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Holidays in Topeka

Celebrating holidays year round in the Top City! 

ST. PATRICK’S DAY

St. Pat’s Parade and Irish Fest – For over 40 years, this parade has circled downtown celebrating this favorite Irish holiday. The parade encompasses the Mater Dei Irish fest featuring a breakfast followed by a fun run and a day full of Irish food and music.

The 2021 St. Patrick’s Day Parade has been postponed to Saturday, Sept. 18, 2021. According to the parade committee, the new date was selected for it is six months after the original date. The parade will now be called the “Half-Way to St. Patty’s Day Parade.”

EASTER

The Governor’s Easter Egg Hunt – held at Cedar Crest each year. Hosted by the Governor and First Spouse, the event usually begins at 10 a.m. Saturday the day before Palm Sunday and is for children ages one to nine.

Topeka Easter Parade and Family Fun Fair – Dozens of churches, businesses, and non-profit organizations, along with thousands of fair-goers, gather to take part in this annual event.

INDEPENDENCE DAY

Spirit of Kansas Festival - an old-fashioned 4th of July celebration held at Lake Shawnee. The celebration features food, arts and craft vendors, a blues festival, and a water-ski show followed by the magnificent fireworks display.

HALLOWEEN

Pumpkin Bash and Boo at the Zoo - Take your kids to the Topeka Zoo and Conservation for the family-friendly Pumpkin Bash, with animal pumpkin enrichment activities, a costume contest, crafts, games, a DJ, hayrack rides and festive food and beverages. Proceeds from the event will help raise money for educational programs and conservation efforts. Boo at the Zoo is a separate trick ’r treat event hosted at the Topeka Zoo.

Not enough candy? There are always plenty of options for trunk ’r treating!

VETERANS DAY

The Sunflower Salute Veterans Parade - a parade to respectfully honor and celebrate veterans, past and present. This event often includes flyovers. Find more information on Facebook, @SunflowerSalute.

THANKSGIVING

Community Thanksgiving Dinner – Considered one of the largest and longest-running community Thanksgiving dinners in the nation, the meal traces its roots to 1968.

CHRISTMAS

Miracle on Kansas Ave Parade – This annual favorite features a lighted holiday-themed parade in Downtown Topeka

Winter Wonderland – View dazzling holiday light displays, featuring one million lights, while winding through a two-mile scenic drive at Lake Shawnee.

Zoo Lights – Walk through the Topeka Zoo and Conservation Center as it begins to glow with holiday lights. There are festival activities and, of course, Santa!

NEW YEAR’S EVE

Celebrate the new year at multiple locations across the city! From the NOTO Arts & Entertainment District’s Red Bud Park celebration to locations in Downtown Topeka like the Cyrus Hotel and Evergy Plaza.