June is a time for merriment with friends and family, and you’re in luck! Mark your calendars because there’s an exciting number of fairs and festivals happening in the upcoming sunny month. So, if you’re in the mood to go out and enjoy great music, food, and rides with your people, you have plenty of options to choose from.
When: June 1-4
Where: Bill Monroe Music Park & Campground 5163 SR 135 N
Details: A three-day music festival held in memory of musician John Hartford, the event is organized by his longtime friend John Hotz who provides musicians and music lovers with the opportunity to come together in their appreciation for wonderful music. Hotz books bands that either knew or were influenced by the life of his friend and has hosted such acts as Bela Fleck, Tim O’Brien and Sam Bush. You can purchase tickets here.
When: June 2-4
Where: St. Simon Parish
8155 Oaklandon Rd
Details: This is a summer event held to fundraise for the parish’s community efforts throughout the year. Attractions include a lineup of live music performances, which have featured the likes of My Yellow Rickshaw as well as The Flying Toasters. The festival also features a kid’s talent competition, carnival rides and a vast array of food and beverage selections for guests to choose from.
When: June 4-11
Where: Multiple locations in Indianapolis
Details: This is the largest LGBT pride event in Indianapolis, Indiana, and features both a parade and an accompanying festival. The festivities promote LGBT rights and spur socially conscious conversation about the subject. The week-long event kicks off with a 5k run and walk, and other attractions like a Cadillac Barbie Parade, live music and parties hosted by local restaurants and bars.
When: June 9th, 2016
Where: Christ Church Cathedral
Details: This utilizes more than 300 volunteers and serves an estimated six tons of strawberries and 18,000 homemade shortcakes. More than 95 percent of the Strawberry Festival proceeds goes directly to local, national and international not-for-profit outreach groups.
When: June 11th,12th 10AM—6PM
Where: Herron-Morton Neighborhood
Between 16th & 20th St
Details: Hosted in Indianapolis, Indiana, the fair features the work of over 270 of the finest artists from around the United States. The fair is extremely selective, which has allowed it to become one of the premier art fairs in the nation. Guests are exposed to work done in a wide range of media such as watercolor, sculpture, copper, stone, jewelry and ceramics.
When: June 4th, 2016
Where: 222 E Market St
Indianapolis City Market
Details: Treat your taste buds to the Midwest Sour + Wild + Funk Fest in Indianapolis, Indiana. The one-day suds celebration promotes the oft-overlooked categories of wild ales and features beers from midwest breweries in the styles of farmhouse, saison, lambic and flanders brews.
When: June 11, 2016
Where: 1505 N Delaware St
Harrison Center for the Arts
Details: This festival showcases musicians, artists and other creative performers and craftspeople in the Indianapolis area. The festival includes a contemporary craft fair with a wide variety of handmade goods, ranging from clothing and accessories to household items to gifts and souvenirs. Bands perform as guests explore the vendors and other entertainment.
When: Jun 17-26
Where: 7300 East Troy Avenue
Marion County Fairgrounds
Details: The annual fair boasts non-stop entertainment and agricultural attractions. The nine-day fair features amusement park rides, fireworks, livestock auctions and showings, a demolition derby, pony rides, robotic competitions, elephant encounters, flight simulations and appearances from celebrities.