Topeka, Kansas


Upcoming Events in Topeka Kansas


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Topeka Acappella Unlimited Presents An Afternoon of Tea, Teens & Tunes - Presented by Topeka Acappella Unlimited. This show will be at Countryside United Methodist Church, 3221 SW Burlingame Rd, in Topeka. It will feature multiple choruses and quartets including the 2010 International Championship quartet, Zing, and Topeka's own Young Women in Harmony Chorus.
Tickets are available from chorus members or at the door: Adults- $15.00, Seniors & Students- $12.00, Families- $25.00 , Groups of 10 or more - $80.00

Address: Countryside United Methodist Church, 3221 SW Burlingame Rd. Topeka, KS , Topeka, Kansas
Ph: 785-338-0556 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: maadams783@gmail.com
Web: www.acappellaunlimited.com
Fee: Adults-$15.00, Seniors & Students- $12.00, Families- $25.00, Groups of 10 or more - $80.00

KS0305006e042 - TopekaFirst Fridays Art Walk - Featuring fine art by Topeka artists!

Please, Visit our monthly First Friday Art Gallery Reception!
These events feature new art exhibits, music, and a chance to meet the artists.

Painting, photography, sculpture, installations, and interactive exhibits change, so check back with us monthly! www.upstageevents.com

First Friday hours at The Upstage Gallery are 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

You can visit all of the galleries in the city on the First Fridays Art Walk!
Here is a map of participating art galleries in Topeka, Provided by the Topeka Shawnee County Public Library: http://www.tscpl.org/pdf/FFmap.pdf

First Fridays Art Walks are promoted by Arts Connect Topeka. Arts Connect has done phenominal things for the arts in Topeka. Please visit Arts Connect at www.artsconnecttopeka.org

Address: 720 SW Jackson St, in the Jayhawk State Theatre of Kansas , Topeka, Kansas
Ph: (785) 233-4295/HAWK (Always call and confirm events)
Email: theupstage@gmail.com
Web: www.koppdirect.com/upstagehome
Fee: Donations are accepted

January

29Kansas Day at the Museum - This celebration of Kansas statehood includes activities, performances, and exhibits that highlight the pioneer spirit of Kansas. Pre-registration for groups is requested. Hours are 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Address: Kansas Museum of History, 6425 SW Sixth Avenue , Topeka, Kansas
Ph: 785-272-8681 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: education@kshs.org
Web: www.kshs.org
Fee: Free Admission

29Kansas Day at the Capitol - The Governor cordially invites Kansas students to celebrate Kansas Day at the Capitol. Students will have the opportunity to enhance their knowledge of Kansas history by exploring the Capitol through its art, architecture, and governmental offices.

Pre-registration for groups is requested.

Address: Tenth and Jackson , Topeka, Kansas
Ph: 785-296-3966 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: capitol@kshs.org
Web: www.kshs.org
Fee: Free Admission

February

23 - 26Strawberry Junction Arts & Craft Show - Address: West Ridge Mall , Topeka, Kansas
Ph: 785-272-0812 (Always call and confirm events)

79Topeka Boat, RV, and Outdoor Sport Show - Get tips from top pros at sessions held daily throughout the show; topics
include bass, catfish, walleye and crappie fishing. Don't miss the areas largest selection of boats from the areas premier dealers. Best pricing of the year so if you are in the market to buy a new boat there will not be a better time to buy. Fun for all ages as we have something for everyone. The Kansas Dept of Wildlife and Parks 40ft Aquarium filled fish from the area. Tackle dealers, guide services, kids face painting and much much more!

Address: Kansas Expocentre , Topeka, Kansas
Ph: 800-756-4788 (Always call and confirm events)
Fax: 816-676-1222
Email: scottm@rjpromotions.com
Web: www.topekaboat.com
Fee: $6.75

282Topeka Home Show - Showcasing the creativity of homebuilding and remodeling in Topeka. Friday, Noon - 7 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Address: Kansas Expocentre. , Topeka, Kansas
Ph: 785-297-1000 (Always call and confirm events)
Web: www.thba.com/
Fee: Admission

March

15St. Patrick's Day Parade and Celebration - Everyone wants to be Irish on St. Patty's day, as Downtown Topeka kicks off the celebration with one of the largest parades of the year. Activities continue throughout the evening. Parade at noon.

Address: Downtown , Topeka, Kansas
Ph: 785-234-9336 (Always call and confirm events)
Web: www.visittopeka.com
Fee: Free

15St. Patty's Day Rugby Tournament - Four teams are attending this big event this year, including Wayne State coming all the way down from Wayne State, NE! The Tournament will start at 10:00 A.M. at McDonald sport park off Shunga Drive. Enjoy this free all day tournament action with food and drink served all after noon (we are asking appropriate donations for food). Local Topeka Rugby Football Club merchandise should be available for purchase. St. Patty's day is a great day for fun and spirit come join us for some great Fun!

Address: Mcdonald Field, Sw Murrow Ct, off Shunga Dr, , Topeka, Kansas
Ph: 785.231.4896 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: Matto4896@yahoo.com
Web: www.voidonthe.net/trfc/
Fee: Free! donations accepted

April

11Friday the 13th Ghost Tour Kick Off, 11 tours in 9 cities - Friday, April 13th, 8PM, 2012 Ghost tours kick-off for the 2012 season. Tour cities include Three Topeka tours, Holton, Lawrence, Manhattan, Atchison, Leavenworth, Wichita, St. Jo, Missouri and our first ever Abilene Ghost Tour! History, Mystery, intriguing tales of strange haunts, superstitions, folklore and odd facts make for an entertaining tour. Ghost Tours of Kansas LLC provides tour patrons a high spirited evening in various tour cities. Tours last up to two hours with two get out stops or more on each tour. Tickets cost 17.00 per person all year except October which are 20.00 dollars per person and depart the designated city headquarters at 8PM.

For ticket purchase or more information, email or call. Please visit our website.

Address: designated city headquarters , Topeka, Kansas
Ph: 785-851-0856 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: info@ghosttoursofkansas.com
Web: www.ghosttoursofkansas.com
Fee: $17.00

19Traditional Tae Kwon Do Invitational Championship - This event has been held since 1980. It will have competitors from across the nation. A few have also competed in the Jr. Olympics and National Events. The competitors are 5 years old and up. 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Address: Washburn Whiting Fieldhouse , Topeka, Kansas
Ph: 785-266-8662 (Always call and confirm events)
Fee: $5 admission

20Earth Day Events at The Learning for Life Center - We invite you to come dance and drum with us in the morning and in the afternoon, to delve into the issues of clutter as that relates to consciousness; yours, mine and our collective consciousness and unconciousness. We endeavor to bring compassion and kindness into the world for ourselves and our children in whatever ways we can...and in the words of Walt Whitman from Leaves of Grass: "Now I see the secret of the making of the best persons. It is to grow in the open air, and to eat and sleep with the earth." And I might add, to dance, drum and learn, as well.

We invite you to: Bring: Household Batteries to recycle into our Battery Buckets All of your Recycling - All Paper, Plastic, Metal, Colored and Clear Glass, and Cardboard. Buy: Incense and Teas from India (made at Dharamsala from ingredients from the Earth) Proceeds will be used to support the Tibetan Community at Dharamsala.

Learn: "Feng Shui For Earth Day Workshop: Clutter and Consciousness" (see www.learningforlifecenter.org) Saturday - From 2 - 4 p.m. (For Beginning and Advanced Students alike) Cost: $27 (Because when you move 27 things, you can CHANGE YOUR LIFE!)

Celebrate: "Special Family Earth Day Event for Babies, Toddlers and Children" of all ages: Instead of our regular Yoga classes we will celebrate Earth Day with Singing, Dancing & Drumming. YOU are invited to play with us, with or without children. No need to have participated before... Join us for the first time. We look forward to meeting you! Saturday from 9 - 9:45 a.m. And again from 10 :15 - 11:00 a.m. Cost: $10 per family group.

We look forward to sharing Earth Day experiences with you on Saturday. Blessings, LaVetta LaVetta Westphal Rolfs

Address: The Learning for Life Center 1709 SW Randolph Ave. , Topeka, Kansas
Ph: 785-357-7585 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: lavetta@learningforlifecenter.org
Web: www.learningforlifecenter.org
Fee: FREE, $10, and $27 depending on the event

May

26Arab Shrine Parade - 11:30 a.m. Spring Ceremonial of the Nobles and Ladies of the Arab Shrine.

Address: 12th & Kansas, north to 6th & Kansas and make a U-turn. , Topeka, Kansas
Ph: 785-234-5656 (Always call and confirm events)

9Washburn Tech Car Show & BBQ - Washburn Tech is holding its annual Car Show, BBQ and Fair from 9 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. on the Washburn Tech campus. The public is invited to the event, which is a fundraiser for the Washburn Tech Care Closet.

Auto enthusiasts will enjoy the five show entry classes: custom/low riders, antique cars and trucks, muscle cars, motorcycles and special interest. For those who’d rather fly or climb than drive, the Kansas Air National Guard is bringing a helicopter simulator and the U.S. Army is setting up a climbing wall. The event offers a carnival atmosphere which includes a dunk tank, a heavy equipment rodeo, a car bash, the golf ball contest and even 3 vs. 3 basketball.

In addition, Recycled Rides will give away a refurbished vehicle to a family in need at 9:00 a.m. in the Auto Collision lab on the east side of campus. This marks the eighth car donated by Washburn Tech’s Recycled Rides program.

The Care Closet, now in its 26th year of operation, provides short-term financial assistance to Washburn tech students who need help to complete their education. Aid can take the form of gas money, bus fare or a bag of groceries.

Washburn Tech offers 30 career programs in one of five divisions: Construction, Health Care, Human Services, Technology and Transportation. Short-term, continuing education courses also are available along with custom courses for business and industry. Washburn Tech, which serves both high school and adult students, has an 81% graduation rate which is the highest in the state among all universities, community colleges and technical institutions.

Address: 5724 SW Huntoon St., Topeka, Kan. 66604 , Topeka, Kansas
Ph: 785-670-2199 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: lori.hutchinson@washburn.edu
Web: www.washburntech.edu
Fee: Free

17Armed Forces Day Car Show - Address: Heartland Park Topeka , Topeka, Kansas
Ph: 800-43-RACES (Always call and confirm events)
Web: www.hpt.com

23 - 25KS0305006e011 - TopekaNHRA O'Reilly Summer Nationals - Heartland Park Topeka, one of the fastest tracks in the world, hosts more than 700 of the fastest cars in the country on its quarter-mile strip. Four days of record-breaking action! Call for time and admissions.

Ph: 785-862-4781 (Always call and confirm events)
Web: www.hpt.com/

24 - 26Cottonwood 200 Bicycle Tour - The Cottonwood 200 is a three-day bicycle tour on paved roads through the Flint Hills of northeast Kansas. The ride covers 200 miles (75 miles day one; 50 miles day two; 75 miles day three) over the Memorial Day Weekend. It is a loop tour that starts and ends at Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas, with SAG stops (rest stops with food & water) approximately every 10-15 miles, Sunday breakfast and dinner, and overnight accommodations at Council Grove High School included in the registration fee.

Join us and see why so many past participants have called the Cottonwood 200 "The Best Ride Ever."

In 1976, a hearty group of cyclists from the Kaw Valley Bicycle Club searched for a way to celebrate the nation's 200th birthday. Looking at their maps, they realized a round trip from Topeka to Cottonwood Falls, Kansas would be 200 miles, and cover some of the best cycling terrain in the state.

Thus began the Cottonwood 200, now in its 38th year. Join us for a three-day tour and go back in time as you travel the same paths used by Native Americans, settlers, and cattle drives.

The route will cross through lands that are the historic home of the Kaw (or Kansa) Indians, after whom the state of Kansas is named. Parts of the route follow the original Santa Fe Trail, used by settlers in their journey to the American southwest. Riders will spend two nights in Council Grove, which served as a stop on the Santa Fe Trail and is home of numerous historic sites, including the Kaw Indian Mission museum. On Sunday, riders will visit beautiful Cottonwood Falls, where residents have restored several downtown buildings into artist galleries, unique western shops, and delightful restaurants. At Cottonwood Falls, participants can tour the Chase County Courthouse, one of the oldest working courthouses west of the Mississippi and home to a breathtaking spiral staircase. Other nearby sites include the Roniger and Chase County Museums, and the nationally renowned Z-Bar Ranch/Tall Grass Prairie National Preserve.

Address: SW 21st and MacVicar , Topeka, Kansas
Email: director@cottonwood200.org
Web: www.cottonwood200.org
Fee: 2006 registration is $65.00

June

6 - 14Sunflower Music Festival - Sunflower Music Festival is an annual series of orchestra concerts, chamber music evenings, educational projects and other artistic events of the highest level. These events occur throughout a two week period each June in White Concert Hall on the Washburn University campus. Nightly at 7:30 p.m.

Address: Washburn University. White Concert Hall , Topeka, Kansas
Ph: 785-670-1511 (Always call and confirm events)
Web: www.sunflowermusicfestival.org
Fee: Admission.

78Mulvane Mountain/Plains Art Fair - Washburn University is home to this annual art fair, featuring over 90 artists from around the country. Join the festivities with food, children's activities and art. Call for time and admission. First weekend in June, Sat. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Sun. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Address: Washburn University campus, 18th & Washburn , Topeka, Kansas
Ph: 785-231-1124 (Always call and confirm events)
Web: www.washburn.edu/about/community/
Fee: $5.00

13 - 15Juneteenth - Back Home - Celebration - Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States. We will celebrate with gospel concerts, fashion and talent shows, R&B concert, 3 on 3 basketball tournament, food vendors community picnic, games and lots of fun.

Address: Ripley Park, 2nd & Lawrence Street, Topeka , Topeka, Kansas
Ph: (785) 409-5165 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: jenkins-donna@att.net
Fee: Free

14Annual Topeka Tinman Triathlon - Event features short course, long course and duathlon. 7 a.m. See website or email for the most direct response.

Address: Lake Shawnee Tinman Circle. , Topeka, Kansas
Ph: 573-777-2257 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: info@ultramaxtri.com
Web: ultramaxtri.com/tinmantri/

21“Pedal to the Metal” a benefit for Meals on Wheels - An adults only, summer evening of drag racing, live music, food and refreshments. Anyone with a steering wheel or handle bars, including motorcycles, can test their driving skills on the Heartland Park Topeka drag strip. Other activities will include live music, whack-a-car event and a racing simulator.

Cost is $40, which covers two drink tickets, dinner and the opportunity to “drag the strip” as many times as desired.

Tickets can be purchased at the Meals on Wheels office, Doug Richert Pontiac Cadillac, and online at meals-on-wheels-inc.org (Driving rules can be found at the website).

For more information please contact Kim Williams at 785-295-3980 or visit our website at www.meals-on-wheels-inc.org.

Address: Heartland Park Topeka, 7530 SW Topeka Blvd , Topeka, Kansas
Ph: 785-295-3980 (Always call and confirm events)
Fax: 785-295-3999
Email: kwilliams@meals-on-wheels-inc.org
Web: www.meals-on-wheels-inc.org
Fee: $40.00

28 - 29Annual Topeka Pond Tour - The tour consists of about 10 water gardens in the Topeka area. You will receive booklet of ponds and gardens to tour on your own. 9am-3pm.

Address: Several different locations in Topeka , Topeka, Kansas
Ph: 785-364-3046 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: fdgruver@earthlink.net
Web: www.tawgs.org
Fee: $6.00

7Cruise for the Cause - The First Notice From American Rebel Car Club, our second annual Cruise for the Cause car show will be held on Sunday June 07 2015 at Spangle's 29th and Topeka Blvd. Time: 1:00 pm to 6:pm In Topeka Ks. Our rain date will be june 14 2015

We will be accepting All vehicles. this includes cars of all makes and models, trucks of all makes, vans of all makes, motorcycles of all makes, Gokarts, Rat rods, Street Machines, Drag Race vehicles, Race Cars, Drag Bikes, Etc. There will be door Prizes a raffle goodie bags and dash plaques for the First 100 Entrants. We thank all who Helped to put our first Show together. And a Special thanks to All who showed up for the event. We apologize to those who did not make it due to unforeseen changes.

Sponsored by Wren Radio; Harrison Family Motors; Bates Furniture; J&K Awards; and others. Donations From Bumper to Bumper And others. We will also have venders as well Like Big'uns Grill: The Five'Os sweet Kettle corn And others. Again we will have the Hooters Girls there. This year's fund raisers will be for Dream Catchers of Topeka And BACA { Bikers Against Child Abuse } .

AMERICAN REBEL CAR CLUB And American Rebel Car Club 2 Topeka Kansas / FACE BOOK
Contact us by email if you would like to appear at americanrebelcarclub@yahoo.com . We will email where to send your early entry fee of $10.00 before May 24th. Day of show will be $15.00. Will take checks payable to Robert Smith or Tina Smith/co American Rebel Car Club, will also take money orders signed the same way.
American Rebel Car Club President
Robert Smith
American Rebel Car Club Vice President
Tina Smith

Address: 29th & Topeka Blvd , Topeka, Kansas
Ph: 785-408-4308 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: americanrebelcarclub@yahoo.com
Fee: $10/$15 Day of Show

July

4Spirit of Kansas Celebration - The Topeka Spirit of Kansas Festival is an old-fashioned 4th of July celebration held at Lake Shawnee from l0:00 am to dark with arts and craft vendors, car show, food, free children activities, entertainment, sporting events, and annual fireworks July 4 at 10:00 p.m. In the evening there will be a water-ski show.

$10 entry fee for cars in the show and entry fees for vendors but admission is free to families!

Address: Tinman Circle, Lake Shawnee, 29th and Croco Rd , Topeka, Kansas
Ph: 785- 267-1156 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: tina@sk8away
Web: parks.snco.us
Fee: Free

4Spirit of Kansas Arts and Crafts Show - 4th of July Arts and Craft show held at Lake Shawnee Tinman circle in conjunction with car show and blues festival and free entertainment. Many events at lake including golf tournament, baseball tournament, ski show and night fireworks. Attracts large crowd.

Address: Lake Shawnee, tinman circle--east side lake , Topeka, Kansas
Ph: 785- 267-1156 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: tina@sk8away
Web: parks.snco.us
Fee: Free

4Spirit of Kansas Car Show - Spirit of Kansas features a car show with dash plaques for first 100. Car - Top 20 awards and Motorcycles - Top 5 awards. Rain or shine. 8am - 4pm. Please contact Ed White for more information.

Address: Lake Shawnee Tinman Circle (east side lake) , Topeka, Kansas
Ph: 785-640-9915 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: eddie1white@yahoo.com
Web: www.co.shawnee.ks.us/parkandrec
Fee: Viewing free; Car/Motorcycle Show pre-regis $10; onsite regis $15

8 - 12KS0305006e004 - TopekaTopeka Fiesta Mexicana - This 5 day Fiesta is one of the largest in the Midwest with over 60,000 anticipated visitors. Carnival, authentic Mexican foods, art show, beer, bingo, kids activities, crafts and more! The Fiesta Mexicana is one more way to continue to make Kansas a culturally alive and vibrant place for residents and visitors! Gracias.

Our entertainment line-up has started! WE HAVE 3 STAGES OF FREE ENTERTAINMENT.

Address: Held at the beautiful Our Lady of Guadalupe Church , Topeka, Kansas
Ph: 785-232-5088 (Always call and confirm events)
Web: www.olg-parish.org
Fee: Free

12 - 20Shawnee County Fair - The annual County Fair features wonderful horse shows, livestock competitions, exhibits, arts, crafts and more. Continual daily activities provide something of interest for everyone. Call for time and admission prices. 9:00 AM - 10:00 PM. July 19-20 (Horse Show) and 24-27 (other exhibits).

Address: Kansas Expocentre 21st and Topeka Blvd , Topeka, Kansas
Ph: 785-862-2010 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: info@shawneecountyfair.org
Web: www.shawneecountyfair.org
Fee: Free admission and parking.

19Sunflower State Games- Spring Fever Golf Scramble - 4-MAN SCRAMBLE at Lake Shawnee Golf Course, all proceeds from the event help us keep athlete entry fees to the Sunflower State Game at a minimum.

Entry Fees- $240 Four Person Team, includes greens fees, cart, range balls, lunch and awards

Hole Contests Include: Longest Putt, Longest Drive, Closest to the Pin and more!
Mulligan and John Daly Drive will be available (limit one per team)

Schedule of Events
11:00 a.m. - Lunch
Noon - Shotgun start
Post Event - Tournamnet awards, snacks and raffel

Address: 820 S. Kansas Ave., Topeka, KS 66612 , Topeka, Kansas
Ph: 785-235-2295 (Always call and confirm events)
Fax: 785-235-1308
Web: www.sunflowergames.com
Fee: $240

19 - 20Diva Designs Vacation Crop - Join us this July 20th and 21st at the Ramada West in Topeka for a VACATION!

We will take a trip down memory lane with the Lovable Griswold family: Clark, Ellen, Audrey and Rusty, as well as their kooky extended family like Cousin Eddie and Aunt Edna! From Wally World to Europe and Vegas, with a holiday in between, we are sure to make a few memories of our own during this two day, thirty-six hour event.

You’ll have so much fun you’ll need plastic surgery to remove the smile from your face! (That’s a cleaned up quote straight from Clark!)

Your Diva Designs Vacation starts at 6 am on Saturday, July 20th and goes nonstop until 6pm Sunday, July 21st.

Full Crop seats are just $60 or you can purchase a table for up to four vacationers for $220. The full crop gets you 36 hours of cropping…nonstop!! One day trips are available too! Saturday only seats are just $35 for 18 hours and Sunday only seats are the rock bottom price of only $15 for 12 hours! (One day seating is limited.)

Things you can expect along the way include quaint roadside vendors, souvenirs from your travels (a.k.a. prizes), free morning coffee to keep you alert on the drive, and plenty of other happy little vacation surprises! So load your wood-paneled Wagon Queen Family Truckster with all your scrapbooking supplies and prepare yourself for one awesome Vacation crop.

Register online and/or get more information at www.divadesignscrops.com

Address: 605 SW Fairlawn, Topeka, KS , Topeka, Kansas
Ph: 785-221-3583 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: jvclaassen@cox.net
Web: www.divadesignscrops.com
Fee: Varies, see above

August

1Grape Escape - Food and wine festival with wines from around the world, gourmet hors d'oeuvres, and desserts. This annual wine and food festival benefits TPAC while you have fun. 6:30-10:30pm.

Address: 214 SE 8th Ave, Topeka Performing Arts Center , Topeka, Kansas
Email: jesau@tpactix.org
Web: www.tpactix.org
Fee: $60-$85 per person-$25 is tax deductible

16Annual Topeka Railroad Festival - Festival fun for everyone! The Annual Topeka Railroad Festival celebrates Topeka's rich railroad heritage with telegraph demonstrations, handcar rides, tours of the new railroad park, trackless train rides, model train layouts, model demonstrations, kids' activities, great food and entertainment - and much, much more! 9:30am - 4:30pm. Visit our website for more details.

Address: 701 N. Kansas Ave , Topeka, Kansas
Ph: 785-232-5533 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: contactus@greatoverlandstation.com
Web: www.greatoverlandstation.com
Fee: $6 advance, $10 gate, 2 and under free

23North Topeka Kiwanis Car Show - Registration 11:00a to 2:00p Awards at 4:00pm. Trophies for Best of Show and Peoples Choice and plaques for Best of Class and special categories. Dash plaques, door prizes and grab bags for 1st 100 registrants. Kids and adult trivia contest and games, pony rides, Hot Wheel Car races and visit with Santa. Pre Registration $12.00 and $17.00 at the show. Contact Terry @ 785-640-4441 or Steve @ 785-845-0725

Address: Spangles North @ 24 Highway & Rochester Rd , Topeka, Kansas
Ph: 785-640-4441 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: tillysr@aol.com
Web: www.north-topeka.kiwanisone.org
Fee: Free to spectaters

29 - 31Inter-Tribal Pow Wow - A celebration of Native American culture with dancing in full costume, food, and crafts by Native American artisans. 3:00 PM - 12:00 PM.

Address: Held at Lake Shawnee. , Topeka, Kansas
Ph: 785-854-7171 (Always call and confirm events)
Web: parks.snco.us
Fee: $8 at gate; $6 in advance; Kids 11 and under are free with an adult.

September

57Huff 'n Puff Balloon Rally - The rally kicks off with a spectacular night illumination followed by two days full of various balloon flights and breathtaking races which take place in the early morning and evening hours. Spectators are welcome to mingle among the balloons and crews and help celebrate a salute to the sport of hot-air ballooning. 6 p.m. Friday All day Event/6 p.m. Balloon Launch Saturday and Sunday 7 a.m..

Address: Lake Shawnee, 29th & Croco Road , Topeka, Kansas
Ph: 785-554-2003 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: info@huff-n-puff.org
Web: www.huff-n-puff.org
Fee: Suggested $5 donation to Topeka’s Ronald McDonald house

6Annual Sertoma Great Topeka Duck Race - 1,000 rubber ducks race to win great prizes. Games and kids' activities, petting zoo, and entertainment. 10am-5pm.

Address: 29th & Croco Rd, Lake Shawnee , Topeka, Kansas
Ph: 785-267-1156 (Always call and confirm events)
Web: www.topekaduckrace.com
Fee: Free admission.

13St. Matthew Annual Dinner Auction - St. Matthew Church will host its annual parish dinner auction with cocktails starting at 6:15 P.M., Dinner at 7P.M., and the live auction at 8:00 P.M. Reservations are $40 per person or $360 per table and the attire is semi-formal. Reservations include hors d’oeuvres, full bar and a three course dinner. Attendees will also have the opportunity to help raise money for the parish by bidding on both silent and live auction items. Reservations required. For more information or to make a reservation, call the parish office or email.

Address: St. Matthew Church, 2700 SE. Virginia Ave, Topeka, KS , Topeka, Kansas
Ph: 785-232-5012 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: parishoffice@stmatthews.org
Web: saintmatthews.org/parish-dinnerauction/home
Fee: Reservations are $40 per person or $360 per table and the attire is semi-formal

13Annual Civitan Car & Truck Show - 10am-2pm set up time 9:00, dash plaques to first 65 vehicles, Trophies & prizes awarded, NET PROCEEDS to BENEFIT CIVITAN DAY CAMP, Concessions-Family Fun
Enter off 10th & Gage.
Rain date-Following Saturday.

Address: CIVITAN Day Camp Grounds, Gage Park , Topeka, Kansas
Ph: 785-478-0932 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: powrcat911@aol.com
Web: www.topekacivitan.com
Fee: $15 per vehicle

20 - 21KS0305006e010 - TopekaCider Days Fall Festival - A celebration of life long ago when things seemed simpler. Featuring arts and crafts exhibits, plus living history demonstrations. Cider Days rekindles the pioneer spirit with wild west shootouts and plenty of freshly pressed apple cider. Cider Days also serves as a major benefit for the American Lung Association of Kansas.

Held at the Kansas Expocentre. Call for time and admission prices. Saturday, 10am - 6 pm. Sunday, 10am - 5 pm.

Address: Kansas Expocentre , Topeka, Kansas
Ph: 800-745-3000 (Always call and confirm events)
Web: www.ksexpo.com
Fee: $7.00 at the gate; $6.00 in advance

20KS0305006e102 - TopekaCows Cars and BBQ - Susanna Wesley United Methodist Church annual Cow Cars and BBQ event from 4pm to 7:30pm. Car Show registration of $10.00 allows the driver to free dinner of smoked beef with all the fixin's. $50.00 cash prize for Driver's Choice and $50.00 Spectators' Choice. Pre register on line or enter the day of the show. Cars are asked to arrive around 3:30 pm to get set up.

Address: 7433 SW 29th Street, Topeka Ks , Topeka, Kansas
Ph: 785-862-1455 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: llzach@wildblue.net
Web: www.swumc.org
Fee: Registration fee $10.00

20Topeka Junior Rock Hounds Open House - Junior Rockhounds Roundup. Boys & Girls, up to 18 Years. 10:00am to 5:00pm.
Set up 8:30 am.View & Enroll in upcoming classes. Demonstrations in the Lapidary Arts, Rock and Fossil Displays
https://www.facebook.com/TopekaJuniorRockhounds

The Topeka Gem & Mineral Society has introduced a new program, Topeka Gem & Mineral Society Junior Rockhounds. The program is a certified member of the Future Rockhounds of America.

Future Rockhounds of America, is program of the American Federation of Mineralogical Societies, of which Topeka Gem & Mineral Society is a member of.
Member youth, up to age 18, may enroll in the Future Rockhounds of America program and receive a Future Rockhound patch. Enrolled members can qualify to earn any of 20 badges available through the program. After they have qualified for 6 of the 20 badges, they receive a Rockhound Badge. If they qualify for all 20 badges, they are awarded an AFMS cloisonné "Rock Star" pin.

There is no cost for the classes and the badges.

Anyone interested in enrolling can sign up at the Roundup, at the TGMS meetings, Annual show, October 12-13, or contact Larry Henderson, LHenderson85@gmail.com

Address: TOWN AND COUNTRY CHRISTIAN CHURCH 4925 SW 29th STREET, TOPEKA, KS , Topeka, Kansas
Web: www.topekagemandmineral.org/index.html
Fee: FREE

October

4Annual German-American Club of Topeka Oktoberfest - German food, live music and dancers, and the Blind Tiger Beer Garden make this a special public annual event. Petland will sponsor a wiener dog race. Vendor space is available for this event. Located at Fairlawn Plaza Shopping Center parking lot under the three big blue and white tents. Contact Dennis Peerenboom 246-1397 or call Irma at 272-1555 if interested in having a vendor booth for the event. 10am – 10pm.

Address: Fairlawn Plaza Shopping Center, 21st and Fairlawn , Topeka, Kansas
Ph: 785 246-1397 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: dgpeerenboom@gmail.com
Web: gacot-topeka.com
Fee: Free

5Annual Apple Festival - Historic Ward-Meade Park is the setting for this celebration of pioneer life in Kansas. Demonstrations of pioneer skills, blacksmiths, quilters, musicians, craftsmen, and culinary artists make this a must-see fall activity. Celebrate pioneer life with live entertainment, arts and crafts, food vendors and all things apple. Sample wares from local artists and taste brownbread ice cream! Everything from Bierock to Barbeque from sarsaparilla to Green Rivers, and, of course, apples in caramel, in pie, in fritters, in cider! The Victorian home, log cabin, one room schoolhouse and train depot are all open for viewing during the festival. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. First Sunday of October.

Address: Historic Ward-Meade Park, 124 NW Clay , Topeka, Kansas
Ph: 785-368-2439 (Always call and confirm events)
Web: parks.snco.us
Fee: $6/gate, $5/advance.

10 - 11Smoke on the Water - After the excitement of the Great American Royal, BBQ champs can swing by Topeka and sweep up the first available contest points for the 2013 Kansas City BBQ Society season. Word has spread about the contest the weekend after the Royal and our reputation is growing. Local and statewide competitors call “Smoke on the Water” one of the best events they’ve attended. Between the entertainment, the beautiful venue and the outstanding customer service brought to you by Shawnee County Parks & Recreation, several BBQ teams say they turn away other events to attend SOTW.

This year, we have new activities and a jammed pack schedule full of entertainment for the whole family. In addition to adding a Kid’s Que on Friday night, we are also hosting “Savor the Flavor,” a people’s choice contest, where BBQ competitors offer samples to the public and try to entice them to add to their ‘bean’ container. (Bag of beans come with price of admission.) We are bringing back the turkey leg eating contest, sponsored by Herman’s Beef and Sausage House of North Topeka and the live entertainment stage. We have partnered with the Topeka Blues Society for our music and are excited to announce some great blues bands. A full schedule of events found below.

Onsite the day of the event, we are hosting a motorcycle “Meet & Greet,” the National Guard’s mechanical bull and rock climbing wall and the Harley Davidson bike simulator. In addition to the meet & greet, motorcyclists are encourage to enter our bike ride for the “Fight against Leukemia.” The ride will consist of visiting Smoke on the Water sponsor sites and returning to the Lake Shawnee Campground. We will also be hosting a benefit breakfast on Saturday morning to help raise more funds. The Capital City Crushers roller derby team is coming out both days for two mock games. And amazing BBQ vendors will have food for sale, Friday 5-10PM and Saturday 10AM-5PM.

Gates open to the public at 5PM on Friday, October 12 and 10AM on Saturday, October 13. Admission is $5 per person, but children 12 and under are free. Admission includes a bag of beans for the Savor the Flavor and a wristband, which can be used both days. Parking is free.

Address: Lake Shawnee Campground, 3435 SE East Edge Rd, 66605 , Topeka, Kansas
Ph: 785.862.1630 (Always call and confirm events)
Fax: 785.266.0217
Email: sotwals@gmail.com
Web: parks.snco.us/index.aspx?nid=222
Fee: $5/person, 12 and under FREE

11KS0305006e069 - TopekaAnnual Topeka Gem & Mineral Show - "Featuring the Moon Rock & the Kansas Meteorites" Special Exhibits: Gems, Minerals, Jewelry, Fossils, Demonstrations, Dealers. Saturday 10 am - 6 pm, Sunday 10 am - 5 pm

Address: Agricultural Hall, Kansas Expocentre , Topeka, Kansas
Email: rock2plate@aol.com
Web: www.topekagemandmineral.org
Fee: Adult $4. Students 13-17: $1. Kids under 13 with an adult: free

18 - 25Boo at the Zoo - Trick or treat around the zoo in a safe and spooktacular environment. Two Saturdays, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Address: Topeka Zoo , Topeka, Kansas
Ph: 785-368-9135 (Always call and confirm events)
Web: www.topekazoo.com

24KS0305006e105 - Topeka"Sumptuous Evening Gala" a benefit for Meals on Wheels - Plan to join us for this semi-formal event that will include sumptuous bites from area chefs, caterers, and restaurants as well as wine and spirits.

Live Benefit Auction Starts at 8:00 p.m.

In addition to the auction, designer table tops will be on display and will be available for purchase the night of the event. These table tops will be donated from local businesses located in Shawnee & Jefferson Counties.

All proceeds from this community event will benefit Meals on Wheels of Shawnee and Jefferson counties. Money raised will help us to continue to provide nutritionally balanced meals to homebound, elderly and handicapped individuals.

Individual tickets are $75.00 each and sponsorship opportunities are also available.

For more information please contact Kim Williams at 785-295-3980 or visit our website.

Address: Ramada Downtown Topeka, 420 SE 6th Ave , Topeka, Kansas
Ph: 785-295-3980 (Always call and confirm events)
Fax: 785-295-3999
Email: kwilliams@meals-on-wheels-inc.org
Web: www.meals-on-wheels-inc.org
Fee: $75.00

November

28 - 26Art of the Santa Fe Calendars - The Art of the Santa Fe Calendars from 1907-1933 Exhibit.

Address: The Great Overland Station, 701 N. Kansas Avenue , Topeka, Kansas , Topeka, Kansas
Ph: 785-232-5533 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: info@greatoverlandstation.com
Web: www.greatoverlandstation.com

31Awi Akta Cherokee Veterans Pow Wow - Honoring all veterans and those now serving. Gourd dancing, regular dancing and craft concessions. 6-11 p.m.

Address: Whiting Gym, Washburn University of Topeka , Topeka, Kansas
Ph: 785-272-5489 (Always call and confirm events)
Web: awiakta.org
Fee: Free admission

1Annual Membership Fair at the Great Overland Station - Join our "Friends" at the Station for the First Mile Marker Celebration! Saturday, 10a.m.-1p.m. at the Great Overland Station. Admission is FREE for this special event - there will be lots to see and do for railroaders of all ages! Bring your friends to meet out "Friends" and see what our "Friends of the Station" Membership Programis all about - we'll have info on the new Railroad Park, Prize Drawings, Free Hot Dogs, Children's Activities, and so much more! Visit our website at www.greatoverlandstation.com to learn more!

Address: The Great Overland Station, 701 N. Kansas Ave. , Topeka, Kansas
Ph: 785-232-5533 (Always call and confirm events)
Fax: 785-232-6259
Email: info@greatoverlandstation.com
Web: www.greatoverlandstation.com
Fee: FREE

15 - 16Kaw Valley Woodcarvers Annual Show - Wood sculptures by some of the finest artists in the midwest. Show and sale.

Address: Holiday Inn Holidome, 6th & Fairlawn , Topeka, Kansas
Web: www.kawvalleywoodcarvers.org
Fee: $3.00

16 - 28TARC's Winter Wonderland - Drive through 2 miles of light displays at Lake Shawnee's Campground. Topeka tradition with all proceeds benefting those with developmental disabilities. 6-10 p.m. Call for more information.

Address: Lake Shawnee Campground, 3435 SE East Edge Rd. , Topeka, Kansas
Ph: 785-291-2610 (Always call and confirm events)
Web: parks.snco.us
Fee: Admission is $8 per vehicle; $1 per person per bus

22KS0305006e013 - TopekaMiracle on Kansas Avenue Parade - Recaptures the nostalgia of Christmas Past in Downtown Topeka, including horse-drawn carriage rides. Event starts at 5 p.m. with carolling, and tree lighting at 5:30. Parade at 6 p.m.

Address: Downtown, Kansas Avenue , Topeka, Kansas
Ph: 785-234-9336 (Always call and confirm events)
Web: www.topeka365.com

22Annual Made from the Heart Holiday Craft Fair - Handcrafted gifts from a variety of vendors. Give Original Hand Crafted Gifts for the Holidays! Concessions available. Sunrise Optimist Activity Center. 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM.

Address: 720 NW 50th St, Topeka, KS 66618 , Topeka, Kansas
Ph: 785-246-1200 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: CraftFair@sunriseoptimist.org
Web: www.sunriseoptimist.org/CraftFair.htm
Fee: Free

286Old Time Holiday Happenings - Join the festive crowd experiencing the charm of the beautifully decorated Old Prairie Town at Ward Meade Historic Site Mansion at holiday time. A Candlelight Dinner is the main course of a magical Victorian evening! An elegant buffet will be served from the dining room of the Mansion to be eaten by candlelight in the reception room. Live music will entertain you throughout the evening. Tour the Mansion, and then enjoy hot cider and cookies by the fire in the cabin and hot fudge sundaes in the Potwin Drug Store. Reservations accepted beginning August 1. Please call 368-2439 for your reservation. Dinner is served at 6:30 p.m. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Reservations are limited, so call and reserve your spot today! Two weekends, Friday and Saturday.

Address: Old Prairie Town, 124 NW Clay , Topeka, Kansas
Ph: 785-368-2439 (Always call and confirm events)
Web: parks.snco.us
Fee: $30 includes Victorian dinner, tour and entertainment

December

29TARC's Winter Wonderland - Drive through 2 miles of light displays at Lake Shawnee's Campground. Topeka tradition with all proceeds benefting those with developmental disabilities. 6-10 p.m. Call for more information.

Address: Lake Shawnee Campground, 3435 SE East Edge Rd. , Topeka, Kansas
Ph: 785-291-2610 (Always call and confirm events)
Web: parks.snco.us
Fee: Admission is $8 per vehicle; $1 per person per bus

30Santa Arrives by Union Pacific Train! - Santa arrives by Union Pacific train! Children's Activities, Games, Crafts, Refreshments, and Photos with Santa from 1-3p.m. at the Great Overland Station.

Address: The Great Overland Station, 701 N. Kansas Ave. , Topeka, Kansas
Ph: 785-232-5533 (Always call and confirm events)
Fax: 785-232-6259
Email: info@greatoverlandstation.com
Web: www.greatoverlandstation.com
Fee: Children 12 & Under FREE; Adults Regular Admission

6The Holiday Shop Till You Drop Expo - Come join us for a day of shopping and fun for the entire family! The Holiday "Shop Till You Drop" Expo will have entertainment all day. Make sure to stop by and see our very popular Fashion Shows highlighting the new fall fashions. We will have fantastic products for sale that cannot be found locally! So come shop till you drop for discounts you will not find anywhere else! We will have everything from ladies fashions, fused glass, wood products, art, home decor, designer purses, custom baby & childrens clothes , candles, toys, jewelry, tons of food, pet gifts, painted clothing, and much more! You can bring the kids and the entire family! Come try on clothes, buy yourself and your loved ones something special this season and Shop Till You Drop with us, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. - Tell your friends and we will see you there! Twitter Hashtag: #EVholid5364 Any interested vendors will need to email kseventsfairs@yahoo.com

Address: Ag Hall, Kansas Expo Centre, One Expo Centre Drive, Topeka Kansas , Topeka, Kansas
Ph: 785-215-7911 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: kseventsfairs@yahoo.com
Web: www.Ks-Events-Fairs.com
Fee: Free Admission, FREE Pictures with Santa!

6Christmas Unlimited, Memories in the Making - The holidays are upon us and it's time to mark your calander for this amazing event! Set in the beautiful Grace Cathedral Church, this will be a day filled with harmony and holiday cheer! Enjoy songs like, "Go Tell it on The Mountain, "I Have Seen The Light" , "Jamaican Noel" and many more. Acappella Unlimited, Topeka's Premier Womens Barbershop Chorus will present a variety of Chistmas songs and wil be joined by quartets Classic Edition (1998 Queens of Harmony) and Harmonia (Region 7, 5th place quartet) . Also joining us for our 2:00 show will be the Cair Parvel and Washburn Rural singers and our own Young Women in Harmony Chorus;and for our 7:30 show the Washburn Rural and Shawnee Heights singers will sing. Emceeing the event will be Kelli Stegeman from Ch 49 News . Ticket prices are $25 – family, $12 – adults, and $10 – students/seniors and are available at Grace Cathedral office or from any chorus members.

Following the 7:30 Show will be an Afterglow in Fellowship Hall of the Cathedral filled with more music and fellowship. Happy Holidays!!

Address: Grace Cathedral Church 8th & Polk , Topeka, Kansas
Ph: 785-383-3649 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: madams78@sbcglobal.net
Web: www.acappellaunlimited.com
Fee: $12.00 for adults, $10.00 for students/seniors, $25 per famili


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