Top 10 things to do this week in Northeast Kansas: June 25 – July 1

Top 10 things to do this week in Northeast Kansas: June 25 - July 1

1. Grand Opening of the Evel Knievel Museum

When: 5:30 – 9 p.m. Friday, June 30, and 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday, July 1

Where: The Evel Knievel Museum, 2047 S.W. Topeka Blvd.

Price: $ 40 – $ 150

Celebrating the grand opening of the Topeka museum dedicated to the life of Evel Knievel, the museum, housed inside the Historic Harley Davidson is hosting a weekend-long event.

General admission tickets are $ 40 Saturday, with celebrity autograph stations, a hospitality tent, music and BBQ lunch on Saturday as well as a souvenir print. Friday night there’s a $ 150 VIP option. A cocktail reception will take place from 5:30 to 9 p.m. with a red-carpet, valet parking, hors d’oeuvres and two drink tickets. The VIP package is also good for Saturday’s open house. For more information visit


2. Jokes at Faces

When: 8 p.m. Thursday, June 29

Where: Faces by Mayfield, 802 N. Kansas Ave.

Price: Free

Every three weeks through August 31, Faces by Mayfield, a NOTO bar, restaurant and art gallery are hosting an open mic night. There’s no early registration, no cover, and no reason not to head across the river to North Topeka for a hilarious night of local comedy. For more information call (785) 380-1667


3. Arts in the Park

When: 8 p.m. Friday, June 30

Where: Larry Norvell Band Shell in City Park, Poyntz Avenue and 11th Street, Manhattan

Price: Free

Friday Manhattan will host its latest installment of Arts in the Park, a summer concert series that brings live music every Friday throughout the summer.

For more than 40 years, the Manhattan Parks and Recreation Department has sponsored, organized, and produced free weekly outdoor concerts for the Manhattan community. June 30, The Hunts, seven brothers and sisters with an indie/folk sound, will perform in the Larry Norvell Band Shell.


4. Topeka Rotary Freedom Festival

When: From 9 a.m. to 10:15 p.m. Saturday, July 1

Where: Downtown Topeka

Price: Free to enter, additional cost for some attractions

The Rotary Club of Topeka has scheduled its signature event, the Rotary Freedom Festival on Saturday in downtown Topeka. The Rotary Freedom festival will explore and celebrate Kansas’s history, diversity and pride in being a community that helped shape history. Throughout the day there will be a 5K race, various vendors, children activities, a concert, food trucks, a beer garden and many other family-friendly attractions. Should there be bad weather, the event will move indoors to the Topeka Performing Arts Center. For more information visit the Rotary Freedom Festival Facebook event page.


5. An old fashioned holiday at Pioneer Bluffs

When:1:30 p.m. Saturday, July 1

Where: 695 Kansas Highway 177, Matfield Green

Price: Free

It will be an old-fashioned Independence Day celebration at a historic ranch near Matfield Green, with patriotic music by a brass quintet and ice cream social. In the loft of the barn at Pioneer Bluffs there will be a music matinee, with the Schlag Harten Brass Quintet, comprised of five Emporia State University music majors. Following the concert will be an ice cream social at about 3 p.m. where guests can visit with the performers. Registration is requested but not required. Contact Lynn Smith, executive director, at (620) 753-3484 or [email protected], for reservations or information.


6. Film screening and concert with the Free State Festival

When: 6 p.m. film screening and 8:30 p.m. concert, Thursday, June 29

Where: Lawrence Arts Center Main Stage, 940 New Hampshire St.

Price: $ 25

One of the many events scheduled during the Free State Festival is the concert and film screening held at the Lawrence Arts Center Main Stage. For one price guests will see the film “Dolores,” a historical film about Dolores Huerta, a co-founder of the first farm workers’ union and following is the Latin band, Chicano Batman. Chicago Batman perform high-spirited alternative Latin music that ranges from the tropicália genre, to West Coast psychedelia to late ’60s/early-’70s soul. For more information visit


7. Canvas and Cork Painting and Wine Night

When: 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 28

Where: Straight Upp Creative Studio, 1223 Moro Street, Manhattan

Price: $ 30

Join Straight Upp Creative Studio for an entertaining night of painting and wine. Bring your favorite bottle of wine or beverage, invite your friends, and enjoy step-by-step instruction with experienced artists on creating your own “bike with basket” painting. Online registration and payment is required. More information is available on the Facebook event page.


8. Santa Fe Band first performance of summer

When: 7 p.m., Sunday, June 25

Where: Gage Park amphitheater, 6th and Gage St.

Price: Free

The Topeka Santa Fe Band will be performing it’s first concert of the summer in the Gage Park amphitheater Sunday. Long-time trumpeter Shirley Jacobson will be recognized for her 65 years of service with the band.


9. An Evening with Nikki Glaser

When: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 28

Where: Lawrence Arts Center Main Stage, 940 New Hampshire St., Lawrence

Price: $ 30

Celebrated Kansas University alumna Nikki Glaser will return to Lawrence for one night of on-stage comedy and a Q&A.

Glaser is a comedian, writer, podcaster, actor and host whose television appearances have included The Tonight Show, Conan and Last Comic Standing. She was the co-host of the MTV late night talk show, Nikki & Sara LIVE, as well as the popular podcast, “You Had To Be There.” For more information visit the event Facebook page.


10. City Carnival

When: 6 to 10 p.m. from Friday, June 30 to Tuesday, July 4

Where: 748 to 798 5th St., Wamego

Price: $ 23 June 30 – July 3, $ 25 July 4

Beginning its Fourth of July celebration, Friday night begins the City Carnival in downtown Wamego. There will be a variety of rides from the Ferris wheel and tilt-a-whirl, to your favorite carnival games and snacks. For more information visit

Contact reporter Savanna Maue at (785) 295-5621 or @SavannaMaue on Twitter.

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