Annual catfish fry Saturday at the Artichoke

Patrick Audley, center, on a long ago catfishin’ trip

It’s the end of September, that time of year with Artichoke owner and fisherman Patrick Audley starts thinking about frying catfish.

Starting at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Audley is putting on his 30th annual catfish fry, which he always does as a customer appreciation event. It’ll be at the Artichoke, 811 N. Broadway.

Usually, he fishes the main course himself. But this year, Audley said, he’s “on a catch and release program,” so the catfish he’s serving will be farm-raised. Patrons can enjoy catfish, red beans and rice, hush puppies and other fixings for free until the food runs out.

Also on Saturday, the bar will host an open mike night  in association with the Kansas Acoustic Arts Association and Stage 5 Sound. The music starts at 6 p.m.

For more information, call 316-263-9164.