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Cultural Events, Productions, Concerts

  1. Chris Meck & The Guilty Birds

    May 25, 2017, 9:00 PM - 11:00 PM @ Auntie Mae's Parlor

    KC band returns to Mae's basement with select brand of bluesy roots rock.

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  2. Off the Green Outdoor Music Series

    May 26, 2017, 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM @ Colbert Hills

    Colbert Hills introduces a summer music mix for Friday nights, continuing with Chappie and Dr. Wayne Goins! Full lineup of musicians upcoming. Don't forget lawn chairs!

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  3. Mamma Mia!

    June 2, 2017, 7:30 PM - June 11, 2017, 4:00 PM @ Great Plains Theatre

    Young woman decides she wants her father to walk her down the aisle; except she doesn't know who the father is! All three potential fathers invited to the wedding without knowledge of her mother. Worlds collide on tiny Greek island in musical extravaganza!

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  4. Arts in the Park concert: Jessica Paige

    June 2, 2017, 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM @ Larry Norvell Band Shell

    Folk-inspired lyricism brought to life by master vocalist. Jessica Paige draws on stories of old souls with her own unique brand of songwriting. Paige has appeared at MHK venues Auntie Mae's and Aggie Central Station in recent years.

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  5. Jon Wolfe in concert

    June 2, 2017, 9:00 PM @ RC McGraw's

    From the tradition of great singer-songwriters who inspired him, Jon Wolfe brings fiery energy to the American heartland.

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  6. Paws & Pints on the Patio

    June 6, 2017, 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM @ Eleven Fifteen Venue & Urban Garden

    Live music in Aggieville features Adam Capps Band. Select Tuesdays throughout summer, play lawn games, enjoy cold beer or your favorite mixed drink and listen to live music from selection of local performers. Each event will include cash bar. Grab your family, friends and fido for relaxing evening in the Ville.

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  7. 2017 Kansas Cowboy Poetry Contest Finals

    June 9, 2017, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM @ Flint Hills Discovery Center

    Contestants vie for state championship to receive the Saddlejack Bradrick Award, coveted Governor’s Buckle, discounts and gift certificates from leading western wear stores, plus two tickets to Symphony in the Flint Hills. State winners will be invited to compete in the National Cowboy Poetry Rodeo (paid entry fees).

    Two divisions, serious and humorous. Top three winners in each category (each regional contest) advance to the finals in Manhattan at Flint Hills Discovery Center.

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  8. Gypsy

    June 9, 2017, 7:30 PM - June 11, 2017 @ Columbian Theatre

    Quiet, reserved girl begins transformation from shy, little Louise to the sexy and sophisticated “Gypsy Rose Lee”. Sponsored by Bank of the Flint Hills. Join us Opening Night for delicious dinner catered by Friendship House!

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  9. Arts in the Park concert: Billy McGuigan

    June 9, 2017, 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM @ Larry Norvell Band Shell

    Limitless, inspired energy for a night filled with great music in City Park. High energy rock performance from Billy McGuigan.

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  10. Josh Abbott Band

    June 9, 2017, 8:15 PM - 11:00 PM @ The Hat

    Texas country band composed of Josh Abbott, Austin Davis, Preston Wait, Edward Villanueva, James Hertless, Caleb Keeter and David Fralin. JAB has released four studio albums including latest, Front Row Seat.

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  11. Symphony in the Flint Hills

    June 10, 2017, 6:45 PM - 9:00 PM @ Deer Horn Ranch (Geary County)

    2017 Signature Event theme “Chisholm Trail” celebrates 150th anniversary of famous trail that brought cattle from Texas to Kansas in years following Civil War. As in years past, Kansas City Symphony will perform sunset concert. Limited number of Patron Packages available to financially support the organization and have premium concert vantage point.

    Wide ranging sponsorship opportunities also available (620-273-8955). Tickets for 2017 Symphony available now.

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  12. David Blaine LIVE!

    June 13, 2017, 8:00 PM @ McCain Auditorium

    Magician, illusionist, and stunt artist David Blaine brings his first-ever North American tour to McCain Auditorium!

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  13. Gypsy

    June 16, 2017, 7:30 PM - June 18, 2017 @ Columbian Theatre

    Quiet, reserved girl begins transformation from shy, little Louise to the sexy and sophisticated “Gypsy Rose Lee”. Sponsored by Bank of the Flint Hills.

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  14. Arts in the Park concert: The Railsplitters

    June 16, 2017, 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM @ Larry Norvell Band Shell

    High-energy bluegrass, five-person Americana band from Boulder, Colo. Bluegrass instrumentation uninhibited by tradition. Mindie Lind, Hearth Music, writes of the 'Splitters: "music for the open road, the open dance floor, and open ears; music of the American West, made for all."

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  15. Kicker Country Stampede

    June 22, 2017, 2:00 PM - June 24, 2017, 11:00 PM @ Tuttle Creek State Park

    22nd Country Stampede has another tremendous lineup headlined by Chris Stapleton, Alan Jackson, Thomas Rhett and Old Dominion. Performers include Big & Rich, Brothers Osborne, Maddie and Tae and more. Tuttle Creek State Park in Manhattan plays host to the biggest 3-day music festival in the Midwest. One hundred-thousand attendance; non-stop entertainment.

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  16. Landshark Music Series: Rod Peterson and the Assembly

    June 22, 2017, 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM @ Coco Bolos

    Live music by regional acts from Bolos patio with reduced-price beer specials.

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  17. Gypsy

    June 23, 2017, 7:30 PM - June 25, 2017 @ Columbian Theatre

    Quiet, reserved girl begins transformation from shy, little Louise to the sexy and sophisticated “Gypsy Rose Lee”. Sponsored by Bank of the Flint Hills.

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  18. Arts in the Park concert: Not A Planet

    June 23, 2017, 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM @ Larry Norvell Band Shell

    "Smoke Bombs & Cigarettes: The History of Now" is the latest album release from Not A Planet. The Deli website magazine music review suggests this KC trio "brings one hundred and ten percent of their energy to every show they play."

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  19. Gypsy

    June 30, 2017, 7:30 PM - July 9, 2017, 4:00 PM @ Great Plains Theatre

    Woman desperate to make it in showbiz, even if she has to use her daughters to do it! Gypsy puts coy smile of the faces of family and fame; winks at audience all the while.

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  20. Arts in the Park concert: The Hunts

    June 30, 2017, 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM @ Larry Norvell Band Shell

    Chesapeake-based, alt-folk/indie band, five brothers and twin sisters ranging in age from 16 to 24 who have played music together almost their entire lives.

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  21. Landshark Music Series: Muzzizi

    July 13, 2017, 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM @ Coco Bolos

    Live music by regional acts from Bolos patio with reduced-price beer specials. Local reggae group Muzzizi is Manhattan favorite.

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  22. Landshark Music Series: Santiago Brothers

    August 3, 2017, 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM @ Coco Bolos

    Live music by regional acts from Bolos patio with reduced-price beer specials.

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  23. Flint Hills Shakespeare Festival 2017

    September 8, 2017, 5:00 PM - September 10, 2017, 11:00 PM @ Saint Mary's College

    Festival consists of sprawling "village" and outdoor performance of one of the Bard's plays. Browse 50 vendor booths before the play begins; bring your own chair or picnic blanket (also rented in seating area) and enjoy some of the greatest theatrical works performed by all-volunteer cast and crew. Tickets may be purchased online or at gate.

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  24. Flint Hills Shakespeare Festival 2017

    September 15, 2017, 5:00 PM - September 17, 2017, 11:00 PM @ Saint Mary's College

    Festival consists of sprawling "village" and outdoor performance of one of the Bard's plays. Browse 50 vendor booths before the play begins; bring your own chair or picnic blanket (also rented in seating area) and enjoy some of the greatest theatrical works performed by all-volunteer cast and crew. Tickets may be purchased online or at gate.

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Special Events

  1. Design Zone/Brain Teasers Exhibit Opening

    May 27, 2017, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM @ Flint Hills Discovery Center

    Design Zone takes visitors behind the scenes to see how video game developers, music producers, roller-coaster designers and other creative problem solvers use math and science to accomplish amazing things.

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  2. Bayou GatorCraw Fest 2017

    May 27, 2017, 10:30 AM - 8:00 PM @ CiCo Park

    Great Cajun-Creole culture convenes on CiCo Park. Live crawfish boil, alligator-on-stick, gourmet chef demos, Zydeco-gospel-country music, kids zone with inflatable bounce, magic show, storytelling, arts/crafts, games, local vendors and more. Gator man Gabe Giffon and his alligator friends provide information on gator life and Louisiana endangered species. An adventure, you don't want to miss!

    Portion of ticket sales and event proceeds donated to Salvation Army and The Temple of Peace Church. Three stages for consistent family entertainment: Bayou, Bourbon Street and Lagniappe Stage performances.

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  3. Acoustics in the Amphitheater

    June 1, 2017, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM @ Liquid Art Winery and Estate

    Live summer music series as Mountain Deer Revival plays in outdoor Oak Grove Amphitheater nestled in Liquid Art and Estate Vineyard. Wine/hard cider available for purchase. Tasty Traveler food truck onsite. Bench seating provided (lawn chairs/blankets encouraged).

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  4. Harry's Somm Series: Que Syrah, Syrah!

    June 1, 2017, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM @ Harry's Restaurant

    Cristina expertly instructs how to blind taste Syrah and its Australian twin cousin, Shiraz. Two wines and how they are both the same, yet different. There's more to the story than just names.

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  5. Friends of K-State Gardens Annual Garden Party

    June 2, 2017, 6:30 PM @ Kansas State University Gardens

    Cocktails and heavy hors d'oeuvres at annual K-State Gardens fundraiser, features music from '50s, '60s, '70s and '80s as attendees are invited to wear vintage attire. Silent auction; valet parking provided.

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  6. Wine in the Wild

    June 3, 2017, 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM @ Sunset Zoo

    An evening to benefit Sunset Zoo, as patrons get to stroll zoo trails and sample varieties of wines and heavy hors d'oeuvres. Enjoy live music and even the zoo's usual residents. This popular community fundraiser is hosted by the Friends of Sunset Zoo.

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  7. Celebrating 10 Years at the K-State Challenge Course

    June 4, 2017, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM @ K-State Challenge Course
    One block north Claflin Road intersection with N. Manhattan Ave.

    K-State Challenge Course turns 10 this summer with open house celebration event. Come and go, participate in any high/low course elements (free). Prize drawing to win free group outing (up to 10 people). Cake/ice cream and Willie Wildcat! 17-and-under need parent/legal guardian-signed release form.

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  8. Taste of Downtown

    June 6, 2017, 4:30 PM - 8:00 PM @ Downtown Manhattan

    Fourth annual Taste of Downtown event, Manhattan's community culinary experience that focuses on downtown dining. Offerings from 10 restaurants, one price; spend evening to sample all the best that downtown has to offer. Sponsored by Little Apple Optimist Club and Downtown Manhattan Inc.

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  9. Paint & Sip: Summer Lilacs

    June 6, 2017, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM @ Iron Clad Manhattan

    Create artwork in comfortable environment. Neal Wollenberg leads group to paint "Summer Lilacs," with goofy-yet-entertaining art history anecdotes. Leave with knowledge of art techniques, original painting and having had a great time. Bring your beverage of choice and any appetizers.

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  10. Kandango

    June 8, 2017 - June 11, 2017, All Day @ Blue Earth Plaza

    The Little Apple hosts the fifth Kandango K2r for an all new, four-day, hub-and-spoke ride in the scenic Flint Hills.

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  11. Acoustics in the Amphitheater

    June 8, 2017, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM @ Liquid Art Winery and Estate

    Live summer music series as Tim Strathman Band plays in outdoor Oak Grove Amphitheater nestled in Liquid Art and Estate Vineyard. Wine/hard cider available for purchase; Tasty Traveler food truck onsite. Bench seating provided (lawn chairs/blankets encouraged).

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  12. Taste of the 'Ville

    June 10, 2017, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM @ Aggieville

    Roam the streets of Manhattan's nighttime entertainment district and enjoy tasty morsels from Aggie eateries. Purchase tickets at Sheer Dynamics Salon and Spa, 1125 Laramie Street. The 'Ville!

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  13. Symphony in the Flint Hills

    June 10, 2017, 6:45 PM - 9:00 PM @ Deer Horn Ranch (Geary County)

    2017 Signature Event theme “Chisholm Trail” celebrates 150th anniversary of famous trail that brought cattle from Texas to Kansas in years following Civil War. As in years past, Kansas City Symphony will perform sunset concert. Limited number of Patron Packages available to financially support the organization and have premium concert vantage point.

    Wide ranging sponsorship opportunities also available (620-273-8955). Tickets for 2017 Symphony available now.

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  14. 29th annual Manhattan Area Garden Tour

    June 11, 2017, 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM @ K-State Gardens

    Visit six residential gardens as well as the Gardens at Kansas State University. Tickets may be purchased from Riley County Extension office or local garden center for 29th annual Garden Tour.

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  15. Wine Dinner features Andre Hueston Mack

    June 13, 2017, 6:30 PM - 10:00 PM @ Bourbon & Baker

    Wine collaboration dinner; B&B culinary team headed by Cadell Bynum, Zach Filbert and Kirsten Spear, team with Andre Hueston Mack of Mouton Noir Wines (Oregon). Wine dinner like none other in Manhattan! Family-style, B&B creations paired with Mouton Noir wines ... fun, relaxed approach to wine dinner.

    Mack started Mouton Noir wines in 2007 after he'd built successful career as one of country's top Sommeliers; regularly featured in publications such as Food and Wine, New York Times and The Wall Street Journal to name a few.

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  16. David Blaine LIVE!

    June 13, 2017, 8:00 PM @ McCain Auditorium

    Magician, illusionist, and stunt artist David Blaine brings his first-ever North American tour to McCain Auditorium!

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  17. National Festival of Breads

    June 17, 2017, 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM @ Manhattan Conference Center

    National amateur baking contest emphasizes role bread plays in healthy and active lifestyle. Kansas Wheat, King Arthur Flour and Red Star Yeast (Home Baking Association and other contributors) recognize wheat farmers, millers and ingredient companies; NFOB honors amateur bakers during traditional wheat harvests.

    Barbecue demonstrations and music concerts at Blue Earth Plaza lawn, just outside conference center.

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  18. 28th annual Juneteenth Celebration

    June 17, 2017, 10:00 AM - 9:00 PM @ Manhattan City Park

    Annual celebration includes new activities and events to appeal to families, all ages and walks of life. This event commemorates the end of slavery in 1865. This marks the second Juneteenth Community Unity Walk to celebrate the life of former committee Chair Donnie Slater.

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  19. Feast of the Fields: Farm to Fork Experience

    June 17, 2017, 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM @ River Creek Farms

    Feast of the Fields highlights farm fresh foods in the natural setting of a cornfield. This event offers cuisine prepared by accomplished chefs Kelly Loub and Russ Loub from Little Apple Brewery to be served in the middle of a growing cornfield.

    Feast of the Fields promises great food, fantastic camaraderie, wonderful wine and nature at its ripest. Proceeds from Feast of the Fields are reinvested into educational agritourism programs and to assist local culinary students.

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  20. Kicker Country Stampede

    June 22, 2017, 2:00 PM - June 24, 2017, 11:00 PM @ Tuttle Creek State Park

    22nd Country Stampede has another tremendous lineup headlined by Chris Stapleton, Alan Jackson, Thomas Rhett and Old Dominion. Performers include Big & Rich, Brothers Osborne, Maddie and Tae and more. Tuttle Creek State Park in Manhattan plays host to the biggest 3-day music festival in the Midwest. One hundred-thousand attendance; non-stop entertainment.

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  21. Acoustics in the Amphitheater

    June 29, 2017, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM @ Liquid Art Winery and Estate

    Live summer music series as Brian Nelson plays in outdoor Oak Grove Amphitheater nestled in Liquid Art and Estate Vineyard. Wine/hard cider available for purchase; Tasty Traveler food truck onsite. Bench seating provided (lawn chairs/blankets encouraged).

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  22. Paint & Sip: Rustic Flag

    June 29, 2017, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM @ Iron Clad Manhattan

    Evening to paint and drink your favorite beverage and create artwork in comfortable environment. Neal Wollenberg leads the group to paint "Rustic Flag," with goofy-yet-entertaining art history anecdotes. Leave with knowledge of art techniques, original painting and having had a great time. Bring your beverage of choice and any appetizers.

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  23. Harry's Somm Series: Wines of Portugal

    June 29, 2017, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM @ Harry's Restaurant

    Native Portuguese grape varieties are unique, and Harry's experts explain the often confusing terminology (Port dessert wines).

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  24. Acoustics in the Amphitheater

    July 13, 2017, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM @ Liquid Art Winery and Estate

    Live summer music series as The Wildwoods play in outdoor Oak Grove Amphitheater nestled in Liquid Art and Estate Vineyard. Wine/hard cider available for purchase; Tasty Traveler food truck onsite. Bench seating provided (lawn chairs/blankets encouraged).

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  25. Acoustics in the Amphitheater

    July 20, 2017, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM @ Liquid Art Winery and Estate

    Live summer music series as Red State Blues Band plays in outdoor Oak Grove Amphitheater nestled in Liquid Art and Estate Vineyard. Wine/hard cider available for purchase; Tasty Traveler food truck onsite. Bench seating provided (lawn chairs/blankets encouraged).

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  26. Paint & Sip: Evening Vino

    July 25, 2017, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM @ Iron Clad Manhattan

    Evening to paint and sip favorite beverage as you create artwork in comfortable environment. Neal Wollenberg leads group to paint "Evening Vino," with goofy-yet-entertaining art history anecdotes. You leave with knowledge of art techniques, original painting and having had a great time. Bring your beverage of choice and any appetizers.

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  27. Kaw Valley Rodeo

    July 27, 2017, 8:00 PM - July 29, 2017 @ Wells Arena, Riley County Fairgrounds

    Barrel riding, bull riding, calf roping and whole slew of events at Riley County Fairgrounds.

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  28. National Day of the Cowboy

    July 29, 2017, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM @ Flint Hills Discovery Center

    Thirteenth annual observance to celebrate 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.

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  29. Manhattan Area Rail Joiners Model Train Show

    August 19, 2017 - August 20, 2017, All Day @ Manhattan Town Center

    Large display of small trains fills Center Court of the mall for this wonderful, visually stimulating display! A big hit with the kids!

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  30. Victory Fest

    August 19, 2017, 10:00 AM @ Marshall Army Air Field

    Day-long music celebration honors First Infantry Division’s 100th anniversary. Full-day schedule features four nationally-known bands: Lit, The Charlie Daniels Band, The All-American Rejects and Eli Young Band.

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  31. Purple Power Play

    August 31, 2017, 6:00 PM - September 1, 2017, 9:00 PM @ City Park

    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.

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  32. Family Day at Flint Hills Discovery Center

    September 10, 2017, 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM @ Flint Hills Discovery Center

    Family day fun when you gather at the Flint Hills Discovery Center for day-long events.

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  33. Aggiefest 2017 Music & Art Festival

    September 21, 2017, 5:00 PM - September 24, 2017, 8:00 PM @ Aggieville

    Aggiefest celebrates live art and music in Manhattan; local, national and international musicians.

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  34. Flint Hills Praise Fest 2017

    September 23, 2017, 11:00 AM - 9:00 PM @ Manhattan City Park

    Largest Christian music festival in north-central Kansas with 10-12 music acts.

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  35. K-State Family Day

    October 14, 2017, All Day @ K-State campus

    Make plans to attend 89th annual K-State Family Day, a very special campus tradition. 2017 marks 89 years to welcome families for activities designed around family, togetherness and pride ... history, tradition and special connection between K-State, students and families. Plus, the Wildcats take on Texas Christian at Bill Snyder Family Stadium.

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  36. Festival of Lights celebration: Lighting Ceremony

    November 24, 2017, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM @ Blue Earth Plaza

    Celebrate the season in Manhattan, as the lighting ceremony brings to life the Blue Earth Plaza park area and Downtown Manhattan in festival lighting, with an appearance by the man himself, Santa Claus!

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  37. Little Apple New Year's Eve

    December 31, 2017, 9:00 PM - January 1, 2018, 1:00 AM @ Aggieville

    Ring in the New Year in grand style, as Aggieville cuts loose in celebration along Moro Street in Manhattan. Thousands turn out to watch the Apple drop atop Rally House, as it'll be the best place to be to start 2018!

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