K-State’s improv troupe is honoring Del Close, a Manhattan native who is credited by many as the father of modern long form improv, this weekend with DelFestopia.

Celebrate comedy and improv with DelFesttopia, featuring some comedians and improv groups from the Midwest with free improv shows Friday and Saturday nights.

Friday’s 8 p.m. show features On the Spot, K-State’s improv group, and GASSSP from The Improv Shop, a Kansas City and St. Louis-based troupe, in the Bluemont Room in the K-State Student Union.

At 8 p.m. Saturday in the Union Ballroom, enjoy another free improv show featuring college improv teams from across the Midwest, as well as a performance by The Crowd Theater, a performer-centric comedy theater in the Lakeview neighborhood of Chicago.

Interested in learning more about improv? There’s a free improv workshop at 3 p.m. Saturday in the Union’s Big 12 Room hosted by The Crowd Theater troupe.

Here’s a look at other area events.


Lecture: “A Thousand Colors for my Town” by Edwin Rodriguez, founder of director of the Columbian Peace and Reconciliation Foundation, 5 p.m.

Strategy Board Game Night, 4:30 p.m. Friday.

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

Manhattan Public Library.

New Yorker on the Prairie: Talk by Zhang Hongtu, Prairie Studies Institute Artist-in-Residence, 5:30 p.m.

While visiting Manhattan in 2018, the New York-based artist fell in love with the Kansas Prairie and embarked on a year of intense research into its history and broad significance.

Beach Museum of Art.

McCain Performance Series presents Siudy Garrido Flamenco Dance Theatre, 7:30 p.m.

Featuring Siudy Garrido, the renowned flamenco dancer, choreographer, and artistic director.

For tickets and information, visit k-state.edu/mccain.

McCain Auditorium.

K-State Theatre presents “Taking Steps,” 7:30 p.m. through Saturday. Also 7:30 p.m. October 17-19 and 2:30 p.m. October 20.

This fast-paced, hilarious farce by Alan Ayckbourn is set in a Victorian mansion in which all the rooms, passages and stairways are portrayed on a single level.

Directed by Jennifer Vellenga,

Mark A. Chapman Theatre, Nichols Hall.

The Historic Columbian Theatre presents “The Wizard of Oz,” 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.

This longtime favorite returns to the Columbian Stage.

For tickets and information, visit columbiantheatre.com.

Columbian Theatre, Wamego.

Arthur Dodge and the Horse Feathers with Ramblin’ Deano from the Waco Brothers, 8 p.m.

Also Renaissance Jazz Combo, 8 p.m. Friday.

Auntie Mae’s Parlor.


Memories in Color: Talk by Edwin Rodriguez, 3 p.m.

Rodriguez is founder of the Colombian peace and reconciliation nonprofit, Memories in Color.

Beach Museum of Art.

International Coffee Hour: Turkmenistan, 4 p.m.

International Student Center.

Paint & Sip: Moon Cat at 6:30 p.m.

Also Game Day at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, and Are you My Mummy? at 4 p.m. Sunday.

For information and to register, visit uncorkedinspiration.com.

Uncorked Inspiration.

Anime Double Feature Free Film: “Howl’s Moving Castle” at 7 p.m. and “The Take of the Princess Kaguya” at 9:15 p.m. Also Saturday.

All films are closed captioned.

Free snacks while supplies last.

K-State Student Union Wildcat Chambers.

Chancey Williams, 7 p.m.

For tickets, visit thehatksu.com.

The Hat.

Manhattan Arts Center presents “The Addams Family,” 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.

As the last dead leaf of autumn falls from the Addams Family Tree, all is right with the morbid, macabre world of Gomez, Morticia, Fester, Grandma, Wednesday, Pugsley and Lurch. They’ve gathered in the family graveyard to celebrate life and death, but Wednesday is dreaming of love with Lucas Beineke, an ordinary boy from Ohio.

Directed by Penny Cullers. Music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa, book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice.

Cost: $20/17 adults, $15/12 military, $13/10 children and students.

For tickets and information, visit manahttanarts.org.

Manhattan Arts Center.

K-State After Hours: Headphone Disco, 8 p.m.-midnight.

K-State Student Union Courtyard.


The Fitness Experience, 7 a.m.

Health and fitness fair with free health checks from 7 a.m.-noon.

The Fitness Experience 5K, 8 a.m.

Yoga in the Park, 9 a.m.

MHK Bootcamp Gantlet, 10 a.m.

MHK Community Zumba, 11 a.m.

Bring donations of your no longer used exercise clothing, active wear, shows, and sports equipment.

For information, visit TheFit3xp.com.

Northeast Community Park.

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

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

Featuring homegrown vegetables, local meat, home baked goodies, local arts and crafts and much more.

A & H Farm Pumpkin Patch, Day Activities, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Also 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday.

Featuring hayrack rides, train rides, Trike Track, corn mazes, pumpkin patch, petting zoo with baby animals, giant slide, corn pit, rope maze, bounce houses, zip line, battle zone, kid zone and much more.

For information, call 785-341-7794.

A & H Farm, 1374 Collins Lane.

Body Science Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Dive into human health with live performers, science demos, art activities, storytelling and more.

Flint Hills Discovery Center.

Wonder Workshop: Beginning Cake Decorating for kids and teens, 10 a.m.

Cost: $10.

To register, call 785-776-1234 or visit wonerworkshop.org.

Tallgrass Artist Residency Symposium, 1-4 p.m.

For information, visit beach.ksu.edu.

Beach Museum of Art.

Student Recital: Rachael Gros, 6 p.m.

All Faiths Chapel.


Jazz Brunch, 10 a.m.-noon.

Bluestem Bistro.

Student Recital: Taylor Crawford, oboe, 1 p.m.

Also Rachel Wright, alto, and Sarah Keller, soprano, 3:30 p.m.

All Faiths Chapel.

Second Sunday Music featuring classical music by the faculty of the Community School for the Performing Arts, 1:30 p.m.

Manhattan Public Library.

Rose Bentley and Kara Whitaker, horn recital, 3 p.m.

Kirmser Hall, McCain Auditorium.

McCain Performance Series presents Russian Renaissance, 7:30 p.m.

Russian Renaissance has firmly established itself as one of the most electrifying and exhilarating chamber music ensembles of today.

Tickets are available at the box office, by calling 785-532-6428, or at k-state.edu/mccain.

McCain Auditorium.

Jazz Night on the Patios, 6:30 p.m.

Liquid Art Winery.