1. Topeka Pride in the Park
When: noon to 4 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 16
Where: Tinman Circle Shelter House No. 4 at Lake Shawnee
New this year, there will be no Topeka Pride parade, but instead a community picnic will be the main event. The week is family-friendly with a variety of events taking place throughout Topeka. For information visit topekapride.org.
2. Sertoma Great Topeka Duck Race
When: 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 16 (ducks dropped at 3 p.m.)
Where: Lake Shawnee, south of the swim beach, South of 29th and Croco Road, Topeka
Price: Free to attend, duck adoption $5
The 22nd Annual Sertoma Great Topeka Duck Race is a fundraiser for the Sertoma Clubs of Topeka. The goal is to drop 10,000 ducks into Lake Shawnee to race to the finish line. All morning there are a variety of family-friendly activities. For information visit duckrace.com/topeka.
3. Last Minute Folk Concert Series
When: 7 - 10 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 16
Where: Jayhawk Theatre, 720 S.W. Jackson St., Topeka
This month the Last Minute Folk Series presents singer-songwriter duo Patty Stevenson and Craig Siemsen. They are known for their harmonies, musicianship, stage humor and original songs. For information visit lastminutefolk.org.
4. Annual Fall Arts and Crafts Festival
When: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 10
Where: South Park, 1141 Massachusetts St., Lawrence
This outdoor arts and crafts show is for non-commercial vendors only. For 38 years this fall festival has provided activities for everyone — kids too! For information call (785) 832-7940 or visit the Facebook event.
5. 2017 Kansas Mariachi Festival
When: 4 p.m. - 11 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 16
Where: Topeka Performing Arts Center, 214 S.E. Eighth Ave., Topeka
Price: $15 for concert
Let the sounds of mariachi music move you! Dance in the street at the block party and tequila garden and attend a concert celebrating local and national mariachi performers at TPAC. For information visit bit.ly/2xb57FK.
6. TOPCON Geek Expo
When: 9 a.m. - 7 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 10
Where: Kansas Expocentre, Agriculture Hall, One Expocentre Drive, Topeka
Price: $10 - $20
Laser tag, power rangers, a kidzone, panels and tons of cosplay and photo ops are just a few of the events schedule for day two of the geek expo. Get your nerd on and come out and participate! Costumes are encouraged. For information visit topcon.us.
7. Paxico Blues Festival
When: 11 a.m. - 9 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 16
Where: Main Street, Paxico Kan.
The Paxico Blues Festival celebrates big city blues in a small town setting. Each year several thousand festival goers venture to downtown Paxico on the third Saturday in September to enjoy local food, antiquing, and the region’s top blues musicians. For information visit paxicobluesfest.com.
8. Calender Girls
When: Friday, Sept. 15 - Sunday, Sept. 30
Where: Topeka Civic Theatre, 3028 S.w. 8th Ave., Topeka
Price: $25 - $50
A touching new comedy by Tim Firth, Calendar Girls is based on the true story of eleven Women’s Institute members who posed nude for a calendar to raise money for the Leukemia Research Fund. Show dates and times vary, for information visit topekacivictheatre.com.
9. Paint Your Pet
When: 6 - 8 p.m., Friday, Sept. 15
Where: Straight Upp Creative Studio, 1223 Moro St., Manhattan
Bring your favorite bottle of wine or beverage, invite your friends, and enjoy helpful instruction with an experienced artist on how to paint your pet. Online registration and payment is required. For information visit bit.ly/2wN0uBo.
10. Cooking with Grandmas from around the World
When: 7 - 8:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 15
Where: La Parrilla, 724 Massachusetts St., Lawrence
Price: $25 per person, $45 per couple (tax and gratuity not included)
Join chef Sushila Bhattachan and explore the world of delicious Nepali cooking on the second floor of La Parrilla. Ages 21 and up preferred, class includes one beer or glass of house wine. For information visit the Facebook event page or call (785) 841-1100.