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Upcoming Community Events

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



8/28 - Mark Chestnutt  in Concert: 7 p.m. in The Granada Theatre

8/29 - 8/30 - Annual Brewer's & Broadcaster's Golf Tournament: 8 a.m.-both days at the Emporia Country Club.

 8/29 - Emporia Farmer's Market: 8 a.m.- at City Parking lot,7th & Merchant

 8/29 -  Walk to Defeat ALS:   8 a.m. at Jones Park

8/29 - Catfish Chaser's Nighttime Fishing Tournament: 7 p.m. - 8 a.m. (Sun.) at Coffey County Lake.

8/29 -  Mighty Montana Raffle & Fund Raiser:   8:30 p.m. at the Olpe Chicken House



9/5 - 67th Annual Kiwanis Pancake Day: 7 a.m. - 1 p.m.  at The Anderson Building, Lyon County Fairgrounds

9/6 - "Sundays on the Porch; Second Generation - William Lindsey & Kathrine White": 2 p.m. at Red Rocks State Historic Site, 927 Exchange.

9/6 - St. Joseph Labor Day Barbecue: 5 p.m. in Olpe.  Music and Dance follows meal.a.m.- at City Parking lot,7th & Merchant

9/12 - Village PTO presents "Tour De Village 5K run/walk, 30 mile bike ride and 3 on 3 basketball: at Village School.  

 9/12 - 11th Annual Great American Market: 7 a.m. - 4 p.m. in Downtown Emporia.

9/12 - Pioneer Bluffs "Flavors of the Flint Hills": 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. at the Symphony in the Flint Hills Gallery in Cottonwood Falls.

9/13 - "Sundays on the Porch; WAW - A Voice of Reason in an Age of Isolationism": 2 p.m. at Red Rocks State Historic Site, 927 Exchange.

9/18 - STREAM Arts Day w/William Allen White Elementary School: All Day in Heath Recital Hall at ESU

9/19 - Healthier Lyon County -  "Lift Off for Health - Health Fest": 9 a.m. - Noon at Flinthills Mall

9/19 - Holiday Resort Annual "Hearts Dash 5K Race": 11 a.m. at Holiday Resort, 2700 East 30th.

9/19 - Gala Benefit Concert at ESU: 7:30 p.m. in Albert Taylor Hall at ESU

9/20 - "Sundays on the Porch; Panel Discussion - Profiles from Emporia's Past": 2 p.m. at Red Rocks State Historic Site, 927 Exchange.

9/22 - Grand Re-Opening of the Peterson Planetarium at ESU: 4:30 p.m. (ribbon cutting) in Cram Science Hall at ESU

9/25 - 42nd Annual Sacred Heart "Mexican Supper": 4  p.m. - 7 p.m. in Sacred Heart Catholic Church Parish Hall

9/26 - 9/27 -  6th Annual Kansas Hunting & Fishing Expo and Beau Arndt Foundation Outdoor Day:  9 a.m. Peter Pan Park

9/26 - "Walk to Fight Suicide" - Out of the Darkness Community Walks:  11 a.m. - Noon in Jones Park, Emporia

9/26 - Osage City Chamber of Commerce "2015 Festival of Beer": 3 p.m. -  6 p.m. at Osage City Community Building.

 9/26 - Annual "Hartford Harvest Day": Day long activities throughout the community of Hartfo0rd.

9/27 - "Emporia Walk for Hunger 2015" (formerly CROP Walk): 2 p.m.  - 4:30 p.m. at ESU Track at Welch Stadium.

9/27 - "Sundays on the Porch; Poetry on the Porch IX": 2 p.m. at Red Rocks State Historic Site, 927 Exchange.

9/29 - Jazz Concert: 7:30 p.m. in Albert Taylor Hall at ESU



10/2 - Chamber Orchestra Concert: 7:30 p.m. in Heath Recital Hall at ESU

10/3 - 8th Annual Pioneer Bluff's Fall Festival:  2 p.m. til dark at Pioneer Bluff's Historic Ranch in Chase County.  Dinner at 6 p.m.

10/6 - Emporia Symphony Concert: 7:30 p.m. location TBA

10/7 - ESU Marching Band  Festival: 7 a.m.- at Welch Stadium

10/7 - Sertoma Club "Annual Biscuits & Gravy Scholarship Breakfast": 7 a.m. - 11 a.m. at Emporia Sr. Center on East 12th.

10/10 - Fresh Maine Lobster Feast: Serving at 5 p.m.,  5:30 p.m.,  6 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.at 1st Congregational Church

10/22 - 10/25 - "South Pacific" ESU Homecoming Musical:  Nightly in Albert Taylor Hall.

10/24 - Twin River Junior Shooting Sports Banquet: 5:30 p.m. - 9 p.m. at Anderson Building, Lyon County Fairgrounds.



11/4 - Future Music Student Day for High School Jrs. & Srs.: 8 a.m.- at Beach Music Hall, ESU

11/7 - Pioneer Bluff's "Ranch Heritage Prairie Talk features the Story of the Ranchland Trust of Kansas": 1:30 p.m. in the  newly restored barn at Pioneer Bluff's Historic Site in Chase County.

11/10 - Percussion Concert: 8 a.m.- at City Parking lot,7th & Merch

11/13 - Opera Concert 7:30 p.m. in Heath Recital Hall, ESU

11/17 - Jazz Concert: 7:30 p.m. in Albert Taylor Hall, ESU

11/19 - Emporia Symphony Orchestra Concert: 7:30 p.m. Albert Taylor Hall, ESU

11/18 - 11/22 - "Creating Claire":  Nightly in The Frederickson Theatre in Roosevelt Hall,  ESU.

11/21 - Honors Band Program and Concert: : 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. in Albert Taylor Hall, ESU

11/22 - "Harvest Home" ESU Choir Concert: 4 p.m. at Sacred Heart Church in Emporia





The miniature train which is operated by the Sertoma Club of Emporia, will run through August on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays from 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Thursdays from 9 a.m. - 11 a.m..

Cost is 50 cents per person.  For private parties call 620-341-4360.



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.



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

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

The preserve buildings will be closed for the following holidays:

  • January 1, 2015 (New Year's Day)
  • January 19, 2015 (Martin Luther King Jr's. birthday)
  • February 16, 2015 (President's Day)
  • October 12, 2015 (Columbus Day)
  • November 11, 2015 (Veteran's Day)
  • November 26, 2015 (Thanksgiving Day)
  • December 25, 2015 (Christmas Day)
  • January 1, 2016 (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 11:30 a.m. 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.