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5 ways to entertain your visitors this holiday

Are you hosting family and friends for the holidays this year? Need something to do with them this weekend? Get out of the house and enjoy what Emporia has to offer! 1. Visit Lyon County History Center Give your guests a glimpse into the past with a visit to the Lyon County History Center. Eight…

2018 Holiday Shopping Guide

Christmas is upon us once again, and our local Emporia merchants are ready to help you find that perfect gift. We’ve organized Emporia’s shopping options by category, so you can quickly jot down ideas for everyone on your list. There are 21 days left to shop, and Emporia has a wealth of businesses with unique…

Honoring the Military Family

Emporians have a tradition of honoring our veterans year-round, but especially in November. As the founding city of Veterans Day, we recognize the sacrifices of our men and women in the Armed Services with parades, ceremonies, and other honors. But we often overlook another group whose dedication and commitment supports our men and women in…

Emporia’s 2018 Halloween Tricks & Treats – Your Ultimate Guide

It’s scary how much fun you’ll have in Emporia this Halloween! We’ve put together a comprehensive guide to nearly two weeks of special Halloween events for everyone, dead or alive! Friday, October 19 & Saturday, October 20 Rocky Horror Picture Show Let’s do the time warp again! Come in costume for an interactive screening of…

Sertoma Mini Train is Turning 60!

All aboard for a very special birthday party! The Sertoma miniature train at Soden’s Grove has been a fixture of summer evenings and children’s birthday parties for six decades. The beloved train celebrates 60 years of operation this year, culminating in a birthday party on August 25, 2018, at Soden’s Grove, located at South Commercial…

It’s Hot. Here’s a Few Cool Things to Do This Month!

It may be sweltering outside, but Emporia is bursting with summer fun events for all ages. We’ve rounded up some of the best options for indoor, evening, and late night fun in E-town – so you can venture away from your A/C and still stay (mostly) cool. Full Dome Shows at Peterson Planetarium When: Daily…

Bike Murder Ordained

Popular with ghost hunters and teens looking for a scare, Rocky Ford Bridge (or Bird Bridge to locals) is also the centerpiece of the Murder Ordained cycling route. The route is part of Dirty Kanza Promotions’ Iconic Route Challenge, classified as beginner-level difficulty. However, the story behind the 13-mile route elevates the ride to something more…

Impress your kids with a day out (for less than $1!)

We’re days away from the end of the school year! As your kids (and teachers) are counting down the days until summer, are you racking your brain for fun things to do that won’t break the bank? Good news: Emporia has a variety of free or nearly-free activities to keep the summer blues at bay!…

National Tourism Week 2018

National Tourism Week is May 6-10, but so many amazing events are happening in Emporia during that time, we’ve decided to celebrate early! In honor of National Tourism Week, the Emporia Convention & Visitors Bureau presents a series of events showing off some of the best Emporia has to offer. Tuesday, May 1 The Wild…

Enjoy the Flint Hills this Spring

Spring brings warmer weather, rain and sunshine, waking the Flint Hills from winter rest to vibrant, verdant growth. Here’s our insider guide to experiencing the magic of spring in the Flint Hills with specialized tours and events ranging from botany lessons to moonlight horseback rides to Victorian dancing. Explore by bus Prairie Earth Tours Praire…