Topeka
Topeka

Cultural Festivals

Celebrate culture with Topeka's events throughout the year! The well-known Fiesta Mexicana brings a multitude of travelers to the city to join in on the festivities, traditions, competitions, and more. You can learn more about Fiesta Mexicana and it's history below. In addition to the Fiesta Mexicana, Topeka various annual cultural festivals and celebration for the public to take part in throughout the year.  If you can't find what you're looking for, make sure to check out our calendar of events for current events happening in Topeka, KS >>

Spring  

IrishFest  

Irish or not, all are welcome to enjoy in Topeka’s IrishFest. Held on the Saturday before St. Patrick’s Day, this annual celebration of Irish culture and heritage promises a day full of fun for the whole family! The festivities include a parade, children’s games and inflatables, whiskey tasting and more!  

GermanFest  

Taking place the first week of June, GermanFest is an annual celebration of German heritage organized by and held at Sacred Heart - St. Joseph Parish. Join the community for authentic German food and music, contests, auctions, drawings, games, inflatables, and much more!  

Summer  

Fiesta Mexicana

For 85-plus years the Fiesta Mexicana, planned and operated by Our Lady of Guadalupe parish and community volunteers, has celebrated Mexican culture with the public through art, entertainment, food and community. Today the Fiesta continues to be a meaningful and well-attended event, with some attendees driving from across the country just to take part in the five-day celebration. Music, culture, dance, food, family, friends and fun await at the Fiesta Mexicana of Topeka.  Learn more >>

India Fest  

India Fest Topeka, the largest independently organized fundraising event in Topeka, celebrates Indian culture through food, dance, mehndi (also known as henna body art) and more! The proceeds from India Fest goes toward a different local non-profit each year. The event is held at Gage Park each August and usually draws in crowds by the hundreds. 

Rome Sweet Rome 

Hosted and organized by Christ the King Catholic Church, Rome Sweet Rome featured fun activities for the whole family. In addition to a delectable Italian dinner, attractions include beer and wine gardens, a raffle, children’s entertainment and a firework show. If you’re looking for a fun way to stay active, be sure to also participate in the event’s 5K race.   

Fall  

Dias De Los Muertos  

Dia de los Muertos celebrations in Topeka are organized by the Tonantzin Society. The organization’s mission is to preserve and educate Latino cultural heritage. The month-long celebration includes six events all intended to educate the public and celebrate the Dia de los Muertos tradition of honoring the lives of deceased loved ones. Music, dance and bright colors are staples of all Dia celebrations. Beautiful alters, decorated with ofrendas, or offerings, are created to commemorate those who have passed.  

Greek Food Festival  

Feta and olives, grilled meat, honey and baklava, fresh fish. Is your mouth watering yet? Enjoy this gastronomic tour of Greece with delicious authentic dishes that you won’t find anywhere else. Organized by Saints Peter & Paul Orthodox Christian Church, this annual food festival is a foodie’s dream!