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Topeka, KS — Forge Young Talent’s ForgeFest is back and better than ever! Topeka young professionals are gearing up for the city’s annual ForgeFest event, which has been reimagined this year as the ultimate rooftop party and concert in downtown Topeka, featuring Lawrence-based alternative/indie rock band LYXE (pronounced “likes”).

ForgeFest 2023 will take place Friday, Sept. 15 from 5:30-8 p.m. on the rooftop of downtown’s Crosby Place Parking Garage, where attendees will be able to catch scenic views of downtown Topeka and the Kansas State Capitol — a perfect backdrop for photos, live entertainment, food, vendors and more. New this year is a heightened focus on talent attraction, with Forge and Choose Topeka partnering to engage area universities and host, ahead of the evening concert, a panel discussion featuring local leaders and young professionals who have moved to the area. Forge also rethought the timing of ForgeFest, moving it from August to September this year to better align with university start dates and increased campus activity.

“Choose Topeka is excited to be partnering with Forge to offer a new panel discussion as part of this year’s ForgeFest,” said Trina Goss, director of business and talent initiatives for GO Topeka. “Each year, ForgeFest does such a phenomenal job of bringing college students and young professionals downtown for an evening of music and fun. This panel, which will include both established leaders and young professionals, is another way for us to share our community’s story and highlight some of the amazing attractions and amenities Topeka provides.”

“I can’t wait to see hundreds turn out on Sept. 15 to enjoy a rooftop beer garden, yard games, delicious food, and, of course, live music by LYXE!” said Fatima Perez-Luthi, Forge chair. “Our 2023 ForgeFest is going to be one for the books. If you’re a university student or young professional in the area, you won’t want to miss it.”

“We’re pulling out all the stops for this year’s ForgeFest,” said Rhett Flood, Forge executive director. “I expect to see a great turnout on the Crosby rooftop for what promises to be an incredible party and concert overlooking the Kansas Capitol at sunset. While this Friday night concert is completely free, spots are limited. Register today so you don’t miss out.”

Those interested in attending ForgeFest 2023 are encouraged to snag their free ticket by registering online at