Resting beneath the southern shore of Lake Michigan, Indiana is a state teeming with natural beauty and rich history. The state's famous limestone forms the backbone of Indiana's diverse natural attractions, including rivers, canyons, gorges, caverns, forests and more. Those who sneeze at the thought of the outdoors needn't avoid Indiana; the state is also home to several dynamic urban centers. Throughout the year, visitors and residents alike can take their pick of an abundance of festivals, attractions, cultural events, musical activities and more.
The courthouse lawn in Rockville is the site of this event in Parke County which has a whopping 32 covered bridges. For about 10 days in mid-October, arts and crafts aficionados come by the thousands to look, buy, eat and see live entertainment. From flea market finds to real antiques, shoppers bask in the possibilities as they enjoy the fall color and beautiful weather. Small towns and rural countrysides are represented in the arts and crafts items here, but don't forget to see the covered bridges.
- White River State Park, 801 W. Washington St Indianapolis, IN 46201 in Indianapolis, IN
Get the kids involved in saving the earth with 140 exhibits and 50 activities in downtown Indianapolis at White River State Park. Arts and crafts projects and scavenger hunts add to the fun, and there is food, food and more food. Live music keeps it hopping on the last Saturday of April every year.
- Treaty Line Museum 3801 W Old Dunlapsville Rd Liberty, IN 47353 in Liberty, IN
This festival on the first weekend in May has a little bit of everything, and there is not much it doesn't have. Go for the BBQ and stay for the Antique Car & Truck Show; if that's not enough, take in the Antique Tractor & Farm Machinery Show. Don't worry, ladies, there is a Craft Fair and many home and health products and services to peruse as well. This is actually in Dunlapsville, just south of Liberty. Go. Eat.
- Downtown Indianapolis Indianapolis, IN 46204 in Indianapolis, IN
On the Saturday before the Memorial-Day-weekend race, this giant parade wends through downtown thrilling 300,000 spectators. It's televised and on the level of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade and the Tournament of Roses parade in Pasadena.
From mid-May through Saturday of Memorial Day weekend, events are scheduled leading up to the legendary Indy 500, auto racing's largest purse. Since 1957, this festival has drawn crowds of half a million people, some attending civic events, kids' festival activities and pre-race races. The 1.5 million TV viewers on top of the 450,000 spectators at the race make this over-a-century-old "greatest race in the world." The big parade caps it off, so come on down.
- Peru, IN, U.S.A. in Peru, IN
This unique festival has celebrated the American tradition of the family-friendly circus annually from 1958. The history, however, would make a great film. Seven major circuses wintered in Peru in the late 1800s, and a local man, Ben Wallace, ended up being the recipient of a few exotic animals when one circus owner defaulted. He started his own circus, blind lion and all. Rides, food and games fill up the downtown area during the middle of July for a week as circus performers wow the crowds. The grand finale is the Saturday parade, one of the largest in the state. Find out more about this interesting circus history and enjoy!