Art in the Park, St. John’s Oktoberfest and more Lawrence events this weekend | News, Sports, Jobs

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The Festhaus-Musikanten group was held on Saturday, September 29, 2018 in St. John the Evangelist entertains the crowd at the Oktoberfest celebration at the Catholic Church.

Lawrence with book launches, historical memorabilia, live theater, free music lessons, two days of Art in the Park, St. An event-packed weekend with John’s Oktoberfest, Haskell’s fall power, and more:

September 22

• Raven Book Store’s 35th anniversary celebration continues with the launch of the second edition of Raven owner Danny Caine’s book “How to Stand Up to Amazon and Why”. The event takes place at the bookstore from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at 809 Massachusetts St. Mask and proof of COVID vaccine required.

• Another book discussion will be held at the Lawrence Public Library with drummer/record manager Nabil Ayers, who will talk about her memoir, “My Life in the Sunshine: Searching for My Father and Discovering My Family.” This event takes place at 707 Vermont St. library and is jointly sponsored by KU’s School of Music and the Departments of American Studies and African and African American Studies. Books can be purchased. The event will also be published; A link is available at

September 23

• The Watkins History Museum will house the memory of the February Sisters, a group of women who occupied a KU building in February 1972 to advocate for changes in policies affecting female faculty, students, and staff. Readings and discussions are held at 1047 Massachusetts St. It will be held live at the museum and on the social media pages of the museum.

• Just Food and the Free State Festival co-sponsored the screening of “Food for the Rest of Us,” a documentary about farmers, gardeners, and other food producers in Hawaii, Kansas City, Colorado, and the Arctic coast. The screening is at Lawrence Arts Center’s 10th and Mass Studios, 1000 Massachusetts St., Suite D, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. A discussion will follow the movie. The entrance fee is $10.

• The musical “Priscilla: Queen of the Desert” opens tonight at 19:30 at Theater Lawrence, 4660 Bauer Farm Drive and runs until October 2. Visit the theater’s website for full information on the program and tickets.

September 24

• The Lawrence Art Guild celebrates 60 years of public art fairs, originally held indoors in 1962 and later moved outside and renamed “Art in the Park” in 1964. across the nation. This year’s event is Saturday 10am-6pm and Sunday 10am-5pm South Park, 1141 Massachusetts St. It will take place at Wait between live music and food vendors.

• Affordable housing nonprofit, Landlords for Tenants, will host its annual fundraising event starting at 9am with the 5k Fun Run and continuing from 10am-5pm with live music, refreshments and an inflatable house. Check out the nonprofit’s social media pages for registration for the run and other event details.

• Guitar and ukulele artists of all levels are invited to attend free lessons at the workshop held in memory of Lawrence musician John Jervis. Lectures Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vermont St.; Sign up at for a time slot.

• Haskell Indian Nations University is hosting its Autumn Welcome Pow-Wow event today at 2535 West Perimeter Road, Haskell Powwow Grounds. The pumpkin dance will begin at 2 p.m. and the Grand Entrance will be at 6 p.m.

• Celebrate World Bollywood Day at the Lawrence Public Library. The screening of “Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani” will be held at 2:00 p.m. in the library auditorium, 707 Vermont St. Free refreshments will be offered.

• Visitors at 1234 Kentucky St from 4:00 pm to 10:00 pm. They can enjoy German food, beer, music and dancing at John’s Oktoberfest. The menu includes bratwurst, schnitzel, birocks, cabbage rolls and more. The church will also hold a polka service at 4:30pm.

September 25

Weather permitting, Lawrence Astronomy Associates will be observing with a telescope from 8am to 10pm tonight at Baker Wetlands Discovery Center, 1365 North 1250 Road.

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