Musicals, parties, Oktoberfest at St. John the Evangelist and more Lawrence events

photo by: Chris Conde

A musician with Festhaus-Musikanten sports a colorful hat at the Oktoberfest celebration on Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018, at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Parish.


• Visitors to the KU campus can drop by the Memorial Union, 1301 Jayhawk Blvd., at 12:30 p.m. for the 100th birthday celebration of the 1923 Jayhawk. There will be free cake, activities and more.

• The Lawrence Public Library’s adult community reading event, “Booktoberfest,” began this week and continues through early November. The featured book, Bram Stoker’s “Dracula,” is available in e-book and audiobook formats; stop by the library at 707 Vermont St. or visit for more information and details on upcoming free events related to the book.

• An all-ages birthday celebration for Bilbo and Frodo Baggins, the central characters of J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Hobbit” and “The Lord of the Rings,” will be from 3:30 to 5 p.m. at the Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vermont St. Cake and treats will be served, and library staff will screen some scenes from the movies.

• Celebrate the autumnal equinox with the Douglas County Master Gardeners at 6 p.m. at the Native Medicinal Plant Research Center and KU Student Farm, 1865 East 1600 Road. The celebration is free and will include refreshments, garden tours and discussions of edible plants.

• The Watkins Museum of History, 1047 Massachusetts St., will host a free screening of the documentary “Garden City, Kansas” at 7 p.m. The film explores life in a majority-immigrant town, domestic terrorist threats and pluralism in America. Tickets are not required.

• “The Exultant Stag” opens at 7 p.m. at the Lawrence Arts Center, 940 New Hampshire St. This new musical comedy by local musician Jeff Stolz explores themes of mental health and seeking support. The performance will be repeated at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday and at 7 p.m. Sunday. Ticket prices and more information can be found at

• “Crowns,” a musical play celebrating Black history and identity, opens at Theatre Lawrence at 7:30 p.m. and continues through Oct. 1. Curtain times for evening and matinee performances, ticket prices and other details can be found at


• At this weekend’s Lawrence Farmers Market, the market’s organizers will celebrate the $25,000 Pathways to a Healthy Kansas grant that the market received with a giant check presentation. The market’s Facebook page also invites attendees to “Take your picture with some giant foods!” The market runs from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. at 824 New Hampshire St., and the check presentation is at 8:45 a.m.

• Learn to tag migrating butterflies at Monarch Watch’s tagging event from 8 a.m. to noon at the Baker University Wetlands and Discovery Center, 1365 North 1250 Road. The event is free and suitable for all ages, and no experience is necessary. More information is available at

• The Haskell Greenhouse team invites members of the public to help harvest cattails from 10 a.m. to noon and learn about using their roots for food and their leaves for fibers. Space is limited; email for RSVP and location details.

• The University of Kansas’ football game against BYU is at 2:30 p.m.; the game is sold out, but you can catch it at many bars and other venues around town.

• “Singing with the Seasons” will celebrate the arrival of fall with music, a fire ring and a simple ritual at Delaware Street Commons, 1222 Delaware St., at 3 p.m. Children are welcome; attendees may bring harvest or forage foods to share.

• St. John the Evangelist Catholic Parish presents its annual Oktoberfest celebration at 1234 Kentucky St. from 4 to 10 p.m. with beer, German foods and live music by Festhaus-Musikanten. See for more information.

• Artist Michael O. Taylor, also known as “PixNinja,” will give an artist talk from 4 to 6 p.m. at Art Love Collective, 646 Vermont St.

• The Harvest Home Picnic and Pie Auction starts at 5:30 p.m. at the Wakarusa River Valley Heritage Museum, 716 North 1190 Road. This annual event features a community potluck and pie-auction fundraiser; bring a side dish or dessert to share.


• Help clear invasive honeysuckle from the Haskell woodlands from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Haskell Greenhouse team’s Woodland Workday. Email for RSVP and location details.

• A few spots remained on Thursday afternoon for the Harvest Potluck and Story Swap, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday at the Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vermont St. Bring a dish made from your garden’s produce to share and swap stories about gardening. Registration and a wait list once all spots are full will be available at


• The monthly Community Resource Clinic is at the Lawrence Public Library lobby from 3 to 5 p.m. with information about transportation services, health care and other local resources.

• “Beneath the Lights: A Conversation on Live Theatre in 2023,” with panelists Elizabeth Sullivan of the Lawrence Arts Center, Jamie Ulmer of Theatre Lawrence and Markus Potter of the KU School of Theatre and Dance, begins at 5:30 p.m. at the arts center, 940 New Hampshire St., and is free and open to the public.


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