Top 20 Indiana USA Events and Festivals
View the Top Events USA selection of the main Indiana events and festivals (in calendar priority) taking place in the state of Indiana, USA.
Two of the main Indiana USA events and festivals are the Indianapolis 500 Festival also highlighted as one of the TOP 20 EVENTS in the whole of the USA, and the Indiana State Fair
See below for a complete list of the main Indiana events and festivals.
Indianapolis 500 Festival
Memorial Day Weekend, May
Indianapolis is largely defined by the historic Indianapolis 500 and the grand community festival that surrounds it. With nearly 50 annual events and programs, the 500 Festival fuels the entire magical month of May. Last year, nearly 500,000 Hoosiers and visitors participated in festival activities throughout the month of May. Whether they were athletes running the Mini-Marathon, fourth grade students participating in the Education Program, families enjoying the state's largest festival for kids, or spectators being dazzled by one of the nation's premier parades, they were there, celebrating the legacy.
For more information about the Indianapolis 500 in Indianapolis visit:
The Indianapolis 500 Festival is one of the TOP 20 EVENTS in the whole of the USA
OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon
More than 37 years old, and one of the main Indiana USA events and festivals, the OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon (also known as the Indy Mini Half Marathon) is the largest half-marathon in America, selling out the past 11 years and drawing nearly 40,000 participants. Attracting international and United States Olympian marathon runners, the course winds through downtown and includes a full loop around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
For more information about the OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon visit:
Indianapolis Zoo – Indianapolis, Indiana
In tandem with the popular Indy 500 motor race, Indianapolis Zoo hosts an annual tortoise race – Zoopolis 500 – the week before the Indianapolis 500. One of the oldest and most popular events in Indianapolis, Zoopolis 500 features tortoises trundling as fast as they can to reach the finishing line edged with tempting fruit platters.
For more information about the Zoopolis 500 visit:
The oldest, continuous running bluegrass festival in the world (running for over 45 years) and considered to be one of the main Indiana USA events and festivals, the Bill Monroe Memorial Bean Blossom Bluegrass Festival showcases the best of bluegrass music with more than 50 bands performing over eight days. Other features of this event include music and instrument workshops, band showcases, and the Bluegrass Hall of Fame & Country Star Museum, and more.
For more information about the Bill Monroe Memorial Bean Blossom Bluegrass Festival in Jackson visit:
Eitejorg Museum’s Indian Market and Festival
A popular event for 20 years, the Eitejorg Museum’s Indian Market and Festival, a celebration of Native American cultures and one of the largest Indian markets in the Midwest, features art from more than 160 Native artists, performances by contemporary Native American dancers, as well as Native American food, and hands-on family activities.
For more information about the Eitejorg Museum’s Indian Market and Festival visit:
Circus City Festival
Transforming Peru into a giant amusement park, the nine-day Circus City Festival celebrates the city’s circus heritage with the giant amusement park’s rides and games as well as with attractions that include Peru's own Circus City Parade, one of Indiana's largest parades, circus performances and all sorts of live entertainment, arts & crafts, games, rides, and more!
For more information about the Circus City Festival in Peru visit:
Three Rivers Festival
Fort Wayne, Indiana
The Fort Wayne Newspapers Three Rivers Festival is an annual 9-day celebration of the Fort Wayne and Northeast Indiana community. Events include an arts fair, children's activities, senior's events, national acts, concessions, a marketplace and a parade which adds up to fun for the whole family. Drawing crowds in excess of 400,000, the Three Rivers Festival is second only to the Indy 500 Festival in the state of Indiana. The Three Rivers Festival is over 40 years old.
For more information about the Three Rivers Festival in Fort Wayne visit: http://www.trfonline.org
Indiana Black Expo Summer Celebration
mid - late July
Summer Celebration is the largest African-American event in the nation, with over 300,000 people in attendance. The programs and events over an 11-day period includes business workshops, health and wellness, employment opportunities, spiritual enrichment, exhibits, youth activities and entertainment. Local and national celebrities along with individuals, families and members of the corporate community all join in celebration of African-American heritage and culture.
For more information about the Indiana Black Expo Summer Celebration in Indianapolis take a look at:
or visit: http://www.indianablackexpo.com
Attracting 200,000 visitors every year, Pierogi Fest is a fun event celebrating the popular snack of dumplings filled with anything from sauerkraut, cheese, potato, cabbage, onion, meat, hard-boiled eggs and even fruit. This tasty treat of Eastern European origin is the basis of this light-hearted event that features everything from the Pierogis themselves to the very unusual Polka Parade that features women in housecoats and babushkas (colorful headscarves) and even pups in babushkas and not forgetting the equally lighthearted and fun Precision Lawnmower Drill Team Contests and special events and rides for children.
For more information about Pierogi Fest in Whiting visit:
Amish Acres Arts & Crafts Festival
The Amish Acres Arts & Crafts Festival celebrates 51 years with new accolades. For the fifth time in eight years, the American Bus Association chose Amish Acres Arts & Crafts Festival as one of its Top 100 Events in North America in 2013. It was recognized for the first time by AmericaTheBeautiful.com as a TOP 10 Event in Indiana. The readers of Sunshine Artist magazine have ranked the festival as high as the 3rd best Classic and Contemporary Craft Show in the country. Travel Trade Magazine's Focus 500 lists Amish Acres first among its top ten attractions for group travel in Indiana. The Amish Acres Arts & Crafts Festival features 350 artists and crafters from around the country, live entertainment on three stages including country bands, magicians and square dancing, and festival foods.
For more information about the Amish Acres Arts & Crafts Festival in Nappanee visit:
Located in beautiful, scenic and historic Jasper, the Jasper Strassenfest is a family-oriented street festival with German music, food, dancing, rides, games, beer garden and car show. Becoming the greatest attraction in southern Indiana, the festival features traditional events and activities, carnival rides, over 30 booths and games spread over several locations, with major events on and near the square in the very heart of Jasper.
For more information about the Jasper Strassenfest visit:
Massachusetts Avenue Theatre District – Indianapolis, Indiana
One of 20 active fringe festivals in the USA, the ten-day IndyFringe Festival in Indianapolis has become an important summer event in Indiana attracting tens of thousands of people and featuring more than 36 theatre companies and showcasing hundreds of productions and events including plays, spoken world, art exhibitions, community meetings and fundraising events.
For more information about the IndyFringe Festival in Indianapolis visit:
Indiana State Fair
The Indiana State Fair, nationally recognized as America's premiere showcase of agriculture, youth, education and entertainment, is the 6th oldest State Fair in the country and is one of the top 20 Indiana USA events and festivals. Originating in 1852, the fair has seen such highlights as a performance by the Beatles in 1964, and appearances of famous visitors like Muhammad Ali, Bob Hope, the Beatles, John Phillip Sousa, Sonny & Cher, the Jackson 5, Elvis Presley, John Mellencamp, President John F. Kennedy, President Franklin D. Roosevelt, President Bill Clinton and President George W. Bush.
For more information about the Indiana State Fair see:
Marshall County Blueberry Festival
end August - early September
Held over Labor Day weekend, the Blueberry Festival is one of the Midwest's premier events and has been named a "Top 100 Event" in North America by the American Bus Association in 1997, 1999 and again in 2007. Attractions of Indiana's largest 4-day festival include over 300 craft vendors from all across the United States and 100 food booths featuring everything from blueberry pies to donuts, sports activities, hot air balloons, Labor Day parade and a spectacular fireworks display.
For more information about the Marshall County Blueberry Festival in Plymouth visit:
Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festival
Labor Day Weekend – end August – early September
Known as the world’s greatest classic car show and festival, the ACD Festival features a huge array of events focussing on classic cars including the popular Parade of Classics of more than 300 classic cars, antique car shows and collector car auctions such as the world famous Kruse Collector Car Auction, general arts & craft shows, fun events from the Ice Cream Social to performances at the Entertainment Tent, as well as special events for children like the Kiddy Tractor Pull and the Kits Art Tent.
For more information about the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festival visit:
Labelled the "Best Festival of the Region" by The Times readers for 15 years, the Valparaiso Popcorn Festival has been a popular event for more than 34 years. Highlights of the festival include the Popcorn Panic 5K Walk/5M Run, the Lit'l Kernel Puff Race for children, live music performances at the main stage, over 200 craft and fine art booths, 30 food booths and a beer garden, and the original, one-of-a-kind Popcorn Parade.
For more information about the Popcorn Festival in Valparaiso visit:
Indy Jazz Fest
Indy Jazz Fest is 10 days of concerts, master classes and panel discussions in various locations around Indianapolis every September. First held in 1999, the Indy Jazz Fest is a celebration of its year-round dedication to strengthening the Indianapolis jazz and arts scene. Among headliners it has featured are names like Ray Charles, Dave Brubeck, Ravi Coltrane, Diane Schuur, and many more. All concerts are festival seating.
For more information about the Indy Jazz Fest visit:
Madison Chautauqua Festival of Art
Southern Indiana's premiere outdoor arts event for 44 years, The Madison Chautauqua Festival of Art & Craft takes place on the last full weekend in September of each year. Beginning as a sidewalk art sale in the early 70s, the event grew to become a thriving and highly respected juried fine arts and crafts show. Today, Madison’s historic district welcomes thousands of visitors during this two-day event showcasing 250 exhibitors.
For more information about the Madison Chautauqua Festival of Art & Craft visit:http://www.madisonchautauqua.com
Feast of the Hunters’ Moon
West Lafayette, Indiana
Ranked as a "Top 100 Event" in North America by the American Bus Association in 2008, the Feast of the Hunters' Moon is a re-creation of the annual fall gathering of the French and Native Americans which took place at Fort Ouiatenon, a fur-trading outpost in the mid 1700s. A tradition for 47 years, the feast is held annually in early autumn on the banks of the Wabash River, four miles southwest of West Lafayette.
For more information about the Feast of the Hunters’ Moon take a look at
or visit: http://www.tippecanoehistory.org/feast.htm
Parke County Covered Bridge Festival
early to mid October
Parke County, Indiana
Starting on the 2nd Friday each October, this countywide festival is nationally known as one of the largest of its kind in the USA, and is also said to be Indiana’s largest festival. Showcasing 31 covered bridges around the county, nine communities offer a wide array of shopping and a variety of food. The Parke County Covered Bridge Festival was the winner of Travelocity “Big Secrets Local Finds” award.
For more information about the Parke County Covered Bridge Festival visit: http://www.coveredbridges.com
Indy International Festival
Indiana State Fairgrounds – Indianapolis, Indiana
Central Indiana's largest and oldest pan-ethnic celebration, the colorful Indy International Festival showcases and celebrates the state’s ethnic diversity and traditions, with entertainment, cultural displays, live music, arts & crafts from all over the world, food, and a popular market that contains specialist crafts from every corner of the planet.
For more information about the Indy International Festival in Indianapolis visit:
Designated as one of the Top 100 Events in the Nation by the American Bus Association, the Ferdinand Christkindlmarkt held on the third weekend of November features live entertainment and free concerts, a live glockenspiel, delicious German food, and more than 150 booths selling antiques and Christmas wares, handmade treasures, antiques and a host of tempting gifts.
For more information about the Ferdinand Christkindlmarkt visit:
updated Top 20 Events USA pages do not include every single event on offer in each state or city in America – only those recognized as one of the top 20 in each location, elected by residents, tourists and visitors, the team of travel writers working for Top Events USA, and some officials of the relevant states and cities of the USA too.