This map shows the route for Saturday’s Bill Snyder Highway Half Marathon.

If you feel like running on Saturday, check out the fourth annual Bill Snyder Highway Half-Marathon/5K. Half marathoners will be shuttled from Bill Snyder Family Stadium to the starting line near I-70 on Kansas Highway 177, also known as Coach Bill Snyder Highway.

The runners will take the course back into town, running down Poyntz Avenue, around City Park, through Aggieville and the K-State campus before finishing at the stadium. The 5K starts and finishes at the stadium.

This year, Coach Snyder has selected four charities to receive race proceeds: Boys & Girls Club of Manhattan, Shepard’s Crossing, Greater Manhattan Community Foundation and Hospice House.

For information for this 7 a.m. race, visit

Before the race, there’s something new to do this weekend with Downtown starting Third Thursdays, a program featuring art exhibits, performers and live music on the third Thursday of every month now until September.

Tonight, there will be an X-Wing demonstration, henna designs, caricatures, a bike safety event and ride at 7 p.m., and live music from Mike Greim, MHS Gold Orchestra and the Atchisons, as well as food and drink specials and deals at downtown shops from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday.

Then there’s something old to do — well, not do this weekend — as the annual Nothing Festival takes place on Saturday in Aggieville. There are no parades or activities planned for this “townie” holiday.

Planners are even adding a non-event, a Nothing Fest 0.0 Run. Pick up your free race packet, which includes two stickers, at Super Club in Aggieville.

Here’s a look at other area events.


Tween Club: Printmaking, 4 p.m.

Manhattan Public Library.

Girls Night Out “The Show,” 8 p.m.

Tickets available at

Eleven Fifteen Venue and Urban Gardens.


Eighth annual Marching Pride Scholars Golf Tournament, 8:30 a.m.

For information, visit

Flint Hills Festival, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Experience Flint Hills culture with live music, food, vendors, children’s activities and more.

Flint Hills Discovery Center.

Annual BBQ Festival, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Cox Bros. BBQ.

MAC presents Mr. Stinky Feet, 2 p.m.

For tickets and information, visit

Manhattan Arts Center.

Couples Night: Bridge, 6 p.m.

For information and to register, visit

Straight Upp Creative Studio.

Murder Mystery Dinner: A Dance with Death, 7 p.m.

Featuring The Murder Mystery Co.’s 1950s sock hop gone sour.

For tickets and info, visit

The Wareham.


Jazz brunch, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Bluestem Bistro.

Curator’s Talk by Aileen June Wang on the art of Lynn Benson, 2 p.m.

The Volland Store Gallery, Alma.

Historic Preservation and its Place in 21st Century America, 2-4 p.m.

Manhattan Public Library.

Run for the Wall stop in Junction City, 4-6 p.m.

A stop of the annual pilgrimage to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

Heritage Park, Sixth and Washington.