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

photo author: Chris Conde

Festhaus-Musikanten entertains the crowd at the Oktoberfest celebration on Saturday, September 29, 2018, at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Parish.

It’s an eventful weekend in Lawrence, with book launches, historical commemorations, live theater, free music lessons, two days of Art in the Park, St. John’s Oktoberfest, Haskell’s Fall Pow Wow and more:

September 22

• Raven Bookstore’s 35th anniversary celebration continues with the launch of the second edition of Raven owner Danny Kane’s How to Take on Amazon and Why. The event will be held from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm at the bookstore, 809 Massachusetts St. Mask and proof of COVID vaccination required.

• Another book discussion will be held at the Lawrence Public Library with drummer/recording supervisor Nabil Ayers, who will talk about his memoir, My Life in the Sun: Finding My Father and Discovering My Family. This event will begin at 7:30 pm in the library at 707 Vermont St. and is co-sponsored by the KU School of Music and the departments of American Studies and African American Studies. Books will be available for purchase. The event will also be broadcast; link available at

September 23

• The Watkins Museum of History will host a ceremony honoring the February Sisters, a group of women who occupied the KU building in February 1972 to advocate for policy changes affecting women faculty, students and staff. Readings and discussions will take place in person from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the museum, 1047 Massachusetts St., as well as via live streaming on the museum’s social media pages.

• Just Food and the Free State Festival are co-sponsoring a screening of the documentary Food for the Rest of Us about farmers, gardeners and other food producers in Hawaii, Kansas City, Colorado and the Arctic Coast. The screening will take place from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm at the 10th and Mass Studios of the Lawrence Center for the Arts, 1000 Massachusetts St., Suite D. The film will be followed by a discussion. The entrance ticket costs 10 dollars.

• The musical Priscilla: Queen of the Desert opens tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the Lawrence Theatre, 4660 Bower Farm Drive, and runs through Oct. 2. For full schedule and ticket information, visit the theater’s website.

September 24

• The Lawrence Art Guild celebrates 60 years of public art fairs, first held indoors in 1962, then moved outside and renamed Art in the Park in 1964. Today, the event usually brings together over 100 artists from across the country. This year’s event will be held from 10 am to 6 pm on Saturday and from 10 am to 5 pm on Sunday at South Park, 1141 Massachusetts St. Expect live music and food vendors.

• Affordable housing nonprofit Tenants to Homeowners will hold its annual fundraiser, starting with a Fun Run 5k at 9 a.m. and continuing with live music, snacks and a fun house from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 704 Beatnik Court. Check out the nonprofit’s social media pages to register for the run and for other details.

• Guitar and ukulele players of all skill levels are invited to sign up for free lessons at a workshop dedicated to the memory of musician Lawrence John Jervis. Classes will be held at the Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vermont St.; register at for a period of time.

• Haskell Indian Nations University is holding its Fall Welcome Pow-Wow today at the Haskell Powwow Grounds, 2535 West Perimeter Road. The pumpkin dance will begin at 2:00 p.m., and the grand entrance at 6:00 p.m.

• Celebrate World Bollywood Day at the Lawrence Public Library. Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani will be screened at 2:00 PM in the Library Auditorium, 707 Vermont St. Complimentary refreshments will be available.

• Visitors can enjoy German food, beer, music and dancing at St. John’s Oktoberfest from 4 to 10 p.m. at 1234 Kentucky St. The church will also host a polka at 4:30 p.m

September 25

• Weather permitting, Astronomy Associates of Lawrence will offer telescope viewing tonight from 8 to 10 p.m. at the Baker Wetlands Discovery Center, 1365 North 1250 Road.

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