Manhattan Book Discussion Group @ Senior Center
May 16 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

The Manhattan Book Discussion Group and the VIP (Visually Impaired Persons) Support Group will meet on Tuesday, May 16th, at the Riley County Senior Center.  The Book Group will meet at 1:00.  The title this month is “Dead Wake” by Erik Larson.  The VIP meeting will follow from 2:00-3:00 pm.  Join them for Game Day.  Have you ever wanted to participate in a game but your low vision has held you back? Have you wondered what the game Bunko was like? Now is your chance to learn more.  This will be the “Game Day” meeting.  They will be joined by Bunko enthusiast from the Riley County Senior Center.  Join them as they help guide you through this fun-filled game.  Be ready to have a good time with lots of laughs.  Any questions, please contact Betty at 317-3962.

“Manhattan Memories” @ Riley County Historical Museum
May 18 @ 11:30 am

The Riley County Historical Museum, 2309 Claflin Road, will present the lunchtime lecture “Manhattan Memories” Thursday, May 18th at 11:30 am.  A lifelong resident, Margery Davidson will talk about some of her “Manhattan Memories” and family stories.  Margery’s family came to Manhattan in 1871.  She will illustrate her family stories with objects from the collection of the Riley County Historical Society and Museum.  The program in free and everyone is invited to attend.  For more information contact Cheryl Collins at 785-565-6490.

1st Infantry Band @ Larry Norvell Band Shell
May 18 @ 7:30 pm

The 1st Infantry Division Band invites you to attend their Spring Concert in Manhattan on Thursday, May 18th at 7:30 pm.  This event will be held in the Larry Norvell Band Shell at the Manhattan City Park.  Everyone welcome!!!

Summer Safety Day @ IACH
May 19 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Irwin Army Community Hospital will host a Summer Safety Day event Friday, May 19th from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm in front of IACH’S main entrance near the flagpole.  This event is to promote spring and summer safety for soldiers, families, veterans, civilian employees and local community.  Visitors are encouraged to access the public parking structure through the lower levels during the event.  IACH Summer Safety Day is free and open to the public.  Lunch is available for purchase.

Memorial Day Service @ Kansas Veterans Cemetery
May 29 @ 11:00 am

The Kansas Veterans Cemetery at Ft. Riley-Manhattan will honor fallen veterans and their loved ones on Monday, May 29th at 11:00 am at 5181 Wildcat Creek Road, (near the Manhattan Airport).  this year’s program will feature guest speaker Robert Boyd, Jr., the Little Apple Chorus and the Kansas Territorial Pipes and Drums.  Please bring lawn chairs and blankets to sit on as seating usually fills up quickly.  This event, as always, is free and open to the public.

Kandango @ Blue Earth Plaza
Jun 8 @ 7:00 am

Kandango is 3 1/2 days of bicycle rides on the back roads of Kansas.  It originated in 2013, as a tour through the Flint and Smoky Hills regions of Kansas.  Its central themes are to ride the road less traveled (but far more interesting), take the time to explore the pass-through communities and see the local attractions during the ride.  The 2017 event is June 8-11.  Paved and gravel routes from Manhattan are available each day.  Camping and lodging packages in Manhattan are available.  For more information go to

Juneteenth Celebration @ Manhattan City Park
Jun 17 @ 10:00 am – 9:00 pm

Manhattan, Kansas 28th Annual Juneteenth Celebration will be held on Saturday, June 17th in Manhattan City Park.  10:00 am – 4:00 pm – Non-food vendor & community organization information booths & tables; 11:00 am – 12:00 pm – Proclamation & Community Unity Walk around City Park. Free T-shirts to the first 100 participants (line up beginning at 10:30 am); 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm – Grilling Contest;  2:00-3:30 pm – Kids’ Bike Rodeo & Race; 3:30-4:30 – Car Wash Contest; 4:00-8:00 pm Food truck vendors; 4:30-6:30 pm – Talent Show, Comedian & K.C. Steppin’ – Main Stage; 7:00-9:00 pm – Featured Entertainment – Main Stage, Betty O.

2017 Sunflower State Games
Jul 14 – Jul 30 all-day

The 28th annual Sunflower State Games will be held July 14th – 30th.  The Sunflower State Games is Kansas’ largest amateur sports festival.  With over 45 different events there is something for people of all ages and skill levels.  In 2017 they will be adding Cornhole (Bags) and Drone Racing to the list of events.  Registration for the Sunflower State Games opens on March 1st, deadlines to register vary for each sport.  Complete event information and registration procedures can be found at