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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…

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…

Get Your Irish On

St. Patrick’s Day in Emporia is this Saturday and an opportunity for community-wide celebrations, from a parade to live music to charitable events. FAMILY FUN The day begins with the Leprechaun Dash, a 5K sponsored by the Emporia Recreation Center, starting in front of Town Royal, 4th Avenue and Commercial Street, at 10:30 a.m. Participants…