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MARK YOUR CALENDAR 15 events in Topeka you won’t want to miss The Capital-Journal
Who says there’s nothing to do in the capital city when the days grow longer and the nights are studded with stars? Here are a few of the events that will make summer in Topeka more fun. • May 20: 30th Annual Menards NHRA Heartland Nationals, 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., Heartland Motorsports Park, 7530 S.W. Topeka Blvd. $45-$65; free for age 12 and under in general admission section with paid adult. heartlandpark.com • June 2: Capital City Family & Food Truck Festival, with food trucks and vendors, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., S.W. 10th Avenue between S.W. Harrison and S.W. Jackson and S.W. Jackson between S.W. 9th and S.W. 10th. Free. bit.ly/CJfoodtruck • June 2-3: Mulvane Art Fair, with more than 80 artists, food trucks and music, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 2 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 3, Washburn University, 1700 S.W. Jewell Ave. $10; free for age 11 and younger. mulvaneartfair.org • June 2-3: Germanfest, with food, live entertainment, bazaar, bingo, auctions and beer garden, 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. June 2 and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 3, Sacred Heart-St. Joseph Parish, 312 N.E. Freeman. Free.
Dancers entertain the crowd at Fiesta Mexicana. The July festival features music, dancing, food, a parade and a carnival. [2015 FILE PHOTO/THE CAPITAL-JOURNAL]
sacredheartstjosephcatholic.org • June 9: Heartland Military Day, with pancake feed, World War II battle reenactments, military equipment exhibits and demonstrations, Civil War exhibits and artillery, veterans exhibit, Spanish-American War exhibit and noon cookout meal, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., Museum of the Kansas National Guard, 125 S.E. Airport Drive, Forbes Field. kansasguardmuseum.org • June 22-30: Sunflower Music Festival, 10-concert series
featuring orchestra and chamber music, jazz and student ensembles, White Concert Hall, Washburn University, 1700 S.W. Jewell Ave. Free. sunflowermusicfestival.org • June 23: Tap That Topeka: A Capital Brew Festival, with more than 200 craft beers, food trucks, vendors and music, 5 to 8 p.m., 800 block of S.W. Jackson. Must be 21 years of age. $10 for designated driver; $35 for general admission; $65 for VIP reservations. bit.ly/CJbrewfest • June 30: Rotary Freedom Festival, featuring Rotary Freedom March, student art displays, family-oriented activities, antique military vehicle display, reenactment of dispersal of Legislature by President Franklin Pierce, outdoor concert with Kelley Hunt, food trucks and beer gardens, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., downtown Topeka. Free. bit.ly/CJfreedomfest • July 4: Spirit of Kansas Blues Festival, with bands beginning at 11:30 a.m., food tent and fireworks, Reynolds Lodge at Lake Shawnee, 3027 S.E. Beach Terrace. Free; donations welcome. bit.ly/CJbluesfest • July 10-14: Fiesta Mexicana, with music, food, dance, parade, carnival and children’s activities, Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, 201 N.E. Chandler. Parade and coronation ball on July 7. olgfiestamexicana.org • July 13-29: Sunflower State Games, with 50 different sports competitions for all ages and skill levels, various Topeka sites. sunflowergames.com • July 21-22 and 25-29: Shawnee County Fair, with horse show, dog show, exhibits and live entertainment, Kansas Expocentre, 1 Expocentre Drive. Free. shawneecountyfair.org
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