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Burning Desire: Watch the Flint Hills Transform Through Fire

Here in the Flint Hills, we greet the arrival of spring with a unique agricultural practice: pasture burning. For several weeks from late March through April, the skies are lit with flames and the sweet smell of burning Tallgrass permeates the air. Why do we burn our pastures? Prescribed or controlled burns are a vital…

What You Must Do in Emporia! – Part 1

We love having visitors! Our mission at the Convention and Visitors Bureau is to inspire people to visit, stay, dine, shop and play in Emporia. Whether you are an outdoor adventurist, day tripper, art lover, history buff, foodie or simply looking for someplace to have a family outing, we want you to come often and…

2019 event preview!

Happy New Year, everyone! We at the Emporia Convention and Visitors Bureau are excited to kick off another year promoting everything that is wonderful about our community, including Emporia’s unique events. Thousands of visitors from around the world visit Emporia each year to attend various events, and they often comment that Emporia is an amazing,…

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…

Happy Holidaze at the Zoo

The 2018 holiday season in Emporia officially begins tonight – Tuesday, November 20 with the Happy Holidaze lighting at David Traylor Zoo, 75 Sodens Road. This annual event illuminates Emporia’s beautiful zoo with thousands of lights, turning it into a favorite destination during the holidays. The Emporia Friends of the Zoo invite guests to join…

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…

Explore the Flint Hills National Scenic Byway for National Motorcycle Ride Day

Saddle up, friends! Saturday, October 13 is National Motorcycle Ride Day! This day is designated to get motorcyclists across the United States – and the world – out and on their motorcycles for a united day of riding before winter weather sets in. The Flint Hills National Scenic Byway is a perfect day trip for…

Five Must-See Shows Coming to Emporia

Who doesn’t love to swing dance to some Big Bad Voodoo Daddy? The well-known jazz band, along with a powerhouse country group, a classical pianist, and two visually stunning dance acts will all be performing in Emporia in the coming months. The shows are all part of Emporia Arts Center’s annual Performing Arts Series.  The…

Founding City of Veterans Day Hosts Parade

Founding City of Veterans Day Hosts Parade One Event in Multi-Day Celebration EMPORIA, Kansas, September 6, 2018 – – The official founding city of Veterans Day, Emporia, Kansas, will host a Veterans Day Parade on Saturday, November 10, at 9:30 am. Parade line-up starts at 8:15 am in the area of 4th Avenue and Commercial…