Topeka, Kansas

Upcoming Events in Topeka Kansas


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)
Fee: Adults-$15.00, Seniors & Students- $12.00, Families- $25.00, Groups of 10 or more - $80.00

KS0305006e042 - Topeka First 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!

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:

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

Address: 720 SW Jackson St, in the Jayhawk State Theatre of Kansas , Topeka, Kansas
Ph: (785) 233-4295/HAWK (Always call and confirm events)
Fee: Donations are accepted


29 Kansas 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)
Fee: Free Admission

29 Kansas 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)
Fee: Free Admission


2 - 4 Topeka 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
Fee: $6.75


9 - 11 Topeka 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)
Fee: Admission

17 St. 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)
Fee: Free


14 Traditional 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

14 National Mustang Day Car Show -

3rd Annual Mustang Day Celebration Car Show, Saturday April 14, 2018 10am to 2pm Laird Noller Ford,-- 2200 SW Topeka Blvd.. Topeka KS Car Show display event. -Topeka Mustang Club Inc

Address: Laird Noller Ford, 2200 SW Topeka Blvd , Topeka, Kansas
Ph: 785-640-2230 (Always call and confirm events)
Fee: $15.00 per vehicle


21 Arab 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)

4 Washburn Tech Car Show - The community is invited to make a pit stop at the Washburn Tech Car Show from 9 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. on Friday, May 6 at 5724 SW Huntoon St. This annual event is free to the public; the car entry fee is $15 prior to the event or $20 on the day of the show.

Car entries will be divided into five classes: custom/low riders, antique cars and trucks, muscle cars, motorcycles and special interest. Additional attractions include a live band and various food trucks. The event also offers several of its traditional activities including a climbing wall, a car bash, a heavy equipment rodeo and a silent auction.

The Washburn Tech Car Show is a yearly fundraiser for Care Closet, a committee that 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.

To register for this year’s show, contact Washburn Tech instructor Mike Evenson at 785.228.6313. You also can find registration forms at or in Washburn Tech’s main office.

Address: 5724 SW Huntoon , Topeka, Kansas
Ph: 7856702199 (Always call and confirm events)
Fax: 7856702199
Fee: Car Entries: $15 in advance; $20 at door; public gets in free

5 Washburn Rural High School Car Show - The WRHS Car Club hosts a car show each year. We will award trophies for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in student class and adult class.

Time: 11:00 am to 2:00 pm
Place: WRHS parking lot
5900 SW 61st Street
Topeka, KS

Address: 5900 SW 61st Street , Topeka, Kansas
Ph: 785-339-4210 (Always call and confirm events)
Fee: $7 for adults; $5 for students

18 - 20KS0305006e011 - Topeka NHRA 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)

26 - 28 Cottonwood 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
Fee: Registration is $150.00


2 - 3 Mulvane 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)
Fee: $10.00

15 - 17 Juneteenth - 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)
Fee: Free

16 Annual 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)

16 “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 (Driving rules can be found at the website).

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

Address: Heartland Park Topeka, 7530 SW Topeka Blvd , Topeka, Kansas
Ph: 785-295-3980 (Always call and confirm events)
Fax: 785-295-3999
Fee: $40.00

22 - 30 Sunflower 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)
Fee: Admission.

23 - 24 Annual 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)
Fee: $6.00


4 Spirit 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
Fee: Free

4 Spirit 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
Fee: Free

4 Spirit 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)
Fee: Viewing free; Car/Motorcycle Show pre-regis $10; onsite regis $15

10 - 14KS0305006e004 - Topeka Topeka 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)
Fee: Free

14 Sunflower 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
Fee: $240

21 - 29 Shawnee 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)
Fee: Free admission and parking.


3 - 4 Grape 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
Fee: $60-$85 per person-$25 is tax deductible

11 Cruisin' the Capitol Car Show - This car show is "One of A Kind" featuring a BURN OUT lane right in front of the Capitol!!!

Open to ALL makes, models, years and styles. Come show off what you've got!

This event is FREE for the public and all are invited to come and enjoy the festivities from 6 to 9pm. Live entertainment, food trucks and beer gardens will be located throughout the event site then stick around afterwards for our Second Saturday Concert Series featuring Knucklehead Jones located in front of the Celtic Fox at 8th & Jackson. Cruisin' the Capitol is a rain or shine event.

ON-LINE pre-registration is available NOW! Register online then day of show come to the pre-registered gate entry to pick up your hangtag.

OFF-LINE pre-registration begins in June, Downtown Topeka, Inc., 515 S. Kansas-Ste A. Please bring your vehicle registration, proof of insurance and cash/check/card to cover the registration fee then get your hangtag.

DASH PLAQUES will be given to the first 300 participants.

$15 registration – before day of show
$20 Day of Event – Day of show
Registration fees will go up on the day of the event so make sure to pre-register!

Address: At the capitol, I70 , Topeka, Kansas
Ph: 785-234-9336 (Always call and confirm events)
Fee: FREE for the public

11 Annual 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)
Fee: $6 advance, $10 gate, 2 and under free

31 - 2 Inter-Tribal Pow Wow - Celebrate Native American culture and customs while savoring authentic food, arts and crafts, demonstrations and dancing at Lake Shawnee. 3:00 PM - 10:00 PM.

Address: Held at Lake Shawnee. , Topeka, Kansas
Ph: 785-267-1156 (Always call and confirm events)
Fee: $8 at gate; $6 in advance; Kids 11 and under are free with an adult.


7 - 9 Huff '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)
Fee: Suggested $5 donation to Topeka’s Ronald McDonald house

8 St. 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)
Fee: Reservations are $40 per person or $360 per table and the attire is semi-formal

15 Annual Sertoma Great Topeka Duck Race - No less than 10,000 “adopted” rubber ducks will be dropped into Lake Shawnee in the cove South of the swim beach, for a race to the finish line. Lucky winners will receive great prizes! You need not be present to win the top prizes. Ducks can be adopted for a $5.00 donation. Ducks are numbered corresponding to your adoption certificate. Your Lucky Duck Number is printed on your adoption certificate and is valid for single and/or multiple duck adoptions. Adopt your ducks on-line with a Visa or MasterCard.

Children’s activities start at 11:00 a.m. and Ducks will be dropped at 3:00 p.m. Event concludes around 4:00! Come early for hourly door prizes, FREE festivities, FREE children’s midway games, FREE family games, petting zoo, animals, music and entertainment on the big stage throughout the day. FREE rides to the event from Tinman Circle parking area, turn off of Croco Road onto East Edge Road - parking on the south side of East Edge Road. Also a great walking path from there takes you directly to the Duck Race event area.

Benefits the programs of the Sertoma Clubs of Topeka and their sponsorship beneficiaries which have included The Easter Capper Foundation, Children’s Miracle Network, The Villages, The Marian Clinic, Meals on Wheels, Head Start Programs, LULAC and East Topeka Sr. Center, Safe Streets, KVC, LifeHouse Child Advocacy Center, Ronald McDonald House, TARC, Kansas Big Brothers Big Sisters of Topeka Serving Shawnee County, Boys & Girls Clubs, Sheep Dog Impact Assistance, hearing health missions, and other worthy causes.

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

22 - 23KS0305006e010 - Topeka Cider 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)
Fee: $7.00 at the gate; $6.00 in advance; under 10 free


6 Annual 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)
Fee: Free

7 Annual 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)
Fee: $6/gate, $5/advance.

13 - 14KS0305006e069 - Topeka Annual 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
Fee: Adult $4. Students 13-17: $1. Kids under 13 with an adult: free

20 - 27 Boo 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)


27 Annual 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 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

2KS0305006e105 - 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 auction, Entertainment, Wine and spirits, Sumptuous bites.

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 visit our website.

Address: Sunflower Ballroom - Maner Conference Center - Capitol Plaza Hotel , Topeka, Kansas
Ph: 785-295-3989 (Always call and confirm events)
Fax: 785-295-3999
Fee: $75.00

3 - 4 Holiday Food & Gift Mart - Shop hundreds of merchants with handcrafted goods, home décor, gourmet foods, and a little something for everyone! The festival will provide shoppers with unique gifts that cannot be found anywhere else. Featuring art, crafts, jewelry, clothing, wood, music, photography, toys, Christmas décor, and much more!

In addition to the wide variety of vendors selling their unique wares, there is something planned to entertain and interest the entire family – children can meet Santa Claus and have their picture taken with him. There will be a festival of trees, wine tasting and food samples, and much more.

Address: Exhibition Hall, Kansas Expo Centre, One Expo Centre Drive , Topeka, Kansas
Ph: 785-215-7911 (Always call and confirm events)
Fee: Free Admission, FREE Pictures with Santa!

3 Annual 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, Kansas
Ph: 785-246-1200 (Always call and confirm events)
Fee: Free

17 - 18 Kaw Valley Woodcarvers Annual Show - Wood sculptures by some of the finest artists in the midwest. Show and sale.

Address: Ramada Topeka Downtown, 420 SE 6th Avenue , Topeka, Kansas
Ph: 785-249-4958 (Always call and confirm events)
Fee: $3.00

18 - 30 TARC'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)
Fee: Admission is $8 per vehicle; $1 per person per bus

24KS0305006e013 - Topeka Miracle 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. Recurring on the 4th Saturday of November.

Address: Downtown, Kansas Avenue , Topeka, Kansas
Ph: 785-234-9336 (Always call and confirm events)

30 - 8 Old 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 Fillmore , Topeka, Kansas
Ph: 785-251-6991 (Always call and confirm events)
Fee: $35 includes Victorian dinner, tour and entertainment


1 - 31 TARC'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)
Fee: Admission is $8 per vehicle; $1 per person per bus

1 Christmas 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)
Fee: $12.00 for adults, $10.00 for students/seniors, $25 per famili

2 Santa 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
Fee: Children 12 & Under FREE; Adults Regular Admission

Attractions and Upcoming Events

Combat Air Museum, Forbes Field

Much more than a collection of aircraft, Combat Air Museum houses a wide variety of military and aviation oriented memorabilia, ranging in time from the first World War to the space shuttle program. There are approximately 30 aircraft on display with multiple additional static displays.

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Gage Park

Gage Park is one of the biggest attractions in Topeka. Within the park itself, the biggest attraction is the Topeka Zoo, which allows visitors to come face to face with gorillas in a special Gorilla Encounter exhibit. Other features at the zoo include a bush camp with a lion'

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Topeka Zoological Park

The Topeka Zoological Park occupies a beautiful setting in Gage Park. Intimate views of nearly 400 animals from all over the world add to the reputation of the Topeka Zoo as one of the nation's finest small zoos. Major exhibits include Hill's Black Bear Woods, Animals and Man (

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Washburn University

Established in 1865, Washburn University is one of Topeka's greatest assets and is the only municipal university in the nation. The 160

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Topeka High School

Designed by Topeka architect Thomas W. Williamson, Topeka High School was completed in 1931 at a cost of over one million dollars. Today, it is one of the city's most distinguished landmarks. The mast spar from "Old Ironsides" can be seen on the east lawn of the school.

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Prairie Spirit Rail Trail

The "Friends of the Prairie Spirit" welcome you to the first major rail-trail devel...

Blacksmith Shop

The blacksmith shop was an important part of the rural community. Blacksmiths kept the town in working order the same way an ...

Tauy Jones Hall

Located on the Ottawa University campus. The black and gold dome atop this building stands as a proud tribute to Tauy Jones, ...