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February

17 - 19 KSU Annual Rodeo - Collegiate rodeo featuring mens and womens events including roping, bullriding, barrel racing and more. Teams from colleges in Kansas and Oklahoma will compete for prizes and money. 7 pm.

Address: Weber Hall, K-State campus , Manhattan, Kansas
Ph: 785-537-0966 (Always call and confirm events)
Web: www.k-state.edu
Fee: $10/$15 for adults, $8/$10 children

March

17 Annual Aggieville St. Patrick's Parade and Road Races - Celebrate St. Patrick's expulsion of snakes from Ireland with a parade and green beer. The 2 mile fun run and walk begins at 10am, and at 12:45, the 10K road race starts. The parade begins at 2pm. After the Parade, Stick around for the Blarniness! Dinner & Drinks abound with the highest concentration of fabulous local restaurants & pubs in the state of Kansas!

Address: Aggieville , Manhattan, Kansas
Ph: 785-776-8050 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: aggieville@aggieville.org
Web: www.aggieville.org

April

7 Kansas State University Open House - Enjoy food, fun and plenty of purple at K-State Open House. Explore our 250-plus majors and options, 475-plus student organizations, and the family atmosphere that makes K-State stand out. Check back for more information about next year's events and activities! 9 a.m.-3 pm.

Address: Kansas State University , Manhattan, Kansas
Ph: 800-432-8270 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: k-state@k-state.edu
Web: www.k-state.edu/openhouse/

22 Earth Day at Sunset Zoo - Celebrate Mother Earth and our animal friends and learn what you can do to help keep the Earth and its inhabitants healthy and happy for the future. 9:30-5:00 pm

Address: Sunset Zoo , Manhattan, Kansas
Ph: 785-587-APES (Always call and confirm events)
Web: www.sunsetzoo.com
Fee: $5/Adult, $3 Children 3-12

May

13KS0113022e041 - Manhattan Annual Yard Art Classics Club Cars in The Park - Antiques, Classics, Collectibles and Modern Vehicles. Dash plaques for first 150 entries. goodie bags, door prizes, 50/50 pot, Food Vendors and DJ style music. Registration 9 am to noon. Registration fee 20.00, or Show & Shine, $5.00. Peoples Choice, Best under age 21 car and truck, Top 20
1989 & older, Best of show, Best Ford, Best GM, Best Mopar, Best Other, Best Original, Best street Rod, Best 1990 & newer will be awarded top 10 of their class. Rain or Shine.

Contact Dave Adams 785-539-4078
Don Robertson 785-770-8305

Address: 1101 Fremont (City Park) , Manhattan, Kansas
Ph: 785-539-4078 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: dva@ksu.edu
Web: clubs.hemmings.com/yaccc
Fee: Free to Specators; Registration fee, $20.00; Show & Shine, $5

14 Iris Day - The iris collection of more than 300 varieties will be in bloom, a spectacular display of color. Iris Day is on Mother's Day every year from 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm. Visitors are welcome to view the colorful array of blooming irises at the KSU Gardens and to vote on their favorites. During Iris Day, visitors receive an iris list which makes it easy for them to note the ones that they would like to buy at the annual iris sale in July.

Address: K-State Botanical Gardens, 1500 Denison , Manhattan, Kansas
Ph: 785-532-3271 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: fhis2014@gmail.com
Web: www.flinthillsirissociety.com

14 Mother's Day at the Zoo - All mothers receive FREE admission with a child's admission. The first 50 mothers receive a carnation. 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Address: Sunset Zoo. , Manhattan, Kansas
Ph: 785-587-APES (Always call and confirm events)
Web: www.sunsetzoo.com
Fee: $5/Adults, $3/Kids 2-12

29 ZOObilation - Celebrate Memorial Weekend at Sunset Zoo. Check out the arts, crafts and folklife vendors and satisfy your tastebuds at the food vendor booths. There's sure to be something for everyone! 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Address: Sunset Zoo, 2333 Oak Street , Manhattan, Kansas
Ph: 785-587-2737 (Always call and confirm events)
Web: www.sunsetzoo.com
Fee: $5/Adults, $3/Kids 2-12

June

2 - 30 Arts In The Park Concert Series - June - July., Arts in the Park is our summer concert series that brings live music to you every Friday throughout the summer. For over 40 years, the Manhattan Parks and Recreation Department has sponsored, organized, and produced free weekly outdoor concerts for the Manhattan community. We offer a variety of musical genres, including Country, Folk, Americana, Rock & Roll, Alt Rock, Soul, and Funk. Shows start at 8:00 p.m. at the Larry Norvell Band Shell in City Park unless otherwise noted.

Address: Larry Norvell Band Shell - City Park , Manhattan, Kansas
Ph: 785-587-2757 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: swan@ci.manhattan.ks.us
Web: www.mhkprd.com/202/Arts-in-the-Park
Fee: Free

16 - 17 Juneteenth Festival - Gospel Festival Friday night 7-9 pm at the City Park Pavillion; Saturday at 10 a.m. there will be a parade, and then Saturday afternoon and evening you can enjoy children's games, food, crafts, educational programs and 3-on-3 basketball.
Friday 7:00-9:00 pm
Sat. 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Parade at 10:00 am Sat.

Address: City Park, 1101 Poyntz Ave , Manhattan, Kansas
Ph: 78-776-0244 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: slaterdon@hotmail.com
Web: www.manhattancvb.org
Fee: Free

16 - 18 Sports Cards, Comics and Collectibles Show - Collectors will find sports cards and memorabilia from the NFL, NHL, NBA, NASCAR, NCAA, and MLB. There will also be coins, comics, and other collectibles to buy, sell, and trade. Sat 10 a.m.-9 p.m. and Sun 12-6 p.m.

Address: Manhattan Town Center. , Manhattan, Kansas
Ph: 785-539-3500 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: vanalles@urbanretail.com
Web: www.manhattancvb.org

18 Father's Day at the Zoo - Celebrate Father's Day at Sunset Zoo. All fathers receive FREE admission with a paying child. The first 50 fathers receive a coupon for the concession stand. 9:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Address: Sunset Zoo. , Manhattan, Kansas
Ph: 785-587-APES (Always call and confirm events)
Web: www.sunsetzoo.com
Fee: $4/Adults, $2/Kids 3-12

22 - 24KS0113022e009 - Manhattan Kicker Country Stampede Music and Camping Festival - The Midwest's largest 3-day country music and camping festival in the heartland, Kicker Country Stampede brings in over 20 artists and a first-class lineup of today's top national entertainers while more than 100,000 fans embark on Manhattan for the event. The Travel and Tourism Development Division of the Kansas Department of Commerce and Housing recently awarded Country Stampede with a $12,000 grant to be used to market activities to promote the annual event.

For more information, or to purchase tickets, contact the Stampede office. Tickets will also be available over the Internet.

Address: River Pond State Park, Tuttle Creek Reservoir , Manhattan, Kansas
Ph: 800-795-8091 (Always call and confirm events)
Web: www.countrystampede.com

July

4 Annual Kiwanis Pancake Feed - The Annual Kiwanis Pancake Feed is the ORIGINAL pancake feed in Manhattan. Pancakes, KSU Call Hall sausage, orange juice and coffe are served for the entry fee; eggs are available for 50 cents each. Proceeds from the Pancake Feed help sponsor the many service projects the Manhattan Kiwanis Club is involved in, including: Youth baseball and softball, Boys and Girls Club, Emergency Shelter, Home Delivered Meals, Breadbasket, Habitat for Humanity and many more.
7:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Address: Pottorf Hall, CiCo Park , Manhattan, Kansas
Ph: 785-539-2189 (Always call and confirm events)
Web: www.manhattancvb.org
Fee: $6.00/Adult, $4.00 children 5-12, under 5 free

7 - 28 Arts In The Park Concert Series - June -July, Arts in the Park is our summer concert series that brings live music to you every Friday throughout the summer. For over 40 years, the Manhattan Parks and Recreation Department has sponsored, organized, and produced free weekly outdoor concerts for the Manhattan community. We offer a variety of musical genres, including Country, Folk, Americana, Rock & Roll, Alt Rock, Soul, and Funk. Shows start at 8:00 p.m. at the Larry Norvell Band Shell in City Park unless otherwise noted.

Address: Larry Norvell Band Shell - City Park , Manhattan, Kansas
Ph: 785-587-2757 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: swan@ci.manhattan.ks.us
Web: www.mhkprd.com/202/Arts-in-the-Park
Fee: Free

22 National Day of the Cowboy - This annual observance celebrates the cowboy as symbol of the American West. Join the celebration of cowboy heritage, love of the land and in particular the Flint Hills region: barrel racing, calf roping, bull riding, leather stamping, face painting, buckboard rides and cattle calling. Rodeo queens and rodeo clowns also interact with guests, and mayor's proclamation of Day of the Cowboy at Flint Hills Discovery Center. 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Address: Flint Hills Discovery Center, 315 S. Third Street , Manhattan, Kansas
Ph: 785-587-2726 (Always call and confirm events)
Web: flinthillsdiscovery.org/
Fee: $9,$7,$4

27 - 31 Kaw Valley Rodeo and Riley County Fair - 4-H and open class exhibits, parade, livestock, children's tractor pull, carnival, turtle races, PRCA Rodeo (Thurs.-Sat.)

Address: Riley County Fairgrounds, CiCo Park , Manhattan, Kansas
Ph: 785-537-6350 (Always call and confirm events)
Web: www.rileycountyfair.com

August

5 Tuttle Creek Crappie Club Tournament - There's some big crappie lurking in the depths of Tuttle Creek Lake, just waiting to be caught. Teams of anglers will go in pursuit of those monster crappies during the Tuttle Creek Crappie Club Tournament. Registrations, Take Off and Weigh In will be at the Wildcat Marina Ramp. Takeoff at safe light, fish ​until 2:30pm.

The Regular Season Tournaments will be $40.00 Per Boat, 7 fish Weigh In, with No Limit on Team Members, as they are designed to encourage Families to Participate, with the Optional Buy In for the Big Fish Contests.
They will be 100 % Paybacks being divided as follows,.....
1st Place = 50% of Entry Fees
2nd Place= 30% of Entry Fees
3rd Place = 20 % of Entry Fees

Address: Wildcat Marina , Manhattan, Kansas
Ph: 785-207-4321 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: KansasCrappieClub@gmail.com
Web: www.kansascrappieclub.com/

31 - 1 Purple Power Play - The school year and K-State sports seasons start with family and heavy doses of Purple Pride, K-State band, food and loads of family fun right in City Park. Appearances by coaches and players during community-wide pep rally before season-opening football game against Central Arkansas Bears. 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM.

Address: City Park, 1101 Fremont St. , Manhattan, Kansas
Ph: 785-776-8829 (Always call and confirm events)
Web: purplepowerplay.com/

September

4 Laborfest - A Labor Day celebration honoring all workers.

12 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Open to all.

Free food, beverages, music, speakers.

Come join us as we highlight our mission to ensure that all jobs pay a fair, living wage, to reduce poverty,and to have a community in which there are no working poor.

We want a Manhattan City ordinance requiring that economic development funds--tax dollars--only go to businesses that have all jobs paying $12 an hour or more.

To get on our mailing list, or for more info about the Coalition or Laborfest, contact us at: manhattanlivingwagecoalition@yahoo.com

Jane Gibson, Chair
Geri Simon, Coordinator

Address: City Park Pavilion (northeast corner of Park at 11th and Poyntz), Manhattan KS , Manhattan, Kansas
Email: manhattanlivingwagecoalition@yahoo.com
Fee: Free

10 Grandparents Day at Sunset Zoo - Grandparents receive FREE admission when they bring their little wild ones to the Zoo. The first 50 grandparents receive a coupon for the Safari Outpost gift shop.

Address: Sunset Zoo , Manhattan, Kansas
Ph: 785-587-2737 (Always call and confirm events)
Web: www.sunsetzoo.com/
Fee: Adults $4 (Grandparents FREE with paying child) Children (3-12) $2

21 - 24 AggieFest Music & Art Festival - Aggiefest celebrates live art and music in Manhattan; local, national and international musicians. 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM.

Address: Aggieville , Manhattan, Kansas
Ph: 785-776-8050 (Always call and confirm events)
Web: www.aggiefest.com

29 - 30 Annual Pumpkin Patch Arts and Craft Show - Sponsored by the Mercy Regional Health Center Auxiliary, an arts and crafts festival featuring 150 vendors from six different states. Everything is handmade or homegrown in complete form. Call for more information. Friday 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Last Weekend in September.

Address: Pottorf Hall, CiCo Park , Manhattan, Kansas
Ph: 785-539-0222 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: kedekat23@gmail.com
Web: www.facebook.com/events/409759712536169/

October

19 Annual Promenade on Poyntz - Downtown business serve as "Stops" along the Promenade path as participants stroll around sampling a variety of wine and food. Each business will feature both a red and white wine selection paired with complimentary hors d'oeuvres. Only 250 tickets will be sold and all proceeds go to benefit the Homecare & Hospice Foundation.

The Promenade on Poyntz is part of the Flint Hills Festival of Wines, an annual fundraiser sponsored by Standard Beverage Corporation to benefit the Homecare & Hospice Foundation.
5:30-8:30 pm

Address: Check in begins at the Manhattan Town Center and proceeds down Poyntz Avenue. , Manhattan, Kansas
Ph: 785-537-0688 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: business@homecareandhospice.org
Web: www.homecareandhospice.org
Fee: $45/person

28 - 29KS0113022e017 - Manhattan Spooktacular at Sunset Zoo - SPOOKtacular is an annual two-day event featuring a Half-Way Haunted Trail, daily Rock Band On-Stage Jam for guests, live music, drum circle, KSU-Tap ensemble, Daily Red Carpet Walk (no contest this year), 5 candy trails and more! Noon-4:30 each day.

Address: Sunset Zoo, 2333 Oak Street , Manhattan, Kansas
Ph: 785-587-2737 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: SunsetZoo@ci.manhattan.ks.us
Web: www.sunsetzoo.com
Fee: $5 per trick-or-treating child, 2 adults free w/ each paid child.

31 Boo Party - Children may enjoy trick-or-treating at participating stores, play fun games, have their faces painted and see balloon animals by Pixie the Clown. 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Address: Manhattan Town Center , Manhattan, Kansas
Ph: 785-539-3500 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: vanalles@urbanretail.com
Web: www.manhattantowncenter.com

November

10 Manhattan Veterans Day Parade - Come support our Veterans on their special day. This year we will have elements of the Big Red One marching in the parade along with area students and float entries.
7:00 am breakfast at the VFW on 4th Street
9:30 am parade heading west away from the mall
11:00 am ceremony & luncheon at Manhattan City Hall

Address: Poyntz Ave , Manhattan, Kansas
Ph: 785-776-8829 (Always call and confirm events)
Web: www.manhattancvb.org
Fee: Free

11 Annual Buttons & Bows Arts & Crafts Show - An Arts and Crafts Fair with vendors from several states selling their original hand crafted work. Items available are: wood, pottery, jewelry, fabric, crocheted, basket weaving, and many, many more. Be sure to visit the Bake Sale Tables and Concession Stand for our well known Buttons 'n Bows Sloppy Joes. The $2 admission makes you eligible for the handmade quilt drawing. Second Saturday in November.
8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Address: Seven Dolors Catholic Church, 306 S. Juliette , Manhattan, Kansas
Ph: 785-565-5050 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: MCSButtons.N.Bows@gmail.com
Web: www.manhattancatholicschools.org
Fee: $2 Admission makes you eligible for the quilt drawing.

11 Flint Hills Sheek Boutique Shop and Crop - The Flint Hills Sheek Boutique is a unique bi-annual Holiday shopping event that brings various local and not so local businesses together in one place. The Sheek Boutique gives businesses the unique opportunity to showcase their very best arts, crafts, home decor, gift items, and homemade foods to make a very unique, one-of-a-kind shopping experience for the surrounding communities that cannot be found anywhere else. Second Saturday of November.

The first 100 shoppers will receive goodie bags filled with samples and unique gift items created just for this event. Shoppers can register for many door prizes and raffle prizes to be given throughout the day just for attending. After the shopping floor closes, the floor will re-open for a unique crop sponsored by local scrapbook and stamping artists. There are many unique cropper packages to choose from when you register.

Address: Clarion Hotel, 530 Richards Drive , Manhattan, Kansas
Ph: 785-539-3189 (Always call and confirm events)
Fax: 785-537-6085
Email: amymuse@me.com
Fee: Free

12 Annual German Mennonite Meal & Intern'l Craft & Bake Sale - This event will feature a German Mennonite meal featuring borscht (chicken & vegetable soup-no beets), homemade bread, whole hog sausage and New Years cookies. The meal will also be combined with an international craft sale featuring hand crafted items from the Mennonite Central Committee's Ten Thousand Villages such as baskets, nativity sets, jewelry and holiday decorations. There will also be a bake sale of homemade breads, cookies, peppernuts and cinnamon rolls. Proceeds are used for the operation of Manhattan Mennonite Church including social outreach projects both locally and world wide. 12-6 p.m.

Address: Pottorf Hall, CiCo Park , Manhattan, Kansas
Ph: 785-539-4079 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: manhattanmenno@kans.com
Web: www.manhattanmennonitechurch.org
Fee: $12/Adult, $4.50/Child (under 12)

24 - 1 Festival of Lights Celebration and Lighting Ceremony - Manhattan Festival of Lights welcomes the holiday season as Blue Earth Plaza in southeast Manhattan is bathed in glorious lighting to usher in the celebration of the season. The 7 p.m. lighting ceremony kicks off a full schedule of evening events - with an appearance by the man himself, Santa Claus - and the lights glow for five weeks in Blue Earth Plaza. The entire area is awash with holiday splendor right up until the New Year's holiday apple drop celebration, Dec. 31 in Aggieville.
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Address: Blue Earth Plaza, 3rd & Leavenworth , Manhattan, Kansas
Ph: 785-565-4036 (Always call and confirm events)
Web: www.mhkfestivaloflights.com/

25 Homemade for the Holidays Arts and Crafts Show - Large craft show with 55 plus crafts in a large facility with plenty of free parking available. All items will be handcrafted with a strong emphasis on the Holiday theme. Lunch provided by the 4-H Club. 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Address: Pottorf Hall, Cico Park , Manhattan, Kansas
Ph: 785-776-8829 (Always call and confirm events)
Fee: Free admission.

December

31 Annual Little Apple Ball Drop - Enjoy New Year's Eve day and evening with fun, food, and a party atmosphere at Manhattan establishments. Then, join us for fireworks, laserworks, a Tribute to the Troops, and a midnight Ball Drop from atop Varney's Book Store. 11:30 p.m.

Address: Aggieville , Manhattan, Kansas
Ph: 785-539-0511 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: katewatson@cox.net
Web: www.littleapplenewyears.com

31 KIDS' NEW YEAR'S EVE PARTY - jumpin' beans is having a Kid's New Year's Eve Party!! This is a chance for the kids to have a ball & for you to get out for some fun of your own!! Our ages are 3-8 years & must be potty trained. The party is from 6-9 pm & cost $60. There will be games, movies, activities, arts & crafts & more! Register now, space in limited.

Address: 1650 Hayes Drive , Manhattan, Kansas
Ph: (785) 564-0113 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: info@FITjumpinbeans.com
Web: www.FITjumpinbeans.com
Fee: $60

Attractions and Upcoming Events

Konza Prairie

In the heart of the Flint Hills, the 8,616-acre Konza Prairie is a rare opportunity to experience the Prairie as the pioneers did during their trek westward. Once a part of the Dewey Ranch, Chicago Industrialist C.P. Dewey acquired the prairie piece by piece during the last quarter of the 1800s. <

Manhattan, KS Nature Preserves

Riley County Historical Museum

Take a peek at the past through changing exhibits on Riley County history and in the photographs, manuscripts, letters, diaries and records of our research library. Included in the Museum Complex is the 1855 prefabricated Hartford House, the Randolph Jail, and the Goodnow House.

Manhattan, KS Museums

Hartford House

The Hartford House that sets adjacent to the Historical Society Museum is a restoration of a prefabricated house that the early settlers brought to Manhattan in 1855

Manhattan, KS

Riley County Courthouse

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places the dominating limestone Courthouse was completed in 1906, built by Topeka contractor, J.B. Betts, and local contractor, Clarence Johnson. The citizens pledged $1,000 for the tower clock.

Manhattan, KS Historic Courthouses

Pioneer Log Cabin

The pioneer museum was built in 1915 as a home and displays agricultural tool exhibits.

Manhattan, KS Museums

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