Located just a hop, skip and a jump for the Oklahoma border, is the 38th largest city in Texas, Wichita Falls. Wichita Falls is home of Sheppard Air Force Base, and the world’s only multinational staffed and managed flying training program, which is responsible for training combat pilots for the USAF and NATO. And just for fun, it is home to the world’s littlest skyscraper, the Newby-McMahon Building, which has been featured in Ripley’s Believe it or Not!
You’ve arrived in Wichita Falls and you’re looking for some things to do. It might not seem like a very big city, but Wichita Falls has some fun festivals and museums to keep you busy through the summer months.
Events and Festivals
Started in 2009 in Southern California, Ink Masters is a touring tattoo trade show that has been coming through Wichita Falls for several years. Spend three days with the whole family – yes there is a kids zone – eating food and checking out tattoo artists from around the world.
For over thirty years, the Texas Ranch Roundup has shared the ranch and cowboy life with visitors. With a huge trade show and rodeo, everyone is bound to have fun at the roundup.
The ‘two state fair’ has been going strong for over 20 years and is held every year in Wichita Falls by the Founder’s Lions Club. It features all the things one would come to expect in a state fair, including agriculture and farm exhibits, a midway complete with rides, a giant exhibit hall, and great fair food. Bring your whole family and friends out to the Texas/Oklahoma State Fair! The fair’s opening night is usually deemed “Military Night” where military families get in free!
On the first Thursday of the month, April through October – pack a picnic, and enjoy art and live entertainment in Downtown Wichita Falls.
From ghost tours to church tours, learn some of the history of your new city.
For kids of all ages, the Living History Days at the Kell House Museum is a great event. The Kell House also has events throughout the year like a 4th of July Parade, Santa House event, and candlelight tours.
You had us at a brewery. Check out classic car shows, brewing classes, and live music.
Museums, Parks, and Entertainment
Sheppard Heritage Center is the only state historical landmark on base. It’s there to educate visitors on the significant contributions the Air Base has made to the local town and the state of Texas. The museum is open during the week, from 9-4pm.
There are a few other museums that you may be able to check out during your stay. The Museum of North Texas History, the Wichita Falls Railroad Museum is open on Saturdays, and the Fire and Police Museum which is open the first Saturday of every month or by appointment.
Yes, Wichita Falls is a small town, but there are still some great options for those who love the arts and music. From the Wichita Falls Ballet Theater to the Wichita Symphony Orchestra you’ll enjoy a special evening out. And for those intersted in a dinner theater, the Wichita Theater is great.
Wichita Falls might seem small town to many, especially if you are moving from a large installations; but small towns have they have their perks. The sense of community can be stronger in these smaller towns and you can really get to know the community that surrounds you. The slower pace of life might not be the most ideal for everyone but each place has its own unique experiences that have value. Take the time to enjoy Sheppard AFB and Wichita Falls, Texas.
Written by: Rheanna Bernard