First Friday, high school football among things to do this weekend

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With art, balloon shows, theatre and high school football on the outlook, there are many things to do this weekend in northeast Kansas:

Friday:

  • NOTO First Friday Art Walk
    • The NOTO Arts & Entertainment District is holding its monthly First Friday Art Walk.
    • You can visit the North Topeka district from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
    • “The Many Flavors of NOTO” exhibit is inside the Morris Gallery at the NOTO Art Center. Restaurants will have samplings you can try.
Huff ‘n Puff Hot Air Balloon Rally
  • 44th Annual Huff ‘n Puff Hot Air Balloon Rally
    • This will be Friday-Sunday on the north side of Mount Hope Cemetery.
    • 4:00 p.m. – Vendor booths/activities open
    • 6:00-7:00 p.m. – Balloon Flight Launch Window
    • 7:30-8:30 p.m. – Balloon Glow
  • Flint Hills Shakespeare Festival
    • The festival runs Friday-Sunday, as well as 9/12-9/15 at Sir William’s Hollow in St. Marys
    • 5:00 p.m. – Festival
    • 6:30 p.m. – Play
    • 11:00 p.m. – Close
  • High School Football officially begins tonight
    • If you missed Wednesday’s Football Frenzy Kickoff Show, you can watch it here.
    • Here’s a schedule of games KSNT Sports will be covering:
      • Topeka High at Shawnee Heights (KSNT Sports Game of the Week)
      • Emporia at Washburn Rural
      • St. Marys at Silver Lake
      • Centralia at Rossville
      • Hayden vs. Topeka West
      • Highland Park at Seaman
  • The Kansas State Fair starts today in Hutchinson. You can find a full schedule and list of entertainment here.

Saturday:

  • 44th Annual Huff ‘n Puff Hot Air Balloon Rally
    • This will be Friday-Sunday on the north side of Mount Hope Cemetery.
      • 6:00 a.m. – Morning refreshments
      • 6:55 a.m. – Launch window opens for flight
      • 4:00 p.m. – Balloon Discovery Children’s Workshop
      • 6:00 p.m. – National Anthem
      • 7:44 p.m. – Glow begins
  • Holy Smokin’ Jamboree
    • The 12th annual event gets started Saturday at the Mother Teresa of Calcutta Catholic Church.
      • 7:00 a.m. – Pancake Feed
      • 8:00 a.m. – 5K Run
      • 8:30 a.m. – Farmers Market opens
      • 10:00 a.m. – Car Show & Smoke-Off Judging
      • 11:00 a.m – All Booths/Games/Concessions open
      • 2:00 p.m. – Horseshoes begins
      • 5:00 p.m. – Hayden Drumline performs
      • 5:15 p.m. – Church Poker begins
      • 5:30 p.m. – Live music begins
  • VBP Vettes 2nd Annual Corvette Show
    • The 2nd annual Show & Shine will be held at The “Dug Out” Bar and Grill at 1545 SW Fairlawn Rd.
    • The Show will win from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
    • Awards will be presented at 1:30 p.m.
  • Harvesters Food Drop
    • This will be at the Oakland Church of the Nazarene from 9:30-10:30 a.m.
    • All are welcome.
  • Kansas Black Expo Celebration of Unity
    • The Kansas Black Expo is hosting its 15th Annual Celebration of Unity in Kansas at the State Capitol grounds.
      • 10:00 a.m. – Business, Jobs, Health & Education Exo.
      • 11:00 a.m. – Unity & Stop the Violence Walk around the grounds
      • 6:00 p.m. – Open Car Show
      • 7:30 p.m. – Celebration of Unity Concert featuring the Rick Baron Band & more
  • K-State Football vs. Bowling Green
    • The Wildcats kick off against the Falcons at 11:00 a.m. at Bill Snyder Family Stadium in Manhattan.
  • 2019 Emergency Services Showcase
    • This is the 13th year of the free event that helps educate kids about first responders, the jobs they do and the ways kids can help themselves in an emergency.
    • This will be from 1:00-4:00 p.m. in the Stormont Vail Event Center’s parking lot.
Blues, Brews and Bites Festival
  • Blues, Brews and Bites Festival
    • A new music festival is kicking off in Topeka this weekend in Ward-Meade Park.
    • The event will have food trucks, alcohol and a lineup of musical acts starting at 4:30 p.m.
    • For more information, click here.
  • KU Football vs. Coastal Carolina
    • The Jayhawks kick off against the Chanticleers at 6:00 p.m. at David Booth Memorial Stadium in Lawrence.
  • Serengeti Nights
    • As of Friday morning, 50 tickets are left for the Topeka Zoo fundraiser.
    • The event includes animal feedings and a behind the scenes look you can’t see during normal operating hours.
    • You can find ticket information and a full schedule here.
  • Motown Dance Party
    • The Topeka Chapter of The Links, Incorporated is having its annual fundraiser.
    • This will be from 7:00-11:00 p.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn at 351 SW Arvonia Pl.
    • The event includes hors d’oeuvres, a silent auction, Motown music and more.
    • Tickets are $40 and can be bought here.

Sunday:

  • 44th Annual Huff ‘n Puff Hot Air Balloon Rally
    • This will be Friday-Sunday on the north side of Mount Hope Cemetery.
      • 6:00 a.m. – Morning refreshments
      • 6:57 a.m. – Launch window opens for flight
  • Holy Smokin’ Jamboree
    • The 12th annual event gets started Saturday at the Mother Teresa of Calcutta Catholic Church.
      • 9:00 a.m. – Mass on the Plaza begins
      • 10:30 a.m. – Sunday Dinner open in the basement
      • 11:00 a.m. – Kids Midway/Bingo/Crafts & more
      • 3:00 p.m. – Big Raffle Drawing & Live Auction
Flint Hills Discovery Center
  • Free admission at Flint Hills Discovery Center
    • In honor of its annual Community Day, you can visit the Flint Hills Discovery Center in Manhattan for free from noon to 5:00 p.m.
    • Click here to read more about Community Day.
  • Mutt Strut Topeka
    • Bring your furry best friend to Heartland Motorsports Park to walk the World Famous Road Course.
    • You’ll have the choice of walking the 2.5 mile “Greyhound Dash” or the 1-mile “Chihuahua Walk”
    • Registration begins at 5:00 p.m. You can find more information here.
  • Kansas Black Expo Celebration of Unity
    • The Kansas Black Expo is hosting its 15th Annual Celebration of Unity in Kansas at the State Capitol grounds.
      • 7:00 p.m. – Celebration of Unity GospelFest Concert
  • Nitty Gritty Dirt Band in Manhattan
    • The band behind the hits songs “Fishin’ In The Dark” and “Mr. Bojangles” are performing at K-State’s McCain Auditorium in Manhattan.
    • This will be at 7:30 p.m.
    • Ticket information can be found here.

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