While the majority of Emporia Main Street events take place downtown, any business, regardless of location, can benefit. Many of our events have opportunities for vendor booth space or other promotional activities designed to draw traffic to you. Our largest events are the Dirty Kanza Finish Line Block Party and the Great American Market.

Dirty Kanza Finish Line Block Party

This event takes place annually in late May or early June and draws 10,000+ people to Downtown Emporia, from across the nation and a few from around the world. The event is an all-day party for cyclists in the Dirty Kanza race, and welcomes them back to town as they cross the finish line. The block party is family friendly with special events just for kids, as well as food trucks, music, and a beer garden. The primary audience is not only cyclists, but also their families, support crews, sporting enthusiasts, and general community members. Vendor booth spaces for the block party can be purchased from Emporia Main Street.

Glass Blown Open Block Party

This event takes place annually in spring and draws 4,000+ people to Downtown Emporia, from across the nation and a few from around the world. The event is an evening block party for disc golfers. The block party is family friendly and features food trucks, music, and a beer garden.  Vendor booth spaces for the block party can be purchased from Emporia Main Street.

Great American Market

This event takes place annually on the second Saturday in September, drawing 8,000+ people to Downtown Emporia. The event is an all-day market for antiques, crafts, home decor, food, jewelry, clothing, art and more. Shoppers at the market come ready to spend! Vendor booth spaces for the Great American Market can be purchased from Emporia Main Street.

Other events

In addition to the Dirty Kanza Finish Line Party and Great American, Emporia Main Street has a wealth of events throughout the year designed to draw targeted customers, including students, new residents, holiday shoppers and more. Check our event calendar to see what's coming up!