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Festivals

Planning your next trip to Top City? Make sure you’re here for one of our unique festivals. 

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Spring

St. Patrick's Day Celebration
A Topeka tradition featuring the Great Topeka Bed Race, followed by the St. Patrick’s Day Parade at noon and additional festivities through the day in downtown Topeka.

Tulip Time
Spring is breathtaking in Topeka! See thousands of tulips and daffodils in picturesque gardens around town, including Ted Ensley Gardens at Lake Shawnee, Old Prairie Town and Gage Park’s Reinisch Rose Garden and Doran Rock Garden. Takes place every year in April.

Country & Food Trucks
Join Visit Topeka, Downtown Topeka, Inc. and thousands of your friends for an evening of country music and dozens of food trucks from across the region at 9th and S. Kansas Ave.

 

Summer

Heartland Stampede
Heartland Stampede is bringing THE hottest names in country music to Topeka, Kansas in 2020! We have combined one of the coolest outdoor entertainment destinations in Kansas (Heartland Motorsports Park) with the hottest outdoor camping and music festival in Kansas (Country Stampede) to create HEARTLAND STAMPEDE!  Heartland Stampede will feature the hottest names in Country music to include Luke Combs! There will be several other amazing artists that will round out three days of music and camping!

Mulvane Art Fair
Art comes alive at the Mulvane Mountain/Plains Art Fair held on Washburn University’s campus. View stunning works from more than 90 artists. Enjoy hands-on art-making activities, live music and a food court. First weekend in June.

Capital City Family and Food Truck Festival
Visit Topeka gathers more food trucks than anyone for this annual favorite. You'll find something for every palate and family member. Plus games, magicians and more!

Sunflower Music Festival
An annual series of donation-only orchestra concerts, chamber music and jazz at White Concert Hall on the Washburn University campus. World-renowned musicians from across the North and South America perform.

Heartland Military Day
Start your day with a pancake feed, followed by Civil War and WWII battle re-enactments, special exhibits, Big Band and Swing concerts and more at the Museum of the Kansas National Guard at Forbes Field. Check it out in June.

Spirit of Kansas Blues Festival
Sing the blues with musicians from all over the United States at the Spirit of Kansas Blues Festival at Lake Shawnee. Enjoy food and arts and craft alongside live rhythm and blues. July 4th

Fiesta Mexicana
Celebrate Topeka’s Mexican culture during this annual event that includes a parade downtown and five nights of traditional Mexican food, music and dancing in the Oakland neighborhood every July- near Our Lady of Guadalupe Church.

Cruisin The Capitol
This car show at the Kansas Statehouse is one of a kind. Registration is open to all makes, models, years and styles. Free and open to the public. Food trucks, beer gardens and more on-site plus the August Second Saturday Concert Series follows at Celtic Fox. Rain or shine.

Rock & Food Trucks
Join Visit Topeka, Downtown Topeka, Inc. and thousands of your friends for an evening of rock music and dozens of food trucks from across the region at 9th and S. Kansas Ave.

Fall

Huff ‘n Puff Hot Air Balloon Festival
Watch more than 30 colorful hot air balloons launch over Lake Shawnee at 7 a.m. Beginning at 6 p.m., watch them tether and glow or experience a tethered balloon ride. Every September at Lake Shawnee.

Cider Days
Northeast Kansas’ largest arts and crafts festival also features food, a petting zoo, entertainment, live history re-enactments and more at the Stormont Vail Events Center annually in September.

Kansas Chocolate Festival
If you love chocolate, you can't miss this epic day. Learn how to cook with chocolate through a variety of stage demonstrations. Try the region's best chocolates as chocolatiers travel to Topeka to sell products and vendors have chocolate-themed items as well. 

Apple Festival
Experience the life of a pioneer at Old Prairie Town. This local favorite event includes living history demonstrations, musicians, an arts and crafts festival and a variety of culinary delights, including a sampling of all things apple- in caramel, pie, fritters and cider. Don’t miss out on the first weekend in October at Old Prairie Town.

Jazz & Food Truck Concert
The Music & Food Truck Concert series ends with the Jazz and Food Truck concert. Join Visit Topeka, Downtown Topeka, Inc. and thousands of your friends for an evening of nationally-renowned jazz and dozens of food trucks from across the region at 9th and S. Kansas Ave.

Topeka Science & Tech Fest
Explore science, technology, engineering and math with Visit Topeka, 712innovations and our partners at this Science Festival Alliance festival. Free admission and tons of hands-on fun for toddlers through eighth-graders on Kansas Avenue.

Salute our Heroes Festival & Veterans Parade
Organized by the Military Veteran Project, this festival carries on the traditions of honoring the service and sacrifice of veterans, offering the public the opportunity to show its support for those who serve on our nation's most visible stage, at the State Capitol of Kansas and along Kansas Avenue.  

Touch-A-Truck
Always the Saturday of Labor Day Weekend, this celebration of labor lets little ones climb in an explore their favorite machines: Trucks, diggers and so much more. No admission is charged but non-perishable food items are collected for Harvesters: The Community Food Bank. 

Mother Earth News Fair
This fun-filled, family-oriented sustainable lifestyle event that features 150-plus practical, hands-on demonstrations and workshops from the leading authorities on gardening, cooking and food preservation, renewable energy, small-scale agriculture, green building, green transportation and natural health. Learn practical ways to save money and become more self-sufficient and sustainable.

 

Winter

Miracle on Kansas Avenue
If you love parades you won't want to miss this one, Thanksgiving Weekend, in Downtown Topeka. This annual favorite follows the lighting of the City of Topeka Christmas tree. 

WinterFest
Carriage rides, holiday characters, live reindeer and other surprises create a special shopping experience downtown in early December. 

Winter Wonderland
Enjoy a spectacle of holiday lights as you drive a two-mile loop at Lake Shawnee. This is a fundraiser event that charges per car-load and runs nightly from late November through December.

Kansas Day
Commemorate Kansas’ statehood by visiting the Kansas Museum of History, the State Capitol and other historic sites throughout the state. January 29.

Kansas Silent Film Festival
Enjoy silent comedy and dramatic films with live musical accompaniment at the annual festival located at Washburn University’s White Concert Hall.