Reggae band Muzizi plays at Bluestem Bistro on Wednesday as a part of MidFest, a local festival. The main event kicks off on Saturday at Bluemont Hotel with 38 bands performing throughout the day.

Celebrate the 30th year of Juneteenth in Manhattan during this two-day event commemorating the end of slavery in the United States.

Juneteenth celebrates when Union troops arrived in Galveston, Texas, on June 19, 1865, to take control of the state and enforce the Emancipation Proclamation, which was signed January 1, 1863.

On Friday, enjoy Manhattan’s own JahVelle Rhone & Fly Rythum followed by one of the most sought after musicians and arrangers in the country, saxophonist Donald Hayes.

Saturday night, Amber Flutinastiness Underwood will open for Kirk Whalum, a three-time Dove award nominee, NAACP Image Award Nominee, winner of two Stellar Awards, 12-time Grammy nominee, and Grammy award winner for Best Gospel Song in 2011.

On Saturday, enjoy the Juneteenth celebration with a community unity walk, a 5K run/walk, a BBQ and Soul Food cook-off, car wash competition, vendor booths, food trucks, and much, much more.

This free, family friendly event is for everyone.

Here’s a look at other area events.


K-State Summer Music Camp Final Performance, 6:30 p.m.

Featuring students grade 5-12 from around the nation.

McCain Auditorium.

Concert on the Patios: Grateful Dudes and Sally Vee, 6:30 p.m.

Liquid Art Winery.

C.L. Hoover Opera House presents “101 Dalmatians: Kids,” 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday.

Based on the classic animated film, Disney’s 101 Dalmatians KIDS is a fur-raising adventure featuring Cruella De Vil, Disney’s most outrageous villain, and 101 of the most adorable heroes to set their paws onstage.

For tickets and information, visit jcoperahouse.org.

C.L. Hoover Opera House.

Bullet Journaling: Adult Craft Night, 7 p.m. To register, visit mhklibrary.org.

Family Fun Storytime, 11 a.m. Saturday.

For a complete list of storytimes and events, visit mhklibrary.org.

Manhattan Public Library.

Live Music on the Rooftop: From Worlds Alike, 8 p.m.

Tallgrass Tap House.


Thirtieth-annual Junteenth Celebration, through Saturday.

Featuring live music, a 5K Unity Fun Run, yoga and Zumba, vendors, a grilling contest, and more.

For information, visit facebook.com/mhkjuneteenth.

Larry Norvell Band and City Park.

Astronomy for Everyone: Size and Scale of the Universe, 7 p.m.

Manhattan Public Library.

Columbian Theatre presents “Shrek the Musical,” 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.

Featuring the tale of an unlikely hero who finds himself on a life-changing journey alongside a Donkey and a feisty princess who resists her rescue.

Throw in a short-tempered bad guy, a cookie with an attitude, over a dozen other fairytale misfits, and you’ve got the kind of mess that calls for a real hero. Providing fun for the whole family, Shrek proves that beauty is truly in the eye of the ogre.

For information and tickets, visit columbiantheatre.com.

Columbian Theatre.


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

The market features homegrown vegetables, local meat, home baked goodies, local arts and crafts and much more.

Also 4-7 p.m. Wednesday in the Via Christi parking lot.

MidFest Community Festival, 10:30 a.m.-11 p.m.

Celebrate musicians, artists, dancers, comedians and entrepreneurs in this region.

For tickets and information, visit midfestmhk.com.

Bluemont Hotel.

Canvas & Cork: Mermaid Tail, 6 p.m.

For information and to register, visit straightuppstudio.com.

Straight Upp Creative Studio.

Symphony in the Flint Hills, 6:45 p.m.

For information, visit symphonyintheflinthills.org.


Father’s Day at the Zoo, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

Fathers visit free with a paid child’s admission.

Sunset Zoo.

Jazz Brunch, 10 a.m.-noon.

Bluestem Bistro.