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Posted on February 26, 2019 at 12:37 PM by Michael Goens
The events come fast and furious beginning with Saint Patrick’s Day Parade (March 9), MHK’s 41st annual celebration in the heart of Aggieville. Fill the ’Ville with all shades of green and Irish wear, with 10 a.m. (2-mile) and 10:45 a.m. (10K) road races. More upcoming events to mark down:
Flint Hills Discovery Center
Celebrate Storytelling Saturday: Feb. 23, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Live music, puppet show and art activities (Beach Museum of Art, Kansas State University) all focused on early childhood literacy efforts. Storytelling Saturday
Meet the Makers: March 11-15, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Engage with craft-making projects in the categories of woodturning, watercolor paints, Henna body art, live pottery making and a whole bunch more. Free, though regular exhibits at subject to general admission rates within Flint Hills Discovery Center. Meet the Makers
Legend of Johnny Kaw Panel Discussion: March 21, 6:30 p.m. Four experts discuss our own legendary Johnny’s mythic status and how he’s so connected to Manhattan. Lively discussion on a Kansas tall tale. Behind the Exhibits
“Framed, Step Into Art” Gallery Tour: April 18, 6:30 p.m. Local art curator Jay Nelson leads this gallery tour to focus on the featured artists from the “Framed” exhibition: John Singer Sargent, Diego Rivera, Grant Wood and Clementine Hunter.
Greater Prairie Chicken Booming Tours: Special rate for Fairfield Inn guests (apart from $50 non-member rate). Dates are March 20, March 23, March 27, March 30, April 3 and April 16 (three April rainout dates). Prairie Chicken Booms
Flint Hills Festival: May 11, Blue Earth Plaza. Get your Flint Hills vibe stirred during daylong events right outside Flint Hills Discovery Center; one last chance to see Framed/Storyland. “Dream With Da Vinci” exhibition premiere, May 25. Flint Hills Festival
Earth Day at Sunset Zoo
Party for the Planet: April 27, noon. Celebrate the earth’s amazing animals with family-friendly activities.
Kansas State University campus
All-University Open House: April 6, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. This bustling event has enjoyed 50 years of success with activities all around the Manhattan campus. K-State Open House
K-State football spring game: April 13, TBA. Chris Klieman and staff make their early debut ahead of the 2019 season kickoff in August. Check out what the Wildcats have returning and program-wide new looks for K-State! K-State Sports
K-State baseball: The BatCats wrap up the inaugural season under Pete Hughes with a May 1, mid-week matchup against Wichita State followed by a home-closing series against West Virginia (May 10-12). Wildcats baseball schedule
Johnny Kaw Day: May 9, 4 p.m. (tentative). Join the celebration as the new Johnny Kaw Plaza is unveiled with storyboards, extra lighting and new accessibility features around our legendary farmer’s statue. Expect a lot of activities during this fun gathering. New-look Johnny
Third Thursdays: May 16, 5:30 p.m. Live entertainment, art exhibits and food/drink specials during bustling evenings filled with activity along Poyntz Avenue in the downtown district. Third Thursdays
There is plenty to fill your calendar as Manhattan moves toward springtime and more outdoor activities like Arts in the Park entertainment series in City Park. Enjoy your next stay and as always, check with Visit Manhattan to stay updated with all the details you’ll need for your next trip.
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