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Cultural Events, Productions, Concerts

  1. McCain Performance Series: Dirty Dancing

    October 22, 2017, 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM @ McCain Auditorium

    Classic story on stage an unprecedented live experience with sensational dancing. Seen by millions and features hit song after hit song. Don't miss your chance to see record-breaking live theater sensation. You'll have the time of your life! Not recommended for children under 13.

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  2. Dark Progressivism, film screening presented by Rodrigo Ribera d’Ebre

    October 26, 2017, 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM @ 101 Thompson Hall

    Dark Progressivism takes riveting inside look at Los Angeles graffiti and tattoo art from the 1980s to the present. Film addresses the influence of street gangs on these arts and introduces some of the artists who work in this medium. Discuss the film with the writer and director!

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  3. Liquid Art Fall Series live music: Ricky Fugitt

    October 26, 2017, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM @ Liquid Art Winery & Estate

    Live entertainment at Manhattan's own winery in the beautiful Flint Hills. Singer-songwriter Ricky Fugitt featured at the vineyards. Sample fare from Mr. K's food truck.

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  4. My Father's Dragon, Presented by Enchantment Theatre Company

    October 26, 2017, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM @ McCain Auditorium

    Newberry Honor-winning classic about a daring dragon rescue! Talking animals, flying dragon, buried treasure and lots of humor; fabulous adventure brought to stage in Enchantment Theatre's distinctive style by using puppets, masks, inventive scenic effects and original music.

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  5. The Effect by Lucy Prebble

    October 26, 2017, 7:30 PM - October 29, 2017, 9:00 PM @ Purple Masque Theatre

    To the frustration of clinicians, young drug trial participants succumb to mutual attraction. Comedy explores questions of sanity, neurology and limits of medicine, conjoined with fate, loyalty and inevitability of physical attraction.

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  6. Plastique in concert

    October 26, 2017, 9:00 PM - 11:00 PM @ Auntie Mae's Parlor

    Plastique has reunited for various shows around Manhattan, and this show rocks the Aggieville underground at Auntie Mae's Parlor.

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  7. BirdHouse Music Series: James Hill and Anne Janelle

    October 27, 2017, 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM @ Manhattan Arts Center

    A night out with James Hill and Anne Janelle is the perfect evening of tunes, stories and musical virtuosity (Wellington Dominion-Post). Canadian Folk Music Award-winning ukulele/cello duo.

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  8. Zane Williams in concert

    October 27, 2017, 9:00 PM - 11:00 PM @ RC McGraw's

    Williams has landed four No. 1 songs on Texas radio charts, as he plays music with plain-spoken lyrics and down-home honesty.

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  9. McCain Performance Series: Bumper Jacksons

    October 28, 2017, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM @ Wareham Opera House

    Playfully creative originals and re-imagined roots music. Bumper Jacksons' hard-driving energy initiates a party where everyone's invited to the dance floor.

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  10. Into the Woods by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine

    November 2, 2017, 7:30 PM - November 5, 2017, 9:00 PM @ Nichols Hall

    Every wish is granted, but consequences may return to haunt the beneficiaries. Family–friendly musical sure to delight all audiences.

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  11. The Fab Four: Ultimate Beatles Tribute

    November 2, 2017, 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM @ McCain Auditorium

    For the best Beatles tribute ever, don't miss The Fab Four: The Ultimate Tribute. Emmy Award-winning Fab Four elevates far above other Beatles Tributes. Uncanny, note-for-note live renditions of Beatles' classics: "Can't Buy Me Love," "Yesterday," "A Day In The Life," "Twist And Shout," "Here Comes The Sun" and "Hey Jude". The Fab Four is truly the ultimate tribute.

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  12. Into the Woods by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine

    November 9, 2017, 7:30 PM - November 12, 2017, 9:00 PM @ Nichols Hall

    Every wish is granted, but consequences may return to haunt the beneficiaries. Family–friendly musical sure to delight all audiences.

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  13. McCain Performance Series: One Man Star Wars Trilogy

    November 10, 2017, 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM @ Wareham Opera House

    Mind-bending whirlwind show that retells the classic trilogy in 60 minutes. No costumes, no props, no sets; all the characters, the music, the ships and the battles. Written and performed by Charles Ross.

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  14. Decades Rewind at McCain

    November 12, 2017, 7:00 PM - 9:15 PM @ McCain Auditorium

    National touring concert, dance party and theatrical performance all wrapped up in one blockbuster show! Celebrate hits of the '60s, '70s and '80s, the most prominent decades in music history. Disco, funk, rock and Motown all take center stage in brand new theatrical concert; features 60-plus songs, 100 costume changes and nostalgic video. From Aretha to Zeppelin, Decades Rewind will have fans singing and dancing in the aisles. This IS the story of your life!

    Show your children your life at their age; kids free with each adult ticket purchase (through box office).

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  15. BirdHouse Music Series: A.J. Croce

    November 17, 2017, 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM @ Manhattan Arts Center

    Jazz influenced, blues-based singer-songwriter A.J. Croce has traveled a circuitous musical road to his evolution into a pop music iconoclast.

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  16. WinterDance '17

    November 30, 2017, 7:30 PM - December 2, 2017, 9:00 PM @ Nichols Hall

    Holiday showcase of exciting dance styles: jazz, tap, modern, ballet and African dance. Talented K-State students perform original pieces choreographed by faculty.

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  17. The 39 Steps at MAC

    December 1, 2017, 7:30 PM - December 3, 2017, 9:30 PM @ Manhattan Arts Center

    Fast-paced whodunit for anyone who loves the magic of theater! Two-time Tony Award-winner packed with nonstop laughs.

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  18. Martina McBride: The Joy of Christmas

    December 2, 2017, 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM @ McCain Auditorium

    Martina McBride has been a household name in the country music industry for 15 years, and she's earned more than 15 major music awards including four-time Female Vocalist of the Year from the Country Music Association. Packages and Meet and Greet Experiences also available for McBride's Christmas concert.

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  19. McCain Performance Series: A Charlie Brown Christmas

    December 6, 2017, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM @ McCain Auditorium

    Classic animated TV special comes to life in faithful stage adaptation that features your favorite characters Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus and the rest of the Peanuts gang as they uncover the true meaning of Christmas.

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  20. The 39 Steps at MAC

    December 8, 2017, 7:30 PM - December 10, 2017, 9:30 PM @ Manhattan Arts Center

    Fast-paced whodunit for anyone who loves the magic of theater! Two-time Tony Award-winner packed with nonstop laughs.

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  21. McCain Performance Series: Diane Reeves

    December 12, 2017, 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM @ McCain Auditorium

    Christmas Time is here with the preeminent jazz vocalist in the world. Grammy Award-winning Dianne Reeves rings in the holiday season with music from her celebrated album.

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  22. McCain Performance Series: Flint Hills Children's Choir

    December 17, 2017, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM @ McCain Auditorium

    Holiday music experienced through dance, strings and song. Special holiday concert features 100 locally-talented students; guest appearances by Gold Orchestra and Washington Dance Studio. Flint Hills Children's Choir offers an outstanding program of vocal training and music education.

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  23. McCain Performance Series: Mannheim Steamroller Christmas

    December 21, 2017, 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM @ McCain Auditorium

    America's favorite holiday tradition for 30 years! Mannheim's holiday CDs have become synonymous with Christmas, and continue to occupy top spots on Billboard's seasonal charts every year! Manneheim in Manhattan!

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  24. BirdHouse Music Series: Socks in the Frying Pan

    January 12, 2018, 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM @ Manhattan Arts Center

    One of the most sought after groups in Irish music today; multi-award winning trio from west coast of Ireland. Dynamic vocal harmonies and virtuosic musical ability.

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  25. Flatland Cavalry

    January 13, 2018, 8:30 PM - 11:00 PM @ The Hat

    Blend of country-folk-Americana, from Lubbock, Texas. New album is titled "Humble Folks".

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  26. McCain Performance Series: Cabaret

    January 16, 2018, 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM @ McCain Auditorium

    Hear some of the most memorable songs in theater history, including "Cabaret," "Willkommen" and "Maybe This Time." Leave your troubles outside; life is beautiful at Cabaret. Based on Roundabout Theater Company's Tony Award-winning production.

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  27. Swan Lake Russian National Ballet Theatre at McCain

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

    Tchaikovsky's enchanting Swan Lake, the full-length story ballet with performance by Moscow Festival Ballet and choreography by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov. Must-see opulent ballet tells familiar tale of an evil sorcerer who stands in the way of true love.

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  28. BirdHouse Music Series: Wayne Goins & the Jazz All-Stars

    January 27, 2018, 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM @ Manhattan Arts Center

    Talented group of musicians assembled by Wayne Goins for evening of jazz. Featured: Wayne Goins, guitar; Charles Williams, piano; Steve Rigazzi, bass; Robert Rodriguez, drums and Tod Kerstetter, clarinet.

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  29. Orpheus Chamber Orchestra w/ Tine Thing Helseth at McCain

    January 31, 2018, 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM @ McCain Auditorium

    Norwegian trumpeter Tine Thing Helseth, one of the foremost trumpet soloists of our time, joins one of the world's foremost chamber orchestras for a special January performance.

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  30. Not Without Laughter by Syl Jones

    February 1, 2018, 7:30 PM - February 3, 2018, 9:00 PM @ Purple Masque Theatre

    Poignant story of an African-American boy coming of age amid harsh, painful realities of life in segregated America. Story weaves magical qualities of humanity: pain, love and laughter.

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  31. McCain Performance Series: The Temptations

    February 2, 2018, 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM @ McCain Auditorium

    The Temptations have done more than endure, as the group's success has continued on and on and on. The history of The Temptations is the history of contemporary American pop, as an essential component of the original Motown machine. The current lineup is Otis Williams, Ron Tyson, Terry Weeks, Larry Braggs and Willie Greene Jr.

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  32. Not Without Laughter by Syl Jones

    February 8, 2018, 7:30 PM - February 11, 2018, 9:00 PM @ Nichols Hall

    Poignant story of an African-American boy coming of age amid harsh, painful realities of life in segregated America. Story weaves magical qualities of humanity: pain, love and laughter.

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  33. McCain Performance Series: Jersey Boys

    February 11, 2018, 7:30 PM - February 12, 2018, 9:30 PM @ McCain Auditorium

    2006 Tony, Grammy and Olivier award-winning Best Musical about Rock and Roll Hall of Fame members The Four Seasons: Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito and Nick Massi. True story of how four blue-collar kids became one of the greatest successes in pop music history. They wrote their own songs, invented their own sounds and sold 175 million records worldwide. Recommended for ages 12-plus.

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  34. McCain Performance Series: Berlin Philharmonic Piano Quartet

    February 22, 2018, 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM @ McCain Auditorium

    One of the few existing ensembles of the piano instrumentation, Berlin Philharmonic Piano Quartet has existed as a Berlin Philharmonic chamber music ensemble since 1985. Outstanding ensemble committed to represent the standard repertoire of classical, romantic and modern pieces, and to find undiscovered masterpieces.

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  35. An American in Beirut by Alex Wakim and Jonah Ericson

    February 23, 2018, 7:30 PM - February 24, 2018, 9:00 PM @ Purple Masque Theatre

    Light-hearted musical comedy as Jack falls in love with Anna, which reconnects him to their shared Lebanese culture.

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  36. McCain Performance Series: Rodgers and Hammerstein's Sound of Music

    February 25, 2018, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM @ McCain Auditorium

    Brand new production of The Sound of Music comes to McCain in February 2018. Spirited, romantic and beloved musical story of Maria and the von Trapp Family will once again thrill audiences. 2015 marked the 50th anniversary of the film version, which continues to be the most successful movie musical in history.

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  37. McCain Performance Series: Hamlet by William Shakespeare

    March 1, 2018, 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM @ McCain Auditorium

    Arguably William Shakespeare's greatest play, Hamlet has enthralled audiences for 400 years. Written by Shakespeare in 1602, Hamlet is one of the most complete portrayals of the human psyche that exists in Western literature. A compelling tale of familial discord, personal ambition, love and revenge. Four centuries after its premiere, "Hamlet" continues as one of the classics of the world stage.

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  38. McCain Performance Series: Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

    March 2, 2018, 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM @ McCain Auditorium

    The unexpected death of their father forces two sisters to leave their comfortable lives, and the only hope is a profitable marriage. Seduction, courtship, love, heartbreak and surprise abound in this classic romantic comedy. Aquila Theatre expands the canon of classical works for the stage, as it adapts Jane Austen's novel in a bold, exciting new production.

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  39. McCain Performance Series: Kinky Boots

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

    Best Musical 2013 Tony Award winner as the McCain Performance Series continues with the third of five March shows.

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  40. Speed Dating Tonight! A Comic Musical/Opera by Michael Ching

    March 8, 2018, 7:30 PM - March 11, 2018, 9:30 PM @ Nichols Hall

    Fifty lonely-hearted speed-daters hope to find a sufficient, significant other. While not everyone will find a partner, the process is sure to provide audiences humor galore.

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  41. McCain Performance Series: Los Angeles Guitar Quartet

    March 10, 2018, 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM @ McCain Auditorium

    Grammy-winning guitar quartet world-renowned for stunning precision, rich palette of tone-colors and joyous music-making.

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  42. McCain Performance Series: Riverdance

    March 13, 2018, 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM @ McCain Auditorium

    Irish dance phenomenon back by popular demand with 20th Anniversary World Tour. Drawing on Irish traditions, the combined talents of the performers propel Irish dancing and music into present day format.

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  43. BirdHouse Music Series: The Railsplitters

    March 31, 2018, 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM @ Manhattan Arts Center

    Rooted in traditional bluegrass, the lush harmonies and instrumental virtuosity of the Railsplitters push the boundaries of old-time music with non-conformist songwriting. Musical influences range from samba to hip-hop, merged with traditional Appalachian music. The Railsplitters make their homes in Boulder, Col.

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  44. McCain Performance Series: Tao Drum Heart

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

    Internationally acclaimed percussion artists with modern, high-energy performances to showcase the ancient art of Japanese drumming and transfix worldwide audiences.

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  45. McCain Performance Series: Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella

    April 20, 2018, 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM @ McCain Auditorium

    Lush production features incredible orchestra, jaw-dropping transformations and beloved moments, i.e., pumpkin, glass slipper, masked ball and more; plus surprising new twists! Be transported back to childhood and rediscover Rodgers + Hammerstein's most beloved songs from Tony-winning Broadway musical.

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  46. 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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  47. 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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  48. 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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  49. 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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  50. Kicker Country Stampede

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

    Alabama makes just its 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 the 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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Special Events

  1. Wine tasting: The Other Side of California

    October 24, 2017, 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM @ Arrow Coffee Company

    Taste some of the lesser known California wines, selected and led by Certified Sommelier Keith Spreckels.

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  2. Manhattan Town Center turns 30!

    October 26, 2017, 10:00 AM - 9:00 PM @ Manhattan Town Center

    Show receipts of $150 in mall purchases made on Oct. 26 and receive $30 mall gift card! Register receipts to the mall management office (10 a.m. to 9 p.m.) and redeem gift card. Follow signs behind Ulta Beauty.

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  3. Habitat for Humanity Hoedown

    October 27, 2017, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM @ Lazy T Ranch

    Annual fundraiser hosted by Manhattan Area Habitat for Humanity. Live music by Jaron Bell Band; delicious dinner with drinks courtesy of Arrow Coffee Company. Entertainment by K-State’s Swinging Spurs. Funds raised support MAHFH projects. Event sponsors: Eagle Communications, Arrow Coffee, Lazy T Ranch, Famous Dave's BBQ.

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  4. Tallgrass Tour Bus: Eisenhower Library, Museum and Boyhood Home

    October 28, 2017, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM @ Flint Hills Discovery Center (tour origin)

    Salute WWII Supreme Allied Commander, 34th President of the U.S. Dwight D. Eisenhower on special Tallgrass Tour Bus. Your visit to the Eisenhower Presidential Library, Museum and Boyhood Home in historic Abilene includes special guided tour of Ike's boyhood home and extensive museum galleries.

    Roam the grounds and see Eisenhower's statue, and visit Ike's final resting place at the Place of Meditation. Conclude the day with exclusive, behind-the-scenes look at historic artifacts and objects from Eisenhower's WWII service and role of oversight for the 1st Infantry Division. Round trip travel, tour and lunch fees included within cost. Tour departs Flint Hills Discovery Center.

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  5. SPOOKtacular at Sunset Zoo

    October 28, 2017, 12:00 PM - October 29, 2017, 4:30 PM @ Sunset Zoo

    Have your costume ready in advance of Halloween and trick-or-treat among the animals. Visit five candy trails sponsored by local businesses and non-profit organizations. Family-friendly activities throughout the zoo: costume contest, live animal encounters and pumpkin palooza inside Nature Exploration Center await each SPOOKtacular guest! Friends of the zoo members receive $1 discount for each child admission.

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  6. Little Apple Halloween Bash

    October 28, 2017, 8:00 PM - October 29, 2017, 12:00 AM @ Houston Street Ballroom

    Hottest Halloween amusement in Manhattan with plenty of fun for creepy creatures in the Little Apple. Entertainment includes DJ, costume contest and raffle; lights, fog and amazing decor to set the mood ... costumes? a no-brainer! Proceeds benefit Secret Blessings local community outreach program. Hors d'oeuvres and non-alcoholic drinks included in price. Must be 18.

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  7. Night of the Dead Halloween Party

    October 31, 2017, 7:00 PM - 11:30 PM @ The Wareham Opera House

    Party downtown on Halloween with the Grateful Dead Experience: The Schwag! Costumes encouraged, not required (but how else to win costume prizes?). The Schwag is a band of musicians influenced by the Grateful Dead, and dedicated to carry on the Dead's vibe and music. The Schwag performs a different show every night ... high energy, organic interpretations of the Grateful Dead music!

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  8. Harry's Somm Series: Let's Celebrate Sherry!

    November 2, 2017, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM @ Harry's Restaurant

    Help Harry's jump the gun on International Sherry Week (Nov. 6-12); fortified wine made primarily with Palomino grapes. Discover the Sherry region, explore Sherry styles, learn how to pair Sherry with food and enjoy wines with 3,000 years of history.

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  9. SNW Presents 2017 opening reception

    November 3, 2017, 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM @ SNW Gallery

    SNW represents the region's finest artists, and presents exciting new pieces from more than 20 artists. Have a glimpse at the new artwork on display at the opening reception.

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  10. Hale of a Time: Celebrate the Birthdays of Hale and Farrell libraries

    November 3, 2017, 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM @ Hale Library

    Celebrate two exciting anniversaries: Farrell Library turns 90 years old and Hale Library turns 20. Friends of K-State Libraries mark the occasions with a new event. This dynamic party will honor libraries past, present and future. Your support of K-State Libraries is deeply appreciated.

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  11. MHK Chili Cook-off

    November 4, 2017, 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM @ Blue Earth Plaza

    Chili cook-off raises money for countless non-profits in our area, with prizes granted to non-profits of the winner's choice. Live entertainment with food from Hy-Vee, beer garden and the K-State football game (at Texas Tech) if times coincide. Children's activities include inflatables, RCPD and RCFD/EMS, Fort Riley games. Chili Day 3K/fun run morning of the event.

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  12. Canteen & Cocktails: A Night in the 1940s

    November 4, 2017, 7:30 PM - 10:30 PM @ Flint Hills Discovery Center

    Dance the night away to live jazz music from Wakim Jazz Quartet and the greatest hits from the Big Band era. Beginner dance instruction (jitterbug/Charleston). Special dessert tasting feature custom desserts to highlight 1st Infantry Division’s path through Europe. Period cocktails and 1940s German-style custom brew. Fee includes dessert bar, two drink tickets with full access to Discovery Center exhibits.

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  13. Our Veterans, Our Heroes: An Evening with Allen West

    November 10, 2017, 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM @ College of Business Administration

    Veterans Day celebrations are big-time in Manhattan, and big observations of the 80th observance and 100th anniversary of Armistice Day from World War I merit big events. In Manhattan at Kansas State University, the College of Business Administration and Polly Ogden Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution welcome Lt. Col. (Ret.) Allen West, now executive director for National Center for Policy Analysis in Dallas.

    West will be joined by Kansas State President Richard Myers, and Jed Dunham, hosted by K-State Military and Veterans Affairs.

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  14. Festival of Trees Gala

    November 17, 2017, 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM @ Houston Street Ballroom

    Enjoy a night of fellowship, exceptional food and holiday cheer. Transform your home or business with one (or two) of our designer holiday trees and seasonal decor. Live and silent auction by Crossroads Realty & Auction. Many beautiful trees, wreaths, mantel designs and more! Upscale hor d’oeuvres stations and hosted bar. Ticket purchases online and Hy-Vee (601 Third Place). Kicks off the holiday season in style!

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  15. 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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  16. Beer tasting: Sours

    November 28, 2017, 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM @ Arrow Coffee Company

    What's new in the world of sour beers? Exciting, limited edition offerings from Standard Beverage Co.

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  17. Mayor’s Spirit of the Holidays Lighted Parade

    December 1, 2017, 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM @ Manhattan City Park

    16th Annual Mayor’s Spirit of the Holidays Lighted Parade begins downtown with route down Poyntz Avenue to 11th Street, then Agggiville via Moro Street, and finally City Park. At Triangle Park in Aggieville, Mayor Linda Morris will make award presentations and light the mayor’s holiday tree. All awards determined by panel chosen by the mayor.

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  18. Festival of Lights: Ice Sculpting

    December 2, 2017, 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM @ Blue Earth Plaza

    Enjoy free popcorn, cookies, hot cocoa and take a ride on virtual reality Santa Sleigh ride, with train and trolley rides. When sculptors are finished and judging begins, St. Mary’s Academy Choir will sing and continue the spirit of Christmas in Blue Earth Plaza. Celebrate the season in Manhattan!

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  19. Brandy Tasting

    December 5, 2017, 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM @ Arrow Coffee Company

    Just in time for the holidays, sample a variety of Brandy to pair with cold weather and sip by the fire!

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  20. Harry's Somm Series: Pinot Noir from Around the Globe

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

    Crash course in Pinot Noir! Delicious Pinot from around the world: Chile, France, New Zealand and good ol' USA. Discussing factors that make each wine from these regions so unique. Several tips on buying, drinking and pairing Pinot Noir.

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  21. Festival of Lights: Family Christmas Carnival

    December 9, 2017, 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM @ Blue Earth Plaza

    Come out in droves for Family Christmas Carnival with free horse-drawn carriage rides and Whoville Express train. Skid along rooftops with Santa on special virtual reality sleigh rides sponsored by Briggs Auto. Free hot chocolate, cookies, popcorn, face painting and more. Celebrate the season at Festival of Lights celebration in Manhattan.

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  22. Murder Mystery Dinner: Most Wonderful Crime of the Year

    December 16, 2017, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM @ Wareham Opera House

    Humbug hovers over the holiday; unravel the mystery of whodunnit. Find your most festive holiday clothes to make this event a colorful spectacle! Ugly sweaters, in-law gift garbs, garish color clashes ... all the rage at this event.

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  23. Welcome the New Year at MAC

    December 31, 2017, 8:00 PM - January 1, 2018, 1:00 AM @ Manhattan Arts Center

    Ring in the New Year at MAC with music, refreshments and midnight champagne toast.

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  24. 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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  25. Kansas Birding Festival

    April 27, 2018 - April 28, 2018

    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 America for bird sightings.

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  26. Symphony in the Flint Hills

    June 9, 2018, 6:45 PM - 9:30 PM @ To be determined

    2017 Signature Event was held at Deer Horn Ranch in Geary County. As in years past, Kansas City Symphony will perform sunset concert. 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 2018 Symphony will be available for public sale in March 2018.

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  27. Kicker Country Stampede

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

    Alabama makes just its 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 the 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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