Parade, carnival at KSU homecoming

By The Mercury

Tales of K-State traditions have been shared throughout the week, and now alumni, fans and friends of K-State will be coming home this weekend for the K-State Homecoming: “A Tale of Tradition.”  

This year’s homecoming celebration will conclude K-State’s sesquicentennial anniversary celebration. 

The homecoming events continue Thursday evening with the annual UPC Children’s Carnival. This year’s theme is Fairytale Factory. Children can enjoy stations with a fairytale theme in the K-State Student Union Courtyard. Homecoming sorority and fraternity pairings and student organizations will have booths, too.  

A little downtown road construction won’t stop this year’s homecoming parade. Beginning at 5 p.m. at Manhattan Town Center, the parade will go west on Houston Street to Juliette Avenue. It will then float over to Poyntz Avenue and continue to 11th Street.

The route will head to Aggieville, turning left on Moro and then ending in City Park for the Homecoming Pep Rally, which is at 6:30 p.m. at the Larry Norvell Band Shell. 

Celebrate six decades of an entertaining K-State tradition with the K-State Singers fall show and 60th anniversary reunion.

This year’s theme for the toe-tapping show is “Boys vs. Girls.”

Advance tickets for the 7:30 p.m. Friday show in McCain Auditorium are $5. At the door, students and military tickets are $7 and non-students are $10.

On Sunday, the K-State Men’s Choir 125th Anniversary Reunion Concert is set for 3 p.m. in All Faiths Chapel.   

On Saturday, cheer on the Cats as the football team takes on West Virginia at 2:45 p.m. at Bill Snyder Family Stadium. Only standing room only tickets remain. The volleyball team plays Texas at 7:30 p.m. in Ahearn Field House. For ticket information, visit

Here’s a look at other area events.




Crafty Seniors Sale, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. through Saturday. The last sale before Christmas. Manhattan Town Center Mall.

Annual Harvest Soup Supper, 5-6:30 p.m. Tickets: $6. The proceeds are needed to support the Center’s programs and activities. Seniors’ Center.


MPL 80s Films Series: “Ghostbusters,” 7 p.m. Public Library.


Konza Wind Quintet, 7:30 p.m. All Faith Chapel.


McCain Performance Series presents The World Blues Tour featuring Taj Mahal and Guests, 7:30 p.m. The World Blues Tour is a celebration of American blues music’s global influence.

Anchored by iconic folk-blues legend Taj Mahal, the evening also will feature the soulful South African blues of guitarist/vocalist Vusi Mahlasela and the modern rock and roll perspective of Fredericks Brown, a band featuring Taj’s daughter, Deva Mahal.

For tickets, visit McCain Auditorium.


Acoustic Open Jam Night, 9:30 p.m. Aggie Central Station.




MPL Spooky Kids’ Movie: “Hotel Transylvania,” 2 p.m. Public Library.  


The Manhattan Arts Center presents an evening of classical music by cellist Anne Clark and pianist Jean Hendricks, 7 p.m.

For tickets, visit or call (785) 537-4420. Manhattan Arts Center.


The Yawpers, 10 p.m. Aggie Central Station.

UPC presents “The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” 10:30 p.m. preshow featuring Mary Renee. Film at midnight. Cost: $5, includes prop bag.

Photo booth available from 8 to 11 p.m. K-State Student Union Ballroom.



Downtown Farmers Market, 8 a.m.-1p.m. Dillard’s west parking lot.


Classic Film Series: “Field of Dreams” and a special Acoustic Junction performance, 6:30 p.m. C.L. Hoover Opera House.


UPC Film: “Hocus Pocus,” 7 and 9:30 p.m. Saturday and 8 p.m. Sunday for $1. Student Union Little Theatre.


The Blue Fruit Snacks with Chase Fortune, 10 p.m. Aggie Central Station.




Jazz Brunch, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Bluestem Bistro.


Howl-O-Ween Fest, 2-5 p.m. A fun, safe, family-friendly event to celebrate fall and Halloween. T. Russell Reitz Animal Shelter.


Read to Dogs, 2-4 p.m. Read to a certified therapy dog.

The dogs have been trained to listen, and they help children relax while reading. Avid readers welcome also. No sign up required. Manhattan Public Library Storytime Room.


Student Recital Series: voice studio of Cheryl Richt, 5:45 p.m. Kirmser Hall.


Jazz Trio, 6-8 p.m. dellaVoce.

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