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Rotary Freedom Festival 2018

Jun 30, 2018 from 11:30 am to 10:30 pm
Downtown Topeka, Topeka, Kansas
Event Summary
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The third annual Rotary Freedom Festival will be held Saturday, June 30, 2018 in downtown Topeka.

Join us for the March for Freedom (1.4 miles or 2.3 K), historical reenactments, military displays, children and family activities, a Pop-Up park on the Kaw, food vendors and live music on the stage on 5th by the Post Office. The evening concludes with a concert headlined by Kelley Hunt.  You will need a ticket to get through the gate on Kansas Avenue at either fourth or sixth street.  Tickest are free.

Event Schedule / Activities
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Jun 30, 2018
11:30 am
March: Freedom's Momentum
March with Rotary for Peace, Justice and Freedom! Bring your own signs; stand up for your beliefs! Invited: Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, church groups, clubs, Rotarians, students, political candidates  (90 minutes)
12:00 pm
Pop-up Park and Paddling on the Kaw
Walk on the Levee and enjoy the River. This event is to draw people to the north bank of the river for a safe, fun experience. Boating only if river conditions are favorable. Ticket required.  (240 minutes)
1:00 pm
Activity Fair for Kids and Families
Local agencies and vendors provide free activities in the 400 block of Kansas Avenue for kids and families between 1:00 and 4:30 PM.  (210 minutes)
1:00 pm
Displays of Military Hardware
500 block of Kansas Ave. Rolling Thunder Club and the National Guard will bring antique and current military vehicles to view. May be a few classic cars.  (210 minutes)
1:30 pm
Historical Reenactments
President Pierce sent Col. Sumner to disperse the Kansas Legislature on July 4, 1856 because they were about to become a free state legislature. This reenactment depicts that critical event.  (120 minutes)
2:00 pm
Voices of Freedom: Outdoor Concerts Featuring Kelley Hunt
Music begins at 2:00 PMĀ  Main Stage 5th & Kansas Avenue. Food trucks and Beer Gardens available. Admission is free; ticket required. Reserved seats $10. Entrance gates at 4th, 6th & Kansas  (510 minutes)
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Event Details

    Freedom’s Crossroads in Topeka

From fighting against slavery as a free state,  to bringing the landmark desegregation case, or promoting the passage of the GI Bill, Topeka is a crossroads for the nation's struggle for freedom-– a concept that has changed over time as events in Topeka's history have evolved.

This Rotary Freedom festival celebrates our Kansas history, our diversity and our pride in being a community where important things happened.

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                                                      Festival Schedule June 30, 2018


12:00 -1:00 PM    March for Freedom's Momentum– Starts at Brown v. Board and ends at Rotary Pocket Park  

12:00 - 4:00 PM   Pop-up Park and Paddling on the Kaw River

 1:00 PM – 4:30 PM  Activity Fair for Children and Families  400 block, Kansas Ave.  Exhibits, Vendors, some food trucks, and Pocket Park beer stands open at 1:00.  Rest of beer stands open at 4:30 PM  (marchers may be hungry!)

 1:30 - 3:30 PM   Reenactments start with a cannon shot in front of Constitution Hall.

 3:00 - 6:15 PM    Voices of Freedom Project, Poetry Readings from Students and Others, interspersed with music performances. Debut of the Freedom Windows, a graphic installation that translates student poetry into a collective portrait of our youth as citizens.

  2:00 - 10:30   Voices of Freedom Music Stage features various performers throughout the afternoon and evening. Featured performer, Kelley Hunt appears at 9:00 PM.

Tickets (free) will be required to enter the Concert, Music and Food area after 4 PM. 21 or Older ticket holders will be required to show proper identification to receive a wristband allowing alcohol purchases.

A limited number of reserved seats for the musical entertainment are available for $10 each.  Otherwise, bring your own chairs.

Volunteer to Help or Need Assistance?

Contact Joan Wagnon at or 785-249-3464 for more information. 

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Downtown Topeka
429 S. Kansas Ave
between 4th and 6th on Kansas Ave.
Topeka, Kansas, 66603

Jun 30, 2018 from 11:30 am to 10:30 pm
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Rotary Club of Topeka

Service Above Self
We meet Thursdays at 12:00 PM
Ramada Hotel and Convention Center, Downtown
420 SE 6th Avenue
Topeka, KS 66607

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