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February

12 - 14 KSU Annual Rodeo - Collegiate rodeo featuring mens and womens events including roping, bullriding, barrel racing and more. This year's event is expected to bring more than 10,000 fans into Weber Arena. More than 500 contestants from 19 colleges and universities in the Central Plains Region will travel to Manhattan to compete.

Address: Weber Hall, K-State campus , Manhattan, Kansas
Ph: 785-537-0966 (Always call and confirm events)
Web: www.asi.k-state.edu/news/news_ksurodeo.html
Fee: $10/$15 for adults, $8/$10 children, 4 and under are free

March

13 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

3 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/

18 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

8KS0113022e041 - 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

9 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

9 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

24 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

4 - 25 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
Fee: Free

13 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

24 - 26KS0113022e009 - 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

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
Fee: Free

22 - 26 Riley County Fair and Kaw Valley Rodeo - 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)
Email: info@rileycountyfair.com
Web: www.rileycountyfair.com

22 - 24 Kaw Valley Rodeo - The Kaw Valley Rodeo is Manhattan's premier PRCA Rodeo! Watch BareBack Riding, Saddle Bronc Riding, Bull Riding, Steer Wrestling, Team Roping, Tie Down Roping, and Barrel Racing. Mutton Bustin' and Calf Scramble for the kids.

Premier Event: PRCA FREESTYLE BULLFIGHTING. Freestyle Bullfighting involves highly skilled, talented human and bovine athletes partaking in a dangerous battle where control, strength, aggression and courage is displayed.

Address: Wells Arena - CICO Park , Manhattan, Kansas
Ph: 785-770-7714 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: kvrodeo@gmail.com
Web: www.kawvalleyrodeo.com/
Fee: At the Gate General Admission:Adults $12.00Child $6.00

24 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. Fourth Saturday, 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: $10,$8,$5

August

31 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 Brew 2 Shoe 10K, 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run - Join us for the 12th Annual Brew 2 Shoe road races. The race is on August 1st, 2020 at 7 am. This year we are proud to be sponsored by Midwest Dream Car Collection. This event was started in 2008 to celebrate the anniversaries of Manhattan Running Company and Tallgrass Brewing Company. In 2009 the event began as a 10k that started at Tallgrass and finished in the parking lot of MRC. Since then, both companies have moved locations and now the event starts and finishes on Poyntz Ave in front of the Tallgrass Taphouse. The event has grown from 150 runners the Inaugural year to nearly 900 in 2015. This race continues to be a fan favorite in its 12th year!

10K – 7:00 am
5K – 7:00 am
1 Mile Fun Run – 8:30 am

Address: Starts and Finishes on Poyntz Ave. , Manhattan, Kansas
Ph: 785-320-6363 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: bensigle@manhattanrunningco.com
Web: www.brew2shoe.com/
Fee: $10-$35

26 - 27 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

5 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

16 - 19 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.aggieville.org

October

1 - 2 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 9 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

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/
Fee: Free

14 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.goodshepherdhh.org
Fee: $45/person

23 - 24KS0113022e017 - 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.

30 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

6 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

7 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)

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

13 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.

26 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/

27 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

Wareham Hotel

Harry P. Wareham moved with his family from Flush, Kansas in 1868, when he was two years old and when he was nine and his brother, William, was eleven, their father died. Mrs. Wareham, Sarah, established the Wareham Millinery Company, which she ran for many years.

Manhattan, KS Historic Hotels

Pottawatomie Lake #2

State Fishing Lake No. 2.is located about four miles northeast of Manhattan. Pottawatomie Lake #2 is a scenic lake of about 75 acres that holds nice populations of crappie, largemouth bass and bluegill. The lake also produces impressive strings of channel catfish and holds some very nice walleyes.

Manhattan, KS Recreation

Harold M. Freund American Museum of Baking

The American Museum of Baking housed in the Emerson Library of the American Institute of Baking, contains one of the world's largest collections of artifacts on baking history, including the "world's largest collection of baker statuettes and figurines,"

Manhattan, KS Museums

Randolph Jail

The Randolph Jail is a nineteenth century jail located on the grounds of the Riley County Historical Museum. It was relocated here from the old town of Randolph in northern Riley County when the old town location was moved with the creation of Tuttle Creek Reservoir.

Manhattan, KS Pioneer Life

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

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