25 Family Friendly Festivals in Central Indiana

25 Family Friendly Festivals in Central Indiana

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
6-9 pm
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
Downtown Lafayette

Savor foods from a variety of local restaurants, enjoy art, music and fireworks.  Kids 12 and under admitted free.


International Festival

June 21-22
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


Asian Fest

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.


Wabash Riverfest

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

July 27-28
Downtown Frankfort

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

August 23-25
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

September 13-15
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

September 6-8
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

September 14-15
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

October 3-6
Downtown Greenfield

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

Dates TBD
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.


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