June 6 – 11, 2011 Fairs and Festivals

June is the month when Greater Indianapolis fairs and festivals begin to really blossom, right along with the flowers. Everybody has their annual favorites, the ones they never miss, whether it’s a big fish fry, an Italian street festival or a long weekend devoted to the Great American Tenderloin.

Take a look below at what you can find in the way of June 6 – 11, 2011 fairs and festivals in and around Indianapolis, just by venturing out your front door. Each event has something a little bit different to offer, and each offers family-friendly activities and fun things to do in Indianapolis and other nearby cities in Indiana.

June 6 – 11, 2011 Fairs and Festivals in Indianapolis and Environs

Circle City IN Pride Festival – Going on now, this great big bash runs through June 11 at the American Legion Mall. This is the largest such festival in all of Indiana and features more than 200 vendors, tons of live music and more.
Through June 11, 2011; 11:00 am – 7:00 pm
American Legion Mall downtown
Main entrance: Michigan Street
Germanfest 30 – This festival in Fort Wayne, Indiana would be an excellent day trip from Indianapolis for the entire family. The trip is an easy 1-1/2 hour drive north on the I-69, and the fun lasts a whole week, so you can choose the day.
June 5 – 12, 2011; 8:00 am
Headwaters Park in Fort Wayne
Admission: $2 till 5:00 pm, $5 after, free to military personnel
June 2011 Parish Festivals – Throughout the month of June, the Archdiocese of Indianapolis presents over a dozen Parish Festivals, featuring everything from a big ole fish fry to live Indianapolis music to rides and other tried and true festival activities.
Through June 26, 2011
Various Catholic Parishes around Indy
Montgomery County Strawberry Festival – Car and tractor shows, crafts and other outdoor entertainments are punctuated by live bluegrass music, kids activities and, of course, strawberries in the food court. Located in Crawfordsville, Indiana, about an hour northwest of Naptown on the I-74.
June 10 – 12, 2011
Onsite event at Lane Place in Crawfordsville
Free Admission
Strawberry Shortcake Festival – You can find this tasty festival in Bedford, Indiana in Lawrence County, about 70 miles due south of the Circle City near Hoosier National Forest. This Limestone Heritage Festival is a celebration of hometown pride and patriotism.
June 10, 2011; 1:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Harp Commons in Downtown Bedford, Indiana
Annual Italian Street Festival – This extravagant festival is a favorite for vast numbers of Hoosiers, whether they hail from the Old Country or not. Jam-packed with carnival rides, tons of mouth-watering food, live entertainment and music, music, music.
June 10 – 11, 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Indianapolis
56th Annual Talbot Street Art Fair – It’s one of the best and biggest juried art fairs in the nation, and it’s free!
June 11 – 12, 2011; 10:00 – 6:00 pm and 10:00 – 5:00 PM
Talbot Street between Pennsylvania and Delaware
Bill Monroe 45th Annual Bean Blossom Bluegrass Festival – Eight full days of serious celebration and over 50 Bluegrass bands mark the centennial birthday of Bill Monroe, the “Father of Bluegrass.” This great Indiana festival is held in Beanblossom, Indiana, between Martinsville and Bloomington.
June 11 – 18, 2011
Bill Monroe Memorial Music Park and Campground
Tickets: $20 – $195
Let’s Meet PBS Kids in the Park – Bounce houses, activity booths, a food court, and lots of easily recognizable walkaround characters will engage you and your clan during this whole magical day at Military Park in downtown Indianapolis.
June 11, 2011; 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Military Park
Med Flory Jazz and Blues Festival – This two-day fling near the scenic Wabash River banks in Central Indiana is one that few Hoosier music-lovers can turn down. Flamboyant and famous, the Med Flory Jazz and Blues Festival takes place in downtown Logansport, Indiana, less than an hour’s drive north of Indy.
June 10 – 11, 2011
Little Turtle Waterway Plaza
Tickets: $5 – $25, 2011 high school graduates, free with student ID
Old Mill Festival – Here is the inaugural Old Mill Festival in Noblesville, sure to be a hit with the whole family. Enjoy the historic suburban setting and the vendor booths with artisan crafts, antiques and much more.
June 11, 2011; 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Main Street in Noblesville, Indiana
Red Skelton Tribute Festival – One of the most unique festivals in the United States, this fun-crazed tribute to Red Skelton offers the Parade of 1000 Clowns, along with tons of clown-influenced foods and activities for Indianapolis children of all ages. Located in Vincennes, about 100 miles southwest of Indy.
June 11, 2011; 11:00 am  to close
Various locales in Vincennes, Indiana

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