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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…

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…

Memorial to Fallen Educators becomes National Monument

Emporia is home to the National Teachers Hall of Fame, honoring educators across the country who provide exemplary guidance, knowledge, and care to our youth since 1989. And it is now home to the first national memorial honoring educators who have died protecting their students. Following the Sandy Hook massacre in 2012, when six educators…

Dirty Kanza 2018: Your Complete Guide

The world’s most epic gravel cycling race, the Dirty Kanza, is happening this weekend in Emporia! This year’s event is bigger than ever with over 2,700 riders from 49 states and 16 other countries participating. 1200 of this year’s cyclists will compete in the signature 200 mile race event, which is a solo, non-stop endurance…