Having lived in several states across the United States, I have never met a culture of people more proud of their heritage as Hoosiers are. With celebrations, education and events throughout the year to help Indianapolis people connect with their past, Hoosier heritage soon becomes an important part of life even for residents born elsewhere. Indiana culture comes to life at Conner Prairie this weekend at the Indiana Festival, an annual Indianapolis festival dedicated to all things Hoosier. Saturday, June 5, 2010 and Sunday, June 6, 2010, Conner Prairie becomes a total celebration of Indiana at the Indiana Festival. Admission to the Indiana Festival is FREE with general admission to this Indianapolis museum. Head to Fishers, Indiana to take part of this exciting Indianapolis festival.
Discover Indiana’s rich heritage as you “laugh, dance, stomp sway, weave and eat” your way through a fun filled weekend at Conner Prairie Living History Park. With fun activities for Indianapolis kids, live music and great food, the Indiana Festival offers entertainment for the whole family. Learn about the diverse world of music, art and dance that fosters Indianapolis culture year round. Taste the ethnic foods of various immigrant groups that make Indiana the melting pot that it is. Meet Maya and Miguel from WFYI and PBS on Sunday and enjoy a colorful display of artwork created for the Picture Indiana Youth Art Contest. Plus learn about the debut of Indiana Humanities Council Food for Though traveling exhibit.
Dr. David Baker, a celebrated jazz performer, composer and educator, offers a jazz clinic and autograph session at this year’s Indiana Festival. Baker will discuss and play recordings by some of the greatest jazz musicians and Indianapolis natives including Wes Montgomery, J.J. Johnson, Freddie Hubbard and Slide Hampton. As an award winning performer himself, Baker offers a wealth of knowledge not only about jazz music, but also about Indianapolis music’s contributions to jazz.
A main stage of global tastes highlights German food on Saturday and Mexican food on Sunday. The Beer and Wine Tent offers a variety of imported German and Mexican beers that pair perfectly with the authentic ethnic foods in the food area. Indianapolis restaurants providing a taste of global culture found in Indy include Chef Ron of the German American Club’s Eidelweiss restaurant, Papageorges with authentic Greek food, Mi Familia with authentic Mexican cuisine, Da Blue Lagoon offering Carribean food, Oriental Cookery serving up Asian food and the Indiana Grill with tradition Hoosier fare.
Both days of the Indiana Festival are jam packed with various musical and cultural entertainment. Whether you want German and Bavarian style music, Mexican folklore and dances, Irish step dancing, gospel music, salsa dancing or Aztec storytelling, the Indiana Festival at Conner Prairie has it all. In addition, this Indianapolis festival offers a variety of crafts and activities with make and take art stations for Indianapolis kids. Design Play-Doh pastries, learn paper cutting in a German folk art project, craft Mexican paper flowers, find your ancestry on a world map and more. The Indiana Festival even offers a scavenger hunt with prizes that will take you on a fun trip throughout the Conner Prairie campus.
Don’t miss this exciting Indianapolis event at Conner Prairie. Buy one, get one free general admission coupons are available on Conner Prairie’s website (listed below). Head north of Indianapolis downtown to Fishers, Indiana for the special Indianapolis art event.
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June 5 and 6, 2010
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