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Cultural Events, Productions, Concerts

  1. Bluemont Lounge Live Music Series: Duo Du Jour

    April 25, 2018, 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM @ Bluemont Hotel

    Classic rock band favorites at Bluemont Hotel.

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  2. Landshark Music Series: The Phaetons

    April 26, 2018, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM @ Coco Bolos

    Join Bolos' crew for loud food and spicy music and watch party rock & roll group The Phaetons tear up the patio! Corner entrance to Aggieville for a Bolo of a good time.

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  3. McCain Performance Series: An Evening With David Sedaris

    April 26, 2018, 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM @ McCain Auditorium

    David Sedaris has become one of America's preeminent humor writers, as his pieces appear regularly in The New Yorker and twice been included in "The Best American Essays".

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  4. She Kills Monsters

    April 26, 2018, 7:30 PM - April 28, 2018, 9:30 PM @ Purple Masque Theatre

    Agnes Evans leaves her childhood home following the death of her teenage sister, Tilly, only to stumble upon a 90s pop culture, imaginary world that was Tilly’s refuge.

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  5. Casey Donahew Band in concert

    April 26, 2018, 8:30 PM - April 27, 2018 @ The Hat

    Favorite on the Texas bar circuit eventually worked his way to national level a decade ago with self-released album on the Top 30 country album Billboard chart.

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  6. Evita

    April 27, 2018, 7:30 PM - April 29, 2018, 4:30 PM @ Manhattan Arts Center

    Tony Award winning musical set amidst turmoil of Argentinian politics of the late 1940s and early '50s. Eva Peron grew up in abject poverty then rose to the heights of national and international prestige through sheer force of will. Peron made herself into the common people's idol: loved, adored and hated alike. "Don't Cry for Me Argentina," "Buenos Aires" and "A New Argentina" a few of the many songs from Andrew Lloyd Webber made famous by this musical.

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  7. Fab Flashbacks: Songs of the '60s, '70s and '80s

    April 27, 2018, 7:30 PM - April 29, 2018, 4:00 PM @ Columbian Theatre

    Fun-filled decade revue; from hits on record players to cassettes. The show's best performers take listeners through music ranging from the '60s to the '80s. Don’t be afraid to dust off that outfit from the past and show it off again! Rock your old style and dance along to all of your favorites during Fab Flashbacks. Be there or be square!

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  8. The Wizard of Oz

    April 27, 2018, 7:30 PM - April 29, 2018, 10:00 PM @ C.L. Hoover Opera House

    Beloved classic brought to life at C.L. Hoover Opera House. Travel with Dorothy as she meets witches, munchkins, flying monkeys, friends and enemies while she desperately tries to get home to Kansas!

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  9. McCain Performance Series: Kenny G

    April 29, 2018, 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM @ McCain Auditorium

    Grammy Award-winning saxophonist has grafted elements of R&B, pop and Latin to solidify his reputation as the premiere artist in contemporary jazz. Kenny G has collaborated with some of the biggest names in the business during his legendary career, ranging from Whitney Houston to Katy Perry.

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  10. Evita

    May 4, 2018, 7:30 PM - May 6, 2018, 4:30 PM @ Manhattan Arts Center

    Tony Award winning musical set amidst turmoil of Argentinian politics of the late 1940s and early '50s. Eva Peron grew up in abject poverty then rose to the heights of national and international prestige through sheer force of will. Peron made herself into the common people's idol: loved, adored and hated alike. "Don't Cry for Me Argentina," "Buenos Aires" and "A New Argentina" a few of the many songs from Andrew Lloyd Webber made famous by this musical.

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  11. Fab Flashbacks: Songs of the '60s, '70s and '80s

    May 4, 2018, 7:30 PM - May 6, 2018, 4:00 PM @ Columbian Theatre

    Fun-filled decade revue; from hits on record players to cassettes. The show's best performers take listeners through music ranging from the '60s to the '80s. Don’t be afraid to dust off that outfit from the past and show it off again! Rock your old style and dance along to all of your favorites during Fab Flashbacks. Be there or be square!

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  12. Randall King in concert

    May 5, 2018, 9:00 PM @ RC McGraw's

    Fourth generation "hay hauler" and son of a trucker brings modernized neo-traditional/honky-tonk to life. King's writing reflects his appreciation of songwriting heroes Haggard, Whitley & Jackson; characterized with a voice that rings true country. King hails from the West Texas plains of Hereford.

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  13. McCain Performance Series: Home Free

    May 8, 2018, 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM @ McCain Auditorium

    Home Free has entertained more than 250,000 people live in concert since it burst on the national scene in 2013.

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  14. Paragon Ragtime Orchestra

    May 11, 2018, 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM @ C.L. Hoover Opera House

    Only year-round, professional ensemble to re-create “America’s Original Music” initiates 120th anniversary celebration of the C.L. Hoover Opera House. Listen to PRO perform live accompaniment to selections of silent films playing on the big screen!

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  15. Flint Hills Children's Choir: "In a Child's Mind"

    May 13, 2018, 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM @ All Faiths Chapel

    Flint Hills Children's Choir presents its annual Spring Concert, this year titled "In a Child's Mind," to feature both Bluestem and Konza Choirs under direction of Karis Dolenz and Janie Brokenicky.

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  16. McCain Performance Series: Dixie's Tupperware Party

    May 13, 2018, 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM @ Wareham Opera House

    Dixie travels the country throwing good ole-fashioned Tupperware Parties filled with outrageously funny tales, heartfelt accounts and audience participation.

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  17. Mr. Stinky Feet: Jim Cosgrove

    May 19, 2018, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM @ Manhattan Arts Center

    Sing, dance and play in the band during this high-energy, interactive show with Jim "Mr. Stinky Feet" Cosgrove. Two decades of performances that get the whole family rockin'.

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  18. Bluemont Lounge Live Music Series: The Dude Abides

    May 23, 2018, 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM @ Bluemont Hotel

    Solo acoustic-electric on fifth floor patio bar at The Bluemont Hotel rooftop.

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  19. Anthony Gomes in concert

    May 26, 2018, 9:00 PM @ RC McGraw's

    Top-billing Billboard blues artist brings in tow high-energy shows and dynamic stage presence. Gomes' triple threat equipped as guitarist, vocalist and songwriter. Blues Revue Magazine: "Gomes' formidable guitar chops and authentic singing place him in the forefront of modern blues." One of the top draws on the rock/blues circuit, Gomes has headlined concerts in 17 countries and shared a stage with B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Robert Plant, Joe Bonamassa, Heart, Jonny Lang and Kenny Wayne Shepherd.

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  20. Liquid Art Summer Music Series: The Center State Band

    June 7, 2018, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM @ Liquid Art Winery and Estate

    Part acoustic pop, part troubadour with silky lament, one part organic Americana, Center State's music is a great first step into folk/Americana milieu from St. Joseph, Mo. Center State’s second full-length album released April 24 on most digital platforms. Entertainment hosted outdoors with limited patio seating; lawn chairs and blankets encouraged.

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  21. Arts in the Park concert: Luke Winslow-King

    June 8, 2018, 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM @ Larry Norvell Band Shell

    Guitarist, multi-instrumentalist, singer, composer and lyricist based out of New Orleans plays vintage Blues and jazz music; part of summer concert series.

    Live music every Friday throughout the summer in City Park, with variety of musical genres including country, folk, Americana, rock, alt rock, soul and funk.

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  22. Symphony in the Flint Hills

    June 9, 2018, 6:45 PM - 9:30 PM @ Rosalia Ranch

    Kansas City Symphony performs sunset concert on the Kansas prairie, in Butler County. Patron Packages financially support the organization and for concert-goers to obtain premium concert vantage point. Wide ranging sponsorship opportunities also available (620-273-8955). Public tickets for 2018 Symphony are on sale now.

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  23. Raleigh Ringers Handbell Choir

    June 19, 2018, 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM @ CL Hoover Opera House

    Internationally acclaimed handbell choir astonishes audiences of all ages with unique interpretations of sacred, popular and even rock 'n roll tunes!

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  24. Kicker Country Stampede

    June 21, 2018, 2:00 PM - June 23, 2018, 11:00 PM @ Tuttle Creek State Park

    Alabama makes just second appearance at 23rd annual Kicker Country Stampede in Manhattan KS! Friday-night flashback with Alabama, Charlie Daniels Band and Marshall Tucker Band at the temporary amphitheater at Tuttle Creek State Park. More acts include Florida Georgia Line to close Saturday curtain on '18 Stampede. Thursday night, Cole Swindell, Brandon Ray and Cody Johnson are main stage acts. Purchase 2018 Stampede tickets right away for best prices!

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  25. Arts in the Park concert: Marbin

    June 29, 2018, 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM @ Larry Norvell Band Shell

    Progressive jazz-rock band based out of Chicago, with original instrumental music; part of summer concert series. Live music every Friday throughout summer in City Park, with variety of musical genres including country, folk, Americana, rock, alt rock, soul and funk.

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  26. Arts in the Park concert: Cash'd Out

    July 6, 2018, 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM @ Larry Norvell Band Shell

    San Diego based band that channels Johnny Cash in about as close a manner to the real thing as it gets. The band’s live shows respectfully pay homage to the late, great Man in Black's Sun Records and early Columbia era sound.

    Part of summer concert series. Live music every Friday throughout summer in City Park, with variety of musical genres including country, folk, Americana, rock, alt rock, soul and funk.

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  27. Liquid Art Summer Music Series: The Wildwoods

    July 26, 2018, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM @ Liquid Art Winery and Estate

    Acoustic music group from Lincoln, Neb., has a special touch when it comes to entertaining Manhattan music lovers. The Wildwoods' music is rich in love, happiness and passion. Inspiration for the soul in the special setting of Liquid Art Winery in the lovely Flint Hills of northeast Kansas. Entertainment hosted outdoors with limited patio seating; lawn chairs and blankets encouraged.

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Special Events

  1. Annual Tulip Festival

    April 21, 2018, 9:00 AM - April 22, 2018, 4:00 PM @ Wamego City Park

    Wamego comes alive with vibrant tulip colors and more than 150 craft vendors. The vivacious colors of Dutch tulips add to the backdrop for the April arts and craft fair.

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  2. Party for the Planet: Earth Day

    April 21, 2018, 12:00 PM - 4:30 PM @ Sunset Zoo

    Sunset Zoo's Annual Earth Day Celebration, Party for the Planet to celebrate the Earth's amazing animals with family-friendly activities throughout the afternoon. Games and activities with Rockin' Rob live on Chautauqua Stage.

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  3. Craft Beer Dinner

    April 25, 2018, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM @ Blue Moose Manhattan

    Join Blue Moose for an appetizing beer and four-course dinner pairing brought to you in conjunction with Firestone Walker Brewing Co.! Only 30 seats available so make your reservations today!

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  4. K-State Junior Days

    April 26, 2018, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM @ K-State Student Union

    Start exploring college options with sessions on academics and student housing, with residence hall and campus tours available after dining-center lunch. Refund requests must be made prior to 72-hour deadline.

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  5. Kansas Birding Festival

    April 27, 2018 - April 28, 2018 @ Acorns Resort

    Excellent bird and wildlife viewing with more than 300 bird species around Milford Lake; area rich in birding opportunities during this time in April. Native birds inhabit the lake year-round, in tandem with prime season for migrating birds. Milford Lake, wetlands, native prairie ... all great locations in North America for bird sightings.

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  6. Intersection: Meeting of the Creative Minds

    April 27, 2018, 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM @ Strecker Nelson West Gallery

    Creative Minds exhibit gallery open. Featured works by AlBo Glass, Dick Bixler, Michael Driggs, Jan Joosten, Christina Klein, Diane Lawrence, Owen Oertling, Larry Peters, Jason Sciulla, Nancy Teague, Lynette Ubel and Todd Van Duren.

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  7. Pour for a Paw

    April 28, 2018, 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM @ Wareham Opera House

    Third annual wine- and cheese-themed fundraiser features live and silent auctions, raffle and live music. Wine, cheese and small bites served and cash bar available. All funds go directly to Riley County Humane Society.

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  8. Butterfly Release Party

    April 29, 2018, 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM @ Flint Hills Discovery Center

    The final day of the Rainforest Adventure exhibit promises to be a day to remember as Flint Hills Discovery Center releases butterflies contained in the butterfly house into the wild. Interactive insect activities are part of the celebration.

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  9. Vino and a View

    May 2, 2018, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM @ Colbert's Restaurant

    Wine down and join this tasting that features a variety of wines from Colbert's new menu. Hors' doeurves provided to pair with wines. Tickets include souvenir wine glass.

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  10. K-State Junior Days

    May 4, 2018, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM @ K-State Student Union

    Start exploring college options with sessions on academics and student housing, with residence hall and campus tours available after dining-center lunch. Refund requests must be made prior to 72-hour deadline.

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  11. Kentucky Derby Party

    May 5, 2018, 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM @ Eleven Fifteen Venue & Urban Garden

    The most exciting 2 minutes in sports is worthy of a daylong celebration in Manhattan with mint juleps, bourbon toasts and a variety of activities to observe the 144th Run for the Roses live from Louisville. Dress to impress like you're at Churchill Downs in derby attire and hats! Light snacks, all-day drink specials ($3 Mimosas) and best hat contest part of the fun, with your own reserved special observance point for the Call to Post and to watch the Derby!

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  12. Johnny Kaw Birthday Celebration

    May 10, 2018, 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM @ Manhattan City Park

    Johnny Kaw lives large in Manhattan City Park, and his tales live large all across Kansas. Join the community-wide birthday celebration for Johnny Kaw with cake and 1-mile fun run among the activities. Get your Johnny Kaw bobblehead and you'll be part of the Kaw Club ($15) to help renovations to the area around his statue. Fun for all ages marks National Tourism Week in MHK! Johnny's our main man, let's help him look the part!

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  13. Be the Dinosaur

    May 12, 2018, 10:00 AM - September 3, 2018, 5:00 PM @ Flint Hills Discovery Center

    Can you guess what a day in the life of a dinosaur was like? How did they live? With this exhibit slated for Flint Hills Discovery Center, you can experience how the mighty T-Rex was one of the most ferocious of the Mesozoic Era. This fusion of state-of-the-art, high-tech videography and traditional exhibit features full-size dinosaur bones, a paleontology field station and more! Live like the dinosaurs! Visit Be the Dinosaur!

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  14. Iris Day

    May 13, 2018, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM @ Kansas State University Gardens

    Flint Hills Iris Society invites visitors to view colorful array of blooming iris at KSU Gardens; top 5 irises announced at later date. Members of the Iris Society present to answer questions about care and planting of iris.

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  15. Flint Hills Festival

    May 19, 2018, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM @ Flint Hills Discover Center / Blue Earth Plaza

    Experience culture abundantly awesome throughout Flint Hills territory with live music, food vendors, beer, wine, children's activities and crazy amounts of fun. New Be The Dinosaur exhibit will open its second week of amazement and amusement at the Discovery Center. Come out for a day fit to romp and roar like a dinosaur, and celebrate two months of springtime in the Flint Hills of Kansas!

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  16. Murder Mystery Dinner: A Dance With Death

    May 19, 2018, 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM @ Wareham Opera House

    Befitting whole new category of disaster dates, dance floor prom death rates high on the party foul scale. Audience members figure out whodunit to get the dance back on track. Ladies, bows and hairpins go nicely with a puffy-sleeved prom gown. Gents look sharp in white and black suits or tuxes. Put on your thinking caps to solve this one.

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  17. Harry's Somm Series: Native Grapes From Around the World

    May 24, 2018, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM @ Harry's Restaurant

    You know, there's a whole world of wines to be experienced with so many different native varieties from around the globe. With as many as 10,000 different international wines, this is the class where you learn about many more varieties. Harry's explores the vast array of international and local grape varietals, some you can't even pronounce!

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  18. Dirt(y) Dancing Annual Garden Party

    June 1, 2018, 6:30 PM - 10:00 PM @ The Gardens at Kansas State University

    Fun evening with food, drink, music and silent auction to support The Gardens.

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  19. National Bi-Plane Fly-in

    June 2, 2018, 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM @ Freeman Field

    Celebrate the amazing historical value of antique, vintage and even modern biplanes! Watch the biplanes fly or take a ride! Don't want to miss the experience, with vendor booths and more!

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  20. Wine in the Wild

    June 2, 2018, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM @ Sunset Zoo

    Sunset Zoo's trails over-flow with activity as guests sample a variety of wines and heavy hors d'oeuvres, enjoy live music and festivities with the zoo's party animals. Popular community fundraiser hosted by Friends of Sunset Zoo. VIP Reception guests enjoy premium wine and gourmet food selections, and inclusion of a 12.75 ounce commemorative wine glass. GA ticket includes 8-ounce commemorative glass.

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  21. InflataFEST

    June 9, 2018, 10:30 AM - 4:30 PM @ Blue Earth Plaza

    InflataFEST delivers dozens of hands-on activities and special attractions. Explore activity stations, special appearances from a magical princess, carnival games, face-painting, balloons, fun foods and at least 12 inflatables. Perfect for young and old!

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  22. Symphony in the Flint Hills

    June 9, 2018, 6:45 PM - 9:30 PM @ Rosalia Ranch

    Kansas City Symphony performs sunset concert on the Kansas prairie, in Butler County. Patron Packages financially support the organization and for concert-goers to obtain premium concert vantage point. Wide ranging sponsorship opportunities also available (620-273-8955). Public tickets for 2018 Symphony are on sale now.

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  23. 30th Annual Garden Tour

    June 10, 2018, 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM @ The Gardens, and five private homes

    Riley County Extension Master Gardeners Annual Manhattan Garden Tour. Visit five private landscapes plus the Gardens at Kansas State University.

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  24. 29th Annual Manhattan Juneteenth Celebration

    June 16, 2018, All Day @ City Park

    Activities include the third annual Juneteenth Community Unity Walk. All those who believe in Community Unity are invited to be part of the activities.

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  25. Kicker Country Stampede

    June 21, 2018, 2:00 PM - June 23, 2018, 11:00 PM @ Tuttle Creek State Park

    Alabama makes just second appearance at 23rd annual Kicker Country Stampede in Manhattan! Friday-night flashback with Alabama, Charlie Daniels Band and Marshall Tucker Band at the temporary amphitheater at Tuttle Creek State Park. More acts include Florida Georgia Line to close Saturday curtain on '18 Stampede. Thursday night, Cole Swindell, Brandon Ray and Cody Johnson are main stage performers. Purchase 2018 Stampede tickets right away for best prices!

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  26. Sundown Salute

    June 29, 2018, 9:00 AM - July 4, 2018, 11:00 PM @ Heritage Park

    Head East tops the headliners for 2018 Sundown Salute, with six days of Independence celebration.

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  27. Celebrate Freedom in Wamego

    July 4, 2018, 9:00 AM - 11:00 PM @ Wamego City Park

    No. 1 fireworks show in Kansas is only part of the entertainment, as Wamego observes a daylong Independence Day celebration for the whole family. Fun-filled activities include carnival, parade, car show, live music, food galore and much more. Celebrate Freedom in Wamego!

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  28. Little Apple Paddle

    July 14, 2018, 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM @ Linear Trailhead to St. George

    July's summer warmth makes for a great day on the water, and Little Apple Paddle caters to the outdoors enthusiast looking for an adventure; 10-mile Kansas River paddle, MHK to St. George. One lucky registrant will win a kayak, courtesy of Pathfinder. Sponsored by Visit Manhattan, Manhattan Parks & Rec and Travel KS. Make it a great day, a day on the water, and a day of enjoyment in Manhattan, Kansas!

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  29. National Wine and Cheese Day

    July 25, 2018, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM @ Harry's Restaurant

    Harry’s celebrates the ultimate pairing, wine and cheese. This class may be cheesy, but it'll make you feel grate. Sample some of Harry's favorite wines and cheeses. The pairing of wines and cheese has a long tradition of being regionalized. Across wine producing cultures, each will have traditional approaches to pairing their local wines and cheeses. Join Harry's and discuss pairings from all around the globe.

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  30. Kaw Valley Rodeo

    July 26, 2018, 8:00 PM - July 28, 2018, 10:00 PM @ Wells Arena, CiCo Park

    Opening-night picnic part of the observation and salute to the military. Bareback riding, steer wrestling and saddle bronc riding are just part of the competitions during this Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association-sanctioned event. Enjoy the competition of pro rodeo cowboys in an open-air arena at the Riley County Fair.

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  31. Feast of the Fields

    August 25, 2018, 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM @ River Creek Farms

    Farm to Fork, chef-prepared, four-course dinner features Kansas foods and libations in an 1876 limestone barn. Ticket information to attend this event will be released as the event date approaches.

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  32. Kansas State University Family Day

    September 15, 2018, All Day @ Kansas State University campus

    2018 K-State Family Day celebrates a 90-year tradition to welcome families to campus. The day is filled with activities designed around family and pride. Join the K-State Family for a special weekend in Manhattan, with Wildcat football against Texas-San Antonio part of the day's activities. Welcome to K-State!

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  33. Bison, Wolves & Wildlands

    September 15, 2018, 10:00 AM - January 13, 2019, 5:00 PM @ Flint Hills Discovery Center

    North American bison herds were long as much a part of the prairie as native grasslands. By the millions. Flint Hills Discovery Center celebrates the bison's history and significance, and spotlights important preservation efforts to strengthen the species' very existence on the Great Plains of Kansas.

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  34. Flint Hills Praisefest 2018

    September 22, 2018, All Day @ CiCo Park

    Colton Dixon headlines the New Century Bank main stage at Flint Hills Praisefest. More artist announcements to come. Full day of music, fellowship and fun for the entire family.

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