Source: Indys Child Parenting Magazine

Free (or nearly free) Fairs, Festivals and Family Fun
Keeping summer fun affordable

by Julie Young

June 01, 2012

Looking for fabulous (and affordable) family fun in the Indy area? The Circle City has your cure for the summertime blues with fairs, festivals, cultural offerings and so much more all at a price you will love. Come celebrate summer at one of these special events!

Nickleplate Arts Weekend

Visit Hamilton County to watch painters gather for the annual Plein Air Paint Out event! Locations vary throughout the county but include Downtown Noblesville, Fishers and Tipton and include a variety of exhibits and fun for the whole family.

When: June 1-3

Where: Locations vary, see website for more details.

Phone: (317) 848-3181


Admission: Free

Westfield Farmer’s Market

Do you love Radio Disney? Then you won’t want to miss the First Friday Radio Disney Concert at the Westfield Farmer’s Market! Not only can you shop from local growers and purchase a vast array of great food for your family, but the kids will love to rock out to their favorite tunes!

When: June 1, 4:30-7:30 p.m.

Where: Westfield City Hall Lawn, 130 Penn Street, Westfield

Phone: (317) 965-3334


Admission: Free

Art in the Park

Free drop-in visitor art making is available at the Ruth Lilly Visitors Pavilion in 100 Acres: The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art and Nature Park. June’s theme: New View.

Bring a camera and let the park serve as your muse as you and your crew shoot pictures from unusual perspectives. Upload your pictures in the pavilion for others to see.

When: Every Sunday noon-4:00 p.m.

Where: Indianapolis Museum of Art campus, 4000 N. Michigan Road.

Phone: (317) 923-1331


Admission: Free

Circle City Sound-Carmel Gazebo Concert Series

Introduce your family to four-part harmonies along with the memorable sounds of yesterday and today with the Circle City Sound Barbershop Chorus and Quartets. Songs from Tin Pan Alley, Hollywood, and Broadway...songs of love, faith and country are all part of a set list everyone can enjoy!

When: June 6, 7:30 p.m.

Where: Fountain Square, Carmel

Phone: (317) 844-SING


Admission: Free

Fishers Summer Concert Series

Join Fishers Parks & Recreation for seven evenings of fun and fellowship! Bring a picnic and lawn chairs or blanket to enjoy family-friendly music for all ages.

When: Tuesdays, June 5-July 17, 7:00 -9:00p.m.

Where: Fishers Town Hall, 1 Municipal Dr.

Phone: weather line (317) 595-3491


Admission: Free

Let’s Meet PBS kids in the Park

Meet the Cat in the Hat, Mr. McFeely from Mister Rogers Neighborhood, Clifford, Curious George and everyone’s favorite red monster Elmo at the annual PBS Kids in the Park event presented by Marsh. Live entertainment, food, and informative booths make this a fun event for the young and the young at heart!

When: June 9, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Where: Military Park, 601 W. New York Street

Phone: (317) 715-2009


Admission: Free

57th Annual Talbot Street Art Fair

This family-friendly art showcase continues to be one of the finest fairs in the country with 270 artists from all over the US. Located in the historic Herron-Morton neighborhood this is a free event with plenty to see and do!

When: June 9-10th; Sat. 10a.m.- 6p.m. and Sun. 10a.m.- 5p.m.

Where: 16th and Talbot Streets

Phone: (317) 745-6479


Admission: Free

Cathedral Women’s Strawberry Festival

Strawberry lovers will take over Monument Circle for the 47th Annual Christ Church Strawberry Festival. Dive into “the works” which includes strawberries, ice cream and whipped topping on a shortcake biscuit for $6. (Variations are also available for less!) Cash only.

When: June 14, 9 a.m.- 6 p.m.

Where: 1 Monument Circle

Phone: (317) 636-4577


Admission: Free

82nd Annual Marion County 4-H Fair

New midway, new rides, new games, more discounts and unlimited bracelet options are only a few of the changes for this year’s Marion County 4-H Fair. One thing hasn’t changed, though and that’s the good time which will be had by all who take in the array of animals, rides, games, fair food and 4-H exhibits. Activities and hours vary but full schedule is available online!

When: June 22-30

Where: 7300 E. Troy Avenue

Phone: (317) 353-2444


Admission: $5; children 5 and under and all military with ID, Free.

Parking: Free

Indian Market and Festival

Celebrating its 20th year, The Eiteljorg Museum Indian Market and Festival brings Native artists from across the country to Indianapolis to sell their art. The market and festival includes performances from some of today's premiere Native American performers including storytellers, dancers and singers. Try unique foods including the crowd favorite, Indian tacos. There are activities for the little ones in the Dogbane Family Activity Area.

When: June 23-24

Where: Eiteljorg, 500 W. Washington St, Indianapolis

Phone: 317-636-WEST


Admission: 17 and under Free; $10 adults

24th Annual Fishers Freedom Festival

With over 50,000 attendees from all over the U.S., this free family event hosts art & craft sites, business booths, fireworks, 5K Run/Walk, live music, national UFO Major Disc Dog tournament, children & teen tents, two parades, a street dance, food vendors, free games booths, and so much more.

When: June 23-24

Where: Roy G. Holland Memorial Park, One Park Dr., Fishers

Phone: 317-595-3195

Location: One Park Dr., Fishers, IN 46038


Admission: Free