Emporia, Kansas

Upcoming Events in Emporia Kansas


18 Emporia Flatland Cruiser Car Show - Car Show in downtown Emporia, KS in front of the restored Granada Theater from 9 am to 3 pm. Registration is 8am till Noon. Open to all cars, trucks and motorcycles. DJ all day / Food Vendors/ first 150 cars get Dash Plaques/ Handmade Trophies for Club Picks/ Awards and Drawings 3PM. Third Saturday in May each year.

Address: 8th and commercial Downtown Emporia KS , Emporia, Kansas
Ph: 620-342-3923 (Always call and confirm events)
Fee: $15.00


National Teachers Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony - Five of the nations top career teachers are honored at events in Emporia and Washington DC.

Address: ESU Campus , Emporia, Kansas
Ph: 800-96-TEACH (Always call and confirm events)


4 Independence Day Celebration - Parade Downtown and fireworks at Lyon County Fairgrounds and Annual Firecracker Fun Run & Walk.

Ph: 620-341-3895 (Always call and confirm events)

20 Kansas Shrine Bowl All-Star Football Game - The Kansas Shrine Bowl game will feature the state's best graduated high school football players, and will also feature many of the top high school band members and cheerleaders from across Kansas. Many Shrine Bowl players have gone on to stellar college careers, and some have starred in the NFL, including Gary Spani, Mike Bell, Paul Coffman, Barry Sanders, and Terrance Newman.

The flagship of the Kansas Shrine Bowl since its inception is the East-West High School All-Star Football Game. Other events included, from time to time, are:

Parade- The Shrine Bowl Parade, started in 1974, is the largest annual Shrine parade in Kansas. It features 70 to 140 Shrine Units from all 5 Kansas Shrine Centers. The Parade is lead by the 200 piece Kansas Masonic All-State High School Marching Band. Other elements of the Parade are the All-Star Football Players, the All-Star Cheer Squad, and the All-Star Cross Country runners.

Hospital Screening Clinic- Children with a medical need, that is treaded at Shriners Hospitals for Children, are considered for admission and totally free treatment. The screening clinics are held to provide an opportunity for a child's parents to explore the possibilities; and the clinics provide an opportunity for the child to be examined by professional medical staff and help determine an admission recommendation.

2 Mile Charity Road Race- This race is open to all with 13 age categories in both genders. The race is run at the same time and on the same course with the Shrine Bowl All-Star Cross Country Teams. It finishes on the stadium track during the pre-game ceremonies of the Kansas Shrine Bowl All-Star Football Game.

Shrine Bowl Arts & Crafts Fair- This event is held one day only, the last Saturday in July, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Open entries accepted for $30 booth space fee.

Fun Walk- Held for the health conscious in a non-competitive atmosphere. Open to all, of all ages. No prizes or awards, just fun and exercise. $20 entry fee benefits Shriners Hospitals for Children.

Kids Fair- Fun time activities for kids from 2 to 16 years of age. Held 11a.m. to 2 p.m. the last Saturday in July in the host city of the annual Kansas Shrine Bowl.

Poker Run for Kids- For motorcycles, cars & trucks. Held 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. around the host city of the annual Kansas Shrine Bowl. Cash prizes and sponsor gifts.

The events are produced by the Kansas Shrine Bowl to bring attention to the state's fine young talent, and to benefit Shriners Hospitals for Children. Kansas children are treated free in Shriners Hospitals for Children regardless of the child's race, religion, nationality, creed, or relationship to a Shriner. Through 2005, over 2.25 million dollars have been raised by the Shrine Bowl for the care and treatment of Kansas kids.

Address: Emporia State University , Emporia, Kansas
Fee: Admission


1 - 10 Lyon County Free Fair - Carnival rides, livestock shows, Grandstand events.

Address: Lyon County Fairground , Emporia, Kansas
Ph: 620-341-3220 (Always call and confirm events)

8KS0108011e013 - Emporia Flint Hills Antique Power Assoc. Antique Tractor Pull - Antique Tractor Pull at the Lyon County Fair Grounds starting at 1:00 p.m. Hook Fee $8.00.

Address: 2700 West Hwy 50, Emporia, Ks. , Emporia, Kansas
Ph: 620-343-6351 (Always call and confirm events)
Fee: Free

16 - 18 Flint Hills Beef Fest - Celebrate the cattle industry with BBQ contest, rodeo, steak dinner, and nationally known entertainment.

Address: Lyon County Fairgrounds , Emporia, Kansas
Ph: 620-343-4741 (Always call and confirm events)


23 Christmas Parade - Enjoy the Annual Christmas Parade in Emporia, KS. Evening includes Christmas Tree lighting ceremony, carols being sung, and the lighted Christmas Parade, and the arrival of Santa Claus. Recently voted the best parade in the Emporia/Flint Hills area by readers of the Emporia Gazette.

Address: Commercial Street , Emporia, Kansas
Ph: 620-342-1600 (Always call and confirm events)
Fax: 620-342-3223
Fee: Free Admission


27 - 28 Seasonal Celebration - Spectacular performances highlight the holiday around the world with instrumental music, songs, narrative, and more. 7:30 PM.

Address: W. L. White Auditorium, 111 E. 6th Ave. , Emporia, Kansas
Ph: 620-341-2200 (Always call and confirm events)

Attractions and Upcoming Events

Cookie Jar Heaven

2000 cookie jars and 300

Emporia, KS Museums

Emporia Flint Hills Tours

A two day tour of Emporia, Cottonwood Falls and Council Grove. Historical Sites, food, shopping and fun are just a few of the things on the agenda. The itinerary is suggested and adaptable for individuals or groups.

Emporia, KS Tours

The All Veterans Memorial

Dedicated on May 26, 1991, the first Memorial in the nation honors all Veterans from all wars. The park features a World War II M-4A6 Sherman army tank, a memorial to Emporian, Sgt. Grant Timmerman. The "Vietnam Veterans Memorial" was dedicated March 29, 2001

Emporia, KS Memorials

National Teachers Hall of Fame

One of Emporia's premier attractions, it proudly recognizes and honors outstanding teachers K-12

Emporia, KS Halls of Fame

Lyon County Historical Museum & Gift Gallery

The Lyon County Historical Museum is located in the 1904 Carnegie Library Building and is on the National Register of Historic Places

Emporia, KS Museums

Things to do near Emporia, KS

Historical Essays

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