The kids are back at school, the weather is beginning to cool off a bit, and it’s getting dark earlier every day. These are all signs that summer is winding down in central Indiana. But it’s not over yet! Quite a few fun, entertaining and interesting events are still scheduled in Indianapolis, Noblesville, and around the state to help end Summer 2011 with a bang. (links open in new windows):
- August 19 – 28: Mass Ave Theatre and IndyFringe Festival – IndyFringe Festival offers 11 days of splashy spectacle, provocative pageantry and outrageous outbursts of off-beat theatrical fun on Mass Ave! Enjoy 280 shows in 10 days at seven theatres featuring dance, drama, comedy, music, magic and cabaret. For more Fringe information, visit www.indyfringe.org.
- August 20 & 21: Summertime Celebration of Arts & Crafts
The Hamilton County Fairgrounds in Noblesville, just north of Indianapolis, will be bursting with energy as talented crafters and artists exhibit their work at this exciting show, which features many beautiful examples of Folk Art, Americana, Victorian, Country, Contemporary arts and crafts in a laid-back atmosphere away from the everyday hustle of our daily lifestyles. It’s the perfect place to find great new ideas for all your decorating needs along with fashions, accessories, and unique gifts. For more information, download the Summertime Arts & Crafts Celebration flyer (includes admission discount coupon,) or call 419-436-1457.
- August 26, 27 & 28: Winding Creek Bluegrass Festival
Experience a true bluegrass music festival in a setting that includes an original log cabin & blacksmith shop built in the 1800’s. Nestled in beautiful wooded acres with rolling hills overlooking a winding creek in the valley below, Winding Creek is located in Russiaville, just 50 miles north of Indianapolis. Great food and art/crafts vendors will be on-site, and mandolin, guitar, banjo and fiddle workshops will be held on Saturday. FREE Dry Camping is included with paid admission. For more information, visit the Winding Creek Bluegrass Festival’s website, or download a printable version of the Winding Creek Bluegrass Festival Flyer.
- August 27: 5th Annual Roots & Rhythm Festival, Mooresville, IN
Features a Car,Truck, & Bike Show w/ Live Americana, Blues, & Roots Music, plus food and vendor booths, art & artist demonstrations, and games & events for the kids. For more information, visit the Roots & Rhythm Festival’s Facebook page.
- September 2 – 5: 16th Annual Indianapolis Rib America Festival
Rock N’ Ribs – What more could you ask for! Head to Military Park for this fun, filling event. Sample delicious barbeque from award-winning vendors that will offer the best-of-the-best ribs! Don’t miss KC & The Sunshine Band, The Romantics, The Doobie Brothers, Everclear and other performances all weekend long. Admission is $7.00, but GET IN FREE if you arrive before before 5 p.m. on Friday and 1 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Children 12 and under are admitted FREE at all times. For more information, visit www.ribamerica.com.
- September 10 & 11: Mansfield Village Cornbread Festival and Outdoor Sportsman Show
The Big Raccoon Creek in Carbon (about 60 miles west of Indy) sets the stage for this annual weekend event full of family fun. This late summer celebration provides lots of family activities from 9 am to 5 pm on the weekend following Labor Day. Events include a parade, RV rally, summer concert series, car show, oldies concert, auction, and an arts & crafts exhibit. On Sunday, see the annual Roller Run Cruise In & Car Show. Visit the Mansfield Village website for more information.
- September 15: Chocolate Fest
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. Click for more Chocolate Fest information and a list of participating confectioners / chocolatiers, restaurants, hotels and caterers.
So get out there and enjoy some of the wonderful things still left to do this summer in Noblesville, Mooresville, Indianapolis, and throughout Indiana. We hope that the information we provided here this season helped you and your family make the most of your Hoosier Summer.
To make sure that your home stays comfortable year-round after the extreme summer heat, call us at (317) 639-1111 to schedule your Fall HVAC Tune-up, or visit the Thiele Heating & Air Conditioning website for more information.
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