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Jan 05

2017 Awaits! Make it happen in magical Manhattan!

Posted on January 5, 2017 at 2:00 PM by Michael Goens

Let’s make an adjustment to New Year’s resolutions with the following proposition: Make yourself a bucket list of MHK stops to make for each month in 2017. Have ideas of your own? Post them to our Facebook page, Visit Manhattan. Away we go …

  • January: To combat the usual January-chill, how about touring Manhattan’s art galleries, where you’re sure to find some rare treasures. Strecker-Nelson’s “Only the Best” continues through Jan. 14, and “You Gotta Have Art” is wrapping up a three-month odyssey at Beach Museum. New food-related exhibits make a debut at Flint Hills Discovery Center.
  • February: You can start breaking out of hibernation from the winter chill, and head downtown for some great “eats” and become a “movie zombie” at Town Center IMAX 13. Phenomenal picture, sound and effects, with added dining experience. What’s not to like?
  • March: Saint Patrick’s Day in Aggieville, March 18. Parade. 10K/5K races and carnival atmosphere! Make it a basketball-baseball doubleheader as the Wildcats put a wrap on the final home basketball game and the BatCats open with the first home series of the 2017 season.
  • April: Check out Bobby McFerrin or STOMP at McCain Auditorium. Another great experience? Kansas State University Open House!
  • May: Get in shape for the Bill Snyder Highway half-marathon … not a seasoned runner? Settle for the 5K, with a finish right in front of the legend’s statue at the stadium. Celebrate Memorial Day with the start of the Arts in the Park concert season. Of course, K-State graduation.
  • June: Sample some baked products with a bakery tour around town … perfection, especially when you make a June 17 stop at the National Festival of Breads. Music? Yeah, we’ve got music. Symphony in the Flint Hills just a short drive away (Geary County, Deer Horn Ranch) and Kicker Country Stampede! Year No. 22 for Stampede (June 22-24, Tuttle Creek)! Don’t miss Sunset Zoo’s Wine in the Wild.
  • July: Tired yet? Good! Relax. Have a day in the park. Head out to the lake and set up a hammock. Of course, you’ve got to start with Fourth of July fireworks in Wamego. Hit the trails early to beat the heat.
  • August: You may be on sensory overload by now, with Wildcat football right around the corner! Don’t let summer slip away without surfing the Stingray half-pipe wave machine at City Park. Take a deep breath and sip an ice-cold brew … preferably not at the same time. A few cold ones at Manhattan hangouts – Little Apple Brewery, Taphouse --  that’s the perfect tonic to combat summer heat.
  • September: Heeeere Come the Cats! 2017 promises to be one of the most-anticipated seasons since Bill Snyder’s return to the sidelines. Purple Power Play kicks off the season in City Park. Keep with the theme and head out to Colbert Hills/Stagg Hill for a few, relaxing rounds of golf.
  • October: So much to do, so little time. It’s acceptable to ease back on the throttle and check out some hidden gems around the Manhattan dining scene. The Little Grill is always fantastic. Or dive back into one of your favorites, whether Taco Lucha or Harry’s. Enjoy K-State Homecoming as you watch K-State soccer or volleyball matches.
  • November: Veterans Day holds special reverence in The Little Apple®, and rightfully so. Plan a day at Fort Riley’s post museums, and circle back to Flint Hills Discovery Center for an always-entertaining stop.
  • December: December again already? Back where we started, geared up for the holidays and shop local efforts in MHK, with Festival of Lights and Little Apple New Year’s both can’t-miss activities. 

Fortunately, we’re just getting started! Make it a great and prosperous 2017, and be sure to invite friends and family to visit for a piece of the good life in Manhappiness USA. Happy New Year!


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