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Art Exhibits

  1. Voices: Art Linking Asia and the West

    December 4, 2018, 10:00 AM - December 21, 2019, 5:00 PM @ Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art

    One 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 collaboration between curator Aileen June Wang and University of Kansas art history professors Sherry Fowler and Maki Kaneko.

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  2. Beyond Gravity: Selections from the Permanent Collection

    April 2, 2019, 10:00 AM - October 19, 2019, 5:00 PM @ Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art

    Apollo 11 mission commander Neil Armstrong and pilot Buzz Aldrin landed the lunar module Eagle on July 20, 1969. Exhibition celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Apollo Moon landing by Americans and complements Manhattan Public Library’s summer reading theme, "A Universe of Stories."

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  3. Golden Valley, Endless Skyway 2019

    June 14, 2019, 10:00 AM - August 17, 2019, 5:00 PM @ Strecker Nelson West Gallery

    Summer breezes in and brings with it new artistry at Manhattan's downtown art gallery.

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  4. Prairie Perspectives: Two Journeys

    July 13, 2019, 12:00 PM - August 10, 2019, 5:30 PM @ Manhattan Arts Center

    Kelly Yarbrough Frasier and Marsha Jensen explore their prairie home in this exhibit of paintings and hand-woven baskets.

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  5. Papa Moostouski's Bovinian Circus & Freakshow

    July 20, 2019, 1:00 PM - 6:00 PM @ Columbian Theatre

    Oddities and curiosities of art and artifacts from twisted mind of artist Rodney L. Hoover. Features high-wire, circus band, fortune teller, knife throwing, strong man, unicycles, rope dancer, tall man, world's smallest living woman, balancing act, clowns, living skeleton, trapeze artists, sword swallower, albino, contortionist and hot air balloon. Clown noses for first 50 kids, root beer bar, popcorn freakshow, original Papa Moostouski Bovinian Circus Music Machine and more!

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Community Events

  1. Outdoor Movie: The Sandlot, at the Ball Diamond

    July 24, 2019, 8:00 PM - 11:00 PM @ FURNISH by AsterHouse Design

    Movie is rated PG: When Scottie Smalls (Thomas Guiry) moves to a new neighborhood, he manages to make friends with a group of kids who play baseball at the sandlot. Together they go on a series of funny and touching adventures. The boys run into trouble when Smalls borrows a ball from his stepdad that gets hit over a fence.
    $10 per carload reserves your parking spot.
    Bottled water provided.
    Snacks available for purchase from Little Batch Company.
    Bring lawn chairs and blankets.
    The Furnish store will be open - discount on all blankets purchased that night!
    Parking opens at 8, movie begins at 9:15.

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  2. Fiesta To Remember: Presented by Coco Bolos and Central National Bank

    July 25, 2019, 11:00 AM - 9:00 PM @ Coco Bolos

    Don't miss an evening you won't want to forget! Join us for the first annual Fiesta to Remember: Tastes & Tunes for a Reason Thursday, July 25 at Coco Bolos from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. This Fundraiser and friend-raiser will benefit Meadowlark Memory Program. Ten percent of the daily proceeds and any donations will go directly to Meadowlark Memory Program. This event is sponsored by Central National Bank.
    Coco Bolos will be hosting the event during the summer Landshark Music Series. Starting at 7 p.m. enjoy live music by Los Yumas, a local Latin jazz band.

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  3. Riley County Fair

    July 25, 2019, 6:00 PM - July 29, 2019, 10:00 PM @ Riley County Fairgrounds

    Fun, festive atmosphere of a county fair fills the air beginning July 26 in CiCo Park. The 44th anniversary of the Kaw Valley Rodeo is a big part of the schedule on July 24-29, along with the fair's many 4-H projects, judging and Ottaway Amusements Carnival. Home delicacies and homemade pies among many menu items.

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  4. Furniture Amnesty Day

    July 26, 2019, 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM @ City Park

    Furniture Amnesty Day is an annual event that allows local residents to donate furniture they no longer need so others can select from the donated goods for free. Volunteers will pick up furniture donations within Manhattan City limits if signed up. To schedule furniture pickup, please fill out our online form, or call 785-587-2404. The deadline to sign up for this service is 5 p.m. Wednesday, July 24. You can also drop off your donations from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Baker Field parking lot in City Park on July 26.
    Sign up will begin at 8:00 a.m. at City Park on the day of the event. You will be able to choose time slots between 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. to pick out your furniture. No additional paperwork is needed. Assignments to pick furniture will be on a first-come, first-serve basis. Any furniture left after 4 p.m. is open to the general public.
    Please note: Volunteers can help load furniture into vehicles but participants will need to arrange their own method of transpo

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  5. Let's Paddle the Kaw: Saint George to Wamego

    July 27, 2019, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM @ Saint George Boat Ramp

    Join Friends of the Kaw for fun on the Kansas River! This is a day about relaxing and learning about the Kansas River Water Trail; also snacks on a sandbar. All children must be over age 5. Children up to 12 can ride in the middle of a canoe (free). Over 12, they can be in a paddle spot. Sign up to use one of the boats or bring your own. Life jackets required on all FOK trips (provided with boat use). Bring your own boat, provide your own life jacket.

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  6. Little Apple Baby Expo

    July 28, 2019, 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM @ Manhattan Conference Center

    Second annual Little Apple Baby Expo where you can discover local resources to guide you through your pregnancy, birth, postpartum recovery and the early parenting years. Guest speakers discuss relevant topics with multiple local vendors, raffle, fashion show, refreshments, activities and fun for the whole family.

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  7. Pioneer Women Yoga Series

    July 30, 2019, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM @ Blue Sage Gallery at Prairiewood

    Join Prairiewood Retreat & Preserve on the last Tuesday of each month for feel-good yoga, followed by a special guest speaker. Each month, they will feature a different inspiring woman who’s a “pioneer” in her field!
    Yoga begins at 6pm. $5 entry per person, plus cash bar. Entry Fee goes to local charity of the guest speaker's choice.

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Cultural Events, Productions, Concerts

  1. Concert on the Patios: Lily B Moonflower

    July 18, 2019, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM @ Liquid Art Winery & Estate

    Circle up on the patios with friends to enjoy this summer entertainment series! Next up on the concert list is Kansas City singer/songwriter Lily B Moonflower performing "folk 'n roll" with her duo.
    There will be wine, cider, and Artisan pizzas, in addition to Tasty Traveler food truck, to keep you "hydrated" and full all night long!

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  2. Arts in the Park: Aaron Lee Martin

    July 19, 2019, 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM @ Larry Norvell Band Shell

    Whether onstage playing for packed houses or tour-van sharing new material, Martin exhibits the same raw emotion and devotion to his craft. Friday night concert series draws to a close with just one show remaining: July 26, Black Jacket Symphony. Arts in the Park is a free Friday night concert series produced by Manhattan Parks and Recreation Department.

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  3. Finn's Mega 80's Summer Celebration Featuring Evolution

    July 20, 2019, 8:30 PM - July 21, 2019, 12:30 AM @ Finn's Neighborhood Pub

    Come dressed in your 80's attire and rock out with the band Evolution and help us celebrate summer birthdays (including the owners) and the 150th birthday of the building!!! We promise you are in for a fun, wild night.

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  4. Landshark Music Series: Los Yumas

    July 25, 2019, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM @ Coco Bolos

    Join Bolos' crew for loud food and spicy music with Los Yumas as part of the Landshark Music Series. Corner entrance to Aggieville for a Bolo of a good time.

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  5. Arts in the Park: Black Jacket Symphony

    July 26, 2019, 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM @ Larry Norvell Band Shell

    Collective of veteran musicians specialize in re-creating classic rock albums with traveling backline of extensive lighting and video production. One selected album (and related hits) is performed in entirety by musicians selected for each album and band configuration. The weekly concert series draws to a close with this performance. Arts in the Park is a free Friday night concert series.

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Public Lectures, Workshops & Readings

  1. Advanced SEO Strategies

    July 17, 2019, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM @ Manhattan Public Library

    SEO Strategies to help your business rank in the search engines. The importance of search engine optimization for local business visibility is a must. For questions contact: Full Cup Marketing, 322 S. Mosley St. (2), Wichita KS 67202 (316-737-9950).

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  2. Paint & Sip: Baby Owl

    July 21, 2019, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM @ Uncorked Inspiration

    Uncorked Inspiration takes the excitement and fun of the popular paint and sip phenomenon to a whole new level. Join us for a fun evening of painting and drinking your favorite beverage as you create artwork in a comfortable environment.
    Neal will lead the group in painting "Baby Owl" as well as provide goofy, yet entertaining, art history anecdotes all while teaching painting techniques, color theory and other art related skills. You'll walk away with some knowledge of art techniques, an original painting of your own, and having had a great time.
    Bring your beverage of choice to enjoy as you paint. Painting will begin promptly at 4:00.

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  3. Canvas & Cork: Mountain Scene

    July 24, 2019, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM @ Straight Upp Creative Studio

    Bring your favorite bottle of wine, beer or non-alcoholic beverage, invite your friends, and enjoy step-by-step instruction with Straight Upp's experienced and enthusiastic artist. You’ll leave with a one-of-a-kind creation and a new found talent you’ll want to explore. Online registration and payment are required. Registration is non-refundable. Straight Upp Creative Studio does not provide wine openers or cups; bring your own or purchase Straight Upp wine glasses ($7).

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  4. National Wine & Cheese Day

    July 25, 2019, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM @ Harry's

    July 25th is National Wine and Cheese Day!! Harry’s will celebrate the ultimate pairing, wine and cheese. This class may be cheesy, but it'll make you feel grate. National Wine and Cheese Day provides an opportunity to sample some of our favorite wines and cheeses in a fun way. The pairing of Wines and Cheese has a long tradition of being regionalized. Across wine producing cultures, each will have traditional approaches to pairing their local wines and cheeses. Join as they discuss those pairings from all across the globe.

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  5. Preserving Your Family's Photographic Legacy Presented by Tom Parish

    July 28, 2019, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM @ Manhattan Public Library Auditorium

    Scanning, Sharing and archiving your family photos. Come and learn how to scan your family's photographic treasures and how to digitally archive and share them, so they will never be lost. Workshop presented by Tom Parish Tom is an artist, photographer, designer, public historian, educator and archivist. Tom has taught Photography, Design and Digital Humanities at KSU and Emporia State

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  6. Aquam Vinos Wine Tasting

    July 31, 2019, 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM @ Arrow Cocktail Lounge

    Arrow is Teaming up with our friends at Aquam Vinos again! we'll be trying a curated selection of their wines and learning about their travels to Spain, California, South Africa and elsewhere to meet winemakers and experience the world of wine. If you love wine and like learning more about it while getting a little tipsy, we will see you there!

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Special Events

  1. Dream With Da Vinci

    May 25, 2019, 10:00 AM - September 8, 2019, 5:00 PM @ Flint Hills Discovery Center

    Artist. Inventor. Scientist. Genius. Leonardo Da Vinci was a true Renassaince Man. One of the greatest painters yet he only completed a few works. Da Vinci was a dreamer and inventor, and his love for math, science and art are highlighted through this fascinating interactive exhibition. Catapults, parachutes and a hang glider are just some of the inventions Da Vinci incorporated to explore the art of science.

    In an accompanying exhibit in the Mezzanine Gallery, AIB Food First; learn how AIB helps companies bring safe, high-quality food to the world, and play baker for the day on the Discovery Center's second floor gallery.

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  2. Colbert Charity Classic

    July 17, 2019, 7:30 AM - July 20, 2019, 3:00 PM @ Colbert Hills golf course

    Colbert Hills-hosted All Pro Tour golf tournament presented by Little Apple Toyota Honda and Visit Manhattan. Four-round tournament with two-round cut as approximately 120 players from sub-PGA Tour typically visit popular and challenging Manhattan course. Bring your kids out for July 16 junior clinic, 4 p.m.

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  3. Third Thursdays at Downtown Manhattan

    July 18, 2019, 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM @ Downtown Manhattan

    See art exhibits, enjoy multiple performers and listen to live music as you peruse Poyntz! Grab a bite from any of our local downtown eateries and enjoy one of many drink specials offered from MHK restaurants and bars. Explore what’s new in the neighborhood. Your favorite downtown shops stay open late. Something new to discover, and just two months remain: August and September.

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  4. Drink Tasting at Bluemont Lounge

    July 18, 2019, 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM @ Bluemont Hotel

    Summer Beer Tasting, part of Bluemont's summer drink tastings each Third Thursday. Followed by live music series in the fourth-floor lounge.

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  5. Dessert & Dessert Wine Pairings

    July 18, 2019, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM @ Harry's

    Sommelier Cristina Milostan and pastry chef Kirsten Spear from Bourbon and Baker collaborate with dessert and dessert wine tasting. Amazing lineup takes patrons on sweet and flavorful tour of desserts paired with dessert wines found globally. Dessert wines are made using different processes, come in various flavors and all Harry's sampled wines will be delicious! Five courses offered, each paired with dessert wine. Don't miss out on this unique experience.

    Be advised: Desserts may contain nuts, gluten and dairy. Direct any allergy alerts via email to prior to event.

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  6. Kaw Valley Rodeo

    July 25, 2019, 8:00 PM - July 27, 2019, 10:00 PM @ Wells Arena

    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 pro rodeo cowboys competition in open-air Wells Arena at the Riley County Fair. Tickets available at Ampride, Copies 4 Less, Dara’s Corner Stores, Dillon’s, Outpost Western Wear and Yee Haw Country Outfitters. Three nights in MHK!

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  7. Iris Sale

    July 27, 2019, 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM @ Kansas State University Gardens

    Annual Iris Sale will be held Sat. July 27th from 8 a.m. till noon at the Kansas State University Gardens, 1500 Denison. Hundreds of locally grown varieties (many award winners) of beautiful iris to choose from. Proceeds benefit the KSU Gardens and the sale is sponsored by the Flint Hills Iris Society.

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  8. National Day of the Cowboy

    July 27, 2019, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM @ Flint Hills Discovery Center

    Indoor and outdoor activities embrace the Wild West! Brush up on cowboy skills and enjoy live entertainers with reenactors to make you feel as if you've giddy-up'd to the past! Ticket holders also gain admission to Dream With Da Vinci summer exhibition. Recent "Cowboy" days have included wagon rides, calf roping, cow chip toss and cattle herding among the day's activities.

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