Fiesta FAQs: What you should know before you go to the Topeka Fiesta Mexicana -- The FAQs are subject to change as new information becomes available. Thank you for your patience.
What is the fiesta?
The fiesta is Our Lady of Guadalupe Church’s annual fundraiser for Holy Family School, a Roman Catholic elementary school that is jointly administered and supported by Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish and Sacred Heart-St. Joseph Parish.
Who organizes the fiesta?
The fiesta, since its inception in 1933, is planned and operated by parish and community volunteers.
When is the fiesta?
It runs Tuesday through Saturday with food ticket sales starting at 4 p.m. and going until 10:30 p.m. or when the food runs out. Nightly entertainment on two stages will end about 11 p.m. Tuesday to Thursday and midnight Friday and Saturday.
Where is the fiesta?
The fiesta is held on the grounds of and neighborhood around Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, 201 N.E. Chandler, with Atchison, Chandler, Greeley, Lake and several alleys blocked to vehicle traffic during the event.
Where do I park?
Free parking, if you can find it, is on area streets, but you might have to walk several blocks during peak times. Some enterprising Oakland neighborhood residents with big enough yards will let you park on their lawns, with most charging $5.
Is there a shuttle?
Yes, you can catch a shuttle in the city parking lot on the northeast corner of S.E. 8th and Madison, just south of the Cyrus K. Holliday Building. The shuttle runs every 10 to 15 minutes from 5:30 to 11:30 p.m., which is the time of the last pickup at the Marlo Cuevas Balandran Activity Center, 216 N.E. Chandler. The shuttle costs $1 for a round trip.
Any other reasons to ride the shuttle?
Well, in 2017 there is the aforementioned road construction that has N.E. Seward Avenue closed between the Fire Station No. 6, 1419 N.E. Seward going east. The Fiesta Bridge on N.E. Branner Trafficway will be open only to the shuttle and pedestrian traffic.
What if I insist on driving?
To be updated ...
How much is the food?
Tamales, which always sell out first, are $3.50. Burritos, enchiladas, sanchos and tostadas are $2.50. Tacos are $2. Beans and rice cost $1.50 each. Taco salads are $5.50. Bottles of pop or water are $2.50. For children, “chico plates” for $4 include a taco or burrito, rice and a juice drink.
Are there any food specials?
Yes. Taco Tuesday: Three tacos for $5. Burrito Wednesday: $2 burritos. Tostada Thursday: $2 tostadas. No specials Friday or Saturday.
Where do I eat?
There is seating outside under a tent near one of the entertainment stages or diners can go inside the air-conditioned activity center.
Is other food available?
Fiesta volunteers will be grilling hot dogs, hamburgers, cheeseburgers and bratwursts and popping popcorn, as well as selling soft drinks, beer and margaritas in parish sponsored booths. Other parish sponsored booths will be selling fruit drinks called agua fresca, raspas (also known as snow cones), taquitos and Mexican sandwiches called tortas and much more. The carnival also sells food and treats, including funnel cakes.
How much are the carnival rides?
Each ride requires at least three tickets, which are $1 apiece. However, a wristband for $25 is available for unlimited rides from 6 to 10: p.m. Wristbands aren’t sold after 9 p.m.
What about entertainment?
A full schedule of live entertainment is available by clicking here. There is entertainment for the whole family to enjoy.
Anything else to do?
Check out the fiesta art show, which is open from 4:30 to 9 p.m. daily in the Marlo Cuevas Balandran Activity Center, in the lower level, shop the mercado in front of the church or merchants out in the midway, take the kids over to the Kids Corner to enjoy a special area of activities for them, including face painting, on the church’s south side and visit the various information booths.