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Jan 23

Mark Your Calendar for Manhattan 2020 Events

Posted on January 23, 2020 at 10:22 AM by Tarra Rotstein

Oh Manhattan! Do we have some events for you. Pull out your calendars and get ready to plan for some of the biggest events this year. 


Keeping it simple the event names and dates, for an explanation of what each event entails keep scrolling.  

St. Patrick's Day Parade and Fun Run - March 14, 2020

Flint Hills Festival - May 9, 2020

Bill Snyder Highway Half Marathon - May 23, 2020 

Symphony in the Flint Hills - June 13, 2020

4th of July Celebrations in the area - July 4, 2020

Little Apple Paddle - July 11, 2020

Kaw Valley Rodeo/Riley County Fair - July 23-27, 2020

Purple Power Play - August 27-28, 2020

K-State Wildcats Athletics - September 5, 2020

Bleeding Kansas Gravel Duro Race - September 26, 2020 

K-State Homecoming - October 2020

Little Apple Marathon - October 31, 2020 

Festival of Lights Ceremony - November 27, 2020

Family Carnival and Ice Sculpting Competition - December 5, 2020

Little Apple New Year's Celebration - December 31, 2020

Learn more about each event below. 

St. Patrick's Day Parade and Fun Run - March 14, 2020

One huge celebration. Held in the state’s most celebrated entertainment district. They go together like, well … like green beer and Saint Patty’s Day. Saint Patrick’s Day celebrations in Manhattan have grown tremendously ever since. Thousands of celebrants flock into Aggieville to mark the occasion, typically on the nearest Saturday to March 17. In 2020, Aggieville Saint Patrick’s Day Parade and 10-kilometer run get started a few days ahead of traditional celebrations. Mark it down: March 14, 2020. Aggieville America!

Flint Hills Festival - May 9, 2020

At Blue Earth Plaza located next to Flint Hills Discovery Center, celebrate the Flint Hills at the Annual Flint Hills Festival, a fun-filled day of live music good food and children's activities. Standard daily admission rates apply. 

Bill Snyder Highway Half Marathon
- May 23, 2020 

After 13 heart-pumping miles through the Flint Hills, Downtown Manhattan and K-State campus, race to finish line cheers on the 50 yard line at Bill Snyder Family Stadium. Race profits are directed to Manhattan charities included Johnson Cancer Research Center and Shepherd's Crossing. Bill Snyder presents award winners after the finish. Race fees apply. 

Symphony in the Flint Hills - June 13, 2020

This breathtaking concert on the prairie performed by Grammy-winning Kansas City Symphony is one of the hottest cultural events in the Midwest. About 7,000 concert goers listen to classical music as the sun sinks into the Flint Hills. This two-hour performance's location changes each year to a different Flint Hills Ranch; this year it is in Wabunsee County, Kansas. Admission charges apply. 

4th of July Celebrations in the Area - July 4, 2020

Celebrate Freedom in Wamego this Independence Day. The day doesn’t just start with the #1 rated firework show in Kansas at 10 p.m., it's an all-day celebration for the whole family. Enjoy fun-filled activities for all ages, a carnival, parade, bike parade, car show, live music, many food options and more!

Little Apple Paddle - July 11, 2020

Little Apple Paddle one-day event attracts more than 300 paddlers from across the state for a 10 mile, downriver excursion docking at the quaint little town of Saint George. Boater launch in Manhattan on the Big Blue River at Linear Park Trailhead located at the Kansas Highway 24 boat ramp by the Big Blue River bridge. After lunch, bus rides are provided back to Manhattan. Event fees apply. 

Kaw Valley Rodeo/Riley County Fair - July 23-27, 2020

This professional Rodeo Cowboys Association-sanctioned event at Wells Arena is the highlight of each summer's Riley County Fair. A stellar, opening-night picnic salutes our nation's military. Events during the weekend rodeo competition include bareback riding, steer wrestling and saddle bronc riding. Also, see the judged 4-H competition and take a spin on old-schooled and new, thrilling Ottaway Amusement rides at Riley County Fairgrounds. Free fair entry. Admission charges apply for rodeo and fair rides. 

Purple Power Play - August 27-28, 2020

Get ready to cheer on the Wildcat athletics teams at this annual Pep Rally, held the Thursday and Friday before the first football game. Food fun and games and visits from K-State teams, cheerleaders and the Pride of the Wildcats, the Marching Band are sure to fire you up for the big game!

K-State Wildcats Athletics - September 5, 2020

Season opening football game vs. Buffalo. College football fandemonium creates lively fall, winter and spring season at K-State's sport complexes. Bill Snyder Family Stadium has one of the liveliest tailgating atmospheres in the Midwest. Visitors rave about K-State fan hospitality where local tailgaters welcome spectators to their tailgate parties even if they aren't wearing purple. Admission charges apply. 

Bleeding Kansas Gravel Duro- Race - September 26, 2020 

Bleeding Kansas presents a difficult challenge for bicycle racers who are already accustomed to pushing themselves to the limit. Hundreds of remote gravel roads await in the not-so-far-off Flint Hills. In minutes, steady traffic flows on Poyntz Avenue in Downtown Manhattan turn into isolated rides on challenging terrain in the rolling hills of eastern Kansas. The twist on Bleeding Kansas – a first of its kind series of downhills dashes – puts racers on the clock only for certain descents.

K-State Homecoming - October 2020 

K-States come out in force to paint Aggieville business windows purple and celebrate with fun and flair. Homecoming week includes on-campus activities like Pant the Chant, friendly coed competitions and the city's best parade the Friday before the game. 

Little Apple Marathon - October 31, 2020

Join us October 31, 2020 for the 3rd Annual Little Apple Marathon in Manhattan, KS. It will take place at the Tuttle Creek State Park area. The marathon will be 4 loops around the park area. There will also be Half Marathon, 5K and Marathon relay options.

Festival of Lights Ceremony - November 27, 2020 at 7 p.m. 

Cheery crowds gather in Blue Earth Plaza to kick off the holiday season when Santa Claus flips on the switch and lights a 65-foot tall Christmas tree. The entire plaza area and downtown stores are awash in holiday splendor. Free admission.

Family Carnival and Ice Sculpting Competition - December 5, 2020, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

The Saturday after the Festival of Lights Ceremony is the Family Christmas Carnival & Ice Carving Competition in the Blue Earth Plaza! There are games and activities for all ages in heated tents, including crafts, face painting, and cookie decorating! The event features a cake walk, a virtual reality sleigh ride, and a special appearance from the Grinch. After catching a ride on the Whoville Express, don't forget to snap a photo with Santa and stop by the Manhattan Fire Department truck to meet the firefighters and see inside their truck!

Little Apple New Year's Celebration - December 31, 2020

Aggieville cranks New Year's festivities up a notch for the one-and-only Little Apple New Year's Eve. Partiers pack "The Ville's" bars and count down the last moments of 2020 as a giant, faux-red fiberglass apple descends from atop Rally House Campus Apparel store on Moro Avenue. Free admission. 

We want to know what event are you most excited for in 2020?


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