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34th Annual James Dean Festival in Fairmount, Indiana

The James Dean Gallery in Fairmount, Indiana, the former home and resting place of said film star, will hold their 34th Annual James Dean Festival this weekend. This heart throb of the 1950s will be honored in his home town on the anniversary of his death. The festival is free and open to all people of Indianapolis and central Indiana.

The 34th Annual James Dean Festival features free tours of the James Dean Gallery, the stars former house turned museum, and the Fairmount Historical Museum. In addition guests can visit the final resting place of James Dean. On Saturday, a Grand Parade will feature the Custom and Hot Rod Car Show. Afterward, stick around for free live entertainment by Indianapolis music stars, carnival rides, street vendors and a James Dean look-a-like contest.This Indianapolis festival is sure to be a riot.

The James Dean Gallery was established in 1988 as a memoriam to James Dean. His old home contains tons of memorabilia from his career and life, curated by James Dean archivist David Loehr. The museum contains posters from around the world in a variety of languages to show Dean’s impact on the film world. In addition, there are books and magazines featuring the star, sculptures and bronze busts to commemorate him, and photographs and documentaries from historian obsessed with understanding the enigmatic bad boy.

Experience James Dean’s life in the most authentic way possible. Check out the James Dean Gallery this Saturday, September 25 through September 27. You might just find you have an affinity for James Dean, and feel the need to return to this sleepy Indiana town on Wednesday, September 30, when they will hold the annual memorial service, which concludes with a walking procession to Park Cemetery.

For more information about the 34th annual James Dean Festival or the James Dean Gallery, visit their website. And stay tuned to Fun City Finder.com for all the latest information about upcoming Indianapolis events around the Circle City.

Mike Woods