UPDATE: Indianapolis Strawberry Festival Canceled for 2020

2020 Summer Strawberry Festival Canceled

With the Back on Track Indiana 5 Stage Plan, the Indianapolis Strawberry Festival cannot take place during the traditional second Thursday in June. The Christ Church Cathedral Women’s group had hoped to bring the strawberry festival back in 2020 during a later date, but due to the COVID-19 public health emergency, the Cathedral Women at Christ Church Cathedral have decided to postpone the 55th Annual Strawberry Festival, originally scheduled for Thursday, June 11, 2020.

While the traditional summer festival will not take place until 2021, the Cathedral Women are asking the public to consider contributing the $7 cost of a shortcake with toppings, or an amount of their choice, toward the Cathedral Women Small Grant Program. Funds will be collected now through June 11 and can be made at www.indystrawberryfestival.org/contribute.

In previous years, and with the help of 300 volunteers from the church and local agencies, the women have raised around $60,000 to $70,000 annually, which goes straight back to the community in the form of project grants. Recipient agencies in the recent past include: Exodus Refugee Immigration, Resources of Hope, Inc., Random Acts of Flowers Indianapolis, Joy’s House, School on Wheels, TeenWorks, Peace Learning Center, and many more.

A full list of grant recipients from the proceeds of the 2019 Strawberry Festival is available here.

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Indianapolis Strawberry Festival on the Circle

Once a year, bring your $7 and grab a delicious strawberry shortcake topped with ice cream on Monument Circle. This summer rite of passage is a “must-do” every year!

Typically held on the second Thursday in June, the annual fundraiser for the Christ Church Cathedral Women’s group will serve up their famous “works” shortcake for $7. What’s the “works” you ask? Only the most fabulous concoction ever: shortcake topped with strawberries, a scoop of ice cream and whipped topping. And at $7, you’ll be amazed how delicious and wonderful this treat is.

It’s estimated that over six tons of strawberries and 18,000 shortcakes will be served up when this event finally is safe to take place. Sound like a lot? Don’t bet on it being enough! The festival typically takes place from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., or whenever supplies run out, and believe me, they will! Maybe even before 4pm.  If you work downtown, you can enjoy stretching out on the grass in the sun or grab yours to go!

Parking at the Strawberry Festival

Downtown parking is always a puzzle and during popular festivals or on a weekday, it’s even more of a challenge. Consider public transportation! We typically can find street parking if we’re willing to circle around a while and walk a few blocks. I bring our wagon and water bottles for the kids. This year I’m bringing a picnic blanket since my kids like to sit in the grass near the monument. I’m also packing sunblock because I forgot it last year and that was a big mistake!

Kids at the Strawberry Festival

Children are welcome and I know mine wouldn’t miss it! The portions are very big, my kids and I usually split two of the “Works” and that is plenty. I imagine that one of these years I’ll end up getting back in line for a 3rd serving if necessary, but maybe not. They also sell each of the items a la cart so if your child doesn’t want the cake/strawberries/whipped topping, you can just purchase the pieces they DO want for $2 each.

There are a lot of people and things to see. My kids love singing and dancing to the live music and climbing up the steps to the top of monument. There are people with dogs and my kids can’t resist petting a dog.

The lines seem very long when you get there, but if you avoid lunch hours (11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.) they lines will be a bit shorter and even when you are there during peak hours, the lines move very quickly. Keep in mind that there really isn’t any shelter from the sun, so plan accordingly with sunblock, hats and/or sunglasses. You may need to walk a bit, so bring a stroller or wagon if necessary and wear walking shoes. Bring water.

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