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Cultural Events, Productions, Concerts

  1. Road to Stampede Live Concert

    June 20, 2018, 6:00 PM - 8:15 PM @ Cox Bros. BBQ

    Watch Nashville singers/songwriters perform at Cox Bros. BBQ before they're off to Country Stampede!

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  2. 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, Brett Young, Brandon Ray and Cody Johnson are main stage acts.

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  3. Liquid Art Summer Music Series: Red State Blues Band

    June 21, 2018, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM @ Liquid Art Winery and Estate

    Six-member band starts with blues and enjoys multiple influences from rock to jazz. The band finds inspiration in electrified blues with rock flavor. RSBB has played festivals, large venues, weddings and parties, and many club settings. Entertainment hosted outdoors with limited patio seating; lawn chairs and blankets encouraged.

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  4. Arts in the Park concert: Groovement

    June 22, 2018, 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM @ Larry Norvell Band Shell

    Dedicated and excited to bring funk, soul and rock ‘n’ roll to audiences across the land. 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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  5. MidFest at Bluemont Hotel

    June 23, 2018, All Day @ Bluemont Hotel

    Third annual festival showcases musical acts on three stages, dance crews, visual artists and more. MidFest features a broad range of local and regional talent, all in the comfort of Manhattan’s trendiest hotel and event space, Bluemont Hotel in Aggieville. Celebrate diversity in genre, style and artistic approach.

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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. Landshark Music Series: Big Harry & the Back Alley Blues Band

    July 12, 2018, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM @ Coco Bolos

    Join Bolos' crew for loud food and spicy music and watch this hard-hitting five piece blues band with Big Harry Muldrow on sax and vocals. Corner entrance to Aggieville for a Bolo of a good time.

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  9. 2018 Sheldon Edelman One-Act Play Festival

    July 13, 2018, 7:30 PM @ Manhattan Arts Center

    One-Act Play Festival produces weekend of exhilarating theater. From the seasoned actor to the curious newcomer, this is your call! Festival directors: Kim Riley and Naci Pelis; Cody LaCrone, "The Goon" by Pete Malicki; Molli Maberry, "Among Friends & Clutter" by Lindsay Price; Cherrine Scott, "Poor Little Lambs" by Stephen Gregg; Taylor Perez, "Lemonade" by James Prideaux.

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  10. Arts in the Park concert: Me Like Bees

    July 13, 2018, 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM @ Larry Norvell Band Shell

    Indie Rock band hails from the nearby Joplin. Arts in the Park is part of the weekly 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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  11. Arts in the Park concert: Michael Kent

    July 20, 2018, 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM @ Larry Norvell Band Shell

    Michael Kent gives magic a facelift with irreverent comedy and satire. His unique style of performing comedy magic has made him a favorite on 500 college campuses. Kent has been named Entertainer of the Year by Campus Activities Magazine and Magician of the Year by the Association for the Promotion of Campus Activities.

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  12. 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 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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  13. Landshark Music Series: Dr. Goins & the Bolos All-Stars

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

    Join Bolos' crew for loud food and spicy music and watch Manhattan's rollicking blues standard Dr. Wayne Goins and the Bolos All-Stars. Corner entrance to Aggieville for a Bolo of a good time.

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  14. Arts in the Park concert: James Hill and Anne Janelle

    July 27, 2018, 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM @ Larry Norvell Band Shell

    Award-winning, “utterly world-class” singer-songwriter-ukulele-cello duo who first united a decade ago. Arts in the Park is part of the weekly 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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  15. Jekyll & Hyde

    August 3, 2018, 7:30 PM - August 5, 2018, 9:30 PM @ Manhattan Arts Center

    Based on the classic tale by Robert Louis Stevenson, pop-rock musical explores the epic struggle between good and evil. Dr. Jekyll is passionate and romantic, devoted to science. Mr. Hyde is a terrifying madman, an inner demon the world comes to fear. Murder and chaos battle love and virtue in this gothic-themed musical. Contains mild violence. Tickets available now as part of season ticket package.

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  16. Landshark Music Series: The Love Handles

    August 9, 2018, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM @ Coco Bolos

    Join Bolos' crew for loud food and spicy music. Corner entrance to Aggieville for a Bolo of a good time.

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  17. Jekyll & Hyde

    August 10, 2018, 7:30 PM - August 12, 2018, 9:30 PM @ Manhattan Arts Center

    Based on the classic tale by Robert Louis Stevenson, pop-rock musical explores the epic struggle between good and evil. Dr. Jekyll is passionate and romantic, devoted to science. Mr. Hyde is a terrifying madman, an inner demon the world comes to fear. Murder and chaos battle love and virtue in this gothic-themed musical. Contains mild violence. Tickets available now as part of season ticket package.

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  18. Wheeler Walker Jr. The Dragon Energy Tour

    August 10, 2018, 9:00 PM - August 11, 2018, 1:00 AM @ RC McGraw's

    "I’m the only guy doing what I’m doing," Walker told CMT's Lauren Tingle in a recent interview. Walker is the alter-ego of comedian Ben Hoffman, as he combines elements of a comedy act with native country music recordings.

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  19. Landshark Music Series: The Santiago Brothers

    August 23, 2018, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM @ Coco Bolos

    Join Bolos' crew for loud food and spicy music with Santiago Bros' version of blues and roots tunes. Corner entrance to Aggieville for a Bolo of a good time.

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  20. Landshark Music Series: Slow Burn

    September 6, 2018, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM @ Coco Bolos

    Join Bolos' crew for loud food and spicy music. Corner entrance to Aggieville for a Bolo of a good time.

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  21. Reckless Kelly in concert

    September 7, 2018, 9:00 PM - September 8, 2018, 12:00 AM @ RC McGraw's

    Reckless Kelly's string of critically acclaimed albums includes "Under the Table," "Above the Sun" (2003), "Wicked Twisted Road" (2005), "Bulletproof" (2008), "Somewhere in Time" (2010), Grammy-nominated "Good Luck & True Love" (2011) and Grammy-winning "Long Night Moon" (2013). Reckless sets a standard of reliable excellence and commitment to an instinctive vision of Americana.

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  22. Landshark Music Series: Dr. Goins & the Bolos All-Stars

    September 20, 2018, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM @ Coco Bolos

    Join Bolos' crew for loud food and spicy music and watch Manhattan's rollicking blues standard Dr. Wayne Goins and the Bolos All-Stars. Corner entrance to Aggieville for a Bolo of a good time.

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  23. My Fair Lady

    September 28, 2018, 7:30 PM - September 30, 2018, 9:30 PM @ Manhattan Arts Center

    Tale of a cockney flower girl transformed into elegant lady features one of musical theater's greatest scores. Young flower girl Eliza Doolittle lives in the lowest rungs of Edwardian society. Professor Henry Higgins wagers that he can teach her how to speak like a proper lady, and an unlikely friendship flourishes. Winner of six Tony Awards (eight Oscars, film version). Directed by Penny Cullers.

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  24. My Fair Lady

    October 5, 2018, 7:30 PM - October 7, 2018, 9:30 PM @ Manhattan Arts Center

    Tale of a cockney flower girl transformed into elegant lady features one of musical theater's greatest scores. Young flower girl Eliza Doolittle lives in the lowest rungs of Edwardian society. Professor Henry Higgins wagers that he can teach her how to speak like a proper lady, and an unlikely friendship flourishes. Winner of six Tony Awards (eight Oscars, film version). Directed by Penny Cullers.

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  25. My Fair Lady

    October 12, 2018, 7:30 PM - October 14, 2018, 9:30 PM @ Manhattan Arts Center

    Tale of a cockney flower girl transformed into elegant lady features one of musical theater's greatest scores. Young flower girl Eliza Doolittle lives in the lowest rungs of Edwardian society. Professor Henry Higgins wagers that he can teach her how to speak like a proper lady, and an unlikely friendship flourishes. Winner of six Tony Awards (eight Oscars, film version). Directed by Penny Cullers.

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  26. Inspecting Carol

    November 30, 2018, 7:30 PM @ Manhattan Arts Center

    A fun way to start the holidays! A Christmas Carol meets The Government Inspector meets Noises Off in this hilarious play-within-a-play. A man auditioning at a small theatre is mistaken for an informer for the National Endowment for the Arts. Everyone caters to the bewildered wannabe actor and he is given a role in the current production, A Christmas Carol. Everything goes wrong and hilarity is piled upon hilarity. Single tickets available starting August 1. By Daniel Sullivan Directed by Cherrine Scott

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  27. Inspecting Carol

    December 1, 2018, 7:30 PM @ Manhattan Arts Center

    A fun way to start the holidays! A Christmas Carol meets The Government Inspector meets Noises Off in this hilarious play-within-a-play. A man auditioning at a small theatre is mistaken for an informer for the National Endowment for the Arts. Everyone caters to the bewildered wannabe actor and he is given a role in the current production, A Christmas Carol. Everything goes wrong and hilarity is piled upon hilarity. Single tickets available starting August 1. By Daniel Sullivan Directed by Cherrine Scott

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  28. Inspecting Carol

    December 7, 2018, 7:30 PM @ Manhattan Arts Center

    A fun way to start the holidays! A Christmas Carol meets The Government Inspector meets Noises Off in this hilarious play-within-a-play. A man auditioning at a small theatre is mistaken for an informer for the National Endowment for the Arts. Everyone caters to the bewildered wannabe actor and he is given a role in the current production, A Christmas Carol. Everything goes wrong and hilarity is piled upon hilarity. Single tickets available starting August 1. By Daniel Sullivan Directed by Cherrine Scott

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  29. Inspecting Carol

    December 8, 2018, 7:30 PM @ Manhattan Arts Center

    A fun way to start the holidays! A Christmas Carol meets The Government Inspector meets Noises Off in this hilarious play-within-a-play. A man auditioning at a small theatre is mistaken for an informer for the National Endowment for the Arts. Everyone caters to the bewildered wannabe actor and he is given a role in the current production, A Christmas Carol. Everything goes wrong and hilarity is piled upon hilarity. Single tickets available starting August 1. By Daniel Sullivan Directed by Cherrine Scott

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  30. Inspecting Carol

    December 9, 2018, 2:00 PM @ Manhattan Arts Center

    A fun way to start the holidays! A Christmas Carol meets The Government Inspector meets Noises Off in this hilarious play-within-a-play. A man auditioning at a small theatre is mistaken for an informer for the National Endowment for the Arts. Everyone caters to the bewildered wannabe actor and he is given a role in the current production, A Christmas Carol. Everything goes wrong and hilarity is piled upon hilarity. Single tickets available starting August 1. By Daniel Sullivan Directed by Cherrine Scott

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  31. Pete Souza: Two Presidents, One Photographer

    February 5, 2019, 10:00 AM - April 27, 2019, 5:00 PM @ Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art

    Pete Souza served as official photographer to presidents Reagan and Obama, and developed an abiding respect for both men. The artist’s intention is to have these images contribute civility and respect across party lines during lead-up to the 2020 elections. Beach Museum is proud to be the first venue for this historic exhibition.

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  32. Voices: Art Linking Asia and the West

    December 4, 2019 - December 21, 2019 @ Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art

    A section of the Seaton Gallery will highlight the back-and-forth exchange of aesthetics and ideas between East and West through objects in the museum’s permanent collection, made by artists who traveled between the two regions. This project is a collaboration between curator Aileen June Wang and University of Kansas art history professors Sherry Fowler and Maki Kaneko.

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Special Events

  1. Road to Stampede Live Concert

    June 20, 2018, 6:00 PM - 8:15 PM @ Cox Bros. BBQ

    Watch Nashville singers/songwriters perform at Cox Bros. BBQ before they're off to Country Stampede!

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  2. 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, Brett Young, Brandon Ray and Cody Johnson are main stage performers.

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  3. Third Thursdays at Downtown Manhattan

    June 21, 2018, 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM @ Downtown Manhattan

    LIve entertainment with multiple musical stops at Tallgrass Taphouse rooftop (Honey Blue), Harry’s (Paul Hunt jazz), Glenn's Music (The Atchison's) and Town Center plaza (The Grateful Dudes). Food-drink specials from downtown restaurants and bars, each Thursday in Downtown Manhattan along Poyntz Avenue. Caricature artist, backpack demo, Experimental Theatre performances and pottery wheel demo. Plus much more!

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  4. Wines from the Loire Valley

    June 21, 2018, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM @ Harry's

    France’s longest river runs along the most exciting and diverse wine regions. The most vibrant, character-driven and food-friendly wines are produced here. Take this opportunity to try the classics as well as some new Loire Valley wine producers. Experience the excitement and diversity of France’s most compelling wine region.

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  5. Cabernet Sauvignon Tasting

    June 26, 2018, 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM @ Arrow Cocktail Lounge

    Wine varieties made from most popular red grape in the world, Cabernet Sauvignon, from different producers and regions. Session led by Steve Keck of BJ's Beverage.

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  6. Sundown Salute

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

    Diverse nightly music styles on main event stage. Carnival rides by Ottaway Amusement Company; food/craft vendors in Heritage Park. Head East tops the headliners for 2018 Sundown Salute, with six days of Independence celebration.

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  7. Late Night Patio Party

    June 30, 2018, 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM @ Liquid Art Winery & Estate

    Enjoy Liquid Art's new patio space and fire pits, open until 10 p.m. for Late Night Patio Party. Experience the ambiance of fire pits, patio lighting, on-site BBQ and drinks with friends! GK QUE award winning BBQ brings out its smoker out to cook patio-side, serving up fresh pulled pork, smoked shredded chicken, baked beans, potato salad and veggies. Grab a plate of BBQ and your favorite drink. Cozy up with a fireside spot!

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  8. Ska Brewing Co. Tasting

    June 30, 2018, 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM @ Arrow Cocktail Lounge

    Have a taste of Ska Brewing Co.'s entire seasonal lineup, based in Durango, Colo. Tasting led by Jake Voegeli from Ska Brewing.

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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. National Wine and Cheese Day

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

    On National Wine and Cheese Day, Harry’s celebrates the ultimate pairing: wine and cheese (this class may be cheesy, but it'll make you feel grate). The pairing of wines and cheeses has a long tradition of regionalization. Across wine producing cultures, each will have traditional approaches to pairing their local wines and cheeses. Join the discussion of these pairings from across the globe.

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  12. 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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  13. Unstock the Wine Cellar Party

    August 16, 2018, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM @ Harry's

    Harry's unstocks its wine cellar -- one night only! -- as Harry's aficionados try delicious, unique and highly desired wines. An evening with top-tier wine offerings from around the globe. Harry's Wine Team opening its favorites from past to present. This is no sit-down class; just you, your friends or significant others in casual cocktail environment.

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  14. Brew at the Zoo

    August 18, 2018, 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM @ Sunset Zoo

    Enjoy cold beer and awesome food as visitors explore Sunset Zoo's 26-acre park, all to benefit Friends of Sunset Zoo's Conservation Team. Fun night to save wildlife. Must be 21 to attend.

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  15. 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. Cuisine, beer and wine of the Flint Hills away at this farm-to-table event featured with Little Apple Brewing Company and hosted by Rock Creek Farms. Advanced registrations only.

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  16. International Cabernet Day

    August 30, 2018, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM @ Harry's

    Let’s all celebrate. It's Cabernet Day! Taste multiple personalities of one of the world's most widely-traveled grapes! Sample quintessential Cabernet Sauvignon from across the globe; discuss factors that make each wine so unique. Tickets limited for sit-down style tasting hosted by Certified Sommelier Cristina Milostan.

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  17. 10th Annual K-State Family Reunion

    September 1, 2018, 6:10 PM - 10:00 PM @ Bill Snyder Family Stadium

    Wildcats open 2018 football season against South Dakota, which advanced to second round of 2017 FCS playoffs. Coach Bill Snyder pursues win No. 211 at K-State (210-110-1 record accounts for 40 percent of school's 526 all-time wins). Cats begin season six wins short of 200 all time at Bill Snyder Family Stadium, originally KSU Stadium. Be there for the opener!

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  18. 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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  19. 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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  20. 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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  21. Wines of Germany

    October 4, 2018, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM @ Harry's

    Like to continue Oktoberfest festivities? Germany isn't just beer and brats, ya know. There's been a huge resurgence in the popularity of Germanic wines, with 100-plus different grape varietals grown in Germany. Get to know German wine by learning about these top grape varieties. Led by Certified Sommelier Cristina Milostan, taste your way through Germany and learn what makes these wines so amazing!

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  22. National Festival of Breads

    June 8, 2019, 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM @ Manhattan Conference Center

    Fun, educational day for the whole family as Manhattan Conference Center ballroom hosts baking demonstrations for eight finalists competing for the title of 2019 NFOB champion. Plus, children’s area, bread samples, new recipes and much more!

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