Wednesday, May 28, 2014
Summer time fun! Festivals in Indy!
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June 7: Parents and kids alike can find something fun to do at the 15th annual Vintage Indiana Wine & Food Festival at Military Park. While adults sample local culinary offerings and taste some of the 200 Indiana wines offered, kids can enjoy interactive fun inside the KidZone. Artist booths will be on-site and live performances will take place throughout the day – be sure to bring your lawn chairs and blankets!
June 7: Explore the sights, sounds and tastes of all the different cultures of Asia at the 7th annual Asian Fest taking place at White River State Park and the Indiana State Museum from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Don’t miss the costumes fashion show and various cultural performances at this FREE festival.
June 12: The Christ Church Cathedral Women’s Strawberry Festival returns to Monument Circle to serve an estimated six tons of strawberries and 18,000 homemade shortcakes to the public in support not-for-profit outreach groups. Desserts range from $2 to $6 and are served from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. (or until food runs out).
June 13 – 14: Enjoy more than 25 different pastas, Italian meats, desserts and more at a delicious celebration of Italian culture: Italian Street Festival. Be sure not to miss it at the corner of East and Stevens street. Hint: bring your dancing shoes.
June 14: The Circle City Pride Festival celebrates its 25th anniversary this year at the American Legion Mall. Programming for the festival includes live performances, vendors and more, and is intended for all ages. Admission is a suggested donation of $5.
June 14: Live music, local food, local craft beer and cider, ice cream, raffle prizes and more make the INDIEana Handifcraft Exchange the perfect way to spend a summer day. Vendors include local clothing and jewelry designers, as well as some of Indiana’s favorite names including t-shirt producers United State of Indiana and Lick ice cream. The event runs from noon – 8 p.m.
June 14 –15: More than 270 artists from across the nation gather on the north side of Downtown Indy each summer for the Talbot Street Art Fair, continually ranked as one of the top art fairs in the U.S. The fair is FREE to attend and offers entertainment and exhibits for all ages to enjoy.
June 19: Cookouts in summertime are a must. How about one on Monument Circle? The Marsh Cookout on the Circle takes place during lunchtime as “celebrity cooks” serve Midwest cookout classics, with proceeds helping hundreds of central Indiana Boy Scouts attend Scouting Camp each summer.
June 21: One of Indy’s most popular beer festivals returns for the 19th year to Park Avenue just outside Phoenix Theatre. Brew-Ha-Ha takes place from 3 – 7 p.m. and costs $30 for general admission (purchased in advance) or $10 for designated drivers. In addition to more than 30 local craft breweries on-site, attendees will enjoy live music and food from local vendors.
June 21: PBS Kids in the Park, hosted by WFYI, will take place at White River State Park from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Celebrities rumored to be on-site: Kids can enjoy “character meet & greets” with Clifford, Curious George, Maya & Miguel and more. Catch some exciting live entertainment, visit vendor booths and play games.
June 21 – 22: The Eiteljorg Museum’s Indian Market and Festival is one of the Midwest’s largest Indian markets, featuring more than 130 Native artists, food, performances and family fun. Try unique foods including a crowd favorite, Indian tacos. The Festival takes place in Military Park from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Admission is FREE with the purchase of general admission to the Eiteljorg.
July 5: Some of the city’s most unique restaurants come together for a one-day festival on the Canal. The 3rd annual Taste of Indy blends great food with live local music and family-friendly events. The festival kicks off at 10 a.m. and includes Asian, Soul, Greek, Mediterranean, Cajun, Hispanic and American food.
July 10: Indiana Black Expo’s Summer Celebration brings a variety of events Downtown for all ages and interests. Larger events include the Pacers Sports & Entertainment Corporate Luncheon on July 18, Music Heritage Festival concerts July 18 at the Indiana War Memorial and July 19 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse and the All White Affair July 19. Advance general admission tickets cost $8 or $19.99 for a three-day pass.
July 12: Situated in the heart of Downtown Indianapolis, the Indy Criterium offers cyclists a unique opportunity to race the city streets that they would rarely do otherwise. Families can enjoy BMX stunt shows, yoga in the park, a Sun King beer garden, food truck festival and more.
Aug. 2: The Mass Ave Criterium brings together more than 400 cyclists and 5,000 cycling fans. The course is a chllenging, triangular, 2/3 mile course through the Mass Ave district. Non-cyclists can enjoy the beer garden and live entertainment.
Aug. 8: Thousands of motorcycles of all types will take over the streets of Downtown Indianapolis for Motorcycles on Meridian, coinciding with the Red Bull Indianapolis GP at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. All ages are invited to check out the unique sights and sounds around Monument Circle, Meridian Street and Georgia Street.
Aug. 14 – 24: IndyFringe Festival is one of the biggest (and most unique) performing arts festivals in Indy, and takes over Mass Ave for an incredible 11 days in the middle of August every year. Nearly 300 performances will be given during the festival ranging from dance, drama, comedy, magic and more.
Aug. 17: Local farmers, chefs, brewers, vintners and food enthusiasts will gather at White River State Park on August 17 from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. for Dig IN: A Taste of Indiana, Indiana’s largest farm-to-fork festival. The fourth annual festival will feature tastings of Indiana food, beer, wine and other local refreshments plus live entertainment, discussion panels and cooking demonstrations.