Community Events

Upcoming Community Events

         "NOTE: See bottom of this page for ongoing activities/events as well as a listing of service clubs.



4/26 - Emporia Symphony Orchestra Concert:: 7:30 p.m. in Webb Hall, ESU Union

4/28 - Wind Ensemble Concert: 7:30 p.m. in Albert Taylor Hall, ESU

4/28 - 4/30 -  2016 Glass Blown Open Disc Tournament: All Day each day at various courses in Emporia.

4/29 - Spring Dance Show "Light 'em Up":  7:30 p.m. in The Bruder Theatre, ESU

4/30 - "Heart Chase": 9 a.m. Registration.  Chase 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. at Welch Stadium on the ESU Campus.

4/30 - Unused Drugs Disposal: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at Flint Hills Community Health Center, 420 West 15th.

4/30 - "ALL ABOARD for the Learning Center Pre-School"  Soden's Grove Li'l Train:  1 p.m. - 3 p.m. at the Sertoma Club Miniature Train in Soden's Grove

4/30 - 5/1 - Glass Blown Open Block Party: 5 p.m. - Midnight on Commercial Street downtown.



5/1 - Emporia Recreation Commission "Annual Birthday Bash and 5K-10K  Runs": All Day at the Lee Beran Recreation Center.

5/1 - Petting Zoo: All Day at the Lyon County Fairgrounds.

5/1 - Choir Concert: 4 p.m. at 1st United Methodist Church

5/5 - Riverside Elementary School "Cinco De Mayo Carnival": 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. at the school

5/6 - Church Women United "Annual May Friendship Breakfast": 8 a.m. 1st United Methodist Church, Emporia.

5/6 - Emma Chase Friday Night Music "Gospel Night": 7:30 p.m. - 10 p.m. at Prairie PastTimes, Cottonwood Falls

5/7 - Cinco De Mayo Celebration: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. in the 800 block of Commercial, downtown Emporia

5/7 - Emporia Police Department "Four Person Golf Scramble for Special Olympics":  9 a.m. at Emporia Community Golf Course

5/7 - Kansas Poet Laureate "Workshop & Prairie Talk": All day at Pioneer Bluffs Historic Site, K-177 in Chase County

5/7 - Camp Wood YMCA "Centennial Open House":  10 a.m. - 5 p.m. at Camp Wood, Elmdale, Chase County.

5/7 - Emporia Arts Center presents "Comedian Robert Klein": 8 p.m. at the Emporia Granada Theatre.

5/10 - "Tip A Cop for Special Olympics":  5 p.m. - 9 p.m. at Bobby D's Merchant Street BBQ

5/10 - EHS Senior Production "Take Five": 7 p.m. in EHS Auditorium.

5/13 - Emma Chase Friday Night Music "Bluegrass Night": 7:30 p.m. - 10 p.m. at Prairie PastTimes, Cottonwood Falls

5/14 - USPS "Annual Stamp Out Hunger Event": Food will be picked up by mail carriers all day.

5/19 - KVOE "BARBECUE DAY": 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. at Mark II Lumber, 825 E. 6th.

5/19 - "Tip A Cop for Special Olympics":  5 p.m. - 9 p.m. at the Olpe Chicken House.

5/20 - Emma Chase Friday Night Music "Country-Folk-Bluegrass": 7:30 p.m. - 10 p.m. at Prairie PastTimes, Cottonwood Falls,

5/21 - Tour de Village 5K & Bike Race": 7 a.m. - Noon at Village Elementary School.

5/21 - 23rd Annual Emporia Flatland Cruisers Car Show:  9 a.m. - 3 p.m. in Downtown Emporia.  Enter at 8th and Commercial.

5/27 - Emma Chase Friday Night Music "Oldtime Rock ' n Roll & Vintage Country Night": 7:30 p.m. - 10 p.m. at Prairie PastTimes, Cottonwood Falls.



6/11 - Annual Symphony in the Flint Hills:  All Day Event to be held at the South Clements Pasture seven miles west of Bazaar



7/8 - 7/10 -  College of Emporia Alumni Reunion: All day C of E Flyer



ISN'T IT TIME YOU ADOPTED A PET?   Adopt a pet.  Stop by the Emporia Animal Shelter 1216 Hatcher  Monday through Saturday between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.  And Wednesday from 4:30 p.m. - 7 p.m.  Applications are available at the Shelter.



The Emporia Public Library is an extremely busy service to the Emporia Community. Between paid staff and volunteers like the Friends of the Library, a day doesn't pass in which something is not going on which affects some segment of the community.  All this on top of the normal services library offers with books, periodicals and research.emporialibrary.org

The following web address will take you directly to the EPL official web site which will list on-going activities as well as hours of operation. Emporia Public Library Web Site



Every day is Veteran's Day at South East Kansas Works.  Veterans are eligible for help in finding work, career counseling and other services. 

Please Contact: Veteran's Representative Richard Snook at 620-342-3355 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



Winter Season - November through April
Buildings Open Daily
9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Summer Season - May through October
Buildings Open Daily
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

The preserve buildings will be closed for the following holidays:


  • January 1, 2016 (New Year's Day)

  • January 18, 2016 (Martin Luther King Jr's. birthday)

  • February 15, 2016 (President's Day)

  • October 10 2016 (Columbus Day)

  • November 11, 2016 (Veteran's Day)

  • November 24, 2016 (Thanksgiving Day)

  • December 25, 2016 (Christmas Day)

  • January 1, 2017 (New Year's Day)

The Visitor's Center is open daily from 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. The Lower Fox Creek one-room school house will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nature and Hiking Trails are open 24 hours a day.

For more information on tours and buildings call 620-273-8494.



Volunteers work at Pioneer Bluffs Historic Farm on the first Saturday of each month from 8:30 a.m. to Noon. Lunch is provided. Work is done to preserve the site.

Pioneer Bluffs is open to the public in spring, summer and fall from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Fri, Sat, Sun and Monday. During winter months the site is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Mondays only. Pioneer Bluffs is always open by appointment.

Visit The Gallery at Pioneer Bluffs in the 1908 home of Henry and Maud Sauble Rogler.

Rooted deeply in the pioneering spirit of the past, today's pioneers are preserving history, respecting the land, and engaging community at Pioneer Bluffs.

Pioneer Bluffs is a nonprofit 501c3 organization that runs on "volunteer power" and donations. Join us on the first Saturday of every month at 8:30 a.m. for coffee, chat, and restoration. Contact executive director Lynn Smith at (620) 753-3484 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for details.  Also check out:  http://pioneerbluffs.org/pioneer-bluffs-today

Pioneer Bluffs is also available for group tours and private events. Area school and youth groups can schedule A Day on the Farm


The Winter Emporia Farmer’s Market is held on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month from November through April. 10 a.m. - Noon Nov. through April. It is located in the Humanitarian Center, 215 West 6th. For information call 620-343-6555.



Get good used clothing at affordable prices at the First Christian Church “Clothes Closet” 202 E. 12th. Hours are 3 - 6 pm every Friday and every Saturday morning from 9 am – Noon. For more information call 342-1582. 



Located at 315 East Logan Avenue, the Howe House is on the register of historic places.  Built in 1867 by a Welsh immigrant stonemason is open to group tours by appointment. Just call 620-340-6310.

Take a stroll along the new Prairie Patch walking nature trail, which connects the Howe House to the Emporia Zoo



The Older Kansans Employment Program invites seniors to have coffee and meet other job-seekers, as well as hear motivational speakers every Tuesday at the Emporia Senior Center on East 12th at 9:30 AM.



Abundant Harvest serves meals Mon-Thurs. at the Abundant Harvest Food Kitchen, 1028 Whittier, evenings at 5:30. There is no charge and all are welcome. If you would like to volunteer, call Jennifer at 342-7439.



Do you have an hour to spare at least once a week? Friendship Meals need volunteer drivers to deliver noon meals to shut-in seniors. Delivery time is usually 10:30 a.m - 11:30 a.m  Mileage is reimbursed. Call Terry for information.



Altrusa Club  of Emporia: 6 p.m. every Thursday. Locations vary.  Call 620-342-4433 for the site. 

Emporia Lions Club: Noon on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month in Kansa Room of the ESU Memorial Union.

Flint Hills Optimist Club: Noon every Thursday at Skyline Room in ESU Memorial Union.

HR PAGE: Noon on the 2nd Wednesday of the month in the Greek Room of the ESU Memorial Union (HR PAGE holds a social from 4 p.m. - 7 p.m. on the 3rd Friday of each month.  Locations vary monthly).

Kiwanis Club of Emporia: 6 p.m. each Tuesday at Nona's Restaurant in the Best Western

Rotary Club of Emporia: Noon each Thursday in the Emporia Country Club.

Sertoma Club of Emporia: Noon every Thursday at the Pizza Ranch.

4/2- Month of the Young Child "Annual Teddy Bear Clinic": 9:30 a.m. -- 1 p.m. at Flinthills Mall

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