Hoosiers like to have fun and we like our festivals. You can find festivities all throughout the state beginning in the Spring and into Autumn.
This is a taste of what Indiana has to offer, in no certain order, and by no means an is it ans exhaustive list.
Festival of the Lakes at Wolf Lake Park in Hammond, IN
This festival takes place in July and celebrates Wolf Lake, Lake George, and Lake Michigan. It spans several days showcasing local bands and entertainers on the community stage. There is a senior day with free lunch and goody bags for those over 55. There is also a special persons day designed for those with permanent disabilities. Free lunch, rides and goody bags are provided. There’s something for everyone, with a fishing derby, golf scramble, carnival rides, Polka party and fireworks.
The Three Rivers Festival is in July at Freimann Square in downtown Fort Wayne
Lots of events at this festival, starting with a parade juried Art in the Park fine art show, Crafter’s market, and food alley. There’s a raft race, a bed race, Downtown Midway rides and beer tasting. The festival ends with a Fireworks display in downtown Fort Wayne.
There’s also the Two Rivers Arts and Music Festival in June. It takes place in Logansport, at the Little Turtle Way Plaza.
The Covered Bridge Festival begins on the second Friday in October in Rockville, IN. Surrounding towns celebrate the county’s 31 covered bridges. There is a historic bridge tour, hog roast, crafts, and food.
The Pierogi Festival is in July in Whiting, IN
It’s all about pierogis. This Eastern European heritage festival honors the Polish pastry. There’s a Pierogi Toss, along with music, cooking competitions, traditional dances, a parade, rides and story time for kids
The Strawberry Festival is in June in Crawfordsville, IN. There’s a Pioneer Tractor Show, a softball Tournament, tennis tournament, a 5K run and music, among other entertainment.
In June, you may be interested in the Gathering of Great Lakes Nations Powwow at Tri-State Antique Tractor Grounds in Portland IN. There are Native American singers, dancers, foods, and artisan demonstrations.
Vintage Indiana Wine and Food Festival is in June at Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN. It promotes Indiana wine and food. Sample more than 200 award-winning wines. Ticket and ID required.
The Fremont Music Fest is in July in Historic Downtown Fremont, IN. This quaint small town recorded a population of 2,137 in the 2010 census. A bit of history: Fremont was originally settled in 1834 as Willow Prairie, Village of Brockville and renamed in 1848 to honor John C. Fremont.
And finally, my favorite--the Marshmallow Festival is held over Labor Day weekend in Ligonier. Among the many events are marshmallow games, a marshmallow roast, marshmallow bake-off, strongman competition, car show, chicken barbeque, and Cornhole tournament.
The mundane becomes inspiration.