Top 10 things to do this week in northeast Kansas: Oct. 1 - 7

1. InflataFEST


When: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 7

Where: West Ridge Mall, 1801 SW Wanamaker Road, Topeka

Price: General admission is free, wristbands are $10 in advance or $12 at the gate

InflataFEST is Produced by Carnival Guy Events and delivers dozens of hands-on activities and special attractions. Explore the activity stations, pumpkin decorating, costume contests, special appearances, carnival games, face-painting, balloons, food trucks and of course, inflatables. For more information visit


2. OktoberFest Wiener Dog Races

When: 1 to 4 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 7

Where: Fairlawn Plaza, 2114 SW Chelsea Dr., Topeka

Price: Free

Join Petland Topeka for its annual wiener dog races. Prizes are given out for first, second, and third place, and for biggest, smallest and best dressed wiener dog. For information visit Petland’s Facebook event page, or call (785)246-8990. Pre-registration is preferred.


3. Julliard String Quartet

When: 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 5

Where: Lied Center of Kansas, 1600 Stewart Drive, Lawrence

Price: $11 - 35

Founded in 1946, the ever-evolving Juilliard String Quartet is widely known as the “quintessential American string quartet.” For information about the musicians, visit


4. Up To No Good Improv

When: 8 to 10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 6

Where: Andrew J. & Georgia Neese Gray Theatre on Washburn’s campus, Topeka

Price: Free

The student improv group UNTG is back for a new season, with new members. They will be playing the improv game “Cagematch,” where two teams will go head to head and the audience will vote on a winner. For information visit the Up To No Good Facebook event page.


5. Pioneer Bluffs Fall Festival

When: 2 p.m. until dark, Saturday, Oct. 7

Where: Pioneer Bluffs, 695 Kansas Highway 177, Matfield Green

Price: Free

Come out for all kinds of music, a car show, food vendors, petting zoo, scavenger hunt, face painting and so much more at the 10th annual Fall Festival. Activities are happening all day. For information, visit or call (620) 753-3484.


6. First Friday Art Walk

When: Friday, Oct. 6

Where: Topeka

Price: Free

For this First Friday, enjoy some delicious chili while discovering new things to do in downtown Topeka. Multiple businesses are participating, with a cook-off challenge hosted by NexLynx Gallery. Samples will be available at 6th and Jackson Streets. For information, visit


7. 44th annual Pumpkin Patch Arts & Crafts Fair

When: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 6 and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7

Where: CiCo Park, 3309 Robinson Road, Manhattan

Price: Free

Get your fill of fall crafts, especially those of the homemade, handmade and refurbished variety! There’s tons of goodies to look at, and lots of classic vendors who have participated in the show for years. For information, visit


8. 108th Auburn Fair

When: Wednesday, Oct. 4 through Saturday, Oct. 7

Where: Downtown Auburn

Price: free general admission, wristband prices vary from $15 to $40

In addition to the carnival rides, fair food and other classics, the Auburn Fair traditions include the Friday night egg toss, hot pickle eating contest, Saturday morning sports, exhibits and judging of food, crops, garden, hobbies, vendors and the big Saturday afternoon parade. For information, visit


9. Band Kansas at TPAC

When: 8 p.m., Friday. Oct. 6

Where: Topeka Performing Arts Center, 214 S.E. 8th Ave.

Price: $59.50 to $99.50

With a legendary career spanning more than four decades, Kansas is one of America’s iconic of classic rock bands. This Topeka native group will be making a stop at TPAC while on their Leftoverture 40th Anniversary Tour. For information, visit


10. Glam Band Night

When: show starts at 10 p.m., Friday, Oct. 6

Where: The Legendary Boobie Trap Bar, 1417 S.W. 6th Ave., Topeka

Price: $5

For one night, relive the days of 80’s Hair Bands with The Midnight Devils out of Omaha Neb., and KC glam band Vibralux. The bands play a mix of classic songs from bands like Van Halen, Ratt, Twisted Sister and more. For information, visit the “Midnight Devils n Vibralux Glam Rock Double Feature” facebook event page.