Kick off your weekend with a little bit of K-State flair and enjoy these events centered around the 150-year-old institution of higher education.
The second night of the annual Purple Power Play in the Park is tonight at the Larry Norvell Band Shell and City Park. The MHS Pops Choir will perform at 6 p.m., Washington Dance Studio will perform at 6:30 p.m., and David Oakleaf and The Open Road will perform at 7 p.m. The pep rally, featuring K-State coaches, the K-State Marching Band, cheerleaders, Classy Cats and Willie the Wildcat, is at 8:05 p.m. A fireworks show will follow.
Also tonight is An Evening with hypnotist Tom DeLuca in McCain Auditorium. DeLuca is a four-time national college entertainer of the year and the best hypnotist in the business. This free 9 p.m. show is part of K-State’s Week of Welcome. Free general admission tickets are available at the McCain Box Office.
The dedication of the West Stadium Center is at 11 a.m. Friday. This one-hour event will be outside the stadium’s main entrance at Gate B and will include video presentations and comments from Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback, K-State president Kirk Schulz, athletic director John Currie, and football coach Bill Snyder, among others.
The dedication is free and open to the public and will also be broadcast live on K-StateHD.TV.
Parking in the stadium’s west lot opens at 9 a.m. and is free. Fans are asked to clear the lot immediately after the ceremony to allow stadium crews to prepare for pregame activities for the K-State Family Reunion and football game against North Dakota State at Bill Snyder Family Stadium. All stadium parking lots will reopen at 2:30 p.m. Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m. kickoff. Stick around after the game and enjoy the Union Program Council and K-State Athletics post-game fireworks show brought to you by PFB Pyros. This spectacular display is choreographed to some fan favorites and will be shot from the roof of the Vanier Football Complex and the Agronomy Farm.
Don’t have tickets to this sold out game? The K-State After Hours is hosting a football watch party at 7:30 p.m. in the north dining area in the K-State Student Union and on Bosco Student Plaza. There will be tailgate games and free food, while supplies last.
Then this weekend, “treat yo self” to see comedienne Retta at 8:30 p.m. in McCain Auditorium. Retta plays Donna Meagle on NBC’s hit comedy “Parks and Recreation.” One of the hottest comics today, Retta will be performing a free show, open to the public, for the K-State After Hours program to conclude Week of Welcome. Free reserved tickets are available at the McCain Box Office.
Here’s a look at other area events. Have a safe Labor Day Weekend, and go State!
Purple Power Play Storytime, 4 p.m. Get fired up for football with a lively story and music session featuring fun picture books about football, Willie Wildcat and Manhattan. Public Library.
Texas country music sensation Casey Donahue with Lucas Maddy, 8:30 p.m. Tickets: $22. The Wareham.
The Draper Family Band with Joshua Jay, 10 p.m. Aggie Central Station.
Union Program Council film: “Star Trek: Into Darkness,” 8 p.m. $3. Also 7 and 9:45 p.m. Saturday and 8 p.m. Sunday for $3. K-State Student Union Forum Hall.
Manhattan Area Rail Joiners Model Rain Show, through Sunday. Manhattan Town Center.
Enchantment Under the Sea Dance with Chris Aytes and the Good Ambition and Los Habaneros, 9 p.m. Grab your poodle skirt and dust off that leather jacket for a regular ole 1950s-era sock hop. Prizes for best male, best female and best group costumes. The bands will be competing for the best costumes. Aggie Central Station.
The Columbian Theatre and the Foundation for Celtic Arts and Studies present a program of Irish dance, 1:30 p.m. Free Doors open at 12:30 p.m. Seating is first come first served. Columbian Theatre, Wamego.