15 Can’t-Miss Summer Festivals for Families in Indianapolis

Get ready for a summer of non-stop family fun in Indianapolis! Our guide to the “15 Can’t-Miss Summer Festivals for Families in Indianapolis” will take you on a journey through the city’s most entertaining and exciting events. From thrilling activities and mouth-watering food to captivating entertainment, we’ve got it all covered. So, buckle up and let’s dive into the ultimate family-friendly festival experience that awaits you in Indy!

15 Can’t-Miss Summer Festivals for Families near Indianapolis:

Indy Strawberry Festival

Date: June 13, 2024
Location: Monument Circle, downtown Indianapolis

The Cathedral Women of Christ Church Cathedral are delighted to announce the return of the 57th Indy Strawberry Festival to Monument Circle. The event is scheduled for Thursday, June 13, 2024, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., or until supplies last. This annual festival takes place on the second Thursday of June, bringing together the community for a day of delicious treats and fun.


Indy Strawberry Festival

Italian Street Festival

Date: June 14-15, 2024
Location: Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary, downtown Indianapolis

Indianapolis’ much-loved festival is back for another year! Enjoy delicious Italian food, beer, wine, and live music!

Italian Street Festival

Talbot Street Art Fair

Date: June 15-16, 2023
Location: Talbot Street (Between 16th & 20th), Indianapolis

With over 200 artists from across the nation, this juried art fair continues to be ranked as one of the finest fairs in the country. Talbot Street Art Fair is located between 16th & 20th in the historic Herron Morton Neighborhood in Indianapolis, IN.

Talbot Street Art Fair

Eiteljorg Indian Market & Festival

Date: June 22-23, 2024
Location: Eiteljorg Museum, downtown Indianapolis

Shop for jewelry, pottery, paintings, beadwork and more from more than 140 artists from across the United States and Canada. Enjoy cultural performances including music, dance and storytelling, and family art-making activities while eating fry bread and other food from local vendors.

Eiteljorg Indian Market & Festival


Date: June 25-30, 2024
Location: Downtown Fishers

The annual Spark!Fishers festival, hosted by Fishers Parksr, is set to transform downtown Fishers into a vibrant community hub. The event will commence from Tuesday, June 25, culminating on Saturday, June 29.


Hendricks County Rib-Fest & BBQ

Date: June 29, 2024
Location: Hendricks County Fairgrounds, Danville

Annual tradition featuring live entertainment, games for kids, lots of food, and fireworks! Local restaurants compete for bragging rights!


Greenwood Freedom Festival

Date: June 29, 2024
Location: Craig Park, Greenwood

As Greenwood’s marquee community event, Freedom Festival draws more than 50,000 people to Craig Park every summer to celebrate the American Spirit. Indiana’s best fireworks show is held on the last Saturday in June.

Brownsburg Lions Club July 4th Extravaganza

Date: June 29-July 4, 2024
Location: Arbuckle Acres Park, Brownsburg

Thrilling rids, fun games, and delicious food including the Brownsburg Lions Club Kitchen and Corn Tent.

Brownsburg Lions Club 2022 July 4th Extravaganza

Marion County Fair

Date: June 28-July 7, 2024
Location: Marion County Fairgrounds, Indianapolis

Fairgoers are invited to enjoy a variety of attractions including a petting zoo, live music and entertainment, queen and princess pageant, 4-H exhibits, family arts exhibits, 4-H animal competitions, fireworks (opening night), Dino-ROAR interactive dinosaur exhibit, first bite fishing tank, bear hollow chainsaw carving demos, K9 frisbee dogs, princesses and superheroes, the midway, fabulous fair food, and much more for the entire family!

Lights over Morse Lake Festival

Date: July 3-7, 2024
Location: Morse Reservoir, Noblesville

Bringing together all persons, young and old, in a celebration of our nation and our community. Lights Over Morse Lake promotes the economy through local businesses and supports local charities, churches, service groups, schools and youth organizations. Lights Over Morse Lake operates through donations and dedicated volunteers.

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Johnson County Fair

Date: July 14-20, 2024
Location: Johnson County Fairgrounds, Franklin

The Johnson County Fair has been held for over 183 years. It first started in 1838 on the property at Martin Place in Franklin.

Johnson County Fair

Monsoon Madness

Date: July 20, 2024
Location: Roy G. Holland Park, Fishers

Beat the heat as Holland Park transforms into a pop-up water park during one of the most popular summer events featuring giant waterslides, a mini-monsoon area for little ones, live entertainment, and more!

Monsoon Madness Fishers Park Indiana

2024 Indiana State Fair

Date: August 2- 18
Location: Indiana State Fairgrounds, Indianapolis

The Indiana State Fair is the state’s largest multi-day event celebrating the Hoosier spirit and agricultural heritage. These 18 days bring all communities together to celebrate all things Indiana and promote it to hundreds of thousands of people across the state, and beyond.

Indiana State Fair
Indiana State Fair

Zionsville Street Dance

Date: August 3
Location: Main Street- Downtown Zionsville

Experience Zionsville’s biggest celebration, featuring professional live music with The Dundies headlining and The Janeways kickstarting the festivities. Enjoy a refreshing selection of beverages from local breweries, wineries, and distilleries, alongside an array of food trucks and a dedicated kids’ area. With up to 6,000 attendees expected, it’s the community party you won’t want to miss.

Zionsville Street Dance 2024

SausageFest 2024

Date: August 16-18
Location: Saint Thomas Aquinas Church, Indianapolis

Celebrating its 20th year, SausageFest at St. Thomas Aquinas has become known as the “best fest in the Midwest.” Parishioners, school families, and Butler-Tarkington neighbors have made this late summer celebration a welcoming and enjoyable event for all.




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