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Being a meeting planner can be a challenge. You need a state-of-the-art facility, but you’re not on a state-of-the-not budget.  You need a venue that you can be productive in, yet it has to be alluring to attendees. A destination that offers varied after-meeting activities is a must.

Let the Emporia CVB help! Emporia has the ideal blend of fabulous facilities, affordable rates, lodging options galore, and the scenic beauty, hospitality, history, and leisure activities that pack in attendees. Our staff will help make your convention unconventional!



Granada Theatre

 807 Commercial Street

Meet in eye-popping elegance at the historic Granada Theatre. The Granada Theatre is a Spanish colonial Revival theatre that was built in 1929 and has been completely restored. Your guest speakers can take center stage, literally in this venue unlike any other.

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Clint Bowyer Community Building

2700 W Highway 50

 A gift to the city from NASCAR driver Clint Bowyer, this new facility features a native stone and wood timber interior space, as well as an outdoor amphitheater and fire pit.



Emporia State University

1331 Market Street

ESU boasts the first student union built west of the Mississippi River. With a recent multi-million dollar renovation, the union can host up to 1000 guests with catered meals from an award-winning chef.

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Emporia Arts Center

815 Commercial Street

 Feed your creative side in a meeting space at the Arts Center, or work on team bonding with a group art class.


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Radius Brewing Company

610 Merchant Street

Radius Brewing Company is Emporia’s first brewery since prohibition. Craft beers brewed on site are just one of the perks to hosting meetings in the new climate controlled patio.


Twin Rivers Winery

627 Commercial Street

As an urban winery, the setting at Twin Rivers Winery is ideal for private events large and small. This unique space has a contemporary atmosphere and is conveniently located in historic Downtown Emporia.

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402 Merchant Street

Meetings by day, live music, drinks, dancing, and billiards by night. Meetings here can last well into the night with a seamless transition from business to pleasure. Take advantage of their exclusive safe ride bus to get you back to your hotel safely. Day or evening rental available.



You’ll find great nightlife options throughout Emporia, but when it comes to the best excitement, downtown is the place to be. When the sun goes down, the streets fill up with late-night diversions, including a scotch bar, a relaxing lounge and live music.

There are many restaurants, taverns, a neighborhood pub and clubs within walking distance. Whether you’re looking to grab a quick bite after the meeting or just a couple drinks before heading back to the hotel, Emporia’s nightlife options will keep you entertained well into the night.

Unique Restaurants

Emporia is home to some of the most inspiring cuisine the region has to offer. Enjoy a pint of local craft beer and gourmet pizza cooked in a wood-fired brick oven at Radius Brewing Company (610 Merchant St). Stop by local favorites Casa Ramos (707 Commercial St) for authentic Mexican in a festive atmosphere or Amanda’s Bakery and Cafe (702 Commercial St) for delicious sandwiches on bread baked fresh everyday and desserts. Savor the ribs and the signature cheesy potatoes at BobbyD’s Merchant St. BBQ (607 Merchant St) or the AAA-rated best burgers in the state of Kansas at J’s Carryout (27 Commercial St), or try one of our many other locally-owned restaurants. Have these fantastic meals catered in so your guests won’t even have to leave the venue.
The village-themed interior at Casa Ramos Mexican Restaurant includes wooden tables and chairs hand-carved in Mexico. 

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Guests can watch beer brewing while dining at Radius Brewing Co.

All work and no play?

There are many options for activities after your conference. Stroll down historic Commercial Street, the #1 rated main street in America. It is more than Emporia’s downtown, it is the city’s heart and soul. Find unique shopping, inspiring cuisine, craft beers and wines, and a happening nightlife. Whether you are looking for that perfect gift or something for yourself, you’ll find it in one of the unique shops in historic downtown Emporia. Plan your meetings around one of our many street festivals to give your guests the true Emporia experience. Check out the online calendar of events at
The Sweet Granada uses the finest chocolate and quality ingredients in their candy.

Located adjacent to the historic Granada Theatre, the Granada Coffee Company offers a variety of hot and cold drinks as well as snacks and gifts.


Ready to get started?

The Emporia Convention and Visitors Bureau is ready to help!

  • Free visitor packets
  • Lodging availability & rates
  • Delegate name badges
  • Registration assistance
  • Site inspection & selection
  • Free tour itinerary set up
  • Free activity planning
  • Transportation assistance
  • City maps and area information

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Contact the Emporia Convention & Visitors Bureau to begin planning your perfect event, meeting or conference. Whether it’s finding the right space, locating a caterer or looking for exciting things to do, we are here to help and assure that your entire group is made to feel special.

Emporia Convention & Visitors Bureau
719 Commercial Street, Emporia, KS  66801  --  800-279-3730