With more than 15 food trucks, a handful of vendors and topnotch musical entertainment, the inaugural Downtown Country & Food Truck Festival on May 12 will be a great kick-off to nearly-summer. Use this list to choose your adventure and plan an amazing Saturday!

 

 

1. Washburn University Graduation Party on Kansas Avenue!

As home of the Ichabods – many of whom graduate Saturday – Topeka is full of energy in early Spring. On May 12, graduation ceremonies on Washburn’s campus begin at 8 a.m. and continue throughout the day. Need a place to relax after the big event? Bring your lawn chair or blanket and join the crowd near 9th and Kansas, with an outstanding view of the Capitol.

Pro tip: Try two first-time food trucks, too: Paydro & Lena's Catering and Concessions and Tod's BBQ are making their inaugural appearance at a Topeka food truck festival.

2. Work up a hunger during the Brown v. Board of Education Community Paint and then cut loose.

ArtsConnect is recruiting one and all to leave their mark on the incredible mural that will be painted near the Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site. No experience is needed to participate in the community paint from noon to 4 p.m. Tour the National Historic Site before or after you paint, then head down to Kansas Avenue for food, music and more beginning at 4 p.m.

Brown v. Board Mural design

3. Tour the Capitol then see four up-and-coming country acts free with your besties!

Free tours of our beautifully restored Kansas Statehouse begin at 10 a.m. Enjoy free parking in the garage under the Capitol. Make your way early and you’ll have the chance to enjoy the historical and dome tours before the soundcheck is over. (Little ones who walk independently are welcome on the 296-step dome tour if they’re up for it!)

Four country acts will have you dancing the night away. Bryton Stoll, True North, Travis Marvin and Waterloo Revival will leave you tappin’ your boots for days.

Waterloo Revival musicians - Cody Cooper and George Birge

4. Fuel up and cool down after the Girls on the Run 5K.

Make plans now to run in a one-of-a-kind 5K with the YWCA of Northeast Kansas’ Girls on the Run program! This celebration of and for the girls who are completing the 10-week program will give you memories that last a lifetime. Finish the day with sights, sounds and smells (from more than 15 food trucks!) that will make the entire day one you won’t soon forget.

5. Celebrate National Travel and Tourism Week like in a way only possible in #TopCity

Saturday, May 12 is the official finale of National Travel and Tourism Week in Topeka. Enjoy the day at your favorite attractions and then head to the festival for a great time. Remember, admission is free, but vendors and food trucks will charge. Don’t forget to stop by the Visit Topeka info tent to pick up a free #TopCity postcard.