Summer Festivals

Art, culture and strawberries: Downtown summer festivals are here! From international celebrations to art fairs, Downtown festivals offer unique experiences and interactive fun for kids and adults. We've covered everything through the official end of summer (Sept. 21.)

Food Truck Fridays driven by ChooseYourChevy.com: Now – Aug. 25, 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Head to Georgia Street’s Boardwalk every Friday during the lunch hour to enjoy your favorite trucks at Downtown Indy, Inc.’s Food Truck Fridays driven by ChooseYourChevy.com.

First Friday Food Truck Festival: June 1, July 6, Aug. 3 & Sept. 7, 5 – 10:30 p.m.:

Want more food trucks? Head to the First Friday Food Truck Festival in the Old National Centre parking lot with 30 food trucks, games and Ash Rock performing each month. 

Vintage Indiana Wine and Food Festival: June 2, 12 – 6 p.m.:

Sample local culinary offerings and taste some of the 200 Indiana wines offered at the Vintage Indiana Wine & Food Festival at Military Park. Attendees can browse artisan booths, enjoy food and wine sessions and hear live performances from Joe Justice, Living Proof and Jennie DeVoe. Be sure to bring your lawn chairs and blankets. Tickets are $30 in advance, $40 day of and $10 designated driver. Must be 21 or older to attend.

Italian Street Festival: June 8 & 9, 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 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 4 – 6 tickets). Entertainment includes Final Edition, Theotokos and Woomblies on Friday night with Heartsone Crossing and Indy Polkamotion on Saturday night.

Circle City IN Pride Festival: June 9, 10 a.m. – 11 p.m.

Cadillac Barbie IN Pride Parade has grown into a 2-hour parade of pride. The parade will be on Delaware Street and Massachusetts Avenue. The event is free; all you have to bring is your smile and your pride. Circle City IN Pride Festival, Indiana’s largest LGBTQ celebration, takes place in Military Park. Programming for the festival includes live performances, vendors and more, and is intended for all ages. Admission is $5.

Christ Church Cathedral Women’s Strawberry Festival: June 14, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.:

The 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 (cash only) and are served until 4 p.m. (or until food runs out). Entertainment begins at 10 a.m. More than 95 percent of the proceeds go directly to not-for-profit outreach groups.

INDIEana Handifcraft Exchange & Independent Music + Art Festival: June 16, 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. (New date!) There will be over 100 vendors slingin’ their handmade goods. 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.

Brew-Ha-Ha: June 16, 2 - 7 p.m.

One of Indy’s most popular beer festivals, Brew-Ha-Ha, returns to Park Avenue just outside the former Phoenix Theatre. This 21+ outdoor block party is a fan favorite as beer lovers are invited to taste samples from dozens of the best local and national craft breweries. In addition to the breweries onsite, enjoy live music and food from local vendors. Tickets are $50 day of, $65 for VIP (2 p.m. entrance) and $20 designated drivers.

Juneteenth: June 16, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.;

Celebrate Juneteenth at the Eiteljorg with music, performances, films and family fun. Juneteenth, or Freedom Day, is a cultural celebration commemorating the end of slavery in Texas in 1865 at the end of the Civil War. Admission to the museum is free on June 16 in honor of this day. The event goes from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Talbot Street Art Fair: June 16, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and June 17, 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.

Indian Market and Festival: June 23 & 24, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

The Eiteljorg Museum’s Indian Market and Festival is one of the Midwest’s largest Indian markets, featuring more than 150 artists from 60 tribes, food, performances and family fun. Try unique foods including crowd favorite, Indian tacos. The Festival takes on the museum grounds and admission is $13 in advance, $15 at the gate and free for members and 17 and under.

Asian Fest: June 24, Noon – 5 p.m

Explore the sights, sounds and tastes of all the different cultures of Asia at Asian Fest taking place at the Indiana State Museum. Enjoy food from local Asian restaurants, merchandise vendors, Asian-themed games and various cultural activities and performances at this free festival.

El Dia De La Familia: June 24, 12 – 11 p.m.

Familia Fest is the city's largest recurring Hispanic-cultural event. Enjoy a day full of Latin foods, music, a beer garden and family fun located at Military Park. This festival features a kid's area with games, arts and crafts, bounce houses and pony rides. Admission is FREE.

Taste of Indy: June 30, 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Some of the city’s most unique restaurants come together for a one-day festival on Monument Circle. Taste of Indy blends great food (Asian, Greek, Mediterranean, Cajun, Hispanic and American) with family-friendly events. From noon to sundown, visitors can groove to the sounds of live local music and sample the city's best cuisine all while enjoying the views from the Circle. Tickets are $8; FREE for service members with military ID and children 6 and under.

IPL's Downtown Freedom Fest: July 4, 6:30 - 11 p.m.

Celebrate Independence Day with a bang… at IPL Downtown Freedom Blast. See Indy's largest fireworks display, shooting from the top of the Regions Bank Tower around 10 p.m. The Indiana War Memorial is a perfect spot to view the fireworks, plus enjoy pizza and music.

Indiana Black Expo’s Summer Celebration: July 13 - 22

Indiana Black Expo’s Summer Celebration brings a variety of events Downtown for all ages and interests starting July 13. Larger events include the Pacers Sports & Entertainment Corporate Luncheon at the Indiana Convention Center and the Music Heritage Festival Concerts.

Indy Criterium Bicycle Festival: July 14, 8 a.m. – 7:15 p.m.

Thousands of bicycle enthusiasts will descend upon Monument Circle in celebration of the IU Health Indy Criterium Bicycle Festival. This family-friendly festival is a fun way to enjoy bicycling in the heart of the city while watching world-class amateur and professional bicycle racing. Families and bicyclists will also enjoy many of the activities taking place throughout the day including food and beer vendors, music, expo area, free community rides, free Kids Zone activities, kids and juniors bicycle races and much more!  All proceeds benefit Freewheelin’ Community Bikes, a non-profit committed to enhancing life skills for community youth through bicycles.

Indiana Microbrewers Festival: July 28, 2 – 6 p.m.

Hosted by the Brewers of Indiana Guild, the Indiana Microbrewers Festival boasts more than 100 breweries all in Military Park from 2 – 6 p.m. Tickets are $40, $60 at the gate and $10 designated driver.

IndyFringe Festival: Aug. 16 - 26

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. Show tickets are $15, $12 for seniors and students and $8 for kids.

Motorcycles on Meridian: Aug. 25, 4 p.m. - midnight

One of the most iconic two-wheel events in the country, Downtown Indy, Inc.’s Motorcycles on Meridian, is taking over Downtown. Monument Circle, South Meridian Street and Georgia Street will be filled with the sound of engine roars and the sight of leather-clad motorcycle riders. All ages are invited to check out the unique sights and sounds. This event is FREE.

Indy LaborFest: Sept. 1, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Georgia Street will be transformed into Indy LaborFest, a free-admission street festival featuring live music, food, beverages and a kid's zone.  More than 20,000 people are expected for this premier Labor Day weekend event.  Indy LaborFest is a collaboration between the Central Indiana AFL-CIO and iheart media. Visit with working men and women from around central Indiana and learn more about career opportunities.

Penrod Arts Fair: Sept. 8, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

The Penrod Arts Fair, located on the grounds of the Indianapolis Museum of Art, features more than 300 artists, six stages of entertainment, more than 75 arts-related non-profit organizations, an extensive children’s area and an Indiana craft beer garden.

Sun King CANvitational: Sept. 8, 1 - 5 p.m.

The annual Sun King CANvitational on Georgia Street will provide patrons with samples of canned craft beer from award winning breweries from across the USA and beyond, local eats provided by food trucks, music that will be sure to get everyone dancing in the streets - all in an urban Downtown atmosphere. Tickets are $50; $75 for noon entry; $10 designated driver.

Indy Irish Fest: Sept 14 - 16, Various times

The annual Indy Irish Fest takes place in Military Park Sept. 14 - 16. Irish Fest offers cultural activities for the family to promote Irish culture, arts, music, sports and history. Enjoy live Irish music, indulge in plenty 'o Irish food, participate in a Kilted Mile run/walk, shop the Irish market or attend a Sunday Celtic Mass. Tickets are $12/day in advance or $17 at the gate; $7 for kids 5 – 13, Military and IBEW members; FREE kids 4 and younger.