Indy’s new ROC & ROW Festival on Monday, September 5th, 2016 is shaping up to be more of a returning event in many ways. Founded by the same folks who brought us WARMFest in 2013 and 2014, ROC & ROW is bringing a fun-filled Labor Day festival back to Broad Ripple Park. And with live music, food & drinks, yoga, local vendors, and more this fest is as much about end-of-summer fun as it is about its important and holistic mission.
Set along the historic White River and Broad Ripple Park, ROC & ROW stands for Reconnecting to Our Communities by Reconnecting to Our Waterways and aims to inspire its visitors to bring their family fun back to the river. Established in 1836, the name Broad Ripple itself is a reminder of the community’s longstanding bond with its nearby waterway. Once the site of amusement parks, canoe liveries, boardwalks, shops, and community pools, the waterway has experienced much change throughout the last 180 years. However, with support from local community members, organizations, and businesses, the river continues to be a place of inspiration, refuge, and enjoyment.
ROC & ROW Festival stands to become another great annual event to celebrate the rich history and cultural significance of this area. The festival will run from 10:00am – 8:00pm and admission is free, however donations will be accepted for entry. Proceeds from donations will benefit the Carl G. Fisher Society in their mission to educate the community to envision the White River as a recreational and visually appealing natural resource.
The live music stage will feature performances of reggae, rock and world-beat music by The Ark Band, Hero Jr., 3:1 & Friends (Three to One), Broken Growlers, and Ruditoonz. Other activities include child and adult yoga sessions from The Yoga Studio and a slackline yoga workshop by INDYBalance/Midwest Yoga Slackliners (Heather T. Leo & Will Baker). Indy Holistic Hub will host a wellness fair and Indy Urban Flea will host a vendor market and non-profit information alley. There will also be food and a beer garden on site.
For more information about the festival please visit rocandrow.com, and to get involved as a volunteer or vendor, please contact [email protected]. We look forward to seeing you at the river this Labor Day!