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  1. Calendar Overlay Art Exhibits (6)
  2. Calendar Overlay Community Events (12)
  3. Calendar Overlay Cultural Events, Productions, Concerts (3)
  4. Calendar Overlay For the Kids! (3)
  5. Calendar Overlay Kansas State Wildcats athletics (1)
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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 - November 30, 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. Jeremiah Ariaz: Louisiana Trail Riders

    August 6, 2019, 10:00 AM - December 9, 2019, 5:00 PM @ Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art

    2019 Friends of the Beach Museum of Art Gift Print Artist introduces Jeremiah Ariaz. Black Trail Riding Clubs have their roots in Creole culture formed in Southwest Louisiana in the eighteenth century. Trail rides are an opportunity for generations from rural parts of the state to gather and celebrate. These trail riders form a distinctive yet little known Louisiana subculture.

    Ariaz is a Great Bend product and associate professor of art at Louisiana State University who has captured these equestrian clubs in a series of photographs selected for this exhibition. One image chosen as 2019 Friends of Beach Museum of Art Gift Print.

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  4. The Land of the Living Opening Reception

    August 23, 2019, 5:00 PM - October 26, 2019, 7:00 PM @ Strecker Nelson West Gallery

    Please join Strecker Nelson West Gallery for the opening of the next exhibit, The Land of the Living. This show will feature figurative and architectural work mostly, and will be on display until October 26th. Please join the reception to enjoy some drinks and hors d'oeurves, and meet the artists!

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  5. De Gaulle/Eisenhower: Alliance & Friendship in War and Peace

    September 23, 2019, 9:00 AM - February 2, 2020, 4:45 PM @ Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library, Museum & Boyhood Home

    General de Gaulle and General Eisenhower both belong to the common national heritage of their respective countries. Their work is a source of reflection and inspiration for today’s world. The Charles de Gaulle Foundation and the Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum, in partnership with the Eisenhower Foundation, strive to promote and honor the legacies of the great leaders. Together these institutions collaborated with the Musée de l’Armée (French Army Museum) to present this exhibition. With the generous support of The First Alliance Foundation, the exhibition will contribute to strengthen the bonds between France and the United States.

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  6. John Steuart Curry: The Cowboy Within

    September 24, 2019, 10:00 AM - March 21, 2020, 5:00 PM @ Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art

    Best known for his depictions of Kansas, the American West also reveals itself as a significant subject in John Steuart Curry's work. Curry's earliest drawings reveal a boy under the spell of Western artists, e.g., Frederic Remington. Through 38 works, to include paintings and magazine illustrations, this exhibition explores Curry’s depictions of the West as a romantic and real environment.

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Community Events

  1. Trick-or-Treating at the Farmers Market

    October 26, 2019, 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM @ Downtown Farmers Market

    What better way to end the outdoor season than by giving out candy! Get dressed up and visit local farmers, bakers & crafters for some extra treats this week!

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  2. Spooktacular

    October 26, 2019, 12:00 PM - October 27, 2019, 4:30 PM @ Sunset Zoo

    Trick-or-treat among the animals by visiting five candy trails sponsored by local businesses and non-profit organizations. Family-friendly activities throughout the Zoo, a costume contest, live animal encounters and a pumpkin palooza await each SPOOKtacular guest!
    Wear your costumes - adults and kids! Have fun and be creative, just remember you're walking through the Zoo. You can even win prizes for top costume during the SPOOKtacular Costume Contest each day! And be sure to bring your candy bags to collect your candy loot.
    Parking is available in the Zoo's main lot and the grass field to the side of the zoo. Community members can also park in Manhattan High School's lot, located at the corner of Oak and Westwood. It's a busy weekend, so please drive slowly and carefully.
    We welcome 6,000+ guests over the SPOOKtacular weekend. Purchase your tickets in advance to speed through the ticket line! Look for tickets to go on sale early October.

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  3. Hy-Vee Halloween Party

    October 26, 2019, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM @ Hy-Vee

    Halloween themed activities will be available for kids of all ages. Activities include coloring, cookie decorating and mini pumpkin decorating. Plus, receive a free Halloween bag while supplies last.

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  4. Ghost Tours on Fort Riley

    October 26, 2019, 4:00 PM - 9:00 PM @ SRP Parking Lot

    6The HASFR Ghost Tours are based on the experiences of residents of Historic Main Post. This is a free event to Fort Riley and the surrounding communities. Each year the event is created by HASFR hostesses, which in the spirit of the event, we refer to as Ghostess and Ghost Host. The current Ghostesses are Tricia V. and Jennifer W. HASFR also sells the complete collection of ghost encounters in three books that can be purchased as a set or individually.
    2019 Ghost Tours will be held October 26 from 1600 to 2100 at the SRP parking lot off of Pleasanton and Custer. Tours will leave every 20 minutes. $5 fast passes will be available for those who do not want to wait in line.

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  5. Halloween Bash

    October 26, 2019, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM @ Little Apple Playland in Manhattan Town Center

    Celebrate Halloween at Little Apple Playland. There will be games, treats, prizes, touchy feely boxes and more. Wear your costumes for a contest at 5:30 PM.

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  6. Craft Workshop: BOHO Yarn Tapestry

    October 26, 2019, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM @ Straight Upp Creative Studio

    Join Straight Upp Creative Studio for a creative night and memorable craft with a boho twist.
    Bring your favourite bottle of wine, beer or non-alcoholic beverage, invite your friends, and enjoy step-by-step instruction with our 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.
    Yarn selected by studio.

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  7. Halloween Benefit & Bash

    October 26, 2019, 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM @ The Bluemont Hotel

    Join MHK Girls Pint Out for a night out! Costumes, craft beers, camaraderie and dancing- all for a cause! Proceeds from the event will benefit K-State's Johnson cancer Research Center. Ticket price includes your first craft beer, a catered spread from Hy-Vee and a donation to the Johnson Cancer Center.

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  8. Paint & Sip: Fall Barn

    October 26, 2019, 6:30 PM - 8:30 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 "Fall Barn" 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 6:30.
    Registration is non-refundable

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  9. Halloween Dance

    October 26, 2019, 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM @ The American Legion

    Join if you dare for a spooktacular Halloween scare! Free dance with the Ghoulishly Great DJ Johnny Halloween, decorations, snacks and a prize for best costume.

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  10. Special Communities Halloween Dance

    October 26, 2019, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM @ Manhattan City Auditorium

    It's time for the annual Special Communities Halloween Dance. Enjoy a night of music, treats, costumes and more! Ages 15+ can register online.

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  11. Finn's Annual Halloween Bash

    October 26, 2019, 8:00 PM - October 27, 2019, 2:00 AM @ Finn's Neighborhood Pub

    The annual Halloween Bash includes a costume contest ($100 prize for the top costume), drink specials, giveaways, hors d'oeuvres and M31 full band live beginning at 9:00 PM!

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  12. Boo's & Booze: Willie's Hideout Halloween Party 20109

    October 26, 2019, 9:00 PM - 11:00 PM @ Willie's Hideout

    Saturday Oct 26th 2019 Get Ready, ??Get Dressed Up???, & Get Out To Willie's Hideout for Prize $$???? & Spooky Good Drinks. ??
    Saturday Oct 26th 2019
    9pm-11pm Costume Contest
    3rd annual Boo's and Booze

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Cultural Events, Productions, Concerts

  1. Dearly Departed: A Columbian Theatre Murder Mystery

    October 24, 2019, 7:30 PM - October 26, 2019 @ Columbian Theatre

    It’s Halloween night and the Cringe Brother’s Funeral Home, Mortuary, and Crematorium is at capacity. The entire town has shown up to grieve the mysterious loss of the town eccentric, Suzanne VanCartier. Suzanne meant the world to everyone in the tri-county area, especially her six best friends: Beverly, Nancy, Carol Ann, Joanne, Roberta, and Dixie Mae who have all arrived (carrying a casserole) to pay tribute to their dear companion. As the friends reminisce about their dear friend, various truths come to light and strange things about Suzanne are revealed. Secrets unravel, promises are broken and right in the middle of the saddest of occasions, someone drops dead…from murder. Who dies? Who killed them? Why am I laughing so hard at a funeral? These are just a few of the questions you’ll be asking yourself as you join us for Dearly Departed: A Columbian Theatre Murder Mystery.

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  2. Stop Kiss by Diana Son

    October 24, 2019, 7:30 PM - October 26, 2019 @ Purple Masque Theatre in West Stadium (Second Stage)

    After Callie meets Sara, the two unexpectedly kiss, provoking a violent attack that transforms their lives in a way they could never anticipate.

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  3. Film: The Rocky Horror Picture Show

    October 25, 2019, 10:30 PM - October 26, 2019, 2:00 AM @ Ballroom, Second Floor, K-State Student Union

    Friday, October 25
    Pre-show: 10:30 pm
    Midnight Film Showing
    Union Ballroom, Second floor, K-State Student Union
    Featuring Mary Renee as emcee! Costumes are welcome! $7 Admission includes: pre-show, movie, & prop bag
    Tickets can be purchased the night of the event.
    Cash and card accepted
    Rated R * Adult Content
    In this cult classic, sweethearts Brad (Barry Bostwick) and Janet (Susan Sarandon), stuck with a flat tire during a storm, discover the eerie mansion of Dr. Frank-N-Furter (Tim Curry), a transvestite scientist. As their innocence is lost, Brad and Janet meet a houseful of wild characters, including a rocking biker (Meat Loaf) and a creepy butler (Richard O'Brien). Through elaborate dances and rock songs, Frank-N-Furter unveils his latest creation: a muscular man named "Rocky."

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For the Kids!

  1. Family Day Fun

    October 26, 2019, 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM @ Courtyard, Ground Floor, K-State Student Union

    In collaboration with the K-State Parent and Family Association, Union Program Council will be hosting a free bounce house with games for the whole family in the Union Courtyard. Make us a stop on your agenda but be sure to check out the full schedule of events and times at

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  2. Drag Queen Story Time!

    October 26, 2019, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM @ Manhattan Public Library

    Put on your costumes for a special Halloween Drag Queen Story Time in the auditorium of the Manhattan Public Library. Stories, singing and crafts, this event is appropriate for all ages. Drag Queen Story Time is hosted by Little Apple Pride and is not an event of the Manhattan Public Library.

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  3. Kids Kanvas: Halloween Cat

    October 26, 2019, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM @ Uncorked Inspiration

    Each canvas will have the image predrawn in pencil on an 11" x 14" canvas. The instructor will start the children out with basic techniques then walk around and help the children individually while incorporating bits of art history/appreciation. The class will be taught by a K-State graduate with degrees in the visual arts who advocates for art education.
    A light snack will be provided for the children while they are listening to the story. Parents are welcome to stay or drop their child off.
    Ages 6 - 12. Younger children are welcome, but they prefer an adult stay to assist the child.

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Kansas State Wildcats athletics

  1. Football: Oklahoma vs. K-State

    October 26, 2019, 1:10 PM - 4:30 PM @ Bill Snyder Family Stadium

    Homecoming Weekend as Wildcats look to break home skid against OU Sooners. Celebrate the K-State Family during homecoming activities in Manhattan!

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Special Events

  1. Zoo In You: The Human Microbiome

    September 21, 2019, 10:00 AM - January 12, 2020, 5:00 PM @ Flint Hills Discovery Center

    Non-human organisms outnumber our human cells 10 to 1, as trillions of microbes colonize inside each one of us. Learn about our body’s constant microbial companions and ways scientists realize just how important these microbes are to overall health, Hands-on exhibit features: Meet the Microbes, Our Complex Ecosystems and Exploring Our Microbiome. Fun science and discovery in MHK!

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  2. Visions of the Flint Hills

    October 4, 2019 - November 21, 2019 @ Buttonwood Art Space

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