Welcome to our Topeka meeting planning guide – a Topeka city guide for meeting planners. As the capital city of Kansas with a population of more than 127,000 people, Topeka is a lively, vibrant destination with a charming Midwest attitude and big-city amenities. In fact, the city's interest in continuing its development and staying modern is evident in its recently renovated downtown area, streetscape modernization project and renovation of Great Overland Station in Historic North Topeka, and the eight-year, $283-million renovation of the State Capitol. Topeka event venues benefit from playing host to major companies such as Westar Energy, Capitol Federal Savings Bank, Hill's Pet Nutrition and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas.
The largest of convention sites in Topeka is the Kansas Expocentre. Located downtown, the facility encompasses 116,000 square feet of meeting and exhibit space and room for events of up to 10,000 people. It features several spacious locations for events, including the 5,750-square-foot Heritage Hall, 17,800-square-foot Agricultural Hall and 44,500-square-foot Exhibition Hall, which can be transformed for exhibitions, sporting events, ceremonies and galas of up to 3,000 people as well as trade shows for 230 booths. In addition, the Kansas Expocentre is home to the 8,500-seat Landon Arena and 1,400 R.R. Domer Livestock Arena.
Connected to the Kansas Expocentre via enclosed walkway is the 224-room Capitol Plaza Hotel and Convention Center Topeka, which, combined with the adjacent Maner Conference Center, offers an additional 32,000 square feet of meeting space. Its facilities include a 5,200-square-foot ballroom and two 350-square-foot executive boardrooms. Other hotels in Topeka include the Topeka Ramada, which has 30,000 square feet of conference and meeting space. It features nine spaces for events, ranging from the large Regency Ballroom for up to 1,200 people to the smaller Fountain Rooms and Parlor B. The 197-room Holiday Inn Holidome in Topeka is another top conference hotel with five meeting rooms and a total area of just over 12,000 square feet. This Topeka hotel can even accommodate small trade shows of 22 eight-foot-by-10-foot booths.
After a multi-day conference or even just a long day in the boardroom, groups can find plenty of places to unwind in Topeka. The Kansas Museum of History and State Archives & Library, both operated by the Kansas Historical Society, have event spaces for 10 to 300 guests. Mix and mingle among giraffes, tigers and orangutans at the Topeka Zoo, which has two spaces for private events and even offers the chance for after-hours access to parts of the zoo grounds. Or, take things up a notch with an event at Heartland Park Topeka, a multi-million-dollar complex that is one of the top multi-purpose motor sports race tracks in the country. The park has 23 luxury suites and is available for events and employee outings.