It’s that time of year again when the leaves begin to change, the weather cools down, and there’s a pumpkin spice something on every corner. It’s officially fall, y’all. Here's how you should spend a fall weekend in Manhattan!
Start your morning off at one of Manhattan's favorite breakfast joints, The Chef Cafe. Located downtown, this charming cafe first opened in 1943 and it continued to serve the community for over 40 years. Fast forward to 2008, the Chef was reborn as a modern, comfortable, family cafe with an eclectic menu. As for the menu, there is something for everyone—from frittatas to PB&J pancakes, and homemade apple cider to Manmosas (that’s PBR with a splash of OJ)—everyone will find something to love at The Chef.
After breakfast, it's pumpkin patch time! Manhattan has two great pumpkin patches to visit; A&H Farms and Britt’s Garden Acres. With several acres to explore, the fun doesn’t stop with pumpkins. Both these attractions have tons of activities including hayrack rides, petting zoos, and so much more guaranteed to keep your little ones (and your big ones too) entertained for a whole afternoon and then some!
Hop on your bicycle, rev your motorcycle or pack the kids in the car. Autumn is the perfect time for a scenic drive down Native Stone Scenic Byway. A majestic stretch of road including regional landmarks such as Konza Prairie, Pillsbury Crossing/Deep Creek and K-177 scenic vista. This byway features abundant natural limestone formations and historic stone fences, barns, buildings and bridges. But if there's a K-State home game the next day make sure you make it back for the Little Apple Pub Crawl Band. Starting between 6-7 p.m., these group of students bring their Wildcat Pride to some of the best restaurants and bars throughout Manhattan. The excitement is unmatched when you hear the band heading your way playing the classic Wabash Cannonball.
If it's a Caturday in Manhattan get ready for a day packed full of EMAW pride. Every Caturday starts off with a great pre-party. Get your hot dogs, drink of choice and corn hole boards ready because tailgating is a must when going to a K-State Football Game. Parking lots open five hours before the announced kick-off time, giving you, your family and friends plenty of time to host the best pre-party. Click here for everything you need to know about parking and tailgating at The Bill. Make sure you have your purple on! If you are still needing that perfect game day outfit, try the K-State Super Store, located at 520 McCall Road, this spot is packed full of all things K-State.
Nothing turns your blood purple like walking into Bill Synder Family Stadium before kick-off. Head into the game early, grab your purple popcorn, find your seat and get ready to cheer on the cats! While being in Bill Snyder Family Stadium is a second-to-none experience you don't have to have a ticket to enjoy a Caturday in Manhattan. Manhattan has several sports bars that let you enjoy the game from the comfort of an indoor establishment safe from rain, heat or even snow! Check out our list of game day eats featuring some of the best places to enjoy the game and a meal.
The experiences don't stop after the final play. Celebrate the Wildcat victory in Aggieville, the bar and entertainment district located just across the street from the K-State Campus. Aggieville has been the place to be after 8 p.m. for more than 100 years, especially on a K-State Game Day. Or head downtown and visit Manhattan Brewing Company or Arrow Cocktail lounge for upscale crafts and cocktails.