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. 23, 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.

Vintage Indiana Wine Festival: June 1, 12 – 6 p.m.:

Sample local culinary offerings and taste some of the 300 Indiana wines offered at the Vintage Indiana Wine Fest at Military Park. Attendees can browse artisan booths, enjoy food and wine sessions and hear live performances from the Flying Toasters and two other acts. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets. Tickets are $30 in advance, $40 day of and $15 for designated drivers. Must be 21 or older to attend.

Juneteenth: June 1, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.;

Celebrate Juneteenth at the Eiteljorg Museum 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 June 1 in honor of this day, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

June 7, July 4, Aug. 2 & Sept. 6, 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 live music provided by Sam Ash Music each month. Admission is $5.

Indy Pride Festival Presented by Salesforce: June 8, 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.;

Indy Pride Festival Presented by Salesforce is Indiana's largest LGBT celebration. Head to Military Park for live entertainment, drag performances, comedians, hundreds of vendors and community service booths and fun for all ages. More than a festival, Indy Pride encompasses a three-week celebration that includes an Indy Pride Pageant, Rainbow 5k Walk/Run, the Cadillac Barbie Pride Parade and the culmination of festivities with Indy Pride Fest. Admission is $5.

Christ Church Cathedral Women’s Strawberry Festival: June 13, 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.

Italian Street Festival: June 14 & 15, 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 School of Rock and the Indigos Friday night as well as Castaway Tail, Kepler and the Stars and the Woomblies Saturday night. Admission is free.

INDIEana Handifcraft Exchange & Independent Music + Art Festival: June 15, noon - 8 p.m.

Contemporary artwork and crafts, live music, local food, craft beer and more make the INDIEana Handicraft Exchange the perfect way to spend a summer day.  There will be more than 100 vendors slingin’ their handmade goods at the Harrison Center. Admission is free. Additionally, check out the Independent Music + Art Festival, a day-long outdoor festival featuring local musicians, visual artists, and other "independents." Bands are featured on two stages in the exterior courtyard of the Harrison Center.

Talbot Street Art Fair: June 15, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and June 16, 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.

Tacos, Tequila and Margaritas Festival: June 21 & 22, 7 – 11 p.m.;

Tacos, Tequila and Margaritas Festival. Need we say more? Enjoy samples of your favorite tacos and margaritas all night long. Olé! Tickets are $25; $35 for VIP.

Indian Market and Festival: June 22 & 23, 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 23, 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 from noon – 5 p.m.. Enjoy food from local Asian restaurants, merchandise vendors, Asian-themed games and various cultural activities and performances at this free festival.

Familia Fest: June 30, 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 more. Admission is FREE.

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 Tower around 10 p.m. The Indiana War Memorial is a perfect spot to view the fireworks, plus enjoy live entertainment and family fun starting at 6:30 p.m.

Indiana Black Expo’s Summer Celebration: July 11 - 21

Indiana Black Expo’s Summer Celebration brings a variety of events Downtown for all ages and interests starting July 11. Larger events include the Pacers Sports & Entertainment Corporate Luncheon at the Indiana Convention Center and the Music Heritage Festival I concert July 19 and Music Heritage Festival II July 20.

Indy Criterium Bicycle Festival: July 13, 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. (Also check out the Mass Ave Twilight Criterium July 12.)

Indiana Microbrewers Festival: July 27, 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 $30, $50 for early-bird entry and $10 designated driver.

Indiana State Fair: Aug. 2 - 18, 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.:

The Indiana State Fair will salute Heroes in the Heartland for 17 days of summer at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. Be amazed and delighted at the greatest showcase of agriculture and entertainment. Ticket prices vary.

Brew-Ha-Ha: Aug. 3, 4 – 8 p.m.;

Indy’s original craft beer festival is celebrating its 24th year with a new date, location and vibe. Benefiting the Phoenix Theatre, Brew Ha Ha moves to the Old Washington Street Bridge at White River State Park. Support the arts while sampling many 3-ounce pours of some of the best craft beer, cider and mead from 40+ breweries, cideries and meaderies. Enjoy local fare from Indy's best restaurants, shop Indy vendors and party with one of Indy's best DJs. Tickets are $35 or $10 for designated drivers.

IndyFringe Festival: Aug. 15 - 25

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. Ticket prices vary.

Motorcycles on Meridian: Aug. 24, 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: Aug. 31, 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. Visit with working men and women from around central Indiana and learn more about career opportunities.

Penrod Arts Fair: Sept. 7, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.:

The Penrod Arts Fair, located on the grounds of Newfields, 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.

Indy Irish Fest: Sept 13 - 15, Various times:

The annual Indy Irish Fest takes place in Military Park for three days. 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.

Monument Circle Oktoberfest: Sept. 13, 5 - 11 p.m.:

The north half of Monument Circle will go German to usher in the fall season on Sept. 14. Monument Circle Oktoberfest is presented by the Columbia Club; it features both German and American fare. Enjoy bands, a beer garden and traditional German foods. Entry to the event is free.