Annual Events

Annual Events

Flint Hills League
Basketball Tournament
White Auditorium • 620-343-4295
Mid-season invitational tournament for class
3A high school boys and girls.

Lyon County League
Basketball Tournament

White Auditorium • 620-343-4295
This mid-season tournament for high school boys and girls is the longest running high school tournament west of the Mississippi.

Glaciers Edge Basketball Tournament
Emporia High School • 620-341-2365
Mid-season invitational tournament for high school girls.


Spring Expo
Lyon County Fairgrounds- Anderson Building. 620-342-1600. Annual Home & Garden Show.


St. David’s Day Concert & Tea
Emporia Presbyterian Church, West Campus
Musical celebration honoring Welsh patron saint. Sponsor: St. David’s Society of the State of Kansas.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Downtown Emporia • 620-340-6430
Celebrate the luck of the Irish.

KSHSAA 1-A State Basketball Tournament
White Auditorium • 620-343-4295
State championship tournament for boys and girls.

Vietnam Veterans Candlelight Vigil
Soden’s Grove All Veterans Memorial

Evening service commemorating the end of the Vietnam War.


Glass Blown Open Disc Golf Tournament                          Disc Golf, Block Party and Fun for all ages!                           Emporia Disc Golf Courses 785-505-4805

The Taste
White Auditorium • 620-340-6430
The Taste is a social event that features many of the finest Kansas wineries, breweries, and restaurants and gives attendees the opportunity to taste their delectable flavors.

Brown Express Custom Car Show
North end of ESU Campus • 620-341-0601
Annual car show featured in world-wide Lowrider car magazine.

Spring Fling ABATE Motorcycle Show
Lyon County Fairgrounds

Show featuring all makes of motorcycles, free & open to the public.

Cinco de Mayo

Las Casitas Park

Celebrate Hispanic culture with folkloric dancers, food and live music.
Iris Tours
Toad Hollow, 1534 Rd. 170
Enjoy over 300 varieties of iris, all sizes and in every color combination imaginable.

Flatland Cruisers Car Show
Soden’s Grove Park • 620-342-0944
Approximately 100 cars, trucks and motorcycles in a beautiful shaded park, Rock & Roll music, door prizes.

KSHSAA Softball Tournament Class1A & 2A
Trusler Sports Complex & Soden’s Grove

State championship tournaments hosted by the Emporia Recreation Commission.

Memorial Day Service
Soden’s Grove All Veterans Memorial
Memorial service honoring all veterans.

EHS, FHTC & ESU Graduations


Farmer’s Market
7th Ave. & Merchant St. parking lot
Fresh home grown produce from apples to zucchini and Kansas made products.June

Friends of the Zoo Open House
David Traylor Zoo • 620-341-4365
Docents with animals for an “up-close and personal” experience, balloons, popcorn, merchandise, off-exhibit area open.

National Teachers Hall of Fame Induction
ESU • 620-341-9131 •
Five of the nations top career teachers are honored at events in Emporia and Washington DC.

MAYB Tournament
Invitational tournament with over 100 teams playing in Emporia and the surrounding area.

Symphony in the Flint Hills
Celebrating our cherished landscapes; honoring our heritage and traditions.

Emporia Garden Tours 620-341-3220
Tour gardens of Emporia homes.

Zoo David Traylor

June & July

Daylily Tours
Toad Hollow, 1534 Rd. 170 • 620-343-8655
Enjoy over 600 varieties of daylilies in all sizes and colors.

Brown Bag Concerts
Emporia Public Library Courtyard

Bring your lunch and enjoy a different performance each Wednesday at noon.

ESU Summer Theatre
All performances are in the Karl C. Bruder Theatre in King Hall, with a 7:30 p.m. curtain (except for the final matinee performance of U:Bug:Me!) Individual tickets and season passes are available from the university box office at 620-341-6378.

“Live In The Lot”
7th Ave. & Merchant St. parking lot

Spend Wednesday evenings listening to local talent.

Municipal Band Concerts
Fremont Park • 620-342-3674
Enjoy a evening concert in the park with the Emporia City Band. Don’t forget your lawn chair or blanket.


Lyon County Free Fair
Lyon County Fairgrounds

Carnival rides, livestock shows, Grandstand events.

Flint Hills Beef Fest
Lyon County Fairgrounds
Celebrate the cattle industry with BBQ contest, rodeo, steak dinner, and nationally known entertainment.

KSHSAA Volleyball
Cheryl Gleason, Administrator
(785) 273-5329


All Veterans Golf Tournament                      Emporia Municipal Golf Course                     1133 S Hwy 99 * 620-343-5610

Las Casitas Park • 620-366-1094

Join us for a latin heritage celebration with HOTT’S own Raices Hispanics folkoric dancers and jalapeno eating contest!

Great American Market
Downtown Emporia • 620-340-6430
All day events with food, fun, music, and treasures to be found.

Hetlinger Apple Festival
7070S Commercial St.

October                                                                     Boo In the Zoo                                           David Traylor Zoo Of Emporia                       620-341-4365                                                Start Halloween off with treats, fun and games at the zoo!

Farmers Market Harvest Festival
Farmers Market Kiosk, 8th & Merchant
Shop for the best in fresh & local produce.  Then join us for games, entertainment, pumpkin bowling and more.

Emporia State University (ESU) Homecoming

ESU • 620-341-1200
Musical, football game student activities and reunions

William Allen White Children’s Book Awards
ESU & White Auditorium • 620-341-5208
Children’s activities, book signings, sleep overs, readings, and award ceremony.


All Veterans Tribute
620-342-1803 or 800-279-3730
Honoring all Veterans with parade, memorial service, Veterans Recognition & USO Show, and ham & bean feeds.

November & December

Christmas Parade
Downtown Emporia

A community celebration of the holidays, with dedication and Mayor’s lighting ceremony, and night parade with 100 entries. Voted “Best Parade in the Flint Hills.”

Holiday Lights at David Traylor Zoo
Emporia • 620-341-4365
Spectacular holiday lights.


Artists Open House at Plumb Place
224 E 6th Ave. • 620-342-6959
Set in a lovely historic home, this artist’s show features artists, painters, draftsman, jewelers,
ceramics, glass, fiber, photography, iron works, and bronze sculpture. Proceeds support Camp Wood and ESU Art Scholarships.

Seasonal Celebration
White Auditorium • 620-341-2200
Spectacular performances highlight the holiday around the world with instrumental music, songs, narrative, and more.

Kris Kringle’s Kids Shoppe
Downtown Emporia • 620-340-6430
Children are invited to shop for fun, convenient & inexpensive holiday gifts.

Carriage Rides (weather permitting)
Downtown Emporia • 620-340-6430
Stroll Emporia during the holidays in a horse and carriage.

***See our community calendar for a full list of area festivals and events
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