It’s almost summer in Central Indiana! Finally! Bring on the sun, the heat, and countless summer festivals. Check out our list of the top 20 family-friendly festivals all over Central Indiana. Did we miss any? Which are your must-do-every-year festivals?
Friday’s At The Fort
May 25, June 8, June 22, July 6, July 20, & August 3
9230 Memorial Park Dr. Indy
Choose from five different dates this summer to enjoy free outdoor entertainment, food trucks, and a kid zone with face painting and bounce houses. Bring a blanket, pack a picnic and invite your friends. Free admission.
Tarkington Park Fest
June 1, 8 am-11 pm
45 W. 40th Street, Indianapolis
This all day event is appropriate for all ages! The splash pad will be open, enjoy music, a car show, a basketball tournament, a marketplace, and a movie at sundown! Free admission but tickets are required.
45th Annual Eagle Creek Folk Fest
June 8, 1-8 pm & June 9, Noon-7 pm
7840 W 56th Street, Indianapolis
Indianapolis Come out and enjoy a two day music fest with workshops, an instrument petting zoo and live music competitions. Admission is free. Parking is $6.
Strawberry Festival On The Circle
June 13, beginning at 8:30 am
Soldiers and Sailors Monument, Downtown Indianapolis
Carry out available at 8:30 am, entertainment starts at 10 am. The festival will run until 4 pm or all the strawberries are gone. Free admission with food ranging from $2-$7. Cash only!
Italian Street Festival
June 14-15, 2019, 5-11 pm
Holy Rosary Church, 520 Stevens Street, Indianapolis
Savor all things Italian: pasta, cannoli, pizza and music. Carnival rides and games to entertain folks of all ages.
Taste Of Tippecanoe
June 15, 4 pm-Midnight
Savor foods from a variety of local restaurants, enjoy art, music and fireworks. Kids 12 and under admitted free.
St. Gabriel’s Church, 6000 W. 34th Street, Indianapolis
Celebrate the cultural diversity of the surrounding neighborhood with an old-fashioned mid-way, classic family friendly games, live music, and international cuisine. Free admission
June 23, Noon-5 pm
Indiana State Museum/Canal-Area, Downtown Indy
Immerse yourself in the Asian culture with exhibits, food, music and entertainment, and children’s activities. This year the featured country is South Korea. Admission is free
Hendricks County Rib Fest And Avon Balloon Glow
June 29, 4 pm
Kingsway Christian Church, 7981 E CR 100 N., Avon
Rib fest this year includes live music, a 5K run, games and vendors. Tethered balloon rides available. After dusk enjoy fireworks and balloon glow. Free admission. Parking is $5.
Festival Dia De La Familia
June 30, noon-11pm
Military Park Downtown Indy
Celebrate all things Latin: food, music, culture. There is a kid’s area with bounce houses, games, a rock wall and more. Free admission.
Taste Of Indy
July 6, 11 am-9 pm
Monument Circle, Downtown Indianapolis
Enjoy a delectable assortment of Asian, Soul, Greek, Mediterranean, Cajun, Hispanic, and American food. The all day concert glamorizes Indy’s best live, local musical artists displaying their awesome talents in Jazz, Rock, Rhythm and Blues, Gospel, Latino, and Reggae music. Chef demonstrations and a kid’s play area. Admission is $8 and kid’s under 6 are free.
July 13, 9 am-8 pm
Tapawing Park ,West Lafayette
Participate in the 5K run, canoe races, float trips, conservationists, food, music, exhibits, bike events and children’s activities including a fun run, bounce house, balloon artists, face painting and more!
Music Heritage Fest I
July 19, 6:30-11:30 pm
American Legion Mall Downtown Indianapolis
Come enjoy live music outside at this annual event which is a featured part of the Indiana Black Expo. This years event features three amazing artists. Free admission.
St. Christopher Mid-Summer Festival
July 25-26, 4-10 pm & July 27, Noon-11 pm
5301 W. 16th Street, Speedway
Enjoy carnival rides, tons of food options, live music and entertainment at this three day event. Admission is free.
Frankfort Hot Dog Fest
Two days of all things Hot Dog! Dashhound races, crafts, music, kids activities and more! Hot Dog! Admission is free!
St. Thomas Aquinas Sausagefest
August 16-17, 530 pm-Midnight
St. Thomas Aquinas, 46th and Illinois, Indianapolis
Two days of live music, food, kid’s activities and a teen zone. Free admission.
Indianapolis Greek Fest
3500 W 106th St. Carmel
Enjoy everything Mediterranean: food, music, dancing, crafts and vendors. They have a kid’s area including a bounce house city! Free admission.
Amigo De Westfield
August 24, 2-7 pm
Asa Bales Park Westfield
Get a feel for authentic Latin culture with delicious food, lively music, and festive dancing! Your children will enjoy themselves in the fun Kids Zone.
The Feast Of Lanterns
August 24, 4-11 pm
Spades Park, 1801 Nowland Avenue, Indianapolis
Indy’s largest summer festival on the Eastside. Features artisans, vendors, live music, food trucks and a colorful display of lanterns lit throughout the park. Free Admission
Indy Irish Fest
Military Park, Downtown Indianapolis
Live music, Irish Dancers, food and drink! A kid’s activity area featuring Putt N’ Go, Bean Nag Toss, Face painting, Fairy games, crafts, danNNcing and more. Kids 4 and under are free.
Tipton County Pork Fest
618 Dearborn Street, Tipton
Head North of Indy to the annual event and enjoy all things pork. There are carnival rides, a parade, live music, craft tents, tractor pulls, pageants, and even a kid’s corner!
Columbus Scottish Fest
Bartholomew County Fairgrounds, 750 W 200 S, Columbus
Just South of Indy is a Scottish Festival offering entertainment, food, vendors, competition, animals and athletics. The children’s area has a bounce house, face painting, crafts and games. A single day pass for two adults & three children is just $35.
Rocky Ripple Festival
September 28, 11 am-6 pm
Hohlt Park, W. 53rd & Annette Streets, Indianapolis
Come enjoy over 70 artists, food and drink vendors, and eclectic array of live bands preforming throughout the day. Free Admission.
Riley Days Festival
Plan on spending the day wondering one of Indiana’s largest craft festivals. They offer plenty of children’s activities… live music, parades and magic shows to name a few. Free admission
Carmel Apple Fest
Tuttle Orchards 5717 N 300 W Greenfield
You won’t want to miss making your very own caramel apple, picking apples, hayrides or playing in tractor town this fall. Festival admission is free. Some activities have a fee. Combo passes available.