Monday, April 24, 2017

City Park

One of the oldest parks in the community, City Park is located in the east central part of Manhattan, close to downtown and Aggieville and directly across the street from City Hall. Although the park is managed for high volume use, it provides ample space for a quiet conversation and picnics throughout its 45 acres.

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  • April 26 2:00 pm Enid Stover Poetry Recitation

    The 10th Annual Enid Stover Poetry Recitation will be held from 2-4 p.m. at the Rose Garden in Manhattan City Park Saturday. The event is in honor of Enid Stover and all who love reciting poetry. Everyone is invited to recite their favorite poem. Chairs will be provided and lawn chairs and blankets are also welcome. In case of bad weather, the recitation will be in the Manhattan Public Library Auditorium. For more information, call Martha Seaton at 785-537-0936.

  • May 4 3:00 pm Music in the Park

    The Early Childhood Student Association presents Music in the Park, a fundraiser for the Irente Children’s Home in Lushoto, Tanzania, 3 p.m.

    The Children’s Home is home for approximately 40 children, birth through 3 years of age, who have lost a parent. The buildings in which the children live and play are in need of repair.

    Donations will be accepted for the home. We will be sending all proceeds with a group of faculty and students who are traveling to Tanzania this summer on a service-learning trip.

    For more information, contact Katie Lierz at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

  • May 10 9:00 am 24th Annual Yard Art Classics Car Club Car Show
  • May 23 8:00 pm MHS Pops Choir and Thundering Cats Big Band

    The Manhattan High School Pops Choir is the school’s show choir and is led by performing arts teacher Chad Pape. The Thundering Cats Big Band is a jazz ensemble made up of K-State music professors in addition to members of the wider Manhattan community. The group originated in 2010 and is directed by Fred Burrack. The 19-piece band plays classics from artists like Count Basie, Glenn Miller and Duke Ellington.

  • May 30 8:00 pm Briar

    Briar is made up of Briana and Renee Wright, a mother-daughter vocal duo and songwriting team that performs with several Kansas City blues musicians.

  • June 3 7:30 pm Weekly Concert

    The Manhattan Municipal Band, under the direction of Frank Tracz, will present its weekly concert Tuesday, June 3, at 7:30 p.m. The concert will be at City Park’s Larry Norvell Band Shell.

    The concert will include “March Grandioso” and “Americans We,” as well as “I Dreamed A Dream” from the Broadway Musical “Les Miserables.”

    Other highlights will include “Big Band Showcase,” “Prairie Dances,” and “Mancini Magic.” The featured soloist will be Kelley Tracz, oboe, performing “Gabriel’s Oboe.”

    The weekly concerts are free and open to the public.

  • June 6 8:00 pm The Wailin’ Jennys

    The Wailin’ Jennys are a Canadian vocal trio. The three performed solo as singer/songwriters before playing together as a group at a guitar shop in Winnipeg. They have released four studio albums since 2006 and have won multiple Juno (Canadian Grammy) Awards. Their live album “Live at Mauch Chunk Opera House” spent more than a year on the Billboard bluegrass charts.

  • June 13 8:00 pm The Big Time Grain Company

    The Big Time Grain Company is a country western and country rock out of Kansas City and the Overland Park/Olathe area. The group was founded by brothers Chad and Bret Bourquin, natives of Colby. The band includes guitars but also features piano, banjo and violin.

  • June 27 8:00 pm The 1st Infantry Division Band

    The 1st Infantry Division Band is the official musical ambassador of the “Big Red One.” Members of the band often are deployed with the units from the division, including in recent years to Afghanistan and Iraq. The ceremony band plays for memorial services, holiday observances and changes of command. It also performs at social events for soldiers. The music will be a mix of jazz, rock and blues.

  • July 11 8:00 pm Randy McAllister

    McAllister is a singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from Texas. He learned to play the drums because his father, who was also a firefighter, played the drums. His music blends several genres including blues, country, rock and zydeco. McAllister was nominated for a Grammy in 2002 for his album “Givers and Takers.”

  • July 12 5:00 pm Organized community fundraising walk

    Members of each team take turns walking around the track. Food, games and activities provide entertainment and build camaraderie. Family-friendly environment for the entire community

  • July 18 7:30 pm Manhattan Municipal Band

    The Manhattan Municipal Band is a local ensemble with members including students and staff from K-State and other schools as well as military personnel. The group has been part of the community since 1920 and played its first concert on the lawn of the Riley County Courthouse. It’s current director is Frank Tracz, professor of music and director of bands at K-State.

  • July 25 8:00 pm Tribute to Journey Odyssey Road

    Although Tribute to Journey Odyssey Road does not try to pass themselves off as Journey lookalikes, they try to bring the energy of the original hits to the stage. They have been recreating Journey songs since early 2009. The group was founded by Mike Soper, keyboardist and vocalist, and James “Bubba” Sanderford, who is the groups lead vocalist.

  • August 1 8:00 pm Run Boy Run

    Run Boy Run is an all-acoustic quintet from Arizona that blends bluegrass, folk, classical and jazz. They appeared twice on NPR’s “A Prairie Home Companion,” and host Garrison Keillor wrote the liner notes to their debut album, “So Sang the Whipoorwill,” which was released in March 2013.

  • August 1 8:00 pm Arts in the Park: Run Boy Run

    A unique folk/jazz/bluegrass band. Part of Rhythm and Brews.

  • August 2 12:00 am Rhythm and Brews

    Make your plans now to join the fun in City Park on Friday and Saturday, August 2 for the first Rhythm and Brews. Bringing together three events, Brew 2 Shoe, UPC’s Little Apple Music Festival, and the newest event, Hail the Ale, a home-brewing competition.

    Brew 2 Shoe road race will begin at 7 a.m. Saturday.

    The Home Brew Competition and Sampling will be from 1-4 p.m. Saturday. Cost: $25.

    Beer Garden with meal (cost: $35) and the Little Apple Music Festival (free) featuring the Steel Wheels will take place from 5-10:30 p.m. Saturday.

    Proceeds benefit Arts in the Park.

  • August 2 5:00 pm Little Apple Music Festival

    In its second year, the Little Apple Music Festival will host five acts, each with a one-hour set. Beginning at 5 p.m., the performers will be, in order, the Fort Riley Jazz Combo, Vineyard, Noah Hoehn, Samantha Fish and the Steel Wheels.

  • August 2 5:00 pm UPC presents the Little Apple Music Festival featuring The Steel Wheels

    Part of Rhythm and Brews.

    Music lineup includes a jazz combo from 5-6 p.m., Vineyard from 6-7 p.m., from 7-8 p.m. Noah Hoehn, Samantha Fish from 8-9 p.m. and The Steel Wheels from 9-10:30 p.m.

    Other activities include MWR Inflatables, a balloon artist, face painting, a photo booth, and more.

    Free admission. Food vendors will be able.

    For more information, visit

  • August 8 8:00 pm 7Bridges

    7Bridges is an Eagles tribute band based in Nashville, Tenn. Members of the band are experienced in playing covers of classic bands, as members of the band have performed in tribute bands to Bad Company and KISS. Each member also played with their own bands before coming together a 7Bridges.

  • August 14 7:00 pm Annie Up

    Purple Power Play.

  • August 15 8:00 pm Trampled Under Foot

    Trampled Under Foot is a blues band from Kansas City, Mo. The group is led by siblings Danielle and Nick Schnebelen, the children of Kansas City blues musicians. The original lineup included their brother Kris Schnebelen, who left the band earlier this year. The siblings’ longtime friend Jan Faircloth then joined the band on drums. The group won the 2008 International Blues Challenge and their most recent album, “Badlands,” debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard blues charts.

  • August 15 8:00 pm Arts in the Park: Trampled Under Foot

    An International Blues Challenge Winner.

  • August 24 6:00 pm MHS Alumni Picnic

    The Manhattan High School Alumni Association will hold its annual picnic for all MHS alumni and their families at the Wefald Pavilion. The association is providing hot dogs and drinks. The association asks attendees to bring a side dish or dessert to share with everyone.  The annual business meeting will follow the picnic.

  • August 28 5:00 pm Free photos with Willie the Wildcat

    Purple Power Play.

  • August 28 6:00 pm K-State Tap Dance Ensemble

    Purple Power Play.

  • August 28 6:30 pm Bates Dance Studio

    Purple Power Play.

  • August 28 7:00 pm Rusty Rierson & Band

    Purple Power Play.

  • August 28 8:05 pm K-State pep rally

    Featuring teams, K-State Marching Band, cheerleaders, Classy Cats & Willie the Wildcat.

  • August 29 6:00 pm MHS Pop Choir

    Purple Power Play.

  • August 29 6:30 pm Washington Dance Studio

    Purple Power Play.

  • August 29 8:05 pm K-State pep rally

    Featuring teams, K-State Marching Band, cheerleaders, Classy Cats & Willie the Wildcat.

  • February 6 7:30 pm K-State After Hours: Put it on Ice

    Free ice skating.

  • March 21 4:30 pm Theta Xi and Delta Chi Fish Fry Philanthropy

    Featuring freshly fried fish, French fries and other sides. Cookies will also be sold separately ($1 for two cookies). There will be a mix of music provided by a DJ as well as live music performed by the men of Theta Xi and Delta Chi.

    All proceeds go to benefit the Nation Multiple Sclerosis Society, and the Jimmy V Cancer Foundation.

    Tickets: $5 in advance, $6 at the door.

  • April 4 10:00 am Manhattan Lions Club City Park Easter Egg Hunt

    There will be several divided areas for kids 8 and younger to hunt for Easter Eggs based on ages.

  • April 4 5:00 pm Walk MS: Manhattan

    Registration starts at 9 a.m. For information, call 800-344-4867.

  • April 18 2:00 pm 11th annual Enid Stover Poetry Recitation

    In honor of Enid Stover and all who enjoy reciting poetry; we invite you to share your favorite poem from memory and listen to others recite theirs, in the casual atmosphere of the rose garden. Alternate bad weather location: Manhattan Public Library.

    Chairs will be provided. Lawn chairs and blankets are welcome. Light refreshments, certificates, and a gift drawing. For more information, call Martha Seaton 785.537.0936

  • April 25 8:00 pm Manhattan Arthritis Walk

    Go to to sign up to walk. Dogs are welcome. Thanks - Sherri Daveline, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) 785-539-8213

  • June 16 7:30 pm Manhattan Municipal Band

    Featuring Sousa marches, “Somewhere” from the musical “West Side Story,” and a James Bond medley.

    Bench seating is available or bring a lawn chair.

  • June 23 7:30 pm Manhattan Municipal Band

    The concert will include “Dixieland Jam” and “Sinatra in Concert” featuring a medley of Frank Sinatra’s famous hits. A special guest performance by the Little Apple Barbershop Chorus will include “God Bless America” and “Battle Hymn of the Republic.” Bench seating is available or bring a lawn chair.

  • August 1 5:00 pm Rhythm & Brews Music Festival

    Rebranded to Rhythm and Brews Music Festival®, which will still feature jazz at its core, but also offer neo-funk and bluegrass in order to appeal to a wide variety of audience members. This year’s festival will be part of the Arts in the Park series and held in conjunction with Rhythm and Brews.

    Last year’s festival attracted more than 2,000 people. The festival also aims to attract out-of-towners to show off Manhattan, Kansas, the Little Apple®! We strive to showcase four or five bands, including this year’s headliner, Red Molly, which is brought to us by the Manhattan Convention & Visitor’s Bureau. The headlining bands for the 2005-2014 festivals were:  were Kevin Mahogany, Kathy Kosins, Ron Gutierrez, Lisa Henry, Les Lankhorst, Roxi Copland, and CJ Manning & Company, Panorama, County Road 5, and The Steel Wheels, respectively. There will be two stages at the festival and a family-friendly area featuring a photo booth, balloon artist, bouncy house, and face painters. There will be food vendors too. It’s an event that appeals to the whole family.

    5:30- 1st Infantry Division Band

    6:30- Daniel Dissmore Septet

    7:30- Charles Walker Band

    8:30- Red Molly

  • August 30 6:00 pm Manhattan High School Alumni Association Potluck Picnic and Annual Meeting
  • September 3 6:00 pm Purple Power Play

    Project RISE, Bates Dance Studio, Diles Mavis Group and the K-State Marching Band. The K-State football team will take the stage and Willie will be at a photo booth. Area vendors will be on hand.

  • September 4 5:00 pm Purple Power Play

    Festivities include a photo booth featuring Willie, as well as performances from the Washington Dance Studio, Annie Up, and the K-State Marching Band. The K-State Pep Rally, featuring women’s soccer, women’s basketball and men’s basketball, begins around 8:05 p.m. Fireworks will light up the sky at sundown.

  • September 19 10:00 am Walk for breastfeeding

    La Leche League of Manhattan and Fort Riley will host the 13th annual Celebration Walk for Breastfeeding at the Poyntz Ave. Shelter in Manhattan’s City Park. The walk will start at 10:30 a.m. and will go once around City Park. All walkers will receive a free tote bag, and those who want to can carry a sign or balloon during the walk.

  • September 25 5:00 pm Relay for Life of Riley County

    The Relay for Life event is an opportunity to honor, support and remember those who have fought or are fighting the battle against cancer. The fire department and police department will be doing a BBQ cook-off contest. There will also be a bounce house, face painting, sno cones, and so much more! Since it is at the city park, dogs are allowed. The theme for the relay this year is “Lights, Camera, Relay” which means everyone is encouraged to dress up like their favorite movie character! There will be a costume contest (and yes, dogs can enter)!! For more information, go to or find us on Facebook at Relay for Life of Riley County.

  • October 4 1:30 pm Arts in the Park’s Sunday Afternoon in the Park

    Featuring Kansans Celts, the MHS Pops Choir and Cherokee Maidens & Sycamore Swing.

  • October 10 5:00 pm K-State Homecoming Parade

    From the Manhattan Town Center to Aggieville and City Park. K-State Pep Rally at 6:30 p.m. at the Larry Norvell Band Shell.

  • April 3 5:00 pm Pie Burger Phry

    Featuring catering from Vista Burger’s food truck.
    You can also Pie-A-Pi-Phi at the event, tickets to pie will be able to be purchased at the event for $3 per pie.
    Tickets are available in advance from any Pi Phi or can be purchased at the Union on March 30 through April 1 for $8, or at the door the day of the event for $9. Proceeds benefit Read, Lead, Achieve.

  • May 6 11:00 am Spring Furniture Amnesty Day

    Furniture Amnesty Day’s purpose is to reduce the amount of unwanted furniture by fostering an opportunity for neighbors to help neighbors.

  • May 30 7:30 pm Manhattan Municipal Band Concert

    The Monday morning concert at Sunset Cemetery has been cancelled.

  • June 3 8:00 pm Arts in the Park concert with Rave On! A Buddy Holly Tribute

    Bench and bleacher seating is available, or bring your lawn chair for this free, family-friendly concert.

  • June 7 7:30 pm Manhattan Municipal Band Concert

    Featuring the Sousa March “Liberty Bell,” “Prairie Dances,” and “Mancini Magic,” a medley of songs from composer Henry Mancini, under the direction of Frank Tracz.
    Also featuring vocalist Talia Falcon, KSU vocal music major, singing “They Can’t Take That Away From Me” and “But Not For Me.”
    The weekly concerts are free and open to the public.

  • June 10 7:30 pm Arts in the Park: Artrageous!

    An interactive art and music experience.

  • June 14 7:30 pm Manhattan Municipal Band Concert

    Manhattan Municipal Band Concert, 7:30 p.m.
    Featuring traditional marches “Colonel Bogey” and “King Cotton,” as well as “Light Cavalry Overture.” A concert highlight will be the combined performance of the Municipal Band and the 170+ students attending the KSU Summer Band Camp conducted by KSU Band Camp Director Don Linn. The combined groups will perform “Courage March” and “Shorewood Overture.” 
    Also featuring xylophone soloist Dan Haddad, KSU graduate student, performing “Xylophonia.”  KSU percussionists Alex Wimmer and Jack Donovan will join Haddad performing “Serenade for a Picket Fence.”
    Free and open to the public.

  • June 17 7:30 pm Arts in the Park: The Howlin’ Brothers

    A Nashville-based blues and bluegrass band.

  • June 18 9:30 am 27th Annual Juneteenth Celebratio

    A celebration of community, family and freedom, with food vendors, talent show and activities for children (bike race/rodeo, bouncy house, climbing wall, face painting), as well as the Charles Walker Band, the featured music act with unique sound of funk, rhythm and blues and soul.
    For more information, visit

  • July 28 8:30 pm Movie Night in City Park
  • July 29 7:00 pm Arts in the Park: Recess Monkey

    This kid’s music band isn’t just for kids!

  • July 31 6:00 pm Games and activities for families

    Dance on the pool deck.

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