Dust off your festival fanny packs – June kicks off the summer festival season in Downtown Indy! Mark your calendar for the June 9 – 11 – a weekend chock full of some of the best outdoor festivals Indy has to offer. Even better? All are free to attend.
June 9, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
The 51st annual Christ Church Cathedral Women’s Strawberry Festival returns to Monument Circle to serve an estimated six tons of strawberries and 18,000 homemade shortcakes. Desserts range from $2 to $7 and are served until 6 p.m. (or until food runs out). More than 95 percent of the proceeds go directly to not-for-profit outreach groups. Nothing beats the Hoosier tradition of sitting on the Monument steps and eating a homemade strawberry shortcake al fresco.
June 10 & 11, 5 – 11 p.m.
Enjoy more than 25 different pastas, Italian meats, desserts and more at a delicious celebration of Italian culture: Italian Street Festival. Thousands of people will gather in the streets outside the Holy Rosary Catholic Church (near East and Stevens streets) to enjoy Italian food and beverages, live music and children’s amusement rides. Hint: bring your dancing shoes. Admission and parking are free and food tickets cost $1 each (with most food items requiring 3 – 5 tickets).
June 11, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and June 12, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
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 11, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Circle City IN Pride Festival, Indiana’s largest LGBT celebration, takes place at 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. The Cadillac Barbie Pride Parade starts at 10 a.m., plus there are many events leading up to the festival, including Rainbow 5K Run/Walk and Pet Pride.
June 11, noon – 8 p.m.: Contemporary artwork and crafts, live music, local food, craft beer 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 States of Indiana and local peanut butter favorite B. Happy. The event takes place at the Harrison Center for the Arts and admission is free. Also at the Harrison Center alongside the art fair, the Independent Music + Art Festival features 12 local bands on two stages plus food trucks and brew from Sun King Brewery.