Source: Indys Child Parenting Magazine

June Festivals in Downtown Indy
Join the fun all month long!

by Taylor Newell, Communications Coordinator, Indianapolis Downtown

June 01, 2013

Family-friendly festivals in downtown Indianapolis can be a great way to engage kids in new cultures and activities, and most are very inexpensive, if not FREE! And parents, don’t worry – the fun isn’t just limited to kids. Entertainment ranges from live music and dancing to art exhibits along with lots and lots of food. Bring the family downtown for one or more of these summer festivals held at some of Indy’s most beautiful parks! For more downtown family fun, plus information on downtown parking, beautification and more, visit

June 1: Parents and kids alike can enjoy themselves at this year’s Vintage Indiana at Military Park. While adults can sample delicious local culinary offerings and taste some of the 200 Indiana wines offered, kids can have some interactive fun inside the KidZone. Artist booths will be on-site and live performances will take place throughout the day – be sure to bring your lawn chairs and blankets!

June 8: The Circle City Pride Festival celebrates its 25th anniversary this year at the American Legion Mall! Programming for the festival includes live performances, vendors and more, and is intended for all ages. Admission costs only a suggested donation of $5.

June 8 – 9: 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 US. The fair is FREE to attend and offers entertainment and exhibits for all ages to enjoy.

June 9: El Dia de la Familia Festival brings together authentic Latin American food, artwork and traditional music at Military Park for FREE all afternoon and evening! Families will have the chance to explore Latin American culture in a fun, interactive way.

June 13: Now in its 48th year, Christ Church Cathedral Women’s Strawberry Festival returns to Monument Circle to serve an estimated six tons of strawberries and 18,000 homemade shortcakes to the public in support of local, national and international not-for-profit outreach groups. Desserts range from $2 to $6 and will be served from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., or until everything gets eaten up!

June 15: Let’s Meet PBS Kids in the Park, hosted by WFYI, will be at Military Park once again this year from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is FREE to attend! Celebrities rumored to be on-site: Clifford the Big Red Dog, Curious George and Sid the Science kid, among others.

June 20: Cookouts in summertime are a must – how about one on Monument Circle? The Marsh and Boy Scouts Cookout on the Circle takes place during lunchtime as “celebrity cooks” serve Midwest cookout classics, with all proceeds helping to send scouts to local camps.

June 22 – 23: The Eiteljorg Museum’s Indian Market and Festival will be open two consecutive days at Military Park, with more than 150 Native American artists, performers, food vendors and more. More than 60 tribes will be represented. Admission is FREE with the purchase of general admission to the Eiteljorg.