With "a mission to preserve and promote authentic and traditional American bluegrass music," this decade old festival welcomes all bluegrass pickers to the jam session on Friday night. Stage shows run from 10a-10p on Saturday with six or so bands, so a free-will offering is appreciated for Friday and Sunday. A bluegrass gospel service on Sunday morning winds up the event, and visitors can bring a carry-in lunch, starting at 10am. This festival is supported by the Indiana Arts Commission and the NEA.

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.

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.

This "largest African-American event in the nation" has it all. Over 300,000 people enjoy going to the Convention Center and other locations for this 11-day event that includes life-enhancing opportunities for many ages; bring the family. Health and wellness, business workshops, opportunities for employment, charity events, activities for youth, spiritually uplifting events and entertainment are all included. Nationally and locally known celebrities participate along with the corporate community in this cultural celebration of African-American heritage.

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    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!

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