Visitors to the NOTO Arts and Entertainment District in north Topeka will see some significant changes being made throughout the area with the addition of Redbud Park.  The park, which includes a performance stage and a pavilion, will showcase the work of area artists and be framed by dozens of Redbud trees. 

“Over the past several months, infrastructure work has been underway in the park, but not much has been visible,” said NOTO Arts and Entertainment District Executive Director Thomas Underwood.

Construction of the Redbud Park stage will take place Thursday and Friday, with the installation of the structure’s crown planned for Friday morning.  The Redbud Park stage will be a central feature of the park.

“The installation of the stage structure at the pavilion will mark a significant step toward the completion of the park, which is still planned for November 2”, said Underwood.

The public is invited to see the all of the district’s additions this Friday afternoon during the debut of NOTO Live. NOTO Live festivities start at 4:30 with performances on two stages, one at the NOTO Arts Center and the other at Compass Point. The Park’s grand opening, however, is planned at 5:30 with a procession by the Kansas Territorial Pipes and Drums. Music performances will continue throughout the evening on both stages with live art exhibitions at various galleries, food vendors, and buskers (street entertainers) located throughout the district.

“The development of Redbud Park and NOTO Live are both great examples of NOTO’s investment in making this area a vibrant arts and entertainment area”, said NOTO Board Chair and President of Sprout Creative Caleb Asher.

To see the complete NOTO Live schedule, visit and select NOTO Live under the Calendar and Events tab.