A first-time downtown Indianapolis food festival featuring some of the city’s best-known restaurants and brewers is already nearly a sellout, organizers said this week.
Swish organizers are trying to bring back a sense of normalcy and financial security for local artists by guaranteeing they’ll be paid for their involvement in the downtown festival—even if the weather thwarts their plans.
Events will include a concert series at the Nickel Plate District Amphitheater, a farmer’s market, 5K walk/run, car and art show, street fair, parade and fireworks.
The Broad Ripple Art Fair is a major annual fundraiser for the Indianapolis Art Center, which estimated it lost $350,000, about 10% of its annual income, from the cancellation of 2020 event.
The two winter attractions drew more than 300,000 people to the northern Indianapolis suburb over a four-month period last winter, the city said.
The Carmel City Council might force organizers of a proposed film and music festival to find funding elsewhere if they insist on holding it in May 2021.
Carmel’s proposed film and music festival didn’t receive as much funding as organizers hoped for, but dates are set and a not-for-profit has been formed to run it.
Carmel Mayor Jim Brainard and Nancy Heck, director of community relations and economic development, requested in September that the city’s 2020 budget include $425,000 to plan for the festival, which would feature music from the Carmel Symphony Orchestra and major studio movie premieres.
The downtown event, which is billed as “Indy’s original craft beer festival,” had been scheduled to take place for the 24th year on Aug. 3.
In its sophomore year, Carmel’s Christkindlmarkt drew 328,000 people to Carmel’s Center Green. Sales revenue also jumped significantly.
The improvements are part of a masterplan that aims to bring hundreds of thousands more visitors to the complex, which includes the Indianapolis Museum of Art.
Carmel Christkindlmarkt organizers say the 33-foot-tall, lighted “pyramid” will be the largest of its kind in America. It is expected to be a popular feature at the upcoming Carmel Christkindlmarkt.
Leaders of this year’s Carmel’s Christkindlmarkt are already planning a more ambitious schedule and making changes to address visitors’ concerns from the inaugural event.
La Plaza, the group that organizes Fiesta Indianapolis, announced Tuesday that it instead decided to support other upcoming Latino community events.
The Indy Shorts International Film Fest is scheduled for late July at the Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields. It will exclusively feature films shorter than 40 minutes, including films that will be eligible for Academy Awards.
The annual Danville event, returning for a fifth year May 18-20 celebrates a love for “The Andy Griffith Show,” which ended its original run in 1971.
The city of Fishers on Tuesday announced a new event to replace the Freedom Festival—a 29-year-old summer celebration that was called off last year over financial issues.
The Indiana State Fairgrounds & Event Center is set to host a six-week festival that has attracted as many as 100,000 visitors in other markets.