Contact: Joan Wagnon
Topeka Downtown
Downtown Topeka
5th and Kansas Avenue
Topeka, KS  66603
United States

Freedom Festival 2018 will be held in downtown Topeka on Saturday, June 30, 2018.  Freedom Festival activities explore and recognize our Kansas history, our diversity and our pride in being community where important things happened.  The purpose of the Freedom Festival is not only to recognize our history in Topeka, but to learn from it and grow in understanding as we build the momentum to move forward.

The following activities are part of Freedom Festival 2018:

A Freedom’s Momentum March, involving all the Rotary Clubs in Topeka, as well as other churches and organizations in the community.  Marchers will go from the Brown-v-Board site to Constitution Hall with stops at the Ritchie House and the Colmery Memorial on Kansas Avenue.  This event begins at 11:30 at Brown v Board site with music and short speeches.  The march itself will step off at noon.

Expressions of Freedom is a student art project on storefront windows and sidewalks.  It will involve high school students writing poetry about diversity and the freedom theme; then use those writings as a basis for the design of more art for downtown windows or sidewalks. 

Family-oriented activities from 1:00 PM to 4:30 PM will be offered by many non-profit or governmental agencies—face-painting, games, storytelling, exhibits, and a Learning Tent where children can do fun activities.  Most activities will be free, although some may have a small charge.  These will be offered in the 400 block of Kansas Avenue.  Displays include antique military vehicles, various military assets and perhaps classic cars.   

At Constitution Hall and the post office costumed reenactors will portray the dispersal of the legislature by President Pierce on July 4, 1856, complete with cannon!  Reenactments begin at 1:30 PM, followed by a civil war era brass band.  Another reenactment will be held at 3:00 PM.

Pop-up Park on the Kaw. Experience short canoe rides (weather permitting, ages 8 and older, distance just over 100 yards between the Kansas Ave bridge to the Pop-up Park) and fun activities such as horseshoes, badminton, volleyball, music, disc golf on the north bank of the Kansas River from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM. Enjoy a series of guest lectures on topics covering the Kaw River. Canoe rides and activities are free.

Food trucks, beer gardens, sidewalk vendors and much more!