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Art Exhibits

  1. Civil War Era Drawings from Becker Collection

    September 9, 2016 - December 18, 2016 @ Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art

    Becker Archive in Boston contains approximately 650 previously undocumented drawings by Joseph Becker and his colleagues, 19th-century artists who worked as artist-reporters. Civil War Era Drawings from the Becker Collection offers the first opportunity to see selections from this important and previously unknown collection, and to appreciate these national treasures as artworks. Another part of this traveling exhibition will be displayed at the U.S. Cavalry Museum at Fort Riley.

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  2. Marlin Fitzwater: From Wheat Fields to White House

    September 16, 2016, 8:00 AM - March 17, 2017, 5:00 PM @ Hale Library, 5th floor gallery

    Marlin Fitzwater spent a decade in the White House, the only press secretary appointed by two presidents. Now, the K-State alumnus has donated his personal papers to the Richard L.D. and Marjorie J. Morse Department of Special Collections at K-State Libraries. Highlights from the collection will be on display in Hale Library's fifth floor gallery.

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  3. Going Home: Hidden Histories of the Flint Hills

    September 24, 2016, 10:00 AM - January 8, 2017, 5:00 PM @ Flint Hills Discovery Center

    Explore hidden places in the Flint Hills and tell us all about what 'Going Home' means to you. There are many interactive components within the exhibit, including map to help locate lost towns in the Flint Hills, iPad stations with stories of communities, places for visitors to record their memories and children’s area.

    This exhibition represents the work of undergraduate students for several years, working with faculty in the Chapman Center for Rural Studies at K-State, and made possible by an estate gift from Mr. Mark Chapman.

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  4. Elizabeth "Grandma" Layton: You Gotta Have Art

    October 11, 2016, 10:00 AM - January 8, 2017, 5:00 PM @ Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art

    Beach Museum of Art’s 20th anniversary theme, “You Gotta Have Art,” was inspired by words embroidered on caps worn by Elizabeth Layton and her husband in many of her self-portraits. The succinct phrase encapsulates how art was positive force in Elizabeth Layton’s life.

    Layton used art to heal herself and give hope to others; her large drawings contemplate universal themes such as aging, death of loved ones, social injustice and love, all through the lens of her own body. Layton is represented in the collections of more than 150 U.S. art institutions, including Smithsonian American Art Museum.

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  5. Celebrating 100 Years of History and Heritage: Riley County Historical Museum

    October 13, 2016, 8:30 AM - February 4, 2018, 5:00 PM @ Riley County Historical Museum

    Centennial celebration exhibit showcases 100-plus artifacts and photographs significant to the history of the Riley County community. Notable objects include a section of original seating from Wareham Opera House, penny-farthing bicycle owned by Guy Varney, hand-carved sunflower clock made from local wood for the World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago, 1893.

    Many objects on view have been rarely exhibited. Centennial exhibition accompanied by series of programs (watch for announcements and check calendar).

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  6. Only The Best 2016: Annual Holiday Exhibit

    November 4, 2016, 10:00 AM - January 14, 2017, 6:00 PM @ Strecker-Nelson Art Gallery

    Annual holiday exhibit features 31 artists: painters, ceramicists, sculptors. These artists are the most popular from the past year as well as some artists who return specifically for this show. And new work in the First Floor Gallery, too.

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Community Events

  1. Wrap it Up Exhibit and Sale

    November 7, 2016, 12:00 PM - December 24, 2016, 5:00 PM @ Manhattan Arts Center

    Jewelry, ceramics, textiles, woodworking, glass, photographs, prints and watercolor, oil, and acrylic paintings. Gift giving galore from 80 local and regional artists; many items priced under $100.

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  2. Request Call From Santa Claus

    November 11, 2016 - December 24, 2016

    Trees are trimmed and tinsels are hung. It's Santa's busy time of year, but he made some special time just for you! Visit Santacallsyou.com to request your free call from Santa Claus.

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  3. Festival of Lights celebration

    November 25, 2016, 6:00 PM - January 1, 2017, 1:00 AM @ Blue Earth Plaza

    Manhattan's Festival of Lights is a nightly celebration of the season, with the tallest tree in Kansas in the center of Blue Earth Plaza; horse-drawn carriage rides and more. Free parking around Blue Earth Plaza or Manhattan Conference Center garage.

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  4. Breakfast with Santa

    December 3, 2016, 8:45 AM - December 10, 2016, 10:00 AM @ Flint Hills Discovery Center

    These sessions are both filled.

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  5. Financial Summit/Luncheon

    December 7, 2016, 12:45 PM @ Manhattan Public Library

    Students, teachers and community invited to learn how to protect your financial resources. Meet our special military guest from Houston, as well as bankers and financial advisors. "Lunch Is On Us". Sponsored by Abundant Faith Ministries, Inc.

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  6. Canvas & Cork: Winter Barn

    December 7, 2016, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM @ Straight Upp Creative Studio

    Join Straight Upp Creative Studio for entertaining night of painting and wine. Bring your favorite bottle of wine or beverage, enjoy step-by-step instruction with experienced and enthusiastic artist and leave with one-of-a-kind creation. Online registration/payment required; registration non-refundable. Guests can transfer registration but dates may not be switched. Straight Upp Creative Studio does not provide wine openers/cups; please bring your own or purchase one ($7).

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  7. 75th anniversary, National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

    December 7, 2016, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM @ Peace Memorial Auditorium

    Brief history of the attack on the U.S. Naval Base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, and origins of naming Peace Memorial Auditorium. Music program to follow, with Cadence, K-State Trio, Thundering Cats, Jammin' Northstars, Northview School Choir. Designed to resemble USO-type show. Naming for the auditorium in 1950s became WWII living memorial to honor the one-hundred-one Riley County men who died in the war.

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  8. Crafts & Cocktails: Coffee String Art

    December 8, 2016, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM @ Straight Upp Creative Studio

    Join Straight Upp Creative Studio for entertaining night of crafts and wine. Bring your favorite beverage, yummy snacks, enjoy step-by-step instruction with experienced and enthusiastic artist and leave with one-of-a-kind creation. Online registration/payment required; registration non-refundable. Guests can transfer registration but dates may not be switched. Straight Upp Creative Studio does not provide wine openers/cups; please bring your own or purchase one ($7).

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  9. Columbian Theatre Annual Open House

    December 11, 2016, 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM @ The Columbian Theatre

    Enjoy cookies, characters from Disney's Frozen and family photos in front of the Christmas tree. Personalized commemorative star ornaments for sale, designed and created by Bob and Lorinda Sultzer, Wamego Citizens of the Year!

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  10. OZ Museum Holiday Open House

    December 11, 2016, 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM @ OZ Museum

    Oz characters, last-minute holiday presents for purchase, and free admission to the museum.

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  11. Canvas & Cork: Lilac Sky

    December 14, 2016, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM @ Straight Upp Creative Studio

    Join Straight Upp Creative Studio for entertaining night of painting and wine. Bring your favorite bottle of wine or beverage, enjoy step-by-step instruction with experienced and enthusiastic artist and leave with one-of-a-kind creation. Online registration/payment required; registration non-refundable. Guests can transfer registration but dates may not be switched. Straight Upp Creative Studio does not provide wine openers/cups; please bring your own or purchase one ($7).

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  12. Operation Yellow Ribbon, presented by Navy Federal Credit Union

    December 17, 2016, 10:00 AM - December 18, 2016, 6:00 PM @ Manhattan Town Center

    Show military ID at Center Court, receive special wristband that offers extra military discounts throughout mall. Enter to win $500 shopping spree, other prizes for military personnel.

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  13. Crafts & Cocktails: Snowman

    December 17, 2016, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM @ Straight Upp Creative Studio

    Join Straight Upp Creative Studio for entertaining night of crafts and wine. Bring your favorite beverage, yummy snacks, enjoy step-by-step instruction with experienced and enthusiastic artist and leave with one-of-a-kind creation. Online registration/payment required; registration non-refundable. Guests can transfer registration but dates may not be switched. Straight Upp Creative Studio does not provide wine openers/cups; please bring your own or purchase one ($7).

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  14. Canvas & Cork: Winter Tree with Rabbit

    December 21, 2016, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM @ Straight Upp Creative Studio

    Join Straight Upp Creative Studio for entertaining night of painting and wine. Bring your favorite bottle of wine or beverage, invite friends, enjoy step-by-step instruction with experienced and enthusiastic artist and leave with one-of-a-kind creation. Online registration/payment required; registration non-refundable. Guests can transfer registration but dates may not be switched. Straight Upp Creative Studio does not provide wine openers/cups; please bring your own or purchase one ($7).

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  15. Canvas & Cork: New Year's Celebration

    December 28, 2016, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM @ Straight Upp Creative Studio

    Join Straight Upp Creative Studio for entertaining night of painting and wine. Bring your favorite bottle of wine or beverage, enjoy step-by-step instruction with experienced and enthusiastic artist and leave with one-of-a-kind creation. Online registration/payment required; registration non-refundable. Guests can transfer registration but dates may not be switched. Straight Upp Creative Studio does not provide wine openers/cups; please bring your own or purchase one ($7).

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  16. Silent Book Club

    December 28, 2016, 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM @ Arrow Coffee Co.

    Suggested for adults 18-above. Instead of reading an assigned book, the creator of this national book club decided it would be more fun for everyone to bring whatever they were reading and hang out together. Manhattan is the first town in the Midwest to participate! Join friends from Manhattan Public Library at Arrow Coffee Company. Drinks, laughs and good reading.

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  17. Crafts & Cocktails: Couples Tree

    December 29, 2016, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM @ Straight Upp Creative Studio

    Join Straight Upp Creative Studio for an entertaining night of crafts and wine. Bring your favorite beverage, yummy snacks, enjoy step-by-step instruction with experienced and enthusiastic artist and leave with one-of-a-kind creation. Online registration/payment required; registration non-refundable. Guests can transfer registration but dates may not be switched. Straight Upp Creative Studio does not provide wine openers/cups; please bring your own or purchase one ($7). Disclaimer: Straight Upp reserves the right to cancel the event if adequate amount of tickets are not purchased; tickets will be refunded.

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  18. Little Apple New Year's Eve

    December 31, 2016, 10:30 PM - January 1, 2017, 1:00 AM @ Aggieville Business District

    Celebrate with thousands of friends to ring in the New Year with fireworks and traditional countdown to the apple drop. Kid-friendly area hosted in Varsity Donuts! Band performance to be announced in October on the Aggieville Facebook page.

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Cultural Events, Productions, Concerts

  1. A Columbian Family Christmas

    December 2, 2016, 7:30 PM - December 18, 2016, 2:00 PM @ Columbian Theatre

    Escape the cold and warm up with carols and cocoa. Family-filled Christmas spirit as local soloists and groups perform different acts each week. Sing along to some of the most beloved Christmas songs, Admit One and Admit Two gift certificates available year-round! Sponsored by Friendship House.

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  2. K-State Festival of Holiday Music

    December 4, 2016, 3:00 PM @ McCain Auditorium

    Get into the spirit of the holidays with the Kansas State University Choral Division's annual December concert, featuring more than 300 singers in seven different choral ensembles. During the concert, we will also announce our exciting plans for the fourth annual Rhapsody scholarship concert event in Kansas City, Mo., in April. And there might just be a surprise for all those in the audience.

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  3. K-State Orchestra

    December 6, 2016, 7:30 PM - 9:15 PM @ McCain Auditorium

    Nearly 80-student orchestra performs five annual concerts in McCain Auditorium under the leadership of Dr. David Littrell.

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  4. Concert Band/Brass Ensemble Concert

    December 7, 2016, 7:30 PM @ All Faiths Chapel

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  5. Brian Regan comedy act

    December 8, 2016, 7:30 PM @ McCain Auditorium

    One of the premier comedians in the country; perfect balance of sophisticated writing and physicality. Regan sets comedic standard of excellence that others continually try to follow.

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  6. K-State MTD Holiday Extravaganza

    December 9, 2016, 6:00 PM @ Wareham Opera House

    Celebrate the holidays with fine food and unforgettable performances by K-State School of Music, Theatre and Dance students. Event proceeds provide scholarships to students participating in K-State MTD programs. Portion of ticket is tax deductible.

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  7. Drama: Painting Churches

    December 9, 2016, 7:30 PM - December 11, 2016, 4:30 PM @ Manhattan Arts Center

    As her parents face the major life transition of leaving their New England family home, Margaret Church comes back to help. She has goals of her own, to paint a portrait of her parents to serve as the centerpiece of her major New York gallery debut. Margaret has hopes her parents will finally recognize who she is as an artist, not just as their daughter.

    Upon coming home, she realizes she is not the only one who has changed over the years. Together, the Churches navigate the ever-changing dynamic that is a family. Written by Tina Howe, directed by Brent Sigman. 2016-17 theater season sponsor: CivicPlus. Platinum sponsor: In memory of Charlotte Edelman.

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  8. Little Apple Barbershop Chorus

    December 10, 2016, 2:00 PM - 4:30 PM @ McCain Auditorium

    6th Annual Harmony for the Holidays performance at McCain. Special appearance by K-State Singers.

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  9. 4th Annual Holiday music recital

    December 10, 2016, 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM @ Peace Memorial Auditorium

    Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia music fraternity and Thundering Cats entertain with musical renditions.

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  10. Flint Hills Children's Choir, "Gloria: A Winter Concert"

    December 11, 2016, 3:00 PM @ All Faiths Chapel

    Flint Hills Children's Choir features two choruses of children third to 10th grade. Annual winter concert titled "Gloria".

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  11. BirdHouse Fine Music Series presents Smokey & The Mirror

    December 16, 2016, 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM @ Manhattan Arts Center

    Husband and wife Bryan and Bernice Hembree blend bluegrass, early rock & roll, country and R&B with honest lyrics that make you remember what roots music is all about. Bernice's powerful vocals and stand-up bass are a perfect match to Bryan's songwriting and guitar. They will be joined by multi-instrumentalist, Daniel Walker. Sponsored by Little Apple Toyota-Honda, Bayer Construction and Bluestem Bistro.

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  12. Melissa Etheridge: Holiday Trio

    December 18, 2016, 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM @ McCain Auditorium

    Known for confessional lyrics and raspy, smoky vocals, Etheridge has attained status as one of America's favorite female singer-songwriters for more than two decades since she stormed onto the American rock scene in 1988 with the release of her critically acclaimed, self-titled debut album.

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Festivals & Parades

  1. Festival of Lights celebration

    November 25, 2016, 6:00 PM - January 1, 2017, 1:00 AM @ Blue Earth Plaza

    Manhattan's Festival of Lights is a nightly celebration of the season, with the tallest tree in Kansas in the center of Blue Earth Plaza; horse-drawn carriage rides and more. Free parking around Blue Earth Plaza or Manhattan Conference Center garage.

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For the Kids!

  1. Canteen

    November 14, 2016, 4:00 PM - January 2, 2017, 5:00 PM @ Manhattan Public Library

    Suggested for teens seventh through 12th grade. Unwind at the library each Monday afternoon with video games, crafts and snacks.

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  2. Santa Visits

    November 25, 2016 - December 24, 2016 @ Manhattan Town Center Court

    Visit Santa daily beginning Black Friday through Christmas Eve!

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  3. Preschoolers in the Flint Hills: Indian Paintbrush

    December 6, 2016, 11:30 AM - 2:30 PM @ Flint Hills Discovery Center

    Preschool-age children begin discovering the wonders of the Flint Hills where they live, but look beyond the city limits in their exploration. Every session includes a story time, snack and themed craft or activity.

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  4. Festival of Lights: Breakfast with Santa

    December 10, 2016, 8:45 AM - 12:00 PM @ Flint Hills Discovery Center

    This session has filled.

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  5. Kids Imagination Destination: Giraffes Can't Dance

    December 10, 2016, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM @ Straight Upp Creative Studio

    Join Straight Upp for book reading and crafts on select Saturday mornings; enjoy a yummy snack and some milk. Each Saturday will consist of a different book and craft. Ages 2-8 (older children welcome; programming focused on this age group). Pre-registration requested (walk-ins accepted). Tickets non-refundable. Parents must accompany child for the program.

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  6. Kids Canvas & Kool-aid

    December 17, 2016, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM @ Straight Upp Creative Studio

    Straight Upp will provide step-by-step instruction for this one-of-a-kind event. Yummy snacks and fun music will make for a morning full of laughs. Kids will leave with a one-of-a-kind creation! Online registration/payment required. Event designed for kids ages 0-10.

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  7. Preschoolers in the Flint Hills: Fun Fish

    December 20, 2016, 11:30 AM - 2:30 PM @ Flint Hills Discovery Center

    Preschool-aged children begin discovering the wonders of the Flint Hills where they live, but look beyond the city limits in their exploration. Every session includes story time, snack and themed craft or activity.

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  8. Family New Year’s Eve 2017 Flint Hills Superheroes!

    December 31, 2016, 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM @ Flint Hills Discovery Center

    Ring in the New Year with Flint Hills Super Heroes! The evening's events include 9 p.m. balloon drop, kids dancing music, make-your-own superhero mask and decorate your own cape, snack on superpower food, costume contest and much more!

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Special Events

  1. Festival of Lights: Carriage Rides

    December 3, 2016, 5:00 PM - December 18, 2016, 8:00 PM @ Flint Hills Discovery Center

    Take relaxing ride around Downtown Manhattan. Carriage ride pick-up in front of Flint Hills Discovery Center; hot chocolate provided for riders inside building.

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  2. Repeal Day

    December 5, 2016, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM @ Harry's Restaurant

    The 21st amendment to the Constitution was ratified on Dec. 5, 1933, and effectively put an end to national prohibition against alcohol. Harry's wine team will pour the good stuff in celebration of a milestone day for our nation ... and head to Bourbon & Baker to celebrate even more! Ticket includes 20 percent discount toward food purchases at Harry's and Bourbon & Baker (Dec. 5 only) before/after tasting.

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  3. Festival of Lights: Family Christmas Carnival

    December 10, 2016, 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM @ Blue Earth Plaza

    Celebrate the spirit of the season with friends and family in Blue Earth Plaza. Make your holidays memorable, in The Little Apple.

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  4. Whiskey and Chocolate Pairing

    December 13, 2016, 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM @ Bourbon & Baker

    'Tis the season for whiskey and chocolate! Bourbon & Baker's whiskey expert, Adam from Standard Beverage, teams with pastry chef Kirsten to bring you an event like they've never done! Guests will sample chocolates that have been prepared in B&B's bakery, and carefully paired with different varieties of whiskey!

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  5. Manhattan Arts Center New Year's Eve Party

    December 31, 2016, 8:00 PM @ Manhattan Arts Center

    Music, heavy hors d'oeuvres, dessert and midnight champagne toast. Dancing, food, and fun to ring in the New Year!

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  6. Little Apple New Year's Eve

    December 31, 2016, 10:30 PM - January 1, 2017, 1:00 AM @ Aggieville Business District

    Celebrate with thousands of friends to ring in the New Year with fireworks and traditional countdown to the apple drop. Kid-friendly area hosted in Varsity Donuts! Band performance to be announced in October on the Aggieville Facebook page.

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Sports & Recreation

  1. K-State MBB plays host to Prairie View A&M

    December 6, 2016, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM @ Bramlage Coliseum

    Wildcats are home for one date in a 20-day December span, and meet the Panthers from Prairie View, Texas. This game is sandwiched between a road date to St. Louis and a neutral game in Kansas City's Sprint Center versus Washington State.

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  2. K-State WBB plays host to UT Arlington

    December 7, 2016, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM @ Bramlage Coliseum

    Final tuneup for the Wildcats before facing Connecticut on Dec. 11 at Bramlage Coliseum.

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  3. K-State WBB plays host to Connecticut

    December 11, 2016, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM @ Bramlage Coliseum

    Game No. 10 of the 2016-17 season may be the biggest non-conference, regular season opponent in the 49-year history of Kansas State women's basketball. The Wildcats battle perennial powerhouse Connecticut Huskies, who have won 11 national titles and four consecutive under coach Geno Auriemma. Sunday afternoon tip in Bramlage.

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  4. K-State WBB plays host to Princeton

    December 18, 2016, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM @ Bramlage Coliseum

    WIldcats get back to business after a week off during finals to face the Princeton Tigers.

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  5. K-State MBB plays host to Gardner-Webb

    December 21, 2016, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM @ Bramlage Coliseum

    K-State gets one final tuneup before embarking on Big 12 Conference play, as the Cats return from a trip to Denver against Colorado State. It will be Texas versus K-State in the Big 12 opener Dec. 30 in Bramlage. Friday night b-ball on New Year's Eve eve.

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  6. K-State MBB plays host to Texas

    December 30, 2016, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM @ Bramlage Coliseum

    Big 12 Conference basketball enters 21st season with December league play for first time. Longhorns have won four straight in the series, with 3-point and 1-point 2016 victories.

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