Top 10 things to do this week in Northeast Kansas: Sept. 17 - 23

1. Black Violin


When: 7:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 22

Where: Lied Center of Kansas, 1600 Stewart Drive, Lawrence

Price: $11 - $35

Black Violin blends classical, hip-hop, rock, R&B and bluegrass music. Live, they are accompanied by their incredible band, featuring ace turntable whiz DJ SPS and a drummer. Due to popular demand, Black Violin is back at the Lied Center after performing there in 2015. For information visit


2. Third Thursday at Heritage Hall

When: 5 to 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 21

Where: Kansas Expocentre, 1 Expocentre Drive, Topeka

Price: Free

Come by Heritage Hall after work on the third Thursday each month this summer for food, drinks and live music on the Budweiser stage. Admission and parking is free, and a portion of the food and beverage proceeds benefit a local charity. For information, visit


3. Apple Day Festival

When: Saturday, Sept. 23

Where: Artillery Parade Field AT Fort Riley

Price: Free

Apple Days is the largest annual festival at Fort Riley, with an average of 7000 attendees. Most years feature military helicopters and tank displaces, vendors, food and apple pies and fun events for all ages. For information, visit


4. BirdHouse Fine Music Series

When: 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 23

Where: Manhattan Arts Center, 1520 Poyntz Ave.

Price: $11 - $18

BirdHouse Fine Music Series presents Missy Raines and the New Hip. This all acoustic quartet lead by Missy Raines on bass plays an amalgam of folk, country, bluegrass, and rock. For information, call (785) 537-4420


5. Trace Adkins

When: 8 p.m., Friday, Sept. 22

Where:Emporia Granada Theatre,

Price: $35 - $125 plus VIP packages

Trace Adkins is a country star power house. He’s known for his trademark baritone and has sold over 10 million albums, cumulatively. The hit list includes “You’re Gonna Miss This,” “Ladies Love Country Boys,” “Songs About Me,” and “Every Light In The House.” For information, visit


6. Coco Montoya at Uncle Bo’s

When: 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 20

Where: Uncle Bo’s, 420 S.E. 6th Ave., Topeka

Price: $10 advance/$12 door ($2 off at door with Topeka Blues Society membership)

Coco Montoya is a contemporary blues-rock and world-renowned guitarist and vocalist. He’s released eight solo albums and has played at clubs, concert halls and major festivals all over the world. For information, visit


7. Tecumseh Heritage Day

When: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 23

Where: 334 S.E. Tecumseh Road, Tecumseh

Price: Free

With live entertainment from various bluegrass bands, homemade pie and ice cream, wagon rides, pumpkin decorating, craft booths, poetry, and a homemade pie baking contest, there’s tons to do in Tecumseh. For information, visit


8. Movie on the Lawn

When: 6:30 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 23

Where: Kansas State Capitol, 300 SW 10th Ave .Ste 525, Topeka

Price: FREE

Come enjoy a movie on the statehouse lawn this Saturday. The family-friendly event starts at 6:30 with kids activities and food vendors, and “The Rescuers” begins at 7:30 p.m. For information, visit


9. Taste & Tunes

When: 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 17

Where: Bluejacket Crossing Vineyard and Winery 1969 N 1250th Road, Eudora

Price: $25 (plus online tax) kids 12 and under are free

Enjoy wine, music, food and a silent auction at the Bluejacket Crossing Winery. All proceeds go to support the purchase for toys for the Toys for Tots of Douglas County. Guests will receive a glass and wine along with lunch. For information, visit


10. Cider Days

When: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23 and 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 24

Where: Kansas Expocentre, 1 Expocentre Drive, Topeka

Price: $7 at the gate, $6 in advance

A 36-year tradition, Cider Days is Topeka’s premier fall celebration. Over the years, it has also grown into Northeast Kansas’s largest arts and crafts show. There’s 250 crafts exhibits, pioneer demonstrations, food, live entertainment, kids rides and animal attractions. For information, visit