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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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  9. 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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