Favorite Seasonal Events

Fireworks over Varney's

Experience All Four Seasons in The Little Apple®

Springtime beckons to the outdoors: hiking trails, bike paths, gardens and parks in full-bloomed beauty.

Summer heats up with the hottest country music stars at Tuttle Creek State Park for Kicker Country Stampede. Farmers markets, rodeos and water park splashes provide an abundance of summer activities.

Autumn brings brilliant colors from native trees, ornamental plants and grasses that celebrate fall. The most prominent color becomes purple, as football Saturdays take hold on Manhattan and make Wildcat fans scream with delight!

Winter is welcomed with ice skating, holiday parades and world-class performances at McCain Auditorium on the K-State campus.


The oldest shopping district in Kansas, Aggieville's wide K-State fansvariety of businesses makes it a family-friendly environment during the day and a college hot spot at night! Annual events include the Mayor's Christmas Parade, Manhattan St. Patrick's Day Parade, K-State Homecoming Parade and Pep Rally, and Little Apple New Year's Eve Celebration/Apple Drop. "The Ville" attracts people from around the country throughout the year.

Kansas State University

At the core of Manhattan is Kansas State University, the nation's first land-grant university. It is a hub of stellar academics and athletics located on a beautiful campus with first-rate facilities, a passionate student body, renowned faculty, and friendly staff.

For details about the university, information on academic programs, or to arrange a tour of campus, visit Kansas State University's website, or call 785-532-6011 or 800-432-8270. For tickets to sporting events visit K-State Sports or call 785-532-7606 or 800-221-2287.

Kicker Country StampedeStampede

Big 94.5 Kicker Country Stampede is the largest three-day country music festival in the Midwest, and features the hottest stars in country music. Located at Tuttle Creek Lake, Country Stampede is the last full weekend in June. In 2018, Country Stampede dates are June 23-26. Call 800-795-8091 or  785-539-2222 for more information.

Downtown Manhattan

Downtown lights
Historic Downtown is one of Manhattan's most popular areas to shop. Anchored by the Manhattan Town Center Mall at the crossing of Third Street and Poyntz Avenue. The Town Center boasts more than 70 stores, with restaurants and new retail additions keeping the scene fresh and modern.

Downtown Poyntz Avenue is lined with local shops, clothing stores, and some of Manhattan's most popular eateries, allowing shoppers to enjoy an entire day any time of the year.

Sunset ZooOtter

This Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) accredited zoo offers visitors a close look at exotic wildlife from around the world. Call 785-587-2737 for more information. Sunset Zoo is located at 2333 Oak St., Manhattan, KS 66502.