Looking for Something to do this Summer?

I'm always looking for something fun to do with my family over the summer.  We didn't take a real vacation this summer, so I wanted to make it a little more fun for the kids.  There are so many things to do around Indianapolis!  This list will be kept under the MOM RESOURCES page.


Broadripple Art Fair at the Indianapolis Art Center in Broadripple.  Repeatedly voted as the best art festival in Indianapolis, the Broad Ripple Art Fair brings together more than 25,000 visitors, 225 artists, select food vendors and four stages of live entertainment, including one entirely for kids and another on the river.  Ususally in May.


Talbot Street Art Fair on Talbot Street.  Held in June, The Talbot Street Art Fair is located in downtown Indianapolis within the Herron Morton Place historic neighborhood.  The fair is positioned between 16th & 20th Streets on Talbott.  Fill in your location below for specific directions.

Italian Festival on the corner of East and Stevens Streets.  The Italian Street Festival features over 25 different Italian meats, pastas, salads & desserts!   There is live music and dancing, and games for everyone.  The Street Festival takes place in early June (June 10 and 11 for 2011) at the corner of East Street and Stevens Street, here in Indianapolis, each year.  So come and join us as we celebrate our Italian heritage.

Vintage Indiana-a festival of wine, food and fun at Military Park.  An award-winning festival promoting Indiana wine and food.  Usually in June

Indian Market and Festival at Military Park.  The entire family will enjoy this annual cultural market and festival. Approximately 150 Native American artists will display and sell fine art, including paintings, sculptures, jewelry and more. Enjoy great food, music, dance and other entertainment.

PBS Kids in the Park at Military Park.  Gather the family and spend quality time together with fun activities for the entire family!  Meet Arthur, SUPER WHY!, Clifford, Curious George and other favorites, along with special guests the Kratt Brothers. The festival boasts live entertainment on three stages, hands-on educational activities and a selection of festival foods in June

Strawberry Festival on Monument Circle in June


Canal Family Fest on the canal by the EitelJorg,  Celebrate America at the Eiteljorg Museum!  Enjoy family-friendly games, music, crafts and artist demonstrations. Enjoy a BBQ buffet in the Sky City Café. July 4th

Indiana Black Expo Summer Celebration at several locations around the city.  Enjoy everything from live music at the Music Heritage Festivals to exciting youth activities. Also take advantage of business workshops, employment opportunities, health fairs, cultural pavilions, various exhibits and more!

Middle Eastern Festival at St. George Orthodox Christian Church at 40th and Sherman in July

Indianapolis International Film Festival in theaters around the city.  THE INDIANAPOLIS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, an annual celebration of films and the people who make them, is one of the fastest-growing cultural events in the midwest. With an 11-day, star-studded celebration of movies representing more than 50 nations from around the world. Usually scheduled in July.


Gen Con at the Convention Center.  “The Best Four Days in Gaming” comes back to Indianapolis! Join more than 30,000 game enthusiasts to interact, trade and play! Participate in live gaming and costume contests for all ages, whether young or young at heart!

Taste of Downtown at College and Ohio.  Don’t miss the Taste of Downtown, a FREE Downtown street festival from 4 - 10 p.m. The festival takes place on College Avenue between Ohio and New York streets. Enjoy wine, specialties from numerous Downtown restaurants and live music. Wine tasting will be $2 per person. FREE winery tours will be available from 4 - 8 p.m. and in Spanish from 4 - 6 p.m.

Indy Fringe Festival at several locations around Indy.  Usually in August, IndyFringe will transform the Massachusetts Avenue Arts District into a colorful showcase of traditional (and not-so!) theatre, dance, music, improvisation and a wide range of other performance and visual arts, all performed and created by local, national and international artists.


Indianapolis Irish Fest at Military Park in September

Indy Jazz Fest at Military Park in September

Chocolate Fest at the Indianapolis Arts Garden.  The ever-popular – and very delicious, Chocolate Fest returns to the Indianapolis Artsgarden, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. For more than two decades, some of the best restaurants, hotels, chocolatiers and chefs donate time, talent and product to make this one of the premier food events in Indianapolis. Tickets for a delicious dessert are just $5 and support arts education programming in Indiana schools.

Penrod at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. Held in September, Known as one of the largest single day art fairs in the United States

Indy Rib Fest at Military Park in September.

Indianapolis Greek Fest at the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in September.


Heartland Fim Festival in various theaters around the city. A unique film festival to honor beautifully made films that celebrate the positive aspects of life called the Heartland Film Festival.  Usually in October.

Indianapolis Scottish Highland Games and Festival at the Latvian Center, 1008 W. 64th St. It will include clans, vendors, food, dance, and live music. There will also be a Youth area and re-enactors along with a full schedule of athletic games. It will be a one day event that you won’t want to miss and at a very family-friendly price!


Indy's International Festival at the State Fairgrounds. This is the state's largest and most diverse ethnic festival, first held in 1976. Nonstop entertainment, mouthwatering food, international bazaar, arts and crafts demonstrations.