tickets. Here's the official trailer:


And I can't discuss October events without once again reminding you to get your passes for the 2020 Tallgrass Film Festival. It's virtual—Oct. 16 through 25—and details are at tallgrassfilm.org.

Jordan Kirtley is KMUW's Marketing Manager and the host of Next Up, a local events commentary. More casually she is known as KMUW’s “in-house artist,” having designed the many facets of KMUW’s visual identity.