By Katie Moore | CJ Online
Two popular festivals will return to Topeka this year.
The Kansas Burlesque Festival, featuring an exotic cabaret-style show, will take place at 8 p.m. March 5 at the Downtown Ramada Hotel & Convention Center, 420 S.E. 6th. The event will include more than a dozen performances, burlesque-style photo sessions and burlesque dance classes.
“The first Kansas Burlesque Festival in October was so much fun,” said Rosa Cavazos, tourism development manager for Visit Topeka Inc. “We had a great mix of both local and out-of-town attendees who really enjoyed the performance. This is a truly unique event that attracts great talent.”
The Capital City Family and Food Truck Festival on June 11 at Gage Park will feature more than 20 food trucks and a range of family activities.
Feedback from the public after the previous festival indicated that people wanted the event to become a larger family affair. This year, related activities are being planned at the Kansas Children’s Discovery Center, Topeka Zoo, Hill’s Bark Park, Helen Hocker Theater, Reinisch Rose Garden and Blaisdell Family Aquatic Center.
“Last year’s festival was an overwhelming success,” said Brett Oetting, president and CEO of Visit Topeka Inc. “It was clear that this event had the opportunity to be bigger than just food trucks. Gage Park is a wonderful park right in the heart of the city with many great amenities. This festival will highlight everything that Gage Park has to offer.”
The city’s first food truck festival, in June 2015, included 13 trucks and as many as 4,000 attendees.