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Blues, BBQ & Bargains

The three-day event has something that appeals to everyone in the family. The weekend begins with a KCBS BBQ Contest held in Municipal Park. Friday night includes Live Music, BBQ Food, Kids Activities a Cruise-In and SO MUCH MORE! The weekend continues with sidewalk sales in Downtown Hays and at the Mall. Bargains on the Bricks will be held on Saturday, July 20 in Downtown Hays. Get the best merchandise of the season from your local merchants, home-based businesses and the Downtown Hays Market vendors. It is guaranteed to be a weekend of blue skies and happy faces in the Chestnut Street District | Historic Downtown Hays. For more information visit www.HaysBluesandBBQ.com or www.facebook.com/BluesBBQandBargains
Municipal Park | 785.621.4171 |
   
   Core2Campus Kickoff

Core 2 Campus Kick-Off event is an event with the Downtown Hays Development Corporation, Hays Convention and Visitors Bureau, TGOF (Tiger Gold on Friday) Committee and Eagle Communications to introduce Downtown Hays (Core) to the FHSU Students, Faculty and Staff (Campus). Over 35 participating Downtown businesses will make this the perfect evening to explore the heart of Hays. With a hog roast (FREE to first 500 with FHSU Tiger ID), Downtown Scavenger Hunt, music, prizes and more, you'll want to be in Downtown Hays on August 29th, 5-7pm. For more information visit www.faceboook.com/Core2Campus
   
FrostFest

Experience a season of winter festivities and holiday magic in the Chestnut Street District located in Historic Downtown Hays. The wreaths are hung, the white lights twinkle, and frost is in the air; FrostFest that is. FrostFest is a season of magic in Downtown Hays that gets kicked off with Holiday Open House weekend, numerous holiday-oriented family activities and the Annual FrostFest Illuminated Parade, which will roll down Main Street during the first full weekend in December. The Illuminated Parade takes place on Saturday, at 6:00pm (Sunday reschedule date only). For more information visit www.facebook.com/FrostFestHays
Chestnut Street District
Historic Downtown Hays | 785.621.4171 |
   
Gallery Walks

A local favorite, hosted by the Hays Arts Council, the Art Walks are a great way to take in the arts and music while spending time with friends and family in the Chestnut Street District. The Art Walks are held four times throughout the year, with one taking place in the spring, summer, fall and winter seasons. Art studios and stores open their doors for thousands of strolls throughout the Downtown. Showcase of art, music and culture - a favorite for all ages! For more information visit www.haysartscouncil.org
Chestnut Street District | 785.625.7522 |
   
Oktoberfest

The local Oktoberfest sprang four decades ago from the combined efforts of Fort Hays State University, the Hays Area Chamber of Commerce and county residents who shared a German ancestry. The idea was to create an event to celebrate the essence of the community and complement the university's Homecoming. It was intended to be the ideal town-gown partnership. After the Volga German Society was organized a few years later, it took over management of Oktoberfest. Oktoberfest began in the center of Downtown Hays, but large crowds soon required that it be relocated to the city park on south Main Street. The combined Oktoberfest-Homecoming festivities have swelled from the original two days to four -- from Thursday through Sunday -- with many thousands of local and out-of-town visitors each year. The event includes activities and demonstrations that honor our heritage, with delicious German food and large beer garden. For more information visit www.haysoktoberfest.com
   
   Wild West Festival

Premier festival in Western Kansas with huge fireworks display, concerts, carnival, craft booths, fishing tournament, baseball games, parade and free stage entertainment. National recording artists include top country performers, rock and roll concert and country rock bands. For more information visit www.wildwestfestival.com
   
Wines & Steins

It is a unique and eclectic evening that gives you the opportunity to see a business you may not have been in to, and socializing with friends, family, neighbors and fellow supporters of our beautiful Downtown. Join us for an evening stroll through Historic Downtown Hays sampling wines, microbrews and hors d'oeuvres. End the evening with live music, complimentary drinks, stroll giveaway and delicious food at our post stroll celebration and auction. This evening throughout Historic Downtown Hays is filled with laughter, stimulating atmosphere, live music and memories to last! You must be 21 to attend and participants are required to check in and show IDís. For more information visit www.facebook.com/WinesandSteinsDowntownHays
Chestnut Street District | Historic Downtown Hays | 785.621.4171 |
   


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