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Cultural Events, Productions, Concerts

  1. Manhattan Municipal Band

    June 27, 2017, 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM @ Larry Norvell Band Shell

    Under the lead of K-State director of bands Frank Tracz, summer concerts held weekly in City Park.

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  2. Rooftop Patio Live Music Series

    June 28, 2017, 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM @ Bluemont Hotel

    Live music in the Bluemont Lounge features Chappie Live with Motown soul and rock favorites on Wine Wednesday ($4 glasses).

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  3. Rooftop Patio Live Music Series

    June 29, 2017, 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM @ Bluemont Hotel

    Live music in the Bluemont Lounge features Robert F. Rodriguez with his rock-jazz combo on Tallgrass Thursday ($1 discount Tallgrass cans).

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  4. Headlight Rivals EP Release Party w/ The Goodbye Sort

    June 29, 2017, 9:00 PM - 11:00 PM @ Auntie Mae's Parlor

    Local three-piece punk rock band with Cheap Trick influenced style of music.

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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. Manhattan Municipal Band

    July 4, 2017, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM @ Larry Norvell Band Shell

    Special July 4 performance by Manhattan Municipal Band. Under the lead of K-State director of bands Frank Tracz, summer concerts held weekly in City Park.

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  8. Off the Green Outdoor Music Series

    July 7, 2017, 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM @ Colbert Hills

    Michael B's Oldies Show features '50s through '70s rock, country and Broadway hits and showcases bluegrass and rock oldies. Off The Green music series features entertainment behind the Colbert Hills clubhouse. Performance moves indoors if inclement weather.

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  9. Arts in the Park concert: Vocal Trash

    July 7, 2017, 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM @ Larry Norvell Band Shell

    Energetic show with green-minded ensemble with relentless pursuit to bring people together by utilizing the language of song and dance. Described as “Glee meets Stomp” and Urban Broadway.

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  10. Manhattan Municipal Band

    July 11, 2017, 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM @ Larry Norvell Band Shell

    Under the lead of K-State director of bands Frank Tracz, summer concerts held weekly in City Park.

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  11. Open Mic Comedy

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

    Open mic night to try your hand at standup comedy.

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  12. Bluemont Lounge Patio Series: The Wildwoods

    July 12, 2017, 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM @ Bluemont Hotel Rooftop Patio

    The Wildwoods bring pioneering sound to Americana Roots Music; nominated by the Omaha Entertainment and Arts Awards as one of the best Americana/Folk bands in the area. Heartwarming lyrics and vocals are rich in love and happiness, wrapped in a style of music like no other with influences from old-time country masters and today’s indie/folk sound. The Wildwoods can't wait to bring their music to you.

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  13. 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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  14. John Dee Graham & The Fighting Cocks

    July 13, 2017, 9:00 PM - 11:00 PM @ Auntie Mae's Parlor

    Guitarist/songwriter and former member of the True Believers with Alejandro Escovedo. Jon Dee Graham is the only musician ever inducted into the Austin Music Hall of Fame three times; most known for solo work, and had songs covered by Patty Smythe, Patty Griffin and James McMurtry.

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  15. Arts in the Park concert: Aloft Circus Arts

    July 14, 2017, 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM @ Larry Norvell Band Shell

    Chicago-based circus company dedicated to telling original stories though world-class circus arts.

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  16. Manhattan Municipal Band

    July 18, 2017, 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM @ Larry Norvell Band Shell

    Under the lead of K-State director of bands Frank Tracz, summer concerts held weekly in City Park.

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  17. Arts in the Park concert: Secret Agent 23 Skidoo

    July 21, 2017, 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM @ Larry Norvell Band Shell

    King of “kid-hop” with family-oriented hip hop rhythms created to please audiences.

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  18. Off the Green Outdoor Music Series

    July 22, 2017, 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM @ Colbert Hills

    Blues, country, hip-hop, pop and rock by Mike Greim acoustic performance. Off The Green music series features entertainment behind the Colbert Hills clubhouse. Performance moves indoors if inclement weather.

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  19. Arts in the Park concert: BritBeat

    July 28, 2017, 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM @ Larry Norvell Band Shell

    Story of the Beatles from the group’s early days to Sgt. Pepper, Abbey Road and ‘Let It Be’ when the six-year sensation of the States' tours drew to a close. BritBeat captures the authentic mannerisms and memorable traits of John, Paul, George and Ringo.

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  20. Landshark Music Series: Santiago Brothers

    August 3, 2017, 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM @ Coco Bolos

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

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  21. Spring Awakening

    August 4, 2017, 7:30 PM - August 6, 2017, 9:30 PM @ Manhattan Arts Center

    Universal angst of group of students growing up in 1890s Germany voiced through contemporary alternative rock concert. Musical based on German play banned for its representation of teenage sexuality when it debuted in 1891. Eight-time Tony Award winner. NOTE: Not recommended for children; contains strong language, sexual situations and mild violence.

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  22. Spring Awakening

    August 10, 2017, 7:30 PM - August 13, 2017, 9:30 PM @ Manhattan Arts Center

    Universal angst of group of students growing up in 1890s Germany voiced through contemporary alternative rock concert. Musical based on German play banned for its representation of teenage sexuality when it debuted in 1891. Eight-time Tony Award winner. NOTE: Not recommended for children; contains strong language, sexual situations and mild violence.

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  23. Dance of a Parrot Head: Jimmy Buffett Tribute Band

    August 26, 2017, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM @ Wareham Opera House

    Kansas Parrot Heads unite at the Wareham for enchanted evening of Boat Drinks, Changes in Latitude, Come Monday, Fins, Pirate Looks at Forty, Son of a Son of a Sailor and hey, Why Don't We Get Drunk ... and perhaps Margaritaville as you tip back Tin Cup Chalice.

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  24. Don Wagner Concert

    August 26, 2017, 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM @ Great Plains Theatre

    Bluegrass, country and folk stylings of Don Wagner tucked away in Great Plains Theatre.

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  25. Off the Green Outdoor Music Series

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

    Tim Strathman band provides the entertainment with country tunes near the links. Off The Green music series features entertainment behind the Colbert Hills clubhouse. Performance moves indoors if inclement weather.

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  26. 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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  27. 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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  28. Hillbilly Hotspot

    September 15, 2017, 7:30 PM - September 17, 2017, 9:30 PM @ Great Plains Theatre

    Spend quality time with lovable hillbillies at "Hillbilly HotSpot" campsite for side-splitting laughter and great music to keep your toes tapping and fingers snapping!

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  29. Ann Zimmerman Concert

    October 7, 2017, 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM @ Great Plains Theatre

    Award-winning native singer/songwriter with roots deep in the American grasslands. Ann Zimmerman sings her native prairie into universal language and works magic from songs of life on the winding and windy plains.

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Special Events

  1. Summer Wine Tasting

    June 27, 2017, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM @ Arrow Coffee Co.

    Joel from Ad Astra selections brings wide variety of his favorite summer wines; suggestions for further enjoyment!

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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. Sundown Salute

    June 30, 2017, 3:00 PM - July 4, 2017, 11:00 PM @ Heritage Park

    Largest free Independence Day festival in the state with crafters, carnival, car show, food vendors, fireworks extravaganza and parade. Music plays a big role in the celebration, as more than 15 bands will play two stages in Heritage Park. Quiet Riot is the feature attraction at 9 p.m. July 1. 1st Infantry Band performance will accompany the fireworks show at 9 p.m. July 4 from the main stage.

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  6. Celebrate Freedom in Wamego

    July 4, 2017, 2:00 PM @ Wamego Recreation Complex

    Biggest and best fireworks show in Kansas staged in Wamego! Events start mid-day with car show, carnival, antique engine, truck and tractor show, ice cream social and live music. Full weekend affair in Wamego.

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  7. Paint & Sip: Lavender Mason Jar Vases

    July 6, 2017, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM @ Iron Clad MHK

    Uncorked Inspiration's Neal Wollenberg leads the group in painting two "Lavender Mason Jar Vases," and provide goofy, entertaining, art history anecdotes. Walk away with knowledge of art techniques, two mason jar vases and having had a great time.

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  8. Rum Tasting

    July 11, 2017, 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM @ Arrow Coffee Co.

    Taste varieties of rum and learn various uses in cocktails; plus history and geography of the rum world!

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  9. 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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  10. Paint & Sip: Flower Bouquet

    July 15, 2017, 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM @ Iron Clad MHK

    Uncorked Inspiration takes the excitement and fun of popular paint and sip phenomenon to whole new level. Fun evening of painting and drinking your favorite beverage with artwork created in a comfortable environment. Neal Wollenberg will lead the group in painting "Flower Bouquet".

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  11. Kansas Territory Beer Tasting

    July 18, 2017, 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM @ Arrow Coffee Co.

    Eight different Kansas Territory varieties on tap; have a beer and sample the blend of small town spirit and state of the art brewing techniques.

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  12. Tequila Tasting

    July 20, 2017, 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM @ Bluemont Hotel

    Bluemont Hotel stages the ultimate tequila tasting event to hit Manhattan, with Espanita the specialty of the evening and Arrogante tequila liqueurs. Have a few high-quality drinks, maybe do some moon walking to celebrate the occasion!

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  13. 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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  14. National Day of the Cowboy

    July 22, 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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  15. 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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  16. Kaw Valley Rodeo

    July 27, 2017, 8:00 PM - July 29, 2017, 11:00 PM @ Wells Arena, Riley County Fairgrounds

    Barrel riding, bull riding, calf roping and whole slew of events at Riley County Fairgrounds. July 27, Eighth Annual Military Family Appreciation Night Picnic sponsored by Briggs Auto.

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  17. Harry's Somm Series: Wines of Austria

    July 31, 2017, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM @ Harry's Restaurant

    Austria has emerged as one of the top countries in the world in terms of wine production standards. Join the celebration, it's the Terminator's birthday ... seriously! Arnold Schwarzenegger turns 69, celebrate in style!

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  18. Harry's Somm Series: US wines, Prohibition to 21st century

    August 10, 2017, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM @ Harry's Restaurant

    Since Prohibition, American wines have expanded tremendously. What has happened since? Join Harry’s team for guidance through iconic wines from past, present and beyond from around the country.

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  19. Manhattan Area Rail Joiners Model Train Show

    August 19, 2017 - August 20, 2017 @ 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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  20. Victory Fest

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

    Day-long music celebration honors 1st 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. Day of great fun to celebrate The Big Red One!

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  21. Murder Mystery Dinner: Murder at the Masquerade

    August 19, 2017, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM @ Wareham Opera House

    With a mystery under each feathery façade, unmasking the killer may be quite a challenge. It’s up to you to determine which party-goer is guilty. Save the party! Fun attire such as evening wear, ball gowns, Venetian masks, suits and tuxes encouraged (not required). Glamorous evening of mystery, intrigue and murder at the Wareham.

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  22. 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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  23. Harry's Somm Series: Get to know Piedmont, Italy

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

    Understand all of the complex, local wines of the notorious Piedmont region! Relaxing evening to learn about one of the world's most important wine growing regions.

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  24. 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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  25. 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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  26. 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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  27. Harry's Somm Series: Chenin Blanc from around the world

    October 5, 2017, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM @ Harry's Restaurant

    Tips to buy, drink and pair Chenin Blanc like a pro. Sample quintessential Chenin Blanc from different parts of the globe (France, South Africa, U.S.); discuss factors that make each wine from these regions so unique. Taste the multiple personalities of Chenin Blanc!

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  28. 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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  29. 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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  30. 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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  31. 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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