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.
This juried art fair brings in 270 artists from all over the country for a mid-June weekend. This annual event has run for almost six decades, and showcases fine crafts and fine art in a four-block area along Talbot Street and in the historic Herron-Morton area; it's free to the public.
For eight days in mid-June, this festival celebrates bluegrass and the legendary Bill Monroe with 50 bands and many visitors. The campground and Festival Park make it easy to stay nearby, but book early. This event could only be held at the Bill Monroe Memorial Music Park & Campground about 40 miles south of Indianapolis. This is the oldest annual bluegrass festival at over 47 years-of-age.
- Downtown 101 W. Main St. Fort Wayne, IN 46802 in Fort Wayne, IN
About the third week of July, this nine-day art fair draws around 400,000 visitors from northern Indiana and surrounding states. Handmade, original crafts are exhibited and sold in the craft market. Rides, food, karaoke, various competitions and nationally-known performers make this event very popular. Kids' activities and seniors' events provide something for everyone; it's north of Freimann Square downtown.
- 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!
- Elkhart County 4-H Fairgrounds, 17746-D CR 34 Goshen Goshen, IN 46528 in Goshen, IN
A quarter million visitors attend this county fair just past mid-June, which is why it's one of the largest county fairs in the country. The fair's mission is to provide family-friendly entertainment in the form of free grandstand shows, various competitions and great fair food. That last thing pulls in most of us anyway. You have plenty of time to take advantage of it with nine days of fun.
Beginning in 1852, this state fair has brought in some of the most famous people in the world, and still does. You can't top the Beatles, John Phillip Sousa, Elvis, The Jackson Five and four presidents: JFK, FDR, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. A million people attend annually to see farm animals, ride the rides, eat fair food and catch the free entertainment. It's the 6th oldest fair in the nation for good reason.