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Kicking off All Veterans Tribute Week

Veterans Day is next Saturday, November 11, and Emporia is gearing up for a week of celebration. As the Founding City of Veterans Day, honoring our service men and women is a huge part of our culture. We celebrate with a full week of events which this year includes art exhibits, a Tracy Lawrence concert,…

Fun things to do for Halloween 2017

It’s finally starting to feel like fall outside and we’re ready for Halloween! There’s lots to do in Emporia this Friday and Saturday, as well as Halloween night, so come out and enjoy this time of year in our beautiful city. Haunted Trail at Camp Alexander Friday & Saturday night, October 27-28 from 7:30pm to…

Celebrating the Twinkie: America’s Favorite Guilty Pleasure

We know you’ve heard of the Twinkie – an American icon – but did you know Emporia is the sole producer of the snack and has a festival celebrating them? Read up on some Twinkie trivia and then come out for a good time at Twinkies Festival this Saturday! Humble beginnings Invented in 1933 by James…

3 Fall Activities To Do This Weekend

‘Tis the season for cozy sweaters, leaf piles, and pumpkin spice everything! Autumn brings its own set of unique, seasonal activities, and Emporia’s agricultural community has plenty to offer. The bounty of the season means plenty of goodies at the farmers market, plus hayrides and apple picking, so pack up the kids and take advantage…

Fall Means ESU Football

If it’s fall, it must be time for football! The Emporia State University Hornets are currently 2-2 in the MIAA Conference with big home games still to come, including Homecoming on November 4. Tailgating is a tradition that Emporians take seriously. Grab some friends, some food, and your Hornet gear for a day cheering on…

Antiquing in Emporia

Are you a picker? A flea market maven? A bargain hunter? Do you love vintage tools or clothes or furniture or household goods? Emporia has plenty of opportunities for you to find an elusive treasure from years gone by. Antique & Vintage Shops Dalton Gang Antiques – 502 South Commercial Street – Bring your work…

Emporia: The Disc Golf Vacation Destination

Emporia is a big deal on the disc golf scene. We have some of the best courses and tournaments in the country, and people are starting to take notice. Jeremy Rusco of Dynamic Discs shared an article with us about a couple who came from Illinois to play disc golf in Emporia: Die-hard disc golf…

Great American Market: 9 Blocks of Antiques, Vintage Items and Bargains

Downtown Emporia is the place to be this weekend! Commercial Street from 3rd Avenue to 12th Avenue will be closed to traffic when vendors of all kinds gather at this year’s Great American Market. What You’ll Find The secret to the event’s success is that it appeals to a wide range of people, both local and outside…

Are You Ready to Visit Kansas? 3 Things You Have to Do

If you have been struggling to find the perfect destination for your next family trip, consider visiting the beautiful state of Kansas. Known for its wide open plains and brilliant sunflowers, Kansas tends to be forgotten as a tourist destination. There is much more to do in this state than simply dodging tornadoes, though. Whether…

Top things to do in July

Fireworks! It’s a 3-day weekend for some and the holiday plans are revving up. Fireworks stands have cropped up across Emporia, and there’s even a giant ape drawing attention on east 12th Avenue encouraging all to stop. Stock up on your favorite firecrackers, but remember these rules and tips from the City of the Emporia. Independence Day signifies…