WICHITA—Wichita Festivals, Inc., producers of Riverfest and Autumn & Art, announced a new event that will debut in downtown Wichita this summer: Wichita Vortex Music Festival, with headliner Dwight Yoakam.
Scheduled for Aug. 4-5, the festival combines live music, Wichita pride and the rare chance to camp in the heart of the city at the confluence of the Arkansas and Little Arkansas rivers. The festival’s main stage will be located in the gated area between the Mid-America All-Indian Center and the Keeper of the Plains.
Yoakam will headline the outdoor concert on Friday, with opening acts beginning at 4pm. The remainder of the line-up has an Americana and alt-country flair, including national acts Pokey LaFarge, Lindi Ortega, Moreland & Arbuckle and regional favorites, Carrie Nation & the Speakeasy.
Saturday morning, an all-you-can-eat pancake and sausage breakfast will be accompanied by a performance featuring regional favorites, the Cherokee Maidens.
In addition to live music, attendees will enjoy local craft brews, a food truck rally, and late-night activities including a midnight movie and glow-in-the-dark games.
Tickets are on sale at WichitaVortexFest.com. Five hundred Vortex Early Bird Passes will be available at the discount rate of $45. Once Vortex Early Bird Passes are gone, Standard Issue Festival Passes will be available for $65 (until sold out or July 27).
Starting July 28, any remaining regular festival tickets will be sold at the $85 Procrastinators Pass. For those who want premium seating and bar access, up to 400 Vortex VIP Passes will be sold for $100.
Those who wish to camp can purchase a $50 Happy Camper Overnight pass, which includes a campsite for up to four people and tickets to the Pancake Pack-Up Party, 9-11am, Saturday morning. Tickets for just the pancake breakfast and morning entertainment are $15. l