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Art Exhibits

  1. CLOSED APDesign Design Charrette

    January 26, 2020 - December 31, 2020 @ Cassias Gallery, Regnier Hall

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  2. Wrap It Up! Art Exhibit & Sale

    November 14, 2020 - December 24, 2020

    Each year the exhibit includes dozens of participating artists; most are from the Manhattan area, with several coming from various locations all over the Midwest. Wrap It Up features many types of work including: Baskets Bowls Ceramic sculpture Drawings Functional pottery Jewelry (glass, silver, beaded, etc.) Knitted items Masks Photographs Hand made prints Scarves Stained glass Tiles Turned wood items Watercolors Featuring Artists Since 1999 This exhibit began in 1999 with the work of 35 artists on display. The intention was to showcase high-quality, affordable art for the gift-giving season. Wrap It Up has since expanded to include more than 80 artists from the region with a wide variety of work. Also, 35 percent of all sales proceeds benefit the Manhattan Arts Center’s facility and programming.

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Community Events

  1. Downtown Art and Architectural Scavenger Hunt

    November 29, 2020, 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM @ Downtown Manhattan

    ake a walk downtown between the Manhattan Public Library and the Blue Earth Plaza to find the features in our Downtown Manhattan Art and Architecture Scavenger Hunt. We have taken photos of some old and new unique aspects of our beautiful downtown community. Notice the details and different features of each building. What's old, what's new? Stop by the library atrium to pick up the scavenger hunt or download one using the link below. Write the address (or approximate location) under the corresponding photo. Fill it out and bring it back into the library for a small prize. As a fun addition, take a selfie in front of your favorite feature and post it! Tag us on social media! Download the scavenger hunt brochure at https://bit.ly/3beUqUR.

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  2. Open Trail Days at Prairiewood

    November 29, 2020, 3:00 PM - 5:30 PM @ Blue Sage Barn at Prairiewood

    Weekly open trail days at Prairiewood, every Sunday 3pm-Dusk. Check in and grab a trail map at the Blue Sage Gallery, part of our Blue Sage Barn at 1484 Wildcat Creek Rd. Be sure to bring water and good walking shoes. Please leave pets at home.

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Festivals & Parades

  1. Festival of Lights ONLINE Illumination Celebration

    November 27, 2020, All Day @ ONLINE

    Whoville, Inc. has been bringing the community together for the past 7 years, and 2020 is no different. The tree and other light displays will be installed in Blue Earth Plaza this holiday season! In accordance with local ordinances, there will NOT be a public gathering for the annual lighting of the tree, but the Festival of Lights ONLINE Illumination Celebration will be aired Friday, November 27, at 7 p.m. on Facebook Live. The Festival of Lights Wonderbag Curbside Carnival will be held on Saturday, December 5, 1-3 p.m. for kids 12 and under. The grand display can be enjoyed from November 27 - January 1. Please practice social distancing and personal safety measures while walking through the area, or view from your car and tune your radio to 88.1 FM to watch the lights dance to music!

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  2. Festival of Lights Celebration

    November 28, 2020, All Day @ Blue Earth Plaza

    Whoville, Inc. has been bringing the community together for the past 7 years, and 2020 is no different. The tree and other light displays will be installed in Blue Earth Plaza this holiday season! In accordance with local ordinances, there will not be a public gathering for the annual lighting of the tree, but the Festival of Lights Online Illumination Celebration will be aired Friday, November 27, at 7 p.m. on Facebook Live. The Festival of Lights Wonderbag Curbside Carnival will be held on Saturday, December 5, 1-3 p.m. for kids 12 and under. The grand display can be enjoyed from November 27 - January 1. Please practice social distancing and personal safety measures while walking through the area, or view from your car and tune your radio to 88.1 FM to watch the lights dance to music!

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  3. Festival of Lights Celebration

    November 29, 2020, All Day @ Blue Earth Plaza

    Whoville, Inc. has been bringing the community together for the past 7 years, and 2020 is no different. The tree and other light displays will be installed in Blue Earth Plaza this holiday season! In accordance with local ordinances, there will not be a public gathering for the annual lighting of the tree, but the Festival of Lights Online Illumination Celebration will be aired Friday, November 27, at 7 p.m. on Facebook Live. The Festival of Lights Wonderbag Curbside Carnival will be held on Saturday, December 5, 1-3 p.m. for kids 12 and under. The grand display can be enjoyed from November 27 - January 1. Please practice social distancing and personal safety measures while walking through the area, or view from your car and tune your radio to 88.1 FM to watch the lights dance to music!

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  4. Festival of Lights Celebration

    November 30, 2020, All Day @ Blue Earth Plaza

    Whoville, Inc. has been bringing the community together for the past 7 years, and 2020 is no different. The tree and other light displays will be installed in Blue Earth Plaza this holiday season! In accordance with local ordinances, there will not be a public gathering for the annual lighting of the tree, but the Festival of Lights Online Illumination Celebration will be aired Friday, November 27, at 7 p.m. on Facebook Live. The Festival of Lights Wonderbag Curbside Carnival will be held on Saturday, December 5, 1-3 p.m. for kids 12 and under. The grand display can be enjoyed from November 27 - January 1. Please practice social distancing and personal safety measures while walking through the area, or view from your car and tune your radio to 88.1 FM to watch the lights dance to music!

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Recreational sports activities/events

  1. MHK Turkey Trot

    November 26, 2020, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

    Before you feast, join us for a 5K through the streets of Manhattan, KS. The race starts and finishes in Aggieville, while taking you around City Park and down Poyntz Ave. 2020 will represent our 5th year of the Turkey Trot. After record numbers in 2019 of 935, we are looking forward to continuing to make this THE EVENT for Thanksgiving Day. It has quickly become a fun, family tradition to start your Thanksgiving Day off right! Aggieville 12th and Moro Street, Manhattan, KS 66502

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  2. Final Friday Slow Bike-Walk #BikeWalkMHK

    November 27, 2020, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM @ Aggieville

    The #BikeWalkMHK community will meet up at The Public Hall starting at 6:00pm for the Books + Bikes event. The Books + Bikes event invites members of the community to converse and imagine what is required to grow a bike-walk culture in MHK. This is an informal meet and greet event. No reading is required to participate. At 7:30, a walking group will start off on a walking route through Aggievillle, City Park, and surrounding neighborhoods. Cyclists will convene along Moro Street and ride a 1-mile Loop moving south towards 4th street, Right on Poyntz, and around City Park into Aggieville. Following the ride, we will meet informally over pizza to identify key issues facing the #BikeWalkMHK community in Manhattan and hear about progress made on bicycle-walk campaigns. The point of this ride is to increase the visibility of cycling and walking as a mode of active transportation, healthy living, and recreation - so we'll be riding at a pace that is comfortable for all! All ages welcome!

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Special Events

  1. Animationland

    September 19, 2020, 10:00 AM - January 3, 2021, 5:00 PM @ Flint Hills Discovery Center

    Dive into the world of storytelling and channel your creativity to develop your own animated production using storyboarding, sketching, stop-motion movie making and more! Animationland empowers visitors of all ages to experiment, learn and tell their own stories through animation.

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  2. Thanksgiving Eve

    November 25, 2020, 12:00 PM - 8:00 PM @ Manhattan Brewing Company

    Take a break and join us on Thanksgiving Eve, or grab some crowlers to go to enjoy with stuffing the turkey and your face on Thanksgiving!

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  3. Open Hood Sunday

    November 29, 2020, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM @ Midwest Dream Car Collection

    Wanna take a peek under the hood? The last Sunday of each month, we open select vehicle hoods during business hours so you can see what powers these automotive icons up close!

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