Check the performance schedule of the Lied Center of Kansas (1600 Stewart Dr., 785/864-2787, www.lied.ku.edu , prices vary) to see if your trip coincides with any of the center’s performances, which range from dance and singing to musicals and orchestral ensembles.
Or try Liberty Hall (644 Massachusetts St., 785/749-1972, www.libertyhall.net , prices vary) a historic former opera house that now hosts music concerts and independent movies in a majestic setting.
A true stronghold of local history, the Watkins Community Museum of History (1047 Massachusetts St., 785/841-4109, www.watkinsmuseum.org , 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Tues.–Sat., until 8 p.m. Thurs., free) dates back to 1887 and now hosts a variety of exhibits, memorabilia and more dedicated to preserving Lawrence ’s often-turbulent history. The Watkins Museum also hosts an on-site research room, as well as Miss Lizzie’s Gifts, the perfect place to find your Lawrence souvenir.